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Chickpea Veggie Soup {OATrageous Oatmeals Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Gluten Free, Recipes

What’s not to love about a cookbook dedicated to the humble oat? Kathy Hester’s OATrageous Oatmeals offers recipes for using oats in myriad creative ways, like this Chickpea Veggie Soup and Sun-dried Tomato Steel-Cut Oat Risotto. All of the recipes in OATrageous are meatless and contain tips for converting each to gluten free. This book is perfect for just about anyone looking to expand their oat horizons. She has recipes for making vegan sausage crumbles from oats, as well as oat milk and oat yogurt. We had no idea you could do so many things with oats. At Bob’s Red Mill, we thought we’d seen it all from oats, Kathy has proved us wrong and we thank her for it.

OATrageous Oats by Kathy Hester

Today we’re sharing a recipe from Kathy’s book and giving away a copy of this book, along with a variety of our oats to one lucky winner. To enter, simply comment on this post and tell us which type of oatmeal you like best (thick, old fashioned, Scottish, steel cut, etc.). We’ll pick a winner at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 10/27/14. If you want to grab a copy for yourself or scope a preview of this book, check out Amazon where you can grab an e-book version for only $8.89.

Chickpea Veggie Soup from OATrageous Oatmeals| Bob's Red Mill gluten-free, vegan

Chickpea Veggie Soup

by Kathy Hester from OATrageous Oatmeals

gluten-free, soy-free, oil-free option*

This healthy soup tastes like you slaved over a hot stove all day but comes together fast enough to eat any weeknight. Sweet potatoes, carrots and kale make this delicious. Using steel-cut oats as your grain of choice makes the soup thick and hearty too!

Makes 8 servings

  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) Olive Oil (*use broth or water instead)
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) minced Onion
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1-1/2 cups (270 g) diced Sweet Potato
  • 1 cup (110 g) chopped Carrots
  • 1 can (15 oz [425 g]) Chickpeas
  • 6 cups (1420 ml) Water
  • 1/2 cup (40 g) Steel-Cut Oats (or certified Gluten Free Steel Cut Oats)
  • 4 tablespoons (24 g) Nutritional Yeast, divided
  • 1 teaspoon Marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon Thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground Rosemary
  • 1-1/2 cups (270 g) chopped Kale or other green like Chard or Collards
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

Add the olive oil to a soup pot and heat over medium heat. Once hot, add onions and saute for about 5 minutes, until translucent. Then add the garlic and cook for 3 more minutes.

Add the sweet potato, carrots, chickpeas and water, then turn the heat to high and bring to a boil.

Once the soup is boiling, turn to low and add the oats, 2 tablespoons (30 g) of the nutritional yeast, marjoram, smoked paprika, basil, thyme and ground rosemary. Cover and simmer until the oats are thoroughly cooked, about 20 to 25 minutes.

Add in the kale and the other 2 tablespoons (30 g) of nutritional yeast. Cook about 5 to 10 minutes until the kale is tender. Add salt and pepper to taste before serving.

Per serving: Calories 177.6, protein 8.1 g, total fat 5.3 g, carbohydrates 24.2 g, sodium 41.9 mg, fiber 6.1 g

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Fig Einsteins {Gluten-Free Family Favorites Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Gluten Free, Meatless Mondays, Recipes

Kelli and Peter Bronski, authors of Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking and No Gluten, No Problem, bring you their newest book, Gluten-Free Family Favorites. With 75 recipes for feeding the whole family well on a gluten free diet, this book is a wonderful addition to a gluten free household—especially one that is overrun with tiny humans.These recipes run the gamut from breakfast basics to classy desserts, with everything in between. As a mom of a busy toddler, I was delighted to see recipes for snacks like these Fig Einsteins and Fruit Strips. Parents of gluten free kids who know how hard it is to replicate some of these treats will appreciate the step-by-step directions and clearly spelled out ingredients.

