Appetizers for a Holiday Party

Big news in the gluten free world. The Denver Post has named The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook one of the best cookbooks of 2009!

The reason I find this to be somewhat amazing is that some people out there look down on gluten free; some have even told me that  gluten free food has a “stigma” attached to it. So for my little old book to be included with “regular” cookbooks, seems like a bit of a breakthrough.

Along these lines, I received a message in my forums the other day from Jody, asking for yummy gluten free foods good enough to serve to everyone.

I am trying to find some simple appetizers for a holiday party on Saturday I want everyone to taste how good our food is! They are such skeptics. Anyway, I’ve searched a few sites but haven’t found what I’m looking for. Any help or suggestions would be wonderful! I’ve only been trying to eat this way for about a month. ;)


So Jody, here you have it, a menu of options for your holiday party.  I hope you have a wonderful time tomorrow!

Like Jody, we had big plans for this weekend, however my younger son came down with a nasty case of the flu so I’m laying low with him, giving him lots of homemade apple sauce to help calm his tummy.

In blogging news, this weeks Friday Freebie is a Magic Line loaf pan which was given to me by one of my students, Kate, for the specific purpose of a giveaway.  Thanks Kate, and it was great seeing you at the Bauman class Wednesday night.  For those of you that would like to be eligible to win this lovely little loaf pan, just leave a comment below.

If you missed last weeks twitter giveaway of my cookbook don’t forget about The Sister Project’s cookbook giveaway. Paige is giving away several copies of The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook.

Also, Alison from Sure Foods Living is giving away a copy of my cookbook as well. You have to leave a comment on her Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook giveaway post before the end of today, so hurry on over.

Have a nice weekend everyone!

UPDATE: This giveaway is now over. The winner of the Magic Line loaf pan was Betsy. Thanks to everyone who participated!


  1. says

    I am commenting here to get a chance to win the loaf pan, and I am currently eating cauliflower soup, it is so good. I will be using more of your soups and other recipes to improve my health and lose weight.
    Thank you for your awesome recipes.

  2. Christina says

    Congrats on winning best cook book! You deserve it! I don’t have gluten-intolerance (that I know of) but I am trying to avoid all grains just for overall health. I am also trying to see if perhaps the hypo-pigmentations that i’ve had since I was 9 on my stomach and back are due to a gluten allergy. Thank you for all your hard work in order to make it easier for the rest of us to eat and live healthier!

  3. Angel Kelly says

    I’m enjoying your recipe book, your blog & am having fun making great stuff. I make almond flour breakfast fruit & nut breads a couple times a week & could make great use of a magic pan! pick me! Thanks for all you do, your recipes are inspired!

  4. says

    Congratulations on the success of your cookbook! I definitely hope to get my hands on a copy soon – either winning one of the giveaways or purchasing it for myself. I enjoy your recipes so having a whole book of them would be wonderful. :)

  5. rosa says

    congrats!!! i found your website while i was (still am) on an elimination diet for my baby… but we’ll keep on making your stuff long after i can eat gluten again, its all THAT good!

  6. Lisamarie says

    I made the butter cookies for my son (well, for the family). He scores everything on a scale of 1 – 5 thousand. It’s SOOO hard to feed him but I gave him a cookie while his sister and I crossed our fingers. He said, “Mmm, five thousand.” I wanted to cry. I think I found my goldmine. Thanks Elana. I pray that God bless you abundantly for the help you have provided to so many.

  7. Kimberley says

    I made the loaf with a regular sized pan ( for the commenter above who was wondering if it would work well) and it worked great. The slices were then the size of half of a slice of the large commercial gluteny loafs! Put four together for a huge(!) sandwich! The bread toasts so well and slices so nice and thin! I have been looking for a mini loaf pan at the thrift store so that I can experiment,

  8. says

    Congratulations on the Denver post honor! That’s wonderful and well-deserved. I am so glad you wrote this post I need to make some appetizers for a party as well. Thanks!

  9. Diane J. says


    Congratulations on this wonderful accomplishment with your cookbook! I have been raving so much about your recipes to my mother, that she has asked me to get her stocked for GF baking and help her bake some of your recipes when I fly back for the holidays. Please note that she is in her 70’s, doesn’t bake and isn’t even GF (nor does she avoid sugar). Seems like you are on a roll, way to go!


  10. says

    Hello Elana! Your blog has quickly become one of my favorites! I made your pancakes last night – it was such a blessing, we have missed pancakes since beginning our low-carb eating plan a year ago.

