Thursday, December 5, 2013

THANKSGIVEAWAY: PALEO CHOCOLATE LOVERS' COOKBOOK


There are two facts about me that I often don't like to admit. 
1. I don't like bacon. 2. I don't like chocolate. 


I know; there is a serious problem here. So when I got the Paleo Chocolate Lovers' Cookbook by Kelly Brozyna of The Spunky Coconut, my family was way more excited than I was. Sorry. But then... I started cooking out of it and it is starting to change my mind about chocolate! Shhh. I think I like it... Anyways, I made the chocolate pie. 


Paleo desserts tend to be difficult with ingredients that are hard to find. This pie, however, was so easy! Coconut milk and dates were the only unusual ingredients, and those were easy to pick up at the store. I didn't have walnuts, so I used pecans instead. That worked out perfectly. Also, I used a springform pan instead of a pie plate. I did that mostly because I'm lazy and wanted an easy way to transport and slice the thing for the holidays. Again, worked out great. 

I made three desserts for Thanksgiving: 

1. Bourbon Pecan Pie from the Food Network Magazine
2. Italian Cream Cake from Martha Stewart

I asked my family to rank them in order of preference. They all liked the chocolate pie the best. So there! Paleo desserts are not only just as tasty-- they can be better than traditional baking! 
If I ever do make anything with chocolate, I always add a little bit of coffee granules. It enhances the chocolate flavor and gives it a unique richness and depth. I added about a teaspoon to the food processor in this recipe. It was perfect.  

I will make this chocolate pie again and again and again. I absolutely loved it and was so sad when it was gone. I bet you want to make it too. How can you win this book?
Leave me a comment below with your email address and your favorite chocolate dish
Seriously, don't forget to leave your email address. If you don't, you won't win!
I'll announce a winner in one week, on 
Thursday, December 12, 2013

Keep checking back for more cookbooks this holiday season with my Thanksgiveaway series (link). Another one is coming your way next week. 




102 comments:

  1. I really love buckeyes but I'm still trying to make a good paleo version. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  2. I'm happy with a piece of (very) dark chocolate. Thanks for the giveaway. jtsteedle@gmail.com

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  3. Anything with chocolate and nuts combined! emilyeliseclifton@gmail.com

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  4. My favorite chocolate dish is chocolate fondue. amyayers2@gmail.com

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  5. I'm a sucker for anything dark chocolate laurenpyoung(@)hotmail(DOT)com

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  6. Brownies - dark and fudgy. gwen_schafer@hotmail(dot)com

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  7. I love chocolate anything! I can absolutely eat anything that has chocolate in it ;haha Happy Holidays! sbroughton61@yahoo.com

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  8. My sister loves this I adore chocolate bars with sea salt

    BeccaMFerguson@aim.com

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  9. That looks amazing. I love chocolate! newyorkholtz@verizon(DOT)net

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  10. I love fudgy brownies! HEATHERLBRANDT (AT) GMAIL (DOT) COM

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  11. Anything with chocolate is a win to me! LOL! nicolerao83@yahoo.com

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  12. Chocolate cheesecake!! I'm thinking that this choclate pie would be absolutely wonderful!!
    kdvigil@hotmail.com

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  13. My favorite chocolate recipe is chewy, soft brownies! Melek817@gmail.com

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  14. chocolate mousse pie...yum!!! empoweredmama@gmail.com

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  15. I just made a chocolate/coconut cream pie with pecan/almond crust... it was so good, not too sweet, and even the "non paleo" food eaters at thanksgiving agreed!! I'm ac27560@gmail.com - this pie has me very interested!!

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  16. Chocolate Banana Cream Pie! mthrasher138@yahoo.com

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  17. Here's why chocolate must be Paleo: Back in the day, without artificial light to confuse the body, women were all on the same cycle. This means they all had PMS at the same time. Somebody HAD to figure out the wonders of chocolate back then or there would have been a mass murder of cavement at the first, "Ooona, what wrong with you?"

