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Get Seedy with Your Popcorn

by Sarah House in Recipes

Every New Year, we (or a least a LOT of us) make resolutions to get healthy.  We renew our gym memberships, stock our pantry with healthy foods, and cut out snacking all together.  And we do pretty good!  For about two weeks.  Then we find ourselves passing by our coworker’s candy dish a bit more often or justifying those TWO brownies for dessert by thinking that tomorrow’s 30 minute workout will totally negate at least one brownie, right?  I’m not alone here, am I?

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Yes, I have a sweet tooth.  And a savory one.  I like my snacks!  Total denial of that pleasure won’t make my healthy goals any more attainable.  One of my snacking saviors is the ole movie theater stand-by:  popcorn.

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When I crave something crunchy, I find myself turning more and more often to popcorn.  In my opinion, it’s a contender for the best snack ever.  Crunchy, filling, whole-grain and a breeze to prepare, many a movie night at my house is accompanied by freshly popped Bob’s Red Mill Popcorn.  I’m a sucker for the classic butter and salt but when I’m feeling a bit more exotic or just want to impress my guests, tossing together some herbs, spices and Bob’s Red Mill seeds takes my popcorn from standard to fancy with minimal effort.  Seeds are nutrition and flavor powerhouses that require zero prep.  After I drizzle on melted butter or coconut oil, I toss in my seeds of choice and plop on the couch for some serious entertainment.

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For ½ cup (unpopped) popcorn kernels and ¼ cup melted butter, coconut oil or blend of oils, try:

  • Brown Sugar Banana Flax: 1 Tbsp Bob’s Red Mill Golden Flaxseed Meal + 2 Tbsp brown sugar + 1 tsp salt + ¼ cup crushed dried banana chips
  • Chia Chile Lime: 1 Tbsp Bob’s Red Mill Chia Seeds + 2 tsp hot sauce + 1 tsp salt + zest from one lime (note:  personal fave!)
  • Herbed Garlic Hemp: 1 Tbsp Bob’s Red Mill Hemp Seed Hearts + 1 Tbsp sweet cream buttermilk powder + ½ tsp garlic salt + ½ tsp minced dried rosemary + ½ tsp dried parsley + ¼ tsp ground black pepper
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What is it? Wednesday: Hemp Seed Hearts

by Cassidy Stockton in What is it? Wednesday

Welcome to What is it? Wednesdays! Every other Wednesday, we’ll explore a different ingredient or product in depth. We’ll be covering the benefits, uses and common misconceptions about each. If you have any requests, leave them in the comments and we’ll work them into the schedule. 


Hemp seeds: the mysterious, slightly illicit ingredient that keeps popping up all over the place. The ingredient that is incredibly healthful and delicious, yet still often triggers our firewall. The thing is, though, that hemp seeds are pretty darn nutritious and have nothing to offer those folks who are looking for a “good time.” Like a good kid with a bad friend, hemp seeds are guilty by association. I don’t think I’m wrong to say that’s changing. Many people have gotten over the association and recognize hemp seeds for what they are- a wonderful way to include protein and omega-3s in your diet.

What is it? Hemp seed hearts, aka hulled hemp seed, are small cream-colored seeds about the size of a sesame seed. They have a nutty flavor and nut-like texture, more creamy than crunchy. The term heart is often used to describe the seed without its hull, as in the heart of the seed.

Why would you eat it? Hemp is high in protein and contains all eight essential amino acids, classifying it as a complete protein. Hemp also contains a nice amount of Omega-3 fatty acids. Plus, they just plain taste good, so that’s always a good reason to eat them.

What is it? Wednesday: Hemp | Bob's Red Mill

How do you use it? Hemp seeds are pretty versatile. They have such a mild flavor that they can go sweet or savory. A basic way to enjoy hemp seed is to add it to your hot cereal or smoothie. Hemp can also be added to salads, baked goods and yogurt. Unlike chia and flax, hemp is not as high in fiber, so the addition of hemp will not dramatically alter the outcome of your recipe. We personally love this recipe using hemp in place of pine nuts for pesto. Not only are hemp seeds more nutritious than pine nuts, they’re far cheaper these days.

