gluten-free homemade gift ideas

DIY Christmas Gift Round Up

This year I’m having a DIY Christmas. Not that Christmas is actually my holiday, as I’m Jewish.  But that doesn’t mean I can’t give all my friends lovely homemade Christmas gifts.  And give all of you guys fun ideas for Christmas gifts for your friends and loved ones.

Here’s a bunch of neat things that you can make for your friends and family this year.

And here are some ideas for gluten free candy you might want to make for this holiday (the candy is also a wonderful gift).

So, there you have it!  A bunch of great DIY (homemade) Christmas gift ideas and recipes.  You may notice the cute little plaid tin in the photo above which contains my Christmas Chocolate Bark.  I purchase loads of tins in various shapes, sizes and colors at thrift stores during the year, and thoroughly clean them out, using them to hold toys, sewing items and other sundries around the house. They also make nice containers for Christmas gifts as you can see above.

Have a wonderful, healthy and happy holiday and please know how grateful I am to have all of you in my life!


  1. Anne says

    WOW, I didn’t know the chocolate bark would be so easy! Thanks for these ideas! AND thanks for your regular blog!

  2. Sandy says

    Courtney is so very generous! What a marvelous collection of special ingredients! Elana, I truly enjoy your recipes and have learned so much from your creations! Everything I’ve made has been an absolute hit with the people I share the food with. YUMMMM !!

  3. says

    Hi, to everyone & Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! I have had a weight problem all my life. I diet & exercise. Now, I wonder, if I have a gluten problem. Does anyone know how I can find out?


    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    I would love to have the sauce pan, all clad. Thanks for the chance to win it.

    Bonnie Wilson

  5. Daniela Tanner says

    How did All-Glad know I needed new pots? I am looking forward to making more soups this winter, including butternut squash soup and I am looking for a good mushroom soup recipe. I also would love to try Elana’s chai recipe once I find a decent decaffeinated/uncaffeinated black-like tea!

  6. Diane says

    Thank you Elana for all you do and share. I love your heart. We have tried several of the recipes and they are really good! Blessings on you and your family.

  7. Dimple Shah says

    Great ideas! My nephews have gluten sensitivities and I can’t wait to make some of these recipes with them! :)

  8. Cheryl says

    Another giveaway?! Too much generosity =)

    I’m still waiting for my candy molds, but I’m going to start working on the chocolate orange truffles and peppermint patties today. I have to make several batches of each, so I’ll probably experiment a little, maybe add some Grand Marnier to the truffle recipe. Yum!

  9. Deborah H. says

    Happy Winter Solstice next week! I would love to win the giveaway for my 2 gluten free and casein free children. We love this site and your books THANK YOU!

  10. Sabrina Rhodes says

    Elans, thank you for your wonderful recipes. They are inspirational and easy to make for those of us who lack creativity, but still need to eat gluten-free. And the recipes are delicious, too. I look forward to testing the recipes throughout this holiday season.

  11. Stephanie says

    I just made my first recipe from your cookbook last night (chicken pot pie), and I couldn’t be happier with my christmas gift to myself:) I have a feeling that 2011 is going to be delicious!

  12. Beth says

    Thanks for the chrismas goodies ideas! I love the idea of making my gifts, it’smore meaningful and definetely more cost efficient. Also, i love your website. I only got diagnosed with Celiac about 2.5 months ago and I’m still on a constant search for good recipes!

  13. Cristina Leivas says

    Thank you for all your great recipes. I have a Downs Syndome daughter who is 19 years old and was diagnosed with Diabetes last August and now Celiac. Your receipes have helped me make her yummy food and desserts and I truly do appreciate it. I also have enjoyed your recipe book. Happy Holidays!

  14. says

    Thanks for your site, Elana! We usually eat some type of pancake or muffin for breakfast, and I love feeding my kids some extra protein instead of empty carbs!

  15. Amy says

    I love your recipes! I was told by my doc that I could never lower my cholesterol enough naturally to satisfy her. That is until I cut out refined sugar and flour entirely. I started to bake almost exclusively with almond flour and lo and behold, at my next check up my bad cholesterol had gone down significantly and my good cholesterol went through the roof! Her comment wass “Whatever you are doing, keep it up!”
    It’s easy with your website! Thank you!

