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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.

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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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The Early Bird

by Cassidy Stockton in Birdspotter, Featured Articles, Recipes

For the second year, we’ve teamed up with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to bring bird lovers the ultimate birding photo contest. Each week we’re giving away prizes and sharing some of our favorite recipes, perfect for fueling a healthy, happy day of watching birds. Check back here each week for a great recipe, and don’t forget to vote on your favorites and enter your own photos in BirdSpotter!

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The early bird gets the worm. This bowl of oats is definitely a lot tastier than a worm and is sure to get you revved up for the day and keep you going strong all morning. Pour a shot of espresso over your favorite bowl of oatmeal and top with whipped cream. Add a few chocolate-covered espresso beans for an extra boost. Pow! You’re ready to rock and roll.

The Early Bird | Bob's Red Mill

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No-Mess Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats or Hot Cereal

by Cassidy Stockton in Recipes

Steel Cut Oats are wonderful ways to start your day, but they take time. With steel cut oats, you’re looking at 10 to 20 minutes on the stove top. It’s very hard to fit that into a busy morning, but we have good news! You can make steel cut oats while you sleep using your slow cooker and wake up to deliciously creamy breakfast. Honestly, I haven’t had oatmeal that was this creamy. There is something to be said for waking up and having breakfast ready for the whole family without having to lift a finger.

There are posts all over the internet for making slow cooker oatmeal, but no one mentions what a horrible mess it is to clean up! Maybe it’s a given than slow cookers make for a lot of clean up, but I was blissfully unaware of the mess that awaited after I tried my first batch.

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It wasn’t a total nightmare and a good soak worked wonders, but I wanted to see if anything could be done to prevent the sticky mess. I am not interested in the slow cooker liners, though I am sure they work great. I read tips about using a water bath method (which looks like a great solution) and different ways to grease the crock pot. I tried a few different methods and this is what worked for me. This worked with oatmeal and with hot cereal. Slow cookers vary wildly in their settings and temperatures, so I am including two options below- the tried and true method and the no-mess method I devised for my particular slow cooker. My slow cooker has a warm setting for holding foods and it works perfectly (with no mess) if you start with boiling water and let it sit overnight. If you don’t have that setting (low is not the same setting), use the tried and true method and enjoy the creamiest oats you’ve ever had.

A note about using steel cut oats versus regular rolled oats or hot cereal. I tried these methods with our granular hot cereals (10 Grain, 7 Grain, Mighty Tasty, etc) and they work just fine using the same proportions of water to cereal. I did not try using a rolled oatmeal and cannot vouch that this will work the same way. 

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No-Mess Method

  • 1 cup Steel Cut Oats or granular hot cereal of your choice
  • 4 cups boiling Water*
  • 1/4 tsp Salt (optional)
  • Coconut Oil or Cooking Spray

Coat slow cooker bowl with coconut oil or cooking spray (butter will likely work, but I did not try it). Add 1 cup of oats or cereal of your choice, salt and 4 cups of boiling water. Set slow cooker to warm and allow to cook for 7-8 hours. When done, stir and top with your choice of toppings.

Tried and True Method

  • 1 cup Steel Cut Oats  or granular hot cereal of your choice
  • 4 cups Water*
  • Coconut Oil or Cooking Spray
  • 1/4 tsp Salt (optional)

Coat slow cooker bowl with coconut oil or cooking spray (butter will likely work, but I did not try it). Add 1 cup of oats or cereal of your choice, 4 cups of water and salt. Set slow cooker to low and allow to cook for 7 hours. When done, stir and top with your choice of toppings.

*If you prefer, you can replace some of the water with milk. For the No-Mess method, do not boil the milk, but warm it until almost boiling.

Here are some fabulous recipes for creative slow cooker oatmeal:

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What is it? Wednesday: Gluten Free Oats

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles, Gluten Free, What is it? Wednesday, Whole Grains 101

We are very excited to bring you 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. 

