Update: The winner of the giveaway is commenter #54. The publisher will be contacting you shortly. Thanks for participating, all!
Now that school’s out for summer an indefinite period of time (yay, graduation!), I am attending to blog-related matters that have been shelved for months. It’s great to be able to spend more time connecting with readers and fellow bloggers. A few books that have been sent my way for review will be featured in upcoming posts. I’ll be discussing the content, layout, and of course, the recipes for you guys!
Around the time I started my blog, I stumbled upon her treasure trove of a website. Elana’s Pantry is a food and lifestyle blog with an eco-friendly flare, chock full of naturally delicious gluten-free recipes accompanied by mouthwatering photos. Elana and I first connected a couple of years ago when she gave me shout out at her chocolate peanut butter tart post. That was a huge honor since I had admired her and sung her praises since stumbling upon her site back in 2008, marveling at her creative and user-friendly recipes using fresh ingredients. I don’t think anyone can match her ability to turn ground nuts into decadent desserts!
Gluten-Free Cupcakes: 50 Irresistible Recipes Made With Almond and Coconut Flour is the second cookbook released by Elana, following the Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook. Her second collection of recipes is a showcase of the sweet stuff, with almond flour and coconut flour having the starring roles. These two high protein, nutritious ingredients are combined with eggs, oil, and agave nectar to create a dizzying array of classic pastries and original colorful confections. Elana’s creativity knows no bounds, with cookie dough cupcakes (“Cookie Suprise Cupcakes,” pg. 36) and ice cream sundae cupcakes (“Banana Split Cupcakes,” pg. 37, topped with a banana slice and cherry!) being a couple of the more eclectic picks. Don’t those sound amazing?
Trying to decide what to make from Gluten-Free Cupcakes: 50 Irresistible Recipes Made With Almond and Coconut Flour was a bit of a challenge. There are so many delicious looking recipes packed into this beautiful little cookbook! Looking through the many tantalizing photos of cupcakes, I wondered what I could try that would appeal to the low carb and paleolithic eaters reading this blog. I turned the page to the Savory Treats section. Aha! Spying the recipe for “Garlic Cheddar Muffins” (pg. 86), I knew exactly what I was making. Those and the “Scallion Goat Cheese Muffins” (pg. 84) looked irresistible.
Here’s how the “Garlic Cheddar Muffins” (pg. 86) from the Savory Treats section of Elana’s book turned out for me. Oh my goodness, these babies are to die for. Red Lobster called, and they’re totally jealous of Elana’s healthy version of their beloved bread basket staple!
Here’s the “German Chocolate Cake” (pg. 71) I made. Chocolaty coconut flour cake topped with a coconut pecan filling? Yes, please! The cake was moist, and the frosting had the consistency of the real deal, without the cloying sweetness. M-mm! I used honey in place of agave for you paleolithic eaters out there. The substitution worked beautifully. The recipes in this book are well crafted and easily adaptable in my experience working with them. Elana is truly an expert at what she does!
Last but not least, here’s my attempt at Elana’s “Scallion Goat Cheese Muffins” (pg. 84), also from her savory treats section. The chives and goat cheese pack quite the flavorful punch. Elana describes them as a great “breakfast on the run,” and I agree.
—————————————————————— Scallion Goat Cheese Muffins (recipe p 84, image p 85)]
1 1/2 cups blanched almond flour
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
3 large eggs
1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions, white and green parts
5 ounces goat cheese (10 tablespoons)
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 10 muffin cups with paper liners.
In a large bowl, combine the almond flour, salt, baking soda, and black pepper. In a medium bowl, whisk together the olive oil and eggs. Blend the wet ingredients into the almond flour mixture with a handheld mixer until thoroughly combined, then stir in the scallions.
Scoop 3 tablespoons of batter into each prepared muffin cup, then press 1 tablespoon of goat cheese into each muffin.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted 1/2 inch from the edge of the muffin (to avoid the goat cheese center) comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached. Let the muffins cool in the pan for 20 minutes, then serve.