Gluten Free Family Favorites
The Experiment,
the publishers of this lovely book, have graciously offered a copy for one lucky winner. We will pair this book with all of the ingredients needed to make Kelli and Peter’s Artisan Gluten-Free Flour Blend (recipe below).  To enter, simply follow the prompts in the app at the bottom of the page. We will randomly select a winner from all who enter by 11:50 pm on 10/19/14. Head over to No Gluten, No Problem for even more amazing recipes and snag your own copy of this book here.

Fig Einsteins | Bob's Red Mill

Fig Einsteins

Makes 36 cookies  

You’ve heard of the Fig Newton, Nabisco’s classic treat—a flattened roll, with a fig paste filling contained inside a pastry that’s somewhere between a cake and a cookie. Now meet our Fig Einstein, the Newton’s gluten-free, made-from-scratch-at-home twin. Same great flavors and textures, minus the gluten.

Fig Filling

  • 1 cup (160 g) chopped, stemmed dried Figs
  • 1 cup (240 ml) Orange Juice
  • 2 tablespoons Honey
  • Zest of 1 Lemon

Dough

  • 1½ cups plus 2 tablespoons (204 g) Artisan GF Flour Blend (recipe below)
  • 1 teaspoon Xanthan Gum
  • ¼ cup (54 g) Sugar
  • ½ teaspoon GF Baking Powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ¼ teaspoon Cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • 6 tablespoons (¾ stick, 84 g) Butter
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon GF Pure Vanilla Extract
  1. To make the filling, combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is absorbed and the mixture is thick, about 30 minutes. With either an immersion blender or conventional blender, puree the filling until fairly smooth. Refrigerate until cool.
  2. To make the dough, combine the flour, xanthan gum, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl and whisk to combine. Cut the butter into chunks and work it into the flour mixture with a pastry cutter or your hands until the mixture resembles sand. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and vanilla. Add to the flour mixture and mix until dough forms.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  4. Roll the dough out between two pieces of plastic wrap to form a rectangle about 18 x 10 inches (45 x 25 cm). Remove the top piece of plastic wrap and set aside. Use a pizza cutter or knife to cut the dough into 9 equal rectangles. (Make two evenly spaced vertical cuts and two evenly spaced horizontal cuts. You’ll end up with rectangles about 6 x 3 inches/15 x 8 cm.)
  5. Keeping the dough on the bottom piece of plastic wrap, slide onto another baking sheet and place in the refrigerator until the filling has finished cooling, about 10 minutes.
  6. Remove the dough and fig filling from the refrigerator. Move one rectangle of dough to the reserved piece of plastic wrap and spread 1½ tablespoons of filling in a roughly 1-inch (2.5 cm) strip lengthwise down the center. Use the edge of the plastic wrap to lift one long side of the dough and fold over so the edge runs down the middle. Repeat with the other long side to create a tube. Press to slightly flatten. Place the tube seam-side down on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough and filling.
  7. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until slightly golden Cut each roll crosswise into 4 pieces while still hot, and immediately place in a container with a lid, ideally in a single layer (or in multiple layers separated by sheets of parchment paper). This allows the Fig Einsteins to steam while cooling, resulting in the soft, cake-like texture of the rolls.

High-altitude adjustment: Increase the flour to 1¾ cups.

Artisan Gluten-Free Flour Blend

1 cup of Artisan GF Flour Blend weighs 125 g.

Single batch: Makes about 3 cups 

Combine all ingredients and whisk well to mix thoroughly. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 months in the pantry or 6 months in the refrigerator.

Recipe from Gluten-Free Family Favorites: The 75 Go-To Recipes You Need to Feed Kids and Adults All Day Every Day, copyright © Kelli and Peter Bronski, 2014. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment. Available wherever books are sold.