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These days, everyone knows someone who is trying a gluten free diet. One of the most common questions we field at Bob’s Red Mill is about gluten and oats. Oats have long held a mysterious place in the world of gluten free. Are they gluten free?  If oats are naturally gluten free, why is important that they be tested for gluten? AND, if oats are gluten free, why can some people tolerate them and others cannot? I’m going to try to clear this up for you today.

First, let’s go back to the start. Oats are indeed naturally free from gluten, the protein in wheat, rye and barley that many people cannot tolerate. Yep. If you walked into a perfect field of oats and picked just one groat, chances are pretty good that it would be completely gluten free. We don’t live in a perfect world, though. I’m sure you’ve heard of crop rotation, where farmers change out their crops from year to year to keep the soil active and keep the land fresh. It’s a basic part of farming. Oats, wheat, barley and rye are often grown in rotation cycles. Fields of oats will typically have a few wheat plants that sprout up, it’s just part of farming. That is one reason why oats need special attention to be gluten free.

Gluten Free Oats | Bob's Red Mill

The second reason that oats need extra precautions to be gluten free is plain old cross contact. At the most basic levels, we’re talking about grain commodities and these basic agricultural products move in huge batches from farm to truck to silo to truck to grain cleaning to truck to … well, you get the picture. There are really quite a few steps between field and table. More steps mean more chances for the truck that just delivered wheat to pick up oats and contaminate them during transit.

The third major reason that oats can easily contain gluten is that oat groats and wheat berries are strikingly similar, which makes the technology needed to separate the two very expensive. It actually involves a highly technical color sorter to make sure that wheat berries don’t end up in the oat groats. Many grain processors do not have that technology, after all it is much simpler to separate debris from grains. The demand is much higher for grains to be free from rocks and chaff than from each other.

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Bob’s Red Mill removes all three of those issues by working with our suppliers and educating them on the risk of cross contact, as well as making sure they understand how very important it is to us that our oats are indeed gluten free. Additionally, we work with grain cleaners who use the specialized equipment I mentioned above to color sort the oats. Finally, our gluten free oats are tested for gluten upon arrival at our facility. After they pass that test, they are processed and packaged, where they are tested again to be sure they are still gluten free.

Why can’t some people tolerate even the purest of oats? Let’s step back a second. Gluten free or not, some people cannot tolerate oats. Period. Gluten, as we commonly know it, does not play into this. Oats contain a different protein called avenin. Avenin is similar to gluten and, like other proteins- gluten in wheat, casein in cow’s milk- some people just cannot tolerate it. To complicate matters a bit further, people who have celiac disease can find the fiber in oats challenging to digest. If they are new to the diet or do not typically eat fiber-rich foods, oats can be very demanding on the gut. This is why we recommend adding oats to a gluten free diet slowly.

That’s the long and the short of it. If you have further questions about gluten free oats, leave them in the comments and I’ll address them.

Check out our selection of gluten free oats here.

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The Rooster

by Cassidy Stockton in Birdspotter, Recipes

For the second year, we’ve teamed up with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to bring bird lovers the ultimate birding photo contest. Each week we’re giving away prizes and sharing some of our favorite recipes, perfect for fueling a healthy, happy day of watching birds. Check back here each week for a great recipe, and don’t forget to vote on your favorites and enter your own photos in BirdSpotter!

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Who doesn’t love a Rooster? Actually, probably a lot of people. They’re kind of noisy and mean, but they serve a good purpose. They protect their brood and sound the alarm if anything is amiss. They’re tough and mean business, so we’ve named this oatmeal creation after them. This is a mean, but delicious, breakfast perfect for keeping you sharp all morning. We know it sounds unconventional to turn oatmeal into such a savory Tex-Mex affair, but, trust us, it’s delicious.