  16. Sunny says

    Thanks Elana. You are such an encouragement. Every time I stop by, I am renewed in my vow to continue healthy habits.

  17. says

    DIY christmas is a great idea. I don’t have to worry about that this year though, I’m with the in-laws and they treat Christmas as something of a “secret santa.” The kids get gifts from everyone, but the adults get a gift from one person and buy a gift for one person. It means getting one nicer thing as opposed to lots of little things.

    But for my family, DIY Christmas would be the perfect gift. :)

  18. Emma says

    I just started eating paleo a week and a half ago, and your site is definitely an inspiration as I make the transition. Thanks so much for your recipes and beautiful photos!

  19. Jasmeet says

    Your personalised gift ideas give me food for thought. I’m going to take the plunge and make the foot balm. I love baking so thank you for the giveaway.

  20. Saundra says

    Elana, what a great giveaway! Thanks for sharing all the great gift giving ideas. I made granola yesterday and put in jars to give away to a few friends. I’ll add your ideas as well.

  21. Susan Shaver says

    Oh – I do love your recipes. I am going to try a different one three times a week until New Year’s. Thanks Elana :)

  22. says

    WOW! I found you through a link on CafeMom where your HEALTHY yummy looking cookies stood out and caught my attention – I am trying so hard to do good by my family and I am glad Christmas cookies don’t have to be junky!!! We are so making them! :))
    And the give away is just an extra, NICE extra bonus :)I’d LOVE LOVE LOVE to get my hands on these goodies :)
    Thank you for a great blog!

  23. says

    Thanks for sharing all these. I made the cookie mix and tomorrow I am proceeding with the nut gift jar and probably the pistachio rich chocolate bark.I’m kinda postponing the foot balm for it is for myself but I hope I will have enough time to come up with it until next week. I’m so glad to stumble upon this blog few weeks ago. :)

  24. Elizabeth says

    Although I have yet to make too many of these recipes, they have inspired many others that have brought me much success. As a teen living in a gluten-filled town, I love to momentarily escape the madness by reading about the delicious possibilities. Thank you for sharing your time and good food :)

  25. says

    I love this site, interesting and good for the health of all! Thank you so much for this. Will love to try the products on this site! Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy and prosperous New Year to you and yours! cheryle linturn

  26. lauren says

    love the chocolate chip cookies. i have been making them and people love ’em. they can’t believe that it is actually healthy! tastes so good. gosh i don’t know how many people have asked for the recipe!

  27. Sivan Harlap says

    OMG OMG I so want to win this starter kit! I have been dying to try so many of your recipes. Would make it a very happy holiday indeed! Ps, baking coconut flour biscotti in the over as I type. YUM!

  28. Jasmine says

    I’d love the chance to try the dagoba chocodrops you have previously raved about, as i can’t get them where i live.

  29. andrea says

    I think all my girlies are getting some vanilla butter lip balm this year :)

    Thanks, and please enter me in the contest!

  30. Jasmine says

    I have a penchant for baking with chocolate and the candy recipes would make great personal gift ideas. Thank you for all your efforts.

  31. Ranjit says

    Its kind of you to offer this giveaway. The chocolate bark and peppermint patties will be high up on the list of things to make.

  32. Melie says

    Long time reader, first time post-er. :-) I am slowly being won over by your blog into the thinking that I can cook good stuff, gluten-free. Thanks for the inspiration! -M

  33. Brenda Perkins says

    Thanks Elana for your awesome recipes! I’ve been able to convert my normal-eating boyfriend into an almond flour baked goods junkie!

  34. Phyliss says

    Hi, I just started reading your website and was thrilled to see such amazing healthy recipes. I live in europe and can´t get alot of these amazing ingrediants:( But i´m glad to see that you can still be gluten intolerant and still eat delicious food and desserts thanks to people like you. Happy holidays!

  35. Liz says

    My 14 year old son plans to make several of these gifts for grandpa who has celiacs disease. Also bought grandpa your cookbook. We plan on making several treats for the whole family when they visit for the holidays! Thanks for the great ideas.

