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Chive and Cheddar Protein Pancakes {Stack’d Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Featured Articles, Gluten Free, Recipes

Have you noticed the increasing number of protein pancake recipes these days? At first, I thought maybe it was just a body-builder thing, then perhaps it was a paleo-diet thing, but now I am realizing that these recipes cross those boundaries. A protein-rich pancake is a fabulous way to start the day. I love a good bowl of oatmeal, but unless I add some protein to it, I’m hungry within a couple hours. If I opt for a protein-rich breakfast, I’m far less likely to need a snack. This combination of protein and carbohydrates keeps you full and gives your body (and brain) some serious fuel to work through. Protein pancakes are an ideal breakfast solution.

I was very excited to stumble upon Stack’d: The Gluten-Free Protein Pancake Cookbook from Jessica Kahn and photographed by Rianna Alberty. These protein pancakes use rolled oats as a base and add eggs, yogurt and whey to bulk up the protein. Stack’d provides tips for swapping out oats for almond meal to make the recipes paleo-friendly and substitutions for making them dairy-free. I don’t imagine these pancakes will work as well with vegan egg substitutions, but they might. Recipes rely on a blender for mixing, so break out that Magic Bullet!

Stack'd : The Gluten-Free Protein Pancake Cookbook

Stack’d is elegantly simple. Its 30 recipes are beautifully photographed and contain easy-to-follow directions with ingredients you can find at your local supermarket. Because they do not rely on flour, there is nothing to be missed in these recipes. Use certified gluten free oats if you need the recipes to be gluten free. I absolutely adore the wonderful flavor combinations in the book- from sweet concoctions (adorably titled “Sweet Cheeks”) like Tart Cranberry and Citrus and Crisp Apple, to savory Fragrant Rosemary and Cozy Carrot. Stack’d even has a whole section dedicated to chocolate concoctions and dressed up recipes- Orange Julep, anyone?

Jessica and Rianna would like to give one lucky winner a copy of this book, along with a package of our Gluten Free Regular Rolled Oats. To enter, simply follow the prompts in the app at the bottom of this post (this works best on a desktop computer). We’ll pick a single winner at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 4/25/14. Can’t wait? Head over to the Stack’d website to order or download a copy.

Chive and Cheddar Protein Pancakes | Bob's Red Mill

Chive and Cheddar Protein Pancakes

Modeled after some outrageously delicious mini muffins, these chive & cheddar pancakes make for a great, savory flavor combination. Serve with dinner or make two-bite silver dollar pancakes as an appetizer.

  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 eggs, large
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon agave
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup (5 oz/143 g) nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup (1.6 oz/46 g) rolled oats
  • ½ cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon natural whey protein powder (optional)

MAKES 6 – 8 PANCAKES; 2 SERVINGS

To keep pancakes warm while you make the full batch, preheat oven to 200°F.

Using a blender, first add all of the wet then dry ingredients. This will expedite the blending process, brief though it may be. Blend until the oats are broken down and the batter is smooth, about 10 – 15 seconds.

Heat a non-stick griddle or pan to medium. Test the temperature with a quick spritz of water – just run water on your fingertips and flick it in the direction of the cooking surface. If it sizzles, it’s ready. Spray with non-stick cooking spray and you’re all set for the batter.

Pour a scant ¼ cup of batter per pancake onto the griddle or pan. Cook on the first side for 1 – 2 minutes or until the edges start to cook and bubbles appear on the surface. Lift the side of the pancake up just a bit to see where it is in the browning process. Ideally, let them cook until they are a golden, maple color.

Because these pancakes won’t have the rigidity of their flapjack forefathers, the swooshing technique can work wonders. Grab a spatula and, quite literally, swoosh it under the target pancake in one swift motion. Then flip it over.
Cook on the second side for an additional 1 – 2 minutes, or until golden-brown.

Transfer to an oven-safe dish and keep warm in the oven. Continue with remaining batter.


