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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

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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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Italian Easter Grain Pie: Two Ways

by Sarah House in Gluten Free, Recipes

Easter, and springtime in general, is known as a season of rebirth, renewal, and growth.  When it comes to food traditions, Easter is one of the most popular and ancient holidays to celebrate at the table with classic dishes.  Many cultures have their own specific dishes made during the season and Italy is definitely a standout for quantity and diversity of Easter foods.

Italy takes its baking seriously (hello pizza, ciabatta, and cannoli!) and Easter-time is no exception.  While casatiello and its ilk are savory dishes filled with everything from prosciutto, mozzarella, and spinach to macaroni, ricotta, and hard boiled eggs, pastiera is the sweet alternative.  Just as every region in Italy has its own version of casatiello et al (pie, cake, or yeasted bread) with a myriad of fillings, so too is pastiera subject to local ingredients and customs.  Recipes will constantly disagree with each other:  chocolate or no chocolate, almonds or pine nuts, how about some rice?  Four things, however, are constant: eggs, grains, ricotta, and oranges.  And how unique to include whole wheat berries (or whole sorghum grains in our gluten-free version) in a sweet dessert dish?

Italian Easter Grain Pie | Bob's Red Mill :: gluten free

While some recipes take extra steps and call for a pastry cream to be cooked on the stove first and then mixed with ricotta and wheat berries and THEN fold in whipped egg whites before being baked in the oven, the recipes below make this delicious dish much easier to prepare.  Make a pie shell, whip up the filling, and bake (just remember to cook those grains ahead of time).  While an overnight rest (or even a few days in the fridge) will help the flavors mingle and intensify, there is no shame in enjoying a slice after a thorough cooling.

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Italian Easter Pie

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 3 hours | Inactive Time: 1 hour to overnight

Yield: 8 – 10 servings (one 9-inch pie)

  • ½ cup Bob’s Red Mill Soft White Wheat Berries
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 4 cups Water
  • One 9-inch prepared Pie Shell, unbaked (plus extra dough for an optional lattice crust)
  • ¾ cup Granulated Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 3 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • ½ tsp ground Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 1 lb Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 Tbsp Orange Zest
  • 2 Tbsp minced Candied Orange Peel (optional)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ½ tsp Orange Flower Water or ¼ tsp Orange Extract

Step 1

Combine Bob’s Red Mill Soft White Wheat Berries, ½ tsp salt, and 4 cups of water in a medium pot.  Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, until grains are soft, about 90 minutes.  (Soaking overnight in water to cover will shorten the cooking time.)  When grains have softened, drain off all cooking liquid and allow to cool while the rest of the filling is assembled.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Whisk granulated sugar and eggs in a large bowl until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes with an electric mixer on medium speed.  Meanwhile, combine cornstarch, cinnamon, and salt and mix until evenly combined.

Step 3

In a large bowl, mix together cornstarch mixture, ricotta, orange zest, candied orange peel (if using), vanilla extract, and orange flower water or orange extract.  Add to egg mixture and mix until combined, about 2 minutes.  Fold in cooked and cooled wheat berries.

Step 4

Pour filling into prepared pie shell and top with a lattice crust if desired.  Bake until filling is puffed, golden, and set, about 90 minutes.  Let cool completely before serving.  Pie is better when chilled overnight and served at room temperature.

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Italian Easter Pie {Gluten Free}

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 3 hours | Inactive Time: 1 hour to overnight

Yield: 8 – 10 servings (one 9-inch pie)

  • ½ cup Bob’s Red Mill Sorghum Grain
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 4 cups Water
  • One 9-inch prepared Gluten-Free Pie Shell, unbaked (plus extra dough for an optional lattice crust)
  • ¾ cup Granulated Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 3 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • ½ tsp ground Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 1 lb Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 Tbsp Orange Zest
  • 2 Tbsp minced Candied Orange Peel (optional)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ½ tsp Orange Flower Water or ¼ tsp Orange Extract

Step 1

Combine Bob’s Red Mill Sorghum Grain, ½ tsp salt, and 4 cups of water in a medium pot.  Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, until grains are soft, about 90 minutes.  (Soaking overnight in water to cover will shorten the cooking time.)  When grains have softened, drain off all cooking liquid and allow to cool while the rest of the filling is assembled.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Whisk granulated sugar and eggs in a large bowl until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes with an electric mixer on medium speed.  Meanwhile, combine cornstarch, cinnamon, and salt and mix until evenly combined.

Step 3

In a large bowl, mix together cornstarch mixture, ricotta, orange zest, candied orange peel (if using), vanilla extract, and orange flower water or orange extract.  Add to egg mixture and mix until combined, about 2 minutes.  Fold in cooked and cooled sorghum grains.

