Suite of Sweets for Sweethearts: Chocolate Bombs (Chewy, Gluten-Free, and Grain-Free with Dairy-Free Option) and a Fun Giveaway

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Chocolate Bomb for Your Valentine(s)

I shared a photo of these Chocolate Bombs on my personal Facebook page a few weeks ago and everyone just about pleaded for the recipe even though I had said up front that I would not be sharing the recipe until my Suite of Sweets for Sweethearts event. So here we are. Believe it or not, this recipe is based on the same recipe that the Pizza Bombs are … the “Chebe-style” Pao de Queijo rolls. All I did was omit the savory ingredients and substitute dairy-free chocolate chips for the cheese (in a slightly lesser amount). Hot out of the oven, these babies are definitely what one might expect with the name Chocolate Bombs. The hot gooey chocolate contrasted to the chewy, but not very sweet, roll is quite nice. Think more of a scone versus a chocolate chip cookie though. And when cooled, these Chocolate Bombs taste more like a cruller with chocolate filling. I like them served both hot and at room temperature.

In the second version, I decided to add some cream cheese to see what that would contribute to the texture and taste. I loved the combination of creaminess and chewiness, but the Chocolate Bombs are less sweet when cream cheese is included and are a bit firmer when cooled. I’m sure that some sugar could be added to the recipe for either version but, again, I enjoy them less sweet. Either way, they are great with a nice hot beverage. Get the kids to help make these treats and they will want to eat them even if these Chocolate Bombs might be less sweet than their usual treats. (You can find the gluten-free, grain-free, with dairy-free option, recipe at the bottom of the post.)

Now for today’s kid-focused offers and the giveaway …

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Adam’s Gluten-Free Surprise by Debbie Simpson

Adam’s Gluten-Free Surprise ~ The Kindle edition is free HERE only and only on Valentine’s Day, February 14! (Note:  You don’t need a Kindle to use the Kindle edition. It works on PC, iPad, or Smart phone.) I first saw this book about 2 years ago. Written and illustrated by Debbie Simpson, its goal is to educate all in the gluten-free world on how to support and keep a gluten-free child safe and happy. It is helpful to the gluten-free child as well. Debbie shares this feedback from the mom of one child after reading her book: “My 8 year old daughter was diagnosed with Celiac in July. I tried to buy her a copy of Adam’s Gluten Free Surprise for Christmas, but I couldn’t get a copy in our local book stores, so I bought her a Kindle and the first book we downloaded was this one. She immediately read the whole book to me and we were shocked at how much her past 5 months mirrored Adam’s. She has not yet met another Celiac child and it made her feel so good to read this and know she isn’t alone in this journey. Many times, she feels like she is the only child dealing with this and it was heart-warming to hear her read Adam’s story and know that other children are experiencing the same issues and feel the same as she does. Unfortunately, I think she is now hoping that on Valentine’s Day she will experience Hailey’s Gluten Free Surprise! Thank you for such an awesome book for children coping with Celiac. I can’t wait to get my hands on a hard copy for her to share at school. Every school should have a copy of this book!” Two gfe readers will win a copy of this book, graciously provided by Debbie.

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Bagels, Buddy, and Me by Melanie Krumrey

Bagels, Buddy, and Me ~ This book that talks about celiac and gluten sensitivity—and offers an element of surprise—was written and illustrated by Melanie Krumrey who blogs at Gluten-Free Krums. From my earlier review: “This is a terrific book that offers an easy-to-read introduction to celiac and gluten intolerance. Both written and illustrated by Melanie, it offers her family’s personal story. While geared towards children, this book is also helpful for adults who don’t necessarily want to read about statistics or studies, but want a simple understanding of celiac and gluten intolerance. As you can see from the cover, it’s a very appealing book.” Two gfe readers will win copies of Bagels, Buddy, and Me, graciously donated by Melanie.

