Elana Amsterdam’s Paleo Upside-Down Apple Tartlets with Whipped Coconut Cream

Countdown to 2014 Cookbook Giveaway: Day 1

This year I wanted to share my favorite cookbooks and health-focused books of 2013 with you from some of my friends. Since it’s the holiday season, they’ve decided to generously give away a copy of their books along with a recipe (see below!) starting today until the new year! Thanks to all of you for participating! To enter for your chance to win a book, just leave a comment below. The winner will be selected at random on January 2, 2014 and books will be mailed out to each winner shortly thereafter. Please note: This giveaway is available to U.S. residents only.

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Now, I’d like to introduce my first guest and her New York Times best-selling cookbook!

WHO: Elana Amsterdam, Elana’s Pantry
BOOK: Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Recipes  (Ten Speed Press, 2013)

RECIPE: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Upside-Down Apple Tartlets with Whipped Coconut Cream

Amst_Paleo Cooking from Elanas Pantry

Elana Amsterdam’s Paleo Upside-Down Apple Tartlets with Whipped Coconut Cream

Yield: 8



2 cups blanched almond flour

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 cup coconut oil, at room temperature

1/4 teaspoon vanilla crème stevia


6 large apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4 -inch slices

1 cup apple juice

1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 tablespoons arrowroot powder

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Coconut Whipped Cream

1 (13-ounce) can Thai Kitchen coconut milk

1 tablespoon honey

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

5 drops vanilla crème stevia

Pinch of sea salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place eight 1-cup wide-mouth Mason jars on a large baking sheet.
  2. To make the crust, pulse together the almond flour and salt in a food processor. Add the coconut oil and stevia and pulse until the mixture forms a ball. Transfer the dough to a piece of parchment paper and place in the freezer for 20 minutes.
  3. To make the filling, place the apples, apple juice, lemon juice, arrowroot powder, and cinnamon in a large bowl, and toss to combine. Transfer the apples to the Mason jars so that each one is overfull. Divide the remaining juice from the bottom of the bowl between the jars.
  4. Remove the dough from the freezer, place between 2 pieces of parchment paper generously dusted with almond flour, and roll out the dough 1/4 inch thick. Remove the top sheet of parchment. Using the top ?of a wide-mouth Mason jar, cut out ?8 circles of dough and place one on? top of each apple-filled Mason jar.
  5. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until the juices are bubbling and the crust is golden brown. Serve the tartlets hot out of the oven.
  6. To make the whipped cream, place the can of coconut milk in the refrigerator at least 24 hours before making the whipped cream, so it is well chilled. Chill a metal bowl in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  7. Take the coconut milk out of the refrigerator and remove the lid. Gently scoop out the coconut fat, placing it in the chilled bowl. Pour the remaining liquid into a glass jar and store in the refrigerator, saving it for another use.
  8. Using a handheld blender, whip the coconut milk fat until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Whip in the honey, vanilla extract, stevia, and salt.
  9. Use right away or store in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.


Reprinted with permission from Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Recipes by Elana Amsterdam (Ten Speed Press, © 2013). Photo Credit: Leigh Beisch.



  1. Looks delicious!!

  2. I love Elana’s cookbooks! This recipe looks delicious, as usual!

  3. These look amazing! I love individual servings, especially around the holidays. For some reason a whole cake looks daunting to people even though they can cut off a little sliver. I can’t wait to make these!

  4. Yum!!!

  5. I love Elana’s Pantry! Thank you for posting, Silvana!

  6. Beautiful & delicious recipe you picked. I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this cookbook.

  7. Yum! I just discovered Silvana’s first cookbook and now this one looks amazing too! Live not having to use processes sugars.

  8. This recipe sounds delish, so if that is any indication of what is in her cookbook I would LOVE it!! 🙂

  9. Totally into this. My family visiting for the holidaze are gluten and dairy free, formerly paleo (maybe still a little paleo). I’m GF and love baking. Want to make this next week!

  10. This looks delicious. I am going to give this a whirl for Christmas Day. 🙂 I think my sister will be shocked I attempted this for her! 🙂 And if this is a sneak peek of what’s in her cookbook then I will be OVERJOYED to be privy to it!

  11. This sounds so delicious. We’ve been looking for great recipes to use up the apples from our fall harvest.

  12. I would love to build up my gluten free cookbook collection with this, thanks!

  13. Looks wonderful.

  14. This book sounds great..I really need to eat paleo!

  15. Sounds great! Love cookbooks

  16. Like most people, trying to cut down on my gluten – this would be a great way to do it!

  17. Wow, I can’t wait to try these, they look amazing!

  18. This recipe looks really yummy! I follow Elana’s blog.

  19. I appreciate the labor intensive work that you lovely ladies put into these insoles recipes! I am a big fan of both Elana & Sylvana.

  20. New to the gluten free world and excited to try your recipes! Thank you for sharing your knowledge and creations :o)

  21. I have love Elana’s recipes!

  22. Sounds yummy; my daughter found out she needs to “go” Paleo! I would love to be able to give this book to her!

  23. I cannot wait to try this. Everything I make off of Elanas blog comes out delicious-always fail proof, she is my first “go to” blog for recipes. They never fail. Thanks for the giveaway!

  24. That cookbook looks awesome!

  25. This book looks wonderful!

  26. Looks so good. I’m going to have to make this. I would love to have this book.

  27. Think I will make these for the holidays. I love her recipes and would love to win her new book ( will probably end up buying it..) Thanks for sharing.

  28. Can’t wait to try these! They don’t look complicated either. Easy-to-get ingredients – what I love! Thanks for posting!

  29. Hi Silvana, so new at this gluten free and dairy free cooking and you book has help my son begin to enjoy eating again. Look forward to this book as well, need all the help I can get. Thanks for sharing

  30. I love Elana’s recipes, they are luscious but easy to prepare!

  31. My GFCF family member is also allergic to apples. I’m going to try this recipe sub. with pears.

  32. Looks delicious!!!

  33. This looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  34. I can’t wait to try them

  35. This recipe looks so good … I wouldn’t have guessed it was paleo!

  36. Yum! This looks tasty!

  37. Wow! If this book has recipes like this, I need it. I’ve been diagnosed with so many food allergies that I am lost when it comes to trying new things. I’ve been stuck for 18 mo. eating chicken, eggs & select fruit & veggies. When I’ve gotten the ingred. to try a new gluten free recipe, it clearly wasn’t worth the $ or time. Help!

  38. Thanks, Silvana!
    Would love to win this cookbook!
    It’s on my wish list

  39. Yum! I have been wanting I check Elena’s new book out!

  40. The picture of these is so beautiful!! Still love her first cookbook!

  41. Read the name of the recipe and thought “eh, already have a bunch of recipes.” Then I looked at the picture. This looks amazing! Definitely pinned this one!

  42. I bet my family would love this recipe!

  43. Sounds amazing! Will make this today!

  44. Gotta love Elana! I have her cupcake cookbook.

  45. Yum! Looks interesting! Would love to have one for my collection! Thx!

  46. this is just what we need!

  47. Would love to learn more about paleo cooking.

  48. Merry Christmas and a gluten-free New Year!

  49. Looks terrific! I love that it’s more than just desserts. Would love to have this to whip up something delicious!

  50. This looks delicious and I have only used “regular” stevia before.

  51. This looks soooo good! Thanks for sharing!

  52. This recipe looks great. My 12 year old said, “Yum.'”

  53. Have tried and enjoyed some of her recipes and would love to try more.

  54. This recipe sounds absolutely delicious! My husband is a coconut freak.

  55. Thanks for the giveaway!