Nooch Crackers | Bob's Red Mill gluten free, dairy free, paleo friendly, vegan

Nooch Crackers

by Cassidy Stockton in Gluten Free, Meatless Mondays, Recipes

I’ll be the first to admit that I was skeptical about nutritional yeast (aka nooch) crackers. I thought they would be bland or fake tasting. I’ve never been so delighted to be proven wrong. These crispy little crackers don’t taste like those name brand cheese crackers you can buy in a box. Instead, they taste like an artisanal cheese cracker that someone lovingly made in their home kitchen. They are crisp, but have a little bit of give to them, as only a homemade cracker will.

Combined with almond meal, nutritional yeast makes these crackers as rich as their boxed brethren, but the ingredient list is so much cleaner (not to mention they’re gluten free, dairy free, vegan and paleo-friendly). I am pretty sure I could eat an entire batch of these in one go, they’re THAT good. These are perfect on their own and will be equally at home in a lunchbox or at a fancy dinner party, if they even make it off the sheet tray they were baked on.

Nooch Crackers | Bob's Red Mill gluten free, dairy free, paleo friendly, vegan

Nooch Crackers

Prep Time:  15 minutes | Cook Time:  25 – 30 minutes

Yield: approx. 50 crackers

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Step 2

In a small bowl, combine golden flaxseed meal and water.  Let sit for 5 minutes.

Step 3

Meanwhile, combine almond meal, nutritional yeast and salt in a large bowl.  Add melted coconut oil, lemon juice and flaxseed meal mixture and mix until a dough forms.

Step 4

Transfer dough to a piece of parchment paper and cover with a second piece of parchment paper.  Roll dough between parchment paper, removing and replacing the parchment as needed, to 1/16-inch thickness.

Step 5

Remove top sheet of parchment paper and transfer crackers on bottom sheet of parchment paper to a sheet tray.  Cut into 1 ½-inch squares or desired shapes.  Dock each cracker with a fork and sprinkle generously with kosher or large flake salt.

Step 6

Bake in preheated oven until deep golden, about 25 minutes.

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Nacho Cheez Dip | Bob's Red Mill vegan, gluten free, paleo friendly

Cashew Cheez Sauce

by Cassidy Stockton in Gluten Free, Recipes

Whether you avoid dairy for health reasons or simply choose not to include it in your life, you may find yourself occasionally missing some of the more indulgent forms dairy can take, like cheese sauce for instance. This simple recipe uses our nutritional yeast to mimic the flavor of cheese for those times when you just want to dip your chips in cheese sauce.

This ‘cheese’ sauce is wonderfully creamy and thickens up quite nicely. It’s perfect on nachos, as a dip for just about anything (fondue anyone?) and makes a stellar non-dairy mac and cheese. If you like things spicy, try kicking this up a notch by adding some hot sauce. It’s kind of the perfect Friday night recipe. Make a batch, grab some chips and veggies and watch some form of sports ball or that show you’ve been trying to catch up on… and if you eat the whole thing, we won’t tell.

Nacho Cheez Dip | Bob's Red Mill vegan, gluten free, paleo friendly

Cashew Cheez Sauce

Prep Time:  10 minutes

Yield: approx. 2 cups

Step 1

In a food processor or blender, process cashews to a very fine powder, adding a small amount of water if needed.

Step 2

Add Bob’s Red Mill Nutritional Yeast, salt and garlic powder and mix to combine.  Add lemon juice and water and process until smooth.

Step 3

Serve warm or at room temperature.  Gently reheat over very low heat.

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Green Tea Granola + Steeped Giveaway

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Recipes

It’s not everyday that a cookbook built around tea comes across our plate. Okay, let’s be honest, it’s never happened. When Annelies Zijderveld, of The Food Poet, reached out about her first book, Steeped, we jumped at the opportunity and we’re so glad we did. Steeped is a lovely book that covers the history and intricacies of tea consumption with recipes to fuel your experimentation. The book is broken out into recipes that are appropriate for Morning tea, Midday Tea, Afternoon Tea, High Tea and Sweet Tea. Steeped has a guide for what should be in your tea cabinet, as well as a section that sorts the recipes according to which type of tea you want to use. Recipes range from beautiful parfaits and smoothies to more complicated breads, muffins and desserts to main dishes, salads and sides- all made and flavored with tea. Many of the recipes are accompanied by beautiful photography and lovely tea-inspired quotes.

