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Paleo Cooking with Upside-Down Apple Tartlets and a Giveaway

Paleo Upside Down Apple Tartlets

Are you drooling yet?

I can honestly tell you that the decadence that is pictured above is definitely worthy of it.

Those Paleo Upside-Down Apple Tartlets come straight from Elana Amsterdam’s latest cookbook: Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Recipes.

I have been making Elana’s recipes for years. They are, by far, some of my favorites because I love her cooking style: simple ingredients and directions that result in the freshest and healthiest recipes.

When I received my advanced copy of her newest cookbook from Ten Speed Press, I could not wait to dig in to it. I can say now that, in the short couple of weeks that I have had my hands on this baby, I have already used it over and over

This recipe collection did not disappoint and is full of simple recipes that every single person in the family will adore. The photography is absolutely stunning (as evidenced above) and the recipes are all Paleo, grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and nightshade-free.

Paleo Cooking from Elana's Pantry

All of these breakfast, entrees, salads, desserts, beverages, and more are quick and simple to make your time in the kitchen fast and efficient…just my kind of cooking.

And as Elana herself says…“It is the recipes with minimal ingredients that allow flavors to stand on their own and shine. That’s what Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry is about – simplicity and flavor.”

You will love, love, love this book. It was just released and available for immediate purchase June 18th, 2013.

And lucky for one of you, I am giving away a copy to one lucky person here!


Update: This Contest is NOW CLOSED. Winner has been notified by email.

If you would like a copy of this book, just simply do One, Two, or all Three of the following for a chance to win one. Just leave A SEPARATE COMMENT for each one that you do so that you can earn an entry for each.

1. Tell me what intrigues you about this cookbook!

2. Follow Cook It Allergy Free and/or Elana’s Pantry on Facebook, or tell me if you already do.

3. Share this post with your friends on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook or other social media and leave an additional comment saying you did so. Help spread the word about this great new cookbook!

The contest will end on Wednesday, June 26th at 9am PST. The winners will be announced then. You must be at least 18 years old to enter.

Disclaimer: While the cookbook was provided to me for free by Ten Speed Press, I was not paid for this review and the opinions are my own. The cookbook included in this giveaway is being provided by me.


And now I am happy to share Elana’s Paleo Upside-Down Apple Tartlets… these are incredible and were promptly devoured by my entire family. They are really simple to make and would be a perfect Fourth of July Treat!

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 in the book) or Peach Cherry Crisp (page 98 in the book).

  • 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.

Kim Maes - Allergy Free Food CoachKim Maes, CNC, AADP, known as the Allergy Free Food Coach, is a Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant and Certified in the Practical Application of Food Allergy Guidelines.. She is also the creator of the Cook It Allergy Free iPhone and iPad Apps and the Cook It Allergy Free website, where she shares her passion for teaching others how easy and delicious it can be to eat whole, pure allergy-friendly meals that the entire family will enjoy.

  1. On June 20, 2013 R Lin said
  2. On June 20, 2013 Laurel said

    What intrigues me about this cookbook is that there ARE egg free recipes. I have her others but only cook out of them for other people which is a darned shame! I’ve been real iffy about this one. Looks like there’s at least one recipe I can eat. yipee

  3. On June 20, 2013 Laurel said

    I follow you on FB

  4. On June 20, 2013 Laurel said

    I follow Elana on FB

  5. On June 20, 2013 Rachel Lookabill said

    I discovered a gluten intolerance after my second miscarriage and subsequent journey through the world of infertility. Both pregnancies came after a “fast” which, although not labeled gluten-free, were in fact just that. Unfortunately, the damage had already been done. I have recently started a Whole30 because obviously my body needs some serios nutritional healing, and I’ll be sticking with Paleo afterwards. I cannot believe the difference in, well, everything! I sleep better, chronic “conditions” are clearing up, I have more energy, my mind is clear, and I just feel BETTER! It just goes to show you how important it is to feed our bodies the right way. I would love to get my hands on this cookbook to help kickstart my new healthy journey!

  6. On June 20, 2013 Amber said

    I follow you on Facebook and I shared your newsfeed. What intruges me the most about this cookbook is how simply the recipes are and they go with our diet of no dairy,soy, eggs, or gluten. Due to my child’s allergies to all these things it is always nice to come across recipes that taste good and are simple to make. I work full time so it is hard to have dinner before 8 because of the time it takes to prep and cook food from scratch. Thanks for your time.

