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Elana’s Gluten Free Olive Rosemary Bread & A Giveaway

*Update:* The winner is… Gloria.

Congratulations! You’re going to love this book. Send me an email to claim your loot!


I met a woman named Elana not too long ago. We met in a hallway of a hotel at a conference and as soon as we met I felt like I had known her for a long time. I just stopped going where I was going and sat on the couch in the hallway with her and we chatted. And by the end of it, we gave each other a copy of our books.

She has an excellent blog called Elana’s Pantry, where she creates all kinds of gluten free recipes that are simply delicious.

I grew up with a family that always ate really simple healthy food. My mom always promoted holistic medicine and taught me how connected food is to our health, in mind, body and spirit. So I relate to and love Elana’s approach to food. In fact, I realized after talking to some of my gluten free food blogger friends that I tend to naturally eat gluten free. Most of the recipes on this site are in fact gluten free because I just wasn’t raised with much of it in my diet. Vegetable protein and animal protein were the name of the game. And I still think it’s the best food to eat.

But I can appreciate a good dessert and a good bread from time to time and am so impressed with people like Elana who can do it all gluten free and still make it taste good!

So in honor of that, and in honor of the upcoming holidays where we all have gifts to give, and cakes and breads to eat, I’m giving away a copy of Elana’s latest book “The Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook.” You’ll love it. And your gluten free friends will love you just a little bit more when you make these recipes. So will all of your friends in fact.

To enter the giveaway for this book, simply answer in the comments below: What’s your favorite holiday food? You get bonus points if it’s gluten free!

Contest ends Friday at 5pm PST.

And now for one of her lovely recipes:

“Elana’s Gluten Free Olive Rosemary Bread”

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time2 hours
Servings: 1 loaf (about 12 slices)


  • 3/4 cup creamy roasted almond butter at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives pitted and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 7 by 3-inch loaf pan with grapeseed oil and dust with almond flour.
  • In a large bowl, mix the almond butter and olive oil with a handheld mixer until smooth, then blend in the eggs and agave nectar.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the almond flour, arrowroot powder, salt, and baking soda.
  • Blend the almond flour mixture into the wet ingredients until thoroughly combined, then fold in the olives and rosemary. Pour the batter into the loaf pan.
  • Bake for 45 to 55 minutes on the bottom rack of the oven, until a knife inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Let the bread cool in the pan for 1 hour, then serve.


To make a great base for hors d’oeuvres, cut this loaf into thin slices, spread on a baking sheet, and toast in the oven at 350°F for 5 to 10 minutes. The resulting crackers are great with goat cheese, drizzled with a good cold-pressed olive oil, or spread with fig tapenade (find the recipe on my blog).


  • Jenny
    Posted December 7, 2010 at 7:20 am

    My favorite "holiday" food are the king crab legs my family has every new years eve! It's a major splurge and I look forward to it every winter!

  • Maureen
    Posted December 7, 2010 at 8:03 am

    My favorite holiday food is bulgar salad. I make it every year for the holidays. Its light and filling and goes with anything else I am serving.The lemon and parsely really goes well.
    I always get lots of satisfied company!

  • Sara
    Posted December 7, 2010 at 8:35 am

    I love ginger snaps. And since I recently became gluten-free, I found a recipe to make them that includes rice and almond flour. I brought them to a dinner and nobody could tell!

  • ncnguyen514
    Posted December 7, 2010 at 9:32 am

    My sister recently (within the last year) found out that she has Celiac's… this would be an awesome gift for her… and my favorite holiday food are cookies.. havent' tried them gluten-free yet.

  • Gloria
    Posted December 7, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    My very most favorite holiday food is turkey gravy on a slice of bread. It's what I eat for dessert after Thanksgiving dinner. It's not gluten-free, but I wouldn't want ever to be in a position to have to say no to its utter deliciousness.

  • socialxdesign
    Posted December 8, 2010 at 9:24 am

    That olive bread looks amazing.

