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Easy Cinnamon Bun Muffins from Elana’s Pantry Plus Giveaway!

Gluten-free Grain-free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Update: Contest has ended and winner has been announced here!

Have you tried cooking with almond flour yet?  Well, if you do not have a Tree Nut Allergy, then you must give it a go. Really. It will change the way you bake…forever.

It is as easy to use as wheat flour, without having to worry about the balancing act/science experiments usually involved with more complex combinations of gluten-free flours.

And, as written by Elana Amsterdam, author of The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook and her soon-to-be-released cookbook Gluten-Free Cupcakes, not only is almond flour gluten-free and grain-free, it also “is a highly nutritious superfood that is low-carb and rich in vitamins, minerals, and ‘good’ fats. Almond flour is not only the healthiest flour around, it is also higher in protein and far richer in nutrients than wheat flour and its gluten-free counterparts.”

What a perfect contribution to those New Year’s intentions you set. To eat healthier. To focus on real food. To cut back on your simple carbohydrates.

You did make those, right?

It is safe to say that Elana Amsterdam, also author of the wildly successful and popular blog Elana’s Pantry, has revolutionized the trend of using almond flour in baking and everyday cooking.  She has created literally hundreds of recipes using this sweet, rich, buttery, superfood of a flour.  And each one that I have tried to date? Delicious. Simply Written. Easy to follow.  My kind of cooking.

What originally drew me to her cookbook and to her blog were these concisely written recipes. I love using recipes written in this way. I just wish I could master that art in my own recipe writing. Alas, that skill will take some practice on my end. But Elana? She is a pro.

The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook

To date, I have made many of her recipes. Her chocolate chip cookies have been baking in my oven too many times to count. Her scones? Cinnamon Bun Muffins? Banana Blueberry Muffins? Bran Muffins? Kale chips?

They have all graced my oven. And all have been met with rave reviews from my little gaggle of kitchen critics here.

Gluten-Free Blueberry Banana Muffins

Elana's Banana Blueberry Muffins: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free

Gluten-Free Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are AMAZING! Gluten-Free, Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Why am I sharing all of this with you, my diligent and wonderful readers? Because I like you. Because I want you to realize the wonders of cooking with almond flour. And because I am giving away a copy of Elana’s cookbook today.

In order to enter for the chance to win, just leave a comment below telling me if you have ever cooked with Almond Flour.

If you leave a separate comment telling me you have followed Cook It Allergy Free on Facebook, I will even give you a second chance to win.

Follow Elana’s Pantry on Facebook and you get yourself one more entry.

And now, because I love this recipe, and because Elana said I could share it with you today, I am going to leave you with these wonderful muffins.

Cinnamon Bun Muffins:

Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free

As written by Elana Amsterdam



2 tbsp agave nectar
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tbsp
grapeseed oil


1.  To make cinnamon topping, combine agave, cinnamon and oil in a small bowl

2.  Set mixture aside.



1 cup blanched almond flour
2 tbsp
coconut flour
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp
celtic sea salt
¼ cup grapeseed oil
¼ cup agave nectar
3 eggs
1 tbsp
vanilla extract


1. Combine almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl

2. In a large bowl blend together oil, agave, eggs and vanilla

3. Blend dry ingredients into wet and scoop a scant ¼ cup at a time into lined muffin cups

4. Spoon topping onto muffins

5. Bake muffins for 8-12 minutes at 350°

6. Cool muffins for 2 hours then frost with Creamy Cream Cheese Frosting

Makes 9 muffins

So go ahead and enter to win this amazing cookbook RIGHT NOW. I will be doing a giveaway of  her new cookbook, Gluten-Free Cupcakes, once it is released. I will also be doing a series of giveaways each Thursday between now and the end of February of each of my favorite Gluten-Free and Allergen-Friendly cookbook authors.  So check back each Thursday for the announcement of the winners from the previous week and for the newest giveaway!

