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What is it? Wednesday: Pea Protein Powder {Giveaway}

by Lindsey Duncan in Contests, Gluten Free, What is it? Wednesday

What is Pea Protein Powder? Pea Protein Powder is extracted from raw yellow peas using a cool water process, without the use of chemical solvents. Protein powder is a convenient way to incorporate amino acids, the building blocks of many structures in our bodies, into our diets. It’s especially great for a post-workout refuel on the go.

Looking at the ingredient statement, you see “Pea Protein Isolate” – and you’re wondering, “What does that mean?” Protein powders are available as either concentrates or isolates. When protein has been separated from the rest of the pea initially, it’s called a protein concentrate (think, “the protein is in a concentrated form.”) Protein concentrates can then go through further extraction to create an isolate, which means the protein is even more concentrated than in concentrate (think, “the protein has been isolated from the rest of the pea.”)

Bob's Red Mill // Pea Protein Powder // gluten free // vegan // smoothies // shakes

Why use Pea Protein Powder? Peas offer a plant-based source of protein, making their protein powder completely vegan. It’s gluten free too! The flavor is very mild and therefore versatile for endless flavor profiles. Having the protein in powder form makes it easy, convenient, and quick to fuel for the day or recharge after a muscle-blasting workout. It is also easy to add to muffins, breads, and pancakes for a boost of protein with your breakfast.

Why else: If you are baking gluten free, you might consider adding Pea Protein Powder to your baked goods to extend their shelf life and improve the crumb of breads (read about the study here).

Where can I get Bob’s Red Mill Pea Protein Powder? Right now you can buy Pea Protein Powder through our website and, if you’re in Oregon, at the Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Store in Milwaukie. You’ll start to see it on grocery store shelves soon, right next to our Whey, Hemp, and Soy Protein Powders.

How can I use Pea Protein Powder? Check out some recipes we’ve created using Pea Protein Powder, or make your own.

We use Pea Protein Powder in some of our recipes for other products too. Did you know our vegan and gluten free Nutritional Boosters are based with Pea Protein Powder? It’s true! And we’ve also added it to the (new!) recipe for our Gluten Free Homemade Wonderful Bread.

When should I use Pea Protein Powder? With so many uses, Pea Protein Powder is great for breakfast, snack, lunch or dinner! Go get some! Or win some through the giveaway below!

That’s right, we are giving away 5 bags of Pea Protein Powder! Use the app below to enter the giveaway and we will select 5 winners at random to receive a product! Enter the contest by 11:59 pm Pacific Time on 04/04/16. Contest is open to US and Canada residents only.

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Get your protein, fiber and probiotics on the go with Bob’s Red Mill Nutritional Boosters!  // vegan, gluten free, no sugar

Nutritional Boosters to Make Your Day {Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests

January is a time to get things done. We’ve been lounging and celebrating and indulging from Halloween to New Year’s Day and it’s time to switch gears. There are no shortage of experts lined up to tell us how to eat better, live better, be healthier and more active in 2016. I find that incredibly overwhelming. Who do I listen to? How do I know what is “right”? Unfortunately, I don’t have an answer for you, but I am happy to share a whole line of products that Bob’s Red Mill is offering that can fit any type of diet- even the “do nothing” approach.

Bob's Red Mill Pea Protein Powder is made from raw yellow peas. The protein is isolated from the peas using a low-heat, water based process. Unlike many other pea protein powders, there are no chemical solvents used to make Bob’s Red Mill Pea Protein Powder. Add pea protein powder to smoothies for a plant-based protein boost.

We have long offered plain, no frills protein powders. They’re perfect for people who really want something simple. Each of these protein powders are made from wholesome sources and are simple, single ingredient protein options- whey, soy, hemp and {new!} pea protein powder.

