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The prevalence of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity among millions of adults and children has created the need for gluten-free recipes that are as nutritious and tasty as their traditional counterparts. Popular food blogger Elana Amsterdam offers ninety-nine family-friendly classics–from Pancakes to Eggplant Parmesan to Chocolate Cake–that feature her gluten-free ingre The prevalence of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity among millions of adults and children has created the need for gluten-free recipes that are as nutritious and tasty as their traditional counterparts. Popular food blogger Elana Amsterdam offers ninety-nine family-friendly classics–from Pancakes to Eggplant Parmesan to Chocolate Cake–that feature her gluten-free ingredient of choice, almond flour. Because these recipes are low glycemic, low in cholesterol and dairy, and high in protein and fiber, they are also ideal for people with diabetes, obesity, and high cholesterol. So whether you’re looking for a quick breakfast treat, a comfort food entrée, or a showstopping dessert, The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook proves that gluten-free cooking can mean healthy eating for everyone.


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The prevalence of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity among millions of adults and children has created the need for gluten-free recipes that are as nutritious and tasty as their traditional counterparts. Popular food blogger Elana Amsterdam offers ninety-nine family-friendly classics–from Pancakes to Eggplant Parmesan to Chocolate Cake–that feature her gluten-free ingre The prevalence of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity among millions of adults and children has created the need for gluten-free recipes that are as nutritious and tasty as their traditional counterparts. Popular food blogger Elana Amsterdam offers ninety-nine family-friendly classics–from Pancakes to Eggplant Parmesan to Chocolate Cake–that feature her gluten-free ingredient of choice, almond flour. Because these recipes are low glycemic, low in cholesterol and dairy, and high in protein and fiber, they are also ideal for people with diabetes, obesity, and high cholesterol. So whether you’re looking for a quick breakfast treat, a comfort food entrée, or a showstopping dessert, The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook proves that gluten-free cooking can mean healthy eating for everyone.

30 review for The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook: Breakfasts, Entrées, and More

  1. 4 out of 5

    Punk

    I picked this up because I wanted to see how I could use more almond flour in my baking, but this uses all almond flour, which in my experience produces a strong taste I want to classify as "cyanide" but probably isn't. It's bitter whatever it is, and I'd like to avoid it. But maybe it's different when there's other flavors going on, so maybe I'll try making the orange apricot scones or the cheddar cheese crackers and see what's up, though Amsterdam cautions against using almond flour from Bob's I picked this up because I wanted to see how I could use more almond flour in my baking, but this uses all almond flour, which in my experience produces a strong taste I want to classify as "cyanide" but probably isn't. It's bitter whatever it is, and I'd like to avoid it. But maybe it's different when there's other flavors going on, so maybe I'll try making the orange apricot scones or the cheddar cheese crackers and see what's up, though Amsterdam cautions against using almond flour from Bob's Red Mill because it's too coarse, and that's probably where I got mine. All recipes use oil rather than butter, and agave nectar rather than refined sugars. Not my thing, but fine. I can reverse engineer the sugar. Not my thing and not fine: The author uses the word "healthy" a lot, which doesn't mean what she thinks it means. There's too much of an emphasis on virtue, e.g. "guilt-free" eating. I don't want any moralizing with my food, thanks. "Healthy" is different for everyone. Still, if you're interested in cooking exclusively with almond flour (and maybe a little flaxseed meal), this is your book. It does sweet and savory baking, and some dishes that require breading meat or vegetables. There are no gums, and only the occasional addition of starch, in form of arrowroot powder, and the recipes are low glycemic because of the agave nectar. Many of them are dairy free, or completely vegan. The book has a few color photographs, and a helpful index, but no advice on how to store the things you make, or how long they'll last.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Angela Boord