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Barrett’s Unusual Ice Cream Party by Michelle King

Barrett’s Unusual Ice Cream Party ~ This book was written and illustrated by Michelle King, a former kindergarten teacher and mom of four children. She and all her children are gluten intolerant. Her book is a delightful tale that tells the story of a 6-year old with celiac disease. Michelle shared with me why she wrote her book: “As my children have grown I have watched them go through some very heart-wrenching situations because of their food intolerance. I looked for books or tools to help them cope emotionally, and to help others understand them, but didn’t find much. I took matters into my own hands and wrote a children’s book and included some of their experiences (and those of other similar children) to help not only kids with allergies, but the children around them understand what they are going through.” Barrett goes through the usual challenges, but there is a happy ending when he finds he is not alone in eating differently after all. Two gluten-free recipes are even included in this book, Mom’s Homemade Vanilla Coconut Ice Cream and Mom’s Delicious Banana Muffins. Three readers will win a copy of this book, generously provided by Michelle.

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Cilie Yack Is Under Attack by Caryn Talty

Cilie Yack Is Under Attack! ~ Written and illustrated by Caryn Talty, this book is a “chapter book” of 141 pages that tells the story of Cilie Yack, a 9-year old boy who lives on a dairy farm in County Clare, Ireland. His name Cilie Yack is, of course, a clever play on the pronunciation of celiac.  It’s a cute story, chronicling Cilie’s adventures before and after his celiac diagnosis, including learning that he can cook gluten-free versions of his favorite treats … and well. The foreword is written by Dr. Michelle Sullivan, who not only praises the book, but also addresses how celiac disease presents in children. Dr. Sullivan, her husband, and two of their four children all have celiac disease and the family lives gluten free. She’s a family physician who knows this topic extremely well. There’s even a recipe in the book for Cilie’s Famous Carrot Cake. Author Caryn Talty also leads a kids’ cooking club, Cilie Yack Sous Club for Kids at http://cilie-yack.org. She believes that teaching kids with food intolerances and allergies empowers them. Her site has games, puzzles, activities, and more, including a guide on starting your own local cooking club. Two gfe readers will win a copy of Caryn Talty’s book.

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Eat Like A Dinosaur: Recipe & Guidebook for Gluten-Free Kids by Stacy Toth and Matt McCarry

Eat Like A Dinosaur: Recipe and Guidebook for Gluten-Free Kids ~ Stacy Toth and Matt McCarry’s (better known as Paleo Parents) book is one of my favorites. You can read my and other reviews from gluten-free blogger friends and support group members here. But here’s the “takeaway” that I shared in my post: “This book is simply wonderful … it has everything!” From a Foreword written by my good friend Elana (Elana’s Pantry, Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook, and Gluten-Free Cupcakes), to the family’s personal story (with a appealing cartoon-style depictions); to information on their ingredients and tools; to symbols that quickly convey their meaning (e.g., a hand symbol beside a recipe indicates that a child may help with the step, a crab symbol highlighted on the right side of a recipe alerts you that the recipe includes shellfish); to recipes that cover all the required areas; to on-page “post-it notes” for you to add your notes (e.g., try with peanut butter vs almond butter next time) to a section on packing lunches; to a food projects section (for those recipes that don’t always contain the same ingredients or fit into a pretty recipe card format); to info on U-Pick Farms, Farmers Markets, and gardening; Eat Like a Dinosaur really is one super packed, wonderful book!” Two gfe readers will get a copy of Eat Like a Dinosaur, courtesy of Paleo Parents.

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Mommy, What Is Celiac Disease? by Katie Chalmers

Mommy, What Is Celiac Disease? ~ Katie Chalmers is the author and illustrator of this book. I’ll reiterate what I shared in my first review. “Katie’s book is beautifully written and illustrated. Written for children who have been diagnosed with celiac, it focuses on the disease in simple terms as well as all the wonderful real food that those who are gluten free can eat. Of course, I don’t need to tell you that I love that approach. That’s the gluten free easily—gfe—way, and it works. Along with the text, Katie has created some truly captivating illustrations. I’ve never seen any others exactly like them before.” Two readers will win copies of Mommy, What Is Celiac Disease? thanks to Katie.