 

 

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

by Cassidy Stockton in Gluten Free, Recipes

T’is the season- the pumpkin season that is. Maybe you’re a die-hard pumpkin fanatic or maybe you could skip it all together (in which case, it seems unlikely that you are even reading this), but from a recent poll on Facebook (and the endless stream of pumpkin recipes online right now), it’s clear that A LOT of people still enjoy the occasional pumpkin indulgence. I am not a huge fan of the overly sweet pumpkin lattes or decadent pumpkin cheesecakes, but I do like a nice pumpkin muffin, especially one that invited chocolate to the party. These easy pumpkin muffins are a great treat without being overly indulgent. They are just the ticket for me this time of year. Quick to whip up and wonderful while still warm, these muffins are perfect for beating back a gray day here in the Pacific Northwest.

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins | Bob's Red Mill

 Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

Directions

Step 1

Grease muffin tin and place on a baking sheet. Preheat oven to 375°F.

Step 2

Mix dry ingredients in a medium bowl and set aside.

Step 3

Whisk together eggs, oil, vanilla, pumpkin and sugar.

Step 4

Add dry ingredients, mixing with a spatula, alternating with the milk. Fold in chocolate chips.

Step 5

Using a muffin scoop, portion out into 12 greased muffin cups. These portions will be heaping, so divide accordingly.

Step 6

Bake with a tray underneath at 375°F for 25 minutes. Muffins will brown, but will stay soft when done.

*Vegan option: use a flaxseed mixture to replace the eggs (2 Tbsp flax with 6 Tbsp water for two eggs) and substitute whole milk with non dairy milk of your choice.

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Baked Apples with Muesli and Vanilla Drizzle

by Cassidy Stockton in Gluten Free, Recipes

An easy, delicious treat perfect for a post-apple picking adventure. This dessert really crosses the line into snack or, even breakfast. With only a small amount of sugar, the muesli filling is full of whole grain goodness perfect for any time of day. Mix up the filling for different occasions- try adding toasted pecans and dried apricots or replace the shredded coconut with dried cherries. We absolutely LOVE the slow cooker suggestion below. Talk about making your life easy! Put these in the slow cooker and head out for a day of fall adventuring. When you return home, the entire house will smell like cinnamon apples. Everyone will be happy to dig into the warm, apple-y goodness that awaits.

Baked Apples with Muesli and Vanilla Drizzle | Bob's Red Mill

Baked Apples with Muesli and Vanilla Drizzle

Ingredients

1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

2. Remove tops, cores and seeds of apples. Slice bottom just enough to help the apples sit flat in a casserole dish.

3. In a medium bowl, add muesli, butter, hazelnut meal, coconut, cinnamon and brown sugar, mashing gently with a fork until combined.

4. Using fingers, stuff each apple with mixture.

5. Bake for 35-45 minutes.

6. While baking, combine yogurt and vanilla. Serve apples hot, drizzled with vanilla yogurt sauce.

Note: these can also easily be left to cook overnight in a slow cooker. Place apples with topping (not including yogurt sauce) in a slow cooker and baking on low heat for 6 to 7 hours. Serve with yogurt drizzle. 

 

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Crockpot Shredded Chicken Fajita Chili

by Julia Mueller in Recipes

Earlier in the year, we teamed up with Muir Glen and some fabulous food bloggers to create some stellar chili recipes. This Crockpot Shredded Chicken Fajita Chili comes from one of our leading ladies- Julia Mueller of The Roasted Root. She has combined all of the wonderful spicy flavors of fajitas into a chili that you can throw in the slow cooker. A lady after our hearts, that’s for sure! You can speed this recipe up on the stove top if you need to, but I can’t think of anything I love more on a weeknight than coming home to a pot of soup that has been simmering all day. The house smells amazing and all I have to do is dish it up! Easy-peasy. Check out Julia’s bio below for info on how to keep up with her and enjoy this wonderful dish!

