Bob’s Red Mill Buckwheat Pesto Salad: Product Review and Giveaway!

When I think of my favorite food brands there are a few that really stand out- they’re ones that I recommend over and over again.  In my opinion Bob’s Red Mill is one of those brands that is one of a kind. They offer one of the largest lines of organic, whole grains in the country. I am sure you’ve seen some of their products in the health section of your local grocer, but if you check them out online you will see they have such a huge variety of unusual, high quality items- granola, oats, grains, beans, seeds, cereals, “baking aids” and more! I have been a long time fan so was so excited to see that they were one of the sponsors of this years BlogHer Food Conference. I was thrilled to visit their booth and learn a little more about their products and the man behind the business Bob Moore. What I also love about this company is that they are a leader in gluten free products and make sure to package them using separate machinery in a separate division. It’s so nice to be able to recommend one company that fits so many different people’s dietary needs.

When I was asked if I wanted to try out a few of their products I jumped at the chance. It took me two days to peruse their website to figure out what I wanted to try. All of the grocery stores carry Bob’s Red Mill, however they do not have variety that their online store has. If you are interested in eating more whole grains (and I mean true whole grains- sure they sell brown rice and quinioa but they also sell millet, amaranth, kamut berries) you’ve got to check them out. If you have no clue what some of these grains are (and I didn’t know all of them either!), the website tells you about each product and provides you with recipes both online and on the package so you can get started cooking as soon as you buy!

Why are whole grains such an important part of the diet? They provide the body with complex carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids and antioxidants. Eating at least 2 to 3 servings of whole grains per day can substantially lower cholesterol, triglycerides and insulin levels and as a result decrease risk of heart disease and Type II Diabetes. Whole grains are far more nutritious than the processed grains you find all over the grocery store.

I was able to pick out four items that were of interest to me. Here is what I tried: Organic Buckwheat Groats, Organic Hot Cereal, Organic Coconut Flour and Flageolet Beans,

Instead of trying to come up with new recipes using these products I thought it would be fun to try the healthy recipes provided on the packages. I made slight modifications based on what I had on hand. Everything turned out great! Stay tuned over the next week and I will share the other recipes I made.

Using the instructions from the package, I cooked up the hot cereal for breakfast and topped it simply with berries, cinnamon and agave syrup. Let me say first that my husband and I are hot cereal junkies. This one was thick and dense like a porridge, but with a nice nutty flavor from the great combo of ground oat groats, flaxseeds, wheat germ and oat bran. It was a nice change from oatmeal. I am also eager to try the “wholesome cookies” from the package which sounded great. I’m thinking they’ll make a great snack for the kids and I like that you can do more with the cereal than just eating it as “cereal”.

And today I will share the recipe using the Buckwheat groats. There were two great recipes on the buckwheat groats package so I went with one and plan to make the other one next time (the other one is vegan). I love everything going into this recipe- cheese, olives, herbs, garlic. You can’t go wrong there.

Aren’t they a pretty little grain?

Although I really loved the buckwheat you could definitely sub another whole grain.

 

 

What did I do with the other products? Well I made coconut buttermilk pancakes with the coconut flour (delicious) and I incorporated the Flageolet beans into a cold salad which was also a huge hit!

Stay tuned over the next few days when I’ll share the recipes for those! I loved them so how could I not share?!

Oh and onto the fun news. The nice folks over at Bob’s Red Mill want to give one reader these same 4 products to try! Awesome, right?! The great thing is now you know exactly what to do with them!

BOB’S RED MILL GIVEAWAY!

4 full size packages: Organic Buckwheat Groats, Organic Hot Cereal, Organic Coconut Flour and Gourmet Flageolet Beans

The giveaway will start today Friday, April 27th and end Wednesday August 1st at 12:00pm CST

TO ENTER GIVEAWAY

MANDATORY ENTRY: Leave a comment telling us if you’ve ever tried any of these products!

OPTIONAL ENTRIES: You can earn additional entries by doing one, or all, of the following (leave a separate comment after you complete each item; each comment will count as an entry)

1. Follow Bob’s Red Mill on Twitter ( If you already follow them just let me know and that counts as an entry!)
2. Follow Nutritious Eats on Twitter  and tweet ” @nutritiouseats is giving away Bob’s Red Mill products! http://wp.me/p150Ow-1Oe” ( if you already follow just let me know and that counts as an entry!)
3. Subscribe to Nutritious Eats Email Service (box to the right) OR Follow via RSS ( if you already do just let me know and that counts as an entry!)

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

Sorry, giveaway open to US readers only. Winner will be chosen randomly using random.org and will be notified by email and have 48 hours to claim prize or another winner will be selected.

GOOD LUCK!


Disclaimer: Bob’s Red Mill sent me one box of samples to review and is providing one box to the winner of the giveaway. I was not compensated for this post; all the opinions and thoughts expressed are 100% my own.

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  1. Kimberly says:

    Love Bobs…use flour and hot cereal.

  2. Kimberly says:

    Following Bob’s on Twitter

  3. Tracey E. says:

    I have never tried the products above, but have used Bob’s golden flax, and pastry flour. :)

  4. Kimberly says:

    Following Nutritious Eats on Twitter

  5. Tracey E. says:

    I follow Bob’s on Twitter! :)

  6. Tracey E. says:

    I follow Nutritious Eats on Twitter. :)

  7. Kimberly says:

    Use your RSS Feed

  8. Lindsay says:

    I have tired some of Bob’s Red Mill products but none of the ones above!

  9. Georgiana says:

    I love Bob’s Red Mill products but have never tried the four products you detailed here – Great review and thank you so much!

  10. Georgiana says:

    I also follow your RSS feed as well – thanks so much and have a great weekend!