Steeped: Recipes Infused with Tea by Annelies Zijderveld

Additionally, Zijderveld recommends whole grain spelt flour for most of her baked goods, which made us swoon with delight. Spelt is an underrated, but incredibly nutritious whole grain flour that mimics wheat flour perfectly. While it is technically a type of wheat, many people with wheat allergies can tolerate spelt. It’s very easy to digest and has a pleasant flavor.

All around, Steeped is a beautiful book. It would be a delightful gift for the tea-lover in your life or a food enthusiast who is looking for their next adventure. We’ve partnered with Andrews McMeel Publishing to giveaway a copy of this lovely book to one lucky winner. We’ll pair a copy of this book with two packages of our spelt flour. If you want to grab a copy for yourself, snag one on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or visit your local book store. To enter, simply follow the prompts below. We’ll select one winner at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 4/19/2015. 

Green Tea Granola from Steeped by Annelies Zijderveld | gluten free adaptable.

Green Tea Granola

Makes 2 quarts

I serve these with lychee chunks, crisp Asian pear, and labneh, with a wake-up grating of fresh ginger to pull it all together. You can make your own labneh, or use store-bought (my favorite brand is Karoun), or Greek yogurt instead.

  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds
  • 4 teaspoons amaranth
  • 2 tablespoons loose or 4 bags (cut open) Dragon Well green tea
  • 6 tablespoons safflower, grapeseed, or other neutral oil
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup golden raisins

Preheat the oven to 275°F. Place a sheet of parchment paper onto an 18-inch sheet pan. Stir together the oats, walnuts, and sesame seeds in a medium bowl.

Heat a small fry pan over medium-high heat until a drop of water sizzles. Pour in ½ teaspoon amaranth, cover, and pop like popcorn for 30 seconds or until popping slows. Listen carefully! Amaranth pops quickly and will burn just as fast. Move the popped amaranth from the pan to the bowl and repeat with the remaining amaranth, ½ teaspoon at a time.

In a small saucepan set over low heat, combine the tea, oil, maple syrup, cardamom, and salt. Stir until heated through and combined. Stir the tea and oil into the oats to coat.

Pour the green tea granola onto the baking sheet, spreading evenly in a single layer. Bake for 32 minutes or until golden brown, stirring three times or every 8 minutes. Cool the granola to harden on the baking sheet and stir in the raisins.

From Steeped: Recipes Infused with Tea by Annelies Zijderveld, Andrews McMeel Publishing

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Flours: A Primer

by Sarah House in Gluten Free, Recipes, Whole Grains 101

The world of flours seems to be growing year after year.  Long gone are the days of two options:  white flour and whole wheat flour.  By my count, Bob’s Red Mill carries fifty-four different flours and meals.  And these range from gluten-free to gluten-full, light to white to whole-grain, single grain flours and flour blends.  Is anyone getting overwhelmed yet?  How in the world does one pick a flour to use?

As many people are aware, there are flours that contain gluten (a protein found in wheat and similar grains and flours that are gluten-free (contain no gluten proteins but therefore aren’t able to create structure as easily as gluten-based baked goods).  Gluten-full grains provide great structure and delicious flavors that can be enjoyed by anyone who is not affected by Celiac disease nor has gluten intolerance.  Gluten-free grains may be enjoyed by anyone and provide many unique flavors, colors, and textures that many gluten-eaters haven’t yet discovered.

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If you aren’t affected by food allergies, eat any and every grain flour you can!  There is a whole wide and wonderful flour-full world out there.  Grains and flours that contain gluten include:  wheat & semolina, barley, Kamut®, rye & pumpernickel, spelt, and triticale.  All-purpose, bread, pastry, and cake flours are typically varieties of gluten flours with differing amounts of protein that correspond to their specific purpose.

If you maintain a more strict diet, don’t fret, your options are far more expansive than you can imagine:  nuts, beans and peas, amaranth, buckwheat, coconut, corn, flax, millet, oat, potato, quinoa, rice (white and brown and sweet), sorghum, soy, tapioca, and teff.  All of these products are inherently gluten-free but they are not always tested for or processed in certified gluten-free facilities, so if you follow a gluten-free diet, make sure to check the labels.