  • June Sanger Ohm
    Posted December 8, 2010 at 9:41 am

    I have several favorite holiday foods but one of them is certainly apple salad made with halved green grapes, walnuts and whipped cream sweetened with sugar or stevia and flavored with vanilla- it is naturally gluten free

  • Oliver K.
    Posted December 8, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Sure looks good. Wish I had a gluten free recipe to send in.

  • @jules723
    Posted December 8, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Gluten free spritz! You can't have Christmas without spritz. 🙂

  • Aileen
    Posted December 9, 2010 at 5:44 am

    My favorite is our Christmas eve dinner: Fondue which is naturally gluten free with Joan's Great Bakes Gluten Free Italian Bread along with fresh apples, pears, grapes, and Clementines. We enjoy this with a nice French red in the den by candlelight and in front of the fireplace.

    Btw, the Olive, Rosemary bread looks amazing! Going to try it this weekend.

  • Maryclare
    Posted December 9, 2010 at 9:49 am

    We have potato soup every year for Christmas eve.

  • @ddiggsphil
    Posted December 9, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    My teenaged daughter was diagnosed with MS this year, and she started a gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free diet…not easy for a sugar addict! The brownies from Elana's Pantry saved our Thanksgiving!! They are incredible….we have all-out battles in our household over them!!

  • Anne B.
    Posted December 10, 2010 at 4:22 am

    My favorite holiday food is pecan pie and I have a wonderful gluten-free recipe (I like it better than the traditional recipe that I used to use!) Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Hanri
    Posted December 10, 2010 at 5:15 am

    Oh wow, gluten free Rosemary bread, that looks yum!
    My favourite holiday food is baklava apples, I found a recipe for it after searching for a gluten free version of baklava. Basically you core an apple and stuff it with with chopped pistachios and other nuts mixed with cinnamon, cardamon and crushed cloves, drizzled with honey. Pop it in the oven and bake it. Heavenly, and with the spices, it tastes of christmas too.

  • gfedge
    Posted December 10, 2010 at 6:02 am

    My favorite holiday food is also a family favorite, our Pumpkin Pudding. I started it when my children were toddlers and now they're grown, I'm retired and still we have the Pumpkin Pudding. More recently I have made up versions that are sugar-free and dairy-free for family and friends with those dietary issues. It is naturally gluten-free.

  • Tish
    Posted December 10, 2010 at 6:21 am

    My favorite holiday food would have to be our family's sugar cookies, which have been gluten free for several years now. Elana's blog is great……thanks for offering her cookbook in a drawing. I don't have it yet…it's on my wish list!

  • Sarah
    Posted December 10, 2010 at 6:43 am

    My mom makes these cookie bars called hermits. They're all cinnamoney and molassesy and nutty and full of oil and corn syrup and sugar. And the icing has mayonnaise.

    They're terrible. Maybe I can try to make a version of them that I won't hate myself for eating! And gluten free perhaps? (Bonus points ?!?) : )

  • Lindsay
    Posted December 10, 2010 at 8:07 am

    Cranberry relish is my favorite!

  • Meghanne
    Posted December 10, 2010 at 8:21 am

    Oh…there are so many amazing things I love….mostly however is gingerbread. I recently stumbled upon a coconut flour version that is delightful especially with a spicy butter cream on top! Yum!!

  • Jennifer
    Posted December 10, 2010 at 8:44 am

    My favorite holiday food is cookies. I'm going to be trying some gluten free ones for this first time this year!

  • Lori
    Posted December 10, 2010 at 8:51 am

    fresh cranberries, tossed in salads, sweet and savory grain dishes…so many uses!

  • Stephanie
    Posted December 10, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Our Christmas tradition is the serving of a standing rib, seared to keep in the tender juices and slow cooked to perfection. Even if nothing else were served along with it, I'd be in heaven.

  • Sara
    Posted December 10, 2010 at 9:19 am

    My favorite holiday food is cioppino, which we usually eat on Christmas Eve. And also mashed potatoes, I love good mashed potatoes – no gravy necessary!

  • Catherine
    Posted December 10, 2010 at 9:27 am

    My favorite holiday food is Almond Bread stuffing and Chocolate bourbon balls.

  • Dawn
    Posted December 10, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Pumpkin Pie is on the top of my list, yum!!!!!

