gluten free chocolate chip cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies Again

CoconutGal preparing Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies The other day, I received this lovely note from one of my favorite readers, CoconutGal:I wanted to send you an email to let you know how thankful I am for your generosity in sharing your wholesome, creative, and super delicious recipes.I would like to tell you a little bit about my story;

I have been diagnosed with Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis, an autoimmune disorder where my white blood cells recognize food as a virus and attack my body when I eat, causing extreme pain, malabsorption, frail body, etc.

This diagnosis is still relatively new to me. I am 22 years old and went most of my life complaining of bellyaches and knew that greasy foods made me sick. I went to doctors and was simply told I was a picky eater or I had IBS. So I continued on with the belly aches but had no major problems until about 2 ½ years ago.

Two months before my wedding I became extremely ill. Food wasn’t staying inside of me. No one could figure out what was wrong. After 1 month and a 10-pound weight loss I was in the ER. After several tests, including an upper endoscopy and a colonoscopy they diagnosed me with Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis.

CoconutGal putting Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies in the ovenSince that day, my eating has drastically changed, I have been to countless doctors and no one knew what to do. Only 300 Americans have been diagnosed with EG and all the doctors I have seen have never met anyone before myself with the illness. It’s very rare and very scary.I went days and months trying all sorts of elimination diets, not knowing what to do. I felt very helpless and alone. One day I could eat something and feel fine but the next day my body would attack me for eating the same food and I would be held up in bed for a week in excruciating intestinal pain.Life went on like this until this past August.  I finally found an amazing naturopath who has helped me so much!Through some great tests, (normal doctors tested me for food allergies and I came back all clear, supposedly allergic to nothing!) we found my body attacks itself when I eat: gluten, dairy, cane sugar, eggs, soy, yeast, sesame, and peanuts.  I have been free of all those foods since October and am finally starting to gain some strength and feel a little like my old self again.

Ginger the cat likes Elana's PantryI first stumbled upon your great website in the summer when I was on a feeding tube formula (full of icky things like soy and BHT) but needed it to stay alive. I loved looking at your site but sort of took a hiatus from anything food as it was just too hard to think about it since I could only drink my nutrition. Anyway, when I was able to slowly wean myself off the formula and go back to cook purred foods, I remembered your blog as it was about the same time I found out the real foods that made me sick and your diet is quite similar to mine.I already ate low gluten and had been dairy free for half a year and was mainly living on protein and veggies before I cut out the for-sure offenders.Your site has been one of my inspirations that I don’t have to suffer eating this way. It’s fun and unbelievably healthy! I would’ve never known I could have a cookie or apple pie! I just thought if I cant eat flour, butter, sugar- than there obviously aren’t any treats I can eat!I had not had a cookie in 2 ½ years. I’ve made raw food desserts with lots of nuts and dates but never knew I could have an ACTUAL cookie until I found your recipes.  Thank you so much.

Elana's Gluten Free Chocolate Chip CookieI just wanted to share this with you because I am sure you spend a lot of time creating these recipes and responding to people on your website and all this work you do is out of the goodness of your heart. Your site is a great place to find community as well which has been something I have craved for so long because eating this “restricted” is just so rare.I’ve included a couple of photos from my “first cookie since I’ve been ill experiment.” My husband helped me make your dairy free version of chocolate chip cookies on Valentine’s Day! We don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day, but this was our special treat. They turned out wonderfully. I couldn’t wait for them to cool and ate 3 piping hot cookies! Oh my gosh! So yummy!! We used raw cocoa nibs as I cannot find cane sugar free chocolate chips. I think my dough turned out a lot greasier than yours looks in the photo. You don’t pack down the almond flour when you measure it do you? I was thinking maybe I should have done that because it seemed rather moist. I used Honeyville. The cookies were gone in 3 days and my “normal eating” husband enjoyed them just as much as me! I brought them to my parents house and it made them so happy that I should share a treat with them.I know to most people, a cookie is just a cookie, but this provides me with so many more opportunities to feel included in social events and I get to actually enjoy my food, rather than eating out of necessity. Thanks Elana for all your yummy recipes!Blessings, CoconutGal

Elana's Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Thank you so much CoconutGal for your heartwarming message.  It is so sweet and inspiring!  And yes, I do pack the almond flour in the measuring cup when I cook –good detective work on your part that will be of help to others too.

