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Power Hungry: Get Up and Goji Bars {Giveaway}

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

I love when the universe comes together at just the precise moment and allows something to work out beautifully. That happened recently to me with Camilla Saulsbury. I met Camilla, who writes the blog Power Hungry, at BlogHer Food last June. She was very excited about her new book, Power Hungry: The Ultimate Energy Bar Cookbook. We talked for a bit and I became excited about her book, too. Plus, I managed to convince her to enter Spar for the Spurtle and she did. Not only did she enter, she was selected to be a finalist with her recipe for Caledonian Dolmades (which we’ll be sharing very soon). While she was here, she kindly gave me a copy of her new book. One thing lead to another and here I am to share a recipe and give away three copies of the book just in time for October Unprocessed. How perfect is that?

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You guys, this book is awesome. It is brimming with recipes for making your own wholesome energy bars with unprocessed ingredients. A few recipes incorporate protein powder, which, if you’re following October Unprocessed, can just be skipped for the month. Unlike store-bought energy bars, each bar, ball and cookie uses wholesome ingredients like whole grain oats, nuts, dried fruit and incorporates power foods like goji berries, chia seed, quinoa and flax while leaving out all that extra junk. Camilla is a phD-toting fitness trainer, endurance athlete and mom who knows all about how to fuel up for your next run, race or ride. These bars are perfect for tossing in your backpack for your next hike or packing in your child’s lunch.

With over 150 variations on granola bars, power bars, and gels- yep, even gels- Power Hungry is just the book to inspire you to make some great DIY choices about your snacks. I’m keeping a list of the recipes I’m trying soon- Quinoa Chia Apricot Bars, Greek Yogurt Muesli Bars, Green Tea and Ginger Bars, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars… I won’t list off the ENTIRE book here, but you get my drift. There are a lot of really amazing sounding recipes. Power Hungry also gives you good background information about the ingredients in the bars and has a whole section of recipes for recreating your favorite packaged bars.

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Camilla Saulsbury (L) with fellow Spar for the Spurtle finalists, Carl Youngmann and Paula Todora

Camilla has offered us three copies of Power Hungry to give away. With each book, we will include a package of chia seeds, flaxseed meal and hemp seeds so you’re ready to rock and roll when you receive the book. Follow the directions below to enter. If you have any issues getting the app to work, please contact me in the comments and we’ll figure it out. Contest ends 10/4 at 12:01 am PST and is open to US and Canadian residents only.

Get Up and Goji Bars

GET UP AND GOJI BARS

From POWER HUNGRY by Camilla V. Saulsbury

Those who know and love me will tell you I am very frugal (except they would likely select a less flattering adjective). I prefer to say that I am careful with my spending, especially when it comes to food shopping. I tell you this because I am not the person at the health food store throwing every new superfood into my hand-basket with nary a thought of price; rather, I’m the woman making a beeline to the bulk goods and comparing the price per ounce on every item. So when I do recommend a particular superfood-splurge, it’s because I think it’s truly worth it. Case in point, goji berries. Goji berries are bright orange-red berries that come from a shrub that’s native to China and they have a unique taste akin to dried cherries and cranberries. A lot of nutrition gets packed into a single berry, including powerful antioxidants, 18 different amino acids, and up to 21 trace minerals, including zinc, iron, copper, and calcium.

MAKES 16 BARS 

  • 1 cup packed pitted, soft Dates
  • 1 cup Warm Water
  • 1/3 cup natural, unsweetened raw Nut or Seed Butter (e.g., peanut, cashew, or sunflower)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground Cardamom
  • 1 2/3 cups Old-Fashioned or Quick-Cooking Rolled Oats
  • 2/3 cup dried Goji Berries, dried Cherries, or dried Cranberries, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup raw Cashews, chopped
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened Flake or Shredded Coconut
  • 1/3 cup Chia Seeds or Poppy Seeds
  • 2 Tbsp Flaxseed Meal

1. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with foil or parchment paper and grease the pan with coconut oil or vegetable oil.

2. Combine the dates and warm water in a small bowl. Let stand for 5 to 10 minutes until fruit is soft (time will vary according to the dryness of the dates). Drain and pat dry with paper towels.

3. Place the dates, nut or seed butter, and cardamom in a food processor and process until the mixture forms a thick paste; transfer to a large mixing bowl.

