• Andrea

    posted on November 4, 2010 at 8:14 am

    Love the “keeping it real”…I, too, don’t cheat, ever. It is unnerving for many of my friends and family as they would love for me to “indulge” with them, however I am so satisfied with everything I eat I just don’t feel the need. So, it is possible…
    I love this recipe…I am now completely grain-free but when I was only gluten-free I enjoyed oatmeal several times a week and my absolute favorite was my Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal.

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  • Deanna

    posted on November 4, 2010 at 8:37 am

    I love that you’re keeping it real. My days are much like yours – same ol’ same ol’ breakfast and lunch with more variety at dinner. I never cheat on the gluten (why would I want to?!?), but I do eat sugar sometimes. I don’t consider it cheating, as I don’t have that major of a reaction to small amounts of sugar and consider it part of my moderated lifestyle.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Deanna, You are lucky! I’ve said so many times – if I could have white sugar once in a while it would make my life so much easier. I agree with you – a moderate lifestyle in whatever form works for you really is best. :)

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  • Wendy @ Celiacs in the House

    posted on November 4, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Here’s to the ugly truth. If you saw some of the gray, sludge-looking snoothies I come up with! Yet, they are full of kale and spinach and berries and nutrition and tasty. The hardest part of blogging for me is that I come up with these recipes and ideas that work great for my tall, thin, athletic kids, but then they are in the house tempting their short, round, middle-aged mom. Maybe when they leave for college, I’ll have fewer temptations. Or, I’ll have to start blaming their dad. :) Great idea for this holiday series, Amy.

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  • Ricki

    posted on November 4, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Just the kind of breakfast/dessert that I love, too–start with the real basis for a typical dessert and add a little of this or that for a yummy, whole foods treat. And I have to say that I never “cheat” that way, either–never any sugar, never any white flour, never any gluten. My only “cheat” is eating a bit too much of my own pumpkin-pie oatmeal pudding! ;)

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    Amy Reply:

    @Ricki, You know, you bring up a great point. I know that you’re joking about the cheating with the pudding but I’ve talked with so many women who beat themselves up about eating an extra piece of fruit.

    So what!! An extra piece of fruit is really nothing compared to a bag of M&M’s. I love your spirit of playfulness and acceptance here, Ricki. It is ok to have a little more of the healthy stuff.

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  • Bettie@wineablegifts

    posted on November 4, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Love this recipe. I make something similar with greek yogurt instead of cottage cheese, will have to try the cottage cheese next time. Thanks for the ideas.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Bettie@wineablegifts, I make it with greek yogurt, too. Sometimes half cottage cheese and half greek yogurt. It just depends on my mood.

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  • Iris

    posted on November 4, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Great post, Amy. I always wonder what bloggers eat when the camera’s not there. I never cheat on the gluten, but I definitely have sugar sometimes. Although the more I realize I can’t be moderate about it, the closer I’m leaning towards cutting it out for good. Stevia has been a lifesaver for me lately. So glad I finally caved and spent the money on it!

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  • Julie Bates

    posted on November 4, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    You ladies are so inspiring to me! I’m celiac so I have to be gluten free, but getting sugar out has been a much bigger struggle. It really helps to know that other women have conquered that! It gives me hope that I can too.

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  • barbara

    posted on November 4, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Thank you all for the inspiration not to ‘cheat’. Your truthfulness is a great motivator to one who has been struggling.

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  • Michelle

    posted on November 4, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    would LOVE to win either cookbook! Thanks!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Michelle, Hey Michelle – the books are being given away at Ricki’s site – Diet, Dessert, & Dogs. You can go here and enter: http://www.dietdessertndogs.com/2010/11/04/a-gluten-free-holiday-i-staying-healthy-over-the-holidays-with-coconut-raspberry-truffle-cups/

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  • Josie

    posted on November 4, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Honestly, I think it’s been harder on everyone else than it has been for me. I don’t cheat either because I don’t find that food appealing anymore and I vividly remember the pain in my feet and joints, the dizziness, the headaches, the bloating, the nausea. My husband was eating a snickers bar (which was one of my absolute favorites) and he felt bad when he remembered that I “couldn’t” eat any. This may sound gross…but I asked him to let me smell his breath. I have to tell you it was very nonappealing. Not that his breath smelled bad or anything, it definitely smelled like a snickers bar but it was so sweet. Too sweet. I’ve discovered that my palate has definitely changed. French fries smell like grease to me and looking at bread just makes me feel bloated! I find myself not wanting any of it. I crave nuts and fruit. Go figure.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Josie, I can smell sugar, too. People always look at me sideways when I say that, but there is a distinct sweetness in the air when I walk into a bakery or even in my pastry arts classes. And, people apologize to me too. At first I felt like I was missing out but that went away once I saw the benefits of no wheat or white sugar.

