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Good Morning! Breakfasts without Gluten, Sugar, Eggs or Dairy (with a Giveaway)

If you’re like my family and cannot have gluten, dairy, eggs or refined sugar then you know how challenging breakfast can be!  For the past few months we’ve been enjoying green smoothies and homemade breakfast sausage…7 days a week…and we were in need of a little change up, at least on the weekends.  So, when my friend Ricki Heller of Diet, Dessert and Dogs asked if she could send me her new e-book Good Morning: Breakfasts without Gluten, Sugar, Eggs or Dairy, I jumped at the opportunity because breakfast has definitely become my most challenging meal of the day!

I think it was sometime last summer that my Twitter feed began to light up over Ricki Heller’s cookbook, “Sweet Freedom: Desserts You’ll Love without Wheat, Eggs, Dairy, or Refined Sugar.”  Not only were my blogger friends raving over Ricki’s healthy creations, but so was Ellen Degeneres (seriously, check it out here)!

All the chatter certainly piqued my interest but I have to admit, there was still part of me that was skeptical.  I totally got the “no wheat” part, but no eggs, dairy or refined sugar either?  What kind of desserts were they, the kind made of plastic that my kids play with in their toy kitchen?! 😉

So, I bought the book and boy am I glad I did, especially since it was only a few weeks later that we began the odyssey of losing dairy, eggs, and a litany of other traditional baking ingredients! 😯

Ricki’s recipes in Sweet Freedom proved to me that yes, you “can have your cake and eat it too!” (note: many of the recipes in Sweet Freedom call for Spelt Flour, but you can easily substitute your favorite gluten-free flour blend, they work great with my favorite, Better Batter Gluten Free Flour!).

Ricki’s e-book, Good Morning: Breakfasts without Gluten, Sugar, Eggs or Dairy has proved to me once again that foods without dairy, eggs or refined sugars are absolutely wonderful and don’t leave you feeling the least bit deprived.

Check out what you get for only $12.95:

Quick or Ready-Prepared Breakfasts:

Grain Free Veggie Granola

Cran-Berry Smoothie

Blended Cereal with a Boost

Grab-and-Go Breakfast Bars

Pancakes, Waffles, Muffins & More:

Grain-Free Lemony Almond Pancakes

Fluffy Pancakes with Kiwi Coulis

Giant Baked Upside Down Apple Pancake

Whole Grain Waffles

Socca Rollups with Apple and Sweet Potato Spread

Lemon-Blueberry Muffins

Almond Butter and “Jelly” Breakfast Casserole

Savory Breakfasts:

Cheaters’ Injera with African-Inspired Spicy Beans

Veggie-Full Breakfast Hash

Creamy Basil Pesto Scramble

Frittata with Zucchini and Chard

Easy “Sausage” Patties



Apple-Cranberry Compote

Quick, Fresh Plum Sauce or Topping

Quick Berry Blend Topping

Kiwi Coulis


Walnut-Cacao Nib Butter

Sweet Almond Sauce

Macadamia Spice Butter

Sweet Potato Spread

The Veggie-Full Breakfast Hash was a BIG hit with my family and it really helped to purge my brain of the “classic breakfast foods” (which I’ve been stuck on since our diet has changed so drastically).  I’ve made this 3 times already and my meat-loving husband devours it! 😀

Aren’t the colors pretty?

I ran out of time to make more of the recipes from Ricki’s new e-book for my review, but I definitely encourage you to check out the following reviews (and beautiful pictures) from my fellow bloggers:

Tasty Eats at Home

The Mommy Bowl


**This giveaway is now closed**

Getting Hungry yet?  Well, you’re in luck because Ricki has offered to give three of my readers a FREE copy of Good Morning: Breakfasts without Gluten, Sugar, Eggs or Dairy!

To enter for a chance to win Ricki’s new e-book, simply leave a comment!

Bonus Entry Opportunities (strictly optional, but should you decide to do any of the following, please leave a separate entry for each task you complete as this is how I keep track of entries):

I will announce the THREE winners on Friday, May 6, 2011, Good Luck! 😀



  1. This looks like an awesome cookbook!

  2. Okay, you know I already "like" you on FB. But if you really need an ego boost I'll like you again. And again and again until you believe me. :-))

  3. You know i've never purchased an e-book (although I've been tempted by all of Ricki's) because I wonder if I'll have enough paper and ink in the printer. It's just because I need something else to be paranoid about, I wouldn't want my heart rate to drop.

