Recipes, Special Diets on January 24, 2012 by

The Complete Allergy-Free Comfort Foods Cookbook {Giveaway}

We first met Elizabeth Gordon in the early stages of her first book, Allergy-Free Desserts and were immediately impressed with the quality of her recipes that taste amazing and are free from gluten, dairy, soy, nuts and eggs. Her second book, The Complete Allergy-Free Comfort Foods Cookbook launches today and we couldn’t be more pleased for her. Gordon has a background in culinary arts and lives with several food allergies, including wheat and eggs. Tired of the age-old question, “Well then, what DO you eat?”  She embarked upon a mission to create delicious desserts and classic comfort foods that are easy-to-make and can be enjoyed by all.

The Complete Allergy-Free Comfort Foods Cookbook is simply brimming with your childhood favorites including Pigs in a Blanket, Sloppy Joe, Chicken Potpie, Tamale Pie, Crusty White Bread, Onion Rings, Vanilla Pudding and Cherry Pie, to name a few. Each recipe is accompanied by beautiful photography (a huge bonus, in my book) and a personal story about the recipe. I love that this book starts right off with a glossary of allergy-free ingredients. Not just what they are, but why you would need them.

Don’t believe us about how awesome these recipes are? Try one for yourself- here is the recipe for classic Snickerdoodles.

Elizabeth says, My grandmother on my dad’s side rarely baked, but when she did, she made snickerdoodles. I love them. I know that many people prefer chocolate to cinnamon, but I’ll take something sweet and cinnamony over something chocolaty any day of the week. These cookies are just right in their texture and level of cinnamon sweetness. These are sure to be an after-school or lunchbox favorite.


Makes 30 Cookies

  • 1⁄3 cup granulated Sugar
  • 3⁄4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2-1⁄4 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Xanthan Gum
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup organic Palm Fruit Oil Shortening
  • 3⁄4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 3⁄4 cup granulated Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp ground Flaxseed Meal
  • 2 Tbsp Water
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.

2. In a small bowl mix together the 1/3 cup sugar and cinnamon; set aside.

3. In a large bowl, whisk together the all-purpose baking flour, baking soda, baking power, xanthan gum, and salt.

4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the organic palm fruit oil shortening and the sugars until light and fluffy.

5. While the shortening and sugars are creaming, mix together the flaxseed meal and the water in a small bowl. Stop the mixer and scrape down the bowl. Add the flaxseed meal mixture and vanilla extract. Beat the batter again. Scrape down the sides again and then slowly stir in the dry ingredients.

6. Using a 1-1/2 – inch ice-cream scoop, scoop the dough and then roll it between your hands to form a ball. Roll each dough ball in the sugar and cinnamon mixture until thoroughly coated.

7. Place the coated balls 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for 12 minutes.

8. Remove the trays from the oven and let the cookies cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheets and then remove them to cooling racks to cool completely.

9. These cookies may be stored in airtight containers, at room temperature, for up to 3 days, or they may be frozen in airtight containers for up to 3 months.


We’re giving away two copies of this fabulous book, but that’s not all. In addition to the book, we’re throwing in a package of our Gluten Free All Purpose Flour and Gluten Free Flaxseed Meal to help you get started on these tasty recipes. Follow the directions below to get yourself entered. We’ll select winners from all who enter by 11:59 pm  on 01/31/12.

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Shari Nettles says:

These look fantastic!

Krys says:

My cousin is allergic to gluten, soy, and dairy. I’ve been trying to give her some cooking lessons but it’s a whole new way of cooking for me…this book would definitely help!

Candie says:

Love Bob’s Rd Mill products! And I just put this cookbook on my wishlist last week! The products have made living with all of my food allergies so much more doable!! Thank you!!!

Michelle W says:

Oh I would LOVE to win! I am Dairy and Gluten Free and need to GAIN and maintain weight, so I will use that book and the Bob’s Red Mill products like crazy! 🙂

This sounds great! My boyfriend is allergic to nuts, soy, seafood and many other things, do cooking for him is really difficult.

Amy says:

making changes are hard but all these things help make things easier!

frawggie says:

I used to have a reason to make special foods for my family once in a while. An aunt with a mild gluten allergy was reason enough to try new things.

Now I have friends worldwide with special allergies.

Mine is simple but not. I’m allergic to mushrooms..

Melissa says:

Are all the recipes gluten free or do they vary in what allergen they are free of? The cookie recipe uses all purpose flour, so i was just curious.

Hi Melissa, all of the recipes are gluten free in this cookbook. The all purpose flour called for in the cookie recipe is our gluten free blend. I’ll make sure that’s clear. Thank you!

Kandi says:

I found out in May that I was gluten intolerant. We also found out that my daughter (5) is to. The first disappointment was when we went to Red Robin for my husband’s birthday and she could not have a corn dog. Since then I have been on a mission to find her favorite foods and convert them into a delicious gluten free meal.

Marla Zickefoose says:

I would love to try the recipes to have healthy alternatives for my family! Thanks for the opportunity!

I definitely want to try these! I have a few friends who are gluten free and I’m trying to make more gluten free things so they can sample 😀

maey says:

I’m ready to change my diet in a big way. This look like a great place to start!

Megan M. says:

I would love to win this. I am gluten free and my son is dairy free. Trying to make meals and desserts for the two of us can be challenging at times. This cookbook would definitely make it easier!

Sarah says:

I’m cutting out dairy to see if it helps alleviate some of my baby’s symptoms – I’d love some new recipes!

Carrie says:

Recently discovered that I have issues with wheat. I feel amazing off it and my plumbing works right! But, it’s a huge kick in the pants when it comes to eating–major lifestyle change. I’ve adjusted quite well, but sometimes, you just want something “normal” and to get out of the rut of eating the same things over and over. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win!