Gluten Free and Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
Serves: 24 cookies
  1. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl
  2. Stir together wet ingredients in a smaller bowl
  3. Mix wet ingredients into dry
  4. Form ½-inch 1-inch balls and press onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  5. Bake at 350° for 7-10 minutes
  6. Cool and serve


In case you haven’t seen it already, here is my video tutorial on how to make chocolate chip cookies.  Stay tuned for more video tutorials.


  1. Tracy says

    Love this recipe but I had to substitute brown rice flour for Almond because of allergies. The cookies were a little grainy…any solution to this problem?

      • Nechama says

        Tracy, maybe after making the cookie dough, let it sit in the fridge overnight and maybe the rice flour will absorb the moisture and help to make it less grainy. Just a suggestion. Also, maybe grind the flour a bit to make it more powdery, and the palm shortening might be better than the oil.

  2. says

    Hi Elena, I was so moved by @CoconutGal story because my son is 14 and also has Eosinophilic Gatroenteritis. We are still working on gettin him well. I wish so much I could reach out to her to see what tests her naturopath ran. Such a great story!

  3. Lori says

    Glad to hear your story. I was diagnosed with something similar and also rare… eosinophilic colitis. I have been gluten free, sugar free and dairy free (except plain yogurt) for a while now and have seen improvement. I’m heading for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet soon, which should help even more. I’m so thankful for this website and the chocolate chip cookies are the first thing I’ve made also (and hope to make today). I’m anxious to start trying the other recipes soon also. I’m not allowed agave, so will be experimenting with only honey as a sweetener… wish me luck!

  4. says

    Dear Elana,
    I have been reading your blog for the 3 years since I stopped eating gluten. You have served as a wonderful basis for me to re-learn how to bake since my diagnosis. I often think about commenting, but I get side-tracked, busy, you know the drill.

    Although this letter is from 3 years ago, I just read it and felt compelled to actually sit and write thank you. CoconutGal’s story made me well up (and I don’t cry easily), the same way that I get teary-eyed when I think of my 30 years feeling like my pains were in my head, the same way I get teary-eyed when I walk into a cidery, a gluten free bakery , or taste an amazing brownie that doesn’t attempt to kill me- the smiles I give and get remind me: it’s about the community.

    As CoconutGal said to you, it feels lonely and awful. And for the last 3 years, I look at your site not only for the recipes, but to remind me I’m not alone and this is so much easier with this support group behind us.

    I know you receive comments and letters like this everyday, but I wanted you to know how important this has been for me.

    In great appreciation,

  5. Janice Cundiff says

    I love to bake and so was glad to find your site and great alternative recipes! I hope some of them will work for me! My daughter sent me your post about Coconut gal. I am having some similar problems and four doctors have recommended surgery with no alternativies suggested. (I have gallstones and inflamed pancreas but don’t want gallbladder surgery if it is possible to avoid it.) Found out thru extensive internet research that my problems might have been caused by estrogens in birth control pills and now HRT (which I have stopped)! Allergies and pollutants may be involved, too. So right now, I just eat some organic veggies and occasional fish and rice cakes to control symptoms and some supplements. Feeling very much alone in exploring all this and figuring out what to do that doesn’t involve surgery. So would love to talk to Coconut Gal and get the name of her naturopath. I can travel and would make an appointment to see him or her. If it is OK with Coconut Gal, could you please send me her email address so I am may contact her or perhaps she could email me with name and phone number and email address of naturopath or give it to you to email to me. Thank you very much for your kindness in helping me!
    Janice Cundiff in Texas

  6. Jenn Mendyk says

    I am not sure what I did wrong but my cookies turned out very oily and soft. I have to eat them with a fork!