What about its connection to marijuana? Hemp seeds and marijuana come from the same species of plant, but different varieties and the similarities stop there. Hemp seeds do not contain THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the active substance in marijuana.

Can you eat it raw? Yes, absolutely. Like nuts, hemp seeds are also wonderful gently toasted.

Can you eat it whole? Yes, hemp seeds do not need to be ground to enjoy the nutritional benefits. If you grind them, you’ll most likely end up with a paste similar to tahini.

Is it vegan? Yes, hemp seed are vegan.

Are Bob’s Red Mill hemp seeds gluten free? No, while hemp is naturally free from gluten, we do not produce our hemp seeds in our gluten free facility or batch test them for gluten.

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Recipes we love using hemp seeds:

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The 10 Best Smoothies Ever

by Cassidy Stockton in Meatless Mondays, Recipes

Smoothies seem to be all the rage these days and for good reason. They’re easy to make (all you need is a decent blender), easy to consume (talk about portable!) and endlessly customizable.  If you want protein, add protein powder- hemp, whey, soy- and/or nut butters. If you want more fiber, oat bran, flax and chia are wonderful additions. Fruit, nut butters, coconut, wheat bran, avocado, pumpkin… you name it, it can probably be added to a smoothie. Green smoothies are a fun way to sneak more greens into your diet (and kids might find it fun, too). With the right ingredients, smoothies can be a meal unto themselves.

We’ve gathered together 10 of our favorite combinations to spur your creativity in the kitchen. A few things to keep in mind:

  • We’ve called out particular protein powders for each recipe, all of these can be made with any of our plain, unsweetened protein powders.
  • Any of these can be made with your choice of milk, no matter what we say in the ingredients.
  • When we call for coconut milk, we mean something like Silk Coconut Milk, not canned coconut milk.

The 10 Best Smoothies Ever | Bob's Red Mill vegan, gluten free

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Hemp Protein Truffles

by Cassidy Stockton in Recipes

When I was handed my first protein truffle a few weeks ago, I was hesitant. We were in the heyday of Christmas sweets and another truffle, especially one that boasted protein powder, wasn’t that appealing. But, I took one for the team and am I ever glad I did.

You probably wouldn’t want to sit down to a whole plate of these, but they are tasty and deliver approximately 2 grams of complete protein (from the hemp protein powder) and 3 grams of dietary fiber per truffle. This is a great way to get more protein and fiber for people who aren’t into smoothies and need a little extra boost. These truffles would be a fabulous treat/snack to take along when you’re on the go and make a perfect post-workout recovery snack.

This recipe uses our Hemp Protein Powder, but you can use any plain protein powder (such as our whey or soy protein powders) you like in this recipe with good results. I recommend staying away from flavored powders, as they may be too sweet to use in this recipe.

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Hemp Protein Truffles

  • ¼ cup chopped Medjool Dates (about 7 dates)
  • ¼ cup Bob’s Red Mill Hemp Protein Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Rolled Oats
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Flour
  • ¼ cup Milk or Non-Dairy Milk Alternative
  • 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 2/3 cup Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil

Line a small dish with waxed paper and set aside. In a food processor, combine dates, protein powder, oats, coconut flour, milk and maple syrup.  Process until a smooth paste forms, stopping and scraping down the sides as needed. Portion the mixture into 10 pieces, about 1 Tbsp each, and shape into balls; set aside. In a small saucepan, combine chocolate and coconut oil.  Heat over medium-low until the chocolate has melted, stirring to combine well. Remove the mixture from the heat and let cool about 5 minutes. Using a fork, lower each truffles into the chocolate mixture to coat. Let any excess chocolate drip off before transferring the finished truffle to the prepared dish. Transfer the dish to the freezer until the chocolate sets, about 20 minutes. Makes 10 truffles.