The Rooster | Bob's Red Mill

The Rooster: To your favorite kind of oatmeal, add shredded cheddar (we really like it mixed in, but you can add it on top, as well), chorizo, black beans and a fried egg. Top with a drizzle of barbecue sauce, salsa and sour cream. 

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Feeding Your Family While Watching Your Weight

by Liz Della Croce in Featured Articles, Health

There’s no way around it: losing weight is hard work. It requires consistency, dedication and a hefty pinch of willpower. If you are married or have children, you likely aren’t just cooking for yourself which can pose a whole new set of challenges.

As the sole cook for a family of four, I can speak first hand about dealing with picky eaters and finding creative ways to make nutritious foods taste delicious.  To help you reach your weight loss goals, here are my top tips for feeding the family while making healthy lifestyle changes.

Family Dinner

Maximize Flavor: Instead of serving steamed broccoli for dinner, try roasting it with a drizzle of sesame oil and a splash of soy sauce. When you roast vegetables the natural sugars in begin to caramelize creating a sweet flavor the whole family will love. Once you begin roasting vegetables you will say bye-bye to boring, overcooked steamed veggies. In addition to broccoli, try roasting Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, eggplant and more.

Variety is Key: One of the surest ways to get bored with healthy eating is to prepare the same foods over and over again. To keep things interesting, try new grains in your favorite dishes. If you normally make quick cooking oats for breakfast, try whipping up a batch of Slow Cooker Banana Nut Oatmeal instead. The chewy, nutty texture is a nice change from rolled oats and will keep the family excited about breakfast. To make it even more fun, let the kids pick their favorite mix-ins in the morning: fresh fruit, yogurt, nuts and seeds make delicious oatmeal toppings.  Want to take it to the next level? Try a creamy bowl of Breakfast Quinoa or Spelt Berry Porridge instead. The options are endless.

Crock Pot Banana Nut Oatmeal | The Lemon Bowl

Get the Kids Involved: The next time you head to the grocery store or farmers market, let your kids pick out one new vegetable or whole grain to try that week. Perhaps they are curious about eggplant or want to try quinoa for the first time. By letting the kids be in the driver’s seat, they will be engaged and excited to try out their special new ingredient.

Don’t Give Up: If you serve a healthy dish that the family doesn’t love, don’t give up. Children and toddlers have finicky palates. Their favorite foods might become their least favorite foods in the blink of an eye. An important part of making permanent lifestyle changes is acknowledging the fact that set backs will occur. Wait a couple weeks and try again. Perhaps you can use the same ingredient in a different recipe or prepare it in a new way. No matter what you do, don’t give up. You would be surprised how quickly little ones change their tunes.

Above all else, have fun with it and get in the kitchen with your family! Cooking at home is not only a great way to save money and calories but it is a great way to connect with the family and make memories. The more fun you have along the journey, the more likely you are to stick with it.

What are your best tips for feeding your family while watching your weight? Leave a comment below – we would love to hear from you!

Liz Della Croce | The Lemon Bowl Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been creating delicious recipes using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality. Liz has appeared live on the TODAY Show and tapes regular cooking segments for her local NBC affiliate station. Through healthy eating and regular exercise, Liz has successfully achieved a personal weight loss milestone and has a passion for helping others reach similar goals. New in 2013, Liz launched Healthy Habits, a feature on The Lemon Bowl where her loyal readers and growing audience can find practical advice, resources and information on creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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Buttered Oats Brittle

by Cassidy Stockton in Gluten Free, Recipes

I’ve been saving this one for the holidays. I love making edible gifts for friends and family during the holidays and I’m always looking for special recipes that will make the recipients feel loved. This recipe fits the bill perfectly. Developed for our Spar for the Spurtle contest by Carl Youngmann, it is super easy, delicious and very special. Instead of nuts, Carl used toasted steel cut oats. The toasted oats bring a nutty flavor and a bit of whole grain nutrition to the candy, though who is thinking about nutrition when they’re eating brittle, I don’t know. With the price of nuts these days, think of how inexpensive, yet classy, this recipe is for gift giving.

