Yellow Cake with Raspberry and Chocolate Frosting- perfect for Valentine's Day // gluten free // @bobsredmill

Yellow Cake with Raspberry and Chocolate Frosting

by Cassidy Stockton in Gluten Free, Recipes

Hello February! I think it’s safe to say we can start dreaming of dessert again and this gorgeous cake made using our Gluten Free Muffin Mix is just the dessert to kick start our dreams! First off, you read that right, this cake is made with our new(ish) gluten free muffin mix. I find that challenging, mainly because the first thing I want to do with a muffin mix is make muffins! Which means I have to somehow resist making muffins so I can make a cake instead. These are tough times in which we live, people, tough times.Yellow Cake with Raspberry and Chocolate Frosting- perfect for Valentine's Day // gluten free // @bobsredmill

This cake is absolutely gorgeous and I’m positive that mine will never be *as* pretty, but I think I’ll whip this one up for Valentine’s Day for my little Valentine at home. Sprinkled with a bit of edible glitter or decorated with some conversation hearts (check to be sure they’re gluten free), this cake is a festive and delicious way to share your love. If yellow cake is not up your alley, our test kitchen has a suggestion for turning this into a chocolate cake, as well.

Yellow Cake with Raspberry and Chocolate Frosting- perfect for Valentine's Day // gluten free // @bobsredmill

Yellow Cake with Raspberry and Chocolate Frosting

Recipe: Sarah House for Bob’s Red Mill 

Servings: 12

Prep Time: 30 minutes | Cook Time: 25 – 30 minutes | Passive Time: 60 minutes

Ingredients

Yellow Cake*

Raspberry Frosting

  • 4-1/2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups Butter soft
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 – 3 Tbsp Milk if needed
  • 1 cup Raspberries

Chocolate Ganache

  • 5 oz Dark Chocolate chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Instructions

Cake

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-inch round cake pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine sugar, milk, eggs, oil and vanilla extract and mix to combine. Add Gluten Free Muffin Mix and mix until thoroughly combined.

Pour batter into prepared cake pan and bake until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, about 25 – 30 minutes. Remove parchment paper and let cool completely before frosting.

Raspberry Frosting

Combine powdered sugar and soft butter and mix on low speed for 1 minute to combine with an electric mixer.

Increase speed to medium and mix until light and fluffy, 3 – 5 minutes.

Add vanilla extract, raspberries, and milk if needed to adjust consistency, and mix until raspberries have tinted the frosting pink but have not completely blended into the frosting, about 1 minute.

Slice cooled cake in half through the center, creating two equal layers. Spread an even layer of raspberry frosting on top of one layer. Place the second cake layer on top of the frosted layer and then frost the entire cake. Transfer to the refrigerator to set for 15 minutes before applying ganache.

Chocolate Ganache

Place chopped chocolate in a medium sized bowl and set aside.

Heat cream in a small saucepan to just simmering but NOT boiling. Pour hot cream over chocolate and whisk to melt chocolate and create a thick and smooth ganache.

Without letting the ganache cool, remove cake from the refrigerator and pour the very warm ganache over the top of the cake, allowing some ganache to drip down the sides of the cake. Let set for about 15 minutes then serve.

Recipe Notes

*For a chocolate cake, add 2 Tbsp cocoa powder to the Gluten Free Muffin Mix before combining with wet ingredients.

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Banana Bread (Gluten Free) primary

Gluten Free Banana Bread Made with GF Muffin Mix

by Lindsey Duncan in Gluten Free, Recipes

There’s a chance I had two brown bananas in my freezer since at least last June just waiting on me to make them into banana bread (true story.) The good thing is that I never let another banana go brown all year because of the guilt I carried about the two frozen brown ones I already had. What would I do with even more brown ones if I couldn’t make the first two into banana bread? Life’s purpose for my two frozen brown bananas finally manifested when I was asked to use our new GF Muffin Mix to make Banana Bread! They were not grown and harvested in vain!

Don’t tell our Millet Grits, but the new GF Muffin Mix is giving them a run for their money as my favorite BRM product. You may have seen my post on Tropical Getaway Muffins. I’ve made some other muffins at home too (cocoa cayenne, for instance) that I’ve loved and I’m beginning to think it might actually be impossible to make poor muffins with our magic Muffin Mix.

