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{Meatless Mondays} Freekeh Pilaf with Apricots and Almonds

by Cassidy Stockton in Meatless Mondays, Recipes

Freekeh might just be our new favorite grain. It has a lovely nutty flavor that hints at its smoky past and it cooks up in just 25 minutes—much faster than some of its whole grain brethren. This pilaf is a wonderful way to introduce your family to this special grain.  Cumin and coriander add warmth and zest to this dish that balance beautifully with the sweetness of apricots and almonds. Pair this with your favorite protein and a green salad for a easy, nutritious meal. This one is great for adding to your holiday recipe collection, as it would be a great alternative to wild rice stuffing. Get creative and swap out the apricots and almonds for your favorites to put a new spin on it. If you can’t get your hands on freekeh, bulgur would be a good substitute in this dish.

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Freekeh Pilaf with Apricots and Almonds

Contributed by:  Sarah House for Bob’s Red Mill Test Kitchen

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 30 – 35 minutes | Yield: 4 – 8 servings

  • ½ cup chopped Onion (70g)
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil
  • ¼ cup sliced Almonds (28g)
  • 2 cloves minced Garlic (10g)
  • ¼ tsp ground Cumin
  • ¼ tsp ground Coriander
  • ½ tsp Salt plus additional to taste
  • 1 ½ cups Cracked Freekeh (280g)
  • 4 cups Vegetable Stock
  • 3 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • ¼ cup diced Apricots, about 8 (50g)

Step 1

Sauté onion in olive oil over medium heat for 3 minutes.  Add sliced almonds and cook for 3 minutes.  Add Bob’s Red Mill Cracked Freekeh and cook until slightly toasted, 1 – 2 minutes.

Step 2

Add garlic, spices and ½ tsp salt and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute.  Add vegetable stock and lemon juice and bring to a boil.

Step 3

Add diced apricots, reduce heat, cover and cook until liquid has absorbed, about 25 – 30 minutes, stirring often.  Season to taste with salt.

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Cranberry Orange Almond Bread

by Cassidy Stockton in Recipes

A zesty quick bread perfect for fall, this Cranberry Orange Almond Bread is made using our whole wheat pastry flour for a little extra nutrition. This loaf would be a great hostess gift for the upcoming holiday season. Simply make a few loaves, wrap securely and freeze. Then, the morning before a party, remove from the freezer and add a bow or cute label (we love these). No hostess is going to turn down a loaf of homemade quick bread. We love this bread plain or with a little bit of butter. It’s not overly sweet, so you might prefer whipped honey butter or jam if you need a treat. It makes a great bread for breakfast or snacking any time of day.

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Cranberry Orange Almond Bread

  • 2 cups Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 6 Tbsp Butter, melted
  • 1 Egg
  • 2/3 cup Buttermilk
  • Zest of 1 large Orange
  • 1/3 cup fresh Orange Juice
  • 1/2 cup Almonds, chopped and toasted
  • 1 cup dried Cranberries

STEP 1 Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.

STEP 2 In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together butter, egg, buttermilk, orange zest and orange juice. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Gently fold in almonds and cranberries.

STEP 3 Pour batter into prepared pan. Smooth top with spoon or spatula. Bake for 45–55 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes. Move to wire rack to cool completely.

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4 Quick Meal Ideas for Toddlers

by Liz Della Croce in Recipes

Toddlers have a mind of their own which can make mealtime stressful for parents and kids alike. With a few simple strategies and a bit of patience, here are a few tips for making fast, healthy and toddler-friendly meals the whole family will love.