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  18. I hope it'll soon be Paleo Chocolate Lover's Chocolate Pie :)
    jennifermautry@gmail(dot)com

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  19. I pretty much like all things chocolate but I definitely like a good molten lava cake. I know they can be made flourless but I haven't seen a paleo version. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  20. I have seriously wanting this book. My email is lochriagb@hotmail.com . Thanks!

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  21. My favorite chocolate dish is chocolate cheesecake. Yummy! maryaffect@yahoo.com

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  22. I really love a hot chocolate on a cold winter night :) There is nothing better to warm up.

    Clana79@googlemail.com

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  23. i love everything chocolate........ tinastafford_99@yahoo.com

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  24. Anything with chocolate is always good. :) I don't think I really have a favorite...I've yet to find something chocolate that I don't like....well...no...that's not right. I'm not a fan of chocolate covered fruit...doesn't matter what kind of fruit...I just don't like fruit and chocolate together.

    I can always use new chocolate recipes...especially with a little guy with Celiac. :)
    Tiera

    tieraschulz395@msn.com

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  25. I love all things chocolate. But if there is a recipe with chocolate and coconut,then I'm in for sure! For thanksgiving I made a layered desert coconutty/pecan crust,fudgy layer and coconut custard type layer. Topped it with toasted coconut and Enjoy life mini chocolate chips. Couldn't stay out of it and my non paleo family liked it as well! Email is kjrmom2000@gmail.com

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  26. Anything chocolate and coconut. I am nuts for coconut. laurabsprague@hotmail.com

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  27. I have to have something chocolate every day. Being Paleo makes it hard though. I think my favorite would be chocolate avocado pudding! I'd sure put your cookbook to good use!! Thanks!!
    cak_ie@hotmail.com

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  28. I'm pretty boring and love a simple piece of super dark chocolate, yum! fallenromances@yahoo.com

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  29. love the idea of adding the coffee! this is on my Christmas wish list...would love to win. thanks!

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  30. Chocolate chip pumpkin muffins or chocolate mint brownies! I would love to make the pie above for my family Christmas party! Maybe I can convert them all to paleo with it, haha! =) tammy@groovygirlbeadsandcharms.com

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  31. This looks easy AND delicious...thanks for the tip about the springform pan!

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  32. I am a complete sucker for dark chocolate covered almonds. I know it's not a dish per se, but I love them so!

    shanna@voelkercentral.com

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  33. I love dark chocolate brownies with coconut. Prob31.n.training@gmail.com

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  34. Chocolate fudge pie, yummm. jenniferbanando@gmail.com.

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  35. Chocolate peanut butter pie is my absolute fave!!!! karli.m.boe@gmail.com

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  36. Chocolate peanut butter cups/bars are my weakness!! cnb_2003@yahoo.com

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  37. Freezer chocolate superfood bark! 4malakai@gmail.com

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  38. Chocolate covered cherries, can't wait until Christmas every year. d_stevens310@live.com

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  39. Anything dark chocolate. I'm also not a huge chocolate fan, but I like it in small dark portions. kellymglass at gmail dot com

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  40. I recently made a chocolate cheesecake with strawberry nutella ganache that was ah-mazing! sarahliz101@hotmail.com

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  41. I'm struggling with a favorite chocolate dish...as I LOVE chocolate. but I guess my favorite would be turtle anything...love the combo of chocolate, caramel and nuts...but since going paleo, I'm struggling find a good substitute.
    bnkoliver@yahoo.com

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  42. My favorite is dark chocolate brownies with coconut I love love most anything chocolate

    kathymbrunty_hs@yahoo.com

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  43. That chocolate pie looks like a good new favorite! johanna387 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  44. I love caramels in dark chocolate. leneldore@yahoo.com

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  45. I love chocolate fudge!!! hun423 at hotmail.com

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  46. I Love Chocolate Chips, Chocolate chip cookies, Chocolate Chip Waffles, Chocolate Chips on Ice Cream. Yum! sweetbegin@comcast.net

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  47. I love s' mores pie:) dvjas123@yahoo.com

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  48. I love brownies and chocolate pudding. confuseruser@gmail.com

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  49. I love chocolate pudding.....or anything chocolate. rebeccaweiss5@gmail.com

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  50. Chocolate pots de creme :) My email address is cmadona@gmail.com
    Thanks so much and I am so happy you now are enjoying chocolate!