Make a batch, put it in little jars or cellophane bags (get tips for stunning homemade edible gifts here) and take one along whenever you have a holiday gathering. A small, edible gift is a perfect host gift and they are a wonderful way to show how much you appreciate their efforts. Teachers, mail carriers, the receptionist at your office—all people who would appreciate a small token during the holidays. Or, you could just make a batch and enjoy the whole thing yourself. I wouldn’t blame you.

Buttered Oats Brittle | Bob's Red Mill

Buttered Oats Brittle

Contributed by Carl Youngmann

Combine butter, salt and oats in a small, non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Stir oats until toasted, about 6 minutes. Set aside. Place sugar in a small, heavy-bottomed frying pan over medium heat. Allow sugar to melt, stirring as needed, about 6-8 minutes. As soon as sugar is liquid and golden, fold in toasted oats working quickly. Add baking soda and stir to incorporate. Pour immediately onto a non-stick, heatproof surface such as a silicone sheet. Spread thin. Allow to cool. Break into bite-sized pieces and enjoy.

*Use our gluten free steel cut oats to make this recipe gluten free.

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The Birdwatcher

by Cassidy Stockton in Birdspotter, Recipes

For the second year, we’ve teamed up with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to bring bird lovers the ultimate birding photo contest. Each week we’re giving away prizes and sharing some of our favorite recipes, perfect for fueling a healthy, happy day of watching birds. Check back here each week for a great recipe, and don’t forget to vote on your favorites and enter your own photos in BirdSpotter!

Did you eat too much last week? Make up for it by enjoying “The Birdwatcher.” Simply top your favorite oatmeal with blueberries, 2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal and a dollop of low-fat gut-lovin’ Greek Yogurt. Yum! Want to go even further? Sprinkle on some chia seeds for a breakfast that would make your doctor smile.

The Birdwatcher | Bob's Red Mill

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The Love Bird

by Cassidy Stockton in Birdspotter, Featured Articles, Recipes

For the second year, we’ve teamed up with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to bring bird lovers the ultimate birding photo contest. Each week we’re giving away prizes and sharing some of our favorite recipes, perfect for fueling a healthy, happy day of watching birds. Check back here each week for a great recipe, and don’t forget to vote on your favorites and enter your own photos in BirdSpotter!

The love bird… share a bowl of oatmeal with your sweetie (or keep it all to yourself, we won’t tell). Oatmeal is warm and filling, take it to the next level by topping it with decadent strawberries and creamy Nutella. Add a dollop of whipped cream for a sinful, yet delightful breakfast or dessert. Brew a pot of coffee or tea and cuddle up with The Love Bird while counting the birds at your feeder. Our guess? They’ll be jealous.

The Love Bird | Bob's Red Mill

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Swan Song Oatmeal

by Cassidy Stockton in Birdspotter, Recipes

For the second year, we’ve teamed with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to bring bird lovers the ultimate birding photo contest. Each week we’re giving away prizes and sharing some of our favorite recipes, perfect for fueling a healthy, happy day of watching birds. Check back here each week for a great recipe, and don’t forget to vote on your favorites and enter your own photos in BirdSpotter!

This recipe is simple, but utterly delicious. Oatmeal is the perfect food to enjoy while sitting at your feeder and documenting birds. Savor the delicious flavors of peaches and cream as you track the inbound traffic at your designated Project Feederwatch feeder.

Swan Song Oatmeal | Bob's Red Mill

Swan Song Oatmeal

Take your favorite oatmeal (pictured here using our Oat Bran) and top with fresh sliced peaches if you have them (canned or frozen if you don’t), a splash (or more) of heavy cream and top with toasted or candied pecans.

For more inventive oatmeal toppings, check out bobsredmill.com/oatmeal.

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