Most gluten-containing flours are available as whole-grain flours (meaning they contain the bran and germ along with the standard endosperm) and white or light versions.  Classifying flour as “white” or “light” indicates that all or most of the bran and germ have been removed.  Why choose one over the other?  Whole grain flours contribute rich flavor and color to a baked item as well as affects the texture (and don’t forget about all the fiber and vitamins and nutrients!).  The gluten and starches in the grains’ endosperm create wonderfully pillowy structures that give us our much-loved sandwich breads, ciabattas, baguettes, cakes, and cookies.  The bran and germ, when included (or not excluded), cut into the endosperm’s structures, thereby creating items with a bit less height and a more defined texture.

The best way to pick your gluten flour is to think about the finished texture.  The lightest and most delicate items should be made with Super-Fine Cake Flour or Unbleached White Pastry Flour.  Hearty heavy-duty breads work best with whole-grain flours like Organic Ivory Wheat Flour and Organic Dark Rye Flour.  Most other items fall right in the middle and can use blends of any light, medium, or heavy flours.  Coarse meals like Organic Pumpernickel Dark Rye Meal and Graham Flour can be added for extra texture and a coarser crumb.

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Super Light

Light

Medium

Heavy

Extra Special Add-Ins

If you are new to whole grain flours or just aren’t in the mood for 100%, try swapping out a portion of your standard white flour for some whole grain.  An easy exchange is 25%.  Use a blend of 75% Unbleached White Fine Pastry Flour and 25% Whole Wheat Pastry Flour in you next pie crust, or try Spelt Flour as a quarter of the flour in your next sandwich bread.  Or just go for it and whip up a batch of whole wheat chocolate chip cookies!  (see recipes below)

Just because you may not follow a gluten-free diet, don’t turn your back on all those gluten-free flours or you will be missing out.  Gluten-free flours run the gamut in terms of flavors and textures.  Gluten-free flours rarely work as stand-alone flour and the typical flour blend consists of two gluten-free flours and one starch.  A good jumping off point is 1/3 of each, but as you become more comfortable and familiar with gluten free baking, you’ll run across and be able to create blends that better suit your personal tastes (more info is available here

Including links about how to use binders).  To incorporate gluten-free flours with gluten-full, swap out the same 25% as you would whole-grain flours.

The most popular gluten-free flours are made from rice and sorghum and rice is milled as both whole grain and white.  These grains contain enough protein to aide in structure and have mild flavors that don’t detract from the ideal finished product.   For yeasted breads, bean flours are often used due to their high protein contents.  Be forewarned, some people may notice a distinct bean flavor and aroma in raw doughs but it will dissipate after baking.

Using gluten-free flours are a great way to change up flavors and textures.  Amaranth and quinoa add savory grain flavors while buckwheat, corn, millet, and oat can walk the line between both sweet and savory.  Teff, buckwheat, and green pea and black bean flours can change up the color along with incorporating unique flavors.

Almond, hazelnut, and flaxseed meal, and coconut flour are all unique ingredients that require a bit more practice and information.  All can be added as an extra addition and almond and hazelnut meal work well as stand-alone flour in certain applications (think macarons, flourless chocolate cakes, and paleo-centric baking).  Flaxseed meal and coconut flour are a bit tricky.  Flaxseed meal combined with water makes a gel-like substance that is a great substitute for eggs when used as binders and is wonderful to add to any baked good for a fiber boost.  Coconut flour is extremely high in fiber and using it as the main ingredient in an item will call for using unique recipes unlike any traditional bakers have seen before.  Adding a tablespoon or so of coconut flour to your recipe will help with liquid absorption and will add a delicate coconut undertone to the flavor.  Before you go adding any more than that, check out some recipes designed especially for coconut flour.

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Creating a Gluten Free Flour Blend:

  • For an all purpose flour blend use a ratio of 1/3 light flour and 2/3 heavy and/or medium flour.
  • For a pastry flour blend use a ratio of 2/3 light flour and 1/3 heavy and/or medium flour.

Substituting Gluten Free Flours for one another:

  • As a general rule, substitute gluten free flours within the same “weight” group cup for cup.
  • By substituting flours, you may experience a change in flavor and texture.

Heavy Flours

Medium Flours

Light Flours

Gluten free flours are classified based on their protein content. Heavy flours assist in creating the structure of your baked goods, as do medium flours. Light flours aid in binding and moisture retention.

These recommendations should help you set out on your foray into whole grain baking.  As you become more comfortable and as you investigate other resources, more and more ideas and flour blends will come your way.  Some excellent new whole grain baking books have come out in the last few years, some even earing award nominations!  Pick up a bag of whole grain flour that piques your interest and start baking!