Banana Bread (Gluten Free) // @bobsredmill // gluten free, wheat free, easy bread

To no one’s surprise, this Banana Bread is just about foolproof too. Once again, all you do is put all the ingredients in a bowl, mix, pour, and bake. Only 1 measuring cup required! I pulled my bananas out of the freezer to thaw, walked the dog for a while, and came back to soggy but mostly thawed bananas that were ready to go into the counter top mixer bowl along with everything else (counter top mixer not needed! You can make it with a hand mixer for sure!) I didn’t even mash the bananas first but I probably should have, especially if I were using a hand-held mixer. I seriously loved that I didn’t have to measure anything but the water. I didn’t use walnuts or any other mix-ins this time, so when everything was combined, I poured into a pan and baked.

I learned this really great trick for getting the bread to come out of the pan: I used a paper towel to spread avocado oil around a glass loaf dish, then I sprinkled some of our Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour around the corners, edges, and sides and knocked the dish to get the flour to coat the pan. Having that flour dusting makes the bread come out super easily!

The verdict: SUPER moist, super easy, delicious banana bread! I ate a slice warm with huckleberry jalapeno marmalade (because you can find that sort of thing in Portland!) and then sliced and froze the rest for quick breakfasts on the go. I’ll make the bread again but I think I’ll add mix-ins next time: nuts or dried cherries or baking spices perhaps? Maybe apples? Peanut butter? My mind is racing. Leave a comment on this recipe telling us what you did!

Banana Bread (Gluten Free)

Servings: 12 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time 50 – 60 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°F and grease an 8×4-inch loaf pan.

In a bowl, combine Gluten Free Muffin Mix, water, mashed bananas, and eggs and mix until well combined. Stir in walnuts, if using.

Transfer batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, about 50 – 60 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan.

 

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Tropical Getaway Muffins made using our Gluten Free Muffin Mix- super easy! Gluten Free // Bob's Red Mill

Tropical Getaway Muffins

by Lindsey Duncan in Gluten Free, Recipes

A big shout out to Lynda from Me and My Pink Mixer for naming these muffins in our Moms Meet Contest! If I were to also name them, I think I would call them the Use-Things-I-Got-For-Christmas-and-Act-Like-It’s-Not-Snowing-Outside Muffins.

Really, though, Portland got some snow the day I baked these so Tropical Getaway Muffins sounded like the perfect way to get me mentally out of the cold and into the shade of beach, piña colada in hand… oops, I mean gluten free pineapple-coconut muffin in hand. I was super excited to use my (read: my boyfriend’s) new counter top mixer for the first time. You do not need a stand mixer for these super-easy muffins but it was fun and I couldn’t resist!

I used avocado oil as my vegetable oil or melted butter – its’ my new favorite. The 2% milk I had in my fridge worked like a charm.

Tropical Getaway Muffins made using our Gluten Free Muffin Mix- super easy! Gluten Free // Bob's Red Mill

Once I had mixed all the ingredients together (really, it’s that easy: put everything in a bowl together and mix) I decided to get creative, channel my Inner Tropical Being, and grate some fresh nutmeg that I (yes, I this time) got for Christmas. Wowza. Good call, Inner Tropical Being. Did you know how beautiful the inside of a nutmeg is, by the way?Tropical Getaway Muffins made using our Gluten Free Muffin Mix- super easy! Gluten Free // Bob's Red Mill

At my boyfriend’s plea, I also sprinkled some ginger powder on three of the muffins. That was also a good call and now I wish I’d put it on all of them.

I had some extra batter leftover, so I made a Megamuffin in a glass storage container. What? I’ve never seen a muffin rule book that said I couldn’t. Plus it was the perfect size for two people to share!

Tropical Getaway Muffins made using our Gluten Free Muffin Mix- super easy! Gluten Free // Bob's Red Mill

All in all, yet another recipe confirming my love for our new Gluten Free Muffin Mix. (Pats self on back.)

Tropical Getaway Muffins made using our Gluten Free Muffin Mix- super easy! Gluten Free // Bob's Red Mill

Tropical Getaway Muffins

Servings: 12 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 22 – 25 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease a standard muffin pan, or line with paper baking cups.

Pour muffin mix into a mixing bowl. Make a well in the center and add oil or butter, milk, and eggs. Mix until well combined. Fold in crushed pineapple and shredded coconut.

Spoon batter into prepared muffin pan, filling each cup nearly to the top. Sprinkle each muffin with extra shredded coconut to garnish.

Bake until muffins are golden brown, about 22 – 25 minutes. Cool in pan for 5 minutes.