Get your protein, fiber and probiotics on the go with Bob’s Red Mill Nutritional Boosters! // vegan, gluten free, no sugar
In addition to these base protein options, we have a slew of single-ingredient items that pair well with protein powders- from flax, chia and hemp seeds to our newest addition, psyllium fiber powder. Use these ingredients to increase fiber in your shakes and smoothies. Flax, chia and psyllium are all wonderful choices for vegan and gluten free baking, as well.

Get your protein, fiber and probiotics on the go with Bob’s Red Mill Nutritional Boosters! // vegan, gluten free, no sugar

If you’re really just not sure and want something easy and, more importantly, delicious, our new Nutritional Boosters are just the ticket. Available in three flavored varieties- chocolate, vanilla and chai (not chia), these products are essentially shake mixes. I prefer them mixed with milk, but you can drink them with water. They use pea protein as a base with inulin (chicory root fiber), chia seeds and probiotics, and are sweetened with monk fruit. The natural flavors used are sweet enough to drink with water, but not so sweet that they can’t be combined with fruit. The kicker? They’re vegan and gluten free! Each blend provides about 20g of protein and between 10-12g of fiber. Full nutritional facts and ingredient lists can be found here.

Get your protein, fiber and probiotics on the go with Bob’s Red Mill Nutritional Boosters! // vegan, gluten free, no sugar

If something flavored isn’t up your alley and you only want to buy one product, our Protein + Fiber Nutritional Booster is just the thing for you. Made with a blend of pea protein, inulin (chicory root fiber), probiotics, chia seed and psyllium, this blend has no flavors, no sweetener and is ready to be combined with your favorite smoothie mix-ins.

We love all of our new products and we’re so excited to share them with you. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about these products that we’re hearing from you.

Are these products vegan? Yes, all of the products listed above are considered vegan.

Are these products gluten free? Yes, the four new nutritional boosters, as well as psyllium powder, soy protein powder and pea protein powder are all gluten free.

Where can I get these? The four nutritional boosters, pea protein powder and psyllium powder are very new to our line. That means you probably won’t see them at stores yet. Putting in a product request with your store is the best way to get these items stocked. Until they appear at stores, which should be anytime now, our website is the only place to get them.

{Giveaway}

We think our new products are very exciting and want to give you a chance to try them for yourself. I have five sets of protein boosters to give away to lucky winners. Each set will contain one package each- Vanilla Protein Powder, Chocolate Protein Powder, Chai Protein Powder and Protein + Fiber Nutritional Booster and a Bob’s Red Mill blender bottle (retail value of $125). I will select five winners at random from all who enter using the app below by 11:59 pm on 01/18/16. Contest is open to US and Canada residents only.

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Light and fluffy whole grain Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting perfect for Thanksgiving! // Bob's Red Mill

Bake Your Love + Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Recipes

At Bob’s Red Mill, baking is near and dear to our hearts. In fact, you could say baking with love is how we got into this crazy whole grain business in the first place. After all, Bob’s Red Mill was born out of our founder Charlee’s passion for baking with whole grains for her family. Nothing says “I love you” quite like a plate of perfect chocolate chip cookies or a freshly baked loaf of gluten free bread. When you bake for someone you care about, love is infused in the process.

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To celebrate love and baking, we’re having a contest! Show us how you bake with love on Instagram and you could win a Kitchenaid® Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer (cherry red, of course) + $500 cash! Tag up to FIVE Instagram photos with #BRMBakeYourLove and confirm your entry here: http://bit.ly/bakeyourlove. Contest ends 12/12/15. For full rules, prizes and and entry requirements, please visit this site: http://bit.ly/bakeyourlove

Speaking of love, we LOVE these pumpkin bars! They’re like pumpkin cake with a cream cheese frosting, so light and fluffy and easy to make. Enjoy! 

Light and fluffy whole grain Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting perfect for Thanksgiving! // Bob's Red Mill

Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients        

Pumpkin Bars

  • 2-1/4 cups Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground Ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground Clove
  • 1/4 tsp ground Nutmeg
  • 1 cup Butter soft
  • 1/2 cup Cane Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2  Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 cup Cream Cheese soft
  • 1/2 cup Butter soft
  • 2 cup Powdered Sugar

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Oil a 9×13-inch pan and line the bottom with parchment paper; set aside. In a medium bowl, mix together whole wheat pastry flour, baking powder, salt, and spices; set aside.

