Just in Time for Christmas– Smart Sweets eBook {Review & Giveaway}

by Nicole

Nicole lives near the beach in Southern California with her husband and three young kiddos. She writes a a lifestyle blog about creativity, family life, community, and all sorts of other fun stuff, and also keeps a homeschool journal called The Bennettar Academy. Her most recent (free!) ebook is about why and how to make more time for reading.

Christmas is still a few days away, but I’m already feeling like I’ve indulged in a few too many holiday sweets. There’s just something about the holidays though that makes me want to do more baking… and keep indulging! Thankfully, I now have just the resource to provide me with some sweet recipes that aren’t going to give me a sugar high… and crash.

Our very own contributor Katie Kimball, has written a new eBook called Smart Sweets, a cookbook full of desserts that are healthier than your standard sweet. I always find that it helps to indulge a bit rather than restrict all goodies and then end up binging later (or is that just me?).

In Katie’s own words, she wrote this book because, well, desserts are fun. “I say it’s better to indulge in a wiser dessert than fall completely off the wagon and cavort with Sara Lee or Betty Crocker,” she says. Amen, sister.

Read on to learn more about Smart Sweets and see how you can win a copy.


Forget just the benefit of being healthy, Katie’s dessert lineup appears downright sinful–there are so many delicious-sounding recipes I can’t wait to try. I love how she always comments on her recipes with pointers, tips and variations, too.

It sure looks like most if not all of these recipes would please the not-so-health-conscious crowd as well, which is always a plus.

Just today I whipped up a batch of her Peanut Butter Kisses (pictured at top of post). Not only were they easy to make but these are a great, raw treat that I’d be happy to give my kids when they’re on the lookout for something sweet.

I added some grain-sweetened chocolate chips to them, because I can’t resist a peanut-butter-and-chocolate combo, and they were delicious! The grain-sweetened chocolate chips taste, well, grain-sweetened but mixed into the PB Kisses, I could hardly tell the difference– honestly!


Katie has generously offered to give three lucky Simple Organic readers a copy of Smart Sweets.

How to enter:

1. Mandatory: Leave a comment telling us your guilty pleasure when it comes to desserts.

2. Optional Extra Entry: Check out the table of contents and choose the recipe that interests you the most (leave a comment her telling us).

3. Optional Extra Entry: Pick one– Follow both Katie and Simple Organic on Twitter, OR like Katie and SO on Facebook, and leave a comment here telling us.

Disclaimer: I received this eBook free to review and am an affiliate, so any of your purchases via this post will support my work here at Simple Organic. 

Giveaway ends Friday, December 23rd, at midnight PST. Good luck, and happy baking! If you’d like to get baking right away, Katie is offering a discount code for SO readers. Simple enter Organic25 for 25% off the book (expiring on 1/4/2012) at checkout.

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  1. Indulgence? Anything with buttercream icing.

  2. Just had a coconut bon bon. Coconut is soooo good!

  3. Would love to try the Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies!

  4. I already like Simple Organic on FB and now I also like Kitchen Stewardship.

  5. Indulgence : mint brownies

  6. “Death by Chocolate”… It is so light and creamy, I cannot stop eating it! Fortunately it is refrigerated, so walking back and forth to the fridge to spoon another bite burns a few calories :)

  7. Would love to try honey molasses cookies!

  8. My guilty pleasure…? Anything chocolate…

  9. Now I like Katie on facebook

  10. Ooooooo… Cider Donut Spiced Cupcakes! I looked and looked for a new fall recipe that was not pumpkin-something, and these sound amazing!

  11. I would love to try the black bean brownies!

  12. My guilty pleasure is having dessert after almost every lunch and dinner meal. I love anything that’s dense with chocolate! From Katie’s cookbook, it was tough to decide a favorite – either the brownies (love the spouted option!) or the cherry almond crepes. Yum!

  13. I like both Katie and SO on FB!

  14. I already “like” Simply Organic on FB, and now I “like” Katie too!

  15. One of my guilty pleasures is marzipan cake my oma (grandma) sends to us from Germany every year. I could eat a whole cake in one sitting!

