Home for the Holidays: Kelly of The Spunky Coconut with “Peanut Butter” Pie with Double Chocolate Crust & Elana’s Cookbooks Giveaway

photo courtesy of The Spunky Coconut

So yesterday, I made a big faux pas and said that it was Day 13 of our Home for the Holidays … Gluten-Free Style event. Well, no, actually it wasn’t … today is Day 13, which means that we’re halfway through our event. Now yesterday, when I was thinking it was the 13th day of our event, I said there was nothing scary about Elana’s Gingerbread Apple Crisp, and the same holds true for Kelly’s Peanut Butter Pie with Double Chocolate Crust. She made hers with sun butter, so if peanuts are forbidden in your house … no worries, just use sun butter like Kelly did to make this scrumptious pie! Did you catch the part about Double Chocolate Crust? And please take note that this pie is gluten free, dairy free, soy free, egg free, and vegetarian. It’s not vegan because Kelly used honey, but I’m betting that you could experiment with the recipe and use agave nectar or maple syrup perhaps. Whenever I substitute either of these ingredients for honey, I use a slightly lesser amount because they are thinner than honey from our bees. For example, one cup of honey is used in my Pumpkin Butter recipe, but I recommend about ¾ cup of maple syrup or 7/8 cup (just under a cup) of agave nectar as substitution options.

Back to Kelly for a moment … she is a dear friend and  such a creative gluten-free, dairy-free cook. I am always blown away by her creations. That will not come as a surprise to you looking at this pie or if you’ve read any of the comments on her blog, or especially if you’ve made any of her recipes! In addition to being one of our very favorite bloggers, she’s also the author of two cookbooks. First, there’s her The Spunky Coconut Cookbook, which is now in its second edition, and will be offered as one of the prizes in our daily giveaways later in our event. Second, there’s her Grain-Free Baked Goods and Desserts that was just offered in Brittany’s giveaway (winner will be announced with others at the end of the week).

What’s Kelly giving away today? She’s giving away both of Elana Amsterdam’s (Elana’s Pantry) cookbooks, The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook and Gluten-Free Cupcakes, as shown below—there will be three winners! I’ve expressed my love of Elana, her recipes, and her cookbooks many time here on gfe! The winners will be so fortunate to add these to their kitchen bookshelves, or wherever they house their cookbooks. My gluten-free cookbooks are on an overflowing rolling bookshelf that we use as my support group’s library. My kitchen bookshelf that I designed to be built into the end of my protruding kitchen counter (and my father built for me) houses my old gluten-full cookbooks. I still use them all the time, either for the naturally gluten-free recipes or to convert the gluten-full recipes to gluten free, but I digress. As I shared yesterday, Elana’s recipe are simple, satisfying, and delicious. I’ve tried countless recipes from Elana’s blog and cookbooks and have never been disappointed.

2 copies (2 winners)

 1 copy (1 winner)

Kelly’s giveaway ends Monday, December 12th, at noon MST. You must enter on Kelly’s blog, but before you head over to her place to request your own piece of pie (if only it worked that way!) and see if you can win either of Elana’s books, but let me tell you a little more before you go. Now if you follow Elana’s recipe, you know that when “flour” is involved it’s either almond flour or coconut flour. So, as an added bonus, when I announce the winners for this week’s daily giveaways, I’ll also be announcing the winner of one 5-lb bag of Honeyville Almond Flour! I purchased an extra bag with my last order just so I could share it with a lucky Home for the Holidays … Gluten-Free Style participant! It will arrive at my house in the next few days and I’ll promptly transfer it to another box and ship it to the winner. How will I choose a winner? I will be pulling one name “out of the hat” from all the entries so far during our event, from all the blog entries. That’s the same way that I’ll choose the final giveaway winners of the Caveman Cookies gift package ($89 value), largest online gluten-free store Free From Gluten $150 shopping spree, and the Vitamix 5200 Super Healthy Lifestyle package ($550 value). (Please be sure to respond promptly to any email notifications if you’re a winner … like the giveaways themselves, the prizes expire quickly and new winners will be chosen if needed.)

Tomorrow, we’ll have Ricki from Diet, Dessert and Dogs sharing her “home” and “holidays” post. Wonder if “the girls” will be involved? Yea, or nay, I know without a doubt that we can count on something very special from Ricki!

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20 Responses to “Home for the Holidays: Kelly of The Spunky Coconut with “Peanut Butter” Pie with Double Chocolate Crust & Elana’s Cookbooks Giveaway”

  1. cheryl on December 10th, 2011 10:18 pm

    you had me at that picture of PB pie!

    • Shirley on December 11th, 2011 12:24 pm

      Cheryl–That picture is absolutely stunning, isn’t it? Wow!


  2. Cara on December 11th, 2011 8:30 am

    Wow! That PB pie looks amazing!

