Cookbook Giveaway #1: The Almond Flour Cookbook and Chewy Chocolate Cookie Sandwich Recipe

Posted by on November 16, 2009 | 128 Comments

almond flour cookbook giveaway

The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook has been feeding my latest curiosity, grain-free cooking and baking. The day I received this book I was so excited by the potential of all of the recipes … no special binders required, short ingredient lists, seriously whole foods oriented.

There was just one little snag … the author, Elana Amsterdam of Elana’s Pantry is adamant that you must use blanched almond flour to get desired results. And I was really hesitant to load up on 5 lbs of almond flour via the internet without knowing if we were even going to like almond flour baked goodies. So I cheated. Yes Elana, I ground my own unblanched “raw” almonds and sifted to get the best of it. But, I am not here to complain in the slightest. The results were awesome … so awesome in fact that I placed that order for the unblanched almond flour, and can’t wait to see how it elevates these baked treats even more. Trust me, you won’t miss the wheat, or the xanthan gum, or any other alternatives for that matter … these recipes are marvelous!

FYI, I ordered a 5 lb bag from Honeyville (the brand Elana recommends most), and I had a coupon code from the company’s newsletter. Use the coupon code: VETERANS from now through November 17th, and get 15% off your order. And whatever you do, order direct. Do not order this product from Amazon, as they mark it up another $10! With the coupon code, the price is pretty respectable from Honeyville.

You can read my full review of The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook on Go Dairy Free. For today, I will just give you a taste of the items I have made so far, and a sample recipe to entice you!

I started with the Peach Blueberry Crumble recipe first, but made it into an Apple Raisin Crumble (I subbed 5 medium apples, diced and ½ cup of raisins for the fruit, and also sprinkled ½ teaspoon of cinnamon on the fruit). Perfect for a snowy morning …

Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Almond Apple Crumble

What I liked about this recipe was that not only was it grain-free, but it was completely unsweetened. I had been trying to figure out how to make apple crisp breakfast-friendly, and it had never occurred to me to simply omit the sweetener and let the crumble and fruit shine on their own! However, because I was out of vanilla (I know, heaven forbid!), and the recipe called for a whole tablespoon, I subbed in maple syrup. So mine wasn’t totally unsweetened, but 1 tablespoon of maple syrup for an entire pan of apple crumble is pretty low on the sugar spectrum. There is a sweetened fruit crisp recipe in the book too, but I liked this one for a nice change of pace. The only thing I would change next time is to reduce the salt just a smidge.

Next up was the Chewy Chocolate Cookies. They were delicious! They were beautifully chewy cookies that were slightly sweet and gently chocolaty. Using a suggestion from the recipe, I decided to make the cookies smaller, and turn them into sandwich cookies with a layer of vanilla frosting between them. Absolute perfection! Once again, the instructions (aside from not mentioning that you need to pack the almond flour – pack your almond flour! This isn’t fluffy all-purpose stuff.) and the cooking times/temps were spot on.

Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Chewy Chocolate Cookies

Okay, are you ready for a recipe or do you want to jump right ahead to the giveaway? Let’s start with the giveaway, shall we?

  • To enter to win this fabulous cookbook, leave a comment on this post telling me why you want to win The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook.
  • To receive a bonus entry, spread the word about this giveaway … tweet it, share it with your friends on facebook, mention it on your blog, or email some colleagues … whatever works for you. Just make sure you come back here and leave a second comment letting me know you did.

Entries will close at midnight TODAY, so get your entry in now! All of this week’s cookbook winners will be announced at the end of the week.

Update: Feel free to comment on this post and the recipe, but official entries for The Almond Flour Cookbook giveaway closed on Monday, November 16 at midnight, the winner will be announced on Saturday, November 21. Head back to the main page on One Frugal Foodie for current giveaways and posts.

Recipe time!


Chewy Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Recipe adapted from The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook.

Since I used homemade almond flour, and didn’t want to spend all day grinding and sifting, I reduced the batch size of the recipe, and adjusted some of the ingredients accordingly. Also, I didn’t have any agave nectar on hand (we aren’t big fans), but found that honey and maple syrup do sub nicely.

This recipe is Vegan, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Soy-Free, Free from Refined Sugars, and far easier than it looks – boy I do ramble on, don’t I?

