Copy of Blog Feature April 2022 - 2

Elana’s Pantry -An Indispensible Resource for Grain Free and Paleo Recipes

By Jessica Yoches, CNTP, MNTAt

At The Healing Center Denver, we focus care on the principles of functional medicine and see patients with autoimmune conditions like Hashimoto’s, as well as leaky gut, food allergies, adrenal fatigue and much more.

Each patient ultimately follows a diet specific to their own needs, but most are anti-inflammatory in nature, eliminating gluten, dairy, grains, or other potential allergenic foods. Recipes are crucial during the healing process and after; finding new, easy, and exciting recipes helps facilitate sticking to a healthy and delicious diet and lifestyle. Luckily, we have access to Elana’s Pantry, an online resource of recipes organized by diet type.These diet types include:

  • Candida Diet
  • Gluten-free
  • Egg-free
  • Dairy-free
  • Ketogenic
  • Grain-free
  • Low-carb
  • Nut-free
  • Paleo
  • Specific Carb
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Whole30
  • Multiple Sclerosis

Elana Amsterdam is based out of Boulder, CO and has written numerous paleo and gluten-free cookbooks. Her website is: One yummy recipe she features is gluten-free, dairy-free, and egg-free, chocolate chip cookies:

Primal Chocolate Chip Cookies



  1. Combine almond flour, salt, and baking soda in a food processor
  2. Pulse in shortening, honey, and vanilla until dough forms
  3. Remove blade from processor and stir in chocolate chunks by hand
  4. Scoop dough one level tablespoon at a time onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  5. Press balls of dough down gently
  6. Bake at 350° for 6-8 minutes
  7. Cool for 15 minutes (do not handle prior or cookies will break)
  8. Serve (about 18 cookies)