    When I first stopped eating grains and sugar, I was in mourning for some time over the fact that I wouldn't be able to have dessert!! I had decided that I really didn't like coconut flour much and that it was too expensive to use on a regular basis because of the enormous amounts of eggs required to make it into bread. But the almond flour recipes in this cookbook are really yummy, and I can eat birthday cake with everybody else! Our favorite recipe is her recipe for chocolate cake, which tastes When I first stopped eating grains and sugar, I was in mourning for some time over the fact that I wouldn't be able to have dessert!! I had decided that I really didn't like coconut flour much and that it was too expensive to use on a regular basis because of the enormous amounts of eggs required to make it into bread. But the almond flour recipes in this cookbook are really yummy, and I can eat birthday cake with everybody else! Our favorite recipe is her recipe for chocolate cake, which tastes just like... chocolate cake. I do substitute honey for agave nectar and I use butter for grapeseed oil. That might affect the way the pancakes never seem to turn out exactly right. And I could not get the chocolate frosting recipe to work either. But the successes have far outweighed the failures, and everything I've made from this cookbook (not just baked goods, but also the Pistachio Chicken and Fish Sticks) has been really, really good. It's become my go-to cookbook whenever I want to eat something that I used to make with flour.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Pro: There were pictures for a few recipes... I love pictures when trying out a new dish! Expectations, you know? *grin* Con: Grapeseed oil and agave nectar are on my "NO" list, but these could be worked around! Looking forward to trying out several new ideas, maybe start with the Chocolate Coconut Macaroons or maybe the Chicken Pot Pie (still looking for a chicken and dumpling recipe) or maybe... Side note: I was disappointed to see that there weren't any macro's listed... oh well, my food app wi Pro: There were pictures for a few recipes... I love pictures when trying out a new dish! Expectations, you know? *grin* Con: Grapeseed oil and agave nectar are on my "NO" list, but these could be worked around! Looking forward to trying out several new ideas, maybe start with the Chocolate Coconut Macaroons or maybe the Chicken Pot Pie (still looking for a chicken and dumpling recipe) or maybe... Side note: I was disappointed to see that there weren't any macro's listed... oh well, my food app will give me the numbers when I log the recipe!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Kelsey

    This is another of my top 5 gluten-free cookbooks. Elana Amsterdam has a fantastic blog, Elana's Pantry, that offers a number of wonderful recipes, but this cookbook is a frequently used text in my kitchen. She has recipes for bread, cake, cookies, and other foods that people might miss after going gluten-free. She also avoids refined sugar, so alternative sweeteners (like agave) are the norm in her recipes. It was this cookbook author that introduced me to yacon syrup, grape seed oil, and the w This is another of my top 5 gluten-free cookbooks. Elana Amsterdam has a fantastic blog, Elana's Pantry, that offers a number of wonderful recipes, but this cookbook is a frequently used text in my kitchen. She has recipes for bread, cake, cookies, and other foods that people might miss after going gluten-free. She also avoids refined sugar, so alternative sweeteners (like agave) are the norm in her recipes. It was this cookbook author that introduced me to yacon syrup, grape seed oil, and the wonders of Celtic sea salt. This book has great photographs and usually one recipe per page. This is great for me because I tend to make notes right on the page about what worked, what alterations to the sweeteners or flours I want to try or tried, and ideas for variations to flavors. This author is also great about offering useful information about her main ingredients.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Teferet