  •  3/4 Cup Almond Flour, packed*
  • 2 Tablespoons Arrowroot Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Grapeseed Oil
  • 3 Tablespoons Agave Nectar, Honey, or Maple Syrup – or combination (I used 2 tablespoons honey + 1 tablespoon maple syrup)
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • Frosting (optional) (I was sampling the frosting from Sean’s Food, but you can use the Marshmallow Frosting Recipe in the Almond Flour Cookbook, Elana’s Coconut Cream Frosting, the Vanilla Frosting in Go Dairy Free, this Peanut Butter Fudge Frosting, or whatever creamy filling you choose)

Preheat your oven to 350ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat.

In a medium-sized bowl, combine the almond flour, arrowroot, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together the sweetener(s), oil, and vanilla. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients in your medium bowl, until well combined.

Scoop the dough by the tablespoon onto your prepared baking sheet. I found the dough to be just a touch sticky but fairly pliable, allowing me to loosely roll them into balls.

Bake the cookies for 10 minutes. Do not overcook them. The tops of the cookies will start to look a little dry and crack a bit when done, but not as much as chocolate cookies that contain eggs. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet or a wire rack for 30 minutes.

If making sandwich cookies, spread frosting (however much you want!) on the bottom of one cookie and top it with the bottom of another cookie. Repeat with remaining cookies. Take a bite, smoosh and enjoy.

*Elana recommends blanched almond flour, which I am sure is superior. If you are like me and just have some raw almonds on hand and want to trial this recipe out, pulse them in your spice grinder until a mealy/floury consistency is reached. This happens very fast, do not overgrind lest you end up with almond butter. Using a mesh sieve, sift the almond flour to extract the finest bits to use for your flour. Repeat until you have the amount you need. Don’t fear waste either; you can turn any rejects into almond butter!

Yields a dozen soft and chewy cookies or six smooshable sandwich cookies

Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Chewy Chocolate Cookies

Comments (128)


  1. Karen says:

    Ooh, I’ve always wanted to try almond flour. I love trying all different sorts of flours. Not sure I made the cut-off but it’s before midnight here in PST. =)

  2. Michal says:

    I would love to win because im sensative to gluten, but i have a hard time cooking and baking without it. Im still not used to it.

  3. Joe D. says:

    Would love to win this book…I bet it’s life-changing!

  4. Lori says:

    Hello.. I have been eating healthier latley and after a huge weight loss I am trying to maintain a healthier lifestyle for me and my children and Hubby .. this looks to be a great cook book .. alot of the books I buy the ingredient lists are ridiculous long.. and with todays ecomony and a husband whos laid of.. who wouldnt want more manageable recipies and shorter ingredients lists..

  5. Stephen says:

    would love to check out these recipes!

  6. Nayoung says:

    I NEED this. PICK ME!
    I love to bake and would love to try these recipes for friends and family with gluten-free needs.

  7. erika says:

    Would *LOVE* this cookbook for my Mom-as she was diagnosed with celiac about 20+ years ago & we are always searching for yummy homemade treats that she can eat~ instead of shipping everything in from out of state. Half of which is dry as cardboard or hard as a rock. (she says she’s used to it…)
    I am especially interested in anything I can make that is gluten-free for my Mom while milk-free for my one year old infant son. It’ll be tough going if I need to continue to make 2-3 different desserts for all family events.
    Would *LOVE* to find a good staple that I can make again & again~

  8. Kathryn Radford says:

    Have just found out my baby boy is allergic (severely) to eggs and milk, I am allergic to gluten, so this might be my chance to find a treat that I can eat, since I am restricting my diet of eggs and milk also so that I can keep breastfeeding our little treasure 🙁

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  10. Julie Hasson says:

    This book looks wonderful, and I love the idea of baking with almond flour. I would love to win a copy!

  11. Karen says:

    I love cooking with nut flours. I wonder why it has to be bleached almond flour. I often sub unbleached hazlenut flour in recipes because I live where hazelnuts grow. Awsome. I’d love to find out because I also love almond flour and any recipe book that features that is a winner already!

  12. Lisa Bowden says:

    I’m so excited to find your site! I’m new to all of the gluten free and dairy free cooking, but am having so much fun experimenting! I’m still learning–some of the ingredients are a little tricky, but I’m plodding ahead!

    Thank you so much!

