Vanilla Pudding from Everyday Classics: 68 Essential Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, and Soy-Free Recipes by Alexa Croft

Suite of Sweets for Sweethearts on Gluten Free Easily

We’re a week away from Valentine’s Day so it’s time for my annual Suite of Sweets for Sweethearts event! Those of you who have been reading gfe for a while know that I absolutely LOVE Valentine’s Day. Mr. GFE and I even host a big Valentine’s Day bash. We have been having our Valentine’s Day parties for decades, even before we were married. Now they’ve become quite an event, so we only hold the party every other year and this is not a party year for us, but we will still be celebrating Valentine’s Day, just in a simpler way.

That leaves me plenty of time for  this year’s SSS event and that’s a very good thing because it’s going to be absolutely amazing and so much fun, and totally delicious, of course! SSS will continue on past Valentine’s Day (and then we’ll have something else special for March). You won’t want to miss a post—here on gfe or on Facebook because I’m going to be sharing different items in each place! (Be sure to subscribe to gfe and to not only “Like” my Facebook page, but also use your mouse and hover over “Like” so you can click on “Get Notifications.”)

I am going to be sharing some of the very best gluten-free cookbooks with you during this year’s event! And, happily, via the generosity of the authors and publishers of these cookbooks I will also be offering one of the sweet recipes from these marvelous resources in each post and sharing a review and giveaway of all. Take a peek at all that I’ll be sharing below! There’s so much to share that I had to take two photos!

Suite of Sweets for Sweethearts Cookbook Resource Book Giveaway Part 1

Suite of Sweets for Sweethearts Cookbook/Resource Book/Video Giveaway Part 1

Suite of Sweets for Sweethearts Cookbook/Resource Book/Video Giveaway Part 2

Suite of Sweets for Sweethearts Cookbook/Resource Book/Video Giveaway Part 2

Now for today’s post, I’m so tickled to kick off this year’s SSS by sharing a recipe from my dear friend Lexie (Lexie’s Kitchen) and telling you about her new cookbook, Everyday Classics: 68 Tasty & Essential Recipes Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, and Soy Free.

Lexie’s book is small in size, about 8 inches square and less than 1/2 an inch thick, but don’t let that fool you. This cookbook is packed with good stuff! And its size makes it a cinch to throw in your purse or tote bag and take along to the kids’ soccer game or to the grocery store or health food store.

Everyday Classics:  68 Tasty & Essential Recipes Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, and Soy-Free

Everyday Classics: 68 Tasty & Essential Recipes Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, and Soy-Free

I’ve been very fortunate to know Lexie for several years now and she’s such a dear! Behind that adorable caricature of her in the chef’s hat with pretty pink highlights (pink is her color after all) and all her recipes and all of her other sharing on her blog—and now in her new cookbook—she’s the real deal. ”Real deal” people are becoming a bit rarer I think so it’s important to acknowledge them.

I already knew Lexie’s family’s story and why she started creating gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and soy-free recipes, to some degree. I also knew that every recipe of hers that I have ever tried I have loved (and I’m “just gluten free”—most of the time and most days anyway). That fact alone shows that if you’re gluten free, dairy free, egg free, and soy free, you really don’t have to miss out on delicious meals when you’re using Lexie’s “more-free” recipes.

Despite my prior knowledge of Lexie and her recipes, I learned a lot from this cookbook. The introduction with Lexie’s analogy on going allergy free to pioneer days and her detailed information on ingredients (including trusted sources) is awesome.  Even with some knowledge of Lexie’s family’s healthy journey, I was very moved and inspired by Lexie’s family’s story. I loved the recipes in this cookbook, including the fact that their allergen-free status was clearly shown in an allergen chart showing nine different allergens. I just thoroughly appreciated the whole cookbook.

It’s not one of those cookbooks where I’ll simply look at the pretty pictures, try a recipe or two, and then push it to the back of the bookshelf. No, not at all. The recipes are pretty for sure (and there’s one color photo for each recipe). Lexie is a very gifted photographer and artist, and her sense of color is delightful. (Side note:  Lexie created the headers on gfe and All Gluten-Free Desserts and several of my event badges, including this SSS badge.) But it’s not all about prettiness with Everyday Classics, I’ll actually use and treasure this cookbook. There are a good number of recipes (e.g., Tortillas, Loaf ‘O Bread, Chicken Pot Pie, Flourless Chocolate Cake) that by themselves alone would be reason to purchase this cookbook!