  • Theresa P.
    Posted December 10, 2010 at 10:03 am

    That olive, rosemary bread looks great . For a holiday snack or anytime. my family loves Elana's chocolate chips. they rock! their gluten free and healthy, plus their easier and faster to make than chocolate chip cookie recipe that i have tried.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Lindsey
    Posted December 10, 2010 at 10:15 am

    I love making coconut flour cupcakes!

  • Jackie H
    Posted December 10, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Let's see…my favorite holiday food is clementines! Truly! I love those little gems and they are usually naturally sweet at this time of year and is guilt-free! Haha! 🙂

  • Mary Rondeau
    Posted December 10, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Pierogi's our Ukrainian roots go deep with this one. All the woman of the family sit together and make these every Xmas eve. Favorite time of the year!

  • Jamie Senicola
    Posted December 10, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Homemade chocolate chip cookies. And since becoming gluten free – Elana's chocolate chip cookie recipe is AMAZING.

  • Kathy
    Posted December 10, 2010 at 11:54 am

    My favorite holiday treat is peppermint chocolate bark; so wonderfully rich and delicious! hard to keep around the house!. Thanks!

  • Catherine
    Posted December 10, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    My favorite holiday food is gluten free pumpkin pie. I make a crustless version with a small amount of gluten free flour in the filling and it sinks to the bottom forming a sturdy crustless pie! I also love to make gluten free pumpkin bread or pumpkin muffins. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win a copy of Elana's book, I have been wanting it for a long long time! Happy Holidays! 🙂

  • Elizabeth Bailey
    Posted December 10, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    It may not be healthy (okay, so it isn't at all!) but a multi-generational family favorite is to layer raspberry Jello, a carmel mixture (made from boiled condensed milk, walnuts and crushed pineapple), with real whipped cream. 🙂

  • Karen F
    Posted December 10, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Vanilla kipferln (crescent-shaped almond flour shortbreads dusted with icing sugar) are my favorite holiday treats. I'd love to win a copy of Elana's book, as I'm trying to go gluten-free in the hopes it will improve my chronic fatigue syndrome.

  • aziza
    Posted December 10, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    My favorite holiday recipe is chocolate scones especially the one from Elana's book.

    thank you

  • Mia
    Posted December 10, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    My favorite holiday food(s), may change from year to year. Any foods/meals that nourish my body and soul!

  • Denise
    Posted December 10, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    my favorite holiday food is dessert! Peppermint bark with white chocolate or gluten free pecan pie with a shortbread crust

  • projectrestoreme
    Posted December 10, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    My favorite holiday food is more of a favorite fall time food, but I usually only drink it on holidays now – Hot Apple Cider. I like making my own mix of spices to boil in the juice.
    And – a new one that we added this year due to my sister and I both going gluten free this year – Wild Rice stuffing – made with a mix of wild and brown rice, shallots, cherries and pecans! Heavenly!

  • Judy
    Posted December 10, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    My favorite holiday food is — any outstanding gluten free chocolate dessert!

  • Jen
    Posted December 10, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    My favorite "holiday food" is TURKEY and cranberry sauce (made with honey, not sugar). YUM! I also made grain-free stuffing for the first time this year and it was delish!!!

  • Emma T
    Posted December 10, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    My favorite holiday food is my mum's Party Chicken. It is a large free-range deboned roasted chicken stuffed with bacon, onions, pistachios, herbs and fresh breadcrumbs. This year we are making it with my homemade naturally gluten-free slow fermented sour dough breadcrumbs as I have been gluten and dairy free for 12 months. I've never felt so healthy in my life! I love your website and I'm addicted to Elana's Pantry as well. Thanks for all the awesome recipes! Happy holidays!

  • Oliver K.
    Posted December 11, 2010 at 4:30 am

    Hey! I just saw your write-up in Foodepedia. Pretty Cool.

  • Gertrude
    Posted December 14, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    I'm not a big fan of gluten-free, but I love rosemary.

  • Lynn
    Posted November 13, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    I love my husbands sugar free (Agave) pumpkin pie…it would be even better with a gluten free crust. My son-in-law and grandson are on gluten free diets.

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