In a large bowl, mix together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and scrape down the bowl as needed. Add pumpkin puree and sour cream and mix well. Blend in dry ingredients until just incorporated.

Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly. Tap the pan lightly to work out any air bubbles. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 30 – 35 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting.

In a large bowl, mix softened cream cheese and butter until well combined. Add powdered sugar and mix until light and fluffy, about 3 – 5 minutes.

Remove bars from pan and remove parchment paper. Frost with cream cheese frosting then cut into 2×3-inch bars or into the desired size and shape.

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New Bob's Red Mill {Gluten Free} Oatmeal Cups! Three types of oats, chia, flax and salt. Available in four flavors- including classic!

Good, to Go: Meet Our NEW Oatmeal Cups! {Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Gluten Free

Have you heard? We now have oatmeal cups! These new cups are nutritious, delicious and oh-so-easy to prepare. Made with a blend of three (yep, THREE) types of whole grain oats, this is not the instant oatmeal you find in so many of the cups available. We’ve blended our gluten free quick oats with our gluten free Scottish oatmeal and gluten free old fashioned rolled oats to create an oatmeal cup that has a bit of bite and texture to it. Then, we’ve added flax and chia seeds to boost the nutrition and topped the whole thing off with a dash of salt.

These are beyond easy to prepare- just a quick minute in the microwave or simply add hot water and let sit for a few minutes. Either option yields a hot, nutritious breakfast in just three minutes. It’s a little embarrassing how quickly everyone at our office has adopted these as their go-to breakfast choice.

New Bob's Red Mill {Gluten Free} Oatmeal Cups! Three types of oats, chia, flax and salt. Available in four flavors- including classic!

We have options for everyone! Want something sweet and reminiscent of childhood? Try either our Maple Brown Sugar or Apple Cinnamon. Want something a bit more sophisticated, try the Blueberry Hazelnut with real dried blueberries and crunchy hazelnuts. Looking for something simple with no sweeteners? Hello, Classic– no sugar, no flavors, just plain oats, flax, chia and salt.

I know some of you are thinking, “Ugh. Why do you market them as gluten free? Oats don’t even have gluten.” Here’s the deal. Yes, oats are inherently gluten free, but most oats are cross contaminated with wheat during the growing process. For our celiac friends, we source high quality gluten free oats to ensure that they can enjoy these cups just like everyone else. You don’t need to be gluten free to enjoy these– there’s nothing missing or removed, we just made sure that there wasn’t anything extra (gluten) added to the mix. To learn more about oats and gluten, check out this post.

New Bob's Red Mill {Gluten Free} Oatmeal Cups! Three types of oats, chia, flax and salt. Available in four flavors- including classic!

Now for the really exciting part! We want to give away 10 20 sets of these cups to our readers. Each set will have one of each flavor cup included in the box. To enter, we’re going to make it so easy for you today, simply tell us which of these four flavors you’re most excited to try in the comments. We’ll pick 10 winners from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 10/30/15.

10/23/15: UPDATE: Because we’ve already received so many entries and it’s only day one, we’re going to give away 20 sets of these cups.

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Gluten Free Mix Giveaway / Bob's Red Mill

Gluten Free Baking Mix Giveaway Extravaganza!

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Gluten Free

If you’re a regular gluten free shopper, you may have noticed the new packaging on a few of our gluten free mixes. To coincide with the launch of our new Gluten Free Muffin Mix, we redesigned some of our older mixes to make them really stand out on the shelf. We also took a look at some of the recipes and fiddled a little to improve their performance and make them even tastier. The mixes that got makeovers are our Gluten Free Brownie Mix, Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix and Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix. All three are still easy (maybe even easier!) to use and taste amazing. We have a few more tweaks coming down the line to some of our other gluten free mixes and will be sure to celebrate when that time comes.