Lexie is graciously sharing her Vanilla Pudding recipe with us all today. You’ll find it at the bottom of this post. You can find the chocolate version in her cookbook. They both look wonderful. I have to confess that pudding has always been a favorite of mine. It was my mom’s “go to” dessert recipe when my sister and I were growing up and I still am thrilled when I stop by or a visit and she has some waiting in the fridge. That doesn’t happen too often though. Now I can make Lexie’s recipe and enjoy delicious “comfort food” pudding whenever I want!

UPDATE:  This giveaway is now closed. The winners are shown below. Congrats to Cassidy and Katie and thanks to all who entered! Stay tuned for more giveaways for SSS.

Cassidy of Cassidy’s Craveable Creations ~ “I would love to win a copy of Lexie’s book, her recipes are always fabulous :) And I’m really excited you shared her vanilla pudding, I have never been able to perfect a good vanilla pudding and now I don’t have to!!!

Katie ~ “We are dairy soy wheat egg nut green bean sweet potato free!  Would love this!  3 of us in the house!”

Now for the Giveaway of Lexie’s Cookbook!

Two readers will win a copy of Lexie’s Everyday Classics: 68 Tasty & Essential Recipes Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, and Soy Free. The giveaway will end Friday, February 14, at midnight Eastern.

To enter the giveaway, do the following: This giveaway is now closed.

~ Leave a comment that relates to this giveaway. Are you already a fan of Lexie’s Kitchen? Do you need to be gluten free and/or “more free”? Do you have new challenges that you need help with? (required entry)
~ “Like” gfe on Facebook and use your mouse to hover over “Like” and click on “Get Notifications” so you won’t miss a post. (Leave a comment saying that you did; optional entry.)
~ “Like” Lexie’s Kitchen on Facebook and use your mouse to hover over “Like” and click on “Get Notifications” so you won’t miss a post. (Leave a comment saying that you did; optional entry.)
p.s. Don’t miss any of the giveaways and recipes! Tomorrow it’s Chocolate Pie with a Raw Graham Cracker Crust from The Paleo Chocolate Lovers’ Cookbook.
Vanilla Pudding from Alexa Croft of Lexie's Kitchen and Everyday Classics:  68 Tasty & Essential Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free and Soy-Free Recipes

Vanilla Pudding from Alexa Croft of Lexie’s Kitchen and Everyday Classics: 68 Tasty & Essential Recipes Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free and Soy-Free

Vanilla Pudding
Author: 
 
Lexie says: “I find these puddings reminiscent of Snack Pack pudding. Cocoa butter adds a remarkable white chocolate creaminess to the Vanilla Pudding while dark chocolate lends richness to the Chocolate Pudding. A good whipping with a hand mixer just prior to serving gives these sweet treats a super silky mouthfeel. Use these puddings in place of the boxed variety in pies and parfaits. Here is the recipe for Vanilla Pudding. The recipe for Chocolate Pudding is found in Everyday Classics: 68 Tasty & Essential Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free and Soy-Free Recipes by Alexa Croft.”
Ingredients
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 1¾ tablespoons gelatin
  • 1 ounce cocoa butter
  • ¼ cup granulated cane sugar
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 (14 oz) cans full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla powder
  • Pinch salt
  • Dash ground turmeric for color, optional
Instructions
  1. Add water to a small saucepan and sprinkle gelatin over surface. Warm mixture over low heat just until gelatin dissolves.
  2. In a double boiler melt cocoa butter. Whisk in sugar and maple syrup and cook over medium heat until sugar begins to dissolve.
  3. Whisk in coconut milk, dissolved gelatin, and remaining ingredients. Continue to cook until steam rises from surface.
  4. Pour pudding into a medium mixing bowl or individual serving cups, and cover with plastic wrap. Chill until set, about 4-5 hours. For an extra silky pudding, chill in medium mixing bowl and beat until super smooth using an electric mixer prior to serving.
Notes
Lexie’s Tips & Tricks: A large, rounded bottom stainless steel bowl atop a large saucepan filled ¼ full with water makes a great stand-in for a double boiler.

Leftover pudding may be beat and poured into popsicle molds for a frosty pudding pop.

Disclosure:  This giveaway is jointly sponsored by Lexie and by gfe, but the opinions expressed are my own.

Shirley
Not just gf, but gfe!

