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Fuel Your Awesomeness with These Protein Bars

by Cassidy Stockton in Gluten Free, Recipes

These protein bars are a delicious way to fuel up before a big hike/run/ski/whatever or to use as recovery fuel from said activities. These are not diet bars or low cab treats, these are fuel and should be treated as such. In our opinion, fuel should taste good. We aren’t fans of the “food is fuel, just get it in” mentality. Food is just one of many tools at your disposal to keep your body working and we think it should taste good while doing so. After all, if it tastes good and you feel satisfied, you’re less likely to choose high calorie, nutritionally deplete options.

When made according to this recipe, these bars remind me of halva- that decadent sesame treat common in the Middle East. I’d imagine these beat the pants of halva nutritionally and will keep you going longer. When choosing fuel, each bite should work toward keeping your body and brain in tip-top condition, why not choose something that tastes good too?

Protein Bars | Bob's Red Mill

Protein Bars

We chose to use peanut butter and our soy protein powder in this recipe, but you can chose a different nut butter or different protein powder for similar results.

Line an 8×4-inch baking pan with waxed paper and set aside. In a bowl, combine peanut butter, water, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Stir until smooth. Add oat flour, rolled oats, protein powder and flaxseed meal. Mix until combined. Dough will be dry and crumbly. Press evenly into the bottom of the pan and set aside. In a bowl in the microwave or small saucepan on the stove top, gently heat chocolate chips until melted, taking care not to burn. Pour melted chocolate over oat layer and smooth with a spatula to cover evenly.  Sprinkle almonds over the top and press gently into chocolate layer. Transfer baking dish to the refrigerator or freezer until chocolate sets, about 10 minutes. Run a knife around the inside edge of the dish and use the waxed or parchment paper to lift out of the pan. Cut into bars with a sharp knife. Makes 6 bars.

 Nutrition Facts: Each bar contains: Calories: 230, Calories from Fat: 90, Total Fat 10g, Saturated Fat 2.5g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 95mg, Total Carbohyrdates: 24g, Dietary Fiber: 4g, Sugars: 9g, Protein: 11g. 

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How-to Replace Eggs and Fat in Recipes with Flax and Chia

by Sarah House in Health, Recipes

When the calendar flips over to a new year, we are often driven to change things up for the better. Quit some things, start doing others, improve what we’re doing and do it better. More often than not, these changes often involve some tweak to the food you eat. Maybe it’s the excess of the holidays that drive us to want to eat healthier, but I think there is something about a new year that makes us want to be better than we were. A chance to start over.

If some major changes are underway for your diet (say you’re going vegan or cutting back on fat or cholesterol) seeds are an excellent substitute for many animal-based proteins commonly used in baking and can increase the nutritional value of your baked good. Simple, easy swaps for a healthier you.

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Eggs are easily replaced with Flaxseed Meal or Chia Seeds, which is a great way to reduce cholesterol or transition towards a plant-based diet.  Use either of the substitutions below and, after they’ve had a chance to sit for 5 minutes, add the whole mixture just as you would the eggs in a recipe.  Just remember that seeds won’t provide leavening power like egg whites.  So, if your recipe is devoid of yeast or chemical leaven (baking powder or soda) or heavy on the eggs, try adding ¼ – ½ tsp of baking powder or soda to your recipe.

1 egg = 2 tsp Chia Seeds + ¼ cup water (let sit for 5 minutes)

1 egg = 1 Tbsp brown or golden Flaxseed Meal + 3 Tbsp water (let sit for 5 minutes)

If you are looking to cut back on fats, use the ratio of 3 parts Flaxseed Meal to replace 1 part fat.  Chia Seeds work, too, but in a slightly different ratio (explained below).  Now, you won’t want to replace ALL of the fat.  Fat is an important factor in flavor, mouthfeel, and helping you feel full.  You don’t want to eat three fat-free (but still sugary) cookies and feel unsatisfied when one cookie with at least half the fat would have done the trick!  So any time you plan on substituting fat, only sub half.