  7. Misty says

    Just made these and used molasses to sub for about an ounce of the agave. They are so yummy! The only issue I ran into was the bottoms of the cookies getting dark before the cookie was completely done (was likely my fault, due to the molasses). I also think I made the cookies a tad bit too big, so I will make them smaller next time. Other than that, they are SOOOO yummy and I don’t feel guilty at all for eating them. Thanks for this fabulous recipe!

  8. Jmurphy says

    My name is Justin, I was diagnosed with EG in June of 2010. I see a doctor here in California, who has given me a diet that I live by, I have not felt healthier. My gastro doc was astounded at my recovery and my health after 2 months. I gained 20lbs back, and feel 10 times better.
    My email is I will send you his contact info if you would like.

    The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human body, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.
    -Thomas Edison

  9. says

    My name is Usha and I have been diagnosed with Eosinophilic gastroenteritis only yesterday, and whatever I am reading is really scaring the hell out of me. Can you please give me some information about the Naturapath that visited ? Please I will be very thankfull if you can pass the Naturapth info. I live in a suburb of Chicago but am willing to travel if it helps me. Please send me the info

  10. lily says

    These cookies are GREAT, I love making them and eating them and giving them to people!!

    I just made them into snickerdoodles by combining 1 tablespoon cinnamon and 3 tablespoons sugar and rolling the dough through the mixture.

    SO GOOD!

  11. Donna S says

    I was in Vail, CO last week and had a chocolate chip cookies with your label. YUM!! Is the recipe here in your blog?

  12. Allison says

    I know I’m behind the ball here since I just got around to making these, but OH MY GOODNESS! I’ve been making alternative foods for a loooong time now, and I’ve never before had something taste EXACTLY like its more unhealthy version!

    THANK YOU for this amazingly incredible recipe! Now I’ve got to go hit the gym before I eat the whole cookie sheet!! :-)

    PS: I did sub maple syrup for agave since I prefer it, and I used a broken-up Endangered Species chimp bar (the 72% dark) for the chocolate chips.

  13. Sarah Kagan says

    Trader Joe’s “Just Almond Meal” does not say whether the almonds are blanched: has anyone used it and had success or failure with the chocolate chip cookies or other recipes?

  14. JMurphy says

    I just googled Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis because I was diagnosed with it a little more than a month ago.

    I came across this website and post, and it made me so happy to find someone else like me!

    My allergies are different, I can have dairy, but in addition to the other culprits, almonds and chocolate are no good for me. I have been trying to come up with new cookie and bread recipes that don’t use egg, sugar, gluten, or chocolate. But this whole site just made me so happy to find someone like me that is also being so proactive about such a crappy condition!!
    I almost want to start a “Living With Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis” blog, but I may only have one subscriber!!
    Thank you for the Positive outlook!

  15. Rose Flores says

    Hello! I made these yummy chocolate chip cookies and followed the recipe to the T. I’m not quite sure what went wrong but the cookies did not hold firm. They came out flimsy and a little bit greasy. Any ideas as to what went wrong?

  16. says

    I just altered this recipe and it’s now perfect for me. Thank you Elana for coming up with this!

    The only thing I changed was to use some black strap molasses in place of some of the sweetener (in your case, agave nectar), which perfectly re-creates the brown sugar aspect that normally comprises the chocolate chip cookie.

    No eggs needed and these are super chewy! I feel like a ‘normal’ person again, now that I can eat something so delicious!

  17. says

    I LOVE these cookies Elana! They are SO GOOD and SO EASY when I need a chocolate chip cookie fix. I love my own recipe using different GF flours & sugar… but these cookies are so much nicer to my blood sugar & I don’t have to worry about feeling terribly guilty when I eat them!! Thank you so much for these! Your cookbook holds a permanent spot on my kitchen counter!

  18. g.maria says

    Is there anyway to substitute Stevia or something for the agave nectar? I’m very unfond of the stuff and don’t trust it at all. Do you have any sugar-free/dairy free cookie recipes?

  19. Phred says

    I’ve been experimenting with my making my own chocolate chips using agave instead of cane sugar.

    Gonna try these cookies and see how it all works out.

    One thing I’ve done is dropped the grapeseed oil (an avoid for type O/hunters) and use butter instead. Adds such a luscious taste!

