• It’s Adopt-A-Gluten Free Blogger time again. Sea, of the widely read and popular gluten free blog called Book of Yum, sponsors this event every month. This month she has twenty-one bloggers participating. Big kudos to Sea for assuming such a huge undertaking. I am grateful that she puts forth the energy to help us learn about so many amazing and talented gluten free bloggers. After missing out on adopting her last month, I got in line early to make sure I wouldn’t miss adopting Elana from Elana’s Pantry. This woman is a force to be reckoned with, and I say that with the utmost respect. In addition to teaching us about Honeyville Almond Flour, Elana has a vast library of fabulous recipes and tips on how to use almond flour on her blog. I would highly recommend that you make a date with Elana’s Pantry. And if you haven’t added her two books to your library of gluten free cookbooks, make a beeline for amazon and add them to your collection of gluten free resources. I own and love the first one – The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook – it is earmarked and stained from using it so much. Her new cookbook, Gluten-Free Cupcakes: 50 Irresistible Recipes Made with Almond and Coconut Flour is guaranteed to be a homerun, if her first book is any indication. You can pre-order it – the release date is April 26. The first recipe that I want to share with you is for Elana’s Gluten Free Chocolate Chip cookies. Other than halving it and making a few teeny tiny changes, I was faithful to Elana’s recipe. That counts as being faithful, right?! Halving it made 15 cookies. These are off the charts fantastic, people, I mean it. And they came together in a New York minute. I have a couple of recipes on my blog for gluten free chocolate chip cookies (here and here), but Elana’s recipe is easier than either of my recipes, and just as good! In fact, the almond flour gives these cookies a certain something that makes them stand really stand out in a crowd. If there was an award for the best gluten free chocolate cookie recipe, Elana would be the winner, hands down. Um, can you tell I absolutely love these cookies? Here are my two tiny tweaks:
    1. I didn’t have any agave nectar, so I used 1/4 cup of coconut sugar and 5 drops of NuNaturals pure liquid clear stevia. Before you run for the hills, let me tell you that I was skeptical about using stevia. On its’ own, it is so sweet, even an itty bitty drop of it is astonishingly sweet. But in this recipe, it is totally masked by all of the other ingredients.
    2. I used Trader Joe’s chocolate chips.
    Couple of things….first, I love these cookies chilled. They’re probably just as good at room temperature, but I tend to like my cookies chilled, especially if they contain chocolate. Second, I ordered a batch of almond flour from Honeyville, but as of yesterday, it hadn’t arrived, so I decided to make my own almond flour. It was a bit more time-consuming than I thought it would be, but I’m really glad I did it. I so enjoyed making it that I’m going to do a whole post on it, complete with video. I think it’ll be fun to teach you how to do it. Of course, keep supporting Honeyville, if you can swing the dough to buy their almond flour – it really is superior in my opinion to some of its’ competitors. But for those of you looking to save money, making it from scratch is very manageable. The second recipe that I want to share with you is for Elana’s Gluten Free Almond Power Bars. I’ve been on the hunt for a power bar that I can eat before I go to the gym in the morning. Something that will tide me over and give me energy to get through the challenging spin classes I take. Elana’s Gluten Free Almond Power Bar fits the bill. I suppose the chocolate takes it out of the category of power bars. But that wouldn’t stop me. There’s enough good stuff in it to make up for any naughtiness caused by the chocolate, if it’s even naughty in the first place, which in my book, ahem, it isn’t. This recipe is so versatile. Don’t have almonds? Use walnuts. No creamy roasted almond butter (I get mine from Costco)? Use peanut butter. Don’t have agave syrup? Use maple syrup. Want a little color? Add dried cranberries. You can make it your own by varying the substitutions, though certainly, the first time, make it according to Elana’s recipe. That way you’ll get a feel for the basic template after which you can begin customizing it to suit your own whims. Thank you Elana, for opening up our eyes to the vast possibilities almond flour gives us. You are a pioneer and I can’t wait to get your new gluten free cookbook!!! Past Adopt-A-Gluten Free Blogger events that I’ve participated in include Kim of cook It allergy free, Tia of Glugle Gluten Free, and Carol of Simply Gluten Free.
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    • http://celiacsinthehouse.blogspot.com Wendy

      Gotta try those Power Bars. Everything I've tried from Elana has been delicious and those chocolate chip cookies are the best. Great adoption.

    • kellyc4

      would you mind sharing how you made your almond flour? I have a vitamix and I would love to try making my own almond flour. thanks for a great post! I would love to try those power bars!

    • http://tastyeatsathome.wordpress.com Alta

      Great adoption! I have made elanas cookies before and they are great.

    • http://www.alisacooks.com Alisa Fleming

      Oh my gosh, yum! You are making me crave cookies a the wrong time of day :)

    • http://www.cookitallergyfree.com/blog Cook It Allergy Free

      Ahh!! I love Elana's cookies and power bars too (along with all of her recipes that I have tried). What a great adoption, Ellen! And I love love those chocolate chip cookies of hers cold. I keep them in the freezer and eat them straight from it. I do not dare warm them up! They are just too good cold! 😉

    • Nela

      Have you tried the Chia seed flour? It's like the flour of wheat but not gluten and taste completely normal. You can substitute the regular flour in recipes like cake, muffing, or cookies. I have used it and my kids love chocolate chip cookies. It is an excellent product and offers Nuchia Foods. http://www.nuchiafoods.com

    • Barb

      I'm looking forward to the post. Can you include how to dehydrate them if you don't have a dehydrator?

    • TheWHOLEGangLLC

      I love Elana's recipes. I've not made these power bars but I will now! Thank you!

    • http://www.elanaspantry.com Elana


      Thanks for adopting me!

      xo Elana

    • housewifingaround

      Love your site. Will have to check it out and try a recipe. I am intimidated by gluten-free baking. So many ingredients and very little energy to clean up, but I will find an easy on and share with at blog, whether it turns out a success or not lol. Thanks for sharing.

    • http://www.glutenfreeconfessions.com Jessica

      Wow these just look marvelous! I think the combination of flours, flavors and that chocolate is just yummmm :) I am so picky when it comes to power bar type foods, so I am excited to give this a try. Thanks!

    • http://glutenfreeeasily.com Shirley @ gfe

      Fantastic adoption, Ellen! You did a beautiful job with Elana's recipes … we're all salivating here and some of us are thinking back to both BlogHer Food conferences when she fed us her chocolate chip cookies. :-) Now those power bars, oh my! Thank goodness my new bag of Honeyville almond flour just arrived. I was so tickled to see their new packaging, which included Elana's recipe right on the bag. Way cool!


    • http://blog.glutenfreeclub.com Angie Halten

      I've never really found a good recipe for gluten free power bars that I've liked and I think I just hit gold with this Almond power bar recipe! Thanks so much, this is just the snack I've been needing for those long road trips.


    • http://www.thedailydietribe.com Iris

      Everything looks delicious! I'm still trying to figure out the solutions to baking desserts with stevia too, but it's definitely fun to experiment!

    • http://www.bookofyum.com sea

      Ooh, Ellen, those power bars look amazing! I must make them! Yum, yum! I'm a big fan of Elana's chocolate chip cookies and scones and, well, practically everything. Great adoption!


    • http://www.citylifeeats.com [email protected]

      Hi Ellen, I adopted Elana this month because you beat me to it last month :) ironically, I wanted to make her almond power bars too! You just further convinced me. I made them yesterday and am loving them.

    • kirsten

      Both of these treats would be super after a work out. A nice way to re energize!

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