4. To the date mixture, add the oats, goji berries, cashews, coconut, chia seeds, and flaxseed meal; stir until well mixed (mixture will be very stiff).

5. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan. Place a large piece of parchment paper, wax paper, or plastic wrap (lightly greased with coconut or vegetable oil) atop the bar mixture and use it to spread and flatten the mixture evenly in the pan; leave the paper or plastic wrap to cover. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

6. Using the liner, lift the mixture from the pan and transfer to a cutting board. Uncover and cut into 16 bars.

BAR TIPS

—Use raw, dehydrated coconut if following a strictly raw diet; if not, feel free to use regular unsweetened flake or shredded coconut and any variety—including roasted— of natural, unsweetened nut or seed butter.

—Cardamom adds an exotic flavor to these bars, but you can skip it if it’s not already in your pantry. Consider adding an equal amount of ground ginger in its place.

BAR KEEPING

Tightly wrap the bars individually in plastic wrap. ROOM TEMP: 2 days REFRIGERATOR: 1 week FREEZER: 3 months in airtight container; thaw 1 hour.

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Spar for the Spurtle Winner Paula Todora!

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles, Golden Spurtle, Recipes

Paula Todora: Spar for the Spurtle Winner

We are thrilled to announce Paula Todora as our Spar for the Winner! Paula wowed the judges with her Steel Your Heart Away Eggrolls. Her eggrolls are filled with steel cut oats, apples, walnuts, raisins and apple pie spices, then rolled in a wrapper and deep fried to crispy golden deliciousness. These would make a wonderful appetizer or dessert. You could also eat them for a very decadent breakfast. Congratulations Paula!

Steel Your Heart Away Eggrolls

Steel Your Heart Away Eggrolls

  • 1 ½ quarts Peanut Oil
  • 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Steel Cut Oats
  • 1 cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk
  • ¾ cup Water
  • 2 large Granny Smith Apples
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp Cloves
  • 3/4 cup Light Brown Sugar, packed
  • 2 Tbsp Pure Maple Syrup
  • ¼  tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped Walnuts
  • 1/2 cup Golden Raisins
  • 12 Eggroll Wrappers
  • ¼ cup Powdered Sugar

Soak oats in coconut milk and water in refrigerator overnight.  Heat peanut oil in wok or large pot to 350 degrees, using a thermometer.  Peel, core and chop apples into 1/2 inch pieces and place in small bowl; sprinkle with lemon juice and stir to coat.

In a 2 quart saucepan on high heat, combine soaked oats, apples with lemon juice, spices, brown sugar and maple syrup.  Bring to a boil, stirring, add salt and reduce heat to medium.  Cook 10 minutes, uncovered,  stirring occasionally.

Add walnuts and raisins; stir well and continue to cook, covered, on medium heat 5-10 more minutes, stirring occasionally.  When apples are tender and oats are cooked, transfer to a bowl that is sitting inside an ice-filled bowl to decrease temperature before filling eggroll wrappers.

With a corner of an eggroll wrapper pointed towards you, place 2-3 Tablespoons of filling in the middle and spread from side to side, leaving 1 inch on sides.  Pull up bottom corner and snuggly cover filling.  Bring each side corner over, and pat edges of remaining top corner with water.  Roll to seal, making sure the end is tucked under.  Repeat for remaining egg rolls.

Cook, 3 at a time in heated oil for 1 minute on each side, or until golden and crispy.  Drain well on paper towels.  Repeat with remaining egg rolls.  When ready to serve, cut each diagonally and stand one up; Sprinkle with sifted powdered sugar.  Serve warm with a dipping sauce of chilled orange marmalade mixed with honey, if desired.  Makes 12

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Spar for the Spurtle Cook-off Tomorrow!

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles, Golden Spurtle

Don’t forget to come on out for the Third Annual Spar for the Spurtle Cook-off tomorrow. 