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Willie Vilie Meets Casey Kramps In Sprueville by Elena Torsiello

Willie Vilie Meets Casey Kramps in Sprueville ~ I met the author of this book, Elena Torsiello, at a gluten-free conference last fall. Along with the illustrator, Eileen Rothsteen, Elena has created an entertaining tale of a child with celiac who meets someone from a gluten-free planet and has an extraordinary adventure that allows him to learn more about and enjoy living gluten free. Elena has been gluten free and dairy free since her celiac diagnosis a number of years ago. She’s a long-time teacher who has embraced her new way of living and the new foods/recipes and experiences it has brought into her life. That positive attitude shines through in her entertaining children’s book. Two readers will win copies of Willie Vilie Meets Casey Kramps in Sprueville, thanks to Elena.

William-Edwards-Secret-Mission Winkleberry: Waiting for William Edwards ~Author Stacie Zoe Berg contacted me a while ago to tell me about the novel series that she co-authored with her son, Jonathan. She stated that kids who have celiac, gluten intolerance, or food allergies, in particular, may enjoy the series because the main character has both celiac and a food allergy. (You can read more about the series at her William Edwards site; note that audio automatically comes up when you go to this site.) Stacie  is giving away this prequel to her William Edwards series in Kindle format today, February 14, only, to all gfe readers who would like a copy. Stacie added that “We are pleased to announce that William Edwards and the Wizardly Glasses will be available in audio in March. The other books in the series will be available in audio in April.” You can probably guess by the name that this series has a Harry Potter feel to it and I know that will appeal to many of you. There are some great reviews on the site. Here are two: ”My 8 year old loved the book, she came home from school and read it in one night, it took her 5 hours but she didn’t want to put it down until she had finished it.” and “…imagine my surprise when I found it just as fun to read as my son did. We looked forward to reading it every night.” You must state in your comment (of today) that you would like the free Kindle version to receive it. I will supply email addresses to Stacie so that she can send them out to interested readers.

This giveaway is now closed. Winners will be contacted via email and announced here shortly.

This giveaway ends Sunday, February 17, at midnight Eastern. Please leave a comment telling what children’s book or gluten-free resource book to date has been most helpful to your child or how any of these books would be helpful to you and your family. Important: If you would like a free Kindle version of Winkleberry: Waiting for William Edwards, you must also state that in your comment, but that’s only available for those who leave a comment on February 14. And visit the Adam’s Gluten-Free Surprise site on your own to get your free Kindle version on February 14 only.

Don’t forget the giveaways from the past two days that remain open as I write and there is at least one more day of Suite of Sweets for Sweethearts. (Of course, All Gluten-Free Desserts … All the Time has your favorite desserts every day.) Be sure that you are entered for these giveaways below and Happy Valentine’s Day to all!

The Spunky Coconut cookbooks (all three), 5-lbs Honeyville Blanched Almond Flour, and Navitas Naturals Coconut Palm Sugar … ends Friday, February 15, midnight Eastern.

Super Healthy Cookies cookbook, Go Dairy Free Guidebook/Cookbook, and Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free: The Whole Food Starter Guide and Cookbook … ends Thursday, February 14, midnight Eastern.

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Chocolate Bombs Packed for Work

 

Chocolate Bombs (Chewy, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, and Dairy-Free Yummies)
Author: 
 