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The How Can It Be Gluten-Free Cookbook from America's Test Kitchen {Giveaway}

America’s Test Kitchen Event {Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Featured Articles, Gluten Free

We’ve got some exciting news to share from our friends at America’s Test Kitchen- they’ve launched a new book AND IT’S GLUTEN FREE! For The How Can It Be Gluten-Free Cookbook, they’ve applied their extensive expertise in baking and cooking to create reliable, delicious gluten free recipes that will work every time. We’ll keep our book review rather short, because we have a giveaway AND an event to tell you about.

I’m a huge Cook’s Illustrated and ATK fan. I like how deep they get into the science of things and how thorough they are in explaining what needs to be done. In my opinion, if you can understand why something works, you can apply that to other recipes. I have absolutely no doubt that all of the recipes in their newest book will be phenomenal, but this is not a book for the faint of heart. While most recipes are decidedly straight-forward, each recipe comes with a fabulous explanation of the how’s and why’s for its success- which makes each recipe look fairly daunting. If you get past that, you’ll have no problem creating THE BEST Old-Fashioned Birthday Cake, perfect New York-Style Pizza, Extra-Crunchy Fried Chicken and some pretty killer Chocolate Chip Cookies. Most recipes are accompanied by a lovely photo and those that are more complicated have great visual tutorials.

Bottom line: this is a great book for anyone who needs to cook and bake gluten free and wants to know the science behind what they’re doing.

The How Can It Be Gluten-Free Cookbook from America's Test Kitchen {Giveaway}

We were so pleased when ATK contacted us and let us know that, while they have their own preferred flour blend for the recipes, each recipe comes with some minor adaptations to have perfect success with our Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour. How cool is that?

Let’s take the coolness up a factor- join Jack Bishop, Editorial Director and TV Star at America’s Test Kitchen as he presents The How Can It Be Gluten-Free Cookbook at Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods. Designed to help readers understand gluten-free baking and cooking, you’ll learn what to stock in a gluten-free pantry and breakthrough strategies that every gluten-free cook should use. When? April 7, 2014, at 4:00 PM Bob’s Red Mill will provide samples of a few of Jack’s favorite recipes from the book. This event is FREE and no registration is necessary! For more information: http://www.bobsredmill.com/Whole-Grain-Store.html

{Giveaway} The kind folks at ATK have offered us two copies of this fabulous book to giveaway to two lucky readers. We’re going to pair the book with a bag of our Gluten Free All Purpose Flour and Xanthan Gum so you can get started with this book right away. You know you want to win this book. To enter, follow the prompts below. We’ll select two winners at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 04/11/14.


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New Product: Gluten Free Scottish Oatmeal {Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Featured Articles, Gluten Free

If you’re familiar with Bob’s Red Mill, you probably already know how much we love Scotland. Maybe it’s a kinship we feel with a country that is almost always rainy and cool (much like our beloved Oregon) or maybe we love it for birthing our favorite food, oatmeal. Maybe it’s because they awarded us the title of World Porridge Champions in 2009, or maybe it’s because they’re just so darn nice over there. No matter what is at the heart of it, Bob has always loved Scotland and, after a visit many years ago, his love fueled the creation of our Scottish Oatmeal. It was in Scotland that Bob first tasted and fell in love with traditional Scottish oats.

NEW GF Scottish Oatmeal | Bob's Red Mill

Ground on stone mills, this oatmeal is a true meal. It is smooth and creamy with a texture closer to farina than what we typically associate with oatmeal. It’s not chewy like rolled or steel cut oats, but it still has a bit of bite and texture. This isn’t gruel, but it is a unique breakfast experience.

The Gilgamesh | Bob's Red Mill

We have yet to find anything in the States that compares to our Scottish Oatmeal, which is why we are very excited to add Gluten Free Scottish Oatmeal to our robust gluten free oat line. We take the same high-quality, gluten free tested and verified oats that you know and trust and run them through our specialized stone mills in our gluten free facility to create a new, whole grain cereal perfect for warming you up on these brisk *almost* spring days.

To celebrate our new addition and our undying love for Scotland, we’re giving away a package of Gluten Free Scottish Oatmeal to five lucky winners. To enter, follow the prompts below. We’ll select five winners at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 04/08/14.