  36. Kathy Culbert says

    I have tried lots of your recipes and each one is better than the next. For 2011 I am making the resolution to start eating more gluten free. I need to improve my health and take better care of myself. You have showed me that you can make food that tastes good and is good for your body.

  37. says

    Elana – would love to be entered in the giveaway, but mainly was stopping by to leave you a comment to say thank you for your blog. I have been reading it for over a year now, and recently was able to start exploring more of your almond-flour-based recipes, and I am loving everything. I also bought your book and am so grateful for the resource you have become through the book and blog :)

  38. nicole says

    I always give my grandpa’s bbq seasoning mix as a gift this time of year. He had a pit and pit roasted everyone’s turkeys for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I like giving this because it reminds me of grandpa and it’s a non-sweet gift.

  39. Teri Graff says

    I was so excited to find recipes I could use as gifts such as the foot balm and the lip balm. Your comment that what was good for the skin should also be good to eat. I had never thought of products in that manner and it has given me a lot to think about. So, I am impressed and would like to learn more.
    Teri Graff

  40. roobaroo says

    i’m definitely going to try that bark – it’s so easy! and can’t wait to get your book. i’m so glad i’ve found this blog.

  41. Shari F. says

    What a fabulous idea to encourage people to enjoy Elana’s recipes! Thank you! I love your DIY ideas for holiday sharing, particularly the “Cookie Mix in a Jar” recipe. It’s brilliant! Elana, thank you so much for sharing your insight, and encouraging us to share ours.

  42. Audrey says

    I wish I had time to do more gifts from your list. I am having surgery next week and will be off my feet for a couple weeks.

  43. Abrahamildi says

    Hi Elana!

    I’ve been following your website for only a couple of weeks but I’m sure that I am going to continue also in the new year – and not just reading but really trying my hands with your recipes. I’ve started to eat gluten-(and lactose-) free in the summer and I feel wonderful. Thanks for all the DIY gifts ideas, I am going to do some of them for my family :)

    Yeah, and I am following you from Hungary which is a long way away but still so close in terms of thinking of food :)

  44. KimA says

    I added your Almond Flour cookbook to my Christmas wish list; I’m crossing my fingers Santa is good n’ gluten free to me this year! I’m doing a lot more baking now b/c of my recently-discovered other food sensitivities, so winning the contest would be a bonus, too.

  45. Rachel says

    I love the idea of making gifts – it’s so much more personal and from the heart! This is an amazing giveaway – I could try so many of your recipes!

  46. Moni Marsden says

    I’m cooking out of your cookbook several times a week. I am teaching my 17 year old son to cook gluten free–your book is his Bible. It’s working-by the time college rolls around he will know how to happily and deliciously feed himself. Thanks!

  47. alisa joy says

    love the list! diy christmas is right up our alley. the money we save is then donated to our favorite charity, medical teams international!

  48. Jane Hull says

    These ideas are great. I think home made gifts are great and people appreciate the extra blood/sweat/love that goes into it.

  49. says

    Thanks for the DIY gift ideas. I recently made a fantastic batch of Balsamic Roasted Almonds with Dried Mango, Cranberries, Coconut, and Crystallized Ginger for a great foodie friend. It was a success!

    Ohh, I hope I win these AWESOME gifts. Everything I need :)

  50. Geralynn Johns says

    I stumbled onto your book on Amazon. I’m trying to gather the ingredients for cooking with almond flour. Some family members need to eat gluten free so I am trying to learn about new cooking possibilities.

  51. Linda says

    Wow, love your ideas, they’re fantastic! The wheels are now turning, we’ll see what comes of them! Thank you as always for sharing with us!!! :)

  52. Stephanie says

    I’m always looking for new and different homemade gift ideas for the holidays. Elana, you’ve given me some additional thoughts to consider. In addition, those are some awesome giveaways. Thank you.

  53. Nancy says

    Great gift ideas! I am so impressed by the quality ingredients in your fabulous recipes. Thanks for the chance to win some amazing products!!!

  54. Robin Freeman says

    What a great giveaway! And, with all your amazing ideas: it is the gift that keeps on giving! Vanilla walnuts have become my staple holiday gift: everyone loves them; the jar idea is too cute!
    Thank you for everything!