    Thank you for hosting such a great giveaway!

  11. Heidi David says

    I am not at all surprised that your recipes are meeting with so much success. CONGRATULATIONS. Who doesn’t enjoy a low carb, low glycemic, nutritional, hi protein, and DELICIOUS recipe? It’s that simple. This year your cranberry upside down pumpkin cake, and your brownies, sat at the thanksgiving table right next to the non-GF desserts my family also expects me to make. And NO ONE but me could tell the difference. (By the way, that pumpkin cake was better than any pumpkin pie I have ever eaten.) Today, my second foray into the Honeyville almond flour, I am giving the chocolate chip cookies a try. But I am dying to try the bread 2.0, and was planning on doing it with the wrong pan cause all I have is a typical non-stick loaf, I sure would be happy to try it with the right equipment. One more thought, that raw cranberry relish was unbelievably good too. So good in fact, that I wonder with a little added agave, if a cup of it could be used to create really delicious, mildly sweetened muffins? Yum. Either that, or you could just freeze it with sticks and turn it into popsicles!!! :-) Thanks again for all your wonderful recipes.

  12. Julie Steinberg says

    Congrats on making the list – I suspect this will not be the last time we see your name in lights. The recipes are a great idea for the season – makes hosting so much easier knowing everyone can be accomodated while serving healthy and delicious food.

  13. diane says

    My assistant loves the chocolate chip scones from your cookbook, and she does not need to eat gluten free. I am really enjoying making these recipes. I’d love to be entered in the give away! thanks!

  14. says

    I had your cookbook on my Christmas list but decided I needed FOR Christmas! So I just got it! I love it, just like I do your blog. I got a Kitchenaid for my birthday and one of your recipes will be the first thing made with it!!

    Thanks for all you do!
    And Congrats on the Denver Post accomplishment!

  15. Lori says

    Thanks for all the great recipes both on the website and in the book – they’ve all been a great success with my special diet teenaged son and even with all his pizza-eating, soda-guzzling buddies!

  16. Jody says

    Thank you so much sweet lady! You made my day and my party! :) Your cookbook is so simple and wonderful. Even an ameteur like me can make delicious food from your recipes! Thank You Thank You Thank You again..

  17. Stephanie says

    Hi Elana! Love the cookbook, I preordered it and my daughter (GF since 12 months old) was jumping out of her skin with excitment(she is now 7 years old)! There is so much more information out there now and these recipes are so simple and satisfying. I check your site often and love trying your recipes. I, am struggling with certain carbohydrates myself and am at a loss as to figure out which to eliminate. Thank you for your blog, recipes, book and contribution to get the news out to everyone! We need to take responsibility for our health and your cookbook is a great place to start. Hope your son recovers fast!

  18. Mona says

    I’m new to the gluten free world, and your recipes are the first — and only — that I like so far. I adore your breakfast bars (which could easily be served as an appetizer or dessert), and I am planning to make your candied pecans as my holiday gift this year!!

  19. Heather says

    Congrats on your cookbook making the list! Thanks for the great menu ideas & recipes- no longer feel deprived eating gluten & sugar free!

  20. says

    I got to try your recipes for a change and I hope that gluten free diet will work for me. I’ve read that it also aids digestion and dermatitis. I usually gets these rashes as a result of some sort of allergic reactions. Thanks and Congratulations about your book and more power to your site. :)

  21. Julie says

    I’m not gluten free and as far as I know I do not have any food allergies. I bought your cookbook and follow your blog because I want to eat healthy and most regular cookbooks have a ton of sugar in their recipes. It is good to cut out some dairy and sugar and wheat in our diets when we have the opportunity so why not do it with your delecious recipes.

    So, does this enter me in the contest for the loaf pan.


  22. Emily says

    It is so nice to hear about all the happenings with your cookbook, thanks for sharing them with us. How rewarding and exciting. Like it’s inclusion in The Denver Post’s Best Cookbooks of ’09, very cool.
    This menu is a goodie! Can’t believe it’s the holidays already, they come so fast.
    Too bad your plans had to change for the weekend but mom’s always do make it better when you’re sick. Hope he’s feeling better in no time.
    And I hope you’re enjoying your little gift from Down Under too! :)
    xo Emily

  23. Judy says

    Elana, Congratulations! I love your cookbook! I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease 2 years ago, and began SCD 1 1/2 years ago. Your blog has been a lifesaver for me. I have 9 children, most are now gf, along with my hubby, and we have a gf home. My 4th child is 6’10” and is an athlete (basketball, of course) and is gf/cf. He is 17 and still growing; so baking with almond flour has been such a blessing! The high protein, satisfying meals I make for my family are also healthy for them. I am so thankful for your blog. I depend on you daily for inspiration. Blessings to you.