Ingredients
For Original Chocolate Bombs:
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ¼ cup tapioca flour/starch
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (dairy or non-dairy; I use these or these)
  • ¼ cup melted butter (dairy or non-dairy)
For Cream Cheese Chocolate Bombs:
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ¼ cup tapioca flour/starch
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (dairy or non-dairy; I use these or these)
  • ¼ cup melted butter (dairy or non-dairy)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Add eggs to large bowl. Beat slightly. Add other ingredients in order shown, stirring some after each addition. (Stir gently when adding tapioca flour as it tends to “jump”—explode?—out of the bowl.) Once all ingredients have been added, stir well until ingredients are fully incorporated. I like to use a wooden spoon (gotta keep up one’s hand and arm strength).
  3. With lightly greased hand, form dough into balls about 1 ½ to 2 inches in diameter and place on the baking sheet about 2 inches apart. At this point, you can flatten the dough balls with your hands some if you wish, but I usually just leave mine “as is” to get more of the “bomb” effect (than roll effect). I also think that the centers turn out chewier this way.
  4. Bake for about 8 to 10 minutes until golden brown.
  5. Let cool just a bit and then remove from baking sheet.
Makes about 15 “bombs,” about 2 ½ to 3 inches in diameter.

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Shirley
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Comments

49 Responses to “Suite of Sweets for Sweethearts: Chocolate Bombs (Chewy, Gluten-Free, and Grain-Free with Dairy-Free Option) and a Fun Giveaway”

  1. Debra on February 14th, 2013 9:18 am

    I didn’t know that these books existed, other than Eat Like a Dinosaur, which has been on my Amazon wishlist for a while. The best resource for me and my son with Autism has truly been the internet and blogs like this. When we went Gluten Free/ Casein Free, I bought several Allergy Free cookbooks and didn’t find many recipes that were simple enough for our busy lifestyle and that my kids would actually eat. GFE is my go to site! Along with some Paleo sites I’ve found through you! I’d love to have the free version of the William Edwards book to share with my son, who feels “different” far too often.

    • Shirley on February 14th, 2013 12:23 pm

      Hi Debra–Every time I share info on gluten-free children’s books, folks say that they didn’t know they existed. It’s such a shame. I wish the word would get out more. I am so glad that you have found resources that you need for gf/cf living. I’m honored to be included and especially to be your “go to” site! Adding you to the list for the William Edwards prequel. :-)

      Hugs,
      Shirley

  2. Michelle on February 14th, 2013 9:50 am

    I’m relatively new to being GF/CF/EF/SF, and I’m learning so much every day. I think the Eat Like a Dinosaur book would be the best fit for me so I can get my kids to go GF with me.

    BTW, is there a dairy-free/egg-free version of the above recipe? It sounds SO good, but I have to be CF/EF, too.

    Thank you for such a great website. :)

    • Shirley on February 14th, 2013 12:26 pm

      HI Michelle–Thanks for entering the giveaway! If you take a closer look at the recipe it is already dairy free, but admittedly I have not made it egg free yet. The recipe that this one was based on is a Chebe-style roll/biscuit. Chebe has this info on egg substitution on their site. It seems that flattening the balls would be best if using egg substitutes. If I do try an egg-free version, I will update this post for sure. Thanks so much for the kind words!

      Shirley

      • Stephanie on February 14th, 2013 1:21 pm

        Hi Shirley, I can’t wait to make these and will let you know how they turn out using an egg substitute. I’ve made Chebe-style/Brazilian Cheese Rolls with a chia-egg and they turned out great. Hoping these will too. As always, thanks for your wonderful recipes!

  3. Becky on February 14th, 2013 9:53 am

    Eat Like a Dinosaur is a great book, which I purchased as soon as it came out. I’d love any/all of these books to use with my clients who suffer from Celiac Disease, but I’ll start with the free version of Winkleberry: Waiting for William Edwards e-book. I just “purchased” Adam’s Gluten Free Surprise, too. Thanks!

    • Shirley on February 14th, 2013 12:27 pm

      Hi Becky–Thanks for entering the giveaway! I’m so glad that you are helping folks live gluten free and I’m glad your snagged your free version of Adam’s Gluten-Free Surprise. :-)

      Shirley

  4. Rena on February 14th, 2013 10:00 am

    My granddaughter and I have Celiac. These all look like great books. I will be looking for them to share with her. Please put me on the list for the free kindle book about William Edwards. Thank you.