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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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Flax Crackers that meet almost all dietary needs- vegan, gluten free, paleo // Bob's Red Mill

Salt + Pepper Flax Crackers

by Cassidy Stockton in Gluten Free, Recipes

Can I admit something to you? I’ve never made crackers at home. They always seem so hard and time consuming, but I need to rethink these excuses. This recipe looks so easy that my excuses seem pretty flimsy in comparison.

If you’re not familiar with flax, it’s a highly nutritious seed full of fiber and omega-3 fats. These crackers are so simple, combining flax with water and some salt and pepper. You can even make them a little more flavorful by following our Everything version below. They are great for just about every eating style out there- whether it’s gluten free, paleo, vegan or just plain old clean eating. Dip them in hummus, top them with your favorite cheese (or faux cheese), spread them with almond butter or a dollop of jam- they’re delicious ALLTHEWAYS.

Salt and Pepper Flax Crackers that meet almost all dietary needs- vegan, gluten free, paleo // Bob's Red Mill

Salt and Pepper Flax Crackers

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Brown or Golden Flaxseed Meal
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 tsp large flake Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Coarsely Ground Black Pepper

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients except large flake sea salt and coarsely ground black pepper. Add water and mix until an even dough forms.

Spread onto the prepared baking sheets and flatten to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut into 1½-inch squares then sprinkle evenly with large flake sea salt and coarsely ground black pepper.

Bake until crisp and the edges are browned, about 25 – 30 minutes. Let cool completely before dividing and serving. Yields 10 servings.

Everything Flax Crackers that meet almost all dietary needs- vegan, gluten free, paleo // Bob's Red Mill

Everything Flax Crackers

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Brown Flaxseed Meal
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Poppy Seeds, divided
  • 2 tsp Sesame Seeds, divided
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 tsp Garlic or Onion Flakes optional

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large bowl combine flaxseed meal, salt, garlic and onion powders, 1/2 tsp poppy seeds, and 1 tsp sesame seeds. Add water and mix until an even dough forms.

Spread onto the prepared baking sheet and flatten to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut into 1½-inch squares then sprinkle evenly with remaining seeds and garlic or onion flakes, if using.

Bake until crisp and the edges are browned, about 25 – 30 minutes. Let cool completely before dividing and serving. Yields 10 servings.

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Baked Pear Oatmeal is a whole grain breakfast perfect for keeping your resolutions on track. // Bob's Red Mill // gluten free, dairy free adaptable

Baked Pear Oatmeal

by Cassidy Stockton in Recipes

It’s January 4th. Did you make a resolution a few days ago to eat better or healthier or try to lose some weight? You don’t have to be shy, the New York Times reports that about 40-50% of Americans make a resolution and the number one resolution is related to health and weight loss. It makes sense, really. We just spent the last two months from Halloween to New Year’s Day indulging in sweets and decadent foods, it’s only natural that we want to bounce back. I don’t know about you, but my body is positively screaming for something nutritious by the time Christmas has wrapped.

This recipe is a perfect way to fuel your body and keep those healthy resolutions. Baked oatmeal is easy to make and can be adapted to suit many different tastes and dietary needs. You can reduce the sugar in this recipe or replace it with your favorite sweetener to make it a touch healthier. Add flaxseed meal to boost the fiber and try mixing it up with different fruits and nuts. Need it to be gluten free? Simply swap out the old fashioned oats for our gluten free tested version and make sure to read the label on your vanilla. Need it to be free from dairy? Use your favorite non-dairy butter replacement or try it with coconut oil. Baked Pear Oatmeal is a whole grain breakfast perfect for keeping your resolutions on track. // Bob's Red Mill // gluten free, dairy free adaptable

Baked Pear Oatmeal

Servings: 8

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 40 – 50 minutes | Passive Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cup Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 1 tsp  Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp  ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground Ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground Nutmeg
  • 3 cups Water or Milk, Pear Juice, or Apple Juice
  • 2  Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Butter melted and cooled
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cup chopped fresh Pears (about 2 whole)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 9×9-inch baking dish and set aside.

In a small bowl, combine rolled oats, baking powder, salt, and spices. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together water (or milk or juice), eggs, brown sugar, melted and cooled butter, and vanilla extract. Add oat mixture to the wet ingredients and mix to combine. Fold in chopped pears.

Transfer mixture to the prepared baking dish and bake until set, about 40 – 50 minutes. Let cool about 5 minutes before serving.

