Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry
Cookbook Review & Giveaway!

Paleo Cooking From Elena's Pantry
Our favorite gluten-free chef Elana Amsterdam has a new cookbook! All 100 recipes in here are free of gluten, dairy, grains and processed foods.

I use Elana’s recipes and recommend them to patients at the Eleven Eleven Wellness center all the time for three reasons:

1. They are simple, using minimal ingredients that are easy to find.
2. They are delicious. I have never made one of her recipes that didn’t turn out great!
3. They are paleo, or grain-free.

What is Paleo, anyway?

You may have heard buzz about the paleo or “caveman” diet, but be wondering what exactly that means.

A Paleo diet is a grain-free diet. For 2.5 million years, our ancestors were hunter-gatherers. Only in the past 10,000 years did we start cultivating grains. So with a Paleo diet we go back to the way our ancestors ate: lots of vegetables, some lean animal protein, fruit, nuts, seeds and oils.

At the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center, when a patient has high blood sugar, we often recommend a Paleo diet and emphasize not to eat too much fruit. Why? Because grains and fruit convert to sugar.

We also use a Paleo diet for patients with leaky gut. We have found that it’s not only gluten that can irritate the gut, but all grains can be problematic for certain people. Removing all grains has provided immense relief for these patients.

As you can see by flipping through Elana’s cookbook or checking out her blog, it’s not as hard as it sounds.

We’re delighted to share two recipes from the new cookbook:

Sesame Noodles

Serves 4

  • 1 (12-ounce) package kelp noodles
  • 1/4 cup roasted almond butter, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon ume plum vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish

Soak the kelp noodles in a bowl of hot water for 30 minutes. Drain the noodles and rinse thoroughly. In a small bowl, whisk together the almond butter, sesame oil, vinegar, and honey. Add the noodles and toss to combine. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.

As you’ll see, this recipe uses kelp noodles, which I’ve been wanting to try for a long time. If you’re on a gluten-free diet and missing pasta, then you must try kelp noodles! I picked up a packet at my local Whole Foods and was amazed to learn that they are fat free, gluten free, low calorie, a good source of calcium and so easy to cook with. As a bonus, sea vegetables such as kelp are great because they have iodine which is important for thyroid health. A big bowl of noodles on a gluten-free diet? Yes, please!

And now for dessert…

Upside Down Apple Tartlets

Upside-Down Apple Tartlets

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 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

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 
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 Cherry Crisp (page 98). See photo on page 100.

  • 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.

Cookbook Giveaway!

To enter to win a free copy of Elana’s cookbook:

1. Leave a comment below.

2. For a second entry, like Frank Lipman MD or Elana’s Pantry on Facebook, or follow DrFrankLipman or ElanasPantry on Twitter, and leave a second comment letting us know you did so.

Contest ends July 2nd at 11 pm EST.  Winner will be selected at random using and will be announced in this post next week.  No purchase necessary and must be a US resident to enter. Winner will be notified by email and if he/she does not respond on how to claim their prize an alternate winner may be chosen.

A big congrats to Tommy for winning Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry! We will send you an email today to collect your mailing info. Thanks for everyone who entered!

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.

  • maralina

    I would love the cookbook!!!

  • Diana

    Would love to try these recipes.

  • Pat C

    Need to make some more changes…this cookbook
    would be very helpful in creating these changes-

  • Alicia

    I follow Elana’s website each week! So many great ideas.

  • Andy M

    Always looking to cook without wheat, dairy and eggs. It can be hard when no one else needs to eat that way too! This looks like it could make cooking a breeze for all of us!

  • m. gray

    Chance #2, just liked Elana’s Pantry on Facebook. Keeping fingers crossed!!

  • Judy Griffin

    Both of these recipes look delicious. I love to find healthier versions of basic meals & desserts for myself as well as to share with clients.

  • Ashley

    Yum! I can’t wait to try these recipes. I also “liked” Elana’s page on Facebook.

  • Joanna Rusling

    Looks good

  • Luh Diah Pusparinirini

    Interesting cookbook, make it exciting to try the recipes which the ingredient not all are find here

  • Anne Marren

    I love Elana I’ve been making things from her blog for years, ever since I did my first cleanse in 2011. I would love nothing more than her new Paleo cookbook as I’ve just started Paleo about a month ago and CAN’T believe the difference in inflammation in my body. Amazing. I also liked both of you guys on Facebook. Love you both!!!! You are guys are doing amazing things for the masses to keep us healthy and informed.

  • Caitlin Frates

    Cool! I hope I’m a winner!

  • Ruby Lin

    Elena has great, simple receipes. i’d like to win a copy of the book.

  • Ruby Lin

    I liked your FB.

  • Ruby Lin

    I also followed you on Twitter @rubydouble

  • Melanie

    Would love to try some of the recipes in this new book!

  • Melanie

    Following Elana and Dr. Lipman on Facebook.

  • Renata

    Liked Frank Lipman MD or Elana’s Pantry on Facebook

  • Renata

    Elana is the best! want her book so badly!!!!