    • Shirley on February 14th, 2013 12:29 pm

      Hi Rena–I’m happy to introduce you to all these great resources for your granddaughter. And I’ve got you down for the William Edwards prequel. :-)

      Shirley

  5. lori on February 14th, 2013 10:45 am

    I am trying to locate how to purchase the free kindle version of “Adam’s gluten Free Surprise” as I think this book and the one about Eating Like a Dinosaur would be two great books for introducing my children to Celiacs. I have Celiacs and they don’t always understand why mommy can’t share their cookie.

    • Shirley on February 14th, 2013 11:54 am

      Lori–I updated all the links to take you right to the free Kindle version. Just click on the book title, first sentence, or the photo. That should work for you! Hope you will find it helpful. :-)

      Shirley

  6. Christine on February 14th, 2013 12:58 pm

    My daughter is only 10 months old currently, but I’m already on the lookout for resources for explaining why our family eats the way we do (I’m allergic to wheat and corn and suspect either gluten intolerance or Celiac Disease, and hubby avoids what I can’t eat generally). I think the book Mommy What Is Celiac Disease will be most helpful for her to understand about food at first. But I’ll be looking into all these resources as she gets older. Currently waiting for the Amazon page to load Adam’s Gluten Free Surprise, and please put me down for a kidnle copy of Winkleberry: Waiting for William Edwards. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  7. katrina on February 14th, 2013 2:44 pm

    Amazing giveaway Shirley! Any of these books would be great for my three kids. Yet, if I had to pick one I’d pick Katie Chalmers book. I have three celiac kids, but my youngest will start preschool next year. I feel that this would be a great resource for her and I. It would give us an age appropriate story and simple illustrations that would hopefully give her a better understanding of her condition. Thanks for the opportunity!

  8. katrina on February 14th, 2013 2:53 pm

    Also, I’ll take the free Willam Edwards Ebook as well :)

  9. Karin Goodman on February 14th, 2013 3:02 pm

    I love hearing about these books. I have difficulty working with our public school. Treats cannot be homemade (which I understand) but makes it difficult for my gluten/ dairy intollerent daughter. The head cook at the school cafeteria has never heard of children with gluten intolernce. My children get sick, but it is not life threatening, so it is not a disability. I send lunches from home every day. I have celiac and both my oldest and youngest are gluten intollerent, but cannot be tested for celiac due to the fact they get so sick when eating gluten.

  10. Shannon @ Enjoying Gluten-Free Life on February 14th, 2013 4:55 pm

    The cookies look great. I bet they’d be good with dates or raisins instead of chocolate when it isn’t Valentine’s Day. :)

  11. Melanie on February 14th, 2013 6:07 pm

    Wow! So many wonderful books for kids now! And the “bombs” look absolutely delicious. Can’t wait to try!

  12. Margaret Hoffman on February 14th, 2013 7:07 pm

    I guess I don’t get out much as I didn’t know about the children’s book about celiac disease.
    They brought to mind a friend from church who has just recently found out her daughter needs to be GF. I will point her to your blog with the books listed so it will help her out. I have recommended you blog already!! The bombs look delicious and I can’t wait to make them. Please put me down for the kindle edition of Winkleberry: Waiting for William Edwards. Thank you for your blog, it has been such a blessing for me since I found out I am gluten intolerant.
    Thank you also for the giveaway!

  13. Alisa on February 14th, 2013 9:19 pm

    These look amazing Shirley! I bet Tony would love them. I’m torn myself as I’m not a big fan of chocolate with bread or in an environment that lacks other sweet, but hey, that’s just me :) I’m weird anyway – I didn’t even like chocolate until I hit 30! Hmm, I’m wondering about some other add-ins though – they are so simple and this could get interesting …

  14. Susan W. on February 14th, 2013 9:53 pm

    The books look great for families. I just made a batch of Chocolate Bombs. So good!! This is going to be another staple in my house!

    Thanks for another great recipe!

  15. Eileen on February 14th, 2013 10:40 pm

    I think Eat Like a Dinosaur would be so much fun for my daughter. And those chocolate bombs look like DA BOMB!