Heidi Howard says:

Love Bob’s Red Mill & trying to learn the GF way, I need to get my hands on this book! Thanks for the timely recommendation!

Gail G says:

So grateful to Bob’s Red Mill for offering so many gluten free products! Having just gone gluten free in the past 6 months has made such a difference in how I feel every day! Would love to win a cookbook full of comfort!

Rachel says:

My daughter is gluten free and so I am now gluten free. I am always looking for great recipes that even the non GF people will love.

Food allergies & sensitivities seem more common – I get lots of questions about substitutions when I give cooking demos.

Marisa Leigh says:

By boyfriend has a number of food allergies – so this would be a fabulous resource for me as I constantly have to figure out what I can fix him that he is not allergic to.

kat says:

This book looks fantastic!

Jennifer says:

Very excited about this cookbook, since I have one little girl with issues to gluten and one with issues to dairy.

Alexis says:

Love the gluten free all purpose flour and the gluten free pizza crust. Makes it easier for my son to have Celiac and eat like a normal kid!

Christina says:

It’d be wonderful to have tried-and-true recipes instead of trying to modify non-GF ones. I’m celiac, and after going GF, I discovered I am allergic to almonds and dairy.

heather says:

being gluten and dairy free makes it hard to find good recipes for different kinds of food. I would love to get my hands on a good cookbook and products!

Michelle M. says:

I am a huge cook and am gluten and dairy free. Any guidance is a great help!

Ann says:

I love how much better I feel eating foods that my body likes! Thanks for providing resources!

Angie Sist says:

thankfully, it’s not really an “allergy” … but I just feel better with products such as:

Bob’s Red Mill BULGUR
Bob’s Red Mill OAT FLOUR

I just believe that it’s better to eat products that are closer to how nature intended them to be … instead of products that are so processed

Vickilynn Haycraft says:


I am trying to transition several family members to gluten-free, allergen-free thanks for these great resources!

Jacqueline says:

After battling gastrointestinal cancer for 8 years (since the young age of 46), my father is now on a gluten and dairy-free diet, as per the expert advice of a fantastic holistic nutritionist. He also must limit his sugar and salt content. While only on this revised diet for a little over a month, my father’s overall well-being and attitude have improved tremendously! He digests more easily, does not suffer from migraines anymore, and feels less “bloated” than he had eating ‘everyday’ foods. In addition, there are no signs of cancer regrowth on his recent catscan, which hasn’t happened in many years! I would love to win this package for him, in an effort to celebrate his improvements and to also encourage him to keep on working toward better health each day.
Thank you!

colette says:

this would be so wonderful, love the recipe. kicking off my gluten-free, vegan, paleo food business this year, delivering fresh local organic meals!! yay.

April F says:

Since May 2011, I have been eating gluten free. I took this step for myself after unrelenting acid reflux. My doctor wanted me on loads of acid blockers and I decided to get to the root of the problem instead. I went on an elimination diet, and it helped me. Just recently, I’ve decided I also need to be dairy free. Dairy allergies run in my family, and I’m already feeling a lot better without it in my diet. This book would be awesome for me!

Maggie says:

I find I feel better when I eat no dairy or gluten. It’s not a critical allergy, but I love cooking this way. It’s good for my weight and diabetes also.

Taylor says:

I am a Registered Dietitian and I think this book would be a wonderful resource to my clients!

Nita says:

I can’t tolerate gluten, eggs, or dairy. At first I had a really hard time with my diagnosis, but now I love how much more I cook and bake at home. I would love to have more comfort food recipes in my arsenal!

Danielle L says:

Would love to add this cookbook to my Gluten Free & Sugar Free household. We are always looking for new things to try. With family that are also allergic to Soy, Eggs, & Milk, this would make a nice guide for making things everyone can eat!

Cori says:

We just have dairy issues in our home so we are always looking for dairy free options. And my husbands family is gluten, peanut, and soy free because of allergies. Lots of special cooking there!

Amber K says:

Food allergies stink! And even food intolerances. Totally frustrating. Especially because one of mine is xanthan gum. Which is seemingly everywhere in gluten-free baking. Ugh.

Linda Otoole says:

Sounds wonderful! My daughters require gluten-free, so I would enjoy new recipes to cook for them!

Cherie Deck says:

Thank you, I can’t wait to make these for my kids :0)

Danielle W says:

My daughter has asthma and it seems that some foods make her have an attack, we find it with pizza, sandwich meat and bacon, sausage, i think its the nitrates but not sure about the pizza.

Meghan says:

I’m gluten and lactose intolerant, and I eat mostly vegan. This book would be great to help me eat more than just rice and vegetables all the time!

Lorrie (pinklady705) says:

I have a family member that has food allergies that seem to trigger migraines.

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Sandra Smith says:

I am so grateful for cookbooks and products like these – my son has multiple food allergies – including wheat and gluten in addition to many others. These recipes and ingredients are life savers, literally! Thank you!

Stefanie says:

Would love to win…my son is gluten free and the family eats mostly gluten free and I’m always looking for new recipes! Thank you!

Shirley says:

I have family members and friends who have multi dietary problems so always trying to find something that will work for everyone and still taste good as well.

Sharon says:

I am allergic/intolerant to wheat, dairy, eggs, peanuts. It is so hard to find cookbooks that don’t have my three main problem foods…wheat, dairy, eggs. I would love to win this book!

julie says:

I was diagnosed with celiacs,it’s been a real learning experience since then. This cookbook would be a tremendous help

Rajnish says:

My 4 year old has severe food allergies to over 20 common foods. these books help

nicole says:

It has been a hard change to gluten, dairy ,soy, yeast & sugar free diet howeveri am very greatful for bob’s redmill mixes. These have made it so much easier for me

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