  • 6-Cup Muffin Tin Meals: Think outside the traditional round dinner plate and try serving your next meal in a 6-cup muffin tin instead. You can fill each cup with a variety of foods including meat, whole grains, roasted vegetables, salad and more. At breakfast, try filling one tin with yogurt, a second tin with granola and the remaining four tins with their favorite fresh fruits and seeds.
  • Snacks as a Meal: Instead of the traditional meat, rice and vegetable dinner why not try a composed meal made up of your toddler’s favorite snacks? Use a bento-style plate and fill it with string cheese, hummus, whole wheat pita bread, cherry tomatoes and apple slices. Serve with a glass of milk for even more protein and vitamins. As long as you offer a variety of options, snacks can easily turn into a well-rounded meal you can feel good about serving your toddler.
  • Avoid Food Fatigue: Toddlers, like adults, get tired of eating the same foods day after day. Since they are still developing language skills it can be difficult for them to express their food boredom and as a result they often shut down and simply refuse to eat the foods they once loved. Help combat food fatigue by offering more variety.

Try swapping out the usual potatoes or pasta with a tasty whole grain like farro, bulgur or spelt. These whole grains are chewy, nutty and extremely versatile. Serve them on their own or try this Autumn Harvest Spelt Pilaf made with fresh apples and pecans.

What are your go-to fast meal ideas for toddlers or kids of any age? Leave a comment below – we would love to hear your ideas!

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

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Savory Golden Oat Soup {Spar for the Spurtle 3rd Place Winner}

by Cassidy Stockton in Gluten Free, Golden Spurtle, Recipes

Our test kitchen whipped up this soup for the judges and, I’ve been dying to make this dish for myself at home ever since. Savory Golden Oat Soup from Edie Irwin of Topanga, California, combines steel cut oats with quinoa, tomatoes, jalapenos, onion, garlic and coconut milk for an Indian-inspired dish. Edie seasoned the soup with ginger, cumin, turmeric, fenugreek and cilantro. This satisfying and flavorful vegan soup is perfect for a cool fall night and can easily be made gluten free by using our Gluten Free Steel Cut Oats. The dish comes together in less than 30 minutes, making it perfect for a weeknight. I’m tucking this one away for the busy holiday season where a quick, nutritious dinner will be a lifesaver.

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Savory Golden Oat Soup with Red Quinoa

By Edie Irwin

Ingredients

  • 7 cups Water
  • 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill® Steel Cut Oats
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tsp Tumeric
  • 1/2 tsp Fenugreek Seeds (optional)
  • 1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill® Red Quinoa, rinsed/drained
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp finely minced Ginger
  • 1 finely minced clove of Garlic
  • 1 small finely chopped Onion
  • 2 finely minced Jalapeño Chile Peppers
  • 2 medium Tomatoes, stemmed and finely minced
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped Cilantro
  • 1 (14 ounce) can Coconut Milk
  • Optional toppings chopped Avocado and Coconut Cream or your favorite Chutney.

Directions

In a 4-quart pot, bring water to boil at medium high heat – add steel cut oats and spices, stir. Reduce heat and simmer oats 10 minutes. Stir in rinsed red quinoa. Add in ginger and garlic. Next add in half of the cilantro, tomatoes, onion and chiles (saving the other half of the veggies for topping soup when serving).

Return to simmer, and cook (stirring occasionally) 12-15 minutes until quinoa is done. To finish, stir in coconut milk and simmer 3-5 minutes to marry the flavors together. Serve immediately or let settle to thicken a few minutes. Soup stays warm a long time if covered. Serve topped with remaining minced chiles, tomatoes, onions and cilantro. Add other toppings as desired such as avocado or chutney or coconut cream or yogurt. A great vegan soup everyone loves, especially on a cool winter day! Serves 6 people as a main dish or 8-10 peoples a soup appetizer.

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Mango Steel Custard Pie {Spar for the Spurtle 2nd Place Winner}

by Cassidy Stockton in Golden Spurtle, Meatless Mondays, Recipes

This dish from Lyanne Abreu of Miami, Florida took second place in our 4th Annual Spar for the Spurtle. Inspired by her grandmother’s Arroz con Leche (rice with milk, a Cuban custard tart traditionally mixed with fruit) features our natural granola and steel cut oats in the crust, which is then layered with a mixture of fresh mangoes, rum, vanilla, coconut and topped off with blackberries. Breakfast or dessert? We can hardly decide. What we do know, though, is that it is delicious! Congratulations to Lyanne on taking 2nd place!