  7. On June 20, 2013 Jill_R said

    I follow you on FB

  8. On June 20, 2013 Jill_R said

    I follow Elana on FB

  9. On June 20, 2013 Jill_R said

    I am excited to win this cookbook by Elana! I love her recipies and she shows that you can eat well and enjoy your food. Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. On June 20, 2013 Tracy McKee said

    Eight months ago I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, and prescribed a gluten free diet. Later dairy and corn was added to the things I needed to avoid. It’s been a learning process but I have been, I believe, completely gluten free for about 8 months. The only problem is that I don’t feel better and through research I have discovered how incredibly unhealthy a gluten free lifestyle can be due to the alternatives that are used in gluten free products. Through blogs and whatnot, I have seen that many Hashimoto’s patients are successfully getting healthier and feeling much better on a paleo diet. I believe it is the change I need to make in order to get healthy, however I haven’t got a clue where to start. To me, this cookbook would be a great help in changing myself and my family over to a paleo lifestyle.
    By the way, I have followed both of your pages on facebook.

  11. On June 20, 2013 Jennifer said

    Love the egg free options. It is so hard to find recipes that taste amazing that are DF, EF, and GF.

    Shared on Facebook
    pinterest @originaljmo
    twitter @jenn_montague

    Also already had you liked on facebook 🙂

  12. On June 20, 2013 Tracy McKee said

    Followed Cook It Allergy Free

  13. On June 20, 2013 Tracy McKee said

    Followed Elena’s Pantry

  14. On June 20, 2013 mini said

    I follow you on facebook

  15. On June 20, 2013 mini said

    I follow Elana’s Pantry on facebook

  16. On June 20, 2013 Linda said

    We just found out my 11 year old son needs to be GF and DF. Needless to say he is depressed because he doesn’t think he’ll be able to eat anything that tastes delicious and that he’ll stand out like an alien amongst his friends at school, parties etc. HELP! This book looks like it will definitely help to alleviate his fears!
    I already follow you on facebook and just liked elana’s pantry. Keeping my fingers crossed….

  17. On June 20, 2013 mini said

    Would you ship to Germany? I am a German graphic design student and I was tested positive for Coeliac Disease, dairy (casein) allergies and candida, so I have to live sugar-free as well. Which was a relief on one hand, since I finally got to know what is wrong with me. but in the other hand it was shocking and definitely pretty overwhelming, but I guess you guys know what I mean 🙂 Before, I’ve barely eaten anything because I felt so sick and my whole body just behaved like against me .
    as I learnt more about this way of life, reading every gluten-sugar-dairy-free blog, including yours(!) on the internet, trying out so much recipes, and really got into it I’ve slowly been getting used to eat and live this way. in fact, I love it and I feel great! if it just wouldn’t be sooo expensive here in Germany, ingredients are rarely to find and everything costs a lot and a lot of time (which I, as a student, actually do not have)..
    The most important point is, that we don’t – or really really rarely – have (good) matching cook or baking books that combine this whole package of allergies. that’s why I would love to get it!!! after my graduation in summer I also will start an allergy-friendly cooking and baking blog with my recipes 🙂

  18. On June 20, 2013 mini said

    to Tracy McKee: I also have Hashimoto and I really feel better living that way! you should definitely try it! 🙂 get well soon

  19. On June 20, 2013 Jenn said

    I’ve shared on Facebook and am now following both pages on Facebook as well.
    My 4 yr old son has been experiencing tummy aches for over 6mths now. The doctor is ruling out the usual, but I’m thinking we will be trying gluten-free etc after the next set of test results come back. Would love to have this new book to start my library and help my son get back on track to his regular happy, healthy, pain-free self 🙂

  20. On June 20, 2013 Betsy said

    1. Intriqued by the photos!!! Drooling here.

    2. I follow you both on FB.

    3. Shared!

  21. On June 20, 2013 rojalyn Phillips said

    I am in the process of converting the whole family to Paleo, with 2 college kids at the house it has been a challenge! This would give me some new ways to introduce food.