Each truffle contains: Calories: 150, Calories from Fat: 60, Total Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 4.5g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 10mg, Total Carbohydrates: 24g, Dietary Fiber: 3g, Sugars: 19g, Protein: 2g. 

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Hemp Seed Hummus {Super Seeds Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Recipes

Super Seeds by Kim Lutz is a small, but mighty book. With over 75 recipe using chia, flax, hemp, quinoa and amaranth, this book will inspire you with new ways to try these powerful seeds. All of the recipes are simple, which is not to say boring. They are short and approachable recipes that will expand your horizons. From basics on how to prepare the seeds to enticing recipes like Blueberry Quinoa Salad, Pesto Veggie Burgers, Pineapple Fried Quinoa and Lemon Amaranth Muffins, there is something to get you started and something to move you forward in your exploration. Lutz also provides information on what makes these seeds super and how to grind them into flour and incorporate the flours into your baked goods. We think it’s a pretty neat little book.

You can buy a copy from Barnes and Noble for $14.95 or enter to win a copy below. We are giving away a single copy of the book along with a package of our quinoa, hemp seeds, amaranth, chia seeds and flaxseeds. Simply follow the prompts below to enter and we’ll pick one lucky winner at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm  on 10/23/14.

Hemp Seed Hummus from Super Seeds by Kim Lutz | Bob's Red Mill

Hemp Seed Hummus

Makes 1 ½ cups

Hemp seeds do double duty in this recipe.

First, they take the place of the traditional ingredient in hummus, tahini (some people are allergic to sesame seeds). Second, they bring crucial phytonutrients, including zinc and magnesium, to this tasty, satisfyingly textured dip. It makes a great snack, served with crudités such as baby carrots, cucumber slices, celery sticks, and strips of crunchy bell peppers. In addition to making superb sandwiches, hummus is also a salad’s best friend. Try adding a healthy dollop on top of your green salad and you will have a flavorful, filling meal.

  • 1 ¾ cups cooked Garbanzo Beans (or one 15-ounce can, drained and rinsed)
  • 2 tablespoons Hemp Seeds
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground Cumin
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 3 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Water

Blend all ingredients together in a food processor or blender until smooth.

Reprinted with permission from Super Seeds © 2014 by Kim Lutz, Sterling Publishing Co.  Photography by Bill Milne

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5 Super Foods for a Super New Year!

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles, Health, Whole Grains 101

If you resolved to have a healthier, happier 2013, consider adding some (or all) of these nutritional powerhouses to your diet. For recipe inspiration, check out our recipe collection on our website.

  1. Flaxseed Meal: Flaxseeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, delivering a whopping 2400 milligrams in each 2 Tbsp serving of Flaxseed Meal. Ground flax also delivers 4 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein per serving. Seeds should be ground to reap the benefits of flax, however, whole seeds make a wonderful addition to breads and other baked goods. Bonus: Flaxseed Meal makes a great egg substitute in most baking. See below for directions.

    Flaxseeds and Flaxseed Meal

    Flaxseeds and Flaxseed Meal

  2. Hemp Seed: Like flax, hemp seeds are chock full of omega-3 fatty acids, delivering 880 milligrams in each 2 Tbsp serving. Unlike flax, these seeds do not need to be ground to enjoy their nutritional punch. Hemp seeds are creamy and nut-like in texture and flavor. Larger than a sesame seed, but smaller than a sunflower seed, these little babies are a great addition to hot cereal, salads and baked goods. A 2 Tbsp serving will deliver 5 grams of protein, making them a perfect addition to breakfast or a post-exercise snack. Bonus: Hemp is a complete protein! This makes it ideal for vegetarian and vegan diets.


    Hemp Seeds

  3. Chia Seed: Chia is the darling of nutritionists these days and it’s easy to see why. Like flax and hemp, chia is a wonderful source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and protein. Each 1 Tbsp serving delivers 2900 milligrams of omega-3, 5 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein. Chia does not need to be ground to enjoy its health benefits, but some people find it easier to digest chia gel. See below for making chia gel. The seeds can be added to hot cereal, baked goods, smoothies and all sorts of wonderful dishes. Bonus: The fiber in chia has the ability to thicken, making it ideal for refrigerator jam, thickening sauces or using as an egg in baking.