Chia seeds1 Tbsp fat = 3 Tbsp brown or golden Flaxseed Meal + 1 Tbsp Water (let sit for 5 minutes)

1 Tbsp fat = ½ tsp Chia Seeds + 1 Tbsp water (let sit for 15 minutes)

Yes, the volumes of these fat subs aren’t identical but the thickening abilities of the seeds even out with these amounts.  Substituting these seed mixtures for fat often causes baked goods to brown more rapidly and most success has been found with recipes which contain small amounts of fat such as muffins and pancakes.  You may want to experiment with reducing the baking temperature by 25°F and increasing the baking time.  If the crust starts to darken too fast, tent the top with tin foil.

One thing you don’t want to do is substitute BOTH the eggs and fat in a recipe with all seeds.  You will most definitely NOT end up with something close to what you were expecting.  Instead, use the seed swap for eggs and rely on other fat substitutes like applesauce or pureed banana, avocado or prunes.

If you’re happy with your egg and fat consumption, you can still incorporate seeds into your baked goods for some major health bonuses and some great new flavor and texture profiles!

Flaxseed Meal can replace 10 – 20% of the total flour in a recipe.  If you want more texture and opt for whole Flax Seeds, combine them with the liquid called for in the recipe and let the whole thing sit for 30 minutes first.  Baking with Flaxseed Meal can make the texture of an item chewier and sometimes a bit dry.  If you find that to be the case, add a bit of extra liquid next time.

Not only are Chia Seeds an excellent and more nutritious substitute for poppy seeds but they also act as a great food extender that lowers calories and doesn’t affect the flavor!  Use a ratio of one part chia seeds (you may grind them after measuring if you want) to nine parts water.  Let this mixture stand for 10 minutes and then use in your favorite soups, smoothies, dips or spreads.  The exact amount of gel to use depends on the specific recipe you are using so adjust to your liking.  This mixture keeps, refrigerated, for up to two weeks.

Seeds are so much more than a last-minute garnish or muffin mix-in.  Alongside all the unique flavors and textures, Chia and Flax boost nutrition and spark tons of creativity in the kitchen.  Have fun!

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5 {Easy} Ways to Add Flax to Your Diet

by Cassidy Stockton in Whole Grains 101

Flaxseed is considered to be a super food for two main reasons- it delivers quality plant-based omega-3 fatty acids and ground flaxseeds (as opposed to the oil) are a good source of dietary fiber. There are many other wonderful health properties that are attributed to flax, but we’re not doctors and you can read the claims elsewhere- like this great WebMD article. If you want to know more about flax, read our What is it? Wednesday post. I’m not really here today to tell why should include flax in your diet. No, I’m here to tell you just how easy it is to include flax. We’ll assume you already want to eat more flax.

5 {Easy} Ways to Add Flax to Your Diet | Bob's Red Mill
Here are five simple, easy and DELICIOUS ways to make sure you get a little more flax in your life.

1. Drink it down- version 1. Okay, this one might not be all that delicious, but I can tell you that it is a common practice in our office and you can see this method being used on any given day here because it’s easy and it gets the job done. Here’s what you do- pick your beverage of choice- we recommend water or juice and mix in 1 to 2 tablespoons of flax. Just mix it up and drink it down. Don’t let it sit too long or you’ll have a very thick drink. Yes, kind of unappealing, but if you just want to get it in, this is a quick and relatively painless way to do it.

2. Drink it down-version 2. This is my preferred method. Add flax to your smoothie. If you don’t have smoothies on the regular, it might be a fun way to mix up your breakfast routine. We put together 10 of our favorites in this post if you need some inspiration.

