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[Cookbook Review] “Cook with Kindness” + GIVEAWAY + Caramel Apple Pie

‘Cook with Kindness’ includes over 150 vegan & gluten-free recipes. In this post, you’ll find my book review and the recipe for the Caramel Apple Pie!

Cook With Kindness

Image Credit: Cook with Kindness, from Able Sense Publishing

Disclaimer: Cook with Kindness, from Able Sense Publishing provided me with a copy to review the cookbook and the additional prizes for the giveaway. Thank you so much!

Chantal Coolen of The Kind Cookie wrote her first cookbook! It’s called Cook with Kindness and includes over 150 vegan & gluten-free recipes. She also abstains from using refined sugar in her recipes.

Chantal obtained a degree in nutrition, is a mother of two, opened her own bakery, has been selling gluten-free and vegan desserts since 2010 at a farmers’ market booth and now she’s sharing her favorite recipes along with new ones in this wonderful cookbook.

Cook With Kindness

So many of my favourite memories are tied to food. I decided that even though I was changing what we ate, I wasn’t going to change who we were. I set out to recreate family favourites, and I found new treats along the way. A few years later, my kids devour lentil burgers, roasted chickpeas and kale chips, vegan whoopie pies and banana ice cream. And we still gather around the table with family for Thanksgiving.

– Chantal Coolen

Chantal and her family is the proof itself that going vegan & gluten-free does not mean the end to happy family gatherings and enjoying meals together – not at all. Her recipes are simple, use clean ingredients, are rich in whole grains, fruits and vegetables, protein and healthy fats.

Cook With Kindness

My kitty loved the book too! She wouldn’t get off it.

Cook with Kindness not only includes vegan & gluten-free recipes, but also a guide to a well-stocked gluten-free pantry, information on gluten-free grains and flours, as well as a baking substitution cheat sheet.

These additional guides are especially helpful if you’re looking into going gluten-free or if you want to step up your gluten-free game! Although I don’t follow a gluten-free diet, I find these guides extremely useful – she also includes her recipe to create a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend!

Throughout the book, there are additional infos like for soaking nuts, great soup thickeners, how to make the perfect green smoothie and many more!

Cook With Kindness

The book is beautifully designed and I wish every recipe had a photo, because they are very appealing. The photos have been made by Jeff Harper.

Cook With Kindness

You’ll find everything you need in this cookbook for vegan & gluten-free cooking and baking. The collection of recipes includes all-time family-favorites, as well as new twists. The recipes are categorized in:

  • DRINKS (Pumpkin Pie Smoothie, Coconut Milk, Coffee Creamer, Chai Concentrate,…)
  • BREAKFASTS (Tofu Omelettes, Double Chocolate Chunk Zucchini Muffins, Strawberry Jam,…)
  • SNACKS (Granola Bars, Cauliflower Bites, Flax Crackers, Caramel Corn,…)
  • SALADS & SANDWICHES (Ginger Peanut Kale, Parsley Tabbouleh, Collard Wraps,…)
  • SOUPS (Roasted Carrot, Maple & Pistachio Soup, Miso Mushroom Soup, Curried Root Vegetable Stew,…)
  • SIMPLE MEALS (Squash Curry, Rice Bowls, Red Lentil Dhal, Almond Ginger Noodles, Pizza,…)
  • DESSERTS (Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches, Pumpkin Mousse, Caramel Pudding,…)

Cook With Kindness

So far I’ve tried these recipes:

Peanut Butter Cups

Peanut Butter Cups

The recipe for the Peanut Butter Cups can be found on page 150 in the section desserts. As soon as I’ve held the cookbook in my hands I knew I had to make these Peanut Butter Cups because they’re on the book cover. I’ve halved the recipe because they were my FIRST Peanut Butter Cups ever and I subbed the sweetener with rice syrup. They turned out wonderful – actually kind of too good.. I love them :D My peanut butter was apparently thicker because mine didn’t look that pretty as the ones on the cover.

Maple-Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas
Maple-Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas

The recipe for the Maple-Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas can be found on page 70, in the section snacks. I’ve subbed the sweetener again with rice syrup, otherwise I’ve followed the recipe and ingredients. They were delicious, sweet and had just the right amount of cinnamon. I got so addicted to these crispy chickpeas – I ate the whole cup. They are the perfect snack!

“Tuna” Salad

Tuna Salad

The “Tuna” Salad recipe can be found on page 97, in the section sandwiches & salads. I can’t say for sure that this one tastes like Tuna because it has been far too long for me when I tasted real tuna but the “Tuna” Salad was delicious as it was. The recipe used simple ingredients and it was easy to make. This “Tuna” Salad is perfect addition to any wrap or delicious on (gluten-free) bread.