  16. My guilty pleasure: Chocolate, especially flavored with mint or almond :-)

  17. avatar
    Brittany S. says:

    M obsession of choice is definitely dark chocolate, in pretty much any form! Experimenting with making dark choc. fudge today.

  18. avatar
    Brittany S. says:

    And now I like KS and SO on facebook!

  19. Ohhh, Peppermint Coconut Bark!

  20. avatar
    Brittany S. says:

    Those Cider Doughnut Spiced Cupcakes sound so good – perfect for this time of year!

  21. Already “liked” Simple Organic on Facebook, and now I “like” Katie/Kitchen Stewardship, too. Thanks!

  22. Sea salt caramels are my indulgence.

  23. I too am a fan of the peanut butter/chocolate combo and my guilty pleasure has always been Reese’s Peanut Butter cups. I would love to find a real food alternative!

  24. I would love to make one of the brownie recipes, I can’t decide which though (how about all of them)?! My husband loves brownies, so it would be great to see him each a healthier version.

  25. I follow both Kitchen Stewardship and Simple Organic on Facebook.

  26. I could eat brownies all day. Seriously. :-)

  27. I would love to try the Fudgy Brownies with Chocolate Chips. Ohhhhh yeah!

  28. Lemon bars! I could eat a whole pan. Mmmmm.

  29. I liked you both on Facebook!

  30. My guilty pleasure in sweets is the Starbucks’ cranberry bliss bar. Thanks to pinterest, though, I was finally able to make my own (BETTER!) version and it’s now Gluten Free!!
    Sarah M

  31. My guilty pleasure is having a cookie with tea after the kids go to bed :)

  32. I’d really like to try the Magic Coconut Pie listed in the table of contents.

  33. I’m following both Katie and Simple Organic on Twitter.

  34. my guilty pleasure is most definitely chocolate. most definitely.

  35. My guilty dessert pleasure is definitely maple candy.

  36. I am very curious about the Magic Coconut Pie. Makes my mouth water!

  37. I follow Katie and Simple Organic on Twitter.

  38. My guilty pleasure is caramel and chocolate.

  39. I would love to try the easy brown rice pudding!

  40. mmm….chocolate

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    Christine S says:

    Pumpkin chocolate chip bread. Yummy!

  42. Peanut butter and chocolate!

  43. Chocolate, of course!

  44. Recipe that interests me the most? Why the fudgy brownies with chocolate chips, of course.

  45. I love to eat a little bowl of chocolate chips, peanuts and raisins when I need a sweet treat. It is the perfect combination of sweet, salty & chocolate.

  46. I’d definitely try the dark chocolate truffles!

  47. i love love cookie dough!!

  48. would love to try the Peanut Butter Kisses!

  49. I love me a mocha. I know, it’s not technically “dessert”, but sometimes I have that instead. :) Other than that? Vanilla homemade ice cream. Mmm. Sometimes, I put the ice cream in a mocha. :-)

  50. Hey! I already follow both of you on Facebook!
    Cool! :-)

  51. Recipes I’d like to try? The coconut macaroons, the whole wheat chocolate chip cookies, and the chocolate syrup. It’s terrible, but I do still use Hershey’s syrup…I am working on finding a good syrup recipe. This could just be the one! :)
    Thanks for the entries. :-)

  52. I love cheesecake!

  53. The black bean brownies sound intriguing.

  54. Oooh… I love almost any dessert with caramel — and fruit! And I love tweaking dessert recipes to make them at least a little healthier. This ebook looks great!

    Thanks for the kind opportunity!

  55. Ahem… the table of contents has quite a few good-looking desserts… The whole wheat fruit pizza and cider spiced cupcakes sound delicious!

  56. My guilty pleasure is an Indian recipe called ‘Carrot Pudding’! It is luxurious in sweets and milk and cream and thus… very very high in calories. But I LOVE it.

