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160 Comments 18 June 2013

Amst_Paleo Cooking from Elanas Pantry

My friend Elana Amsterdam has published another lovely gluten-free cookbook! This exciting new Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry isn’t just gluten-free and grain-free, but contains nearly 100 recipes that any modern Homo sapien will drool over.

If you’re not familiar with what the Paleo diet is, the short answer is it’s grain-free as well as free of any refined products, which make it inherently gluten-free. I’ll leave the finer details about the paleo diet for the people that enjoy theoretical debates. Why? Because the theory behind the Paleo diet, and it’s close cousin the Primal diet, doesn’t interest me as much as the accounts of people that have tried them with impressive fitness and/or health results. Mostly because of the Crossfit movement, the Paleo diet has been the new cool diet kid for the last few years and, no joke, for awhile it seemed like I was getting sent a new Paleo cookbook almost every week, so I’ve been able to check most of them out.

What I really like about Elana’s approach to the Paleo diet is her balanced use of meat and vegetables.

In my opinion, most Paleo cookbooks seem to echo the now ancient Atkins diet with plenty of macro lens meat porn, a fat dessert section, and a small gratuitous section of vegetable dishes sandwiched in between. My gallbladder ached just thumbing through most of them.

Well, not Elana’s gluten-free Paleo cookbook! Sure, there’s a Bacon Tart recipe and some beef dishes, but the savory recipes mostly consist of chicken and fish, and these are balanced out with an equal amount of vegetable dishes big enough for their own section! And as far as desserts go, we already know she makes the best wholesome gluten- and grain-free treats!

In fact, I think Elana’s recipes are ideal for most people, and I refer almost all of my clients to her website Elana’s Pantry and cookbooks.

Enter to win your own copy of Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry

I’ve arranged for one person to win a copy of Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry!!!

Just enter a comment below, it could be about anything, and I’ll use to pick a winner. Entries must be made by midnight Monday, June 24th, 2013 and the winner will be announced Tuesday, June 25th, 2013. The winner must email me to claim their book by June 30th, 2013 or an alternate winner will be chosen and notified. Please be sure to leave a email address in your entry so I can identify you as the winner. Thanks!

Here are two recipes from the book that the publisher and Elana have so graciously allowed me to share with you.

UPSIDE-DOWN APPLE TARTLETS RECIPEPCEP Upside-Down Apple Tartlets image p 100

Serves 8
Sweetness: Medium

2 cups blanched almond flour
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup coconut oil, at room temperature
1/4 teaspoon vanilla crème stevia

6 large apples, peeled, cored, and cut into
1 cup apple juice
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350°F.Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place eight 1-cup wide-mouth Mason jars on a large baking sheet.

To make the crust, pulse together the almond flour and salt in a food processor. Add the coconut oil and stevia and pulse until the mixture forms a ball. Transfer the dough to a piece of parchment paper and place in the freezer for 20 minutes.

To make the filling, place the apples, apple juice, lemon juice, arrowroot powder, and cinnamon in a large bowl, and toss to combine. Transfer the apples to the Mason jars so that each one is overfull. Divide the remaining juice from the bottom of the bowl between the jars.

Remove the dough from the freezer, place between 2 pieces of parchment paper generously dusted with almond flour, and roll out the dough 1/4 inch thick. Remove the top sheet of parchment. Using the top top of a wide-mouth Mason jar, cut out 8 circles of dough and place one on top of each apple-filled Mason jar.

Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until the juices are bubbling and the crust is golden brown.

Serve the tartlets hot out of the oven.

Coconut Whipped Cream

Makes 1 cup.
Sweetness: Low

This dairy-free whipped cream recipe calls for full-fat canned coconut milk. The fat is what makes the recipe creamy and luscious; light coconut milk won’t work and results in a watery mess. Serve over Upside-Down Apple Tartlets (page 101) or Peach CherryCrisp (page 98).

1 (13-ounce) can Thai Kitchen coconut milk
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 drops vanilla crème stevia
Pinch of sea salt

Place the can of coconut milk in the refrigerator at least 24 hours before making the whipped cream, so it is well chilled. Chill a metal bowl in the freezer for 15 minutes.