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Meatless Mondays: Curried Sweet Potato & Millet Soup {Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Featured Articles, Gluten Free, Meatless Mondays, Recipes

The Complete Gluten-Free Whole Grains Cookbook by Judith Finlayson is a fabulous resource of whole grain recipes that anyone can enjoy. What I love about this book is that it’s a book about grains that are inherently gluten free (amaranth, buckwheat, corn, millet, oats, quinoa, rice, sorghum, teff, wild rice) without focusing on what is missing from the dishes. Think of it as a celebration of the myriad other grains beyond wheat, rye and barley. Some of the best grains on the planet are free from gluten. 

The Complete Gluten-Free Whole Grains Cookbook by Judith Finlayson

Finlayson has a history with vegetarian and slow cooker cookbooks and she brings this experience to the gluten free realm. The recipes are approachable, even if they sound hard like Moroccan-style Millet Stuffing and Coconut-Spiked Pork with Quinoa and Peanuts. All of the recipes come with tips for ways to simplify or elaborate the recipe and many come with variations for making the dish vegetarian. The majority of the dishes are accompanied by beautiful photography and they all have nutritional breakdowns which is a huge bonus and not something most cookbooks offer.

From breakfast to dessert, this book has it all. Finlayson kicks off The Complete Gluten-Free Whole Grains Cookbook with a thorough guide to whole grains. She covers their history, how to store them, how to buy them and the nutrition they bring to your table. Needless to say, we love this book.

The generous folks at Robert Rose Publishing have offered us a single copy to give away to one lucky reader. We’ll pair this book with a package of amaranth, millet, quinoa, teff and sorghum to get you started. This is a fun whole grains gift set that anyone- gluten free or otherwise- will certainly enjoy. To enter, follow the prompts in the app at the bottom of this post. We’ll pick a winner at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 3/31/14. Winners must be over 18 and are limited to US and Canadian residents only.  To pick up a copy of the book now, visit your favorite book retailer or Amazon.com

Curried Sweet Potato and Millet Soup | Bob's Red Mill

Curried Sweet Potato and Millet Soup

VEGAN FRIENDLY

This soup is a lovely combination of flavors and texture. It has a mild curry taste, enhanced with the addition of orange and a hint of sweetness from the maple syrup. The toasted walnuts add taste and an appealing bit of crunch, while the optional yogurt provides a creamy finish. Although this is a great cold weather soup, it’s light enough to be enjoyed any time of the year — perhaps even for dinner with the addition of salad.

Tips

To get this quantity of puréed sweet potato, bake, peel and mash 2 medium sweet potatoes, each about 6 oz (175 g). You can also use a can (14 oz/398 mL) sweet potato purée.

Toasting brings out millet’s pleasantly nutty flavor. To toast, heat in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it crackles and releases its aroma, for 5 minutes.

  • 1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil (15 mL)
  • 2 Onions, finely chopped
  • 2 Carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 stalks Celery, diced
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp minced Ginger Root (10 mL)
  • 2 tsp Curry Powder (10 mL)
  • 1 tsp freshly grated Orange Zest (5 mL)
  • 2 cups Sweet Potato Purée (500 mL)
  • 6 cups Vegetable Stock (1.5 L)
  • 3⁄4 cup Millet, toasted (175 mL)
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed Orange Juice (250 mL)
  • 1⁄4 cup pure Maple Syrup (60 mL)
  • Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper
  •  Toasted chopped Walnuts or sliced Almonds
  • Plain Yogurt, optional

1.    In a large saucepan or stockpot, heat oil over medium heat for 30 seconds. Add onions, carrots and celery and cook, stirring, until carrots have softened, about 7 minutes.

2.    Add garlic, ginger, curry powder and orange zest and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add sweet potato and stock and stir well. Bring to a boil. Stir in millet. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer until millet is tender and flavors have blended, about 30 minutes.

3.    Add orange juice and maple syrup and heat through. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle into bowls and garnish with toasted walnuts and a drizzle of yogurt, if using.