If you want the chance to win a copy of Elana’s cookbook, leave a comment below. Please include your email address (with spaces, to avoid the hungry spambots). If you win, the publisher will contact you requesting your address.
Stay tuned for an upcoming post with a comprehensive discussion about the various alternative sweeteners!
WOW!!I would love to get this cookbook. I'm so tired of now having treats when everyone else is. I can make sure I have treats for office birthdays, family birthdays, etc. Being Canadian it is very difficult to find ingredients and good cook books.
I would LOVE to win this cookbook! I love everything you post, and I'm sure this cookbook is filled with yummy stuff too – the pictures are great!! Thank you for the opportunity! dawnbrisset @ gmail dot com
I went gluten free a few months ago and miss this type of food so much. You can gluten free kits and pre-made products, but in the end they just are not as healthy as these fantastic looking treats. jengriffi79 at yahoo dot com
I regularly make Elana's almond flour pizza crust. My family loves it. Since most of her sweet recipes use agave, I admittedly haven't tried many. I do not use agave or honey and am a little unsure how to use my favorite erythritol/stevia combo. It has been suggested I try xylitol sweetebed honey, which I will do as soon as I get more almond flour. The red lobster biscuits look marvelous.
Two of my three chickadees are diabetic. These recipes look like they'll work for them. If I win the cookbook, there will be treats galore. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity. sdrhatcher at g mail dot com
I really like Elana's recipes and have used them as the basis for some of my own recipes. The german chocolate cake looks great! I can be contacted as AE3nn on twitter–I'm not a big fan of posting my email address in blogs.
I actually found your blog through Elana's pantry. I read her blog for two years before I finally made the plunge, ordered the almond flour and dove in. It has completely changed the way my family does dessert. I just made her banana walnut muffins last night, replacing the walnunts with carob chips. We did our best to save some for breakfast this morning.
I have been a longtime lurker of your blog and have found it to be such a blessing! Of course I'd love to win a copy of that book but this is really just a good excuse to finally come out of lurking. The first recipe I made was the chocolate cake for my son's 11th birthday. I got his permission to use him as a guinea pig but did promise that we'd go out to Cold Stone for ice cream if it was nasty. Happily, my entire family LOVED the cake and we didn't go out! That is really saying something considering I make and decorate cakes as a hobby and pretty much all of them are horrifically bad for you! So thank you. You've given me hope that we can transition more fully away from the foods that we feel are no good for us.
Wow! Whether I win or not, this will be in my cookbook collection! Muffins and cupcakes are so portable and portion controlling! Thanks!! and congrats on graduation! I know you've worked hard! gourdturtle at yahoo dot com
I was so excited when I opened your email today. I've had my eye on Elana's book since I had to change my diet several months ago. I am so thankful to have found both of your blogs. They have really helped me as I make this transition.
I hope I win. These look amazing – I've been baking gluten free for myself and my husband and I tried cupcakes once – they overflowed the tins and then fell flat. I want to see how to do it right! Thanks for your great blog – I've made so many of your recipes you are my go-to place for sugar free anything! – Jeanne
Congratulations on graduating and thanks for all that you do! You and your recipes are a Godsend!! With all of the ailments that we have in our family, we'd be eating cardboard if it weren't for your low carb, paleo way of thinking and your recipes….HEALTHY INDULGENCES!!
I'd love to win the cookbook! Can give me a formula for an agave substitution that isn't honey?
It's a god-send! Sweet and savoury cupcakes, with coconut and almond flour. I've gone "primal" in my eating, and am really struggling with the occasional indulgent pancake, muffin, or cupcake recipe that doesn't use wheat flour AND (most importantly) isn't loaded with carbs like most other flour substitutes are. Your pics are amazing, and I'm waiting with anticipation for your alternative-sweetener post. Thank you! Email is onewilcox at yahoo dot com.
These recipes look amazing! I did your banana nut muffins a while back and my whole family loved them! Even my friend's young boys loved them–finnicky taste buds were delighted! I still have some coconut flour in the kitchen. Look forward to useng it all up. Thanks! And congrats on graduating!