  55. Christa says

    Thanks for all the things you share on your blog. I have your cookbook checked out from the library and am hoping my hubby buys me a copy for Christmas! Just ordered a 25 lb. bag of almond flour, too! :-)

  56. Sarah says

    I just purchased a 6 lbs. bag of almond flour from Benefit Your Life (I found them through your book), but that won’t last long! So I’d love a bag of ingredients to continue the baking through the winter.

  57. Rita says

    thanks for the amazing gf cooking insights…. i just bought your book a few months ago and ordered almond flour and i’m good to go…. done with messing around with 12 types of flour…. thank-you so much for a simple, nutrious and delicious way to bake!

  58. Theresa Watson says

    Thanks Elana – I have shared your website with so many of my GF and Non-GF friends – thanks for all you do!

  59. says

    I would love to get that starter kit. Also, does anyone have any ideas about a healthy version of a low fiber diet? I will be caring for someone soon who is suffering from intestinal blockages after several serious bouts of cancer-related surgery. She is trying to gain some weight and get her strength up without irritating her intestinal blockage problem but feels uninspired by the refined ingredients list her doctors suggested.

  60. Renee says

    The Christmas gift ideas and recipes have been wonderful and your website is an incredibly helpful resource. I recently bought your cookbook and I’m looking forward to trying the recipes. My five year old daughter has a gluten intolerance (and likely a dairy allergy, as well), so I’m also very much looking forward to your cupcake cookbook. Thank you for the chance to win the starter kit.

  61. Jamie says

    Thank you Elana for sharing all these wonderful recipes. Before I found your site last year, I didn’t think I would ever enjoy food again. Your site is a treasure I share with everyone!

  62. Mary Hancock says

    Thanks, Elena for all the great recipes I can make so my granddaughter can have a variety of goodies and sty gluten free. would love to win the starter kit for making your recipes!

  63. Kathy says

    How thoughtful of you and Courtney to give away all these wonderful gifts and amazing recipes. Thank you for all your care and support Elana, you truly are an inspiration to all of us.

  64. Daniela Tanner says

    I am so thankful to have eating options. So much of eating healthy is an emotional process, and this means I am not starved physically OR emotionally. Hopefully I will make some chocolate bark this year!

  65. OptoMum says

    I love your DIY list. Christmas preparation has been interrupted for me and my family, who just lost our 96 year old dad. some homemade and safe goodies would be so wonderful just now! And homemade foot balm! I have to try that! Hope Hanukkah was happy. It is thoughtful and generous of you to “do” Christmas gifts for your other friends. Thanks Elana!

  66. Emily says

    wow…the lip balm and truffle recipes sound amazing. thank you so much for all of the wonderful (and delicious) recipes!

  67. says

    Courtney at Benefit Your Life sounds like a heck of a girl! That’s an awesome gift box she donated. I’m sure I could find a buhzillion ways to put it to good use. Thanks for the chance, and thanks for the great gift ideas. – NanaBread (Jeanne)

  68. Darci Hawxhurst says

    Thank you, Elana, we are so happy to have YOU in our lives! My daughter and I have been eating gluten free (or as I like to say, we only eat FOOD) for many years now and have pioneered quite a few tasty recipes of our own. But, your recipes are fabulous and we have gotten so many great ideas from you (nice having you perfect them for us too then all we have to do is follow the directions, saves a lot of time)! Your pictures are fabulous, commentaries charming, and we feel like we have a new friend in you. Like a soul mate of sorts! So very happy for you that your endeavors are successful and prosperous and that you are changing the way America eats! Well done! Keep it up!

  69. Stephanie says

    I’d love this kit! Wow!

    I’ve been incorporating your ingredients and recipes into my slightly more “traditional” ingredients lists, and loving it! Added almond flour into a batch of chocolate chip cookie bars to rave reviews this weekend. I think that gave me the push to make your agave-sweetened almond flour cookies without brown sugar, and see how it goes :)

  70. Natalie McAvoy says

    Thanks for all the suggestions. I love DIY gifts – and yours are wonderful!! Can’t get enough of the chocolate chip cookies!!