Makes 6 servings

Excerpted from The Complete Gluten-Free Whole Grains Cookbook by Judith Finlayson © 2013 Robert Rose Inc. www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission.


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Grain Crazy + Barley Quinoa Pilaf {Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Featured Articles, Meatless Mondays, Recipes

Are you tired of hearing about awesome cookbooks you can win from us? No? Good because I have a few more to tell you about and Grain Crazy by Cherie Schetselaar and Britney Rule is a pretty neat little book. I actually came across this book through Pinterest of all places. Cherie was interested in our Grains of Discovery board and we exchanged a few comments about her love of whole grains and her new book from Familius, Grain Crazy.

That’s pretty much the perfect title to get the ear of someone at Bob’s Red Mill. After all, every single one of us at the Mill is definitely a little grain crazy.This book is perfect for the whole grain beginner. I love the recipes because they are all simple and approachable. Please don’t take that to mean they aren’t delicious. If you’re crunched on time and want to get a delicious whole grain meal on the table, this is the book for you. Each recipe is clearly written without a laundry list of ingredients, making whole grains something you can easily tackle for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. Recipes range from Spelt Pancakes to Asian Turkey Wraps in Lettuce in Romaine Lettuce to Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Tart.

Familius has been generous enough to offer us a copy to share with one lucky reader. We’ll pair the book with a package of Whole Grain Barley, Whole Grain Quinoa and Whole Grain Spelt Flour. To enter, simply follow the prompts below and we’ll select a winner at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 3/7/14. If you cannot wait and want to pick up a copy of the book now, head over to Familius and grab a copy. Get more great recipes from Cherie and Britney at their Grain Crazy blog.

Grain Crazy | Bob's Red Mill

 


Barley Quinoa Pilaf

Reprinted with permission from Grain Crazy by Cherie Schetselaar and Britney Rule
This is a fantastic-looking pilaf and it tastes delicious. Instead of a basic pilaf, which uses nutrient-empty white rice, this recipe is full of whole grains and vegetables.
  • 1/2 cup of Grapeseed Oil or Olive Oil
  • 1/2 of a White Onion, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup of chopped Leek or Green Onion
  • 1 cup of Barley
  • 1/2 cup of Quinoa
  • 2 teaspoons of Chicken Seasoning*
  • 2-3/4 Water
  • 1 to 1-1/4 cups of shredded Carrots
  • 1 can (14 ounces) of sliced Mushrooms or 1-1/2 cups of fresh mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup of Green Onion chopped for garnish
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Pine Nuts (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat and sauté the onions and leeks until soft.
3. Stir in the barley and quinoa and cook for 5 minutes.
4. Pour into a covered baking dish and stir in the chicken seasoning, 1-1/2 cups of water, and carrots. Bake
for 30 minutes.
5. Remove from oven and stir in the remaining 1-1/4 cups of water. Cover and bake for another 30 minutes.
6. Remove from oven and garnish with green onions and pine nuts, if desired. Enjoy!
Serves 6
*For Meatless Mondays, substitute vegetable bullion or leave out the seasoning and use vegetable broth in place of the water.

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Whole-Grain Mornings + Blueberry Breakfast Bars {Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Recipes

I am a breakfast fanatic. I simply cannot survive without breakfast and it has to be solidly nutritious in order to function during the day. It should be protein packed and have at least one serving of whole grains or I end up a cranky, hungry mess at 10 am. I love the idea of a sugar-laden breakfast or a one that is fried to a crispy golden treat, but it never works for me.

Needless to say, I was very excited to discover Whole-Grain Mornings by Megan Gordon. Based in Seattle, Megan writes the blog A Sweet Spoonful, contributes regularly to The Kitchn and runs her own artisan granola company, Marge, so to say she knows a little something about writing delicious recipes is an understatement in the extreme. I knew I would love this book before I even looked under the cover and I was right, it’s delicious!

