Mar 16, 2015

“Real Sweet” Has Arrived!

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I was going to wait until tomorrow to unleash this awesomeness upon you, but I decided I just couldn’t wait! Tomorrow is March 17th, the official birthday of my third cookbook, Real Sweet. Much like childbirth, I am equally thrilled, amazed, and a little freaked out to have this gorgeous thing out in the world. Thrilled to be able to share tons of great recipes and wacky anecdotes involving natural sugars and lovely photographs with you. Amazed that the whole thing came together so beautifully and that they’re actually going to let me leave the building with my name on this book. A little freaked out because again, like childbirth, the real work begins now, to get this little beauty into as many of your hot little hands as possible.



Black-and-White Pancake Cake :: Photo by Leigh Beisch

But I really couldn’t be more pumped to do that work. Because when it comes to baking, Real Sweet is modern baking in the most exciting way. It’s about all manner of sweet treats–some twists on comfort classics, some new ideas for treating yourself and your family with better, more natural, less-processed alternatives to refined white sugar. This isn’t necessarily a “healthy dessert” book by the typical definition–it’s a useful guidebook for exploring a new world of flavor-packed sugars and sweeteners beyond the one-note white granulated sugar we reach for so often in baking. There’s plenty of sweetness here, full fat dairy, even bittersweet chocolate to keep things seriously crave-worthy. There also just happens to be sugars that might even pack a little nutrient punch with them, some whole grains, nuts, fruits, and seeds, the kinds of ingredients that really complement these natural sugar superstars.



Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Treats, Coconut Cashews, Homemade Fruit Leather :: Photo by Leigh Beisch

I also love that this is a book that can be used for all days and all ages. I’ve divided up the book by occasion and all the reasons we bake–virtuous lunchbox treats and midday snacks for us and our kids; bake sale-worthy goodies and edible holiday gifts; things for a crowd to bring along for picnics and potlucks; the jazziest dinner party desserts; even candies and ice creams get the Real Sweet treatment in these pages. We’re leaving no sweet tooth unsatisfied, all without a speck of refined white sugar. Awww, yeah!



Bonfire Toffee Lollipops :: Photo by Leigh Beisch


As of March 17th, Real Sweet is available in stores everywhere! And if you’re a modern kind of man or lady, of course you can order online:


Amazon | Books-A-Million | Barnes & Noble | Google Play

 Indie Bound | iTunes/Apple | Kobo | HarperCollins

As the weeks go on, I’ll be keeping you posted about upcoming events and media appearances–here on this site, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Now go forth, get yourself a copy, and let’s get into some Real Sweet baking together!

  • i don’t have any baking books. I would love

  • I would love this!

  • […] prefer to use alternatives to white sugar, Real Sweet is well worth checking out. Psst! Shauna is giving away a few copies plus a basket of her favourite natural sweeteners on her blog (USA residents […]

  • I would sure love to win this. Recipes look really good!

  • The book looks fabulous!! Would to give my novice hands a go at it…thanks.

    • Go for it! And thank you. 🙂

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  • I’m so happy to have stumbled upon this on Instagram. I’m trying to learn to bake (so that I can control the ingredients and not dive face first into chocolate chip cookies from God knows where) and the natural sugars was just overwhelming! I didn’t want to wait, then I remembered I can get a Kindle copy! I am so excited, thank you for taking the time and effort to provide such a great tool!

    • That is so kind! Thank you! I hope you love the book.

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  • thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

  • […] prefer to use alternatives to white sugar, Real Sweet is well worth checking out. Psst! Shauna is giving away a few copies plus a basket of her favourite natural sweeteners on her blog (USA residents […]

  • Here (a little late) from Simple Bites. Beautiful cookbook! I’d love to experiment with alternative sugars… but they’re so expensive in my area – especially maple syrup – that so far I just use honey. The coconut sugar sounds intriguing.

  • I canNOT wait to get my hands on this! This will be an excellent addition to my healthy baking arsenal. As a mom, I love to make treats for my kids, but I also want them to be made of REAL ingredients!

  • I listed to your interview on The Splendid Table this morning on my way to work. I am so excited to get Real Sweet along with Marshmallow Madness and Pure Vanilla. I’ve been intending to get Pure Vanilla for a while. It’s high time I get caught up.

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