    You can also take this recipe, add some chocolate, flatten them and insert the coconut frosting to make – FAUXEREOS! :)

    I’ll be doing that tonight, except using my nutella recipe instead as the filling!

  20. Laura in Austin, TX says

    Do you have the nutrient profile for these? They are phenomenal! I ran out of agave nectar and used brown rice syrup instead; they still taste great!

  21. Carlin says

    I made a few substitutions and additions with these, but they still turned out delicious! I substituted coconut oil for grapeseed oil as I try to avoid grapeseed oil. I also substituted brown rice syrup for agave nectar as I am getting increasingly concerned about the type of fructose in agave and also its affect on the liver. I then added 1 cup of toasted chopped pecans and 3/4 cup shredded coconut. All my friend devoured the cookies and nobody except me has to eat gluten-free. To them they were just normal delicious cookies which I think is always the good marker of gluten-free done well. Thanks for making these recipes!

  22. M. Kaplan says

    Hello! We love these but cannot have sugar. I replaced the chocolate chips w/ bakers chocolate, melted and mixed w/ a little honey – then set it in the fridge, broke it into pieces and behold! Chocolate chips!

  23. says

    I made this recipe over the weekend – and since I didn’t have almond flour I used almond meal instead and halved the recipe, just in case.

    I haven’t had great success baking gluten-free cookies, but these came out pretty good. They were a little flat and the dough was a little bit on the soft side but everyone that tasted one said they were “good”, “delicious” or “not bad”.

    I take the “not bad” comment with a warm heart, since it came from my husband, who HATES when I mess with cookie recipes.

    Also, my neighbor’s autistic son LOVED it, and he hates most sweets – so I must’ve done something right, huh?

    I’ll try this recipe again some time for sure – even if I don’t have the flour.

  24. says

    Debbie -You’re welcome.

    Rachel -Isn’t it great to shock ’em?!

    Amy -Thanks.

    Hannah -Thanks, she’s the best, isn’t she?!

    Laney -You are very welcome.

    Jacqueline -Hooray for taking chances again!

    Susan -Yup, she’s got some cute kitties.

    CDM -Yes, that would be fine, much appreciated in fact :-)

    Christine -Yup, natural remedies win again!

    Lara -“We absolutely can and need to eat food that nourishes our unique body,” brilliantly stated.

    monique -I hope she will!

    CoconutGal -You, your kitties and your husband are ALL cute! I’m a big fan.

    Debbie -Thanks.

    Shirley -Hello, there, I hope you are doing well :-)

    LK -Yes, it is truly amazing.

    Sarah W -“Pleasure from food instead of pain,” that is an amazing statement in your comment. Thank you so much.

    June -I am so happy that you are finding my site a warm and cozy place, that is just so sweet! Blessings to you.

    Sue -Great questions.

    To answer your first one, I am a lazy chef. What you see in the video is exactly the way I cook in “real life.” I have no patience for using different measuring cups for dry and liquid ingredients, nor would my children and really I cook to provide them with food and to teach them the skill of cooking. My original teacher taught us to cook (and bake) using only our hands and no measuring equipment whatsoever. Now I measure everything for my readers.

    Second, You are so very welcome! I think it sounds as though you may have had withdrawal symptoms. Sometimes things we are allergic to can actually be addictive on a neuoro-chemical level and gluten is definitely one of those things. You may want to check out the book Dangerous Grains for more info on that phenomenon. Soooooo glad to hear that you are feeling better.

    Christianne -Hello dear friend on the other side of the ocean. How are you? It’s always good to “hear” your voice.

    Lauren B -Well, I have to tell you, that is an honor, since yours is one of the blogs that I follow very closely and love to read. Your creativity is inspiring!

    Jo -Yes, you said it best, “we don’t have to feel deprived…” Thanks for your comment.

    Beth -Isn’t that the best when they don’t know they are eating a gluten free dessert?!

    Christine -Hope you like them!

    Gina K -Awww, we are all rooting for you to feel good!

    colormepink -Love the happy cookie dance :-)

    Debbie -Your version of the Honey Cake sounds amazing, can’t wait to try it myself.

