About Danielle Walker

Danielle Walker is the author and photographer of the New York Times Best Selling cookbook Against all Grain. After being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease when she was 22 years old, Danielle realized that she needed to make dietary changes to end her suffering.  She removed grains, lactose, and legumes from her diet, and started her blog to help others suffering from similar ailments continue to enjoy food. With her acquired culinary skills, love for food, and an equal love for journalism, she has become a source of hope for others suffering from all types of diseases or allergies.

A self-trained chef, Danielle is the new face of grain-free and gluten-free cooking, tempting foodies of all stripes with her innovative, accessible recipes for delicious, vibrant Paleo food. Paying homage to the dishes she loved from her pre-Paleo life, she has ingeniously recreated all of her favorites without grains, gluten or dairy.

Omitting grains, gluten, dairy, and refined sugar doesn't correlate with omitting taste in these recipes. Easy-to-follow instructions are complemented by mouthwatering photos that seem to burst off the page with flavor. Danielle's recipes are sure to leave you feeling satisfied and exhilarated, rather than deprived.

From the Author

I'm Danielle – a mom, wife, and grain-free cook from the San Francisco Bay Area. I find joy in my free time by creating delicious comfort foods on a restricted diet and sharing them with you! My recipes are entirely grain-free, and consequently gluten-free, free of refined sugars, and low to minimal dairy. This site is great for those that follow the Paleo, Primal, SCD, GAPS, and Gluten-Free lifestyles. I have a passion for food and its flavors and textures, and refuse to feel deprived despite being limited in what I eat.

I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, an autoimmune disease, when I was 22 years old. After a few years of suffering, multiple hospitalizations, and doctors telling me that what I ate wasn't a factor in my disease, I decided to take matters into my own hands and drastically change my diet. After 5 years of eating this way and experiencing triumphs and setbacks with my health, a lot of research, and simply listening to my own body, I have concluded that every one is different and our bodies all react differently to various foods. If there is one thing I can recommend, it is to watch your symptoms closely and do what is right for you.


I hope this blog and my recipes can inspire you to get healthy and to know that in doing so, you do not have to live in a world of bland food!



Have a Question? Check out my FAQ page where I will likely answer it! If you don't see your question, leave a comment on this page or send an email to the address below


I've found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty.
Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am. -Phil 4:12-14 MSG


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  • Micha

    Hi Danielle,
    I know most people love bananas and they are useful when making ice creams and smoothies, however, I have a high intolerance to raw banana (major abdominal pains and nausea all day) and have never like the flavor. Cooked banana seems to be fine in small to medium amounts. As someone who is gluten free and has been gravitating toward the Paleo diet, it is hard to avoid recipes with banana. I love smoothies and ice cream, is there a good alternative to using bananas? Thanks so much and I appreciate all that you do!

    • Alyssa Gapske

      I have the same issue. Also with avocados!

      • JaRelle Mason Bailey

        Me too! On both accounts! I get major abdominal pains and nausea if I eat bananas or avocados. I’ve never known someone who shares these issues!

        I also have pretty bad eczema on one hand. I have been experimenting with cutting dairy out of my diet and it has decreased tremendously. Just wondering if you have these symptoms too or if anyone else knows a correlation between dairy and eczema. Finding a reason behind these effects would be so relieving for me!

        • TCB

          Banana and avocado are some of the foods that can be associated with latex sensitivity – any chance the hand with eczema is in contact with latex? Just a thought.

        • Suz

          My one year old granddaughter has had lots and lots of digestive problems since birth. Was in the children’s hospital several times. Now they say she has dairy allergies and she has eczema. Never thought about a connection until I read this. Thanks for sharing. I’m going to share with my kids.

        • My raw milk supplier told me that her husband had eczema and that is why they purchased their first cow. He can enjoy all the fresh, raw milk he desires and no longer has issues with eczema. So try raw milk. Pasteurized milk causes sinus allergies for my son, but the raw doesn’t.

        • Stephanie

          Avocados and bananas have the same amino acids. You probably have a sensitivity to that specific amino acid. I get hives from both of them when eaten raw and on an empty stomach. When mixed with something else acidic or basic the amino acid is changed and I am fine. I don’t have a solution for you but hopefully this explains it! Often people with latex allergies are allergic to bananas and avocados but they aren’t linked (from my limited research. ..I’m not allergic to latex). It is so hard to find recipes that don’t have bananas or avocados!

        • Kp

          Could be you’re intolerant to high histamine foods as well, as they both are high in histamine.

      • Heather Carston

        Avocados and wholegrain breads give me the same reaction. Nice to finally find I am not alone!

      • Connie

        Try looking up infoon the FODMAP diet. I have issues too and eliminating avocados, bananas and other foods on this diet have helped.

      • Karima Zannotti

        Just found these as alternatives: Canned pumkin (organic if you can find it), frozen yogurt cubes (if you can have dairy…yogurt is very low in lactose), or mango. Other suggestions were frozen spinach, cucumber, link to article below.


  • eileen

    I found you through the recent edition of First magazine for women. I am going to start today. My question is what to you recommend for substitutes for nuts and seeds. I have a severe tree nut and seed allergy, along with avocado and kiwi which go hand and hand with latex allergy.

    • Substitutes really depend on the recipe. Do you have one in mind?

  • Jac

    I made your breakfast cookies from your cookbook I just bought last week and was surprised when they didn’t bake but stayed flat and soggy mushy. I used a 8×8 pyrex dish and was going to make the bars. Any thoughts ?