Gluten Free Mix Giveaway / Bob's Red Mill

Today, however, we’re celebrating these three beauties and our  new Gluten Free Muffin Mix with a giveaway. And we’re giving not one, not two, but TEN prize sets away to lucky winners. Each set will contain one package of our Gluten Free Muffin Mix, Gluten Free Brownie Mix, Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix and Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix. To enter, follow the prompts below (or, if you can’t see the app, just comment below and tell us why you want to win.) We’ll select 10 winners at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 10/9/15. Contest is open to US and Canadian residents, only.

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Beautiful millet with fresh vegetables, greens  and a light lemony dressing from Très Green, Très Clean, Très Chic by Rebecca Leffler // gluten free, vegan

Magnifique Millet with Spring Vegetables {Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Meatless Mondays, Recipes

Très Green, Très Clean, Très Chic by Rebecca Leffler, of Lafleur Paris NY, is a beautiful book filled with recipes for food and healthy, happy living. From natural beauty tips to yoga poses and happy playlists, Rebecca’s years in France bring a fresh and lively voice to clean eating. With fun recipes like Le “Chic” Cake and Pancrêpes and Happy Hazelnut Quinoa Bowl, it’s hard to take life too seriously. Each of the 150 recipes is plant-based and gluten, soy and refined sugar free. Organized by season, each section has beauty tips, playlists and yoga routines that match the theme of the season. We’ve all heard that the French know how to live healthy and well, Très Green, Très Clean, Très Chic will teach you their secrets.

Très Green, Très Clean, Très Chic by Rebecca Leffler // Gluten free and vegan recipes for living a clean, green life, the French way.
For more great recipes from Rebecca, keep up with her at Lafleur Paris NY, on InstagramTwitter and Facebook. The kind folks at The Experiment Publishing have offered us a copy of Très Green, Très Clean, Très Chic to give away to one lucky winner. We’ll pair this lovely book with a package of millet and quinoa to help you get started. To enter, simply follow the prompts below and we’ll select a winenr at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 8/3/15. Visit The Experiment Publishing to browse their other titles and snag a copy of this book.

Beautiful millet with fresh vegetables, greens  and a light lemony dressing from Très Green, Très Clean, Très Chic by Rebecca Leffler // gluten free, vegan

Magnifique Millet with Spring Vegetables

Millet is appropriately pronounced “mi-YAY!” in French. “YAY!” will likely be your reaction after eating this colorful and flavorful dish that is, in sum, spring on a plate. Millet may be the title food here, but it actually serves as supporting actor to special guest stars: fresh, seasonal produce (adaptable year-round using anything you find at the market). Say it with me now (in your best French accent, please): YAY for millet!

Makes 2 salads

  • ½ cup (50 g) dry Millet
  • 6 small Red Radishes
  • 8 Asparagus Spears (white or green)
  • 2 Carrots
  • 2 fresh Spring (green) Garlic Cloves
  • 1 tablespoon Coconut Oil
  • ½ cup (50 g) chopped fresh Green Onions
  • 2 handfuls of fresh Spinach
  • ½ cup (50 g) Shelled Peas
  • 1 handful of Arugula and/or Mustard Greens
  • 1 handful of fresh Herbs of choice
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons Nutritional Yeast (optional)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

1. For best nutrition, add the millet and a pinch of salt to a bowl of water, cover, and soak overnight or during the day. Rinse and drain before cooking. If you don’t remember to soak . . . OMG YOU MIGHT DIE! Just kidding, pas de problème, just rinse the millet and follow the rest of the directions.

2. Add the millet to a small pot over medium heat and lightly toast for 1 to 2 minutes. Then add 1 cup (250 ml) water if you soaked the millet, or 1½ cups (375 ml) water if not. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for around 15 minutes if presoaked, or 20 minutes if not, until the millet has absorbed the water (but isn’t too mushy!). Let it sit in the covered pot off of the stove for around 5 more minutes until it’s fluffable (a word I invented to describe what happens when one places a fork into perfectly cooked millet).