    Marissa -That is fantastic, good for you.

    Rhonda -Thank you for your sweet comment.

    Kate -Thanks, happy to help with the vegan recipes :-)

    Lindsey -I haven’t used the amber agave, however I think it would be worth a try. If you do decide to experiment please leave a comment in the forums to let us know how it goes.

    Baden -Thanks, I appreciate your feedback.

    Katy -You have some lucky children! It is so great that you are making goodies and cooking good food for all of them.

    Renee -Thanks for your comment and good find on the pun.

  25. says

    I stumbled upon this site through searching for something online… As I looked through a few recipes I clicked home and found this wonderful story. It is wonderful to see how some foods that many take for granted, can be an inspiration to others who have a more restrictive diet.

    I also noticed the cute “pun” (aka typo): ‘go back to cook purred foods…’ The photo above it was off the cat on the laptop. Too cute!

  26. Katy says

    I just have to echo CoconutGal’s kudos. Our famiy’s allergies and intolerances include gluten, dairy, wheat, oats, cane sugar, yeast, corn, and soy. Did I mention there are 6 of us? So, cooking fun and delicious meals for a large family was depressing until I found Elana’s website. It is so nice to be able to make goodies for four children under the age of 7 again! Thanks so very much!

  27. says

    Normally I really dislike food-prep videos, but I *loved* this one, Elana! You are calm and super clear and keep it well articulated, relevant, well-edited and simple. Thank you!! I look forward to more!

    Author, GAPS Guide: Simple Steps to Heal Bowels, Body and Brain

  28. Lindsey says

    Elana, your site is amazing, and thank you so much for sharing CoconutGal’s story!!

    Question about agave and measurements of flours. In your video turotial you use light agave. I have amber agave at home, will it work and taste the same? Also, do you firmly pack both the almond and coconut flours the same way as you would pack brown sugar?

  29. Kate says

    Elana-simply put, you are amazing. Your site is such an inspiration. I personally do not have celiac disease, but I feel better when I minimize the amount of wheat in my diet. Your site combines my two passions-healthy eating and baking. I really enjoy reading your posts and testing your recipes. I am vegan, so I am so happy about the vegan cookie recipe! If fact, a batch is cooling on my counter :)

    Thank you Elana-


    • Catherine Boe says

      Hello. Thanks for sharing. I am so glad you made it through such a difficult time in your life! I have many food sensitivities and no food allergies. And there are many time I just get sick after eating even those foods which I think are safe. Anyway, I was hoping you could tell me the name of your doctor. Thank you so much!

  30. says

    This sweet little healthy eating, healthy healing world is so wonderfully supportive and connected in so many ways. I have been working with Coconutgal to help her get to the bottom of her health challenge, to encourage to keep on the path that she is on. I must say that she is absolutely as sweet in person (or over the phone as the case may be) as she came across in her letter to you. I have no doubt that she will heal this and be an amazing inspiration. She too is one of my fave readers and deserves the spotlight you have given her.

  31. says

    WOW! coconutGal you are a pioneer for everyone with food issues. Your upbeat personality is an inspiration to all of us! And you are so beutiful inside and out thanks for sharing! Elana you have touched so many lives thank you! I make so many of your recipes every week for my family and we all love them, thank you for all your hard work and blessing so many.

  32. Marissa says

    That was so inspiring to read! I too suffer from GI problems. I assume that I have IBS but I have never gone through any testing to know exactly what is wrong. I also have not been able to directly link it to anything that I have cut from my diet. I suffer from serious gas pains and another not so lovely symptoms I won’t grace your board with. Since going grain free I have less instances of the latter symptom, but I STILL get stabbing gas pains. Usually I can link this to legumes and cruciferous veggies, but I am unwilling to give up such healthful foods. I do not have the same issue with all grains as rice never bothers me, but I choose not to eat it as it isn’t nutrient dense. I cut dairy out this last week to see if that was the gassy culprit, but alas…no. I am looking for a way to enjoy the healthy veggies and legumes and not have the pains, so if anyone has some tips I would be extremely grateful!