Step 4

Pour filling into prepared pie shell and top with a lattice crust if desired.  Bake until filling is puffed, golden, and set, about 90 minutes.  Let cool completely before serving.  Pie is better when chilled overnight and served at room temperature.

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Whole Wheat Carrot Cupcakes | Bob's Red Mill @bobsredmill

Whole Wheat Carrot Cupcakes

by Cassidy Stockton in Recipes

Recently, I was aghast to learn that some people do not like carrot cake. Who are these people? How can anyone not like carrot cake? Kidding aside, I’m a big fan of carrot cake and I know a certain someone whose face graces all of our packaging that would say this is his favorite kind of cake- without raisins of course. Obviously, we’re firm believers in everyone’s right to like or dislike carrot cake (and raisins) as they see fit, but, at Bob’s Red Mill, we love our carrot cake!

The warm, slightly spicy flavors of moist carrot cake under a layer of tangy cream cheese frosting is just the thing we crave this time of year. I absolutely love this version for two reasons- one, it’s for cupcakes, which means it’s easier to make and easier to serve; two- this recipe uses whole wheat pastry flour. Not only does the whole wheat flour offer a denser cake with a nuttier flavor, but I feel less guilty eating one of these and that, my friends, is what I call a win-win.

If you need a gluten free version, we recommend using our Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour in place of the whole wheat pastry flour. 

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Whole Wheat Carrot Cupcakes

Prep Time:  30 minutes | Bake Time:  25 – 28 minutes | Rest Time:  60 minutes

Yield: 12 standard cupcakes

Cake

  • 1 ½ cups grated Carrot (from 1 – 2 carrots)
  • 8 oz canned Crushed Pineapple, drained
  • ½ cup chopped Walnuts
  • ½ cup Oil
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 ½ cups Bob’s Red Mill Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1 ¼ cup Bob’s Red Mill Coconut Sugar
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • ¾ tsp Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 ½ tsp ground Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground Nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground Ginger

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F and line a muffin tin with paper liners.

Step 2

In a large bowl, mix together grated carrots, crushed pineapple, chopped walnuts, oil, eggs, and vanilla extract.  In a separate smaller bowl, combine whole wheat pastry flour, coconut sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices.

Step 3

Add the dry to the wet and mix with a rubber spatula to combine.

Step 4

Evenly portion mixture into the prepared muffin tin.  Bake until a tester inserted into the center cupcake comes out clean, 25 – 28 minutes.  Let cool thoroughly (about 1 hour) before frosting.

Frosting

  • ½ cup Butter, soft
  • 1 cup Cream Cheese, soft
  • 4 cups Powdered Sugar, sifted
  • ½ tsp Vanilla Extract

Step 1

Cream softened butter and cream cheese until smooth and evenly combined.

Step 2

Add powdered sugar and vanilla extract and mix until light and fluffy.  Store chilled but must be at room temperature for use.

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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.

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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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Apple Spice Muffins | Bob's Red Mill

Apple Spice Muffins

by Cassidy Stockton in Recipes

It’s rare that we recommend a muffin as a nutritious snack, but these Apple Spice Muffins are one of those exceptions. Packed with whole grains and sweetened with date sugar, these muffins are a great way to get a serving of whole grains into your day while still being delicious. We don’t recommend sitting down to a whole batch of these muffins, but enjoying one after a workout or when you need a pick-me-up, is a fabulous way to refuel.

Date sugar is, quite simply, dried dates that have been ground into a powder. If you’re not able to find date sugar locally, you can snag a bag from our website or Amazon.com

Apple Spice Muffins | Bob's Red Mill

Apple Spice Muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time:  25 – 30 minutes | Yield: 12 muffins

Topping

  • ½ cup Bob’s Red Mill Date Sugar
  • ½ tsp ground Allspice
  • ½ tsp ground Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground Black Pepper
  • ¼ tsp ground Clove
  • ¼ tsp ground Nutmeg

Muffins

  • 1-¾ cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Date Sugar
  • 2-½ tsp Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp ground Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground Allspice
  • ¼ tsp ground Nutmeg
  • 1-½ cups Applesauce
  • ½ cup melted Coconut Oil
  • 3 Eggs
  • 2 tsp Lemon Zest
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup diced Apple
  • ½ cup chopped Walnuts

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Line a muffin tin with paper liners.

Step 2

In a small bowl, combine the topping ingredients and set aside.

Step 3

In a second small bowl, sift together the whole wheat pastry flour, Bob’s Red Mill Date Sugar, baking powder, salt and spices.

Step 4

In a large bowl, whisk together the applesauce, melted coconut oil, eggs, lemon zest and vanilla extract.