Cheers! -Cassidy

Crockpot Chicken Fajita Chili | Bob's Red Mill + The Roasted Root

Crockpot Shredded Chicken Fajita Chili

Ingredients:

  • 1 Yellow Onion, chopped
  • 3 Bell Peppers, assorted colors, cut into matchsticks
  • 2 Jalapeno Peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 6 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons Chili Powder
  • 2 tablespoon Cumin
  • 2 teaspoons Oregano
  • 2 teaspoons Coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon Cayenne Pepper (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher Salt, or to taste
  • 1 cup dry Garbanzo Beans
  • 1 28-ounce can Diced Tomatoes
  • 3 cups low sodium Chicken Broth
  • 2 lbs bone-in Chicken Pieces or 2 Chicken Breasts

Instructions:

  1. Pour the garbanzo beans into a bowl or container and fill with enough water to cover them. Soak overnight, or for at least 6 hours. Drain the beans and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium. Add the onion and sauté, stirring frequently, until softened, about 5 to 8 minutes.
  3. Add the bell peppers and garlic and sauté an additional 5 minutes.
  4. Transfer the veggies to your crock pot.
  5. Add the spices, beans, diced tomatoes, and broth, and stir everything together.
  6. Add the chicken pieces (or breasts) to the crock pot, pushing them toward the bottom so that they are submerged in liquid.
  7. Place your crock pot on the low setting and allow it to cook for 8 hours.
  8. When the chili is ready, taste it for seasoning. Add salt, hot sauce, or additional spices if desired.
  9. Using a slotted spoon or tons, pull the chicken pieces out of the crock pot and place them on a cutting board.
  10. Use two forks to shred the meet off the bones and discard all of the bones.
  11. Place the shredded chicken back into the crock pot and mix it in with the chili.
  12. Serve chili with sour cream, cheese, and your other favorite chili toppings.

JuliaMuellerJulia Mueller’s two greatest passions are food and the great outdoors. Creator of the food blog, The Roasted Root, Julia enjoys whipping up and photographing nutrient-dense recipes that are healthful yet comforting, and are approachable to make any night of the week. Most of her recipes are vegetable and meat-based, gluten-free and refined-sugar free. Julia is also the author of the cookbooks, Delicious Probiotic Drinks, and Let Them Eat Kale! An avid mountain biker and snowboarder, Julia enjoys balancing work with playing outside in the mountains. Keep up with her onFacebook and Twitter.

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Savory Golden Oat Soup with Red Quinoa | Bob's Red Mill

Savory Golden Oat Soup {Spar for the Spurtle 3rd Place Winner}

by Cassidy Stockton in Gluten Free, Golden Spurtle, Recipes

Our test kitchen whipped up this soup for the judges and, I’ve been dying to make this dish for myself at home ever since. Savory Golden Oat Soup from Edie Irwin of Topanga, California, combines steel cut oats with quinoa, tomatoes, jalapenos, onion, garlic and coconut milk for an Indian-inspired dish. Edie seasoned the soup with ginger, cumin, turmeric, fenugreek and cilantro. This satisfying and flavorful vegan soup is perfect for a cool fall night and can easily be made gluten free by using our Gluten Free Steel Cut Oats. The dish comes together in less than 30 minutes, making it perfect for a weeknight. I’m tucking this one away for the busy holiday season where a quick, nutritious dinner will be a lifesaver.

Savory Golden Oat Soup with Red Quinoa | Bob's Red Mill

Savory Golden Oat Soup with Red Quinoa

By Edie Irwin

Ingredients

  • 7 cups Water
  • 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill® Steel Cut Oats
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tsp Tumeric
  • 1/2 tsp Fenugreek Seeds (optional)
  • 1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill® Red Quinoa, rinsed/drained
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp finely minced Ginger
  • 1 finely minced clove of Garlic
  • 1 small finely chopped Onion
  • 2 finely minced Jalapeño Chile Peppers
  • 2 medium Tomatoes, stemmed and finely minced
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped Cilantro
  • 1 (14 ounce) can Coconut Milk
  • Optional toppings chopped Avocado and Coconut Cream or your favorite Chutney.

Directions

In a 4-quart pot, bring water to boil at medium high heat – add steel cut oats and spices, stir. Reduce heat and simmer oats 10 minutes. Stir in rinsed red quinoa. Add in ginger and garlic. Next add in half of the cilantro, tomatoes, onion and chiles (saving the other half of the veggies for topping soup when serving).

