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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 Alicia said

    Just read to leave a separate comment for each – let me try again!
    1. I love Elana’s recipes that I’ve tried on her website so far and I would love to see more and have it at my fingertips when I’m in my kitchen!

  2. On June 20, 2013 Alicia said

    2. I already follow Elana’s Pantry, which is how I found out about this contest!

  3. On June 20, 2013 Alicia said

    3. I have shared this post with all my friends on Facebook!!

  4. On June 20, 2013 Julie said

    Love it! Super excited to try it. I follow both of you on FB! Thanks for sharing the news about a new cookbook by her! Thanks for keeping us allergy free!

    I am sharing this on Pintrest.

  5. On June 20, 2013 Autumn Beck said

    What interests me is that you say it’s SIMPLE and FLAVORFUL.

  6. On June 20, 2013 Autumn Beck said

    Facebook fan of both!

  7. On June 20, 2013 Jessica said

    I have followed Elana since the early days of being diagnosed with a gluten allergy. Her recipes are fantastic. As I’ve moved more towards paleo I’m interested to see what new and exciting things she’s come up with.

  8. On June 20, 2013 Jessica said

    I follow both Cook IT Allergy Free and Elana’s Pantry on Facebook. Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. On June 20, 2013 Autumn Beck said

    Pinned it

  10. On June 20, 2013 Becky said

    We have been eating gluten free for over a year. These apple tartlets look wonderfully delicious and easy.

  11. On June 20, 2013 Carla said

    Since I went Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free last year for health reasons, your blog and recipes have been salvation for me! All so tasty! I love your blog and your recipes so I would love to have an entire cookbook of wonderful recipes! I have already ‘liked’ Elana’s Pantry Facebook page and now have ‘liked’ the Cook it Allergy Free page as well. I’ve shared this on Facebook and Pintrest also. : )

  12. On June 20, 2013 Tammi said

    Been eating healthy since February and found Elena’s blog looking for gluten free healthy recipes. This cookbook looks so wonderful. The recipe for upside down apple tartlets look mouthwatering!

  13. On June 20, 2013 Tammi said

    #2, Already follow Elana’s Pantry. Now following you too. :) Thanks.

  14. On June 20, 2013 Tammi said

    #3, Shared on Facebook. Fingers crossed.

  15. On June 20, 2013 Patricia said

    I love that it is Paleo and simple.

  16. On June 20, 2013 Patricia said

    I Follow Cook It Allergy Free and Elana’s Pantry on Facebook.

  17. On June 20, 2013 Patricia said
  18. On June 20, 2013 ana said

    NOW thats some real delicious coconut cream

  19. On June 20, 2013 Chryste said

    I have Elena’s almond flour cookbook and love it, so I’m sure this one would be a hit as well – especially since my family is paleo!

  20. On June 20, 2013 Chryste said

    I follow Elana’s Pantry on FB.

  21. On June 20, 2013 Chryste said

    I follow your page on FB.

  22. On June 20, 2013 Michelle said

    1. Yummy recipes I can cook for my hubby who has Celiac disease

  23. On June 20, 2013 Chryste said

    I have shared this on FB and I’m making them this weekend! :) Thanks!!! :)

  24. On June 20, 2013 Michelle said

    2. I have just liked both Cook It Allergy Free and/or Elana’s Pantry on my Facebook.

  25. On June 20, 2013 Michelle said

    3. I have shared this on FB to spread the word about this wonderful cookbook.

    Thank you for being here :)

  26. On June 20, 2013 Denise said

    I get excited to try recipes posted here and then forget about them… a recipe book would be great to have on hand to flip through. I still like holding books ; as opposed to going to my computer all of the time

  27. On June 20, 2013 Denise said

    I follow Cook IT allergy free on facebook and also shared this with friends on my wall

  28. On June 20, 2013 Denise said

    I just realized that I follow Elana’s Pantry as well!

  29. On June 20, 2013 Jenny Sennett said

    I would love to win this book! Last week we found my son has a long list of food allergies.

    This will be a big adjustment for our family & this book seems to be exactly what were looking for!!

    I’m so excited I found your page & this book!

  30. On June 20, 2013 Diana said

    I Follow Elana’s Pantry and have 3 of her books. Her books and site helped me to become more creative in my GF cooking. I had completely given up on packaged GF foods because they seemed so devoid of nutrients and full of sugars. When I first was diagnosed with Celiac in 2000, finding recipes was a bit of a challenge. Now thanks to so many wonderful sites, I have plenty to choose from! Looking forward to following you as well!

  31. On June 20, 2013 Linda S said

    Paleo intrigues me and so does simplicity. Eating healthy with simple ingredients is my life! Thanks for sharing!

  32. On June 20, 2013 lisa sewell said

    I am a big fan of actual books, in spite of the amazing recipes I find online. Since our son was newly diagnosed with celiac disease, I need to replace my old cookbooks with those that are safe for him for the most part, or that would be simple enough for him to learn to make on his own. I love the recipes I’ve seen coming out of that Pantry! :-)

  33. On June 20, 2013 lisa sewell said

    Just followed Elana’s Pantry on FB and already followed Cook IT Allergy Free.

  34. On June 20, 2013 Michelle Hill said

    I LOVE my Almond flour cook book from Elana– I am sure this one is fantastic as well!

  35. On June 20, 2013 Michelle Hill said

    I follow Elana on FB :)

  36. On June 20, 2013 Mars said

    I have two previous books by Elana. They are well used. I can’t wait for this one!!!!!!! Her food has become a staple in my house.

  37. On June 20, 2013 Mars said

    I follow Elana on Facebook! Thanks!!!!!

  38. On June 20, 2013 Mars said

    Sharing your post and give a way on my Facebook page. Thanks bunches!!!! Good luck everyone!

  39. On June 20, 2013 Crystal said

    I have liked both pages on Facebook.

  40. On June 20, 2013 Elizabeth said

    I’m following on Facebook.

  41. On June 20, 2013 Elizabeth said

    I am new to The Paleo lifestyle. This cookbook is exactly what I need to be successful on this lifestyle change.

  42. On June 20, 2013 Lacy said

    1. I’m really interested in paleo recipes/cooking and cutting out anything processed…its been slow going. Hoping a book like this could help :)

  43. On June 20, 2013 Lacy said

    2. Following you and Elena on facebook

  44. On June 20, 2013 Lacy said

    3. Shared with my friends on facebook and pinned to my foodie boars on pinterest

  45. On June 21, 2013 Jessy said

    I love Elana’s blog and I would to get her cookbook!! :)

  46. On June 21, 2013 Melissa said

    I am considering going partial Paleo and I love Elana, so this book would be a perfect combination

  47. On June 21, 2013 Melissa said

    I am a fan of Cook It Allergy Free and Elana’s Pantry

  48. On June 21, 2013 Melissa said

    I shared on FB

  49. On June 21, 2013 Melissa said

    I pinned it!

  50. On June 21, 2013 Melissa said

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