Whole-Grain Mornings by Megan Gordon

I love hot cereal, but even I get a little bored with it day after day. Luckily, this book is filled with creative and exciting dishes to fill you up and keep you fueled throughout the day. Megan keeps some basic, but still whole grain, recipes like Whole-Grain Buttermilk Pancakes, Five Grain Porridge and The Very Best Oatmeal for those mornings where you want something familiar and relatively quick. It’s the other recipes that really pique my interest, though. Zucchini Farro Cakes with Herbed Goat Cheese and Slow Roasted Tomatoes? Yes, please! Huckleberry Cornmeal Custard? Don’t mind if I do (and bravo to Megan for including the elusive huckleberry in her book). Baked Pumpkin Risotto? Stop. Just stop right there. I’m getting too excited for breakfast tomorrow!

Filled with beautiful photos and funny, touching stories, Whole-Grain Mornings is a delightful addition to your cookbook collection. I am excited to be giving away a copy of this lovely book paired with some of our favorite whole grain ingredients to make it easy to get started creating whole grain deliciousness right away! Megan has a lovely recipe for Five Grain Porridge and uses many of the same ingredients throughout her book, so we’ll be pitching in all of the necessary ingredients for this recipe- Barley Flakes, Rye Flakes, Millet Grits, Cracked Wheat and Whole Grain Amaranth. To enter, simply follow the prompts below. If you simply cannot pin all of your hopes on winning this book, head over to Amazon or your favorite book purveyor to pick up a copy today. If you like this recipe, we highly recommend checking out A Sweet Spoonful for more of Megan’s culinary creations.

Whole-Grain Mornings Blueberry Breakfast Bars | Bob's Red Mill

Blueberry Breakfast Bars

Reprinted with permission from Whole-Grain Mornings: New Breakfast Recipes to Span the Seasons by Megan Gordon (Ten Speed Press, © 2013). Photo Credit: Clare Barboza.

These are the ultimate all-purpose breakfast bars. They blend right in with a weekend brunch spread but are also the perfect help-get-me-through-morning-traffic snack. They boast a toasty flavor from the almonds and sesame seeds and a warm fragrance from the marriage of brown sugar and oats. While I love using fresh berries in the summer, in the dead of winter I rely on frozen blueberries I’ve stored from previous farmers’ market hauls. makes 12 to 16 bars, depending on size

Morning Notes: If you can’t find rye flakes, feel free to use more rolled oats instead.

Blueberry Filling

  • 3 cups / 720 ml fresh Blueberries or 1 (12-ounce / 350 g) package frozen blueberries, unthawed
  • 1⁄4 cup / 45 g Natural Cane Sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated Lemon Zest
  • 1 teaspoon Water

Whole Grain Crust

  • 1⁄2 cup / 50 g Rolled Oats
  • 1 cup / 100 g Rye Flakes
  • 3⁄4 cup / 60 g sliced raw Almonds
  • 1⁄4 cup / 30 g raw Sesame Seeds
  • 1 cup / 120 g Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1⁄2 cup / 75 g packed Light Brown Sugar
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 3⁄4 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 large Egg, beaten
  • 8 tablespoons / 115 g cold Unsalted Butter, cut into 1⁄4-inch cubes, plus more for greasing the pan
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons Ice Water

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter an 8-inch square pan.

To prepare the filling: In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the berries, sugar, flour, lemon juice, lemon zest, and water. Stir over medium heat until the mixture begins to simmer. Continue stirring until berries just begin to break down and the sauce thickens, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat.

To prepare the crust: In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade, pulse together the rolled oats, rye flakes, almonds, and sesame seeds just until they form a chunky, mealy texture, about 30 seconds. Add the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder and pulse a time or two to combine. Add the egg and butter. Add ice water slowly and pulse until mixture just begins to clump together.

To assemble and bake the bars: Press approximately half of the crust mixture evenly into the bottom of the prepared baking pan. Pour the berry filling onto the crust and spread evenly. Scatter the remaining crust mixture across the top as you would for a fruit crisp or crumble—messy and haphazard, but evenly dispersed. Don’t worry about pressing down; it will bake into the bars beautifully.