What: Watch our three Spar for the Spurtle finalists battle it out in our very own kitchen ‘stadium’ to see who will represent Bob’s Red Mill in the Golden Spurtle World Porridge Championship in Scotland this October

When: August 16th, 2013 from 2 pm to 3 pm

Where: Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Store
5000 SE International Way
Milwaukie, OR 97222

Reasons why you should come: 

  1. It’s better than sitting behind your desk.
  2. It’s certainly more fun than watching soap operas.
  3. It’s free.
  4. It’s something entertaining that you can do with your kids.
  5. There will be a bagpiper and a banjo player.
  6. Bob will be there and he loves meeting people.
  7. You might get to taste some of the dishes.
  8. You can stock up on Bob’s Red Mill ingredients from our bulk bins while you’re here.
  9. We have A/C.
  10. How many times in your life can you say that you watched someone use a spurtle? I thought so. One more item checked off your bucket list.
  11. It makes a great story.

Some come on out tomorrow and enjoy the festivities!
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Win it: Spar for the Spurtle + Mad Hungry Giveaway

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Featured Articles, Golden Spurtle

One of our judges for the Spar for the Spurtle cook off is Lucinda Scala Quinn, creative genius behind Mad Hungry. She has written five cookbooks, including two Mad Hungry cookbooks, writes the Mad Hungry blog, hosts Mad Hungry TV and even has a weekly SiriusXM radio show. Lucinda is also the Executive Director of Food and Entertaining for Martha Stewart Living. On top of that, she’s a mom to three boys, a full-time job that never ends, no matter what their age. Lucinda has made it her mission to bring back the family meal, which is something we can really get behind. She’s a busy gal, to say the least. Yet she has somehow found time in her very full life to create her own Mad Hungry spurtle.Lucinda Scala Quinn

The Mad Hungry spurtle is not your average spurtle, either. These spurtles are made from bamboo, which helps keep the microbes at bay, and they have a more evolved shape. These spurtles are not the dowel-like traditional Scottish spurtles, but a perfect marriage between a spurtle and a spatula. Everyone at our office agreed that it would be much easier to taste your oatmeal from one of these beauties. The same rules apply, though—always, ALWAYS stir your oats clockwise. No one needs those pesky bad spirits stirred into their oats.

We are thrilled to be welcoming Lucinda to Bob’s Red Mill for Spar for the Spurtle. To share our excitement with you, we’re teaming up with the Mad Hungry folks to offer you a stellar prize package for five, yep FIVE, lucky winners.

Mad Hungry + Bob's Red Mill GiveawayEach prize pack will contain a copy of Lucinda’s cookbooks- Mad Hungry: Feeding Men and Boys and Mad Hungry Cravings, a Mad Hungry spurtle and a package of our favorite oats—two packages of Steel Cut Oats, a package of Scottish Oatmeal and a package of Old Fashioned Rolled Oats. (We will be more than happy to accommodate gluten free winners with gluten free oats.) To enter, follow the prompts below (be sure to check out the required comment question under “Leave a Blog Post Comment”). We’ll pick five winners at random from all who enter by 12:01 am on August 16th, 2013. Contest is limited to US and Canada residents 18 and over (official rules in the app below).

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Spar for the Spurtle Cook-off

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles, Golden Spurtle

It’s that time again! Time to watch our three Spar for the Spurtle finalists battle it out for our celebrity judges to see who will win the all-expenses paid trip to Scotland in October to compete in the Golden Spurtle World Porridge Championships. Come join the fun at the Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Store on August 16th, starting at 2 pm and enjoy some good, old-fashioned [free] hoopla!

Our celebrity judges include:

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Kim Suneé, author of Trail of Crumbs

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Chef Vitaly Paley of Paley’s Place and Imperial

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Lucinda Scala Quinn, Executive Editor of Food and Entertaining for Martha Stewart Living and Mad Hungry.

We’ll have a bag piper and a very special guest, Peter McKee who will perform The Spurtle Song.

Look, I even planned the day for you. At 10:00 am, come out to Bob’s Red Mill World Headquarters for a tour with our stellar tour guides Christie and Valerie. Then, head over to the Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Store for lunch on our patio and enjoy the festivities that begin at 2 pm.

Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Store
5000 SE International Way
Milwaukie OR 97222
503-607-6455
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Announcing the Third Annual Spar for the Spurtle Finalists

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles, Golden Spurtle

Our team of illustrious judges had their work cut out for them this again this year. With over 80 entries in Spar for the Spurtle, narrowing it down to just three finalists meant watching a lot of videos! There was a lot of discussion about whether the dish could really be done in 30 minutes and how it would be received in Scotland. With five years of Golden Spurtle competition under their belt, the judges felt confident about what the Scottish judges are looking for in a winning dish. While I was not privy to the internal discussion, I know they had a very hard time narrowing it down to just three winners and could have easily picked ten.