3. Rinse and cut off the tops of the radishes. Halve or chop into pieces depending on their size.

4. Snap the asparagus spears at their natural breaking point, then cut the tender parts into small pieces. Peel or wash the carrots, then grate. If you’re using fresh garlic, chop into small pieces or slice thinly. If you’re using regular garlic, peel and grate.

5. In a small pot over medium heat, heat the coconut oil and add the green onions. Sauté for around 1 to 2 minutes, until the onions become translucent. Add the radishes, asparagus, carrots, spinach, and peas (and any other seasonal spring veggies you wish), and sauté for just around 1 minute, so they are tender but still quite crisp. Turn off the heat.

6. Add the millet and mix together so the millet becomes warmed, but not hot or mushy. Top with the arugula and fresh herbs and, just before serving, add the lemon juice, olive oil, vinegar, and nutritional yeast. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Recipe from Très Green, Très Clean, Très Chic: Eat (and Live!) the New French Way with Plant-Based, Gluten-Free Recipes for Every Season, copyright © Rebecca Leffler, 2015. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment. Available wherever books are sold. theexperimentpublishing.com 

 

Beautiful millet with fresh vegetables , greens  and a light lemony dressing from Très Green, Très Clean, Très Chic by Rebecca Leffler // gluten free, vegan
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Simply Ancient Grains by Maria Speck

Burgundy Bulgur with Blueberries {Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Recipes, Whole Grains 101

Simply Ancient Grains, the newest book from renowned whole grain lover, Maria Speck is equally as beautiful as her last book- Ancient Grains for Modern Meals. As a fan of Ancient Grains for Modern Meals, I’m thrilled to say Simply Ancient Grains does not disappoint. Filled with stunning recipes like this burgundy bulgur, Maria explores the many different flavors of whole grains and provides inspiring ways to enjoy them without slaving away in the kitchen.

Simply Ancient Grains by Maria Speck

After a glossary of ancient grains and the many different ways to cook them, Simply Ancient Grains kicks off in a big way with a “Pick Your Grains” section. Here, you can pick a grain you know and love (or simply have on hand) and find the variety of recipes featuring that grain. The goal is to cook a big batch of the grain and use the recipes in the book to simplify your week. This is a woman who has heard “I don’t have time to cook whole grains” a few times in her career, I’ll bet. It becomes a very hard argument to put forth when the grains are already cooked. From breakfast fritatta muffins to a lovely grain salad for lunch and a beautiful entree for dinner, this book has a full day of ancient grains planned out to make your life a little easier. Of course, you don’t have to use the book that way, but we love the idea of it!

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Let me assure you, the recipes deliver. After looking at this book on my desk for a few weeks, I decided I absolutely had to make the cover dish for the Fourth of July holiday. Not only was it simple to make with easy-to-find ingredients, it was a huge hit with my guests. My husband even ate the leftovers without prodding. That, my friends, is a mark of success if ever I saw one.

Maria and the kind folks at Ten Speed have generously provided three copies of Simply Ancient Grains for us to giveaway. With each copy, we’ll provide some ancient grains—sorghum, farro, quinoa and millet—to get you started. To enter, simply follow the prompts below and we’ll select three winners at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 7/15/15. If you want to snag a copy of the book for yourself, you can grab one at any online book retailer or Amazon.com.

Burgundy Bulgur with Blueberries and Orange Blossom Water from Maria Speck's Simply Ancient Grains // Bob's Red Mill  // whole grain, simple, breakfast

Burgundy Bulgur with Blueberries and Orange Blossom Water

Serves 4

Of all of the grains in my pantry, intensely nutty bulgur is my go-to choice during the week. The fiber-rich grain is pleasing in a humble way yet speedy and unfussy. One morning, I tossed in all the color I could find in my kitchen to paint my bulgur a deep reddish-blue hue. This recipe gives you two splashy breakfast variations: Unsweetened cranberry juice creates an intense burst of tanginess and a stunning dark fuchsia in your bowl in which the blueberries stand out like jewels. Pomegranate juice lets you start your day on a naturally sweeter note, with a deep burgundy hue—one is as delightful as the other. As an added benefit, this breakfast is an antioxidant powerhouse. If you have orange blossom water in your cupboard, here its fleeting floral and bittersweet scent is a boon.  