    If you’re gluten free, grain free, and dairy free, then this is pretty much the greatest cook book ever written. Best of all are recipes for matzoh ball soup, hamantaschen, and macaroons, so I can actually make my childhood classics during the holidays :-) there’s a huge variety of recipes, everything from chocolate cake and blueberry muffins to fish sticks and “breaded“ chicken. So far I’ve tried the chocolate chip cookie recipe, which is to die for, and the blueberry banana muffins, which are If you’re gluten free, grain free, and dairy free, then this is pretty much the greatest cook book ever written. Best of all are recipes for matzoh ball soup, hamantaschen, and macaroons, so I can actually make my childhood classics during the holidays :-) there’s a huge variety of recipes, everything from chocolate cake and blueberry muffins to fish sticks and “breaded“ chicken. So far I’ve tried the chocolate chip cookie recipe, which is to die for, and the blueberry banana muffins, which are a delicious and hearty breakfast. Tomorrow I’m going to try making the rosemary olive bread, so wish me luck :-) one of my favorite cookbooks by far, and I found it for like a buck at the library book sale! Wooo!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    I've been cooking my way through this book, trying out recipes from various categories. I've made muffins, scones, pancakes, sandwich bread, crackers, burgers, pies, crumbles, tarts, cupcakes, cookies, lemon bars, and frostings. Not every recipe in the book. But out of those, I'd only recommend the scones, lemon bars, and marshmallow frosting. They were amazing! Unfortunately, most of the other things I've baked just haven't been. I wish I could say otherwise, but they've been "meh" at best. I've I've been cooking my way through this book, trying out recipes from various categories. I've made muffins, scones, pancakes, sandwich bread, crackers, burgers, pies, crumbles, tarts, cupcakes, cookies, lemon bars, and frostings. Not every recipe in the book. But out of those, I'd only recommend the scones, lemon bars, and marshmallow frosting. They were amazing! Unfortunately, most of the other things I've baked just haven't been. I wish I could say otherwise, but they've been "meh" at best. I've kept trying recipes, hoping to find more gems in this book, but really, I should probably walk away now and start trying a new book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    It's more extreme than I want. No sugar and very little dairy are used. I'll translate a recipe to what I want and try it out, though.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    Decent recipes that you can certainly alter to fit a Candida-free or Keto diet. Would be nice if some alternatives were discussed for recipes that include coconut flour or agave syrup.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jessie

    Wish they hadn't used a lot of other foreign ingredients and just stuck with almond flour (not adding other flours too). But it gave some great ideas, some which I saved to try later.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jubilee

    I use this book very often.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    Has mostly healthy ingredients (and boy am I stringent healthwise). The recipes for pies are worth it alone.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    This book should really be titled: The Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, Butter-Free, Almond Flour Cookbook: For People That Suffer From Food-Guilt (And Don't Want Tasty Cookies)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Maggie

    very helpful and now i know the difference between blanched almond flour and almond meal/flour

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Baker

    Elana Amsterdam produces some of the best (and most simple) grain free baking recipes I have seen. Her baking recipes are my go to sources when I want an SCD legal baked treat. I highly recommend this cookbook!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    I like to experiment with gluten-free baking--the complicated kind that involves multiple flours, xanthan gum, and hit-or-miss results; I'm a baker, and I enjoy a challenge. But this is my go-to source of everyday recipes. Almond flour may be pricey, but it's an amazing ingredient: delicious, highly nutritious--far more so than most other flours--and it bakes up like a dream. Many of Elana's recipes use only a half-dozen or so ingredients. Compare that with a recipe from most gluten-free website I like to experiment with gluten-free baking--the complicated kind that involves multiple flours, xanthan gum, and hit-or-miss results; I'm a baker, and I enjoy a challenge. But this is my go-to source of everyday recipes. Almond flour may be pricey, but it's an amazing ingredient: delicious, highly nutritious--far more so than most other flours--and it bakes up like a dream. Many of Elana's recipes use only a half-dozen or so ingredients. Compare that with a recipe from most gluten-free websites or cookbooks. With Elana's book, I can sling a batch of cookies into the oven in under 15 minutes. But only four stars because the writing is so bad, and I blame the editor of this book more than Elana--no one should have let this go to print. Every recipe intro is a preachy nugget about how the following recipe is so much healthier than what the author grew up with, or than "normal" cookies/cakes/whatever. Gag me! Tell me something interesting, not the same annoying thing that we all know anyway, over and over...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I've had this book for a couple years now. I haven't made a lot from it because the things I did make did not turn out, and I was using her recommended source of almond flour. I tried making my own recipe of pumpkin pie with her recipe for pie crust, and the crust was completely soggy. I think I did it twice even, and it failed both times. I don't know how well the crust works with the filling recipes in the book, but the book says it should work for anything and it does not. Almond flour is so I've had this book for a couple years now. I haven't made a lot from it because the things I did make did not turn out, and I was using her recommended source of almond flour. I tried making my own recipe of pumpkin pie with her recipe for pie crust, and the crust was completely soggy. I think I did it twice even, and it failed both times. I don't know how well the crust works with the filling recipes in the book, but the book says it should work for anything and it does not. Almond flour is so expensive that wasting it was discouraging. I also tried to make a plum crisp based off the topping for the pear crisp in the book, but the topping was too heavy and sunk into the plums so did not cook at all. I don't hold that against the book though, since I was using super soft canned plums. I plan to try cooking more from her book now that I'm gluten free again. Also this goes without saying really (as so many have already said it), but agave nectar and grapeseed oil are really not desirable. But since you can easily sub them for other things it isn't a big deal to me.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lee Overton