  24. Linda says

    It’s been a long time since I’ve cooked/baked new things in such a short period of time! A long needed return, with the whole winter ahead and new cookbook in hand! Now the almond flour is the next step (but the coconut flour is soooo great already).
    Warm wishes for a quick recovery, and lots of applesauce!


  25. Karen says

    I just got your book last week, after reading about it in Yellowscene. My almond flour has been ordered, and I’m excited to start baking! I was also surprised to see your book listed by the Denver Post….it must be awesome!

  26. Linda M says

    I found your blog last week and I am so excited to try your recipes. My copy of your Almond Flour cookbook just arrived from Amazon yesterday. Once my shipment of almond flour arrives, I will be ready to experiment. I’ve tried Bob’s Red mill or Trader Joe’s in the past, but didn’t know I could find a real almond flour (not meal).

    I would love a Magic Line Loaf pan to experiment in! Thanks so much for all the info and recipes on your blog!

    I really appreciate that you do gluten-free recipes that are not so high in carbohydrates. It’s hard to find recipes that aren’t using rice flour or other starches. I can’t wait to try your recipes!

    Thanks again!

    Linda M

  27. says

    Many congratulations! I love your book – that chocolate pie crust recipe is amazing – I used it both for the pecan pie at Thanksgiving and this week for a coconut cream pie. Yum.

  28. Sarah says

    Thank you so much for the appetizer ideas. Going to Grandma’s house for the holidays won’t seem quite as overwhelming with some good recipes in hand. I’ve already been flagging recipes in your fabulous cookbook to take with us. Now if I can just figure out a way to get some kitchen time (at Grandma’s) without causing too much of a fuss…

  29. Beth Ann says

    I took a couple of your recipes for a guest I had for Thanksgiving and everyone loved them! Of course!
    Thank you for all your hard work!

  30. Alisha N says

    I love to make things that are healthy and wholesome that remove the idea in people’s minds that “healthy” equals “disgusting”. Thank you for your recipes!

  31. Kristin says

    Congratulations Elana! You’re right- gluten-free food is beginning to be taken seriously. Thank goodness! I made your whoopie pies last weekend for my (very thankful) sons- they were so delicious! I think I even fooled myself :)

  32. Jamie says

    We are not sensitive to any foods in my family and your book is still one of my favorites! I make something almost every day from either your book or your website. I’m loving almond and coconut flour. Congratulations!

  33. Karen says

    Congratulations! However, I’m not surprised! I bought your cookbook as a gift for my mom, and liked it so much I ordered another for myself (and I don’t need to eat gluten-free!). Thanks for the great recipes!

  34. says

    i have tried a lot of these recipes already and they are brilliant! i love the suggestions for a party menu – my friends and family are going to get their socks knocked off with this whole new approach to food. . . and the best part is, it’s one I can be included in and not have to worry about it being “safe”. Now isn’t that a treat! Thank you Elana!

  35. johanna says

    Congrats on another great mention! Your cookbook is simply fabulous and my happy tummy is all the validation I need for staying gluten free! Your recipes are always a hit–just wonderful!!!

  36. Cheri says

    Elana, I love your cookbook, it’s no surprise to me that it’s right up there with “regular” cookbooks! It’s regular to me. Thank goodness for you, now I can have cookies again.

  37. Kristin says

    Congratulations on the Denver Post recognition. It is well deserved! We have tried 32 of the recipes in your cookbook and every single one has been a hit. Of all my cookbooks, yours is the one that sits out always ready on my cookbook holder open to the next one I want to make. Thanks for such a wonderful resource.

  38. says

    I love the party menu. I’ll be there!

    I have to say that I’m over the moon happy to see your book included with the “regular” books. I don’t like the whole look of despair on people’s faces when I say we eat gluten free. I am hoping that we can all help to change that. Your book and site here is a big step forward in that department. Congratulations!

  39. Cindy says

    I would have to agree-everything I have cooked so far from your website has been as much of a hit with my gluten-eating family members as with those of us that need to avoid gluten. I keep telling others about your site-good and good for you!

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