    Chia seeds

    Chia seeds

  4. Almond Meal: Almonds are notoriously healthy nuts providing a good amount of manganese and vitamin E, as well as a healthy serving of monounsaturated fats in each 1/4 cup serving. Not only do almonds have a healthy boost of protein, they are also very low in carbohydrates. Eating whole almonds is terrific, but did you know that adding almond meal to your baking and cooking can bring the health benefits of almonds to your diet, as well as cutting back on carbohydrate consumption? Replacing 1/4 cup of white flour in your baking with almond meal will add wonderful texture and flavor and reduce the carbohydrate load. These days, baked goods using exclusively almond meal can be found all over the web for those that need to watch their sugars. Bonus: Almond meal makes a great coating for fish and chicken in place of flour or cornmeal.
  5. Coconut Flour: Once consigned to the category of nutritional no-no’s, coconut has seen a resurgence in popularity due to new studies that have found it to be a highly nutritious food. While everything made from coconut may not be good for you, some coconut products are very good for you. Coconut flour is one of these mind-bogglingly nutritious foods. A single 2 Tbsp serving of coconut flour delivers 5 grams of fiber! The light flavor allows coconut flour to blend seamlessly into sweet or savory baked goods. Like almond meal, coconut flour has a low carbohydrate load, making it ideal for people who must manage their carbohydrate intake. Coconut flour is gaining in popularity, but it is still a tricky flour to bake with. We recommend starting with some recipes to get the hang of it, as it requires an unusual amount of liquid to balance out the high amount of fiber. Adding 2 Tbsp to a protein rich smoothie is a great way to get a little more fiber into your diet. Bonus: Like almond meal, coconut flour also makes a wonderful coating for chicken, fish or other proteins in place of regular flour or cornmeal.
What super foods would you add to this list?

Using Flaxseed Meal as an Egg Replacement:

Flaxseed meal makes a great egg replacement for muffins, quick breads and other baked goods with a heartier texture. It does not work as well for recipes with a lighter texture such as a white cake or sugar cookies (it will likely work, but the texture will be different and some visual appeal may be lost). It also does not work very well in egg-heavy dishes such as quiches, stratas and frittatas. Use this formula to substitute for one egg. Double for two eggs, triple for three eggs, and so on…

1 Tbsp Flaxseed Meal
3 Tbsp Water

Combine flaxseed meal and water and allow to sit for about 5 minutes. Add this ingredient to your recipe as you would the eggs.

Making Chia Gel:

2 Tbsp Chia Seed
1 cup Water

Combine chia seed and water and allow to sit for about 15 minutes.

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Meatless Mondays: Hemp No Meat Loaf

by Chelsea Lincoln in Featured Articles, Meatless Mondays, Recipes

When we started to offer hempseeds, we developed a variety of recipes so people could have plenty of ways to incorporate these nutritious seeds into their diet.  The popularity of the Hemp No Meat Loaf at the office was shocking!  Now, all these years later, I still get requests to make it for company potlucks.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Hemp No Meat Loaf

  • 1-1/2 cups Wild and Brown Rice Mix 
  • 3 cups Water
  • 1-1/2 cups Hulled Hemp Seed
  • 1/3 cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup small Onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 – 2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Basil
  • 2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/4 cup Corn Starch

Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan and set aside.

Cook the rice with the water as directed. In the meantime, combine the red pepper, onion, garlic, pepper, basil, salt and olive oil in a blender. Blend on high until smooth.