  16. Nancy on February 15th, 2013 10:06 am

    Wow!! I never knew any of these books existed. My son is three and was diagnosed almost a year ago. When he started nursery school this past fall it would of been wonderful to give a copy of Adams gluten free surprise to the teacher. We don’t know anyone who has a child with Celiac Disease. The only people we know with celiacs is my husband, sister-in-law, and father-in-law (all diagnosed after my son!). So I would love any resource to share with family, friends, daycare, and educators!!

  17. Rebekah Shaver on February 15th, 2013 10:56 am

    Barrett’s Unusual Ice Cream Party was SUCH a fun book for my children. Sometimes they feel so “weird” because they have to eat different than all their friends.

  18. Cindy W. on February 16th, 2013 9:51 pm

    I have the Katie Chalmers book and use it in my preschool classes but would love to win any of the other choices to use in my classroom. The children all know I am celiac which I do to raise awareness of it as well as other food issues/allergies with the children in my care. Thank you for the giveaway.

  19. Erica W on February 16th, 2013 10:19 pm

    WOW!!! I had NO IDEA these books existed. We’d especially LOVE Adam’s Gluten-Free Surprise or Barrett’s Unusual Ice Cream Party, although they ALL look wonderful!! Reading the feedback excerpt for Adam’s Gluten-Free Surprise made me cry… it has been a long, hard battle dealing w/this for our family… & the hardest part is lack of understanding from many others who act bothered or like my kids are a hassle when I have to bring our own snacks, food, etc. It is also hard on kids when they always have to be different than everybody else. Great resources!

  20. Erica W on February 16th, 2013 10:21 pm

    PS I tried the non cream cheese recipe we aren’t super crazy about them… going to try cream cheese next time… or maybe peanut butter :).

  21. T. Reinhardt on February 17th, 2013 10:05 am

    We have two kids who are gluten and casein free. I would live any of the books. It is hard to keep things ” the same” for them when it comes to outings and parties so that they don’t feel excluded or different. We have used the special diets for special kids book a lot and of course the Internet for ideas.

  22. Victoria Lynch on February 17th, 2013 10:49 am

    I have just found your blog and cannot wait to explore it. My son (age 7) was diagnosed in October with celiac and we are trying to learn as much as we can about both the disease and the resources that are available to help him adapt to the world of gluten-free living. These books would be so very helpful in educating all of us about the physical, emotional and dietary aspects of living gluten free!

  23. Sara Fink on February 17th, 2013 2:18 pm

    I love that you have compiled a collection of books for kids dealing with Celiac disease and going Gluten Free. I have 4 children (ages 6,9,11,13); 3 of which were diagnosed with Celiac disease last May. We have the Kindle version of Adams gluten free surprise. I have to say the most helpful resource so far has been Gluten Free on a Shoestring recipe book and website. I think that Eat like a Dinosaur would be a great addition to our Gluten Free resources.

  24. Karen Williams on February 17th, 2013 6:20 pm

    My 8 year old daughter is just recently diagnosed. I didn’t know there were children’s books about Celiac Disease out there. She would definitely benefit from them to help her feel better about things. Currently she is feeling quite deprived.

  25. Karen P on February 17th, 2013 9:43 pm

    Thanks so much for the tips about these books. My 5 year old has Eating Gluten Free with Emily and the one about Buddy & Bagels. He prefers to call the former “Eating Gluten Free-o with Theo”.

  26. Amanda on February 17th, 2013 10:25 pm

    I would love any of these books. I read Peter Green’s book on celiac disease early on and found it helpful, but would like to be able to read age appropriate books to my kids.