  71. says

    As truly appreciative as I am with regard to all gifts I am fortunate enough to receive there lies an extra special energy within gifts that are made by hand. I love to make something each year to give along with a purchased gift, and what marvelous ideas there are to be had here.

  72. Jackye Ham says

    Just bought your cookbook for myself for Christmas. It is wonderful! thanks so much for putting these great recipes together for us GFs!

  73. Kathy Kilbourne says

    Oh what fun it would be to win this package from you. I just love Christmas and everything about it. It would be great to cook up all these wonderful recipes you send us to share with friends and family for Christmas!!! Thank you so much for all you do for us. Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!! Kathy

  74. Tiffany says

    I am SO thankful for all of your wonderful gift ideas and candy recipes. It is such a blessing to have these good ideas in one place!

  75. Sarah says

    That’s such a good idea for a giveaway. Usually for Christmas I give my grandma some kind of candy. I think this year I’m going to try to make her some homemade candies (and hopefully she won’t tell me, in her sweet grandma voice, that it kind of tastes like some-four-letter-word). I think I’ll try your chocolate covered cherry recipe–but I’m gonna have to work some booze in there somehow. She just turned 90 but she likes her holiday nip.

  76. Judy says

    Wow! What a nice assortment of gifts so generously given by Courtney at Benefit Your Life! Because of that, I just visited the Benefit Your Life website, and I was amazed to see the fabulous collection of gluten free products — and only $7.95 flat rate shipping, no matter the size of the order. From the About Us page, “Products in this store are Fair Trade, Natural, Organic, Recycled, Allergen-Free, Manufactured in small batches or produced from a small family-owned business.”

  77. Evonne says

    As the mother of 4 children with food allergies to grain I find myself visiting your blog daily (sometimes in the wee morning hours..ugh!) Thanks so much for all you do! You make 2am up with sick kids stints so much more productive:-)

  78. sam says

    I’ve never given food as a Christmas gift before but I definitely will this year! Who doesn’t love a yummy holiday treat? Thanks, Elana!

  79. says

    Elena- I’m just learning about eating sugar-free…and a friend said your blog is where she finds her hit recipes! Thanks for the wealth of information! Happy Hanukkah!

  80. says

    I keep meaning to make some of your candied nuts! But those peppermint patties sound good too now.

    Thanks for the giveaway! I still haven’t bought any of your favored almond flour yet…

  81. KellyBelly says

    I got started on my DIY gifts last Sat. while we were snowed in (18+ inches of snow!) Got the spiced nuts done and some chocolate covered almonds w/ sea salt. Will need to make more because they were very yummy and will want to eat more and more! Thanks

  82. Emma says

    Hi Elana,
    I am so burned out on the over sugared holiday season around here I can’t wait to go make a batch of almond meal cookies instead and have some healthy holiday cheer. Your site is an inspiration.


  83. says

    Awesome giveaway! I love your recipes. Even though I don’t eat gluten-free, your almond flour-based cookie recipes are my favorites…and everyone I make them for raves about them too! ;o)

  84. Wendy says

    Thank you for the gift ideas! I have been making quite a few DIY gifts this year. I lost my job a couple of months ago, when the company I worked for closed, so funds are a little tight.

  85. Jeri Cole says

    Your website is lovely. I was able to get your cookbook from the library and just received my first bag of Honeyville almond flour in the mail. Looking forward to all the treats I can make using it with your recipes.

  86. Chris Mccormick says

    I have only been gluten free for 6 months but I just found out that my teenage son has celiac. This website has been a godsend. the gluten free carrot cake recipe is delicious.


  87. says

    I love the ideas! I have a friend who I’ll be making the GF chocolate chip cookie mix for- her kids are gluten intolerant. The lip balm? Definitely going to try this one! Sounds divine!

  88. Joanna Ellis says


    Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate knowing that there are ways to stay healthy and still enjoy great food and your commitment to making that information available. You have been such an inspiration to those of us who have felt somehow no longer normal for not
    being able to eat certain foods, and have made it so much easier for me to talk about healthy and fun options to friends and clients!

  89. Beth says

    I’ll be making the chocolate chip cookies for two friends this weekend! Thank you for giving me great options for my gluten intolerant friends.