Step 5

And the dry mixture to the wet along with the diced apple and walnuts and fold gently until just incorporated.

Step 6

Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin tin.  Top each muffin with the topping mixture, dividing evenly between each, about 2 tsp per muffin.

Step 7

Bake muffins until the tops spring back when lightly touched and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 25 – 30 minutes.

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{Meatless Mondays} Banana Barley Biscuits

by Cassidy Stockton in Meatless Mondays, Recipes

These are not your grandmother’s biscuits. Our banana barley biscuits balance delicately on the line between cookie and biscuit. Serve these biscuits at breakfast for a delicious whole grain addition to your plate, or turn them into a light dessert by topping with whipped cream. We tend to snack on them whenever we need a little pick-me-up, but we’ve also been known to turn them into ice cream sandwiches on a whim.

Adaptations: 

Make these biscuits fully whole grain by using our whole wheat pastry flour. If you can’t find rolled barley flakes locally, rolled oats will do in a pinch. Make these gluten free by using our gluten free rolled oats and our Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour

Banana Barley Biscuits | Bob's Red Mill
Banana Barley Biscuits

recipe by Sarah House for Bob’s Red Mill Test Kitchen

Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cook Time: 20-25 minutes | Yields 32 biscuits

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Combine sugar and cinnamon and set aside. Preheat oven to 400°F and grease two sheet pans or line them with parchment paper.
  2. Combine mashed bananas, milk and rolled barley flakes and let sit for about 5 minutes.
  3. Sift and combine flour, salt and baking powder. Cut in butter until the butter is about the size of peas.
  4. Add egg whites and vanilla to banana mixture then add flour mixture to banana mixture. Mix until just combined.
  5. Scoop 2 Tbsp of dough per biscuit onto prepared baking sheets. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
  6. Bake at 400°F until golden brown, about 20 – 25 minutes. Serve hot. Serves 16 – 32 (1 to 2 biscuits per serving).
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Hot Cereal: Thinking Outside the Bowl

by Sarah House in Whole Grains 101

Hot cereal is a great way to start your day, especially with the variety of styles available:  flakes, farinas, grits and meals.  The possibilities of whole grain goodness are almost endless.  But, have you ever thought about making something other than your usual hot pot of breakfast cereal for you and the family?  If not, then you should.  Hot cereals are so much more than just for breakfast.

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Our flakes and rolled cereals (think oats, barley, rye, spelt, triticale and wheat) are perfect candidates for home-made granolas, crisps, and cookies.  Try swapping out the usual rolled oats in your favorite fruit crisp topping or oatmeal cookie with barley or wheat.  If you want to take it a step further, try incorporating rolled flake cereals into biscuits or breads.  Since the cooking time (think “how long it takes for the flakes to hydrate and soften”) is relatively short for rolled flake cereals, they are great candidates for additions to quick cooking items like biscuits and scones and they work great mixed-in and sprinkled-on yeasted breads and rolls.  The texture and décor they provide when incorporated into a loaf of bread or sprinkled on the top of rolls is an excellent way to personalize a recipe.  I like to add up to ½ cup rolled flakes into my single loaf bread recipes.  As a topping décor, anywhere from 2 Tbsp to ¼ cup usually gets the job done.

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If you are aiming for a muffin or bar with a more delicate and chewy texture, farinas, grits, and meals are what you are looking for.  The amount of liquid necessary to fully hydrate the cereal will vary depending on the particular grain (wheat, corn, rice, millet, buckwheat, and many, many blends) so make sure to take note of the liquid amounts recommended in the basic preparation instructions before making a final choice.  Adjust the liquids in your recipe accordingly (or try soaking and then draining the cereal before using) otherwise, you may find some crunchy bits in your baked goods!

Finely ground cereals like farinas, grits, and meals release more starch than flakes or larger grind cereals.  This extra starch will contribute to softer textures and increased chew and also works well as a binder.  Try using a starchy cereal like Brown Rice Farina in place of a panade in your next meatloaf or to help hold together a batch of veggie burgers.

When incorporating farinas, grits, and meals into baked breads, their small grind and subsequent starchiness can cause a significant effect on the crumb similar to flours.  Using this style of cereal to replace some flours as opposed to “in addition to” will produce a better loaf.  For satisfying texture and flavor, replace up to 20% of a recipe’s flour with cereal; anymore and you’ll be looking at a shorter, heavier, and dense loaf (which isn’t always a bad thing).

Now, let’s say you cooked a big pot of porridge for breakfast and there is still a fair amount left over in the pot.  Did you know…you can bake that leftover hot breakfast cereal into your next loaf of bread?  As if you were adding nuts or seeds to your bread dough, try adding some cooked flakes or granular cereals.  Start small, about ¼ cup per loaf.  Once you know what the outcome is, adjust the amount and type of cereal to your liking.  I won’t go into specifics here and instead direct you to the master artisan bakers at Tartine in San Francisco, in particular their book Tartine Book No. 3.  If you are serious about bread baking, this book and all their other bread books are a goldmine of information and creative inspiration.