Caramel Apple Pie

Caramel Apple Pie

As soon as I’ve heard that Chantal had her own bakery, I knew I’d feature one of her vegan and gluten-free desserts. The choice wasn’t easy but once I had tasted that magnificent caramel sauce I was sure this is the one!

Chantal Coolen's Caramel Apple Pie

Chantal Coolen - Cook with Kindness
"One day a friend was raving about a caramel apple pie from a local bakery. It sounded divine, and most definitely not vegan or gluten-free. So I decided to combine my raw apple pie with my caramel sauce and this is what happened. I haven't had my friend's pie, but I think this might just be one of the best things I've ever eaten. You can use a 9-inch pie plate, an 8-inch springform pan, or make individual tarts (the number will depend on the size of your tart pans)."
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 45 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Vegan
Servings 2 people
Calories 1361 kcal



  • 1 1/2 cups walnuts
  • 1 cup dates


  • 5 apples
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Caramel sauce:

  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup


  • In a food processor, process the walnuts and dates until the mixture sticks together when pressed between your fingers. Press into the bottom and sides of the pie plate or springform pan. Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • Using a mandoline, slice the apples to about 1/8 inch thick. Combine the sliced apples, maple syrup, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger in a bowl and set aside to marinate for 30 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, combine the almond butter, water, and maple syrup. Remove the pie crust from the refrigerator. Drain the apples, then pour into the pie crust. Drizzle the caramel over the top. Chill until ready to serve.


Recipe reprinted with permission from Cook with Kindness: Vegan and gluten-free recipes from my family's kitchen, copyright © 2013. Published by ABLE SENSE PUBLISHING.


Calories: 1361kcalCarbohydrates: 174gProtein: 23gFat: 75gSaturated Fat: 6gSodium: 16mgPotassium: 1702mgFiber: 28gSugar: 128gVitamin A: 245IUVitamin C: 27.9mgCalcium: 345mgIron: 5.3mg
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Disclaimer: Cook with Kindness, from Able Sense Publishing kindly provided me with a copy to review the cookbook and the additional prizes for the giveaway. Thank you so much! The opinions expressed in this post are my own and honest! I would only recommend products, books, … that I love! 

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Recipe Rating

Sharon @ Bit of the Good Stuff

Wednesday 15th of July 2015

Great review Bianca! Everything you've made from the book looks absolutely delicious! I've never made peanut butter cups either so that's definitely the first recipe I'd want to try out too :)


Thursday 16th of July 2015

Thank you so much Sharon, I'm so glad you like it. There are still so many recipes in the book I simply have to try. I always thought I was the only one who never had peanut butter cups, so I felt quite late to the party, but hey better late then never (and they're awesome and addictive :D )


Tuesday 14th of July 2015

...and yes, I entered the draw because AWESOME!


Tuesday 14th of July 2015

I'm so glad you like it!! :) Thank you so much for participating and good luck :D


Tuesday 14th of July 2015

Can't wait for August to come! Some of the recipes look so yummy - especially the peanut butter cups. Only 17 days to go in my sugar-free July challenge... I'm hanging in there ;)


Tuesday 14th of July 2015

I'm so proud of you!! You go girl! After your challenge you deserved a huge portion of these Peanut Butter Cups!!

Michelle Regan

Tuesday 14th of July 2015

This is such a great giveaway. This cookbook is gorgeous, and so is your blog. I love your food. You're very inspiring. xoxo


Tuesday 14th of July 2015

I'm so glad you like the giveaway and the blog, Michelle :) Thank you so much for your kind words <3 I appreciate it a lot! You totally made my day!!

Evi @ greenevi

Tuesday 7th of July 2015

I didn't know about this book, but now I want to have it! And your cat too! Love the layout, the pictures and the recipes seem very promising too. I am especially intrigued by that tuna salad . I am normally not into meat or fish replacements, I never really liked fish (or meat), but my boyfriend totally loves such things. And since he decided he will try to eat vegan (or at least vegetarian), I am looking for all these recipes to make it easier for him :D


Wednesday 8th of July 2015

Haha :D I'm the complete opposite - I love to try all sorts of meat and fish substitutes because I find it simply interesting and amazing that there are so many new vegan brands popping up.. And although there are some really amazing fake meats out there, all the fake fish products I ever tried have been really disappointing for me. But this "Tuna" Salad was simpler and tried less hard but somehow reminded me more of Tuna. And it's definitely healthier than processed fake fish products. My boyfriend eats vegan too and he LOVES fake meat products - he demands this vegan fried chicken on a regular basis (we had it yesterday) ^.^