I think the judges chose well with these three winners. Each dish is different and demonstrates a creative use of oats, proving, once again, that oats are not just for breakfast. We’ll be working to get recipes for each video and put them up on our site soon. Without further ado, here are our finalists. Congratulations to the three finalists and our most sincere thanks to everyone who entered!

Camilla Saulsbury with Caledonian Dolmades

Carl Youngmann with Buttered Oats Brittle

Paula Todora with Golden Eggrolls with Steel Cut Oats, Apples, Walnuts and More!

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Winning a Trip to Scotland Has Never Been So Easy

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Featured Articles, Golden Spurtle

The clock is ticking and the deadline for entering Spar for the Spurtle is looming! You have until July 22nd, 2013 to submit your video for a chance to win a trip to Scotland. It’s so easy to enter, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Think up what you imagine is the very best dish using oatmeal ever. Need inspiration? Check our our Pinterest board.
  2. Visit SparfortheSpurtle.com to read the rules of entry. Here, I’ll boil it down for you. The video has to be less than 3 minutes long. The recipe has to be cooked and completed in under 30 minutes, using no more than two burners (no oven and no extra appliances). You have to use steel cut oats. That’s about the gist of it.
  3. Shoot a video. It doesn’t have to be fancy and it doesn’t have to use state-of-the-art equipment. You can use your smart phone or any thing that shoots digital video. It just has to be under 3 minutes and give us some idea of your dish.
  4. Submit your entry on the Spar for the Spurtle site.

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See? Easy! Here’s just some of what you could win…

  • A trip to Portland to tour Bob’s Red Mill, meet Bob and compete for a crowd of adoring fans and three celebrity judges
  • An all-expenses paid trip for TWO to Scotland
  • $2500 cash
  • Bragging rights as winner of the American heat for the Golden Spurtle World Porridge Competition

Not to mention that you could end up being the World Porridge Champion. Last year, our Spar for the Spurtle Winner, Laurie Figone won the Specialty category and took home an awesome trophy.

So what have you got to lose?

Still not sure? Check out this year’s competition so far.

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Guest Post: Oatmeal Cinnamon Pancakes with Applesauce (Gluten & Dairy Free)

by Guest in Featured Articles, Gluten Free, Recipes

Oatmeal Cinnamon Pancakes

With the official start to summer just around the corner, I’m spending this month celebrating one of my favorite warm weather activities, camping!

I’m so happy to be here on Bob’s Red Mill Blog to share the first of two gluten free camping recipes with you. The inspiration for these pancakes came from one of the simplest camping breakfasts I can think of; instant oatmeal and my favorite flavor is apple cinnamon. These pancakes are a version of that basic oatmeal dish, but they are guaranteed to make you so much happier than a bowl of instant oatmeal after your first night of sleeping in the tent.

Oatmeal Cinnamon Pancake Camping

There are lots of different ways to go camping, but by far the most approachable version to get started with is car camping. So I’ve crafted this recipe to be a good fit for that kind of adventure. You can bring all the supplies you think you might need and fill a cooler with ice to keep things like the eggs cool. To make these pancakes here’s a quick checklist of supplies I brought on our recent car camping trip to Spencer Spit State Park on Lopez, Island:

Camp Kitchen Supplies for Pancakes:

  • Spork (or a whisk if you want to be fancy)
  • Medium Bowl
  • 2 cup Measuring Cup
  • Two Burner Propane Stove
  • 8 inch Non-Stick Frying Pan
  • Silicone Spatula

Oatmeal Cinnamon Pancakes with Applesauce

Oatmeal Cinnamon Pancakes Ingredients

Ingredients

Make: Before You Leave

  1. Pulse the rolled oats in a food processor for about 30 seconds until the oats are broken down to about a ¼ of their original size.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the oats and the rest of the dry ingredients.
  3. Whisk together to combine and store in a zip lock bag or other airtight container.

Make: At Camp

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the non-dairy milk, oil, and eggs.
  2. Add the mixture of dry ingredients and stir until combined and smooth.
  3. Heat a tablespoon of coconut oil in a pan on medium heat.
  4. Pour about a ¼ cup of batter in the pan and cook until the edges begin to firm and bubbles pop on the wet side of the pancake, then flip and cook until firm.
  5. Repeat until all of the batter is used up. Adding more coconut oil if the pancakes start to stick to the pan.
  6. Serve with applesauce on top.