  4. Yes, I do like dietdessertdogs on FB that way there's no slobber.

  5. Looks wonderful!

  6. Oh! Oh! pick me, pick me 🙂 Only if it has recipes that follow, milk, egg, wheat, soy, peanut, tree nut, oat, and pea free 🙂

  7. Love this! Always looking for new idea for my allergic son 🙂


  8. I like you on FB

  9. Liked Diets, dessert and dogs on Twitter!

  10. Jenny S says

    I would love this!!!!!! I eat sausage or bacon everyday and its getting sooooo boring. I am egg, dairy, gluten, soy, peanut, orange, and corn free

  11. Jenny S says

    I already like you on facebook! I am soooo happy I found you!

  12. Jenny S says

    I liked Diet, Desserts and Dogs on facebook! I sure wish I had a twitter so I could get more entries!

  13. Thanks so much, Heidi! And I am thrilled to know that the recipes in Sweet Freedom can be so easily adapted (about 1/3 are already GF, but the book was published before I stopped eating gluten). If your readers are looking for yet another review of Good Morning! Breakfast, here's one with lots of photos, too. 😀

  14. This sounds like a od book! I'm new to gf living & my breakfasts are so far pretty boring.

  15. *good, not od!

  16. Vanessa Fuller says

    I would love a copy of the book. I can't eat sugar because of Candida and I am allergic to all of the top eight allergies and then some. If I have to eat another bowl of plain steel cut oats I think I will go postal!

  17. I can't wait to try some of her recipes!

  18. I like you on fb already!

  19. That looks like a fantastic recipe collection!

  20. I have to admit, my breakfasts have been getting a bit on the repetitive side. It would be nice to have a little change of pace.

  21. This looks great 🙂 I love breakfast recipes!

  22. Of course I like you on FB. I even like you in person!

  23. I follow you on twitter!

  24. I follow you on Twitter.

  25. Wow Heidi, I think I am just a few steps behind you on this health journey. I just made the decision to get my candida under control that I need to go sugar free. I think this will be harder than gluten, dairy, soy, or corn.

  26. I like Diet, Dessert and Dogs on FB

  27. I Like Diet Dessert and Dogs on fb

  28. I like Adventures of a gluten free mom on fb. This is the first page I recommend to anyone thinking of or just starting on the GF lifestyle.

  29. This looks great! Hope I win!

  30. I just followed Ricki Heller on twitter.

  31. Looks like a great book! I need to check out the dessert one you mentioned too. 🙂

  32. this would be awesome! We have gluten, egg, peanut, soy and sugar restrictions in our house, and have been doing smoothies (almond milk, fruit, vegan protein powder) every morning too! Would love to have some more ideas for breakfast!

  33. "Like"d Diet, Dessert and Dogs on fb!

  34. I would love to win and find new recipes!

  35. I like you on fb.

  36. Diamond says

    We make a breakfast that falls in this category! Sort of a sweet potato pancake with eggs and veggies on top. Very yummy.

  37. Diamond says

    Oh, and I do follow you on fb

  38. Sounds like a wonderful cookbook.

  39. caryann says

    sounds like a win win!

  40. I am in the same odyssey of no gluten, eggs and dairy, and definitely avoid the regular sugar. I would love to have this book.

  41. I follow you on FB.

  42. I have subscribed to Ricki's emails.

  43. There is no LIKE button on Ricki's FB. Any idea how I can follow her on FB?

  44. Kristin says

    Oh I would love to win this book! I am really struggling with breakfast right now, I need all the help I can get! Thanks.

  45. Kristina says

    I would love to pour over this cookbook! Always looking for better breakfast ideas. I eat a healthy breakfast – not into this whole chocolate chip muffin business. But my oatmeal 7 days a week is like your 7 days a week smoothie – getting a little boring. Hope I win!

    Also, I liked you on FB and I liked Diets, Desserts and Dogs on FB.

  46. This looks great! I just started an anti-candida diet today too, so this would be great to have some extra recipes handy that might fit in!


  47. One of our favorite breakfasts is leftover roasted sweet potatoes (baked in their jackets at 400 until soft and oozing) with cinnamon and chopped pecans.