Take the coconut milk out of the refrigerator and remove the lid. Gently scoop out the coconut fat, placing it in the chilled bowl. Pour the remaining liquid into a glass jar and store in the refrigerator, saving it for another use.

Using a handheld blender, whip the coconut milk fat until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Whip in the honey, vanilla extract, stevia, and salt.

Use right away or store in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

Reprinted with permission from Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Recipes by Elana Amsterdam (Ten Speed Press, 2013). Photo Credit: Leigh Beisch.

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160 Comments so far

  1. 1
    Athena says:

    Have never tried any of her recipes but looking at the 2 that have been shared it sure sounds so good.

  2. 2
    Korinne says:

    I would LOVE to check this out, a friend is paleo and had wanted to help me with all my health/eating issues but didn’t know enough about it to see if it could work for me!!

  3. 3
    Cyndi B says:

    Where can I buy Almond flour?

  4. 4
    Stephanie says:

    Being pregnant and gluten free makes me desire this cook book. Would be healthy and comforting. So picky in the first trimester!! Looks like a wonderful book.

  5. 5
    Dana says:

    Elana is my Paleo Hero!!! Love her site, love her new book – mine arrived yesterday.

  6. 6
    Sally Johnson says:

    I am knew to gluten free, would love to win a cookbook, have been reading from a paleo book and there is so much to learn.

    Thanks for sharing.

  7. 7
    Wendy says:

    Elana’s recipes are amazing. When I serve them to guests, they have no idea they are eating gluten-free. Or how healthy they are eating. My husband’s favorite dessert is apple pie, I can’t wait to try this recipe above!

  8. 8
    Karen Best says:

    Yum oh yum oh yum!!! I want more of this goodness.

  9. 9
    Darlene says:

    LOVE Elana’s recipes!

  10. 10
    Esther says:

    Looks amazing. I am still trying to get a handle on this new gluten free, palm oil, coconut free life so I would love a little help!

  11. 11
    Jane Maddocks says:

    This cookbook would be fabulous for my special diet needs.

  12. 12
    LaVonne says:

    I’m drooling! Love her recipes!

  13. 13
    Carole says:

    My daughter and I would love a copy of this cookbook! We have totally changed the way we eat and really need some new recipes!

  14. 14
    cheryl says:

    I have hashimoto’s and am supposed to be gluten free but I don’t like to cook…help! Maybe a new cookbook would help

  15. 15
    Trish says:

    Thank you for taking the time to create your site, I am new to it and loving it! I have only been diagnosed Celiac for a year, i’m almost over the emotional roller coaster of change. Would love a recipe book that I could share with my family and not just for my own meals. Thx 🙂

  16. 16
    Karen Webster says:

    This recipe looks amazing. I can’t wait to try it. Just the filling alone could be so useful in other recipes.

  17. 17
    Tammy says:

    My whole family has been diagnosed as needing a gluten and dairy free diet. This recipe book would be awesome to try and figure it out.

  18. 18
    Kim says:

    Can’t wait to get my hands on this new book. Loved her last one.

  19. 19
    Donna says:

    The recipe sounds delicious! Can’t wait to make!
    Thanks for the chance to win the new cook book.

  20. 20
    Donna says:

    This recipe looks delicious! Can’t wait to make it!
    Thanks for the chance to win the cookbook.

  21. 21
    Kath says:

    Enjoying browsing your website and I’m marking recipes to try. Also would love to win this Paleo Cookbook. I’m in the midst of re-inventing myself by changing my eating habits and shedding weight to reclaim my life 🙂

  22. 22

    What a great giveaway. I’m going to make Elana’s Flourless Chocolate Brownies later today.

  23. 23
    Maria Michalakopoulou says:

    Love the apple tart recipe, but not sure I can find arrowroot where I live. Any suggestions for a substitute ingredient? Many thx. Crossing my fingers for the book raffle 🙂

  24. 24
    Anis Dhanani says:


    My favorite dessert is apple pie, I am going to try this recipe tomorrow!

    Thank U very much.