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  51. Chocolate and Peanut Butter anything!! Thanks!

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  52. I have a serious problem with chocolate! Loving all things chocolate - unfortunately, the sugar laden stuff seems to make me unwell :( .
    My favourite chocolate recipe involves chocolate tim tam biscuits,thickened cream, turkish delight, marshmallows and of course, chocolate. I've adapted this recipe over the years to be gluten and dairy free, due to family allergies, but it's still full of sugar. However, I did make a glorious Paleo chocolate and banana cream pie, everyone loved it! My email address is lynettepowell@gmail.com

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  53. Just started doing paleo and I am so looking forward to your cookbook! prttyrican@hotmail.com

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  54. I love chocolate mousse and I also love the Spunky Coconut :) I hope I win!! nicole.obrien@gmail.com

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  55. German chocolate cake :) karatemeow@gmail.com

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  56. I like french silk pie
    atlmuzikfanzinc at gmail dot com

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  57. I love anything chocolate, but a triple chocolate cake that is super moist is my favorite. I want chocolate on chocolate on chocolate!

    britt.guillory@gmail.com

    Thanks!
    Britt

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  58. Lindy dark chocolate with sea salt bar is our latest favorite!

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  59. hyperactive0gal@gmail.com, and my favorite is probably... ummmm. Hm. Hazelnut chocolate ice cream.

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  60. I love carmel covered in dark chocolate and sea salt.

    k.5weet@yahoo.com

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  61. Learning more and more about Paleo since I've gone gluten free with this food elimination diet. I'm feeling great and your blog reassures me that I can still eat some yummy stuff!! Thanks :)

    rach_rey@yahoo.com

    Rachel

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  62. My favorite is chocolate pie. I could eat it every day!

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  63. German Chocolate Cake is one of my husband's favorites, and I'm getting ready to make him one for his birthday next Monday. It is made with coconut flour, and I can't wait to try it!

    I've tried several of Kelly's (The Spunky Coconut) recipes in the past, and they've all been great! I bet her latest cookbook is awesome!

    lilypadzandfrogs(at)gmail(dot)com

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  64. Almost anything with chocolate and coconut.
    rabbitt_rd@Hotmail.com

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  65. Chocolate doughnuts, with chocolate glaze.. maraquina@gmail.com Ty.. Love your talent..

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  66. I adore chocolate, the darker the better. ....sandyposter@gmail.com

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  67. I really like dark chocolate and German Chocolate Cake. mary.wagoner@ymail.com

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  68. I love a good flourless chocolate cake! amkj2002@hotmail.com

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  69. I think I could LIVE entirely on coconut - but this chocolate - with a hint of coffee - sign me up! My e-mail: cathyoz@rocketmail.com

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  70. Chocolate cheesecake with almonds as the crust...topped with strawberries. My email addy is: davitahorvath@gmail.com

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  71. I nice chocolate silk pie mmmmmm or just chocolate pudding. lee_lee_pops87@hotmail.com

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  72. we3rdrt@yahoo.com We tried this pie for Thanksgiving (doubled the filling and used a gf grain crust because some of us can't eat nuts), and it's terrific! And I don't feel bad about getting a tiny bit now and then because it's almost a health food. :) My favorite chocolate dish is really hard to pinpoint, but I would say it's probably scotcheroos. I can't have them anymore because I've developed a peanut allergy (sad), but I remember how wonderful they were. Not healthy. Not paleo. Totally unhealthy and really good.