BULGUR

  • 2 cups unsweetened pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup medium-coarse bulgur
  • 1⁄4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1⁄2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (no need to defrost if using frozen)
  • 1 teaspoon honey, or more as needed
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
  • 1⁄2 to 1 teaspoon orange blossom water, or more as needed (optional)

TO FINISH

  • 1 cup whole or low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey, or more as needed
  • 1⁄4 cup pomegranate seeds (from about 1⁄2 small fruit) or blueberries, for garnish

To make the bulgur, add the pomegranate juice, bulgur, cranberries, and vanilla to a heavy 3- or 4-quart saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring once or twice. Decrease the heat to maintain a simmer, cover, and cook for 10 minutes. Stir in the blueberries and honey and continue to simmer until the berries are warmed through, about 2 minutes. Gently stir in the zest and the orange blossom water. Taste and adjust with a bit more honey and orange blossom water if you like.

Meanwhile, add the Greek yogurt and the 1 tablespoon honey to a small bowl and beat until smooth.

To finish, divide the bulgur between four bowls. Top each with 1⁄4 cup of yogurt and garnish with pomegranate seeds. Drizzle with more honey if you like. Serve warm.

fine points

If you are new to orange blossom water, start with a little to acquaint yourself.

Leftovers reheat in the microwave—about 1 1⁄2 minutes on high per serving, stirring once in between.

GLUTEN-FREE Use quinoa, preferably red for a visual treat, instead of bulgur, and cook for 18 to 20 minutes.

VARIATION Use cranberry (instead of pomegranate) juice and 1 to 2 tablespoons honey (instead of 1 teaspoon) for the bulgur, and whole milk or part-skim ricotta (instead of Greek yogurt) to finish.

Reprinted with permission from Simply Ancient Grains by Maria Speck, copyright © 2015. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Random House LLC. Photography credit: Erin Kunkel © 2015

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Mediterranean Farro Salad A simple, zesty salad full of fresh herbs and vegetables. Vegan, Easy, Healthy | Bob's Red Mill

{Meatless Monday} Mediterranean Farro Salad + Giveaway

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Meatless Mondays, Recipes

If you’ve been following along, you know that we’re big fans of California Olive Ranch Olive Oil around here. Their olive oil is our go-to for baking, cooking and drizzling. Grown, harvested and pressed in California, this olive oil is the real deal. Naturally, it pairs perfectly with our whole grains, beans and flours. Heart healthy whole grains and olive oil are pretty much a match made in heaven.

Mediterranean Farro Salad A simple, zesty salad full of fresh herbs and vegetables. Vegan, Easy, Healthy | Bob's Red Mill

We’ve partnered with California Olive Ranch to bring you a fun giveaway and there are two ways you can win- visit our Facebook page and enter on the giveaway post or visit the California Olive Ranch Facebook page and enter on their post, AND, you can absolutely do both! Prize set includes two packages of our Organic Farro and 1 bottle of Everyday Olive Oil. One winner will be selected for each page at random. We know that some of you aren’t on Facebook, but rest assured, we’ll have another great giveaway coming soon!  

This recipe is a stunning way to enjoy the fresh flavor of California Olive Ranch oil. The light flavors are perfect for the upcoming 4th of July holiday, as a dinner for Meatless Monday, or packing into containers for classy sack lunches all week. Serve this will pita bread, hummus, olives and crumbled feta cheese for a light Mediterranean meal and celebrate summer now that it’s finally here.

Gluten free? You can make this dish with quinoa, sorghum or brown rice. 