5 {Easy} Ways to Add Flax to Your Diet | Bob's Red Mill
3. Mix it with your oatmeal. Or any hot cereal really. Just add your flaxseed meal after you’re finished cooking. It adds a nutty flavor that won’t overpower the dish. If you like your hot cereals with sugar, you’ll probably never even notice the flax.

4. Add it to your baked goods. This is a great option for those of you who want to eat more flax, but don’t like the flavor and/or texture. Muffins (pictured below), quick breads, pancakes, brownies, cookies, bread- nearly anything can take a little flax without altering the flavor and texture of your baked good. To get started, I recommend following a tried and true recipe, like these Date and Apricot Muffins from Spiced or these Blueberry Banana Muffins from The Lemon Bowl. The only downside of eating flax this way is that you’re not guaranteed to get a full serving with each serving of the baked good. The upside is that you won’t notice the flax. Heck, your picky kid probably won’t notice the flax (although I’m convinced mine would notice if I breathe funny on his food). You can feel better about eating said baked good and know that you are getting the benefit of flaxseed. *You can also use flax to replace eggs. We’ll dive in deeper on this topic tomorrow.

5 {Easy} Ways to Add Flax to Your Diet | Bob's Red Mill

5. On Toast. This is a funny one that a customer recommended to me a long time ago and, once I tried it, I was hooked. It’s definitely my second favorite way to enjoy flax. Slather a piece of toast (although it could really work with any bread-like substance from muffins to pancakes), with honey, peanut butter, jam, whatever as long as it’s sweet and/or flavor masking, sprinkle flax on top, mix it in a little bit and chow down. A good multi-grain bread with peanut butter and honey is my go-to. The bread and the topping cover most of the flavor and texture.

That’s it. Five easy ways to get more flax in your diet. For recipes and inspiration, visit our recipe collection at bobsredmill.com or check out our Super Seeds board on Pinterest. Be sure to check back later in the week to find out how to use flax to replace eggs and fat in your baked goods.

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What is it? Wednesday: Chia

by Cassidy Stockton in What is it? Wednesday

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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Our first WIW for the New Year is Chia! Chia is definitely one of the trendiest ingredients out there right now and can be found in everything from baked goods to smoothies. First off, if you know what chia is, congratulations- you’re ahead of the curve. For the rest of us, let’s dive in deeper and see what the fuss is all about.

What is it? Chia is a small seed that originated in Mexico and Central America. The seeds range from white to black and are about the size of a poppy seed. Chia seeds were used by Aztec warriors to increase their endurance during travel.

Why would you eat it? Chia seed contains a wealth of fiber—5 grams in just one tablespoon. It is the fiber in chia that causes chia seed to swell when combined with water, creating chia gel. Whether you eat chia gel or just the raw seeds, the hydrophilic action of chia seed will keep you full longer than many other seeds. Chia also delivers a healthy amount of Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids- approximately 2282 mg of Omega-3 per tablespoon. If those aren’t good enough reasons to eat chia, then we don’t know what are.

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

How do you use it? Chia seed is incredibly versatile. You can add it to baked goods, sprinkle it on salads, mix it in smoothies and enjoy it with hot cereal. Because of chia’s ability to make a thick gel when combined with water, chia works well in place of eggs in many recipes and can act as a binder when a little more adhesion is needed- think burgers and meatloaf. Chia’s incredible ability to thicken can be used to create vegan puddings and quick-jams with fantastic results.

How do you make chia gel? To make chia gel, combine 1 tablespoon of chia with 1/2 cup water and let sit for about 15-20 minutes. You will be amazed at how thick the gel will become. Drinking/eating this combo is a great way to enjoy chia and get the benefits of this powerhouse seed.

How do you replace an egg with chia? Chia is a wonderful substitute for eggs in quick breads, cookies and pancakes. To replace one egg, combine 1 tablespoon of chia with 3 tablespoons of water and let sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Add to the recipe as you would an egg.

Can you eat it raw? Yes, chia is best eaten raw.