    Lisa Bowden

  13. Jennifer says:

    Hello – your photos are luscious! I’ve been wanting to get this cookbook to feed my own penchant for grain free cooking, but also to expand my repertoire for gluten or grain free guests that may show up at our new eco bed and breakfast! I really enjoy alternative cooking.

  14. Linda says:

    I think I may have found a second blog to be a regular on. Between you and Elana, I may not get out of the kitchen much this winter. (Fine by me when it snows) Haven’t used the almond flour yet, but am ready to jump in. How limited I thought GF foods were, I was so wrong! Thanks for the options! 🙂

  15. aziza says:

    I don’t have problem with gluten, but I love Elana’s recipes, and I tried a lot, they come all good

  16. Bobbi says:

    I recently read some great health books and they convinced me to start eating dairy free, healthy sugars only, vegan, organic and i would love to get a cookbook to start experimenting with healthy ingredients to bake with. I love baking! This is a new experience for me at age 65. I feel great now that i have cut out the junk. Hope i can continue.

  17. Johnna says:

    A few months ago I was put on a new eating style. I cannot eat wheat, sugar, or dairy. It has been really difficult to find things and change my habits, especailly when it comes to sweet treats. I am really interested in this book and would love to try the wonderful treats in it!

  18. Wendy Briere says:

    I would love to win this because I do eat gluten-free and most of the flours have low protein high starch and are not so healthy. I would like to make healthier gf foods.

  19. Jessica says:

    My mom has hashimotos thyroiditis, and we have over the last year almost completely cured her of her symptoms of hypo-thyroidism through gluten-free and refined-sugar free cooking. This book would be a wonderful thing to get some new recipes from for her!!

  20. Dianne says:

    I’ve been a fan of elenaspantry for many months now, and really appreciate her great, creative, delicious recipes. I’m lactose intolerant, but want to keep sugar intake down, and these Almond Flour recipes are perfect.

  21. Jessica says:

    After having surgery to remove infections that had been in my jaw for over seven years, my doctors put me on a strict diet to aid in the recovery of my immune system. For the past year and a half I have been grain-free, and sugar-free. Before the surgery I was an avid baker and was saddened to think I’d have to give it up for good. I was overjoyed to find Elana’s recipes last year. They’ve helped me foster a new relationship with cooking.
    Oh, did I mention I’m a broke grad student.

  22. barbara says:

    The recipes in this book look fantastic. I being diabetic and allergic to dairy and many other foods. I find these recipes are a boon to eating and enjoying it again.. I have been looking in on Elana’s website for a few months and like what i see and read . The recipes are my answer to better health. Would love to win the book . Thanks so much for offering it to a very lucky person

  23. annette lovett says:

    My 6 year old daughter and I are grieving the recent loss of our favorite treats due to gluten intolerance and other food restrictions. Many of the gluten free recipes out there contain ingredients that while gluten free, are not possible for us to eat. So Elana’s pantry has been a godsend over the last month and we’d love a copy of her new cookbook, as we have Christmas and 6 family birthdays looming!

  24. Diane Gallegos says:

    If it tastes as good as it looks I’ll be in Heaven!

  25. Sheila says:

    Wow! I’m so excited about your website and all the wonderful looking recipes and pictures! I’ve just started down the road of gluten free and dairy free since I’ve had some health issues and it’s so encouraging to see all the helpful recipes and tips! I can’t wait to start baking!

  26. Jill says:

    WOW, wouldn’t we all love this cookbook. I know a lot of people need it more than me, but would still love to win it. Have been trying desperately to stay gluten free to help with my R.A. and when I stick to the diet I feel so much better.
    Thank-you for the oportunnity to win it!
    : ^ )

  27. MEAGEN says:

    Thank you for having this offer! I would love to win this cookbook for my son he is 2 and is allergic to gluten. I had allergies as a child but nothing like him. Sad to watch your child no be able to eat what everyone else can eat. And in this economy who would not appreciate something that is free and blesses your family!
    Thank you for this opportunity!

  28. Katrina says:

    I just saw this today and would love to win this! I have a lot of allergies, including one to gluten. I also just found this out over the summer (it’s crazy it’s already been over 4 months though!) and my mom is also allergic to gluten(but doesn’t have the extra allergies I do)
    So an almond flour cookbook would be wonderful! Especially since I noticed the recipe above contained agave, not sugar, which is also good for me!

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