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Vegan warm French Green Lentils make a quick and easy weeknight meal. Perfect for meatless mondays and suitable for a gluten free diet.  #bobsredmill

{Meatless Mondays} Warm French Lentils

by Cassidy Stockton in Birdspotter, Meatless Mondays

This is one of those perfect meals that takes minimal effort and can be made quickly on a weeknight. The earthy, slightly spicy flavor of lentils mingle with onions, carrots and garlic for a meal that will warm you on a cold, wet Spring day, of which we have plenty in Oregon. Pair this with warm, crusty bread and a green salad for an easy main dish or use it as a side accompaniment with your favorite protein.

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Vegan warm French Green Lentils make a quick and easy weeknight meal. Perfect for meatless mondays and suitable for a gluten free diet.  #bobsredmill

Warm French Lentils

Prep Time:  15 minutes | Cook Time:  20 minutes | Yield: 4 servings

  • 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Petite French Green Lentils
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 2 ½ cups Water
  • ¼ cup + 2 Tbsp Olive Oil, divided
  • 1 cup thinly sliced Onion (about ½ large)
  • 1 cup diced Carrots (about 2)
  • 1 tsp minced Garlic
  • 2 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp ground Black Pepper

Step 1

Sort and rinse Bob’s Red Mill Petite French Green Lentils.  Combine lentils, bay leaf and water in a pot and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until lentils are tender, about 20 minutes.  Remove bay leaf and drain.

Step 2

While lentils are cooking, heat 2 Tbsp oil in a sauté pan over medium heat.  Add onions and carrots and cook, stirring often, until the onions are tender, about 10 minutes.  Add garlic and cook until fragrant, one additional minute.

Step 3

Meanwhile, whisk together vinegar, mustard, salt, pepper and remaining ¼ cup olive oil.

Step 4

Combine lentils and sautéed onions and carrot with dressing.  Serve warm.

 

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Sweet Potato and Sage Pull Apart Rolls from Bread & Butter by Erin McKenna | Bob's Red Mill @bobsredmill |gluten free, vegan

Sweet Potato and Sage Pull-Apart Rolls (GF) {Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles

Bread & Butter is the third book from renowned gluten free, vegan baker Erin McKenna of Erin McKenna’s Bakery (formerly Babycakes NYC). This book is exactly what you’d expect from Erin McKenna- beautiful recipes with fun, bright photography. Bread & Butter is a full course of gluten free bread baking with a side of pastries. Basic breads like “rye” bread (say what??) and sandwich bread abound next to more unusual fare like these pull-apart rolls and spicy vegetable cornbread. There are so many awesome recipes in this book, we can’t begin to name them all.

Bread & Butter by Erin McKenna | Bob's Red Mill  @bobsredmill

We see a lot of cookbooks around here and what we like about this book is that it’s relatively small, so you’re not thumbing through 500 recipes, and it’s full of rather unique recipes. Plus, we know from personal experience that Erin’s recipes are reliable and delicious. We absolutely adore Erin’s writing style and her easy-to-follow recipes. Bonus: all of the recipes are vegan, making this ideal for anyone with both gluten and dairy restrictions.

Random House has generously offered us three copies of Bread & Butter to giveaway. We’ll pair each copy with a bag of our gluten free oat flour, cornmeal, potato starch and xanthan gum so you can get started baking right away. To enter, follow the prompts at the bottom of this post. We’ll select three winners at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 3/29/15. If you just can’t wait, look for this book at your favorite local bookseller.

Sweet Potato and Sage Pull Apart Rolls from Bread & Butter by Erin McKenna | Bob's Red Mill @bobsredmill |gluten free, vegan

Sweet Potato and Sage Pull-Apart Rolls

Makes 12 rolls

  • ¼ cup (33 g) cornmeal, for the baking
    sheet
  • 1½ cups (339 g) warm rice milk (about 100°F)
  • 3 tablespoons (66 g) agave nectar
  • 2½ teaspoons active dry yeast
  • ¹⁄³ cup (70 g) melted unscented coconut oil
  • ½ cup (165 g) canned sweet potato puree (at room temperature)
  • 3 cups (300 g) gluten-free oat flour
  • ½ cup (96 g) potato starch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ teaspoons xanthan gum
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ¹⁄³ cup (9 g) sage leaves, chopped

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, dust with cornmeal, and set aside.