Can you eat it whole? Yes, unlike flax, whole chia seed can be broken down by the body and digested. It does not need to be ground.

Is it vegan? Yes, chia seed is vegan.

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

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

Finally, is this the same seed they sell with Chia Pets? Yes, it is the same seed, but ours is food-grade quality. We don’t recommend eating anything that came with a chia pet, but you could use our seeds to grown your own chia pet. True story: a customer washed some chia down the drain. A few weeks later the sink was backed up. When the plumber opened the catch, our customer had chia seed growing in her pipes. No joke. Safe to say, you should probably not put extra chia down the drain. The compost? That’s an ideal place for leftover chia gel.

Recipes we love using Chia:

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{Meatless Mondays} Sweet Glazed Rosemary Onion Lentil Loaves

by Sarena Shasteen in Meatless Mondays, Recipes

I think it’s safe to say that life is busy for most of us. As a full time working mom, I am constantly trying to come up with ways to make getting a home cooked meal on the table fast. It’s kind of funny how when I was working part time as a personal trainer, I would always encourage my clients to prep meals for the week to stay on their healthy meal plans and now I have to actually walk the walk myself (instead of just talk the talk) in order to continue to put healthy meals on the table on a nightly basis for my own family.

Sweet Glazed Rosemary Onion Lentil Loaves | Bob's Red Mill

Sweet Glazed Rosemary Onion Lentil Loaf is one of our family’s all time favorite meals. Nothing says comfort food like a hearty warm meal during these coolers days, too. This meal comes together in about an hour when prepped the night before. Prepping this the day before also allows the chia seeds to soak up the moisture, as well as, allows all the flavors and ingredients to bind together giving this a nice “meaty” texture.

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Don’t let the ingredient list scare you. This really is a simple recipe. To complete the meal, serve the lentil loaf with a side of buttery mashed potatoes (cut potatoes the night before, place them in water and put them in the fridge for easy prep the next night) and fresh green beans. Your family will have happy, healthy bellies.

Sweet Glazed Rosemary Onion Lentil Loaves | Bob's Red Mill

Sweet Glazed Rosemary Onion Lentil Loaves

(makes 3 miniature loaves)

Topping

  • 1/3 cup Ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup sautéed Red Onion

Place the lentils and mushrooms in 4 cups water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until done. Poor off excess water. Allow to slightly cool. Next add oats through pepper to the lentil mushroom mixture and mix thoroughly until well combined. Place in the refrigerator and allow to cool completely.* When ready to make, divide the mixture into 3 miniature loaf pans. Combine the ketchup and brown sugar. Top the uncooked loaves with ketchup mixture. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, add the onions to the top of the loaves and bake an additional 20-30 minutes.

*At this point, you can choose to cook the loaves when the mixture has cooled or save them for a night when you need a meal to throw in the oven. 

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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Nourish Kitchen + Table’s Baked Oatmeal

by Cassidy Stockton in Gluten Free, Recipes

Baked oatmeal is a wonderfully delicious way to enjoy the benefits of whole grain oats. This version from Nourish Kitchen + Table combines apples, raisins and pecans for a wholesome, satisfying breakfast. We love baked oatmeal because it’s so easy and it makes the creamiest oats. Of course, Nourish Kitchen + Table has to take it up a notch with a scrumptious streusel topping that everyone (even the kids) will enjoy. This is a great breakfast/brunch option when you want to serve a group of folks.

Nourish Kitchen + Table

Not familiar with Nourish Kitchen + Table? Nourish is a seasonally-influenced, locally-inspired takeaway food shop and café in New York City. They offer the West Village community the comfort of a kitchen away from home. Created by nutritionist and superfoodie Marissa Lippert, who understands the need to bring flavor and balance back to the table, Nourish’s innovative fare bridges the gap between healthful eating and really delicious food.