  22. On June 20, 2013 Beth said

    I follow both you & Elana on facebook! What intrigues me is that I am newer to this grain/gluten free lifestyle. I’ve had horrible hives for the last 6 months & none of my doctors can figure out why. I decided to take matters into my own hands & first try grain free, my hives have decreased tremendously! I seriously can’t even believe it, just from making a few changes to my eating habits. It’s been 3 weeks now & both my husband & I have decided to make the lifestyle change FOR GOOD! So that being said, I will need all the recipes I can get to continue this lifestyle & better my family’s help. 🙂

  23. On June 20, 2013 Colleen Gorman said

    I am intrigued by Elana’s cookbook because I recently started eating gluten, sugar and dairy free. I would welcome new ideas and recipes for this new lifestyle.

  24. On June 20, 2013 Colleen Gorman said

    Already following Elana on FB.

  25. On June 20, 2013 Terisa said

    What intrigues me about this book? Is that as someone who only learned they were gluten sensitive recently , just learning how to make a great tasting healthy recipes for myself that my family and gluten eating friends will also love to eat is very intriguing. I already liked Elena’s Pantry and I am very happy to like Cook It Allergy Free now too. Quite happy to find more info and resources. 🙂

  26. On June 20, 2013 rebecca said

    I liked Elana’s pantry on facebook!

  27. On June 20, 2013 Colleen Gorman said

    Very pleased to follow Cook It Allergy Free on FB.

  28. On June 20, 2013 rebecca said

    I liked Cook it Allergy free on facebook!

  29. On June 20, 2013 rebecca said

    I’m excited to see the variety of allergy free foods found in this cookbook! I’m intrigued she could find a way to decide which of her wonderful recipes to share!

  30. On June 20, 2013 rebecca said

    I shared this post on pintrest!

  31. On June 20, 2013 rebecca said

    I also shared this post on my facebook wall!

  32. On June 20, 2013 Terisa said

    Pinned on Pinterest and shared on Facebook

  33. On June 20, 2013 Corinne said

    I love how the recipes are so simple yet turn out so incredible! I can’t wait to use her new cookbook!

  34. On June 20, 2013 rebecca said

    I also shared this post on twitter! Can you tell I REALLY would LOVE to win this. We have 3 in our family of 7 that have to be gluten/dairy free!!

  35. On June 20, 2013 Corinne said

    I ‘like’ Elana’s Pantry on facebook!

  36. On June 20, 2013 rebecca said

    Here’s where I retweeted your contest:

  37. On June 20, 2013 Miki Baxter said

    I liked both on Facebook! Miki

  38. On June 20, 2013 Miki Baxter said

    I shared on Facebook! Miki

  39. On June 20, 2013 Miki Baxter said

    Elana’s recipes on her website are delicious and easy to make. My family is starting to be open to this kind of eating – we’ve all had challenges with different foods that have been staples in our diet. I am intrigued with the ideas for healthier meals and for ways to revamp our eating & lifestyle. Miki

  40. On June 20, 2013 Holley Schmidlapp said

    Hello! Yes, I follow Elana’s Pantry on Facebook. I love finding out about new recipes 🙂

  41. On June 20, 2013 Holley Schmidlapp said

    I shared your post on Facebook!

  42. On June 20, 2013 Kris Conway said

    I follow Elena’s Pantry website and facebook. I can’t wait to see what she has come up with for the Paleo diet. I have been following it for years and am always looking for more resources.

  43. On June 20, 2013 Jamie V. said

    I follow Elana on facebook.

  44. On June 20, 2013 Jamie V. said

    I am always intrigued by Elana’s recipes for sweets and treats. Baking is like rocket science to me. That’s one smart cookie to come up with these creative ideas.

  45. On June 20, 2013 Jolynda said

    Been paleo for about seven months and always looking for new ideas. Really feel better!

  46. On June 20, 2013 Holley Schmidlapp said

    I think the concept of Paleo is just great and you can’t go wrong with gluten free/dairy free!! I tried making this recipe when it first came out and they turned out wonderfully!

  47. On June 20, 2013 Jolynda said

    I follow Elana on FB

  48. On June 20, 2013 Rachel C said

    Followed Elana

  49. On June 20, 2013 Amparo Barajas said

    Thanks for this awesome giveaway!!! What intrigues me most about this book is the Paleo aspect of course. I have Elana’s other two books and I’m curious to see what new recipes she has come up with that are more Paleo friendly. Thanks again!

  50. On June 20, 2013 Rachel C said

    followed CIAF on Facebook. I am really excited about this cookbook. I have her Almond Flour one and I love it.

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