In a bowl, combine shelled hemp seeds, prepared rice, cornstarch and the mixture from the blender. Spread mixture into a loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour

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Homemade Cereal

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles, Recipes

When I met my husband over 8 years ago, his bachelor diet consisted of cereal, cereal and more cereal. On a good week there were a few meals of noodles and cheese mixed in. As time went on, we ate a variety of foods together, but his cereal habit stayed pretty consistent. He ate good, whole grain cold cereal, but it wasn’t the nutritional aspect that bothered me- it was forking over $5 a box for cereal that would disappear in a day or two. About the time when I was belly-aching about buying $15 worth of cereal, my sister-in-law told me that she had recently resurrected a family recipe from their childhood for a healthy, homemade cereal.

I tried it one weekend and we were hooked. We haven’t looked back since! This recipe is easy to make and can be adapted for what you have on hand. A big batch will last about two weeks in our house, but there is only two of us. I should mention that this is not granola. It will not be crunchy like granola. I call it Health Cereal- but you can call it whatever you want.

Health Cereal from the Stockton family

10 cups Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
1 cup Raw Sunflower Seeds
1/2 cup Wheat Bran
1/2 cup Wheat Germ
1/2 cup Flaxseed Meal
1/2 cup Hemp Seeds
3/4 cup Oil
1 cup Honey
1 cup warm water
1 cup Nuts of your choice
1 cup Dried Fruit of your choice

1. Preheat oven to 290°F. Spray a big roasting pan with cooking spray, then  mix together oats through hemp seeds until thoroughly combined. Start by drizzling the oil over the cereal (do not mix it in), then honey, then water. If you want, you can add 1 tsp of Vanilla or Almond extract (or some other type) to the water to increase the flavor. Do not mix the cereal.
2. Bake the cereal for 25 minutes, then stir. Stir minimally to avoid breaking up the clumps that will form.
3. Bake for an additional 20 minutes. Add nuts and dried fruit, stir to combine. Bake for another 15 minutes. Remove cereal from oven and allow to cool. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

Some fruit and nut combinations that we like are:
*Raisins and chopped walnuts
*Dried cranberries and slivered almonds
*Dried blueberries and chopped hazelnuts
*Dried coconut and sliced almonds

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Hemp for the Holidays!

by Cassidy Stockton in Gluten Free, Recipes

Traditional holiday dinners can be a creative endeavor for vegetarians (as some of you know) and this Thanksgiving was no different for me. In my hemming and hawing about what to make, our recipe specialist Chelsea Lincoln reminded me of an awesome Hemp No Meat Loaf that she made a few months back.

As you may already know, Bob’s Red Mill recently released Hulled Hemp Seeds, so there has been a lot of experimenting with different hemp dishes around here over the last few months. Hemp is surprisingly tasty. I never really had any doubt that hemp would be as delicious and as it is healthy, but I was unsure what its applications in the kitchen would be.

So far, I’ve enjoyed hemp seeds in veggie burgers, mixed in grain dishes, in oatmeal, bread, and on salads. Pretty darn versatile if I do say so myself! It has a great, creamy flavor and many desirable nutritional and environmental benefits.

Needless to say, my family was a bit hestitant about “this crazy dish” that I was planning to bring to the dinner. Being the good sports they are, everyone tried a small slice along with their usual turkey dinner. I think they were suprised by the texture and flavor, both similar to a traditional meat loaf. The best part? There were no leftovers; we ate the entire dish!

This recipe is easy to prepare and being vegetarian, vegan and gluten free makes it perfect for a potluck or holiday dinner.

Hemp No Meat Loaf

1-1/2 cups Wild & Brown Rice Blend
3 cups Water
1-1/2 cups Hulled Hemp Seeds
1/3 cup Olive Oil
1 red pepper, chopped
1 cup onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp Black pepper
1 Tbsp Basil
2 tsp Sea Salt
¼ cup Cornstarch

Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease a 9 x5-inch loaf pan and set aside.

Prepare water and rice as directed. In the meantime, combine the red pepper, onion, garlic, pepper, basil, salt and olive oil in a blender. Blend of high until smooth.

In a bowl combined shelled hemp seeds, prepared rice, cornstarch and the mixture from the blender. Pour into a loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour.

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