  90. Cindy says

    I love all the ingredients that are listed to win so any of them would be awesome –thanks Elana for making cooking fun and healthy again

  91. says

    Thanks for the ideas! I’m doing almost all DIY Christmas gifts.

    It’s mostly because shopping this time of year makes me angry – it’s frustrating from a practical point of view because the shopping areas and malls are so busy, but it also just reminds me of all the consumerism and greed and makes me sad. I’m much more comfortable spending that time at the co-op and grocery store buying ingredients, then cooking in the peace and quiet of my own home, then making one trip to the craft store to buy ribbons and glitter and whatnot for packaging. =]

  92. Jenn Strilchuk says

    Wow, you have great diy gift ideas! I would love to win the starter pack! It would truly “Benefit my Life!” :)

  93. Angela Eck says

    These gift ideas are wonderful! I plan on using at least a couple of these ideas myself. Thanks again for all of the wonderful ideas on your blog, as well as a chance to win some goodies.

  94. says

    Wow Elana…this is all so so amazing! Thank you SO much for sharing with us! It feels much better giving family and friends gifts that will keep them healthy and that don´t break the bank! Thanks again! You are an inspiration! :)

  95. Amanda says

    Thank you for all the wonderful DIY ideas. I think those presents are more personal and mean so much more than just purchasing gift certificates. I really appreciate all you do for us. With your amazing recipes you give the gift of incredible foods that provide us with a healthy, happy body…and obviously that is priceless.

  96. says

    Wow! Elana, your recipes have opened up a whole new world to me and my family since discovering several of us are gluten, dairy and corn intolerant. We were so lost until we found you. Thank you for all that you do.

  97. Carolyn says

    I have been diagnosed with Celiacs for a year now and am still having trouble adjusting. This past year has been extremely busy and I look forward to 2011 in hopes that it will be much kinder to me and I will have time to bake with the almond flour you recommend. I have tried one gluten free flour with a garbonzo bean base and I do not like it so I am hoping to have more luck with the almond flour. I do enjoy making scratch receipes of all types. Thanks so much for your site and the details you provide.

  98. Sabrina says

    Brilliant gift ideas! I’m also thinking I’ll try the peppermint patties as a gift to myself. These look as simple as possible!

  99. Kitty says

    Thanks for sharing your Christmas goodie gift ideas. I can’t wait to try them out on my family! Easy and yummy – what could be better?

  100. Charlotte Sanchez says

    My girls and I can’t wait to get started on the chocolate chip cookie mix. Thank you for all of the great ideas.

  101. says

    Loving all the gift ideas! I wish I were going home so I still had time to make all these for everyone back there! And what a grand giveaway! I will definitely be jealous of the lovely person who gets that!

  102. Elyse Early says

    Thank you for these great ideas! Your recipes have been my DIY Christmas gifts for a couple of years now, but I love the new suggestions!

  103. Seana says

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I’ve been struggling with what to do for Christmas presents for extended family and friends. These are wonderful ideas.

  104. Marjorie Hill says

    I have made many recipes in Elana’s book. I just ordered for the first time a 25 pound bag of almond flour. I make the tarts/pie crusts all the time, for vegetable quiche or the chicken pot pie. They are always a hit with everyone I have served it to.

  105. Jaan says

    My son turns 10 years old soon. So having this ‘gift bag’ would really make his birthday EXTRA Special. Serving healthier treats would make not only me happy but all the mother’s that worry abt all the ‘junk food’ that kids eat these days.

  106. says

    I am so glad I found your site. You have the best ideas. I really want to try the chocolate bark. I will use crushed nut though. I have one person that has Celiac and has no teeth.
    Have a great day.

  107. Melisa says

    I have so enjoyed reading your website for alternatives to wheat recipes. Would love to get “started” with this starter pack!!!

  108. says

    I would love to win the starter kit as I am a beginning GF baker. I went to a holiday pot-luck that our local Celiac Association held and was amazed by all the delicious GF baked goods. I collected a bunch of recipes and can’t wait to start making some of them.

  109. Cathryn says

    Tried the foot balm and lip balm—-incredible! I loved them and am giving them to several friends for the holiday!! Thank you for the wonderful idea!