Makes about 8-10 medium sized pancakes.

Adina Marguerite Pease is a travel and food writer, photographer, and explorer based out of Seattle, Washington. Having traveled through 6 countries, 18 states, and over 70 cities since going gluten free in 2009 – it’s become her passion to share her adventures and inspire others to go new places and try new things. You can find additional gluten free recipes and stories about her adventures on her blog, Gluten Free Travelette.

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The Oatmeal Compendium

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles, Whole Grains 101

Oats come in such a dizzying array of cuts and rolls, it’s easy to get lost and confused. I mean, what IS the difference between Scottish and Steel Cut Oats? What is an oat GROAT? and What makes the Gluten Free oats different from regular oats? Wonder no more, here is a comprehensive breakdown on oats.

Generally speaking, we’re going to start with the least processed and go towards the most processed oat product. I’m going to leave oat flour out of this conversation, since most folks don’t eat it as a cereal. Other items that I won’t be covering are granola and muesli. We’re talking just plain oats, folks.

Oat Groats: Quite simply, groat is the old Scottish word for the entire oat kernel minus the husk. These are the basis of every oat product that follows. You can take a groat and cook it like a chewy hot cereal or turn it into a luscious pilaf. Oats are high in soluble fiber, making them creamy when cooked.

Steel Cut Oats: Steel cut oats are whole oat groats that have been cut into two or three pieces. That’s it. They take longer to cook than a rolled oat, but have a wonderful chewiness that often surprises folks who have sworn off oatmeal. This is not gruel. We can’t tell you how many times we’ve heard stories of people converted to oatmeal after a lifetime of hating it. Our steel cut oats won the Golden Spurtle in the 2009 World Porridge Championships in Carrbridge, Scotland, earning them the title of World’s Best Oats.

Bob's Red Mill Steel Cut Oats

Quick-Cooking Steel Cut Oats: These are steel cut oats that have had some pieces rolled flat. They are a hybrid between rolled and steel cut oats, giving them the chewiness of a steel cut oat while cooking a bit more quickly than traditional steel cut oats.

Scottish Oats: Scottish oats are made in true Scottish style- we take whole oat groats and mill them on our stone mills. This produces a creamy, fine oatmeal that is closer to what we think of as porridge. Scottish oats cook up quickly and are a great addition to baked goods. Try our recipe for Scottish Oatcakes– one of Bob’s all-time favorite snacks.

Rolled Oats: From Extra Thick to Instant, rolled oats are whole oat groats that have been steamed and flattened (or rolled) to varying thicknesses. In order of the thickest to thinnest, the order goes Extra Thick, Old Fashioned Regular, Quick Cooking and Instant. Extra thick and old fashioned taste best when cooked on the stove top, quick and instant can be ready in a matter of minutes when combined with boiling water or cooked in the microwave.

The Oatmeal Compendium: Bob's Red Mill

Gluten Free Oats: The main thing that makes gluten free oats special is the way they are grown and handled. Our Gluten Free Rolled Oats are made from oats grown by farmers who know and care about growing oats that are free from gluten. Each farm delivery is sampled and tested with an R5 ELISA gluten test to ensure the absence of gluten. Advanced color-sorting removes undetected impurities. Finally, the oats are packaged in our 100% gluten free facility and tested for gluten again to ensure their purity. We offer these as Old Fashioned, Steel Cut, Extra Thick and Quick Cooking.

Oat Bran: Finally, the most processed oat product we offer, but one that is incredibly nutritious and versatile—Oat Bran. Unlike wheat bran, oat bran offers some of the bran and the germ. It can be cooked like a hot cereal or added to baked goods to add the wonderful nuttiness of oats and boost the fiber content. Oat bran is incredibly high in fiber and a good source of protein.

No matter what preparation you choose, oats are an incredibly nutritious food that can be served sweet or savory for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Browse our extensive collection of recipes for turning this staple grain into culinary masterpieces or simple comfort food.

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Perfect Steel Cut Oats

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles, Whole Grains 101

Bob tells us all about steel cut oats and shows us how to magically make more time in the day.

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