  27. Orla on February 17th, 2013 10:45 pm

    These books look like they would be perfect for my 6 year old with celiac. And he got a kindle for christmas. Please include me in the list if it is not too late
    To date we have got most of our information through the CHOP yahoo community site. That’s where we got this link

  28. Betty on February 17th, 2013 11:05 pm

    I didn’t know any books like this were around. My grandson has been sick ( we are still in process of diagnosis) but my guess is he is at the very least Gluten sensitive, because he broke out in a rash head to toe as soon as he began eating finger foods ( mostly Goldfish, and cereal). I just found your site today. Looking forward to learning all I can :)

  29. The Healthy Apple on February 21st, 2013 12:23 am

    OMG these chocolate bombs look AMAZING!!! Fabulous, Shirley. They are perfect looking cookies and I can’t wait to try these. They look like fluffly li’ balls and so chewy! Can’t wait to try them!
    xoxo

  30. Iris on February 22nd, 2013 9:19 pm

    Thanks for sharing at 5-Ingredient Mondays, Shirley! I love the name for these and they look so decadent!

  31. Linda on February 26th, 2013 8:26 pm

    Shirley, I’m just getting around to say that these look great. I love the idea, and before my diet changes I would have been all over these and your pizza bombs!

  32. Amber on February 26th, 2013 9:32 pm

    Congratulations on being a reader favorite on AFW last week, Shirley! :-)

    These look great!

    Hugs,
    –Amber

  33. Kathryn on February 27th, 2013 5:16 pm

    Thank you for the recipe. They look great! My 7-year old daughter has been GF for 4.5 years. She’ll appreciate these! I found you through Whole New Mom.

  34. Kate @ Eat, Recycle, Repeat on February 28th, 2013 11:57 pm

    Love the name, love the simplicity, and these are just so dang cute! Going to make chocolate bombs for my family when they come to visit.

  35. Katie on March 24th, 2013 2:18 pm

    I just made your chocolate bombs without the cream cheese. I thought I followed the directions as listed but I had a really difficult time mixing them – before I added the melted butter they were just a crumbly mess. In retrospect I probably should have let the butter cool because some of the chocolate melted and these don’t really look like your finished product at all. They still taste great! But the finished product is very crumbly. Thoughts on where I went wrong? Perhaps I didn’t mix enough. Thanks for all the amazing recipes!

    • Shirley on March 26th, 2013 2:42 pm

      Hi Katie–Good to see you again! Sorry you had difficulty, but yes, without the butter it would be a crumbly mess and then after the butter is added you do have to mix very well. I will take another look at the recipe instructions to see if they need adjusting. I probably let the melted butter cool some just out of habit and might not have added the chocolate chips until the very end, perhaps even after I’d mixed everything else together. The dough is most definitely thick and sticky. I’m never hesitant to use my hands in such situations, but in this case, I just got an arm workout with my wooden spoon. I know I noted that that’s why I use my wooden spoon i general, but I probably didn’t make it clear that the dough would definitely take some mixing. I’m glad yours still tasted great. Sometimes recipes will look a bit different each time you make them. Different brands of tapioca flour might yield different results, too. Thanks for the kind words and best of luck next time and with all my recipes! :-)

      Shirley

  36. Daniele on March 15th, 2014 1:00 am

    I love tapioca flour. Being from Brazil my mother often made cheese bread with it. When I came across you’re recipe for a sweet version I was inspired! I used coconut oil in place of butter, white chocolate chips and orange marmalade in the mix. Made it with my 7 year old son and we were delighted with the results. Thank you!

    • Shirley on March 15th, 2014 11:45 pm

      Welcome, Daniele! I love your version and that you had such success! :-) It’s nice to have a sweet alternative to a beloved favorite type of recipe, isn’t it? So glad you made them with your son and enjoyed them so much. I really appreciate you taking the time to let us all know!

      Shirley

  37. Tracey on March 23rd, 2014 8:52 pm

    Made your pizza bombs today and a version of this one.
    I added vanilla, blueberries and cranberries. Also substituted
    Ghee. They both turned out wonderful and got rave reviews.
    Can’t wait for more fruity ones at breakfast. Love that there
    Is only natural sugar in them. Thanks Shirley.
    Gonna post your recipe for my friends.

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