Mango Steel Custard Pie | Bob's Red Mill

Mango Steel Custard Pie

By Lyanne Abreu

Ingredients:

Crust

Filling

Part 1

Part 2:

  • 1/3 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/4 cup of Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1 Tbsp Rum
  • 1 Tbsp pure Vanilla
  • 8 ounces of Apple Juice
  • 2 ripe medium sized Mangoes, peeled, pitted and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup of Blackberries

Directions:

On a cast iron skillet, pour 8 ounces of apple juice and bring to medium heat. Put the sliced mangoes in skillet and let cook for about 5 minutes. While mangoes are cooking, pour 1 cup of evaporated milk and 1/2 teaspoon salt into a pot and allow to a boil. Add 1/2 cup of Bob’s Red Mill quick cooking steel cut oats and turn heat to low. Cover and cook for about 5 -7 minutes stirring occasionally. While still on low heat, and add 1/2 cup of heavy cream, sugar, and rum. Whisk the eggs and pour the eggs into the porridge while stirring (takes about 14 minutes total). Pour 2 tablespoons of mango/apple juice mixture into porridge.

Meanwhile, with a pestle and mortar, lightly break down clumps of Bob’s Red Mill Granola. Mix with butter and maple syrup and line cast iron pan with granola. Put on high heat for about 4 minutes. Line half the mango slices in the cast iron skillet, atop the granola, then pour in the porridge mixture. Line the other half of mango slices on top of the porridge, and place blackberries intermittently throughout. Eat warm or let cool. It’s delicious either way.

 

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Getting the Whole Grain Back to School

by Jessica Fisher in Recipes

As the school year gets under way, I find my days much fuller than they were a month ago. Since I teach our six kids at home, I really have to hit the ground running. My days are full with lessons, chores, and writing projects. It can be extremely tempting to shrug off good nutrition in exchange for getting something done.

Yet, I know that it’s better to invest some time in wholesome snacks and meals for my family – and for me!

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I know that the first cold of the season is just waiting to strike. If I limit our added sweeteners, increase our whole grains, include lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, and make ice water the more frequent option, we’ll all be healthier and happier.

Sometimes, it’s just a matter of having a plan and setting yourself up for success. Here are some ways you can easily add more whole grains into the back to school diet — for your health and for your kids’:

1. Bake up some granola.

I regularly bake up big batches of granola. Kids of all ages (husbands included) have been known to start eating it up before it’s had a chance to cool. Sometimes I can’t even get it to the container before it’s half gone.

Making homemade granola allows you the option to customize sweeteners and avoid allergens. Plus it tastes great!

Serve granola for breakfast with milk, in parfaits, or for snacking. My husband has even started taking cereal and a container of milk to work for an easy and economical lunch. You can easily pack granola and a small container of milk in the lunchbox.

2. Pop some corn.

I grew up in the age of the air popper, so it’s no surprise that my 7-year old daughter knows how to pop corn. We keep a regular supply of Bob’s White Popcorn on hand, for snacking. It’s easy to pack which makes it a fun thing to take on the road.

3. Bake with whole wheat pastry flour.

Whole Wheat Pastry Flour | Bob's Red Mill

One of my favorite baking products under the sun is whole wheat pastry flour. It offers the light texture of all-purpose flour yet it has the whole grain without tasting too wheaty.

I use whole wheat pastry flour in most of my quick breads and even in our family’s favorite apple pie. No one notices the difference, except I know they are eating a little more healthfully.

One of my recent concoctions with whole wheat pastry flour is a redo on my mom’s poppy seed cake. I found it years ago on an index card in her recipe box. The original was a bit more complicated with beaten eggs whites and shortening. I tweaked to make it simpler and healthier.

My kids and husband give it rave reviews. I bake it in muffin papers, like a sedate cupcake, packed full of power. Already individually portioned, these cakes are perfect to take on the road or to brownbag.