We partnered with Nourish Kitchen + Table to bring you this recipe because they love our oats and we love their commitment to quality food that is both nutritious and delicious. Fingers crossed that they’ll open a new shop here in Portland. You can keep up with them at nourishkitchentable.com, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram (where they post drool-worthy images of their offerings). If you find yourself in the West Village, we encourage you to stop by and fuel yourself with something delicious!

Nourish Kitchen + Table Baked Oatmeal | Bob's Red Mill

Nourish Kitchen + Table’s Baked Oatmeal

Serves 6-8

Streusel

In a large saucepan, combine first 5 ingredients, oats through apple, and cook over medium-low heat for 7-10 minutes until oats are fully cooked and apples have softened, stirring pecans and raisins in lightly after turning the heat off.

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Spoon oatmeal into a 9×9 or 9×12 baking dish.  Mix streusel ingredients together and sprinkle over oatmeal.  Bake for 20-25 minutes until streusel is golden brown.

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Breakfast Muesli Bars

by Cassidy Stockton in Meatless Mondays, Recipes

Happy New Year! Let’s kick off 2015 right with some better-than-the-box breakfast bars. Yes, it’s easy to buy those breakfast/granola bars in the cereal aisle, but what are you really getting? Possibly a few whole grains mixed with a whole lot of weird ingredients, chemicals, colors and flavors. Unless you pick very carefully (we admit that there are a few good bars out there), you’re spending a lot of money on what amounts to junk food wrapped in false promises.

Scrap that idea and make these instead. They’re full of whole grains, fruit, nuts and flax for a bar that is rich in fiber, omega-3 and flavor! Some of our customers have opted to leave out the orange zest and orange juice concentrate, preferring to skip the orange flavors altogether. If you opt to leave out the orange juice concentrate, try 3 Tbsp of jam or adjust the honey if you need more liquid. Make this recipe gluten free by using our gluten free muesli and gluten free oat flour. Make them vegan by using maple syrup in place of honey. The flavor will be different, but they’ll still be delicious! Slice these bars and wrap in parchment paper or plastic wrap for lunch boxes or on-the-go snacks.

Here’s to a happy, healthy New Year! 

Whole grain breakfast muesli bars- easily made vegan and gluten free. @bobsredmill

Breakfast Muesli Bars

This recipe was developed especially for Bob’s Red Mill by renowned whole grain specialist, Lorna Sass, author of Whole Grains Every Day Every Way.

  • 2 tsp Orange Zest
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 3 Tbsp Orange Juice Concentrate
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil (or Walnut Oil)
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground Cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 cups Old Country Style Muesli*
  • 1/2 cup Whole Grain Oat Flour*
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/3 cup Cranberries
  • 3 Tbsp Flaxseed Meal
  • Oil for greasing the pan

Directions

Step 1

Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350°F. Lightly oil an 8-inch square baking pan.

Step 2

In a 3-quart pot, bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Turn off the heat and blend in the honey, orange juice concentrate, oil, salt, and cinnamon. Stir in the muesli, oat flour, baking powder, baking soda, and dried cranberries.

Step 3

In a small bowl, mix the flaxseed meal and 1/4 cup water until the mixture becomes thick, gummy, and slightly frothy (use a fork to vigorously stir as if you were beating egg whites). Fold the flax-seed mixture and orange zest into the muesli until well blended.

Step 4

Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and even off the top. Bake uncovered until the sides and bottom are golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes.

Step 5

Set the pan on a rack. When cooled to room temperature, cut into bars. If you wish, wrap individual bars in plastic or waxed paper for breakfast to go. Store in an airtight container in a cool place for up to 5 days. (Does not freeze well).

Makes 12 bars.

*Make this recipe gluten free by using our Gluten Free Muesli and our Gluten Free Oat Flour.