    • Shirley on December 11th, 2011 12:25 pm

      Hi Cara–Agreed! Kelly knocked it out of Santa’s sleigh on that one, or should I say all the way to the North Pole? Hehe, but awesome, huh? ;-)


  3. Kristi ~ Artsea on December 11th, 2011 8:51 am

    Wow! I’m new to this whole gluten/sugar/dairy free cooking! I’m learning it for my own benefit, plus for the benefit of my many friends that are gluten free! I’ll hop in my kitchen today and start experimenting! I’ve only tried a few recipes from other people, although I don’t own any cookbooks about it :/ looks like I need to get busy…

    • Shirley on December 11th, 2011 12:26 pm

      Hi Kristi–Welcome to gfe and gf/rsf/df cooking! :-) Take a look at my recipe index and focus on flourless and crustless recipes first. It makes it so much easier when it comes to treats initially. Hope our series gives you the “step up” you need on getting started! ;-)


  4. Christine on December 11th, 2011 12:27 pm

    That looks great!

    • Shirley on December 11th, 2011 12:33 pm

      Hi Christine!–I know … Kelly has us all oogling her pie! :-)


  5. Christine on December 11th, 2011 2:40 pm

    That looks amazing!! Will have to try recipe!

  6. Robbie Wood on December 11th, 2011 2:53 pm

    Wow, that is so beautiful to look at. Cannot wait to try this for my family and friends and of course, myself! I have been wanting to make something sweet that will not feed candida. Such a relief to know there is still something I can eat for dessert. Thank you ;)

    • Shirley on December 11th, 2011 3:47 pm

      Hi Robbie–Welcome to gfe and our holiday event! :-) I’m sure you’ll enjoy this glorious recipe from Kelly. She has so many recipes that will work for your eating plan I’m sure. Another great anti-candida blog is Diet, Dessert and Dogs with Ricki Heller. :-)


  7. Cindy on December 11th, 2011 5:42 pm

    Where do you enter for the almond flour giveaway?

    My granddaughter just told me about it, as I’m fairly new to gluten free eating. Is there a good place to order it online?

    Thanks for your help!

    • Shirley on December 11th, 2011 6:02 pm

      Hi Cindy–Any entry (comment left) for the entire event on any of the blogs is an entry for the almond flour or any of final or special prizes along the way. So follow along and leave comments every day and you’ll be entered into all. :-) You’ve left a comment here, so you have entered.

      You can order from Honeyville’s site directly (if you sign up for emails, you’ll hear about discounts from them) or Amazon here.

      Best of luck with gluten-free eating! Hope our holiday event helps you out quite a bit. Please send me an email if you have specific questions.

      • Cindy on December 11th, 2011 6:50 pm

        Perfect, thanks! I just signed up with them, and added the Amazon link to my wish list. One quick question, my grand-daughter wanted to know if the different consistency still allows the almond flour to be used equally to flour, as in measurements.

        • Shirley on December 11th, 2011 8:20 pm

          Cindy–Adding almond flour to your Amazon wish list is a terrific idea! :-) Unfortunately, almond flour cannot be used cup for cup in the majority of recipes. It’s the exception when it can be used that way. It has a different consistency as your granddaughter said, plus it has a higher protein/fat content, which affects recipes. I’d start out using others’ recipes that call for almond flour. Over time, you will learn how to use it in creating recipes or converting them to gluten free. There are a number of blogs now that feature almond flour in their recipes. I use it many of my recipes, but usually in conjunction with some all-purpose flour as well, to balance out those differences. ;-)


  8. Susan Halloran on December 11th, 2011 9:40 pm

    Shirley, as always, everything looks delicious. I come back to your recipe index again and again. Just tonight, I made your turkey tetrazzini….rave reviews from the family, and empty plates! Thank you.

    • Shirley on December 18th, 2011 12:20 am

      Hi Susan–It’s so nice to see you here on gfe, and to get such fabulous feedback on my recipes from you and your family! :-) I’m so happy you all loved the Turkey Tetrazzini, too. I’m looking forward to making that again soon. ;-)

      Thanks so much, Susan! Happy Holidays!

  9. Lisha on December 13th, 2011 3:06 pm

    Recently discovered I have gluten, dairy, and yeast intolerances…sooooo I was feeling lost until I found this great site for recipes and advice! Now I feel less daunted and looking forward to trying out some of the great holiday recipes posted! Thank you for giving me hope I will enjoy food again :-D

    • Shirley on December 18th, 2011 12:28 am

      Hi Lisha–Welcome to gfe! :-) I’m so happy that you are finding my site and our Home for the Holidays event so helpful! You will definitely enjoy food again, dear. No reason for you even to stop enjoying it … it’s just a “shift” that takes time to adjust to. ;-) The key is to figure out all the foods and the meals that you are already enjoying that are naturally gluten free/dairy free/yeast free. That’s the first step. Then you consider recipes and meals that can easily be made gluten free/dairy free/yeast free. Once you start looking at your food and meals that way, the light bulb goes on. Please be sure to look at my “tip sheets” under my Getting Started with GFE tab under my header. Here’s the link. Also check out Top 10 Reasons to Live GFE. Email me if you need more help!

      Happy Holiday!

      • Lisha on December 20th, 2011 1:15 pm

        Thank you so much Shirley! I appreciate all your advice and help :-) Have a wonderful holiday!!

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