    I should also mention that I lost 150 lbs by cutting out the grains and the sugar. Once I did that it was amazingly easy, and the weight really just melted off.

  33. Debbie says

    Elana, I made your Honey Cake with a few substitutions and wanted to share them with you and your readers. I used lemon juice instead of coffee and added frozen blueberries instead of raisins. I do love lemon, blueberry cake and this made a wonderful version.
    When I logged on, I saw CoconutGal’s story. Her story is very similar to my daughter’s. Though my daughter does not have the same illness, she was very sick for a very long time and it also took an amazing naturopath to finally diagnose her problems. She had an opposite problem though, she could not stop gaining weight, and since she has stopped eating the foods her body does not like, she has lost 95 pounds and looks and feels fabulous. She too went for the food testing that CoconutGal went for and there is more that she cannot eat, than she can eat. It is very difficult to not be able to eat anything you enjoy. Food is such a large part of our lives – not just something we need to keep us alive – it is a very social activity. I was determined to find a way to give my daughter back some food that she could eat for enjoyment and that is how I found your website, which I share every chance I get. Your recipes have been a Godsend to us.
    Both you and your website make a positive difference in peoples lives and every day I thank you for being the kind and caring person that you are.
    CoconutGal, thank you for sharing your story with us.

  34. colormepink says

    Oh I remember the triumph of eating a cookie again after going grain-free, I did the happy cookie dance! I love that there is a whole community of people with health issues that have found ways to still enjoy a sweet treat and share it with others. Thank you Elana for sharing your blog and Coconutgal’s story! The smile on her face says it all!

  35. Gina K. says

    I want to thank Elana for this wonderful site. My mom and I have tried some of your recipies and they were wonderful! CoconutGal, I wanted to thank you too for your story. I am glad you feel beter. I have gone through eating issues of my own. I never got to the point what you did as far a hospitals but I was lucky enough to find a good naturopath that helped me out before I got to that point. I have also lost 10 lbs over a few years and I am now down to 89lbs. I am only 29 years old. We are very much going throught the same food drawbacks and I wanted to thank everyone for making me not feel alone.

  36. says

    CoconutGal’s story is really happy – I’m glad that you’re able to make usable recipes for people with food difficulties.

    Those cookies look so great – I’ll have to try making them soon!

  37. Beth says

    Thank you for posting CoconutGals letter and photos. It is a moving story, and highlights the importance of healthy eating.

    Coincidentally, I made a batch of your Chocolate Chip Cookies last night. I’m taking them with me to Toronto this weekend while we work on clearing out my Father-in-Law’s house. The oven is broken, so I’m bringing the gluten-free baking with me :)

    Thanks again for all your hard work. It means so much to all of us, and our families (even if they don’t know they are eating a gluten-free dessert).

  38. says

    I loved coconutgal’s message – I wish everyone in the world knew how much your diet affects your health. So many people never figure it out, and just suffer all their lives. It may be hard to change your diet, but it’s so worth it. I only have wheat and dairy intolerances, and avoid refined sugars… but I can really tell when I’m getting slack! Not worth it.

    I love that we don’t have to feel deprived! When I do cooking demonstrations (I’m a Thermomix consultant) I show people how to cook from whole grains, dairy, wheat and sugar free, and they’re always amazed at how delicious and fresh it is, and how great they feel after a six course meal! Not all heavy, bloated and sleepy, but awake, alive and energetic! Food should always make you feel better, not worse. Hooray for healthy eating – keep pumping out these great recipes!

  39. says

    Touching story–thanks so much for sharing, and of course for cooking up all of these wonderful treats using low carb natural flours, Elana! I am forever grateful to you for inspiring me to start my own blog. Incidentally I just made up a batch of cacao nib “primal” cookies the other day. Will have to get ’em up and link back to you!