In a small bowl, combine the warm rice milk, agave nectar, and yeast. Stir once and set aside to proof until it bubbles, about 10 minutes. Whisk in the oil and sweet potato.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the oat flour, potato starch, baking powder, baking soda, xanthan gum, and salt. Pour in the yeast mixture and, using a rubber spatula, stir until it is the consistency of a sticky dough. Fold in the sage.

Using a ½-cup measuring cup, scoop heaping portions of batter onto the prepared baking sheet and shape into squares. Leave no more than ½ inch between each roll on the pan. Cover the baking sheet with a dish towel and let the rolls rise for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Bake the rolls for 10 minutes, and then rotate the baking sheet 180 degrees. Bake until the crust is golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 6 minutes. Let the rolls cool on the pan for 10 minutes before serving.

Recipe from Bread & Butter (c) 2015 Erin McKenna

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What is it? Wednesday: Date Sugar

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. 

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What is Date Sugar? Date sugar is one of those rare sugars that is pretty much what you’d expect- ground, dried dates. Our date sugar has a small amount of oat flour added to help prevent clumping, but if you’re familiar with this product, this doesn’t always work. One of the most frustrating things about date sugar is it’s ability to form into one solid brick. I think you could build houses with date sugar bricks. It’s sweet, but not as sweet (in my opinion) as cane sugar, light tan in color and granulated (unless it’s become a brick, that is). On that note…

How do you soften Date Sugar? The best trick we’ve learned in the years of selling date sugar is to place the date sugar in the microwave for a few seconds until it begins to soften.

What is it? Wednesday: Date Sugar | Bob's Red Mill @bobsredmill

How do you use Date Sugar? Date sugar can replace white sugar cup for cup. If you desire your baked goods to be less sweet, we recommend 2/3 cup date sugar to replace 1 cup white sugar. It works well sprinkled on cereal and baked goods, but this is not the sugar you want to sweeten your hot drinks with. It will not fully dissolve.

Does Bob’s Red Mill Date Sugar contain sulfites or nitrates? No, our date sugar is simply dates and oat flour.

What kind of dates are used? Our date sugar is made from the Deglet Noor variety of dates.

Is Bob’s Red Mill Date Sugar vegan? Yes, our date sugar is suitable for a vegan diet.

Is Bob’s Red Mill Date Sugar gluten free? While date sugar is inherently gluten free, we do not package it in our gluten free facility or test it for gluten. Because of the nature of oats and their risk of cross contact with wheat, we do not recommend those on a strict gluten free diet use our date sugar.

Is Date Sugar suitable for diabetics? Every individual is unique and may react differently to date sugar, but generally speaking date sugar has a GI of 23 versus white sugar’s GI of 80. This may be a better choice for diabetics.

Try it! This recipe for Apple Spice Muffins (pictured above) is a great jumping off point for date sugar.

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Gluten Free Flour Tortillas | Bob's Red Mill vegan, gluten free

{Meatless Mondays} Gluten Free Flour Tortillas

by Sarena Shasteen in Gluten Free, Meatless Mondays, Recipes

To be perfectly honest, when you live with a restricted diet due to food allergies and intolerances, it really is tough in the beginning and you eventually learn to just live without sometimes. Now, while I love getting creative in the kitchen, there are a few foods that I really just let go of out of ease. A flour tortilla is one of them. Our family just kind of resolved to not being able to have them and so we just gave in to buying corn tortillas instead. Though we do like corn tortillas, there are times when you really want the soft chewiness of a flour tortilla, ya know?

Gluten Free Flour Tortillas | Bob's Red Mill vegan, gluten free

I will admit, these tortillas do take a little bit of time to prepare, but I assure you they are so worth the time. They are soft, yet durable enough to hold all the goodness you want to put in them! I have used them for soft tacos and quesadillas! They soften up when heated either in the microwave for about 15 seconds or heated in a skillet briefly. They also crisp up really well for quesadillas. I’m also happy to say that we had a few left over and they stayed fresh for up to three days sealed in a container on the counter!

Gluten Free Flour Tortillas | Bob's Red Mill vegan, gluten free

Gluten Free Flour Tortillas

makes 20 small or 10 large

In a large mixing bowl, combine the gluten free 1-to-1 flour, baking powder and salt; mix well. Then, add the carbonated water (start with 2-1/4 cups and add more as needed), olive oil and apple cider vinegar to the flour mixture. Combine all of these together and allow the mixture to sit for an hour. The dough should be thick, but slightly sticky to the touch. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and spray lightly with cooking spray. Using a large cookie scoop*, scoop out one or two scoops of dough per tortilla. With wet hands, press out the tortillas to make a thin circle. Place the pans in the oven and bake the tortillas for 5 minutes, then flip the tortillas and bake for another 3 to 5 minutes.

