I don’t recall how I came upon this book really, maybe I was browsing Amazon’s book selection, or maybe I saw it in a bookstore. The title got me interested. Flourless? Really? Earlier this year I had been thinking about baking healthier desserts (if there is such a thing) and started looking around for dessert cook books that were easy to make and relatively “healthy.”
My criteria for the cookbook had to be these: the recipes had to be easy, the ingredients had to be wholesome, and the baking had to be forgiving. Given that I am not a big baker, I like my recipes to be simple. Flourless: Recipes for Naturally Gluten-free Desserts by Nicole Spiridakis seemed to have everything I was looking for. The reviews were very good on Amazon too. So I decided to take a chance and bought it, and I have to say, this cookbook is awesome. Flourless has become one of my favorite dessert cookbooks.
The recipes in this book are super easy to follow and have all-natural ingredients which in this case are good wholesome alternatives to flour. What I like about this cookbook is that the recipes are very flexible, meaning you can substitute a lot of the ingredients. For example, you can substitute almond flour for cashew flour, honey instead of maple syrup, oat flour instead of bran flour, butter instead of palm oil, and so on. Author Nicole Spiridakis actually encourages you to experiment with her recipes. I’ve tried a few of her recipes and they have all turned out great.
With mouthwatering photos and desserts such as Apple Tea Cake with Maple Glaze, Bourbon-Arborio Rice Pudding, and Seasonal Fruit Tart with Coconut Cream, this book is a treasure trove of dessert recipes made with healthy, all natural ingredients that are wonderful alternatives to using all-purpose flour.
My baker daughter Sri has made a few desserts from this book (reluctantly) as she prefers to bake with all purpose flour, but even she had to admit that the desserts tasted really good! Couple of desserts that Sri made was the Chocolate Cake with Brown Sugar Butter cream, and the Mexican Hot Chocolate Cake with Chocolate-Buttermilk Frosting.
To give you an idea of how Nicole’s recipes are presented here is the recipe for the Mexican Hot Chocolate Cake from the book Flourless.
Mexican Hot Chocolate Cake with Milk Chocolate Buttermilk Frosting:
From the book Flourless
Ingredients for Mexican Hot Chocolate Cake:
- 1 tsp ground flax seeds
- 2 tsp boiling water
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 3 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 1/2 cups ground oats
- 6 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/4 tsp salt
Ingredients for Milk Chocolate Buttermilk Frosting
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 2 oz milk chocolate, melted
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
- 2 or 3 tbsp buttermilk
Check it out for yourself and see how baking with healthy flour alternatives such as almond meal, cashew flour, nuts, fruits, oats, and honey can make any dessert worthy of being a star at the dinner table. This book is available on Amazon. Flourless: Recipes for Naturally Gluten Free Desserts