  • Nicole

    I hope to win this cookbook; can’t wait to try her new recipes!

  • Nicole

    I have like Elana’s Pantry on Facebook

  • Laurie Swanson

    Hope I win, have been trying some recipes–can’t wait to have it for my own1

  • I’d love to try out some of Elana’s new recipes! They’ve never steered me wrong in the past.

  • Also, I like Elana’s Pantry on Facebook.

  • Elizabeth G.

    I would love to win this book. Thanks for the chance!

  • Elizabeth G.

    I Like Elana’s Pantry on Facebook.

  • Isabela P.

    I eat paleo but I don’t have This book. I’ve heard it is a wonderful book

  • Ellen

    Frank, I heard you on 7 days with 7 docs and I am altering my lifestyle thanks to the incredible guests that JJ had on her program. I am also enjoying Elana’s blog.

  • Laura F.

    So excited for this cookbook!

  • Laura F.

    I like Elana’s Pantry & Dr. Frank Lipman on Facebook :)

  • kimswhims

    these are great recipes, love them!

  • Jan Turner

    Almond flour is my new best friend…

  • melanie a.

    i’ve been following her blog for a while and would *love* to win a copy of her cookbook! thanks for the giveaway!

  • I already love the recipes on Elana’s blog and would really like to have her new book!

  • I also liked Elana’s Pantry on Facebook!

  • Elizabeth Mazzei

    I wish Facebook had a “LOVE button Love you both! I liked both on Facebook and also following you both on Twitter. I’ll be tweeting this post as well. I thoroughly enjoy ALL of Elana’s recipes. I’d be elated to win Elana’s NEW Cookbook (crossing my fingers and toes) Almond flour is a gluten-free pantry’s best friend – BBF Best Friends Forever:) Thank you Dr. Frank Lipman & Elana for spreading the message of health.

  • Stephanie @ lattesandlaughs

    I’m following Dr. Lipman on Twitter.

  • jane

    I love Elana’s recipes from her website and would love to try out her cookbook!

  • Anonymous

    Elana’s book looks amazing! Another blogger posted her recipe for bacon tart recently, and I can’t wait to try it. Drool worthy! Her recipes are easy to follow, and family friendly….comes in handy with 2 boys at home.

  • Anonymous

    I follow Elana’s Pantry on both Facebook and Twitter.

  • Tommy Walton

    I’ve been following Frank Lipman on Twitter. Good stuff!

  • Tommy Walton

    Also, this cookbook looks awesome!

  • Laur

    I love Elena’s recipes and would love her new cookbook! Thank you

  • Laura

    I follow Elena’s Pantry on Facebook

  • HeatherH

    I love Elana’s paleo breads–always have one on hand!

  • Would love to win! Just started Paleo and could use some guidance!

  • Liked both pages on FB!

  • Christie

    Have been a vegetarian for 20 years; but was recently diagnosed with leaky gut and gluten intolerance. I also have suffered from low blood sugar bouts over the last 15 years. I think that the paleo diet may be the way to go and normalize my homeostasis. Looks great, thank you.

  • Cindy

    I’ve had stomach issues and now am gluten and dairy free. This cookbook looks perfect!

  • Cindy

    I have liked both of the facebook pages (^_^)

  • Suzanne

    This cookbook sounds fabulous and just what I need. Thank you.

  • Kathy

    My sister has Mulitiple Sclerosis and my mom has irritible bowel. This just might be what they both need.

  • Kathy

    I already follow Dr Lipman on twitter and just followed Elanas Pantry.

  • Gail

    Thank You, Cookbook looks Wonderful! Perfect!

  • Ellen

    I would love to win! Thank you for this offer and for your work!

  • Ellen

    I “liked” Dr. Lipman’s page on FB

  • mfeigel

    Very interesting, the recipes sound great.

  • Chaya

    Wow! I was macrobiotic for many years. Lots of grains & then more grains with at least 1/2 or more of the diet consisting of grains. My cravings were often intense, & I really didn’t do well on this program at all. Just kept trying & trying to get it right. The pale diet is a Godsend.

  • Judith Paskowitz

    I’ve been a fan of Dr. Lipman for a long time and now am a fan of Elana’s Pantry! I absolutely WANT this cookbook!!! :)

  • amy pamensky

    Only recently discovering that grains are not good for leaky gut. Ready to take my digestive healing journey to the next level!

  • Michaela

    Elana has such great recipes on her site and this sampling from her new cookbook looks great too

  • Michaela

    I follow @Elanaspantry on Twitter

  • dawn

    Just started following the paleo diet. This book looks terrific! Would love to win it.

  • Lisa Marie Gottwals

    This cookbook looks inspiring and amazingly delicious!

  • Lisa Marie Gottwals

    Just “liked” Elana’s Pantry on FB, but SO wish there was a LOVE button! So glad I’ve discovered her page…it looks amazing. Just the inspiration I need to create healthy, delicious food again! Thank you Dr. Lipman and Be Well Health Coach Kerry Monaghan for this post!