Mediterranean Farro Salad A simple, zesty salad full of fresh herbs and vegetables. Vegan, Easy, Healthy | Bob's Red Mill

Mediterranean Farro Salad

  • 2 cups cooked and cooled Farro
  • 1 cup cubed Eggplant, fresh or fried*
  • ½ cup diced Red Onion
  • 1 cup seeded and diced Tomatoes
  • 1 ½ cups seeded and diced Cucumber
  • ¼ cup Lemon Juice
  • 2 Tbsp Everday Olive Oil
  • ½ cup chopped Parsley
  • ¼ cup chopped Mint
  • ¼ cup chopped Dill

In a large bowl, toss farro with vegetables, lemon juice, olive oil and herbs.

Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Makes 6 servings.

*To make fried eggplant cubes: Cut eggplant into ½-inch cubes. Spread cubes on several layers of paper towels and lightly salt. Let sit for about 15 minutes to extract any excess water from the vegetable. Blot cubes dry. Heat ½ inch of oil over medium-high heat in a heavy skillet. Fry eggplant cubes in batches, stirring often to brown all sides. When dark brown, remove eggplant from oil and drain on paper towels. Season with salt, if desired.

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With Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Muffin Mix, making scrumptious gluten free muffins at home is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Just combine the mix with a few simple ingredients, add your favorite "mix-ins" (fruit, nuts or chocolate), and bake. It’s never been easier to enjoy simple, wholesome gluten free muffins at home. Mixed and Packaged in our Gluten Free Facility, each batch is tested in gluten free laboratory to ensure its gluten free status. Dairy Free

NEW Gluten Free Muffin Mix {Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Gluten Free

Muffins. They seem like a pretty basic baking endeavor, right? Flour, sugar, eggs, oil, salt, leavening, what more do you need? If you’re gluten free, a whole lot more! In addition to the above ingredients, you typically need a combination of flours and starches, some kind of additional binder (xanthan gum, psyllium, etc) and a sense of adventure, a willingness to try and try again until you get it perfect.

If you’ve ever made a chewy, dense muffin, you know that muffins are not really as simple as they appear. There is a technique to a light, fluffy muffin. Conventional muffins really do need to be ‘mixed until just combined’. Too much mixing and you get a dense muffin, as mixing activates the gluten. Thankfully, gluten free muffins are not as prone to this pitfall. You would think this makes them more likely to succeed, but, as with any gluten free baked good, that is simply not the case.

With Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Muffin Mix, making scrumptious gluten free muffins at home is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Just combine the mix with a few simple ingredients, add your favorite "mix-ins" (fruit, nuts or chocolate), and bake. It’s never been easier to enjoy simple, wholesome gluten free muffins at home. Mixed and Packaged in our Gluten Free Facility, each batch is tested in gluten free laboratory to ensure its gluten free status. Dairy Free

Gluten free muffins can range from under cooked, gooey batter blobs to hard-as-a-rock hockey pucks. This can be attributed to any number of things, poor flour/starch combinations, too much xanthan gum, too little leavening, etc. Thankfully, our test kitchen has just the solution.

Introducing our NEW Gluten Free Muffin Mix! With the perfect blend of flours and starches, this mix bakes up perfect muffins every time. Our Gluten Free Muffin Mix is easy to make and easy to customize! With no flavorings beyond a light vanilla flavor, you can add anything you like to this mix- blueberries, chocolate chips, dried cherries, chopped nuts, the possibilities are endless!

With Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Muffin Mix, making scrumptious gluten free muffins at home is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Just combine the mix with a few simple ingredients, add your favorite "mix-ins" (fruit, nuts or chocolate), and bake. It’s never been easier to enjoy simple, wholesome gluten free muffins at home. Mixed and Packaged in our Gluten Free Facility, each batch is tested in gluten free laboratory to ensure its gluten free status. Dairy Free

 

We have been baking batch after batch of these to make sure they are truly as easy and tasty as we want and, no joke, Bob proclaimed them, “The best muffin [he’s] ever tasted.” He didn’t even know they were gluten free. That’s how we do things around here with gluten free taste testing, we conveniently forget to tell anyone they’re gluten free and the feedback is priceless. Sometimes, it’s obvious, but with these muffins, no one guessed they were gluten free.