  110. Brooke Kager says

    Love Love Love your recipes and gift ideals! Your recipes truly have changed the way my family and I eat! Off to make the candied pecans…thanks!!

  111. JEANENE says

    Thanks for all your hard work in making these yummy recipes. I love all your recipes and they have not failed me once. I’m even getting my non-gluten free friends begging for these recipes (especially the chocolate chip scones). These DIY gifts are outstanding and I sure will be giving these this year.

  112. Meg says

    Going to have to try the bark recipe, so pretty too with the green pistachios and red cranberries. I might try with dried cherries instead though…

  113. Janice says

    I love the giveaways! Keep them coming. =) And I am looking up the supplies right now to try the DIY lip balm. Thanks for the recipe!!

  114. Beverly Oommen says

    Hi Elana, we (my husband Tony and I) just got home from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center this past Saturday with our son, Benjamin. He’s been having hard to control seizures for the past seven years. The reason I tell you this is because seven years ago when Ben became disabled (viral encephalitis) I knee I needed yo make some quick changes to my diet in order to keep up with all the demands of a disabled

  115. Melissa says

    Thanks for sharing these recipes with us. I made the chocolate chip cookies yesterday, from the recipe, Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix, (a gift to myself) and they were so simple and delicious. Thank you for sharing your recipes with us and all of your hard work. Hope to win the prizes above, that would make my Christmas!

  116. Cheryl says

    I am amazed daily by the generosity of bloggers and the sharing that takes place. I am not gluten sensitive but have been a fan of your site for years. Every recipe I have tried has worked and turned out as expected and they are now part of my tried and true recipe collection (especially your Candy Bars!). Happy Holidays!

  117. Alison Thornton says

    I am so grateful for all of the recipes I have found on this wonderful glutenfree site and that I have baked this year for the combined joy of family and friends.
    Kindest Regards,
    Happy Solistice,

  118. says

    Hi Elana
    Thanks for the DIY X’mas Round-Up!
    I have my eye on the Christmas Chocolate Bark and Candied Pecans for a friend’s Christmas party :)
    Happy Holidays!

  119. Connie Baker says

    Thank you so much for your recipes and helpful information. My son owns Gluten Free Country Store here in Az. and when I found your recipe book I was so happy. We have Honeyville Farms near us and brought it into our store. It’s so exciting to help all those people that need to eat the way we know will make them well. Thank you again

  120. Christiana says

    A woman after my own heart! You are a treasure Elana and a blessing to all those who need advice and inspiration to tackle a gluten free life. It has certainly made mine easier, and I thank you most sincerely and wish you ‘Happy Holidays!’

  121. Gail says

    What great gift ideas and one great giveaway after another!

    I think I can speak for everyone and say thank you, Elana, for this wonderful website of yours.

  122. says

    I’ve been thinking lately how blessed I am to have you, your website, and your cookbook in my life! Thank you for the time you take, along with everything else involved, to create these recipes! They’ve been a real life-saver for me!

  123. Janice Cook says

    I can’t wait to make several of the chocolate chip cookie kits and the foot balm. I’ve made several of your recipes and I love them. The pumpkin muffins were especially delicious! Thanks for the ideas!

  124. says

    wow fantastic roundup! I’ve just done a gluten free goodies roundup that’ll be going up tomorrow- so many wonderful ideas out there :)

  125. says

    Thanks for sharing great recipes! Just getting started with almond flour and such. My son and I both are gluten sensitive and feel much better when we avoid it, so I’m grateful to find some tested and true recipes. Would LOVE to win the giveaway! Thanks for your and Courtney’s generosity.

  126. Mary says

    Hi Elena, you are amazing, I have been making dishes and desserts from your website, and my family loves them!!!! We recently, decided we have to be eating healthier and with your recipes it has made it so easy for me to achieve and succeed in our mission. Thank you my family is definitely healthier for it.

  127. Claudia says

    Wow, that’s quite a giveaway! And I love those ideas for homemade gifts. This year, I’ll make my celiac-troubled dad a large batch of your Double Chocolate Cherry Cookies. I hope they’ll survive the trip though, because my gluten-sensitive husband is crazy about them as well!

  128. says

    Your book has put joy back in eating for my daughter. The recipes are easy to prepare, healthy, and delicious. Advice in the book regarding ingredients makes it easy to be successful in creating the wonderful recipes.