  • robin

    Love Elana’s Paleo and GF recipes!

  • Maryrose Coughlin

    Can’t wait to try these recipes, please enter me in the contest.

  • Cynthia Plemmons- Peterson

    I’m in! Ready to live the Paleo way!!

  • Cynthia Plemmons- Peterson

    “Liked” Dr. Lipman and Elana on Facebook… the shakes Dr. L!

  • Shari

    I already eat paleo and have tried many of Elana’s yummy recipes. I’m looking forward to checking out the book.

  • Shari

    I like you both on Facebook! Thanks for the giveaway.

  • jbeezwax

    Solutions like kelp noodles and delicious apple desserts make taking the Paleo plunge feel far less daunting! Thank you so much! Fingers crossed!

  • jbeezwax

    I now officially like you both on Facebook! Thanks for being such incredible resources to those of us who still have a lot to learn!!

  • Hanna Lyons

    I am interested in the extent to which Paleo is useful for reversing diabetes. I am always looking for good recipes that are low in sugar.

  • Terri

    Easy and yummy looking way to start a sensible life change. Thanks.

  • Diane T

    Paleo rules!! However, I have a sensitivity to almonds – can I substitute another flour for it? Would love your cookbook. Your site looks interesting.

  • nic

    Paleo seems like a really smart path. I’m excited to learn more about it for sure. i’d love your cookbook to learn more!

  • manny

    Great book i would love to see the recipes maybe life changing event for a lot of people

  • Phyllis

    I recently was advised by my naturopathic physician to go gluten free. This sounds like the perfect cookbook for me!

  • Melita Baker

    I would love a copy!

  • Joe Lamberti

    I would love a copy too so I can try things I would never have thought of eating. The adage, “we are what we eat” is so true.

  • LAO

    Can’t wait to try the Upside Down Apple Tartlets!

  • Ellen

    My daughter is struggling to maintain a gluten free diet..yet when she fails a full body rash occurs, so we need to build our recipe knowledge and instructions on how to cook!

  • Lia L.

    Great giveaway! I love Elana’s blog and her recipes are amazing!

  • Lia L.

    I’m following both on Twitter

  • Deborah Howard

    I love Elana’s recipes and won a cupcake contest with a lemon blueberry gluten free cupcake recipe from one of her books We didn’t tell people beforehand that these cupcakes were gluten-free and told them after we won It was a regular cupcake contest

  • Deborah Howard

    I’ve liked both Frank Lipman, MD and Elana’s Pantry on FaceBook and follow them both on Twitter

  • Patricia Annabelle McEntee

    these two recipes sound delish and easy. My dtr and I are just beginning our adventure in Paleo eating tomorrow and I think this recipe is a good start and the cook book would be even more of a help. The recipe gives tips to help the cook succeed – much appreciated. Good luck, Elana and love to Dr. Frankie from an old patient.

  • Nadine Miral

    Great article! I just finished Frank Lipman’s 2 week cleanse and was thinking about what meals to start making. I feel incredible without all the hidden “junk” and would love to start a Paleo diet. The recipes sound delicious! My birthday is on July 4th and this clean way of eating will landmark my new way of life. Many thanks to all at Eleven Eleven Wellness cener. Can’t wait to make these recipes!

  • Nadine Miral

    I “liked” both you and Frank on Facebook and can’t wait to follow both of you on twitter!

  • Seroflorus

    Elana’s Pantry is the place to go for the best recipes. there’s one for chocolate tartlet that I make…so delicious and we use half the sugar!

  • Carol

    I love Elana’s last 2 books. Hope to win the 3rd.

  • Carol

    I already like Elana on facebook.

  • Karen

    I would love to win a copy of Elana’s book. Her blog has been such a helpful resource!

  • Jenny

    Always easier having great recipes. Can’t wait to get Elana’s book.

  • M.M.H.

    Yum. Yes. Please.

  • Sandy O’Neal

    <3 Elana Amsterdam's book!! :)

  • Johanna

    I have been following her blog for years, I am very excited for this book

  • Johanna

    I like Elena on twitter andDr Lipman on twitter , I’m @hybridhanna

  • Joyce

    I am new to Paleo cooking, so would love to win Elena’s book. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • DJF

    What a a great cookbook!

  • Holly M.

    Paleo diet is the best one I have tried yet. No more tummy aches!

  • Wheat on Trial

    I follow both Dr. Lipman AND Elana’s Pantry on Facebook AND Twitter. That should be worth a gazillion entries :)

  • Wheat on Trial

    I am also pretty terrible in the kitchen, as noted by my blog: It would be awesome to have Elana’s book to guide me through future kitchen disasters :)

  • Grandmaof9

    I follow several paleo sites, and have read Wheat Belly. One of our family members has neuro problems and I wonder if really doing this program would help. A cookbook would be a great help in making this part of our lifestyle.

  • Foodie

    Would love to win this cook book! It sounds wonderful, thank you :)