Decadent Carrot Cake

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I have been searching for a new carrot cake recipe for a while, and I finally found one. I am in love with this new cookbook 200 Best Sheet Pan Recipes and this recipe for Decadent Carrot Cake by one of my favorite cookbook authors, Camilla Saulsbury and Published by Robert Rose (my publisher). Getting dinner together can be challenging, especially for those who work full time and/or have kids. Sheet pan meals are the new one-pot meals since they allow you to cook several components of your meal at one such as her recipes for California Fish Tacos with Cucumber and Pineapple, Sheet Pan Clam Bake and even Weeknight Chicken and Stuffing. Her book begins with an “extra-simple pantry meal” chapter, followed by breakfast and brunch recipes, meatless meals, recipes for seafood, chicken, turkey, beef, pork etc. Of course, I love all of the recipes I have tried so far!

Children, including those who claim an aversion to vegetables, are drawn to carrot cake. Perhaps it’s because the carrots create a moistness that plays up the sweet spices of the cake, and accent the component everyone loves most: the tangy cream cheese icing. Whether you have kids or not, this carrot cake is the perfect mix of sweetness and softness. It’s perfect for Mother’s Day, spring parties and summer gatherings. It’s also so simple to prepare. Enjoy and be sure to check out this cookbook!

Courtesy of 200 Best Sheet Pan Recipes by Camilla Saulsbury © 2016 www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission. Available where books are sold.

200 Sheet Pan Meals Coobkook

Essential Coconut Pancakes

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When I saw The Complete Coconut Cookbook was coming out this month, I was so excited. Besides the fact that it is also by my book publisher, Robert Rose, I have been a fan of coconut way before it’s popularity. If you’re looking for a great breakfast recipe, try these Essential Coconut Pancakes. Few things top homemade pancakes, and this coconut variation is a winner with kids and adults alike. You’ll stay satisfied for hours, too, thanks to the high protein content of the chickpea flour (10 grams in 1 cup compared to 8 grams in wheat flour) and the high fiber content of the coconut flour. They also taste amazing. If you’re like me and super busy on the weekdays, you can make these ahead of time and refrigerate them between sheets of waxed paper, tightly covered in plastic wrap, for up to 2 days or freeze, enclosed in a sealable plastic bag, for up to 1 month. Let thaw at room temperature or defrost in the microwave.

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This book is fabulous! You will enjoy 300 all-natural, easy-to-make coconut recipes by Camilla Saulsbury, a great cookbook author. She discusses the differences in coconut oils, uses of coconut, health benefits and so much more.

Moonbeam Bars and Energy Bar Cookbook Givewaway

Sales of energy bars have sky rocketed from moms on the go, home chefs, casual or endurance athletes, teens, and just about everyone. I  am so excited about the new book, Power Hungry, The Ultimate Energy Bar Cookbook, by Camilla V. Saulsbury as she challenges store-bought snacks with 150 fabulous homemade bar recipes. Her recipes are 100% soy free and highly adaptable for gluten free, vegan and even Paleo diets. In this recipe for Moonbeam Bars, the brown crisp rice base renders the bars light and crisp, while the additions of oats and protein power lend enough substance to stave off hunger for hours. Nut (or seed) butter adds depth and subtle natural sweetness, and of course a thin schmear of white chocolate, dark chocolate, or Greek yogurt coating tops things off in the most delicious way (you could leave it off…but why?).

I am giving away 3 copies! YES 3!! To win a copy of this cookbook, tell me your favorite healthy go-to snack. A winner will be drawn randomly on October 30th at 8 a.m.

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CAMILLA’S BAR TIPS

  • I mean it when I say firmly compact the bars. Press, press, press, and then press again! Thirty seconds of effort will pay off with bars that hold together every time.
  • If you don’t want to use protein powder, you don’t have to; simply increase the total amount of oats by 2 tablespoons. Alternatively, you can add 2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal or 3 tablespoons of nonfat instant milk powder.

BAR KEEPING

Tightly wrap the bars individually in plastic wrap.

ROOM TEMP: 2 days
REFRIGERATOR: 2 weeks
FREEZER: 3 months in airtight container; thaw 1/2 hour

 

BAR VARIATIONS

ZESTY LEMON OR LIME BARS

Prepare as directed but omit the cranberries; use any flavor nut or seed butter except peanut. Use 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon or lime zest in place of the orange zest. Add 1 tablespoon fresh lemon or lime juice along with the salt. Use the White Chocolate Bar Coating (see below).

JOY OF ALMOND BARS

Use almond butter for the nut butter and omit the cranberries and orange zest. Reduce the total amount of crisp rice cereal to 2 cups and to it add 1/2 cup unsweetened flake or shredded coconut, chopped. Add 3/4 teaspoon almond extract along with the salt. Use the Chocolate Bar Coating (see below).

CHOCOLATE-COVERED CANDY
CANE BARS

Use any flavor nut or seed butter except peanut. Omit the cranberries and orange zest and add 1 teaspoon pure peppermint extract along with the salt. Use either the Chocolate Bar Coating or White Chocolate Bar Coating (see below).

WHITE CHOCOLATE MACADAMIA BARS

Use any flavor nut or seed butter except peanut and omit the cranberries and orange zest. Reduce the total amount of crisp rice cereal to 2 cups and to it add 1/4 cup roasted macadamia nuts, chopped. Add 1 teaspoon pure maple extract along with the salt. Use the White Chocolate Bar Coating (see below).

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE BARS

Prepare as directed, but omit the cranberries and orange zest. Use an equal amount of lightly packed all-natural, sweetened chocolate protein powder in place of vanilla. Add 1 tablespoon natural, unsweetened cocoa powder along with the salt. Use the Chocolate or White Chocolate Bar Coating (see below).

CHOCOLATE OR
 WHITE CHOCOLATE COATING

MELT 1/3 cup semisweet, bittersweet, or natural white chocolate chips in a microwave or double boiler according to the package directions.

WHISK in 2 teaspoons virgin coconut oil until blended

SPREAD or drizzle over cooled, uncut bars. Alternatively, dunk the ends of cut bars and place on an unlined cookie sheet.

REFRIGERATE for 30 minutes until the coating has hardened.

MAKES enough to coat one 8- to 9-inch pan of bars (double the recipe for a 9 by 13-inch pan)

 

Gluten-Free Fresh Cherry and Almond Muffins & Gluten-Free Muffin Cookbook Giveaway

Gluten-Free muffins? Yes! It’s hard to believe that making muffins gluten-free can taste fabulous, and Cookbook Author, Camilla Saulsbury, shows us how in one of her latest cookbooks “150 Best Gluten-Free Muffin Recipes”. This book is a collection of great recipes, expert baking tips, expert baking techniques and even a gluten-free ingredient glossary to help the novice as well as the expert gluten-free baker. Recipes such as Rocky Road Muffins, Bacon Scallion Muffins, Indian Spice Coconut Muffins and Sour Cream Muffins are just a few calling my name. These Fresh Cherry Almond Muffins (pictured above) were out of this world. Before I could turn around, my 3 kids devoured them. These are perfect for this time of year when fresh cherries are at their peak. For a chance to win a copy of this book, leave me a comment telling me what type of muffin is your favorite. For additional chances to win, follow the steps below and leave me a comment telling me you did so. Good Luck! Winner will be drawn June 12th at 8 a.m CST. 

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