Poppy Seed Cakes | Bob's Red Mill

Whole Wheat Poppy Seed Cakes

  • 1-1/4 cup Milk
  • 1/4 cup Poppy Seeds
  • 1 cup Demerara Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Sunflower Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 cups Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1 tablespoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt

1. Preheat the oven to 350 °. Line 18 muffin cups with paper liners.
2. In a large mixing bowl combine the milk and poppy seeds. Allow the seeds to soak for about five minutes.
3. Add the sugar, eggs, oil, and vanilla. Whisk until smooth.
4. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk again until smooth.
5. Divide the batter among the prepared pans, just a tad less than 1/4 cup batter to each muffin cup. Bake for 20 to 25 minute or until a tester inserted comes out with a few crumbs attached. Cool on a rack.

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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Morning Glory Oats {Spar for the Spurtle Winner}

by Cassidy Stockton in Gluten Free, Golden Spurtle, Meatless Mondays, Recipes

The Fourth Annual Spar for the Spurtle garnered over 370 qualified entrants, over 4 times as many as previous years, making this our best year yet, and a difficult competition to judge. The winning recipe will be used to compete in Scotland in early October at the Golden Spurtle World Porridge Championship. Our judges wanted a dish that was porridge-like. They also wanted it to be simple to prepare and nutritious. The judges tasted the top three dishes and chose Morning Glory Oats from Helen Williams as our winner. This dish is like carrot cake in a bowl. Steel cut oats are cooked with almond and coconut milk, then mixed with shredded carrots, golden raisins, walnuts, coconut and pineapple. It’s a very satisfying bowl of oats that is both delicious and nutritious. Dennis Gilliam, our Executive VP of Sales and Marketing, will compete with this dish in Scotland on October 4th with a few minor tweaks to make it really shine (such as a dollop of cream cheese frosting).

Morning Glory Oats | Bob's Red Mill

Morning Glory Oatmeal

By Helen Williams

Ingredients

Directions

Start by cooking your oats according to the instructions using the almond and coconut milks in place of water. In the meantime, grate your carrots. Once your oatmeal has thickened, add your raw carrot shreds, raisins and spices. Allow to finish cooking to desired texture (steel cut oats should be slightly al dente). Stir in your coconut, vanilla extract, brown sugar and orange zest. Top with chopped walnuts and dig in with a spoon; brace yourself for a breakfast that will be seriously hard to beat. It’s basically deconstructed carrot cake in a bowl that you don’t have to feel bad about eating before work. Enjoy!

*Use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Steel Cut Oats to make this dish gluten free.

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Rosemary and Sea Salt Gluten Free Focaccia {Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Gluten Free, Recipes

The Warm Kitchen: Gluten Free Recipes Anyone Can Make and Everyone Will Love from Amy Fothergill of The Family Chef is a wonderful resource for the gluten free cook. Full of wonderful recipes with detailed step-by-step instructions, The Warm Kitchen is perfect for a seasoned gluten free cook or a beginner. Start your day with Amy’s gorgeous cinnamon rolls, then try her Thai peanut noodle salad for lunch and enjoy her drool-worthy chicken pot pie for dinner, but don’t forget dessert- Amy’s banana cupcakes are just the ticket! Each recipe is accompanied by beautiful photos and many helpful hints and tips for recreating what you see on the page. Plus, she has substitutions for making each recipe free from dairy and eggs, as well!

Honestly, I’m incredibly intimidated by baking focaccia, but Amy’s instructions are so well done that I would feel comfortable taking on this recipe. All of her recipes are like this. Clearly written with good explanations of what to expect. Amy has a background in the culinary arts and teaches cooking classes, so she knows how to get her point across so that you can produce delicious dishes that everyone in your family will enjoy.

Amy was kind enough to provide us with a signed copy of The Warm Kitchen to giveaway. We are going to pair the book with a package of each of the flours you will need to make her flour blend- Brown Rice Flour, Sorghum Flour, Tapioca Flour, Potato Starch and Millet Flour. Follow the prompts below to enter. We’ll select a winner at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 8/8/14. If you just can’t wait and want to purchase the book now, Amy has generously offered us this link where you can purchase a signed copy of the book for just $25.