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Gluten Free Cheese Danish- a perfect holiday pastry to enjoy with a cup of coffee. Dairy-free adaptable. // Bob's Red Mill

Gluten Free Cheese Danish

by Sarena Shasteen in Meatless Mondays, Recipes

I had this revelation one day when I was thinking about food I hadn’t had in awhile. I really hope I’m not the only one that daydreams randomly about food. Please tell me you all do this too. Food really brings back so many memories for me (and for so many others I’m sure). Oddly, as I was thinking about foods from my past, I realized that since my kids have been gluten free for a large part of their lives, there are quite a few things they have never tried. One think in particular came to mind recently…cheese danish.

Gluten Free Cheese Danish- a perfect holiday pastry to enjoy with a cup of coffee. Dairy-free adaptable. // Bob's Red Mill

I not talking about homemade either. While my family did cook, I was the baker (even as a kid) and I was not quite that adventurous as a child. When I say cheese danish, I’m talking about the kind you buy in a box over by the bagged doughnuts. I know, this is not the end of the world, however cheese danish is pretty darn delicious and I wanted my boys to have the opportunity to try it. So, into the kitchen I went to see if I could replicate a childhood favorite of mine to maybe create some delicious food memories for my boys as well. Not only did they love this, but they have asked for it multiple times since that first time I made it. Lucky for them, it comes together quite easily so I’ve made variations a few times.

Gluten Free Cheese Danish- a perfect holiday pastry to enjoy with a cup of coffee. Dairy-free adaptable. // Bob's Red Mill

Don’t let the process scare you with this recipe. Most people shy away from yeast, but this really is easy and if you prep the ingredients the night before, you can have cheese danish ready for your family before they even get out of bed. This would be perfect for the holiday season when your house has guests getting up at different times throughout the morning. If you double the recipe, you can have one with just cheese and one with cheese and fruit. I made an extra pastry with sautéed apples with sugar and flour for a little variety. Served up with freshly brewed coffee is our favorite way to enjoy this on a slow relaxing winter morning.

Gluten Free Cheese Danish- a perfect holiday pastry to enjoy with a cup of coffee. Dairy-free adaptable. // Bob's Red Mill

Gluten Free Cheese Danish

Danish

Cheese Filling

  • 8 oz. Cream Cheese or Dairy Free Alternative like Daiya or Tofutti
  • 1/2 cup Powder Sugar
  • 1 Extra Large Egg Yolk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla

Egg Wash

  • 1 Extra Large Egg White
  • 1 Tbsp Water

Glaze

  • 1 cup Powder Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1-2 Tbsp Vanilla Almond Milk

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large stand mixer, combine the flour through baking powder. Heat the milk and butter in the microwave to 100ºF. Turn the mixer on low and add the warm milk mixture to the flour using a dough hook. Next add the vinegar, vanilla and 2 eggs. Mix on medium speed for 5 minutes. Allow the dough to rest for 15 minutes.

In a small mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, powder sugar, egg yolk and vanilla. Mix until thoroughly combined.

Pour the dough onto the parchment lined baking sheet keeping 3/4 to 1 cup aside for the top. Spread dough to the size and shape you want leaving a little lip on the edges; about 1/4 inch in the center and 1/2 inch on the sides. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the top of the dough. Place dots of the remaining dough over the cream cheese mixture. Using a knife, swirl the dough into the cream cheese mixture going longways and then across the pastry. Mix the egg white and water. Then brush the pastry with the egg wash mixture and sprinkle with remaining tablespoon of sugar on the top. Place the danish in a warm place for 15 minutes. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Bake the danish for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool for 10 minutes

In a small bowl, combine the powder sugar, vanilla and almond milk (1 tablespoon at a time) and mix well to make the glaze. Drizzle the glaze over the slightly cooled pastry.

Sarena Shasteen: The Non Dairy QueenSarena Shasteen has been an avid health food and fitness enthusiast from an early age. She holds a degree in Culinary Arts from The Art Institute of Atlanta, a certification in Fitness Nutrition and is a certified Fitness Trainer from International Sport Science Association (ISSA). Becoming a Personal Trainer and Specialist in Fitness Nutrition has been a lifelong goal of hers. Sarena enjoys helping others reach their health goals by teaching them that health and fitness are not only achieved in the gym, but also through fun everyday activities. Now a food writer, recipe developer, personal chef,  Personal Trainer and Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, she enjoys sharing with others that healthy living can be fun and delicious. Keep up with her at The Non Dairy Queen and on Facebook and Twitter.