Return to simmer, and cook (stirring occasionally) 12-15 minutes until quinoa is done. To finish, stir in coconut milk and simmer 3-5 minutes to marry the flavors together. Serve immediately or let settle to thicken a few minutes. Soup stays warm a long time if covered. Serve topped with remaining minced chiles, tomatoes, onions and cilantro. Add other toppings as desired such as avocado or chutney or coconut cream or yogurt. A great vegan soup everyone loves, especially on a cool winter day! Serves 6 people as a main dish or 8-10 peoples a soup appetizer.

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Morning Glory Oats {Spar for the Spurtle Winner}

by Cassidy Stockton in Gluten Free, Golden Spurtle, Meatless Mondays, Recipes

The Fourth Annual Spar for the Spurtle garnered over 370 qualified entrants, over 4 times as many as previous years, making this our best year yet, and a difficult competition to judge. The winning recipe will be used to compete in Scotland in early October at the Golden Spurtle World Porridge Championship. Our judges wanted a dish that was porridge-like. They also wanted it to be simple to prepare and nutritious. The judges tasted the top three dishes and chose Morning Glory Oats from Helen Williams as our winner. This dish is like carrot cake in a bowl. Steel cut oats are cooked with almond and coconut milk, then mixed with shredded carrots, golden raisins, walnuts, coconut and pineapple. It’s a very satisfying bowl of oats that is both delicious and nutritious. Dennis Gilliam, our Executive VP of Sales and Marketing, will compete with this dish in Scotland on October 4th with a few minor tweaks to make it really shine (such as a dollop of cream cheese frosting).

Morning Glory Oats | Bob's Red Mill

Morning Glory Oatmeal

By Helen Williams

Ingredients

Directions

Start by cooking your oats according to the instructions using the almond and coconut milks in place of water. In the meantime, grate your carrots. Once your oatmeal has thickened, add your raw carrot shreds, raisins and spices. Allow to finish cooking to desired texture (steel cut oats should be slightly al dente). Stir in your coconut, vanilla extract, brown sugar and orange zest. Top with chopped walnuts and dig in with a spoon; brace yourself for a breakfast that will be seriously hard to beat. It’s basically deconstructed carrot cake in a bowl that you don’t have to feel bad about eating before work. Enjoy!

*Use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Steel Cut Oats to make this dish gluten free.

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Rosemary and Sea Salt Gluten Free Focaccia {Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Gluten Free, Recipes

The Warm Kitchen: Gluten Free Recipes Anyone Can Make and Everyone Will Love from Amy Fothergill of The Family Chef is a wonderful resource for the gluten free cook. Full of wonderful recipes with detailed step-by-step instructions, The Warm Kitchen is perfect for a seasoned gluten free cook or a beginner. Start your day with Amy’s gorgeous cinnamon rolls, then try her Thai peanut noodle salad for lunch and enjoy her drool-worthy chicken pot pie for dinner, but don’t forget dessert- Amy’s banana cupcakes are just the ticket! Each recipe is accompanied by beautiful photos and many helpful hints and tips for recreating what you see on the page. Plus, she has substitutions for making each recipe free from dairy and eggs, as well!

Honestly, I’m incredibly intimidated by baking focaccia, but Amy’s instructions are so well done that I would feel comfortable taking on this recipe. All of her recipes are like this. Clearly written with good explanations of what to expect. Amy has a background in the culinary arts and teaches cooking classes, so she knows how to get her point across so that you can produce delicious dishes that everyone in your family will enjoy.

Amy was kind enough to provide us with a signed copy of The Warm Kitchen to giveaway. We are going to pair the book with a package of each of the flours you will need to make her flour blend- Brown Rice Flour, Sorghum Flour, Tapioca Flour, Potato Starch and Millet Flour. Follow the prompts below to enter. We’ll select a winner at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 8/8/14. If you just can’t wait and want to purchase the book now, Amy has generously offered us this link where you can purchase a signed copy of the book for just $25.

