Review and Giveaway of Ricki Heller’s Desserts Without Compromise

Full disclosure: Ricki Heller’s e-cookbook Desserts Without Compromise was provided to me free of charge for review. Ricki is also providing the winner’s free copy. However, this is not a sponsored post and the opinions expressed within are strictly my own.

This post is part of Gluten-Free Wednesdays.

Update:  This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all who entered and congrats to Pat (Elegantly, Gluten-Free). Pat was selected by random.org, but her comment was: ”That fudge looks too good to be good for me…must be something I’ll need to try! =)Stay tuned for more as my Christmas event winds down as my blogiversary approaches.

I’ve talked a lot about my dear friend, Ricki Heller (Diet, Dessert, and Dogs), before. I briefly reviewed her book, Sweet Freedom, which you can read here. Then I adopted Ricki for a recent Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger event; check that out here. As part of my adoption, I made her Chia Pudding and Cashew Chocolate Chip Cookies. I have some tahini now so I can actually make her Cashew Chocolate Chip Cookies according to the original recipe, although I loved the results using peanut butter. They are excellent cookies … gluten free, dairy free, egg free, and refined sugar free. Ricki is all about excellence in desserts, so I was delighted when she sent me her newest e-book—Desserts Without Compromise— to review and give away to one of my loyal and loved gfe readers. Gosh, I love it when that happens … for both me and you!

Her book is full of “must have right now” recipes. However, some include ingredients I don’t have on hand, so I opted for the Almond-Cinnamon Fudge because I had everything on hand and I really wanted some fudge. I guess I’ve had fudge on the brain since I mentioned my mom’s “to die for, straight to the vein” classic cocoa fudge in my post with tips on eating healthier for the holidays (as part of our Gluten-Free Holiday event—last post here). I know some of you are still hoping I’ll post mom’s fudge recipe, but I seriously don’t want to be responsible for having a reader go into a state of serious glucose unbalance. If I improve the recipe and make it a bit healthier, I’ll post it. Now before you protest, I’ll tell you that mom’s recipe has 3 cups of sugar. Yes, 3 whole cups! And, no, that amount is not because the recipe makes a huge pan. It’s a typical, small rectangular pan that mom uses for making fudge. Of course, I admit that I love the stuff and I already asked mom to bring my tin of fudge, but not solely for me—to share with everyone on Christmas Eve. Oh, how I’m regretting that decision now. I’m serious. That fudge is insanely good. But, most of the time I do want to make better choices, so what if I could have healthy fudge that tasted wonderful? A fudge made using white beans (and not just a token amount, mind you … beans are the primary ingredient), almond butter, cinnamon, almonds, coconut oil, lemon zest, stevia, yacon syrup, almond extract, vanilla extract, salt, and flax meal—gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, and full of all the nutritional benefits that those ingredients bring to the table. Does it sound too good to be true? Well, yes, this fudge is too good, but it is true. Take a look again at Ricki’s Almond-Cinnamon Fudge below. Note that I topped my fudge with the almonds versus incorporating them. I like both the look and the more concentrated crunch. For a treat, even a square smaller than the ones shown will suffice, but I ate two pieces the size of the ones shown for breakfast. Hey, I was very happy as a result and I wasn’t hungry for hours!

You can take a look at a bunch of the other recipes from Ricki’s e-book in this post, which she first shared when Desserts Without Compromise came out. If you’d like to get more of a feel (look, taste, etc.) of Ricki’s recipes from this e-book, you can find a few of the actual recipes on her blog; e.g., Carob Coconut Sweeties and Grain Free Coconut Macaroons. Others, like the Almond-Cinnamon Fudge I made, were newly created by Ricki for Desserts Without Compromise. Every one of the recipes in this e-book is gluten free, dairy free, egg free, refined sugar free, low glycemic, and—as Ricki so importantly points out—delicious. Without the delicious factor, none of us would be nearly as interested in the other attributes of these desserts, necessary as they may be. Hence, the name, Desserts Without Compromise. I can’t wait to work my way through all the recipes.

Ricki’s book also includes an introduction to the anti-candida diet, explaining why she eats the way she does. She also spends some time discussing the ingredients that she uses. I found both sections very informative and helpful even though personally I don’t currently follow the anti-candida diet. Bythe way, Ricki is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN), too. I love knowing that her wonderful recipes on based on such knowledge!