  48. I would love this book, I have the biggest issue with breakfast, this would be a huge help!


  49. I too have the same problem with breakfast. It is definitely the most challenging for us. While my husband is not, I am hung up on what the classics are for breakfast. I need to learn how to change my mind set. Maybe the book would help, hint hint!!! Lol

  50. would love to win…I need new ideas for breakfast!

  51. Jennifer C says

    I'd love to win this. We are gluten-free and just went dairy-free for my daughter and I am struggling with breakfast options. Thanks!

  52. Jennifer C says

    I like you on Facebook. Thanks!

  53. Yesterday, my daughter was diagnosed as intolerant to milk/whey, wheat/gluten, and eggs. So we are doing a crash course in lifestyle change immediatley. This is all very new to us ….but this looks like a GREAT book to have! It seems rather difficult to find breakfast recipes that don't include egg or milk–even if they are gluten free. Yet, your book covers all her intolerances! How exciting!

  54. Suzanne says

    Would love to win this.

  55. Suzanne says

    I like DDD on FB.

  56. Suzanne says

    I like Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom on FB.

  57. domestic diva says

    Sounds great! Thanks for the chance.

  58. I love Ricki's recipes. The new e-book sounds fabulous, I'd love to experiment with some new healthy breakfast recipes.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win the book 🙂

  59. I already liked DDD on facebook!

  60. That looks like a great cookbook!!

  61. I love Ricki's site and would love her cookbook!

  62. Thank you! This looks yummy! It's always good to have more ideas in your back pocket!

  63. I was able to add Ricki as friend on FB.

  64. liked agfm on fb!

  65. we need new b'fst ideas! With 4 kids, it's hard to please everyone.

  66. Just liked you on Facebook and we would love to have a copy. Our son Logan is autistic and we just started a GFCF diet, and being able to take out the sugar would be fantastic!!! 🙂

  67. Tiffany says

    This looks like a book for me! I can not have dairy, soy, gluten, or egg. There is more but those are the biggies!

    I find in very changelling to feed myself. Sometimes I am so lost, I am stuck eating foods that make me sick.

    Your book looks like a perfect fit for me. Thank you!

  68. This would come in handy at our house! I'm newly gluten-free and still trying to figure out some new recipes!

  69. I would LOVE to win this book. I recently found out my 15 month old son is allergic to wheat, milk, peanuts, and eggs. This has overwhelmed me, but blogs like yours have reassured me that life can and will go on! Does you know of a Cheerio-type alternative out there? I am dying for some finger food snacks for him! He is in the process of learning how to eat table food so it would need to be highly dissolvable.


  70. totally need some new ideas since our 3.5 yr old daughter is allergic to wheat, eggs, milk, peanuts, soy, etc.

  71. Don't enter me in the giveaway, but don't you just love Ricki's recipes? I have Sweet Freedom too – her imagination is amazing.

  72. Yum!

  73. Christy G. says

    Looks Good!

  74. christina says

    i'd LOOOOOVE ricki's cookbook! i follow her blog and love her recipes! pick me, pick me, pick me…. 😉

  75. christina says

    i totally ‘Like’ Diet, Dessert and Dogs on Facebook

  76. christina says

    i really ‘Like’ Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom on Facebook

  77. christina says

    ‘Follow’ Ricki Heller on Twitter? sure! love to!

  78. christina says

    ‘Follow’ Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom on Twitter? ph, yes please! 🙂

  79. christina says

    *oh, yes please

  80. We are just starting our Gluten free diet here. My 2.5 year old has had issues and it was suggested that we go GF. I have already noticed a big difference in the 4 or 5 weeks that she's been off of it. She's a VERY picky eater so I'd love some more ideas of what to feed her!! Thanks for the chance to win.

  81. Great review of her ebook Heidi! Love the pic and your description of your experience with Ricki and her creations 🙂 For some reason I am not getting your posts in my email anymore. I'll try signing up again. xo

  82. Shandelle says

    When my daughter was diagnosed with a severe gluten intolerance at age 2, I was at a total loss as to what to feed her for breakfast. She couldn't have eggs either. She drank a LOT of pediasure. I would LOVE more ideas! I'd love to get this book!

  83. I would love some new morning food ideas!!!


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