Gluten Free Rosemary and Sea Salt Focaccia from The Warm Kitchen | Bob's Red Mill

Rosemary and Sea Salt Gluten-Free Focaccia

by Amy Fothergill, recipe from The Warm Kitchen cookbook

This is one of my favorite recipes for a delicious focaccia that tastes like the real thing. It’s also naturally casein-free. Make sure to read through the recipe first; the method depends upon the type of yeast which is used. It’s not hard but you do have to allow time for rising.

I personally like to use my flour blend to make this recipe (see how to make the mix below). If you have a pre-made flour blend that includes xanthan gum, you might need to add between ½ – 1 teaspoon additional gum.

For more detailed information on how to make gluten-free yeast products like bread, focaccia, and pizza, take a look at The Warm Kitchen: Gluten-Free Recipes Anyone Can Make and Everyone Will Love.

Makes a 13″ × 9″ pan

Liquid Ingredients

  • 2 large Eggs, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup Olive Oil
  • ½ teaspoon Apple Cider or White Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Honey or Agave Nectar

Regular Yeast Ingredients

  • 3⁄4 cup warm Water, heated to 105°F-115°F
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons regular Active Dry Yeast (1 packet)
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar for proofing yeast

Quick Rising Yeast Ingredients (do not add these together)

  • 2 ¼ teaspoons Quick Rising Yeast (1 packet)
  • 3/4 cup hot Water, heated to 120°F-130°F

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 cups Amy’s Gluten-Free Flour Blend (see below)
  • ½ cup Sorghum Flour
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Xanthan Gum
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Sea or Kosher Salt

Topping

  • 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped, fresh Rosemary or 1 tablespoon dried
  • 1 teaspoon Coarse Sea Salt
  • Optional:  thinly sliced Red Onion (about ¼ of a medium onion)
  1. Heat the oven to 200°F to get the oven warm. Turn the oven off after 5 minutes.
  2. Mix the liquid ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Regular Yeast: To proof the yeast, place the warm water in a glass measuring cup. Add yeast and sugar; stir. Let it sit for 5 minutes until it’s foamy and fragrant. While the yeast proofs, add the dry ingredients to a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle (not the dough hook). Using a whisk, mix the dry ingredients in the bowl or mix with the paddle. Turn the stand mixer on and add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and give it a few twirls. Add the yeast and water mixture. Proceed to step 4.
    Quick Rising Yeast: Add the dry ingredients, including the quick rising yeast, to a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle (not the dough hook). Using a whisk, mix the dry ingredients in the bowl. Turn the stand mixer on and add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and give it a few twirls. Add the hot water. Proceed to step 4.
  4. Raise speed to medium and mix for 2-3 minutes. You want the dough to look like stiff cake batter. It should spread to the sides of the bowl of the mixer and will be very sticky.
  5. Grease a 13″ × 9″ pan with olive oil.
  6. With a greased scoop or spatula, place dough into the pan. With either oiled hands or a spatula, spread the dough so it’s even. With your fingertips, make indentations over the dough.
  7. Place in the warm oven for 60 minutes for regular yeast or 20 minutes for quick rising yeast then remove. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  8. After the focaccia has risen, brush the top with olive oil. Top with fresh or dried rosemary and sprinkle with salt. Optionally add red onion.
  9. Place the focaccia in the oven and bake for about 18-22 minutes or until top begins to brown.
  10. Cut into pieces and enjoy.

Amy’s Gluten-Free Flour Blend

This is the flour blend that will hopefully change your life. It’s easy to mix, versatile, and can be a substitute for flour in almost any recipe. For baking, I do suggest you use a gum such as xanthan or guar. These can be found in most health or natural food stores.

Mix together and keep in an air-tight container:

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Healthy Homemade Snacks: 3 Easy Recipes that Kids Can Make!

by Alisa Fleming in Recipes

Who needs pre-packaged snacks when there are healthy homemade snack recipes like these that even your kids can make? All three are no-bake and packed with both flavor and good-for-you ingredients! Enjoy them in the morning, in lunch boxes, for an afternoon snack, or even as an evening movie treat.