    If you would like to publish / share a real easy Glutenfree, Dairyfree and Yeastfree (yummy) Naan Bread recipe, I would be glad to send it to you.

    Stay Blessed.

  25. 25
    Marilyn says:

    I love the apple tart recipe , an going to try it using small ceramic ramekins since I don’t have any mason jars ,hope it works!

  26. 26
    Elin Carey says:

    This sounds delish! Can’t wait to try it.

  27. 27
    Cathy says:

    This would be the perfect addition to this GF/DF gals cookbook collection!

  28. 28
    Victoria Miranda says:

    I would love to win this cookbook! It looks awesome!

  29. 29
    Susannah says:

    I am so interested in the Paleo diet. But I’m not sure how to make tasty Paleo-friendly foods. This cookbook looks like a must add to my library.

  30. 30
    Shyelley says:

    I thing it would be so great for me to get my first GF cookbook, the receipes look Great!!!!

  31. 31
    Kearly says:

    I am new to gluten free.(I have an intolerance to it, and 3 siblings with Celiac) New to low carb. New to the paleo concept. I do not know where to begin. I also live alone so don’t want to “waste” food by preparing too much for myself and I hate throwing away good food!! I am adjusting to buying only what I need and cooking enough to have leftovers for my lunches. My internet exploring has brought me here!! Thank you for sharing stuff!

  32. 32
    Jessica Paul says:

    I have recently gone gluten-free myself and would love to try this cookbook!

  33. 33
    jan says:

    Sure would love to win the book!

  34. 34
    Carol says:

    I love the idea of easy gluten free recipes that are healthy. I haven’t tried any of Elana’s recipes, but I’m looking forward to trying a few of these.

  35. 35
    Liz Aberdale says:

    I’m an Atkins fan from way back but Elena’s book
    of recipes sounds healthier and more diverse!

  36. 36
    Sherry says:

    I would love to have this cookbook since my daughters, myself, and grandson are now gluten and dairy free. We all tested positive to these sensitivities and will never be able to have these again.

  37. 37
    SL Wilson says:

    loving all the info!!
    thanks Sheri

  38. 38
    Melodie says:

    Always nice to see a new good cook book that takes peoples health issues into account.

  39. 39
    rebecca says:

    these look amazing!
    i’ve been experimenting with paleo cooking lately, so i’ll be sure to try some of these recipes

  40. 40
    Patti Pulver says:

    Have been gluten free for 3 months. Looking forward to seeing more recipe ideas!

  41. 41
    Jan says:

    Looking forward to trying some of these recipes. For someone with coconut allergy, what might be a good substitute in the apple dumpling recipe?

  42. 42
    anita pallatti hinkson says:

    Yale students love gluten-free!!!

  43. 43
    Mickey says:

    I enjoy using almond flour and Elana’s recipes have helped
    me expand its possibilities.

  44. 44
    Donna-Lynn Ogrins says:

    The Thai Kitchen coconut milk is my favourite to use in my kitchen. Have not tried making whipping cream with it, so this recipe will definitely be a dessert made this coming week! Can’t wait! : )

  45. 45
    Anita says:

    With a surname “Amsterdam” I hope this book can be sent to the Netherlands 🙂

  46. 46
    Patty says:

    This recipe looks yummy! It would be wonderful to win the cookbook

  47. 47
    Kathy says:

    I cant wait to try the apple tart recipe and all of the rest of the recipes in her book!

  48. 48
    Sandy says:

    I’m still new at this GF, but I’ve seen how it really affects my energy level and my alertness!

  49. 49
    Jane says:

    Pick me! Pick me! Everyone should go paleo, and this looks like the perfect way to do it!!

  50. 50
    Patricia says:

    The recipes look great. My daughter and I are both Coeliac and keep a completely GF kitchen. At first, managing the diet was quite difficult. Feeling deprived we reached for all the white rice flour products we could find. Not satisfying and certainly weight producing. We’ve since moved on to an organic and, hopefully, more sensible way of eating gluten free. I think this new book would be a perfect fit for the way we are trying to eat and live a healthier GF lifestyle.

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