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  • Nicole Williams

    posted on November 4, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    It’s true about your palate changing. My kids think my “dessert” looks awesome, but when they taste it they say, “you can have it mom”. Ha! Luckily, I have come to love the food I eat. When I cheat things go downhill fast. Cheating is followed by feeling bad, which is followed by cravings for more cheating. Bad cycle.

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  • Manette Gutterman

    posted on November 4, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    I keep trying to tell myself, “Sugar is the enemy”. These cookbooks might help my mantra. Thanks!

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  • Cara

    posted on November 4, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Hey Amy! Here I was thinking I was the only weirdo who enjoyed bowls of cottage cheese and pumpkin smashed together ;) Guess not! It’s ony of my all-time favorites for breakfast or a snack.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Cara, This is probably why I like you so much. :)

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  • Ellen @ I Am Gluten Free

    posted on November 5, 2010 at 8:29 am

    I couldn’t agree more with Nicole – for me, cheating (which I rarely do and usually involves white sugar) leads to feeling bad (emotionally AND physically) followed by cravings for the bad stuff I just cheated on. So, the best thing for me is to have plenty of healthy snacks in the house AND to plan my meals. When I do that, I’m in good shape.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Ellen @ I Am Gluten Free, Those are two of my ‘secrets to success,’ Ellen. Planning is essential, and so are healthy choices.

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  • barbara

    posted on November 6, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Just had the ‘Almost Pumpkin Pie’ and it is delish!! Amy, please keep your ‘Healthier through the Holidays’ recipes coming!!

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  • Alta

    posted on November 6, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    I love plain pumpkin puree too – right out of the can or if I have the time, freshly made. This sounds lovely – something I’d enjoy a lot without feeling like I “cheated”. :)

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  • Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen

    posted on November 8, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    I do stuff like this too Amy! I love to put pumpkin puree in my yogurt and add some peanut or almond butter and maple syrup. So good, and totally enough to satisfy any sweet cravings I might have! Sometimes I add ice to it and whip it all up in the vitamix! YUMMMMM.

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  • Aubree Cherie

    posted on November 11, 2010 at 5:10 am

    Hi Amy,

    I think this recipe is just genius! Yum! I posted this recipe in my favorite recipes from last week post. Thanks!

    ~Aubree Cherie

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  • Melody

    posted on February 16, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Just thought you should know that I clicked on the link for “No Bake Crunchy Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies” and it brought me to this recipe. I’d love to see the recipe for the crunchy pb brownies though!

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  • Sarah Jane

    posted on April 11, 2011 at 8:33 am

    I clicked the link for “No Bake Crunchy Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies” but got this recipe instead. Where can I find the recipe for the brownies?

    Thanks!! :)

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    Amy Reply:

    @Sarah Jane, Hi Sarah Jane,

    Thanks for letting me know – I found the link that wasn’t working on the Recipe page. I’m fixing it.

    Here’s what I think you’re looking for:

    http://www.simplysugarandglutenfree.com/no-bake-crunchy-chocolate-peanut-butter-bars/

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  • Morri

    posted on June 9, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Today I was inspired to do something with cottage cheese, as I had found a brand that actually didn’t have modified food starch or any additives.

    Since I didn’t have pumpkin/butternut squash puree on hand, I chopped up a Granny Smith apple, stirred it with a tbsp. ground flaxseed meal, and a tbsp. unsweetened applesauce. I topped it with cottage cheese and garnished the dish with cinnamon and nutmeg. It was soooo delish!

    I plan on posting it on my blog, but I was wondering if I could link my recipe back to yours.

    <3 Morri

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    Amy Reply:

    @Morri, Of course you can link back to my recipe, Morri! Thank you!

    Hugs,
    Amy

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    Morri Reply:

    @Amy, Here is my link. :)

    http://mealswithmorri.blogspot.com/2011/06/almost-apple-pie.html

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  • Heather

    posted on January 18, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    i have found that stevia gives me cravings so i use pineapple juice..

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  • Francesca Cabrera

    posted on July 3, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Hello!
    Would shredded firm tofu (drained and frozen) work as a substitute for the cottage cheese? Or maybe if I baked it a bit in the oven…We are lactose intolerant, and adore pumpkin pie. BTW shredded tofu works great in your deep dish slow cooker lasagna recipe from your book.
    thanks,
    Francesca

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    Amy Reply:

    @Francesca Cabrera, Thanks for the tip about using tofu in the slow cooker recipe!! I don’t use tofu often so I don’t know how it would work in this recipe. If you try it let me know – I have had to cut out dairy. And, THANK YOU for buying my book!!!
    xo

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