*Since gluten free doughs need to be slightly wetter than their gluten counter parts, I use my large cookie scoop when I need to scoop out even sized things like rolls or tortillas. It keeps things a little cleaner and insures that I can bake things evenly through.

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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What is it? Wednesday: Coconut Sugar

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. 

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What is it? Coconut sugar is made from the nectar of coconut palm tree blossoms. It is an alternative sweetener that can be used in many recipes as a one-to-one replacement for white sugar or brown sugar. It’s more coarse than conventional refined white sugar, but the crystals dissolve perfectly in hot drinks and baked goods.

How is it made? Nectar is harvested from the coconut palm tree and, essentially, cooked down until most of the moisture evaporates, leaving behind a thick syrup. This can be dried and made into sugar crystals or left as a syrup. Watch a great video on the entire process here. An interesting tidbit I picked up while researching this was that the flower used to harvest sugar will never become a coconut. A decision must be made as to whether you want to use the flower for sugar or if you want it to produce a coconut. It makes sense, when you think about it, but interesting nonetheless.

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

How do you use it? Coconut sugar can be used in place of refined white sugar or brown sugar in most recipes. It’s wonderful sprinkled on hot cereal or used to sweeten your coffee. It has a lightly caramel flavor that blends well in most applications.

Is Bob’s Red Mill coconut sugar vegan? Yes.

Is Bob’s Red Mill coconut sugar gluten free? No, while coconut sugar is naturally free from gluten, we do not produce our coconut sugar in our gluten free facility or batch test it for gluten.

Is coconut sugar suitable for diabetics? We’ve read some varying information regarding how safe coconut sugar is for those with diabetes. Coconut Sugar should be treated like table sugar. Individuals will have to see how it affects their blood sugar, but we do not recommend its use by diabetics.

Does it have a coconut flavor? No, coconut sugar does have a mild caramel flavor, but it does not have a strong coconut flavor.

Recipes we love using Coconut Sugar

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Whole Grain Cereal Bars | Bob's Red Mill

{Meatless Mondays} Whole Grain Cereal Bars

by Cassidy Stockton in Meatless Mondays, Recipes

By now, most adults know that we should start the day off right with a nutritious breakfast. Sure, we know that whole grains are good for us and eating them for breakfast will fuel our day. We’ll be healthier, happier and much more likely to pass up the less-than-healthy options available throughout the morning. At Bob’s Red Mill, we preach whole grain hot cereal for breakfast, but there’s another way, friends, and I’m here today to tell you about it.

You can reap the benefits of whole grains by making these cereal bars. They’ll save you time in the morning (something we never have enough of) and keep you fueled for the day as well as any bowl of oatmeal. An added bonus, in my book, is that they taste like cookies, so you still feel like you’re getting to indulge while eating something that will actually be worth all those calories. Crumble one of these bars over some yogurt and you have a healthy, gut-friendly breakfast fit to keep you going no matter you’re doing. These also make a great on-the-go snack and are lunchbox friendly.

 

Gluten free? Try our Gluten Free 1-to-1 Flour in place of the Whole Wheat Pastry Flour and use our Gluten Free Scottish and Old Fashioned Rolled Oats in place of the cereals below. Easy peasy.

Whole Grain Cereal Bars | Bob's Red Mill  | vegan, gluten free option

Whole Grain Cereal Bars

Prep Time:  15 minutes | Cook Time:  20 minutes | Yield:  52: 4 x 6-cm bars

Step 1: Preheat convection oven to 350°F.  Line one half-sheet tray with parchment paper.

Step 2: In a large bowl, thoroughly combine Bob’s Red Mill Scottish Oatmeal, 5 Grain Rolled Cereal, cane sugar, Whole Wheat Pastry Flour, coconut, Flaxseed Meal, baking powder and salt.  Add chocolate chips and dried cranberries and mix well.

Step 3: In a separate bowl, whisk water, oil and vanilla extract.  Add to dry ingredients and mix well to thoroughly combine.

Step 4: Spread mixture evenly into prepared sheet tray.  Bake until set and slightly golden on top, about 20 minutes.

Step 5: Let cool completely then portion into 4 x 6-cm bars.  Wrap well to store.

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