Gluten Free Rosemary and Sea Salt Focaccia from The Warm Kitchen | Bob's Red Mill

Rosemary and Sea Salt Gluten-Free Focaccia

by Amy Fothergill, recipe from The Warm Kitchen cookbook

This is one of my favorite recipes for a delicious focaccia that tastes like the real thing. It’s also naturally casein-free. Make sure to read through the recipe first; the method depends upon the type of yeast which is used. It’s not hard but you do have to allow time for rising.

I personally like to use my flour blend to make this recipe (see how to make the mix below). If you have a pre-made flour blend that includes xanthan gum, you might need to add between ½ – 1 teaspoon additional gum.

For more detailed information on how to make gluten-free yeast products like bread, focaccia, and pizza, take a look at The Warm Kitchen: Gluten-Free Recipes Anyone Can Make and Everyone Will Love.

Makes a 13″ × 9″ pan

Liquid Ingredients

  • 2 large Eggs, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup Olive Oil
  • ½ teaspoon Apple Cider or White Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Honey or Agave Nectar

Regular Yeast Ingredients

  • 3⁄4 cup warm Water, heated to 105°F-115°F
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons regular Active Dry Yeast (1 packet)
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar for proofing yeast

Quick Rising Yeast Ingredients (do not add these together)

  • 2 ¼ teaspoons Quick Rising Yeast (1 packet)
  • 3/4 cup hot Water, heated to 120°F-130°F

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 cups Amy’s Gluten-Free Flour Blend (see below)
  • ½ cup Sorghum Flour
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Xanthan Gum
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Sea or Kosher Salt

Topping

  • 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped, fresh Rosemary or 1 tablespoon dried
  • 1 teaspoon Coarse Sea Salt
  • Optional:  thinly sliced Red Onion (about ¼ of a medium onion)
  1. Heat the oven to 200°F to get the oven warm. Turn the oven off after 5 minutes.
  2. Mix the liquid ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Regular Yeast: To proof the yeast, place the warm water in a glass measuring cup. Add yeast and sugar; stir. Let it sit for 5 minutes until it’s foamy and fragrant. While the yeast proofs, add the dry ingredients to a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle (not the dough hook). Using a whisk, mix the dry ingredients in the bowl or mix with the paddle. Turn the stand mixer on and add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and give it a few twirls. Add the yeast and water mixture. Proceed to step 4.
    Quick Rising Yeast: Add the dry ingredients, including the quick rising yeast, to a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle (not the dough hook). Using a whisk, mix the dry ingredients in the bowl. Turn the stand mixer on and add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and give it a few twirls. Add the hot water. Proceed to step 4.
  4. Raise speed to medium and mix for 2-3 minutes. You want the dough to look like stiff cake batter. It should spread to the sides of the bowl of the mixer and will be very sticky.
  5. Grease a 13″ × 9″ pan with olive oil.
  6. With a greased scoop or spatula, place dough into the pan. With either oiled hands or a spatula, spread the dough so it’s even. With your fingertips, make indentations over the dough.
  7. Place in the warm oven for 60 minutes for regular yeast or 20 minutes for quick rising yeast then remove. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  8. After the focaccia has risen, brush the top with olive oil. Top with fresh or dried rosemary and sprinkle with salt. Optionally add red onion.
  9. Place the focaccia in the oven and bake for about 18-22 minutes or until top begins to brown.
  10. Cut into pieces and enjoy.

Amy’s Gluten-Free Flour Blend

This is the flour blend that will hopefully change your life. It’s easy to mix, versatile, and can be a substitute for flour in almost any recipe. For baking, I do suggest you use a gum such as xanthan or guar. These can be found in most health or natural food stores.

Mix together and keep in an air-tight container:

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Healthy Homemade Snacks: 3 Easy Recipes that Kids Can Make!

by Alisa Fleming in Recipes

Who needs pre-packaged snacks when there are healthy homemade snack recipes like these that even your kids can make? All three are no-bake and packed with both flavor and good-for-you ingredients! Enjoy them in the morning, in lunch boxes, for an afternoon snack, or even as an evening movie treat.