  57. After browsing the list, I can say I would love to have Cocunutty White Cake.

  58. I followed you and Simple Organic on Twitter by the name Womanatics.

  59. avatar
    Jennifer B says:

    My indulgence…this season has been peppermint bark; I’m pretty sure that I’ve eaten my weight in this stuff over the past month.

  60. avatar
    Jennifer B says:

    As a follow-up to my previous comment, I would love to try the Peppermint Coconut Bark. Just the name sounds divine!

  61. My guilty pleasure is sandwich cookies and cheese cake (i once was a vegetarian but i just love cheesecake)

    Black Bean brownie on the table of contents really interest me. I once tried a black bean pie from a flee market and it was amazing and never saw one again

    @1amonib (twitter)

  62. wow lol i just looked through the comments and kim and I have the same interest #GreatMinds

  63. Cookies :)

  64. my guilty pleasure is chocolate lava cake!

  65. I would want to try the peanut butter kisses to see if they would keep my husband from eating Reese’s cups when I’m not looking

  66. Anything with chocolate- the deep, dark, 70% stuff!

  67. Warm chocolate chip cookies. Simple but divine.

  68. avatar
    Mandy Brunson says:

    My guilty pleasure is chocolate and peanut butter. I don’t necessarily like chocolate alone but with peanut butter, you have to glue my mouth shut.

  69. avatar
    Mandy Brunson says:

    Those peanut butter bars sound divine!

  70. avatar
    Mandy Brunson says:

    I have liked Katie and I have been a fan of SO for a while now.

  71. Anything chocolate!!

  72. The Dark Chocolate Truffles sound delicious!!

  73. Anything with chocolate and peanut butter ie. buckeyes

  74. I love a good bar of chocolate with a glass of milk. Mmm

  75. I can’t wait to try the honey molasses cookies!

  76. And I like both on Facebook!

  77. Ice cream. Cookies. Pretty much anything with sugar :p

  78. I have a cookie dough craving!

  79. Nestle Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookies – Oh man.

  80. Bonus Entry: There are about 10 I want to read more about, including: Peppermint Coconut Bark, Dark Chocolate Truffles, Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Peanut Butter Kisses.

  81. Pretty much any dessert! I looooooove baking! :)

  82. mmmmmmmm . . . would probably have to try the pumpkin cookies or the doughnut cupcakes first!

  83. Guilty pleasure? Anything with peanut butter it (especially the bad kind, Jif, which is crack to me). I’m a fan of a good ol’ chocolate chip cookie too.

  84. I would like the make the whole wheat chocolate chip cookies. To compare them to traditional ones of course!

  85. I’m following Simple Organic on twitter. :)

  86. My indulgence would be raw cookie dough (I know, I know!), or caramel corn.

  87. And I am very intrigued by the cider doughnut cupcakes recipe!

  88. homemade icecream…..YUM!

  89. the chocolate sourdough cake sounds yummy

  90. fb

  91. avatar
    Stephanie Pease says:

    Reeses Peanut Butter Cups. Yup – I love ’em

  92. avatar
    Michelle v says:

    Because my diet is so restrictive now my guilty pleasure is a slice of coconut bread, toasted with warmed strawberries mashed on top. When I’m needing a little something extra I grate some cocoa butter on top. Mmmmm.

  93. avatar
    Michelle v says:

    I’ve been craving peanut butter and Katie has peanut butter kisses that sound delish.

  94. avatar
    Michelle v says:

    I LIKE both sites on FB. :-)

  95. My guilty pleasure? Anything chocolate! Or a really good cheescake.

  96. avatar
    Stephanie Pease says:

    And because Reeses is my guilty pleasure, I will absolutely make the Peanut Butter bars with a few chocolate chips thrown in. That should help with that craving!

  97. I’d like to try the brownies. Love. Chocolate!

  98. I’m a fb fan!

  99. avatar
    Stephanie Pease says:

    I’m following both SO and Katie on Twitter now!

  100. Icelandic vinetarta… I’m going to try to make it myself this year instead of relying on my Mom. Could be interesting…. 😉