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Molasses Crinkle Cookies

by Cassidy Stockton in Recipes

We love a good gingersnap around here, but these molasses crinkle cookies have us passing up the crispy ginger cookies for something with a little more chew. These cookies have a kick to them and are made festive with the addition of our new sparkling sugar. This is a fun recipe to bake up with kids, as they will love rolling each ball of dough in the sparkling sugar. Plus, they’re made with whole wheat pastry flour, so you don’t have to feel guilty about enjoying these. The whole grain flour is completely hidden under the molasses and ginger flavors, so no one will ever be the wiser.

Make a batch of these for Santa or just enjoy them with a tall glass of milk. We hope you love them as much as we do. Check out the video below for  step-by-step instructions for making these jazzy cookies.

Molasses Crinkle Cookies | Bob's Red Mill

Molasses Crinkle Cookies

Prep Time:  15 minutes | Cook Time:  8 – 10 minutes

Yield: 18 cookies

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375°F and line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Step 2

In a small bowl, mix together whole wheat pastry flour, baking soda, salt and spices.

Step 3

In a large bowl, mix together butter, brown sugar and molasses until combined, then add egg.  Add dry and mix until combined.

Step 4

Scoop cookies and roll the tops in Bob’s Red Mill Sparkling Sugar.  Place 2-inches apart on prepared baking sheets and bake until edges are just set, 8 – 10 minutes.  Let cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes then remove to a cooling rack.

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Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Jennifer Farley in Recipes

The holiday season has many meanings to me and I’m not even slightly ashamed to admit that one of those meanings is cookies. I love cookies because I’m so incredibly indecisive when it comes to choosing desserts. Cookies give me the freedom to have it all. And these whole wheat chocolate chip cookies are a slightly modernized twist on the classic that will wow your holiday guests.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt | Bob's Red Mill
Bob’s Whole Wheat Pastry Flour replaces all purpose flour in this recipe but you will never notice the difference! I was amazed at how seamlessly it incorporated into the dough. I’ve also added a bit of coarse sea salt on top of the cookies to enhance the flavors. These have that perfect texture one craves in a chocolate chip cookie- slightly crunchy on the outside but just chewy enough on the inside. Make these for your next holiday party or cookie exchange. You’ll be glad you did!

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt | Bob's Red Mill

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time: 30 minutes | Cook Time: 15 minutes| Yields: 40-45 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups (13 ounces) Bob’s Red Mill Organic Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1 1/3 cup unsalted Butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) Granulated Sugar
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) packed light Brown Sugar
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • ½ teaspoon pure Vanilla Extract
  • 12 ounces Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • Coarse Sea Salt on top

Directions:

  1. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, sugar and brown sugar on high speed for several minutes until light and fluffy. Turn the mixer down to low speed and add the eggs and yolk, one at a time. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Slowly add the flour and vanilla until just combined and then stir in the chocolate chips by hand.
  4. Use a small ice cream scoop to portion out the cookies. Sprinkle coarse sea salt liberally on top of each cookie. Allow them to chill in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and then bake for 13 – 15 minutes. Allow to cool for several minutes before serving.

Jennifer Farley-600Jennifer Farley is the creator, recipe developer and photographer of Savory Simple, a blog dedicated to gourmet, simple, beautiful food and quality ingredients. Jennifer graduated from the Culinary Arts program at L’Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg, MD and has worked professionally as a chef and cooking instructor. She recently published her first cookbook, The Art of Slush. Her work has been featured by Williams-Sonoma, Bon Appetit, Food52, The Kitchn, Huffington Post and Marcus Sammuelsson.  She currently resides in Washington DC. Follow her FacebookTwitter and Google+.

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The Wonders of Whole Wheat Pastry Flour + Galette with Mushrooms, Onions, and Cheddar

by Jessica Fisher in Recipes

Years ago after a trip to see old friends of hers, my mom decided that she was going to revolutionize our family table. Her friends were kinda like hippies to us, so it didn’t bode well for us California kids who’d been living on pizza from a mix and mac and cheese from a box.

