ricportrait2blog3 Welcome to Sweet Freedom! This blog was started as a preview of my upcoming cookbook, which features delicious, foolproof recipes for baked treats and other sweets designed for those of us with dietary restrictions. 

After running an organic bakery for three years, I decided the pace was too much for me and returned to teaching cooking and developing recipes for healthy foods.  I also realized that my real passion is creating desserts for those of us (including myself) with special diets–free of wheat, eggs, dairy, and refined sweeteners.  Designed to fit within my own dietary restrictions, the recipes are made mostly with spelt, oat, or barley flours, but about 30% of the book will be gluten-free or entirely grain-free as well. These recipes are perfect for those of us avoiding certain foods, for kids whose diets require all-natural, additive-free, preservative-free, sugar-free and coloring-free foods, for vegans, and for people following kosher diets (everything is pareve).

I decided to start this blog as an adjunct to my regular food, cooking, and diet blog, Diet, Dessert and Dogs.  This space will introduce some of the baked goods and other desserts that will appear in the cookbook. In the book, you’ll find all the recipes for items listed here, plus many that appeared on my other blog–in total, over 100 recipes. There’s also a chapter outlining the different ingredients I use in my whole foods baking, and how to make substitutions when adapting conventional recipes.

I’d love to hear what you think of the sweet treats you see here (especially if you’ve tried any of the recipes, either here or from Diet, Dessert and Dogs), as well as what you’d like to see in a cookbook devoted to special dietary needs.  Please feel free to leave a comment!

If you’d like to find out more about me as opposed to the book, please visit the “About” page on my other blog, Diet, Dessert and Dogs.

5 Responses to “About”

  1. Everything Pumpkin Says:

    I cannot wait for your upcoming cookbook. My daughter has so many food allergies, I will definitely be trying some of your recipes for her. Your recipes look absolutely wonderful!

  2. Ricki Says:

    Everything Pumpkin,

    Thanks so much for your comment, and for visiting! I’m absolutely delighted that the recipes look like they’d suit your daughter. Do let me know how they come out if you try any of the recipes, as well! 🙂

  3. Sunshinemom Says:

    Those sneak previews are so tempting! Wish you lots of luck with your cook book:)

  4. What a great resource for naturally sweetened goodies! I’m so glad to have found your site and I will be awaiting your cookbook. The pictures you take of your recipes are delightful!

  5. giz Says:

    I need to talk to you and of course can’t find your email. Can you email me when you have a chance

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