  1. On January 7, 2011 Leah said

    I have tried several of Elana’s gf recipes but never tried any that require almond flour. I am in the process of ordering some so I can have a bigger variety of foods in my diet.

  2. On January 7, 2011 Gluten Free Diva said

    I’m a huge (HUGE) fan of Elana’s. I love everything she posts and am also a total convert to almond flour. I go through more of the stuff than you can shake a stick at!


  3. On January 7, 2011 Christine said

    I use Almond flour and make Elanas famous cookies too.

  4. On January 7, 2011 Christine said

    I follow Elana on Facebook

  5. On January 7, 2011 Christine said

    I now follow you on Facebook too!

  6. On January 7, 2011 Mary W said

    I already like Elana’s Pantry on facebook.

  7. On January 7, 2011 Mary W said

    I have liked cook it allergy free on facebook.

  8. On January 7, 2011 Mary W said

    I’ve never cooked with almond flour. Can’t seem to find it anywhere near me. Would love to try it though.

  9. On January 8, 2011 Laura said

    I have not cooked with almond flour, but I would love to try!

  10. On January 8, 2011 Sarena said

    I love almond flour! It works so well in pancakes and chocolate chip cookies!

  11. On January 8, 2011 Maggie said

    Wow, your boys must be loving you and Elana right now 🙂 The muffins sound perfect – if I could just happily sub out 3 eggs…hmmm, gonna have to get Heidi to work on that for me 🙂

  12. On January 8, 2011 Melanie Flinn said

    Great blog! Will be a good resource for me as I do not have a lot of experience with baking gluten-free.

  13. On January 9, 2011 Jenny said

    I’ve used almond meal before but not the almond flour that Elana uses – I still need to pick some up and play with it. I have been wanting to try her Almond flour recipes for a while now, I love her coconut flour recipes 🙂

  14. On January 9, 2011 Jenny said

    I follow you on Facebook

  15. On January 9, 2011 Jenny said

    I follow Elana on Facebook also

  16. On January 9, 2011 Cheri Crank said

    I have not used the flour because of its cost. But would LOVE to. I would try it with some of these recipes though. Would be great to win the cookbook!! Thanks.

  17. On January 9, 2011 Abby said

    Well, I have tried baking w/Bob’s Red Mill Almond Flour/Meal. I think I would like to try again using a different brand. The chocolate chip cookies look divine! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  18. On January 9, 2011 Abby said

    I follow Cook It Allergy Free on facebook.

  19. On January 9, 2011 Abby said

    I follow Elana’s Pantry on facebook.

  20. On January 9, 2011 Karen Goodwin said

    I am 4 months into a Gluten Free diet and have been experimenting with the new baking ways of the diet. I haven’t tried Almond flour but will definitely do so and would love the book to compliment my baking.

  21. On January 9, 2011 Jennifer said

    I LOVE elana’s recipes and follow her on FB!

  22. On January 9, 2011 Erin Gerih said

    I’m new to all of this & haven’t used almond flour before. Sounds like I should give it a try!

  23. On January 9, 2011 Dede Bessey said

    I have never used just almond flour, but I have used mixes that come with almond meal. I am interested in trying it !

  24. On January 9, 2011 Dede Bessey said

    I just “liked” Elana’s Pantry on FB

  25. On January 9, 2011 Dede Bessey said

    Now i “like” you on FB too =)

  26. On January 9, 2011 Shelly said

    Yes I have baked with almond flour, thanks to Elana!!! And we love it!!!

  27. On January 9, 2011 Shelly said

    I follow you on FB!!!

  28. On January 9, 2011 Shelly said

    And I follow Elans’s Pantry on FB!!!

  29. On January 9, 2011 elizabeth said

    i haven’t tried cooking with almond flour, but after reading this information, i can’t wait to!