This giveaway will end Sunday, December 26, at midnight (gosh, it seems weird to type that date already!). Here are the following ways you can enter—PLEASE READ. First, I want to state that most of you are not getting credit for all the possible entries in recent giveaways. I want you to have as many chances to win as possible. So, please remember that you don’t have to be a new subscriber, new follower, etc. to leave an entry. If you already subscribe to gfe, just state “I subscribe to gfe.” If you already like gfe on Facebook, simply state, “I like gfe on Facebook.” But, and this is an important but, you do have to leave a separate comment for each. I use the random number generator and cannot tally all your entries unless they are separate. Hope that makes sense … now enter like crazy because you all deserve  to win Ricki Heller’s Desserts Without Compromise!

~Simply leave  a comment.

~Post about this giveaway on your blog and/or share it on Facebook. Leave a separate comment here saying that you did.

~Tweet about this giveaway using @Shirleygfe and @RickiHeller. Leave a separate comment here saying that you did.

~Subscribe to gfe via reader or email. Leave a separate comment here saying that you did.

~“Like” gfe on Facebook. Leave a comment here saying that you did.

~“Friend” me on Facebook. Leave a comment saying that you did.

~“Like” Diet, Dessert, and Dogs on Facebook. Leave a comment here saying that you did.

~ “Follow” Ricki on Twitter. Leavea comment here saying that you did.  

~Follow me on Twitter. Leave a separate comment here saying that you did.

Shirley
Not just gf, but gfe!

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Comments

110 Responses to “Review and Giveaway of Ricki Heller’s Desserts Without Compromise”

  1. Megan @ Sweet On on December 20th, 2010 10:51 pm

    Oh, I would love to win this! Ricki is an inspiration!

    • Shirley on December 21st, 2010 11:56 pm

      Hi again, Megan–So nice to make all these connections, especially on Twitter where we got to chat tweet. ;-) Welcome to gfe! I agree … Ricki is total inspiration! :-)

      Shirley

  2. Megan @ Sweet On on December 20th, 2010 10:51 pm

    I also follow Ricki on twitter :)

  3. Megan @ Sweet On on December 20th, 2010 10:52 pm

    I “like” D,D, & D on facebook!

  4. Megan @ Sweet On on December 20th, 2010 10:55 pm

    I tweeted about this giveaway!

  5. Megan @ Sweet On on December 20th, 2010 10:57 pm

    I now follow you on twitter (@sweeton)

  6. Neva on December 21st, 2010 12:17 am

    I am a friend on Facebook

    • Shirley on December 21st, 2010 11:57 pm

      Hey Neva–Always nice to see you … thanks for the entry! :-)

      Shirley

  7. Christina Matthewson on December 21st, 2010 1:03 am

    I’m already a ‘liker’of gfe on FB

    • Shirley on December 22nd, 2010 12:00 am

      Hi Christina–I don’t think I got to welcome you to gfe previously … so glad you are here! Thanks so much for all the connections. :-)

      Shirley

  8. Christina Matthewson on December 21st, 2010 1:04 am

    I ‘liked’ Diet Desert and Dogs on FB

  9. Debi on December 21st, 2010 1:07 am

    All I have to say is, I want that fudge! LOL

    • Shirley on December 22nd, 2010 12:02 am

      Well, yes, Debi, yes, you do want this fudge! I know you are a fan of both almond and cinnamon flavors. :-)

      Hugs,
      Shirley

  10. Heidi @adventuresofaglutenfreemom.com on December 21st, 2010 1:32 am

    No need to enter me in the giveaway but I just had to say YUM! Back when I was eating beans like a crazy person, I loved putting them in sweet treats…never felt bad when Luke went to town on them (well, until I had diaper duty the next day, LOL!).

    Great post Shirley and the fudge looks fantastic.

    xo,
    Heidi

    • Shirley on December 22nd, 2010 12:08 am

      Hey Heidi!–Remember if you use dried beans and then soak them before cooking, you have less of those type of issues, if at all. ;-) It’s great! LOL Ricki’s fudge is pretty surprising. I had no idea I’d like another fudge besides the “straight to the vein” kind (either mom’s or others’ gooier version), but I really enjoy this fudge of Ricki’s–with the fact that eating it ensures no sugar buzz or crashing later. ;-)

      xoxo,
      Shirley

  11. Christina Matthewson on December 21st, 2010 1:52 am

    I’ve subscribed to gfe :)

  12. Sharon on December 21st, 2010 4:08 am

    That fudge looks soo good!