  40. Christianne says

    Dear Elana, I have said it many times before on this website and I’ll say it again: THANK YOU SO MUCH for your magnificent work. I adore your recipes, my family does and we are very happy and healthy now! I have been glutenfree for 6 years now, and I remember the anxiety of changing my diet like yesterday. However, I can only imagine what CoconutGal has gone through. What an amazing story, it is so inspiring and touched my heart. I am so glad she found this site! Eating and sharing a cookie (and other food) is one of the pleasures in life!
    Why don’t we all start shopping with Elana Pantry totes, or wear her Tshirts? We might spread the word to other Coconutgals out there who are unaware of all the possibilities of a restricted diet!

  41. Sue says

    Two separate comments:

    1) I watched the cookie tutorial, and your techniques are very different from what I’ve learned…. You use dry cups to measure liquid ingredients and you don’t level off dry ingredients when you measure them. I’ve read the intros of so many cookbooks that INSIST that baking is exact… was this just for the sake of the video or does it really not make a difference??

    2) Thanks SO much for posting CoconutGal’s letter. I also suffered for a long time with an incorrectly diagnosed condition. I had upper GI pain and aversions to fruit and vegetables. The only foods I could tolerate were carbs and proteins. I was told I had IBS or given other non-accurate answers. I had tests that were normal where something wasn’t right to ME, yet the Drs couldn’t give me an explanation. FINALLY, my CHIROPRACTOR, of all people (!!) figured out that I’m gluten intolerant. He’d been treating me with all sorts of holistic things that weren’t working, and he’d gone to a conference and it just hit him that this was ME.

    That was last summer and, while the diagnosis was overwhelming at first and VERY hard to accept and adjust to, giving up gluten has made a HUGE difference in my life. At first, things got worse. I don’t know if it was like a “detox” or something, but I went through about 4 months of being incredibly weak. After that, I started being able to tolerate fruit and my energy started coming back a little.

    Last month, we went away for Passover and it was AMAZING!! I was able to eat LOTS of salads and fruit and ENJOY it :-)!! As a friend of mine said, I made friends with food again. The pastry chef made an AMAZING flourless chocolate cake for my mom’s birthday, and the cheesecakes were gluten-free (I just skipped the crust.) With that, it SO didn’t matter that I couldn’t eat any of the other desserts ;-).

    I used to have a baking business from my home, and I was known for my baked goods (and the custom artwork I did on birthday and other occasion cakes.) Now, my “mission” is to bake GF stuff that tastes just as good as the non-GF stuff. Fortunately, I can have eggs and sugar (although I try to reduce the amount and use brown rice syrup for 1/2 in some things…) so it’s actually possible.

    I make banana chocolate chip bread and pumpkin bread that my kids DEVOUR (even my husband will sneak a piece occasionally….) I’ve even managed to make a corn muffin that my daughter will accept (I think she’s gluten intolerant also, but she’s only 10, so I’m trying to help her reduce the amount of gluten she consumes as she’s totally not ready to give it up completely!!) I’ve made some brownies and cookies and found some good mixes for when I don’t have time to bake from scratch. It makes SUCH a difference to be able to have dessert with everyone else.

    Thanks Elana, for taking so much time to post all your recipes. I pre-ordered your new book from amazon :-).

  42. Junecutie says

    My hubby and I really loved CoconutGal’s pictures, and her story touched our hearts. I have soy, peanut, and dairy allergies and suspect a gluten sensitivity as well. One of the hardest things about these problems is the reaction you get from other people and many doctors when you mention your issues. This site is a welcome cozy place for me and so many of us. Kudos to CoconutGal for her courage in making such a great new life and family. We can feel your joy just looking at your pictures and reading your words. And thanks again to Elana for this site and all your hard work. Much love and many blessings to all. June

  43. Sarah W. says

    What an inspirational letter. I am weepy over it. This puts into words how powerful your kind offerings of recipes are. They allow those of us with sensitivities to have pleasure from food instead of pain. Off to send this post to my recently diagnosed celiac sil.

  44. says

    What a beautiful story. It made me tear up! I’m glad that people are able to benefit from your recipes and site, Elana, and it’s just heartening to know that the internet can have such a helpful effect on people who otherwise may not connect or have a community.