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Comments

76 Responses to “Vanilla Pudding from Everyday Classics: 68 Essential Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, and Soy-Free Recipes by Alexa Croft”

  1. Breanna on February 7th, 2014 8:48 pm

    My son and I both have all these food allergies (&then some)… I would love to win this cookbook!! I already like both Lexie’s Kitchen and GFE on Facebook. Thank you.

  2. Stephanie on February 8th, 2014 12:05 pm

    I love Lexie’s kitchen! This recipe sounds delicious and I love that it has gelatin in it (I’ve been trying to eat more lately). Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Stephanie on February 8th, 2014 12:06 pm

    Following gfe on Facebook!

  4. Stephanie on February 8th, 2014 12:07 pm

    Following Lexie’s kitchen on Facebook too!

  5. Cheryl K. on February 8th, 2014 1:30 pm

    I haven’t been to Lexie’s Kitchen blog yet but I am going now! I have to be gluten and lactose free and it is nice to have your blog to help me. I liked
    both you and Lexies’ Kitchen on Facebook! Thank you for all you give.

  6. sara park on February 8th, 2014 1:49 pm

    Gluten free changed my life forever…but GFE brought back some of the normal comforts of food. Of course I like GFE on FB, I like Lexi on FB, and I just bought her book too! My life wouldn’t be as easy with people like you doing what you do best. You are my ‘go to’ for recipes.

    …not sucking up, it is just the honest truth.

    Thank you!!

  7. Eileen on February 8th, 2014 4:32 pm

    I was just checking out the book, never heard of it. Looks spectacular! We are GFCF and my son is soy free

  8. Eileen on February 8th, 2014 4:35 pm

    liked gfe on FB

  9. Eileen on February 8th, 2014 4:35 pm

    liked Lexie’s kitchen on FB

  10. Cassidy @ Cassidy's Craveable Creations on February 8th, 2014 4:47 pm

    I would love to win a copy of Lexie’s book, her recipes are always fabulous :)

    And I’m really excited you shared her vanilla pudding, I have never been able to perfect a good vanilla pudding and now I don’t have to!!!

    -Cassidy

  11. Barb on February 8th, 2014 5:17 pm

    I got the book for Christmas and have already fallen in love with the biscuits made with healthy flours. I also got Sweet Cravings that I see in your photo and am looking forward to trying the beer bread.

  12. Dori on February 8th, 2014 5:41 pm

    Thanks for your generosity! I have been gluten free for 3 yrs but developed RA this summer, and am trying to put out the inflammation fire! Have recently had to go egg free too, so really would love this book! Thanks again.

  13. Heather on February 8th, 2014 6:17 pm

    I am a fan of both you and Lexie! Being egg free on top of everything else has been a bit of a challenge.

  14. Laurie on February 8th, 2014 6:20 pm

    I follow Lexies blog, but I don’t have her book. Always like new recipes

  15. Cheryl Harris on February 8th, 2014 7:40 pm

    looks like a great giveaway and a fun event! pls don’t enter me.

  16. Judy McClelland on February 8th, 2014 10:37 pm

    Looks like a wonderful book. Would love to own it. My husband is a celiac with diabetes and I am constantly looking for good healthy recipes for him and also for me as I too eat gluten free. Thank you for making this opportunity for those of us who must eat gluten free. I am a fan of GFE and like Lexie’s blog also.

  17. itzia on February 8th, 2014 11:06 pm

    I have heard of Lexie’s Kitchen and I’m trying to go gluten free. small steps.

  18. itzia on February 8th, 2014 11:07 pm

    I follow gfe on Facebook and have selected to get notifications.

  19. itzia on February 8th, 2014 11:18 pm

    I like lexie’s kitchen on Facebook and selected to get notifications

  20. Sarah || Celiac in the City on February 9th, 2014 1:32 am

    I’m “just GF” too, but also experiment with paleo recipes and have been limiting dairy. I’m a big fan of gfe & Lexie’s on FB, but only need one entry — should I win, I’ll give it away at our next GF Get Together. (after I take a peek, of course!) The husband is a BIG pudding fan, he’ll love this recipe!

  21. Wanda on February 9th, 2014 11:19 am

    My mother has refractory celiac disease (she requires medication to heal her gut) and I constantly search for new recipes to make when we are together and to share with her.