    • Shirley on December 22nd, 2010 12:10 am

      Hi Sharon–It’s nice to have all your entries! :-) The fudge is not traditional in flavor at all, but it is delightful!

      Shirley

  13. Sharon on December 21st, 2010 4:09 am

    I like gfe on facebook

  14. Sharon on December 21st, 2010 4:10 am

    I follow you on twitter

  15. Sharon on December 21st, 2010 4:11 am

    I subscribe to gfe

  16. Sharon on December 21st, 2010 4:12 am

    I sent you a friend request on fb.

  17. Audrey Jensen on December 21st, 2010 8:13 am

    I liked you on FB. I liked you on your blog. I Liked you when you shared your recipes with us. Why do I feel like Dr. Seuss?

    Audrey

    • Shirley on December 22nd, 2010 12:14 am

      Hi Audrey–Awww, you’re too cute! Love Dr. Seuss! :-) I hear you on “friending.” Are you also one of those folks that grimaces when words are shortened and misspelled? You know like Kwik and Xmas … hate those!

      Shirley

  18. Audrey Jensen on December 21st, 2010 8:16 am

    Another comment about friending people. I Friended you, even though friending people sounds like horrible grammar!

  19. Audrey Jensen on December 21st, 2010 8:20 am

    I liked “Diet, Desserts & dogs”. Can’t wait to try the nog!

  20. Audrey Jensen on December 21st, 2010 8:21 am

    I am now following Ricki on Twitter!

  21. Audrey Jensen on December 21st, 2010 8:23 am

    I already follow you on Twitter!

  22. Deanna on December 21st, 2010 8:38 am

    I would love to get my hands on Ricki’s ebook. :)

    • Shirley on December 23rd, 2010 3:37 pm

      Hi Deanna–That’s completely understandable—thanks for entering! :-)

      Shirley

  23. Anne on December 21st, 2010 8:59 am

    I subscribe to gfe

    • Shirley on December 23rd, 2010 3:38 pm

      Hi Anne–Nice to see you again … thanks for entering the giveaway! :-)

      Shirley

  24. Johanna B on December 21st, 2010 9:13 am

    I subscribe to gfe by email.

    • Shirley on December 23rd, 2010 3:39 pm

      Hey Johanna–I always appreciate all the connections with you! :-) Thanks for taking time to enter the giveaway!

      Shirley

  25. Johanna B on December 21st, 2010 9:13 am

    I “like” gfe on FB.

  26. Johanna B on December 21st, 2010 9:14 am

    I friended you on FB.

  27. Johanna B on December 21st, 2010 9:16 am

    I like Diet, Dessert and Dogs on FB

  28. cindy on December 21st, 2010 1:35 pm

    Yummy this fudge looks wonderful thanks

    • Shirley on December 23rd, 2010 3:41 pm

      Hi cindy–Nice to see you again! Not sure if I’ve officially welcomed you to gfe–welcome! :-)

      The fudge is another genius idea from Ricki … so good.

      Shirley

  29. Pat @ Elegantly Gluten-Free on December 21st, 2010 3:11 pm

    That fudge looks too good to be good for me…must be something I’ll need to try! =)

  30. Pat @ Elegantly Gluten-Free on December 21st, 2010 3:35 pm

    You have been tweeted!

  31. Pat @ Elegantly Gluten-Free on December 21st, 2010 3:35 pm

    You’ve been facebooked!

  32. Lisa on December 21st, 2010 7:31 pm

    I just subscribed to GFE!

  33. Megan @ Sweet On on December 21st, 2010 10:03 pm

    I just subscribed via Google Reader

    (congrats on the new doggy!!!)

  34. Latoya Bridges on December 22nd, 2010 3:53 am

    I just subscribed via Google Reader (congrats on the new doggy!!!)

    • Shirley on December 23rd, 2010 3:44 pm

      Hi Latoya–Welcome to gfe! :-) Thanks for the entering the giveaway and special thanks re: the newest member of our family … he already has me trained. ;-)

      Shirley

  35. bitt on December 22nd, 2010 4:50 am

    I’d love to win this!