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  73. dark chocolate and chocolate smoothies :)
    apryldeeter at gmail dot com

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  74. Does peanut butter chocolate ice cream count? ;) ang_xoxo21@yahoo.com

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  75. chocolate whipped cream cake (oh my) 1bitwitch@gmail.com

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  76. Chocolate Rasberry Fudge... and Chocolate Chip Cookes.... yum! Can't go wrong with a warm ooey gooey chocolate chip cookie!!!!

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  77. walshbragan@yahoo.com I love to make raw chocolate fudge with coconut butter! Thank you so much for doing this giveaway! <3

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  78. I confess, I have always loved chocolate.

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  79. I was SO glad to see someone else say that they don't like bacon or chocolate.....I don't either! I don't like to admit that though because people look at you like you come from another planet or something! I am also paleo and would love to try these recipes so I too could join the chocolate lovers of the world. I could do without the weird looks..........Thanks!
    my email is: moy_cyndee@yahoo.com

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  80. It's a toss up... either paleo chocolate mousse or coconut macadamia nut chocolate chip cookies... hmmmmm... irishgirl4u2c@yahoo.com

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  81. I am a chocolate lover and really enjoy Kelly's recipes. My mom has this cookbook and I was salivating looking over it. Unfortunately she lives too far away for us to share, thus the desire to win this book (so I can try the Chocolate Pie for myself.) Thanks for offering this giveaway. smplocher@gmail.com

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  83. Give me a cheese plate and a glass of red over sweets any day...however dark chocolate is a close second. I like chocolate covered strawberries. Love your blog...and I'm not just saying that to win the givaway :) susansisarran@hotmail.com. Thanks for this post.

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  84. I think I'm going to have to go traditional with this and go with my dad's homemade chocolate chip cookies in first place and Trader Joe's 70% dark chocolate as a close second. I think it's very interesting that your family liked the chocolate pie better than the other more traditional desserts you made and I would love a chance to try it myself.

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  85. Ultimate chocolate sauce (so easy) over organic vanilla ice cream is my current favorite... abbyogagirl74@yahoo.com

    Thanks and Merry Christmas!

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  86. My favorite chocolate dessert growing up as a kid was German Chocolate cake, with the coconut topping, it has such a unique flavor, I miss it sooo much since I had to go gluten free and now transitioning into paleo due to health problems. Has anyone been able to come up with a paleo version?, My email is rdegayner@new.rr.com or jerrilynn40@gmail.com, would love to win the book!

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  87. Chocolate mousse, but really anything chocolate is great. lgardner1954@gmail.com

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  88. I love everything with chocolate, spacially fudge

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  89. Love a good piece of salted dark chocolate with nuts, but really anything chocolate is yummy! angelakaypayne@earthlink.net

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  90. I love this recipe!! I also made it in a springform pan and can't wait to try the coffee idea next time!! cindicpa@gmail.com

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  92. My favorite is a dark chocolate cake, loaded with more chocolate! Followed by any chocolate with peanut butter. matticeheather@att.net

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  93. My favorite is definitely brownies, but this chocolate pie might give them a run for their money...
    amapierce@gmail.com

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  94. I like to eat the chips plain! My email is nerissa.w.davis@gmail.com

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  95. My favorite Chocolate treat is hard to pick...but chocolate fondue and dark chocolate brownies are my top favs...I haven't had both since I went grain free. I have been eyeing this cookbook for a while!!
    sathiera@gmail.com

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  96. I love a good piece of dark chocolate (>70%) on it's own...or made into s'mores :)

    michaelaballmann@gmail.com

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  97. Chocolate moose is one of my favorites! There has got to be a way to make it with coconut milk, but I haven't found the recipe yet. Thanks for the giveaway, the cover looks yummy!
    holly.walters@outlook.com

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  98. Hello ;) glad to find you. I like plan dark chocolate.. But would love to learn some more paleo friendly chocolate desserts. tiamarkovic@gmail.com

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  99. yum! i looove chocolate covered peanut butter bites... and chocolate cake :) mowen at edgewood.edu

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