  30. On January 9, 2011 elizabeth said

    i haven’t been following on Facebook, but have just found you and have “liked.” Very excited about this site! Thanks for sharing!!

  31. On January 9, 2011 Dawn said

    I’m new to GF baking – not used almond flour yet. Love your web site. Lots of great info!

  32. On January 9, 2011 Marisa H said

    I have only cooked with almond meal that I made myself in a coffee grinder after blanching the skins off. Too bad I am allergic to cinnamon but cardamom would be a fantastic replacement for these.

  33. On January 9, 2011 Christine Kelly said

    I would Soooo love to have this book.

  34. On January 9, 2011 Dawn said

    I just “liked” cook it allergy free on FB! 🙂

  35. On January 9, 2011 Caneel said

    I LOVE using almond flour! I haven’t tried any of Elana’s recipes yet — I just recently discovered her — but I can’t wait to try them (starting with this yummy one!). I also just followed you, and Elana’s Pantry, on facebook. Thanks for this opportunity!

  36. On January 9, 2011 elaine said

    i just got Elana’s cookbook from the local library….and i must say it is definitely one i want to have for keeps! i have already placed my online orders for blanched almond flours, etc….CANNOT wait to cook! thanks for the giveaway chance;D

  37. On January 9, 2011 Ricki said

    What a great recipe! I have baked with almond flour before–I made my own, without realizing that’s what it was called! I have a recipe for very easy almond cookies in my cookbook which use the flour. Yum! I’d love to have Elana’s cookbook and try out all her fabulous recipes using this flour.

  38. On January 9, 2011 Teresa Thompson said

    The only thing I have seen that suggested Almond flour was pie crust – so I’m really excited to try something new! I’m just so excited that my husband was diagnosed in a time when there are so many options! Thank you!

  39. On January 9, 2011 Jenn said

    I just found Elana’s blog last week (and immediately followed her on facebook). Cooking with almond flour has been an amazing discovery for me as i am currently on a grain/soy/sugar free diet. Being able to guiltlessly bake has been amazing and i would love the opportunity to try the recipes in her cookbook!

  40. On January 10, 2011 Christine Kelly said

    I would love a copy of this book – her recipes are amazing!

  41. On January 10, 2011 Becky Leppard said

    I have baked a few things with almond flour and hope to learn how to bake a few more items as I am grain, egg, corn, dairy, soy free. I have learned some tips over at

  42. On January 10, 2011 Adrienne said

    I love Elana’s blog!! I made her chocolate chip cookies for my family and they were a huge hit!! 🙂

  43. On January 10, 2011 Angela said

    I’ve only ever made Chinese/Macanese almond cookies with almond flour. Elena’s recipes look delicious, and I’d love to try them out.


  44. On January 10, 2011 Becky Leppard said

    I just became friends with Elena’s Pantry. Thanks so much for posting the cookbook. I put in on my wish list on Amazon. It sure looks awesome!!! I can’t wait!!!

  45. On January 10, 2011 Becky Leppard said

    The broccoli soups looks good from the cook IT allergy free FB link! Thanks so much for all the help and links!!

  46. On January 12, 2011 Holly said

    Yes, used it for the first time making traditional butter cookies – thumbprint with jam 🙂 Works perfectly since the nuttiness is great!

    I have been eying this cookbook for a LONG long time – I hope I win!!!!

  47. On January 12, 2011 Holly said

    I’m following Cook It Allergy Free AND Elana’s Pantry on Facebook 🙂

  48. On January 13, 2011 Christine Kelly said

    Follower on Facebook! Love her information and recipes!

  49. On January 13, 2011 Melita Godden said

    I am diabetic too and almond flour is brilliant as it stops the peaks and then troughs. Use it in lemon drizzle cake, just use 80% almond flour and 20% cornflour instead of plain flour works a treat!

  50. On January 18, 2011 Elana said


    Thanks so much for the amazing review; I greatly appreciate it!

    xo Elana

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