    • Shirley on December 23rd, 2010 3:47 pm

      Hi bitt–Don’t think I’ve welcome you to gfe yet–happy to have you here! :-) Thanks for all the giveaway entries! Love your Twitter name, too! Will look you up there … just reading your name has to make everyone smile. ;-)

      Shirley

  36. bitt on December 22nd, 2010 4:50 am

    I follow ricki on twitter @cherrycobbler

  37. bitt on December 22nd, 2010 4:50 am

    like DD and D on facebook

  38. bitt on December 22nd, 2010 4:51 am

    like GFE on facebook

  39. Terry on December 22nd, 2010 10:30 am

    I just love going on Ricki’s site and checking out all her great recipes… plus, she also had candida so she uses sweetners that I am able to tolerate….

    Kudos to you for another GREAT post!!

    • Shirley on December 23rd, 2010 3:58 pm

      Hey Terry–Disregard my other comment about checking out DDD … I see you’re already familiar with the great and creative Ricki! :-)

      Thanks for entering, and as always, thanks for the kind words, ;-)

      Shirley

  40. Jennifer R. on December 22nd, 2010 3:40 pm

    Oh, would i love to win this — my 5 year old daughter is on an anti-candida diet and this would come in handy, especially during the holidays. thanks for another great giveaway, Shirley!!

    • Shirley on December 23rd, 2010 3:59 pm

      Hey Jennifer–Thanks for all the entries and connections! I know you’d love Ricki’s recipes for not only your daughter, but for your whole family. :-)

      Hugs,
      Shirley

  41. Jennifer R. on December 22nd, 2010 3:41 pm

    i subscribe to your blog

  42. Jennifer R. on December 22nd, 2010 3:42 pm

    i’m friends with you on fb :)

  43. Jennifer R. on December 22nd, 2010 3:45 pm

    i like gfe on fb

  44. Jennifer R. on December 22nd, 2010 3:48 pm

    i shared on fb

  45. Jennifer R. on December 22nd, 2010 3:49 pm

    i like diet dessert and dogs on fb

  46. Kate Gillis on December 22nd, 2010 4:46 pm

    I like gfe on fb.

    • Shirley on December 23rd, 2010 4:01 pm

      Hi Kate–Looks like you’re new here … welcome! :-) Thanks for the connections and entering the giveaway, too.

      Shirley

  47. Kate Gillis on December 22nd, 2010 4:46 pm

    I read gfe on Google Reader.

  48. Marsha A on December 22nd, 2010 5:42 pm

    yum that fudge looks great.

    • Shirley on December 23rd, 2010 4:03 pm

      Hi Marsha–Nice to see you again! :-) Thanks for the connections (and, yes, the fudge is great! I’m making it last!) and entering the giveaway!

      Shirley

  49. Marsha A on December 22nd, 2010 5:42 pm

    I subscribe to GFE via email.

  50. Marsha A on December 22nd, 2010 5:43 pm

    I like diet dessert and dogs on FB

  51. Alena Mack on December 22nd, 2010 6:05 pm

    follow you on facebook!

  52. Alena Mack on December 22nd, 2010 6:06 pm

    and I subscribe to your blog by email!

  53. Alena Mack on December 22nd, 2010 6:07 pm

    but i’m really excited about trying your black eyed pea soup tomorrow night! Going to share it with my sister! Thanks for the great recipes

    • Shirley on December 23rd, 2010 4:06 pm

      Hey Alena–I don’t think I’ve welcomed you to gfe yet … so happy to have you here! :-) Thanks so much for all the connections/entries and your sweet words, too. Hope you enjoy the black-eyed pea soup! It’s a favorite at our house.

      Shirley

  54. Manette Gutterman on December 22nd, 2010 6:40 pm

    A facebook fan of gfe!

    • Shirley on December 23rd, 2010 4:07 pm

      Hi Manette–Welcome to gfe and many thanks for the Facebook connection/giveaway entry! :-)

      Shirley

  55. sherrell wolter on December 22nd, 2010 7:25 pm

    I like gfe on facebook.

    I do want to try that fudge!!!

    • Shirley on December 23rd, 2010 4:09 pm

      Hi sherrell–I didn’t get to welcome you to gfe yet … happy to have you as a reader and Facebook fan/friend! :-) Hope you’ll find the info here (and that I link to) helpful to you and your husband. Thanks for entering the giveaway, too!

      Shirley

  56. Jessica on December 22nd, 2010 11:35 pm

    I love making almond bark and fudge as an alternate to cookies. This would be a great addition to my recipe books!