Bake until the top crumble is golden brown, about 30 minutes. Let cool completely in the pan. Slice into bars. If wrapped and kept at room temperature, the bars will keep for 3 days.

Make It Your Own: Try these with your favorite seasonal berries. Blackberries or huckleberries would be lovely, as would cherries.


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Red Velvet Cupcakes (GF) + Gluten-Free 101 {Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Featured Articles, Gluten Free, Recipes

Valentine’s Day may be in the rear view mirror, but  we want to send love to someone very special to the Bob’s Red Mill family, Carol Fenster. Carol has written numerous books about getting started with a gluten free diet and how to enjoy it once you’ve gotten started. With 10 different books under her belt, Carol is our go-to gluten free expert! She has helped us develop some of our most popular gluten free baking mixes (including our newest Gluten Free Pie Crust Mix) and been a long-time friend of Bob and Charlee Moore.

Gluten-Free 101 by Carol FensterToday we are celebrating the relaunch of Carol’s best-selling Gluten-Free 101: The Essential Beginner’s Guide to Easy Gluten-Free Cooking. This book has helped so many of our customers get started with their new gluten free lifestyle. We recommend it for anyone new to the gluten free diet because it is not just a cookbook. This book is full of essential information starting with the basics of who might need a gluten free diet, where to go for help with a diagnosis and how to be your own advocate. It covers the essential ingredients for gluten free baking with beautiful definitions for each. Carol shares her go-to flour blend and explains which proportions of flours and starches to use in different applications. She helps you stock your pantry and understand how to use the mysterious xanthan gum.

Add to this helpful information 175 tried and true gluten free recipes for everything from a healthy breakfast to a decadent dessert. Hamburger buns, crepes, bagels and other amazing gluten free creations join basic recipes that seem so simple until you remove the gluten like gravy and white sauce. This book is truly a must-have for the gluten free beginner.

We have two copies of Gluten Free 101 to giveaway to two lucky winners. In addition to the book, we’ll be throwing in a package of our Gluten Free Sorghum Flour, Gluten Free Potato Starch, Gluten Free Xanthan Gum and Gluten Free Tapioca Flour so you can get started with Carol’s Gluten-Free Flour Blend right away. If you don’t win, you can pick up a copy on Amazon. To enter, simply follow the prompts below. We will select two winners at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 2/27/14. 


 

Red Velvet Cupcake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting from Gluten-Free 101

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting (GF)

Gluten-Free 101: The Essential Beginner’s Guide to Easy Gluten-Free Cooking
by Carol Fenster
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt January 14, 2014) Printed with permission
http://www.amazon.com/Gluten-Free-101-Essential-Beginners-Cooking/dp/1118539125/

Makes 12 cupcakes
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Baking time: 20 to 25 minutes

  • 1 cup Gluten-Free Flour Blend (see below)
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon Xanthan Gum
  • 1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Butter or Buttery Spread, melted and cooled slightly
  • 2 large whole Eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tablespoon Red Food Coloring
  • 1/2 cup Water, at room temperature
  • 1 batch Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting (see below)

[1] Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cup standard nonstick (gray, not black) muffin with paper liners.

[2] In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the flour blend, cocoa, xanthan gum, baking soda, and salt until well blended.

[3] In a medium bowl, beat the sugar and butter with an electric mixer on low speed until well blended. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until well blended. Add the vanilla and food coloring to the water. With the mixer on low speed, beat in one-third of the flour mixture at a time alternating with the water, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Spoon 1/4 cup of the batter into each liner.

[4] Bake until the cupcakes are firm and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool the cupcakes in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Transfer the cupcakes to the wire rack to cool completely. Frost and serve.

Per frosted cupcake: 325 calories; 3g protein; 16g total fat; 1g fiber; 43g carbohydrates; 37mg cholesterol; 135mg sodium

Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

In a medium bowl with an electric mixer on low speed, beat 3 ounces softened, reduced-fat cream cheese or cream cheese alternative, 2 cups powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons milk or water, and 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract together until well blended and smooth.