Terrific! I could use another "Breakfast On The Go" recipe. I've been using Elana's recipes for some time now. I've had to adapt them for sugar free purposes, yet I've been very happy with their low carb nature. Thanks for the opportunity to win her latest cookbook!
I love Elena's first book and have never been disappointed except when using a different almond flour than recommended in her book. We have made the pizza crust, chocolate chip cookies, quiche and a crumble with my own variation. I bought my daughter-in-law the new cupcake book but would like one of my own.
Gimme that book! Those recipes look absolutely SCRUMPTIOUS and perfect for my large family! Thank you, Lauren AGAIN and AGAIN for sharing your own recipes as well as your finds. I have made just about every one of your delectable dishes/desserts and have yet to be disappointed. No doubt Elana's cookbook would be just as much of a joy to own and to use. Thank you for the opportunity!
Thanks Elana for this yummy opportunity– I am new to gluten free,etc.baking and I would like to win this book so I could bake the German Chocolate cupcakes for my Mom whose body is under attack and cannot tolerate the typical baked goods that she so much wants to eat and when she was able German Chocolate cake was one of her favorites. Thanks again and I looking forward to receiving my free copy.
I already have the Cupcake book and I love it! I've tried a few of the recipes and they are wonderful…these Cheddar Garlic ones are in the oven now. All I had was a 6 spot muffin top pan…so I'm hoping that will be ok….I'm watching them closely and will post the results! Thanks for bringing that recipe to my attention! Diane
You are so talented..you have made me a believer in all gluten free baking. as a chef/caterer you have shown me how easy it is to make DELICIOUS! desserts etc… for my clients who travel here to Hawaii.. thank you!
I would love to win the cookbook. How exciting is this?! I have been so curious about the cookbook and would love to review it as well. You are so right in that her site is a treasure trove for sure!!! And so is yours! Glad you support her as I do! I respect fellow bakes like you and Elana. My email is: email@example.com BLESSINGS!!!!!!! -Bella M.
I hope I win! I feel lucky because you wrote this post on my birthday I love your blog and recipes and will stalk you regardless of whether or not I win though I made your chocolate bean cake for my own birthday cake – thank you so much! endearingandhi at gmail dot com
I'm getting ready to start a gluten/grain free business in October when I get my grant money. I could definitely use this cookbook for ideas to add to my repetoire of goodies. Thank you for all you do! I have been inspired more times that I can say by your blog. Deborah in Taos, NM
This book does look IRRESISTABLE! My husband is gluten intolerant and I have started my own adventure into a gluten free/primal lifestyle and have seen so many health benefits. Your blog has been a life saver to me allowing me to totally indulge without grains and nasty ingredients. Thank you Can't wait to check out these books yum!
Wow! I'm a fifteen year old "cook in training" and love Elana's blog! My dream is to one day own a pastry business and sale decadent foods like the ones both you and Elana post on your blogs. I definately need to get a book like this, being the elder sister of 8 siblings who love cupcakes!
Wow! I'm a fifteen year old "cook in training" and love Elana's blog! My dream is to one day own a pastry business and sale decadent foods like the ones both you and Elana post on your blogs. I definately need a book like this, being the elder sister of 8 siblings who love cupcakes!
Thank you so much for the opportunity to win Elana's cookbook for cupcakes! This cookbook sounds amazing and it would be so nice to be able to have so many new recipe ideas for coconut and almond flours. Thanks again!:)
Oh yum!!! I have been low-carbing for almost a year now and have had a hard time giving up the yummy goodness of baked goods. I would love a chance to win this book too. Not sure if the contest has ended yet though. I will give it a shot: stephany dot stratton at charter dot net.
Your bean cakes have saved birthdays here. I found your blog when trying to prove that you could have a healthy cake that tasted good. After having whole wheat pastry flour cakes (barf) I had about given up on cakes.
I CAN'T WAIT to try making the "Scallion Goat Cheese Muffins". They sound incredible! I've made your banana nut muffins more times than I can count for quick breakfast, but these will be an excellent change up!!!!
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