  45. says

    Hi, Elana,

    Thanks so much for sharing Coconut Gal’s story! I am quite a fan of hers and yours. How terrific that you’ve given her a cookie recipe she can use. I know how wonderful it was for me to be baking again successfully after going gluten free and that was JUST gluten free, so I can’t imagine how wonderful it must be for her to have your recipes that she can use. Bravo, Elana, and thanks so much Coconut Gal for sharing your story!! I love all your photos!


  46. says

    Thanks Elana!! I am happy to share my story in hopes it encourages others so they know they are not alone. These cookies have been made multiple times in my household since Valentine’s Day!!
    I am excited to see more tutorials, it’s fun to see the process of recipes.
    Aren’t my kitties so cute? I think my husband is too :)

    • says

      Hi, I just read your story on an old post from 2009 on Elana’s GF blog. Your story is completely amazing to me, as I have had horrible digestive issues over the past 5 years. I was hoping I could check out your blog & see if there is any other info about you experience/intolerances that might be a clue to me in my situation. I was also curious about the naturopath you saw . . . is that person available for appointments? Hope you are doing well, natasha

    • Rebecca says

      I am in the process of being diagnosed with Eosinophilic Gastritis (test stage). I tried to visit your website, but it is listed as private. Do you plan to make it public in the near future? I would love to know more about what really works for you – vegan, paleo, low fat, etc. At present, I can’t tolerate oil, but eat nuts and seeds. I am GF, vegan and low histamine. Are you taking a holistic approach (no meds)?

  47. says

    I’ve been gluten free and dairy free for over a year now and still get the bloat in the afternoons/evenings. I suspect it has something to do with the chocolate I CRAVE every day… thanks again for the reminder that our health is really our life, and to be healthy we absolutely can and NEED to eat food that nourishes our unique body.

  48. says

    If I post a link on my blog, is it ok if I post one of your recipes. I have a blog that includes GF recipes and product reviews. Normally, I create my own, but occassionally I find recipes that don’t need to be modified and wanted your permission to share it with friends.

  49. says

    What a beautiful email! I feel much the same way about finding this site. After the darkness of being sick for so long lifted fully once I began eating gluten free, I saw so much of the food I could no longer eat as just plain poison. However, I missed sharing a cozy baked good with my family and friends. I was known for my baking after all! Now, I make something from this site once or twice a week. I even made a rosemary bread based on the vanilla cupcake recipe–which turned out good, just not great. I am taking chances again…experimenting. Why? Because I feel healed and hopeful. This site sparked the latter more than you can ever know. Thank you. And a big “thank you” from my family and friends. They are loving all the baking too.

  50. Laney says

    What a darling girl she is. I am lucky enough to just have slight intolerances to gluten, dairy, sugar, and so I mostly eat this way by choice for preventative reasons and also for training. It is so good to hear a story like hers and know that the kind of diet that you and all of your followers advocate is the best way to go whether you have an auto-immune disease or just want to eat healthy. Thank you, Elana for being so passionate about sharing your recipes with us and thanks CoconutGal for sharing your story!

  51. says

    What a fabulous letter! We already knew you were doing great things but it’s so amazing to hear directly from someone that you’ve so positively impacted.

  52. says

    What a ‘sweet’ ending to CoconutGal’s story. I, too, use raw cocoa nibs because of the cane sugar in the dark chocolate.

    Last night I took sesame cookies and chocolate brownies to friends’ for dinner. They were shocked at how delicious something called gluten- and sugar-free could be!

    Elana, I’m glad you let us know about tamping down the flour as it’s not something I did. I thought about it, but figured you would have said it was something you did. Now I know! Thanks for your wonderful site!

    • Jolanta O. says

      I was overwhelmed and felt very sad to read regarding the young ladies condition,as working in Healthcare its troubling to see the amount of people experiencing ongoing health concerns…….. although so very happy :)) that she found someone to help her.
      God bless your Naturopath Doctor and for you for your courage.
      Keep strong, I will pray for you.
      Thank you also for your wonderful website
      May Gods blessing also be with you and your ongoing wonderful recipes.


  53. says

    That’s great that your reader is regaining her health with healthy food! Thanks for sharing her story. Your recipes spread love and healing.

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