We are so excited about this new product (which should be in your stores by the fall), we’re giving away a full case (4 bags!) to 10 lucky winners! To enter, simply tell us in the comments: What muffin flavor would you make first? We’ll pick 10 winners at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 6/14/15. If you just can’t wait and must have this product for yourself, visit bobsredmill.com to order a bag. Otherwise, this product should be in your local stores in the fall.

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Sweet Potato and Sage Pull Apart Rolls from Bread & Butter by Erin McKenna | Bob's Red Mill @bobsredmill |gluten free, vegan

Sweet Potato and Sage Pull-Apart Rolls (GF) {Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles

Bread & Butter is the third book from renowned gluten free, vegan baker Erin McKenna of Erin McKenna’s Bakery (formerly Babycakes NYC). This book is exactly what you’d expect from Erin McKenna- beautiful recipes with fun, bright photography. Bread & Butter is a full course of gluten free bread baking with a side of pastries. Basic breads like “rye” bread (say what??) and sandwich bread abound next to more unusual fare like these pull-apart rolls and spicy vegetable cornbread. There are so many awesome recipes in this book, we can’t begin to name them all.

Bread & Butter by Erin McKenna | Bob's Red Mill  @bobsredmill

We see a lot of cookbooks around here and what we like about this book is that it’s relatively small, so you’re not thumbing through 500 recipes, and it’s full of rather unique recipes. Plus, we know from personal experience that Erin’s recipes are reliable and delicious. We absolutely adore Erin’s writing style and her easy-to-follow recipes. Bonus: all of the recipes are vegan, making this ideal for anyone with both gluten and dairy restrictions.

Random House has generously offered us three copies of Bread & Butter to giveaway. We’ll pair each copy with a bag of our gluten free oat flour, cornmeal, potato starch and xanthan gum so you can get started baking right away. To enter, follow the prompts at the bottom of this post. We’ll select three winners at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 3/29/15. If you just can’t wait, look for this book at your favorite local bookseller.

Sweet Potato and Sage Pull Apart Rolls from Bread & Butter by Erin McKenna | Bob's Red Mill @bobsredmill |gluten free, vegan

Sweet Potato and Sage Pull-Apart Rolls

Makes 12 rolls

  • ¼ cup (33 g) cornmeal, for the baking
    sheet
  • 1½ cups (339 g) warm rice milk (about 100°F)
  • 3 tablespoons (66 g) agave nectar
  • 2½ teaspoons active dry yeast
  • ¹⁄³ cup (70 g) melted unscented coconut oil
  • ½ cup (165 g) canned sweet potato puree (at room temperature)
  • 3 cups (300 g) gluten-free oat flour
  • ½ cup (96 g) potato starch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ teaspoons xanthan gum
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ¹⁄³ cup (9 g) sage leaves, chopped

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, dust with cornmeal, and set aside.

In a small bowl, combine the warm rice milk, agave nectar, and yeast. Stir once and set aside to proof until it bubbles, about 10 minutes. Whisk in the oil and sweet potato.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the oat flour, potato starch, baking powder, baking soda, xanthan gum, and salt. Pour in the yeast mixture and, using a rubber spatula, stir until it is the consistency of a sticky dough. Fold in the sage.

Using a ½-cup measuring cup, scoop heaping portions of batter onto the prepared baking sheet and shape into squares. Leave no more than ½ inch between each roll on the pan. Cover the baking sheet with a dish towel and let the rolls rise for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Bake the rolls for 10 minutes, and then rotate the baking sheet 180 degrees. Bake until the crust is golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 6 minutes. Let the rolls cool on the pan for 10 minutes before serving.

Recipe from Bread & Butter (c) 2015 Erin McKenna

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