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Sparkling Stars and Snowflake Cookies- made gluten free using our almond meal. Perfect family activity during the holidays. // Bob's Red Mill

Sparkling Stars and Snowflake Cookies – Gluten Free

by Lindsey Duncan in Gluten Free, Recipes

This recipe scores a big ol’ F all around (when F stands for Fun, Family, Festivity, and Flavor!) Who doesn’t love fun-shaped holiday cookies? Who doesn’t love them more when they are made of almond meal? And I demand to know who doesn’t love sparkles! If you’re looking for a fun, festive, family activity, get the whole gang together to help bake or decorate these delicious cookies. The recipe is super simple and the results are eye catching!

Sparkling Stars and Snowflake Cookies- made gluten free using our almond meal. Perfect family activity during the holidays. // Bob's Red Mill

Whether by choice or due to dietary restriction, many people are turning towards nut flours to replace grain flours in baking. Natural Almond Meal/Flour is a delicious grain-free option for paleo and primal diet bakers. Like all of our nut flours, our Natural Almond Meal/Flour is processed in our dedicated gluten free facility so Celiacs and those with gluten intolerance can bake worry-free. Ginger, cinnamon, and lemon zest give these treats a bit of a “pop” on your tongue – they aren’t spicy-hot, but they do carry some zing from the baking spices.

Sparkling Stars and Snowflake Cookies- made gluten free using our almond meal. Perfect family activity during the holidays. // Bob's Red Mill

We always encourage creativity around here so experiment with your decorations. If you like to hand-decorate with a pastry bag, just add more powdered sugar to the icing until it reaches a stiffness you like. Don’t forget the Sparkling Sugar – it’s what makes these cookies look to be freshly snowed upon as they twinkle on the cookie tray.

Sparkling Stars and Snowflake Cookies- made gluten free using our almond meal. Perfect family activity during the holidays. // Bob's Red Mill

Sparkling Stars and Snowflakes

Servings: 20 – 40 cookies, depending on shapes

Prep Time: 30 minutes | Cook Time: 15 – 20 minutes

Ingredients

Preheat oven to 350°F and line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Whip powdered sugar and egg whites until very light and fluffy, 4 – 5 minutes. Remove and reserve 1/2 cup.

Into remaining egg white mixture, fold in almond meal, spices, salt, and lemon zest. Mix until a solid dough forms.

Roll dough between two pieces of parchment or waxed paper to 1/4-inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut dough into shapes, rerolling the scrapes as many times as needed.

Transfer cookies to the prepared baking sheets. Ice each cookie with the reserved egg white mixture and sprinkle with sparkling sugar.

Bake at 350°F for 15 – 20 minutes. Let cool before serving.

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Holiday Tea Cookies made gluten free using our Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour and Hazelnut Meal // Bob's Red Mill // Easy, Kid Friendly

Holiday Tea Cookies – Gluten Free

by Lindsey Duncan in Gluten Free, Recipes

I am officially in the holiday spirit and these Holiday Tea Cookies were just the ticket to get me there. I can’t wait to tell you about them, but before I do, since this is my first blog post, allow me to introduce myself and give myself some recipe cred.

I’m Lindsey, a Marketing Coordinator here at Bob’s Red Mill, and you may see my posts on the blog every now and then. You’ll catch on very quickly that I write about many gluten free recipes. That’s no accident – I am the Resident Celiac/Gluten Free Guinea Pig on the Marketing team, so when Cassidy asked me to help her out with gluten free posts, I was on board right away! Here’s a fun factoid about me and Bob’s: I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in Ohio where I am from almost 14 years ago and Bob’s Red Mill was my go-to brand I knew I could trust way back then and way across the country! I honestly can’t believe I have the privilege of working for this wonderful company here in Oregon now!

Enough about me, let’s talk about you and these Holiday Tea Cookies. You might call them Russian Tea Cakes, snowball cookies, or butterballs. A rose by any other name would smell as sweet (as these cookies do,) so whatever you know them as, these cookies are tasty!

Holiday Tea Cookies made gluten free using our Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour and Hazelnut Meal // Bob's Red Mill // Easy, Kid Friendly

If you haven’t tried our Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour, you simply must, and here we’ve provided a wonderful recipe in which you can use it. What’s so great about the 1-to-1 is that no one knows that it’s gluten free! We put together a stellar blend of light and fluffy rice flour with potato starch, sorghum flour, and tapioca flour. Xanthan gum is already in the mix, giving your baked goods the lift and stretch they need for the best texture. You truly can use the Gluten Free 1-to-1 flour as a direct replacement for all-purpose (wheat) flour in your favorite baking recipes. This is incognito gluten free.