If you are feeling totally overwhelmed by the myriad possibilities of incorporating cereals into your recipe repertoire, just step back and take a breather.  Cook up a pot of good old-fashioned hot cereal and choose one of our unique topping combos for any easy and impressive spruce-up.

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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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Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Raspberry Frosting

by Cassidy Stockton in Recipes

Chocolate and raspberry go together like chocolate and peanut butter. Okay, maybe not quite that good, but it’s still a winning combination in our book. These cupcakes come from our bakery and sell out as quickly as they are baked. It’s easy to see why, these cupcakes are decadent, perfectly moist and unbelievably vegan. Yep. Vegan cupcakes that taste as good as their more conventional counterparts (so good they even fool Bob). On top of that, they’re made with whole wheat pastry flour. Does it get better than that? We don’t think so.

If raspberry doesn’t suit you, top with whatever type of frosting you like, the magic is in the chocolate chip cupcakes, anyway. Make these today and surprise your loved ones tomorrow with a thoughtful, home baked gift.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Raspberry Frosting | Bob's Red Mill

Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Raspberry Frosting

Cupcakes

  • 1 cup Milk (of your choice)
  • 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Safflower Oil
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1/3 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 3/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/4 cup Chocolate Chips

Raspberry Frosting

  • 4 oz Margarine non-hydrogenated
  • 4 oz Shortening non-hydrogenated
  • 3-1/2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Soy Milk
  • 1/4 cup Raspberry Juice

Directions

Cupcakes

Step 1: Whisk together soymilk and vinegar. Set aside for a few minutes to curdle.

Step 2: Add sugar, oil, and vanilla and beat until foamy.

Step 3: Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl and whisk into wet. Fold in chocolate chips.

Step 4: Scoop 12 cupcakes. Bake at 350°F for 13 – 15 minutes.

Raspberry Frosting

Step 1: With a paddle attachment in a stand mixer beat the margarine and the shortening until soft. Scrape down and add the powdered sugar.

Step 2: Beat on high for 3 minutes, scraping down sides at 1 and 2 minutes.

Step 3: Add liquids and beat for 4 more minutes. Pipe onto cupcakes and drizzle with melted chocolate.

Makes 12 cupcakes.

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Spicy Veggie Burgers F

{Meatless Mondays} Spicy Veggie Burgers

by Cassidy Stockton in Meatless Mondays, Recipes

This veggie burger recipe was submitted by customer Amber Johnson, and we had to make them right away to be sure they were up to snuff. Then we had to make them again because they were so awesome. The Indian flavors give these vegan burger patties an exotic flair that we just cannot get over and the use of brown rice farina helps them hold together better than some veggie burgers. Serve these with the traditional lettuce/tomato/ketchup or take it further with chutney and mustard or amaranth greens. Make these gluten free by choosing gluten free bread crumbs or leaving them out altogether.

Spicy Veggie Burgers | Bob's Red Mill vegan and gluten free

Spicy Veggie Burgers

submitted by: Amber Johnson

Serves 6 – 8 | Prep Time: 30 minutes | Cook Time: 17 – 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill Lentils washed & sorted
  • 8 oz Red Potatoes peeled & cubed
  • 1/2 cup Carrots shredded
  • 1/2 cup Frozen Peas defrosted
  • 1/2 cup Onion finely chopped
  • 3 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger Root peeled & minced
  • 1/4 cup Creamy Brown Rice Farina (uncooked)
  • 1/2 tsp ground Cumin
  • 1/4 tsp Curry Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Mustard Seeds (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 tsp Cilantro
  • 1/2 cup Plain Bread Crumbs (optional)

Combine Bob’s Red Mill Lentils and potatoes in a pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until soft, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat, drain and let cool.

While lentils and potatoes cook, preheat oven to 400°F and lightly oil a baking dish or parchment lined sheet tray.

Transfer the cooked and cooled lentil mixture to a large bowl. Mash until smooth.

Add carrots, peas, onion, garlic, ginger, Bob’s Red Mill Creamy Brown Rice Farina, spices, salt and cilantro to the lentil mixture and mix very well to combine.

Divide the mixture into 6 – 8 portions, about 1/3 – 1/2 cup of mixture for each patty. Shape each portion into 4-inch patties and coat in bread crumbs, if desired.

Place formed patties onto prepared baking sheet and bake for 17 – 20 minutes, flipping patties over after the first 10 minutes.

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