  22. Sharon Baridon on February 9th, 2014 11:31 am

    Hi Shirley!! Boy, what started as a gluten and dairy free journey years ago has now offered new experiences….no soy, eggs can be really iffy

  23. Katrina on February 9th, 2014 1:47 pm

    My kids and mom are celiac. My sister is diabetic. So I’m always looking for yummy things to bring to the table that fit everyone’s needs!

  24. Kelly on February 9th, 2014 2:31 pm

    I liked GFE and Lexie’s Kitchen on Facebook. I have a gluten problem especially dextrose. I would love to win this book Everyday Classics!

  25. brooke on February 9th, 2014 7:21 pm

    I recently had a baby, she is two months old. For the past month, I have been noticing frequent rashes on her face and she has become very fussy following feedings with a lot of screaming from belly aches. After a lot of research, it seems as though she has a dairy and/or gluten intolerance. This cookbook would be a great resource to help me begin this new lifestyle into my diet of no dairy, gluten, or eggs so I can continue to nurse without her suffering.

  26. Paula on February 10th, 2014 6:09 pm

    I’m looking to learn more about going gluten free – I’m a super newbie – day one! I liked GFE and Lexie’s Kitchen on FB.

  27. Sue on February 10th, 2014 6:59 pm

    Thanks for the tip on “get notifications”! I had already liked both of your pages. I’m doing really well sticking to GF, but I’d like to go more free to see if I can clear up some lingering health issues. Love your blog/facebook/recipes! Thanks for the give aways… and a very Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours.

  28. Carolyn on February 10th, 2014 9:48 pm

    I need help being refined sugar free. Sugar is in too many foods.

  29. Carolyn on February 10th, 2014 9:49 pm

    I follow (stalk) you on FB.

  30. Dyanne Spease on February 12th, 2014 1:20 pm

    I am new to the gluten free way of life. I would love a bread recipe that doesn’t have a lot of sugar and starch in it that is gluten free. Trying to get my husband on board so I really need a soft bread recipe that doesn’t contain a lot of carbs. Would love to win!!

  31. Sara Bruce on February 12th, 2014 1:28 pm

    I would love to win this book. I am new to the GF diet since I’ve recently been told I have an intolerance to Gluten.

  32. Linda C on February 12th, 2014 1:30 pm

    Yum! I can’t wait to try this pudding! I’ve been a fan of Lexie’s and I’m so excited that she has a cookbook now. Please enter me to win!

  33. Cheryl Ardis on February 12th, 2014 1:56 pm

    This would be perfect for my daughter…Celiac with a severe egg allergy. Thanks!

  34. Angela B on February 12th, 2014 2:15 pm

    This would be great to start my collection of GF books!

  35. Angela B on February 12th, 2014 2:16 pm

    “Like” gfe on Facebook and use your mouse to hover over “Like” and click on “Get Notifications” so you won’t miss a post. (Leave a comment saying that you did; optional entry

  36. Angela B on February 12th, 2014 2:16 pm

    Like” Lexie’s Kitchen on Facebook and use your mouse to hover over “Like” and click on “Get Notifications” so you won’t miss a post. (Leave a comment saying that you did; optional entry.)

  37. angela on February 12th, 2014 3:52 pm

    I need help cooking… please let me win.

  38. Elizabeth M on February 12th, 2014 4:39 pm

    I’m fairly new to the world of allergy-free eating. I’m allergic to wheat and peanuts. I’m struggling to figure out what else I’m allergic or just sensitive to.

  39. Elizabeth M on February 12th, 2014 4:39 pm

    I “like” you both on Facebook!

  40. Tracy on February 12th, 2014 4:40 pm

    This looks awesome! I’ve “played” with gluten free before by my own choice, but it looks like medically I may need to steer this direction…indefinitely! This would help!

  41. Katie on February 12th, 2014 7:34 pm

    Liked

  42. Katie on February 12th, 2014 7:35 pm

    Liked both

  43. Katie on February 12th, 2014 7:36 pm

    We are diary soy wheat egg nut green bean sweat potato free! Would love this! 3 of us in the house!

  44. Chuck H on February 12th, 2014 8:11 pm

    Trying new gf recipes that are good

  45. Mel Peters on February 12th, 2014 9:01 pm

    I have several food sensitivities and a vegetable hating husband, lol! Need new recipes for the dinner arsenal.

  46. Patrick on February 12th, 2014 10:53 pm

    This would be a hit at our house !

  47. Patrick on February 12th, 2014 10:55 pm

    I ‘Liked’ gfe on FB !

