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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 21, 2013 Sharon M said

    I am excited about recipes that use almond or coconut flour!! My hubby is low carb. and it is hard to find things without other flours!

  2. On June 21, 2013 Sharon M said

    I follow Cook It Allergy Free on FB

  3. On June 21, 2013 Sharon M said

    I follow Elana’s Pantry on FB.

  4. On June 21, 2013 Sharon M said

    I shared this post on FB.

  5. On June 21, 2013 April said

    Looks great, pinned on Pinterest. I’ve eaten gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free for 2 years now and feel great. Used to take 14 medications for 4 different “diagnosis”.

  6. On June 21, 2013 Wendy Carter said

    I love Elana’s Pantry!! I follow her on Facebook and visit her site regularly. I also recommend her site to all of my friends who are primal/paleo or just starting to try something new to feel better and look better! I would love to win this cookbook. Elana’s recipes are fantastic so I’m sure the cookbook is a must have.

    I will share this on Facebook with all!


  7. On June 21, 2013 Wendy Carter said

    I shared the cookbook via pinterest and will share on Facebook, too!

  8. On June 21, 2013 Jonita said

    I absolutely love the recipes I have tried from Elana’s Pantry. My family has been so happy since I found this wonderful resource. I am so excited to get this cookbook. Thanks so much!!

  9. On June 21, 2013 Susan J said

    Elana’s first cookbook was one of the first GF cookbook I bought after going GF, and I have several go-to recipes out of that one. Looking forward to the new one!

  10. On June 21, 2013 Anna H said

    My husband was recently diagnosed with Celiac’s and Elana’s recipes have been wonderful for both of us. I really would like to have more recipes to follow!

  11. On June 21, 2013 Anna H said

    I already follow Elana’s Pantry and I just followed Cook It!

  12. On June 21, 2013 Anna H said

    I shared on my Facebook page!

  13. On June 21, 2013 Donna D said

    following Elana’s Pantry on FB

  14. On June 21, 2013 Donna D said

    shared this page on FB

  15. On June 21, 2013 Donna D said

    and Number 1: I would love to find more safe recipes to try!

  16. On June 22, 2013 Ashleigh Swerdfeger said

    I am excited that my mom and I can actually eat the recipies.

  17. On June 22, 2013 Our Homemade Life said

    Everything about this cookbook looks amazing. I have seen it advertised on a couple blogs now and I definitely want to own a copy!

  18. On June 22, 2013 Our Homemade Life said

    I “liked” both Cook it Allergy Free and Elana’s Pantry on Facebook!

  19. On June 22, 2013 Our Homemade Life said

    Shared on Pinterest!

  20. On June 22, 2013 Jerrit said

    I entered before, but now I follow Cook It Allergy Free and I just pinned this on Pinterest.

  21. On June 23, 2013 Christine said

    I repinned this link, the recipe looks delicious!!!

  22. On June 24, 2013 Nikki said

    I so hope I win this!! I’m always on the look out for dairy-free paleo recipes. Many paleo people use goats milk or raw milk still, but when you’re casein intolerant it doesn’t matter if the milk is raw or from a goat- it still makes you sick! Yay for dairy-free paleo!

  23. On June 24, 2013 Nikki said

    Ps I already follow you both on Facebook- that’s how I found out about the contest 🙂

  24. On June 24, 2013 Nikki said

    Pss I will share on Facebook right now!

  25. On June 24, 2013 Nancy said

    I already follow Cook it Allergy free

  26. On June 24, 2013 Nancy said

    “Liked” Elana’s Pantry on Facebook!

  27. On June 24, 2013 renata said

    Already following on FB Cook It Allergy Free and Elana’s Pantry

  28. On June 24, 2013 renata said

    I love Elana’s books and recipes because everything is so simple yet amazingly delicious!

  29. On June 24, 2013 renata said

    Shared on social media

  30. On June 24, 2013 Debra said

    I love that Elana’s recipes are simple with few ingredients. That’s the first thing I look at…if the list is too long, I don’t make it!

  31. On June 24, 2013 Deb said

    I just started following Cook it Allergy Free on FB. I have sensitivities to gluten, wheat, corn, eggs, dairy and soy. I think this cookbook would be a big help.

  32. On June 24, 2013 Debra said

    I follow both Cook It Allergy Free and Elana’s Pantry.

  33. On June 24, 2013 Debra said

    Shared on Pinterest!

  34. On June 24, 2013 Denise said

    Looks delicious. Since I have Celiac would love to win your cookbook.

  35. On June 24, 2013 Sharon said

    I’d love this book! I have her first cookbook and love it for its simple healthy recipes.

  36. On June 24, 2013 Sharon said

    I follow both you and elana on Facebook

  37. On June 24, 2013 kristen said

    I just started following Cook It Allergy Free and Elana’s Pantry, both my partner and my son have gluten and dairy allergies. Gluten we just figured out.
    I have PCOS so eating grain free and paleo seems to be the way to go. I struggle with breakfast for myself as I am not too awake in the mornings and I like to eat things that do not require a lot of brain power, but will last me a good part of the morning.
    I will be posting to pintrest.
    Thank you.

  38. On June 24, 2013 Melissa C. said

    shared on pinterest!

  39. On June 24, 2013 Mary said

    After many years of digestive issues, going grain free has been a life saver. Finding ways to intrigue others of the healthy and yummy options out there for people who suffer from IBS and other diseases is a goal of mine. I am tired of hearing people say, “Oh, I am sorry, you can’t eat that” when, in fact, I don’t want to because of the consequences. I look forward to reading and creating the recipes.

  40. On June 24, 2013 Kris Conway said

    Love Elena. Follow her on Facebook. Have her books. Can’t wait for new book!

  41. On June 24, 2013 Natasha Tsoka said

    I love the recipes and the pales diet. I want to change my lifestyle and think this cookbook will make it fun and worthwhile.

  42. On June 26, 2013 noosh. said

    i’m excited that the book is nightshade free too- it’s tough to find paleo recipes like that!

  43. On June 26, 2013 noosh. said

    i follow elana’s pantry on fb

  44. On June 26, 2013 Michelle said

    I am starting out my birthday with alot of changes one is being newly diagnosed with celiac and a friend just sent me your site! Cant wait to check out the great new recipes!

  45. On June 26, 2013 Michelle said

    I just signed up for meal plans. As full time mom and full time, work, this will help keep the guess work out of being newly diagnosed and trying to figure out what i can make and eat for meals.

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