Friday Finds Elana’s Pantry

by Maggie on July 30, 2010

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Certainly you’ve heard of Elana by now?

She’s the talent behind Elana’s Pantry – one of my favourite gluten-free and refined sugar-free blogs.

I love everything about Elana – her blog is so well designed, she’s a published cookbook author, she virtually eliminates starches, she uses only almond flour and/or coconut flour, and she has quite a few vegan recipes.

What’s not to love?

Until this month, though, I had never made one of Elana’s recipes.  There was just a lot of drooling and admiration going on.  For instance, Elana had an entire month of gluten-free cupcakes.  Total eye candy and oh-so creative.

Also, she is extremely professional and I really respect the way she handles her blog’s popularity.  She recently wrote a great post about agave in response to all of the criticism against using it to replace refined sugar.  And she created forums on her blog so you can seek advice or help other readers.

Can you tell that I really admire Elana?

Adopt A Gluten-Free Blogger

When I saw that Tia from Glugle Gluten- Free was hosting this month’s Adopt A Gluten-Free-Blogger, I knew I had to adopt Elana so I could try some of her recipes.

The first recipe I tried was Elana’s Beet Hummus which was inspired by Elise from simplyrecipes.com .  I love beets and I love hummus so I knew this was a win-win.  We had some leftover barbecue roasted beets that I used.

As you can see from the picture, the hummus was HOT PINK!  It was gorgeous.  Pete finally had to tell me to settle down, I was so excited about the colour and the taste of this hummus that I was driving him nuts.  I envisioned a pink-themed party with hot pink beet hummus as the show stopper!

Next I tried Elana’s dairy-free and egg-free chocolate chip cookies.

Oh.  My.  Goodness.

I am a lover of all things chocolate chip cookie. One can never have enough chocolate chip cookie recipes.   And this is a major winner.  I served it to friends and family who were over for lunch.  Wheat-eating, dairy-eating, and egg-eating friends.  They LOVED the cookies too.  My sister-in-law went home and immediately made her own batch.

Currently my ice cream maker is chilling in the fridge so I can try her cashew based Vanilla Ice Cream.  I’ll update the post once we’ve done the taste test.

Promise!

So head over to Elana’s Pantry and spend some time exploring her blog. Her recipes are super healthy, tasty treats that anyone will enjoy.

You won’t leave her blog disappointed, and you might even leave with her cookbook!

P.S. I also want Elana’s kitchen and all of her yellow accessories!

P.P.S.  You can check out the rest of the Adopted bloggers by going to Tia’s blog sometime after August 3rd.