    Very ingenious cookbook where she's built all the recipes around Almond Flour. What's good about this is you can make a bunch of recipes with the same ingredients which is rare for cooking Gluten-Free (GF). I liked how conscious she is about ingredients and the use of natural foods. Her recipes are nutritious and easy. So far I've really enjoyed almost all of the recipes I've made. My only comment is that sometimes a few of them begin to all taste the same because of the use of the same ingredie Very ingenious cookbook where she's built all the recipes around Almond Flour. What's good about this is you can make a bunch of recipes with the same ingredients which is rare for cooking Gluten-Free (GF). I liked how conscious she is about ingredients and the use of natural foods. Her recipes are nutritious and easy. So far I've really enjoyed almost all of the recipes I've made. My only comment is that sometimes a few of them begin to all taste the same because of the use of the same ingredients. Many desserts are egg free and many recipes are dairy free. Almond flour however is expensive so shop around. But you are cutting back on using a whack of other flours and ingredients that many other GF cookbooks use. A must have cookbook for any GF or natural foods cook.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jessie

    This book was not worth the money. The recipes did not turn out because steps were missing. I make a lot of food from scratch and I was not able to create the food properly. The desserts either didn't last long before they became soggy- and I mean they lasted maybe 3 days tops before you had to throw them out. The main dishes didn't turn out and became really frustrating when the ingredients you are using are expensive! And what did turn out tasted alright. It wasn't anything to brag about or br This book was not worth the money. The recipes did not turn out because steps were missing. I make a lot of food from scratch and I was not able to create the food properly. The desserts either didn't last long before they became soggy- and I mean they lasted maybe 3 days tops before you had to throw them out. The main dishes didn't turn out and became really frustrating when the ingredients you are using are expensive! And what did turn out tasted alright. It wasn't anything to brag about or bring to the neighbors.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    Oh I am SO very glad I found this (and her other books, blog) since being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. This opens up a whole world of eating for me that will seem the same as it was before. Looking forward to making Christmas sugar cookie cutouts using her recipe on page 107 and also making traditional Gingerbread men cutouts using her recipe on page 108. My husband also wants me to try making her Chicken Pot Pie and I have promised to do so. This 1 cookbook could support your healthy e Oh I am SO very glad I found this (and her other books, blog) since being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. This opens up a whole world of eating for me that will seem the same as it was before. Looking forward to making Christmas sugar cookie cutouts using her recipe on page 107 and also making traditional Gingerbread men cutouts using her recipe on page 108. My husband also wants me to try making her Chicken Pot Pie and I have promised to do so. This 1 cookbook could support your healthy eating for about a month for all 3 meals of the day and even snacks!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Readyourselfhealthy