    • Shirley on December 23rd, 2010 4:12 pm

      Hey Jessica–Great to see to see you again! I’d have a hard time choosing between almond bark and fudge versus cookies. I think I’d eat the almond bark and fudge and then make some cookies. ;-)

      Thanks for entering the giveaway! :-)

      Shirley

  57. Cindy A on December 23rd, 2010 3:37 am

    Would love to have this cookbook!! The recipe looks yummy!!

    • Shirley on December 23rd, 2010 4:14 pm

      Hi Cindy A–Looks like you are new to gfe–welcome! Thanks for entering the giveaway. :-)

      Shirley

  58. Carla on December 23rd, 2010 3:59 am

    The new year is approaching and I could really use some GF-SF recipes to start off my new year diet! Thanks for this posting this giveaway!

    • Shirley on December 23rd, 2010 4:17 pm

      Hey Carla–Great to see you! Thanks for all the entries, and I agree gf/sf does sound like a great way to start 2011! :-)

      Shirley

  59. Carla on December 23rd, 2010 4:01 am

    I already like your page on FB.

  60. Carla on December 23rd, 2010 4:01 am

    I already follow you on Twitter.

  61. Christie Fisher on December 23rd, 2010 11:54 am

    I liked your page on fb just today!! I am just entering the gf world and am amazed! I commend all of the cooks, writers, and moms that are helping us moms with special needs kids learn to survive and love life!

    • Shirley on December 23rd, 2010 4:20 pm

      Hi Christie–Welcome to gfe and thanks for the FB connection! :-) All of us are just folks who have been there and want to make it easier for others. “Learn to survive and love life” … I do think that’s what all the gf (and more) bloggers are all trying to share. Thanks so much for your kind words, dear!

      Shirley

  62. Niv on December 23rd, 2010 12:12 pm

    I follow you and Ricki on FB.

    • Shirley on December 23rd, 2010 4:23 pm

      Hi Niv–It looks like you are new here–welcome! :-) Thanks for the FB connections!

      Shirley

  63. Vegyogini on December 23rd, 2010 12:44 pm

    I’d love to win a copy! Ricki is awesome! Thank you for the giveaway. :)

    • Shirley on December 23rd, 2010 5:26 pm

      Hi Vegyogini–Welcome to gfe! :-) I agree … Ricki is awesome! It’s so great of her to sponsor this giveaway of her latest e-book. :-)

      Shirley

  64. Vegyogini on December 23rd, 2010 12:44 pm

    I follow Ricki on Twitter!

  65. Vegyogini on December 23rd, 2010 12:45 pm

    I “like” DDD on FB!

  66. Susan R on December 25th, 2010 11:54 pm

    I subscribe to gfe via e-mail

    • Shirley on December 26th, 2010 11:19 pm

      Hi Susan–Thanks for entering the giveaway! :-)

      Shirley

  67. Gail on December 26th, 2010 10:21 am

    This almond-cinnamon fudge looks so yummy! Thanks Shirley for the opportunity to win a copy of Ricki’s book.

    • Shirley on December 26th, 2010 11:21 pm

      Hi Gail–Thanks for entering the giveaway! It’s so gracious of Ricki to sponsor it. :-) I enjoy the fudge very much. It’s different from traditional fudge, but I really like it.

      Shirley

  68. Lisa on December 26th, 2010 11:47 pm

    I’m following you on twitter (5shadesofgreen)

    • Shirley on December 28th, 2010 11:19 pm

      Hey Lisa–Know we chatted on Twitter, but wanted to officially welcome you to gfe. :-) Hope to see you here more!

      Shirley

  69. Lisa on December 26th, 2010 11:47 pm

    I liked gfe on facebook

  70. Lisa on December 26th, 2010 11:47 pm

    I liked DDD on facebook

  71. Lisa on December 26th, 2010 11:48 pm

    I’m following Ricki on twitter

  72. Lisa on December 26th, 2010 11:50 pm

    I tweeted about the giveaway! (@5shadesofgreen is me!)

  73. Pat @ Elegantly, Gluten-Free on December 27th, 2010 1:52 pm

    I’m so looking forward to trying this fudge soon! Maybe on New Years Eve….

    Thanks to both of you, Shirley and Rikki, for offering the opportunity to win this cookbook!

    Hugs,
    Pat

    • Shirley on December 28th, 2010 11:27 pm

      Hi Pat–You’re welcome! Enjoy! :-)

      Hugs back,
      Shirley

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