Gluten-Free Flour Blend

Whisk together and store, tightly covered, in a dark, dry, place.

 

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Find Your Inner Goldilocks {Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Featured Articles

Happy *almost* February. How are those resolutions panning out? Hanging in there? At Bob’s Red Mill, we love this time of year.  We’ve hit the “reset” button after the holidays and, with a month under our belts, healthy eating and healthy living is starting to feel second nature and not an adventure in foreign cuisine. At least, we hope so. If you still feel like you’re slogging uphill towards your health goals, we’re here to help! 

It’s no joke that breakfast is the cornerstone of any healthy eating lifestyle. A good solid breakfast will fuel your mind and body for whatever road bumps life has to offer. What better way to do that than with one of our whole grain hot cereals? Not only are they jam-packed with whole grain nutrition, they are delicious, too. While many manufacturers pulverize grains into oblivion, only to reconstitute them with added fillers, enrichments, flavors and colors into shapes that look like grains, Bob’s Red Mill keeps it simple. We take a whole grain and break it into a few pieces, then we mix it with other whole grains, seeds and nuts to bring you cereals with exceptional flavor, no tricks or gimmicks—just whole grains, as nature intended.

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The nutritional benefits of these hot cereals are obvious, but it’s easy to forget when you’re rushing through the morning. Whole grains, these living seeds, are perfectly tuned to human nutrition. They gift us with a wondrous combination of fiber, protein, complex carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Choosing these cereals over other breakfast offerings will leave you and your family feeling satisfied, nourished and fully charged to face the day.

Real whole grain cereals need cooking—and it’s easy. Our whole grain cereals must be cooked to unlock their nourishing power, and all it takes is a pot of water and a little time. Taking a few minutes in the morning to lovingly prepare a hot, nourishing breakfast can bring back something missing from our busy, modern lives. It can be a time to find a quiet moment in an otherwise chaotic world. Really, what’s 10 minutes out of the 1440 minutes in a day? Instead of choosing a quick-fix breakfast, celebrate the time it takes to cook these whole grains and savor what might be the only quiet time you get all day.

We want to help you find your inner Goldilocks and we’re giving away FIVE hot cereal sets! Winner’s will have their choice of two cereals from our line up of 10 Grain Cereal, 8 Grain Cereal, Organic High Fiber Cereal, Whole Wheat Farina, Brown Rice Farina (GF) and Mighty Tasty Cereal (GF). To enter, simply follow the prompts below. Winners will be chosen at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 2/7/14.


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NEW Natural Almond Meal + Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies {Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles, Gluten Free, Recipes

We are pleased to launch a new, wholesome Natural Almond Meal for all of your baking needs. Whether you follow a paleo, grain-free, or gluten free diet or simply like using almond meal to add extra richness to your baking, this flour is a must-have.  Milled from whole almonds with their skin intact, this flour can be used in recipes for cookies, cakes, breads, pancakes and more! It even makes a wonderful low-carbohydrate coating for chicken, fish and other proteins.

Natural Almond Meal

The skins contribute a lovely caramel color to baked goods without affecting the flavor. And let me tell you, the flavor of almond meal is phenomenal. I can’t imagine anyone reading this hasn’t tried an almond, but if you’ve not baked with almond meal, it’s truly superb. You can replace up to 25% of the flour in your recipes with almond meal for a richer, more decadent baked good. Or, if you’re trying to watch carbs or gluten (for whatever reason), there are loads of fabulous recipes online now that use almond meal exclusively for everything under the sun.

Try these chocolate chip cookies for a real treat. This recipe is a great way to indulge without feeling guilty. I made these before a big trip last summer and they were perfect. They held up well, provided a punch of protein and a touch of sweetness while we slogged through airports and kept us from snacking on the over-priced junk food on the road. (P.S. I know the picture doesn’t exactly sell these cookies—they’re not lookers, but they are so good!)