These cookies feature another of my favorite products, our Hazelnut Flour/Meal. Hazelnuts are deliciously flavorful and nutty, plus we love them even more because they are basically grown in our backyard (okay not literally, but they are from Oregon just like we are!) All of our nut flours are processed in our gluten free facility so you can bake worry free.

Here’s a confession: I’m more of a cook than a baker, so I was so grateful my first baking assignment is nearly fool-proof. While this recipe is kid-friendly, I know kiddos can have a short attention span and these babies need to sit in the fridge for a couple of hours, so here’s the secret: whip up the butter/flour mixture during nap time and refrigerate. Then when the kids are ready to “help” (and/or throw powdered sugar around,) pull the cookies out and let the little ones roll the dough balls in the powdered sugar and place on the baking sheet. They’ll be proud to know they helped out!

Let us know what you think in the comments below; happy baking!

Holiday Tea Cookies made gluten free using our Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour and Hazelnut Meal // Bob's Red Mill // Easy, Kid Friendly

Holiday Tea Cookies

Servings: 40 cookies

Prep Time: 25 minutes | Cook Time: 10 – 12 minutes |Passive Time: 2 hours or overnight

Ingredients

Instructions

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a bowl, combine butter, ½ cup powdered sugar and vanilla extract until very creamy, about 4 minutes. Meanwhile, mix together Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour and Hazelnut Meal and salt in a small bowl.

Add flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until just combined.

Scoop cookie dough into approximately 1-inch wide balls and place on prepared baking sheet. Wrap baking sheet in plastic wrap and refrigerate cookie dough for at least 2 hours or overnight.

When ready to bake cookies, preheat oven to 375°F and line baking sheets with parchment paper. Place remaining 2 cups of powdered sugar in a large bowl.

Toss cookies in powdered sugar to coat and place on prepared baking sheets about 1-inch apart. Bake until the bottoms are lightly browned, 10 – 12 minutes. Immediately and carefully roll hot cookies in powdered sugar and transfer to a rack to cool completely.

Toss cookies a third time in powdered sugar once completely cooled.

 

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12 Meatless Mains for Thanksgiving including gluten free and vegan options. // Bob's Red Mill

12 Meatless Thanksgiving Mains

by Cassidy Stockton in Meatless Mondays, Recipes

Whether you follow a plant-based diet or simply have a guest coming who does, Thanksgiving can be a tricky holiday to maneuver when it comes to meatless options. As a vegetarian, I have had holidays that range from an extravagant meatless main dish to “I’ll just eat the sides.” It usually depends on how motivated I feel and whether there will be any other vegetarians at the gathering. There are some great prepared options from brands like Tofurkey and Field Roast, but sometimes you just want to make something stunning that anyone can enjoy. I’m still in the planning mode for Thanksgiving, so to help you (and me!) out, I’ve gathered together a dozen amazing meatless main dishes that would make a beautiful Thanksgiving meal. I tried to include notes about which recipes were easily made (or already) vegan and gluten free. 

12 Meatless Mains for Thanksgiving including gluten free and vegan options. // Bob's Red Mill

  1. Savory Pumpkin Tart from An Edible Mosaic
  2. Vegetarian Pumpkin Chili from The Kitchn (easily adapted to vegan and gluten free)
  3. Red Lentil Coconut Curry Stuffed Spaghetti Squash from Greens and Chocolate (vegan, gluten free)
  4. Onion Cheddar Mushroom Galette
  5. Roasted Carrot & Lentil Salad with Tahini Dressing from Blogging Over Thyme (vegan, gluten free)
  6. Curried Cranberry Couscous Pilaf from Foxes Love Lemons (vegan)
  7. Curried Red Lentil Soup from Cookie and Kate (vegan, gluten free)
  8. Pumpkin Risotto from The New York Times (not pictured) (gluten free)
  9. Butternut Squash and Parsnip Tart from Oh My Veggies
  10. Classic Vegetarian Nut Loaf from the Kitchn
  11. Butternut Squash Ravioli from Reclaiming Provincial
  12. Lentil and Couscous Stuffed Peppers from Cookie and Kate (easily made vegan)

 

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Cassidy Stockton Google: Cassidy Stockton
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