  48. Cassondra Randall on February 13th, 2014 6:05 am

    My mother and I are recently new to the gluten free diet due to many health related issues. We are in dire need of some gluten free recipes! It’s so hard to find healthy food, especially gluten & wheat free!! We could REALLY use a cook book! Thank you for the giveaways!!!

  49. fran on February 14th, 2014 2:12 pm

    These recipes really help. I have a daughter who is gluten internet and a sister who is egg also..

  50. Danielle on February 14th, 2014 5:39 pm

    I’m a big fan of Lexie’s blog and I’d love to be more gluten free. I think with a book like this, I’d be well on my way!

  51. Kelly Yoder on February 14th, 2014 6:13 pm

    I would love to get this cookbook to give to my young adult son so he can have easy to follow, delicious recipes without gluten or casein. Thank you for this opportunity. I have already been following Lexie’s Kitchen blog and now I will add GFE as well!

  52. charj on February 14th, 2014 7:53 pm

    I follow Lexie’s Kitchen via RSS

  53. Lee Ann Cameron on February 14th, 2014 8:29 pm

    My family is gluten sensitive and have found a whole new world in GF cooking …I would love to have this book…I have liked Lexie’s Kitchen and Have always liked GFE Thanks for having this giveaway

  54. Arleen on February 14th, 2014 8:40 pm

    I get notifications on Facebook from GFE

  55. Donna Smith on February 14th, 2014 8:56 pm

    I needed to adjust our family meals and I need to go gluten free. I am new to cooking this way. This book sounds great.
    I follow both you and Lexie on Facebook.

  56. Arleen on February 14th, 2014 8:57 pm

    I get notifications on Facebook from Lexie’s Kitchen.

  57. Arleen on February 14th, 2014 8:58 pm

    Dairy-free? Try Lexie’s Mango Ice Cream. To die for!

  58. Wanda Atkinson on February 14th, 2014 9:03 pm

    My husband and I are both gluten free. We would love to have this cookbook. I have been following gfe and will now be following Lexie’s Kitchen as well. It is always nice to find some good gluten free recipes.

  59. Jessica A on February 15th, 2014 12:18 am

    I need to be GF because of Celiac and my 7-year old daughter needs to be due to non-Celiac gluten sensitivity and gluten allergy. I need help kicking my sugar habit again!

  60. Jessica A on February 15th, 2014 12:18 am

    Already liked GFE on FB and receive notifications!

  61. Jessica A on February 15th, 2014 12:19 am

    Already like Lexie’s Kitchen and get notifications. :)

  62. Amy Burke on February 15th, 2014 2:23 am

    Love it all!

  63. insiya on February 15th, 2014 2:53 am

    I am definitely fan of Lexie’s kitchen! I haven’t turned Gluten Free completely yet. I am new to it all. Been contemplating a lot to turn completely just need a little more motivation & a push. Who knows maybe this book might provide me one?

  64. insiya on February 15th, 2014 2:55 am

    Already like GFE on facebook & receive notifications!

  65. lori IL on February 15th, 2014 7:23 am

    i’m a fan and a subscriber to Lexie’s Kitchen!

  66. Cassidy @ Cassidy's Craveable Creations on February 15th, 2014 10:31 am

    Thank you SO MUCH Shirley, I just can’t believe I won! I absolutely cannot wait to receive a copy of her book and try all of her yummy recipes :)

    XO,
    Cassidy

    • Shirley on February 16th, 2014 5:37 pm

      You are so welcome, Cassidy! I’m excited for you to get Lexie’s book and start trying some of her wonderful recipes and maybe get inspired to make some more new ones of your own. :-) My blogger friends’ ideas are always inspiring me to create some new gfe recipes. ;-)

      xo,
      Shirley

  67. Katie Jacobs on February 15th, 2014 12:42 pm

    So excited to have won Alexa Croft’s new cookbook, Everyday Classics! Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!

    • Shirley on February 16th, 2014 5:38 pm

      You’re welcome, Katie! I’m so happy that you won. I know you will just love Lexie’s recipes! :-)

      Shirley

  68. April on February 16th, 2014 1:09 am

    I love Lexie’s kitchen! Thanks for the giveaway!

  69. April on February 16th, 2014 1:10 am

    Liked on FB

  70. April on February 16th, 2014 1:10 am

    Liked on FB #2

  71. Denise R on February 17th, 2014 8:53 am

    I have a gluten allergy and this would be perfect for me!

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