    This is one of my favorite cookbooks of all time. After getting tons of recipes from http://www.elanaspantry.com/ (especially for cupcakes and frosting), I bought the book and was not disappointed. Though the recipes are not SCD, I found that by substituting honey for agave nectar, I could modify most of them to fit. My family can't get enough of the coffee cake and cookies. Then's there's chocolate cream pie, grain-free pecan raisin bread, and chicken pot pie. So delicious! This is one of my favorite cookbooks of all time. After getting tons of recipes from http://www.elanaspantry.com/ (especially for cupcakes and frosting), I bought the book and was not disappointed. Though the recipes are not SCD, I found that by substituting honey for agave nectar, I could modify most of them to fit. My family can't get enough of the coffee cake and cookies. Then's there's chocolate cream pie, grain-free pecan raisin bread, and chicken pot pie. So delicious!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie

    Being gluten free, I'm so freakin' glad I finally discovered baking with almond flour and coconut flour. These recipes are super-awesome. I love every pie recipe I've tried and the snickerdoodles are my absolute favorite cookie ever. Some recipes are vegan too which is helpful for me, but most of her recipes are easily modifiable for the egg and/or dairy-sensitive. I've also started following her blog and I rarely make something of hers that I don't just love.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Very easy cookbook if you're looking to go Gf or just lower carb/allergen...she does use some dairy but I adapt as needed. The ingredients are simple and not "out there" like a lot of gf books. Almond meal makes really delicious muffins, etc...we really love the apple cinnamon muffins, they are so good they taste like cake!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    I was excited to get this, but then less excited as I read. I think if I were GF and wanted to live happily, I would embrace her recipes and wisdom. Since I was just hoping for some new recipes I could use my almond meal in, I was disappointed. Her recipes are very specific and require ingredients I simply don't keep on hand because of expense. Oh well.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dru

    I throughly enjoyed reading Elana's descriptions of each creation that she had cooked up. Not only did I want to try them all, but I am also able to! It's rare for me to find a recipe that I don't have to modify to fit my diet-I cannot have gluten, corn or soy. I'm having so much fun trying out her recipes!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rashelle

    This is an awesome cook book, I've made a few of the recipes Elana has on her website www.elanaspantry.com and they are great. After I made those recipes I bought the book. These recipes offer Gluten Intolerant people like myself a tastier and healthier alternative to typical gluten free flours that you find in most GF recipes. I can't wait to make everything in this book! This is an awesome cook book, I've made a few of the recipes Elana has on her website www.elanaspantry.com and they are great. After I made those recipes I bought the book. These recipes offer Gluten Intolerant people like myself a tastier and healthier alternative to typical gluten free flours that you find in most GF recipes. I can't wait to make everything in this book!

  26. 5 out of 5

    claire

    A friend and fellow baker/cook got this and the BabyCakes cookbook for me as a gift. I like this one a lot so far, but have only tried 3 recipes. It's true what she says about using almond flour as opposed to almond meal--read her ingredients list in the front and the resources list in the back before you start and stock up on exactly the right ingredients, it really makes a difference.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    i think that i will be buying this for myself. most of the recipes are so easy and not a whole list of ingredients that are hard to find. almond flour and grapeseed oil are in most of the recipes as well as occasionally agave. it all sounds delicious and easy i look forward to trying these gluten free ideas

  28. 4 out of 5

    Flknitter

    This book is an amazing source to learning how to cook with almond flour! As a follower of Elana's blog, which is also a wonderful resource, I would highly recommend this book to those looking to improve their health by eliminating grains. Almond flour is a nutrient dense, lower carb alternative to traditional flour.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Iamaby En

    Good recipes...I can't wait to try the black bean burgers! I wish that more of the information she had in her introduction were foot-noted because I hate it when authors write "recent research indicates that..." without backing the statement with a source. Also wishing that there had been more pictures of the final products.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    All the recipes sounded super tasty. The recipes didn't look too hard, and the pictures looked yummy. I think that I am going to purchase this book because it will be a good addition to my collection.

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