All of these healthy homemade snack recipes are dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, soy-free, refined sugar-free, and vegan!

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Fresh Blueberry Trail Mix Yogurt Parfaits

Sure, dried fruit keeps better when trekking in the wilderness, but at home, why not spring for the extra nutritional benefits of fresh?!

Makes: 2 parfaits | Prep Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Divide half of the yogurt between two small bowls or parfait-style cups.
  2. Top the yogurt with half of the blueberries, sprinkle with half of the chia seeds and half of the cashew pieces.
  3. Repeat the layers with the second half of each ingredient.

* For richer varieties (like CoYo), I use just ½ cup total. If I’m in the mood for a sweeter yogurt, I simply stir a few drops of vanilla stevia or a drizzle of honey (agave for vegan) into the yogurt before layering.

Joyful Almond Energy Bites

Joyful Almond Energy Bites

This magical blend is full of healthy fats and just enough protein, fiber, and sugar to keep active kids and adults fueled.

Makes: 16 bites | Prep Time: 10 minutes (+ 15 minutes to chill)

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, stir together the almond butter, honey, and coconut flour. Stir in thecoconut, and chocolate chips until thoroughly combined. It will be relatively stiff.
  2. Roll dough into small balls. If too sticky, add just a smidgen more coconut flour.
  3. Place almond flour or crushed almonds in a small bowl, and roll balls in it, pressing almonds in to adhere as needed.
  4. Freeze the bites for 15 to 20 minutes. Store them in a resealable plastic bag or airtight container in the refrigerator, and eat when hungry!

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Cheesy Chia Popcorn

When we’re craving savory, I make popcorn. Sometimes plain old coconut oil and salt does the trick, but often I like to get creative with nutritious, flavorful toppings like this one.

If you have kids who aren’t old enough to use a spice grinder, they can help measure out ingredients for larger batches, which you can then grind and store (refrigerated) for them to sprinkle on popcorn, rice, or veggies whenever desired.

Makes: 3 to 4 batches of seasoning (3 tablespoons) | Prep Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Air-popped popcorn
  • Melted coconut oil (I use about 3 tablespoons per mounding 1/3 cup of unpopped kernels)

Directions

  1. Place the yeast, seeds, salt, onion, paprika, and garlic in a spice grinder, and whiz for 30 seconds, or until finely ground.
  2. Pop popcorn and drizzle with oil, stirring to coat. Sprinkle with desired amount of the nutritional yeast-chia seed topping, and toss to coat.

alisaAlisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa has three new books in the works, and is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry. Her dietary specialty is dairy-free, but she also has expertise in gluten-free and allergy-friendly.

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Meatless Mondays: Cheese Crisps

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles

In honor of all the kiddos who are heading back to school this week, and all the parents who just collectively breathed a sigh of relief, we present cheese crisps. An easy, delicious cracker for lunch boxes and after school snacking. These crackers use coconut flour and brown rice flour for a light, crisp cracker that is deceptively gluten free. Take this recipe for a spin, then try variations with different cheeses like Pepper Jack or Smoked Gouda. Careful, though, these are addictive and it’s likely your first batch won’t even make it to Monday’s sack lunch.

Cheese Crisps | Bob's Red Mill

Cheese Crisps

Directions

Step 1

Heat oven to 275°F .

Step 2

Place melted and cooled butter, egg and water in a food processor. Add flours, salt and cheese, and blend until incorporated.

Step 3

Place mixture into a bowl. Add flaxseeds and mix by hand until a soft dough forms.

Step 4

Turn out onto a board dusted with brown rice flour. Roll to about 1/16-inch thick and cut into bite size pieces.

Step 5

Distribute pieces onto a parchment covered dark cookie sheet.

Bake for 30-35 minutes, rotating cookie sheet halfway through baking.  Crackers will be golden and hard when done.

Yields about 50 bite size crackers.

 

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