Mom bought whole wheat pasta and whole wheat flour and whole wheat muffins and a whole lot of whole wheat! Needless to say, this was a big shock to our systems.

I hate to say it, but our protests were a lot stronger than my mom’s resolve.

Onion Cheddar Mushroom Galette | Bob's Red Mill
Fast forward a dozen years and I was that young mom trying to get her family on a better diet. Like my mother before me, I decided to just go “whole hog” and do all my baking with stone-ground whole wheat flour. This was back in the days before the internet, when you couldn’t order groceries online, but were stuck with the very coarse, dense stuff that the grocery store sold.  And it was dense. Trust me.

You can guess how my brownies and apple pie went over. Everything tasted so wheaty.  Like mother, like daughter.

My efforts at improving my family’s diet were dashed – for a few years. My problem was that I didn’t understand that different flours serve different purposes.

I discovered whole wheat pastry flour and my life was changed. I know, that sounds pretty dramatic, but it’s true. I spotted a bag of pastry flour at the health food store — Bob’s Red Mill Whole Wheat Pastry Flour as a matter of fact — and gave it a try.

Wow. I could bake pancakes that didn’t land like bricks when I served them up. I could bake muffins that didn’t taste like a field in Kansas. I could bake brownies with whole grain and they didn’t taste “too healthy”.

I think that was when I heard angels singing.

Whole Wheat Pastry Flour

There’s been no looking back since that day. Whole wheat pastry flour is a regular item in my pantry. It’s been a favorite ingredient in my cookbooks. I use it in my holiday baking.

At first I just went halvsies. But, earlier this year, I baked one of my famous-at-my-house) Slab Apple Pies, but I substituted all the regular flour with whole wheat pastry flour . No one in my family even noticed! It was just as good as if it had all-purpose flour in it.

Whole wheat pastry flou0 is one of my best friends when it comes to making holiday treats just a little bit healthier. I use it in muffins, pancakes, waffles, cornbread, cookies, and pies. It goes super well in savory baked goods as well, like this Galette with Mushrooms, Onions, and Cheddar.

This is the perfect appetizer for your holiday get-togethers. The pastry is light and tender. The filling packs just enough punch to offset the richness of the crust. You might even serve it with soup and salad for a light lunch or dinner.

I think I need to make this for my mom and apologize, don’t I?

Onion Cheddar Mushroom Galette | Bob's Red Mill

Galette with Mushrooms, Onions, and Cheddar

  • 2 cups Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1 cup cold, salted Butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons Cold Water
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 ounces sliced Mushrooms
  • fine Sea Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper
  • 1 cup shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon Herbes de Provence
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped Parsley, optional garnish

In a food processor fitted with a metal blade, place the flour and butter. Pulse for 12 to 15 seconds until coarse crumbs are formed. With the machine running, add the water drop by drop until the dough starts to hold together. Form the dough into a thick disk and wrap with plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator.

In a large skillet heat the oil until shimmering. Add the onion and mushrooms and cook until they are tender and starting to brown a bit. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer the mixture to a small mixing bowl. Cool.

Once the mixture is cool, toss it with the cheese and Herbes de Provence.

Preheat the oven to 400 °. On a large piece of parchment paper, roll the dough out into a large circle, about 10 to 12 inches in diameter. Sprinkle the cheese and vegetable mixture on the pastry, leaving a one-inch border.

Brush the egg wash on the open border and fold it, in sections, over the filling. Brush more egg wash over the folded edge. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until the cheese is melted and the pastry is golden. Sprinkle the parsley over the top and serve.

Jessica Fisher Color by Sharon Leppellere - smJessica Fisher is a mom of six children, aged 5 to 16. Homeschool mom by day, writer and blogger by night, she writes two blogs, LifeasMom and GoodCheapEats. She is the author of Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and FreezeOrganizing Life as MOM, and Best 100 Juices for Kids. Keep up with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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