All of these healthy homemade snack recipes are dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, soy-free, refined sugar-free, and vegan!

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Fresh Blueberry Trail Mix Yogurt Parfaits

Sure, dried fruit keeps better when trekking in the wilderness, but at home, why not spring for the extra nutritional benefits of fresh?!

Makes: 2 parfaits | Prep Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Divide half of the yogurt between two small bowls or parfait-style cups.
  2. Top the yogurt with half of the blueberries, sprinkle with half of the chia seeds and half of the cashew pieces.
  3. Repeat the layers with the second half of each ingredient.

* For richer varieties (like CoYo), I use just ½ cup total. If I’m in the mood for a sweeter yogurt, I simply stir a few drops of vanilla stevia or a drizzle of honey (agave for vegan) into the yogurt before layering.

Joyful Almond Energy Bites

Joyful Almond Energy Bites

This magical blend is full of healthy fats and just enough protein, fiber, and sugar to keep active kids and adults fueled.

Makes: 16 bites | Prep Time: 10 minutes (+ 15 minutes to chill)

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, stir together the almond butter, honey, and coconut flour. Stir in thecoconut, and chocolate chips until thoroughly combined. It will be relatively stiff.
  2. Roll dough into small balls. If too sticky, add just a smidgen more coconut flour.
  3. Place almond flour or crushed almonds in a small bowl, and roll balls in it, pressing almonds in to adhere as needed.
  4. Freeze the bites for 15 to 20 minutes. Store them in a resealable plastic bag or airtight container in the refrigerator, and eat when hungry!

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Cheesy Chia Popcorn

When we’re craving savory, I make popcorn. Sometimes plain old coconut oil and salt does the trick, but often I like to get creative with nutritious, flavorful toppings like this one.

If you have kids who aren’t old enough to use a spice grinder, they can help measure out ingredients for larger batches, which you can then grind and store (refrigerated) for them to sprinkle on popcorn, rice, or veggies whenever desired.

Makes: 3 to 4 batches of seasoning (3 tablespoons) | Prep Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Air-popped popcorn
  • Melted coconut oil (I use about 3 tablespoons per mounding 1/3 cup of unpopped kernels)

Directions

  1. Place the yeast, seeds, salt, onion, paprika, and garlic in a spice grinder, and whiz for 30 seconds, or until finely ground.
  2. Pop popcorn and drizzle with oil, stirring to coat. Sprinkle with desired amount of the nutritional yeast-chia seed topping, and toss to coat.

alisaAlisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa has three new books in the works, and is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry. Her dietary specialty is dairy-free, but she also has expertise in gluten-free and allergy-friendly.

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Meatless Mondays: Cheese Crisps

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles

In honor of all the kiddos who are heading back to school this week, and all the parents who just collectively breathed a sigh of relief, we present cheese crisps. An easy, delicious cracker for lunch boxes and after school snacking. These crackers use coconut flour and brown rice flour for a light, crisp cracker that is deceptively gluten free. Take this recipe for a spin, then try variations with different cheeses like Pepper Jack or Smoked Gouda. Careful, though, these are addictive and it’s likely your first batch won’t even make it to Monday’s sack lunch.

Cheese Crisps | Bob's Red Mill

Cheese Crisps

Directions

Step 1

Heat oven to 275°F .

Step 2

Place melted and cooled butter, egg and water in a food processor. Add flours, salt and cheese, and blend until incorporated.

Step 3

Place mixture into a bowl. Add flaxseeds and mix by hand until a soft dough forms.

Step 4

Turn out onto a board dusted with brown rice flour. Roll to about 1/16-inch thick and cut into bite size pieces.

Step 5

Distribute pieces onto a parchment covered dark cookie sheet.

Bake for 30-35 minutes, rotating cookie sheet halfway through baking.  Crackers will be golden and hard when done.

Yields about 50 bite size crackers.

 

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