Everything Elana–Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger

I am just under the line with this adoption of Elana, from Elana’s Pantry.  I just did a presentation on a Healthy Gluten-Free diet for the VA Dietetics Annual Meeting a few hours ago and so I’ve been behind on…let’s see.  Everything.  As a sidenote, how lovely to see over 120 of my fellow RDs interested in learning more about how to eat wonderfully on a gluten-free diet!

I’ve long enjoyed Elana’s recipes and philosophy and I’m glad to have the opportunity to adopt Elana for Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger, as hosted by Sea at Book of Yum. And for other slowpokes like me, they need to be posted by tomorrow <ahem!>

Of course, the idea is to adopt A recipe.  And yet, as I looked through Elana’s recipe index, the overachiever in me stepped up.  It seemed like an awesome opportunity to explore.  So I made the Perfect Chicken, the Roasted Asparagus, Elana’s Chocolate Cake from her book, Pear Crisp from the Almond Flour cookbook, Coconut flour chocolate cupcakes, the Irish Soda Bread (lovely, but in my rush out the door I forgot to take a pic!).  In the past I’ve made the Banana Cream Pie Muffins with one of my chocolate frostings.

The rundown: all were delicious.  Well, that was a simple roundup, right?  I’ve found that I appreciate Elana’s recipes because almond flour is so much easier than mixing 5 flours, and most of the recipes are quick and easy to make, and much more nutritious, to boot.  Almond flour goods are also much moister, and really have much broader appeal to a wider audience.  I also really appreciated that she has so many “real food” recipes, from dips to desserts to breads to crackers to…well, pretty much anything.

So obviously I have a few copies of and enjoy the Almond Flour Cookbook. I’ve also pre-ordered her newest Gluten Free Cupcakes book online.  Because seriously, Elana+cupcakes=yum.  Very simple.  It’s out April 26th, BTW.

Last but not least, part of the reason I’m so enamored with Elana is the person she is.  Like many Celiacs, she’s been open about having some medical issues.  And like many Celiacs, she’s taken those challenges and turned them into a beautiful way to share and give back to this community, and to fully engage regardless.  It’s certainly something I can relate to with my own challenges, and it’s always a joy to see others flourish and make unplanned cards a winning hand.  I believe we help ourselves and inspire others by living our best.

Please see Book of Yum for her Adoption Roundup, which is always a gorgeous food fest!

About Cheryl Harris

Life played a funny trick on me. I've studied nutrition for years, and much to my surprise, found out that I could manage many of my health issues via diet. I've been GF for years, and I've got a bunch of allergies and sensitivities. But it definitely doesn't keep me from cooking, baking and enjoying my food. Thanks for stopping by.
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12 Responses to Everything Elana–Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger

  1. Fantastic adoption of Elana! I am so impressed with all you folks who review and makes so many recipes for these adoptions. It’s really awesome to see so many recipes made and shared in one post. I love almond flour, but have been phasing it out as it seems I have an issue with it. Hoping it’s a very temporary issue because I love it for all the reasons you do, Cheryl. Also great points about what else Elana brings to her blog … I’m quite a fan of hers! You’re right … her cupcake book will be great! Oh, and I’m one of the late folks you mentioned so I guess I better get back to writing up my adoption post for this month’s event. 😉


  2. Alta says:

    Great adoption! I love Elana’s cookbook and her recipes – you’re right, the almond flour does makes things very easy! I am interested in her cupcake cookbook too…have it on my list!

  3. Shirley,
    I hope your tummy gets over its issues w/almond, or just sub hazel flour. mmm…hazelnut flour… (cheryl drools)

    I’m sure there’s a long waiting list for her book!

  4. I posted my Adoption post today so I totally understand 🙂 I adopted Elana last month and absolutely loved all the recipes I made 🙂 Your roundup looks great!

  5. You ARE an overachiever! But with Elana’s recipes, how can you stop at just one or two! Thank for such a great adoption post! 🙂

  6. Wow!! Sounds you bake more than I do Cheryl! I LOVE Elana’s recipes too!! I love how easy they are, I love how I don’t feel too guilty about eating a sweet treat from one of her recipes… they are just great! Wonderful review! And that reminds me I need to order the cookbook! 🙂

  7. Thanks, Valerie! Loved your adoption, too.

    Heather, I know! I was so curious (and to be honest, I had planned to adopt her a few months ago, so over time.

    Carrie– I bake in spurts! my last hurrah before my kitchen toys go to storage while we show the house. And for me, baking is a stress reducer.

  8. Kimberly says:

    I LOVE Elana’s book but have realized that almond flour is a no-no for me 🙁 Sounds like you have had lots of fun in the kitchen with her recipes!

  9. When something works for my body I know it. Almond flour does! I love Elana’s recipes. Great adoption, Cheryl.

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