  129. Patrick says

    Was just looking for recipes for some gifts to make for my family… thanks for putting together this list! Can’t wait to try the truffles!

  130. Rebecca says

    I would love to win the baking supplies! They would definately be put to good use! I often use your cookbook as it contains some of my favorite recipes.

  131. Patrick Nugent says

    hi Elana,

    Love your recipes. I’m a diabetic and not gluten sensitive. Your recipes are great for both problems. Keep up the GREAT recipes. Thank you.

  132. says

    Just recently diasgonsed with celiac. I am 33 and have three young kids. This has been a very hard pill to swallow. I received your cookbook this weekend and can’t wait to try it out. I’m just so desperate for “normal” food.

  133. Athena says

    The Christmas ideas are lovely….we have been making a lot of handmade/baked goodies for our loved ones this holiday season. Thank you for such creative ideas!

  134. Ann says

    What a kind and generous gift that you are giving. This would be a wonderful way to start 2011 with all of these essential ingredients. I love to keep my eye on your website and look for cooking inspiration from you. Thank you!


  135. Maribeth says

    Thanks so much for all the inspiration. I check out your site at least 2-3 times a week. I feel so much better since I’ve eliminated gluten from my diet and I’m slowly trying to transition my family. Your recipes really help because they are soooo yummy!
    Thanks again,

  136. Rose Hegele says

    My daughter has Crohns and your website has helped me learn to cook for her and I am enjoying the change for myself immensely. Thank you.
    Rose Hegele

  137. Julie says

    Love these DIY ideas! And I would love to win that awesome-looking giveaway. I haven’t cooked anything with almond flour yet, but that is on my own Christmas list this year!

  138. Susan says

    That would be a great starter kit because it is sometimes hard gathering all the starting ingredients. I have been making my own blanched almond flour but would like to try some already make flour!

  139. Suzette says

    I look forward to all of your new posts and recipes for amazing gluten free, healthy and delicious recipe ideas! They have all been outstanding and have opened our life to exciting flavors. Thank you!

  140. Karen says

    Thank you for all your wonderful ideas. I will start my Christmas baking this week and your site is one of my “go-to’s” for recipes. Happy holidays!

  141. Rebecca says

    Thanks for the great gift ideas..I think that I will give the chocolate chip cookie jars to some family members so that when my daughter comes to visit they can make her some gluten free treats!

  142. says

    Your DIY gift ideas are great, Elana…especially the edible ones! Making gifts is always such fun and so more satisfying than giving something from a store, I think.

  143. Rose Hegele says

    I have a daughter who has Crohns and this has helped me learn to cook for her and find that I am enjoying it immensely.
    Thank you,

  144. Kristen M says

    I’ve been bookmarking these gift ideas. I definitely want to make the foot balm though it probably won’t happen until after the holidays!

  145. Jennifer says

    thank you for all the great ideas, the chocolate bark is amazing looking and I can’t wait to try to make the peppermint patties

  146. Kathleen Ayers says

    These are great ideas! I can’t wait to try the raw chocolate fudge. I used to live in California, and miss Napa Valley Naturals products and Dagoba chocolate.

  147. allie says

    Wow, what a generous giveaway! I would love this starter kit as I’m hosting my first GFCF Christmas!

    Thanks for sharing the recipes!

  148. Sally Roche says

    Dear Elena,
    I love your recipes. I have your book and have purchased and given away 2 others. Thank you for your creations. They give me a way to givemy family awesome treats without the guilt!!! Sally

  149. Heather M says

    My family and I enjoy all of your recipes!! And giving them as gifts is a wonderful idea!! I look forward to many more recipes from you!! Thanks Elana!! Happy holidays!!

  150. Lisa says

    Your recipes, healthy info tips, and encouraging dialogues have truly blessed me, and changed my life. I work in a Wellness clinic, and have shared your website with many of my patients who suffer with chronic disease, and need to change food sources. Thank you, for all your help!

  151. Natalie says

    Wow, the lip balm & foot balm looks amazing. Definitely going to give that a go. Great gift ideas Elana. Hope you’re having a great festive season :)

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