Almond Choc Chip Cookies GF DF Paleo | Bob's Red Mill

Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies (GF, DF)
Recipe by Sarah House

  • 3 cups Bob’s Red Mill® Natural Almond Meal
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp Sea Salt
  • ¼ cup Coconut Oil
  • ¼ cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 whole Egg
  • 2 Egg Whites
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract (optional)
  • ¼ tsp Almond Extract (optional)
  • 1 cup Dark Chocolate Chips
  • ½ cup toasted Sliced Almonds*

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Combine almond meal, baking soda and sea salt and set aside. Mix coconut oil and maple syrup in a mixer or by hand until creamy but not fully incorporated, about 5 minutes. Add whole egg, egg whites and extracts (if using) and mix for 2 additional minutes. Slowly add dry ingredients to egg mixture and mix briefly. Add chocolate chips and toasted almonds and mix until well combined. Place large rounded tablespoons onto prepared baking sheets, about 1-inch apart. Flatten slightly, to approximately 1-inch thickness. Bake until set and golden, about 15 minutes.

Makes 25 – 30 servings.

*To toast almonds, spread in an even layer onto a baking sheet. Toast in a 375°F oven for 7 – 10 minutes, stirring at least twice during baking for even browning.

Win it! 

I’m giving away a package of our new natural almond meal to five lucky winners. Everyone had such success with our giveaway last time, that we’re going to keep using this new app. Just follow the directions below to enter. If you have any problems, post it in the comments. We’ll select five winners at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 12/22. That’s only a few days away, so better enter fast!


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Everyday Classics

Everyday Classics from Lexie’s Kitchen {Giveaway} + Saturday Pancakes

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Featured Articles, Gluten Free, Recipes

If you’re not familiar with Lexie’s Kitchen, let me introduce you. Alexa Croft is an imaginative cook who creates recipes that are gluten, dairy, egg and soy free that anyone can enjoy. Inspired by her son’s dietary needs, she has created hundreds of recipes at Lexie’s Kitchen that are, quite frankly, astoundingly beautiful and delicious. A few weeks ago, she released her first cookbook Everyday Classics, a book filled with 68 tasty and essential recipes free from gluten, dairy, eggs and soy.

Everyday Classics from Lexie's Kitchen

These are really simple, basic recipes for everything you need in your allergy-free aresenal- sandwich bread, cakes, cookies, pancakes, pizza, pie, and more! Lexie even includes things like how to make your own nut milks and dairy-free sauces. Everyday Classics goes beyond basics like bread and includes recipes for main dishes, breakfasts and desserts. This book would be perfect for anyone getting started on a special diet, though the recipes are so beautiful that an old pro would enjoy it, too.

Lexie has generously provided us with a copy to giveaway to a lucky reader and we’re pairing it with a bag of our Gluten Free All Purpose Flour and Organic Golden Flaxseed Meal (GF) to help the winner get started. To enter, simply follow the steps in the app below. We will pick a winner from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 12/12/13.

If you don’t win, you can snag a copy of Lexie’s book here or on Amazon. On top of all that, Lexie is hosting her own amazing giveaway at Lexie’s Kitchen. Head over to check it out and enter to win a prize set worth over $400!

To give you a feel for her recipes, Lexie has shared Saturday Pancakes with us. Just in time for Saturday, am I right? Enjoy!

GF Saturday Pancakes from Every Day Classics | Bob's Red Mill

Saturday Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/3 cups warm water
  • 2 tablespoons white chia seed meal
  • 1/4 cup melted honey
  • 3 tablespoons melted palm shortening
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Flour 
  • 1/2 heaping teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Directions:

Preheat oiled griddle to 350-375˚F.

In a large mixing bowl whisk together water and chia seed meal. Set aside 2-3 minutes to thicken.

Whisk in honey, shortening, and vanilla extract.

Add flour and salt and whisk until smooth.

Add baking powder and baking soda. Whisk just until incorporated.

Using a 1/4-cup measure gently scoop batter onto griddle to form 4-inch pancakes. Cook until bubbles appear and begin popping on surface.

Flip and cook 1-2 minutes more. Best enjoyed hot off the griddle.


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