  11. I haven’t tried them but I would love to win! :)

  12. Carolyn N. says:

    I have never tried these particular Bob’s Red MIll products but I have purchased others!

    cjnedrow at gmail dot com

  13. Renata says:

    I have never tried any of these products so I’ll definitely be whipping up some new recipes and things to try!

  14. Renata says:

    I follow Bob’s Red Mill on Twitter @serene_streams

  15. Renata says:
  16. Renata says:

    I subscribe to your feed too! Thanks!

  17. meredith says:

    I have tried the almond flour!

  18. meredith says:

    I Follow Bob’s Red Mill on Twitter

  19. meredith says:

    I follow you on twitter and tweeted https://twitter.com/mermont84/status/229026002238574593

  20. Jordan D says:

    I absolutely love Bob’s Red Mill, but I haven’t tried any of these products yet. I’d love to try them all, especially the coconut flour!

  21. Jordan D says:

    I follow Bob’s Red Mill on twitter
    @j_mosh

  22. Jordan D says:
  23. Tt says:

    I always buy their organic ground flax, cornmeal and scottish oats! Would love to try more of them!

  24. Sara says:

    Love Bob’s coconut flour and the rest of their products!

  25. debbie says:

    I just bought the hot cereal- but I haven’t had a chance to use it yet.
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

  26. I’ve tried the coconut flour and I absolutely love it! I use it all the time in my protein pancakes!

  27. I follow Bob’s Red Mill on twitter (@beermeamartini)

  28. I follow Nutritious Eats on twitter (@beermeamartini)

  29. I follow via RSS.

  30. Alex says:

    I’ve tried coconut flour and love the flavor!

  31. Cynthia C says:

    I haven’t had any of these products but I love trying new things.

  32. Cynthia C says:

    Subscribed in Google Reader

  33. jane says:

    I have been purchasing Bob’s products at my local Country Mart. I have not yet tried these but even if I dont win, I think I will be purchasing them.

  34. Aggie says:

    I have used a few of their products, most recently quinoa. I actually have a bag of coconut flour in my pantry & want to make those same pancakes!

  35. Kris B says:

    No I have never tried their products

  36. Kris B says:

    Follow Bob’s Red Mill on Twitter

  37. Kris B says:

    Follow Nutritious Eats on Twitter and tweeted ‏@kb1285
    Nutritious Eats is giving away Bob’s Red Mill products! http://wp.me/p150Ow-1Oe

  38. Kris B says:

    Subscribe to Nutritious Eats Email Service

  39. Debra Lee says:

    I haven’t had the pleasure of trying these yet!

  40. Debra Lee says:

    I follow Bob’s on Twitter!

  41. Debra Lee says:

    I follow you on Twitter and Tweeted!

  42. Debra Lee says:

    I’m now subscribed to your feed!

  43. Elena V says:

    I actually have tried the buckwheat groats at a friend’s house. She sauteed ground turkey, onions, tomatoes and spice together and served it on top of the cooked buckwheat. It was reeeeeeeeeeeallly good!

  44. Elena V says:

    I follow Bob’s Red Mill on Twitter as @lifesdeepcolors.

  45. Elena V says:

    I followed you and tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/LifesDeepColors/status/229382884073562113

    Twitter handle: @lifesdeepcolors

  46. Ray says:

    I have never tried these unique products before and I believe they would make a creative, tasty addition to my diet!

  47. Ray says:

    I follow your feed as well – thanks so much! Have a great weekend!

  48. Elena says:

    I love buckwheat. Thank you for the giveaway!

  49. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    I’ve never tried these, but have read recipes and nutritional information that makes me really wantto try them.

  50. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    I follow Bobs Red Mill on twitter as mbm218

  51. Elena says:
  52. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    I joined you on twitter as mbm218 and tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/mbm218/status/229396175760003072

  53. Elena says:

    Follow Bob’s Red Mill on Twitter @ElenaIstomina

  54. Elena says:

    E-mail subscriber

  55. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    I subscribed and confirmed via email.

  56. Theron Willis says:

    I have yet to try any of Bob’s products. I would like to experiment with their coconut flour in the baking of macaroons.

    Hope to win!

  57. Linda Lansford says:

    never tried them

  58. Penny Snyder says:

    I have not – would love to!! grammypenny@frontier.com

  59. Penny Snyder says:

    Follow Bobs_Red_Mill on Twitter – @grammypennyann – grammypenny@frontier.com

  60. Penny Snyder says:

    Follow Melanie Flinn

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  61. ELIZABETH C. says:

    No, I have never tried any of these products.

  62. ELIZABETH C. says:

    Following bobs red mill on twitter

  63. ELIZABETH C. says:

    Follow nutritious eats on twitter.

  64. Amber says:

    I’ve never tried any of these but they all look so good!

  65. Amber says:

    I Follow Bob’s Red Mill on Twitter – my Twitter name is @AmberGoo

  66. Amber says:

    I subscribe to your RSS reader with google reader

  67. Wynn Zetterberg says:

    I’ve tried different Bob’s Red Mill products but not these. I’m excited at an opportunity to try them though. I’m new to gluten free and buckwheat groats are next on my list of ingredients to try.

  68. DeeAnn S says:

    I’ve never eaten any of these products. I’d like to try the buckwheat groats in a pilaf dish. Thanks.

  69. Donna says:

    I love Bob’s! I buy a lot of the flours, and quinoa :)

  70. katfam says:

    I haven’t tried any of those particular products, but I do use Bob’s Red Mill products. Right now I have a bag of almond meal and a bag of brown rice flour in my fridge.

  71. Cindy Merrill says:

    I’ve tried the coconut flour- very flavorful, but requires extra liquid than recipe calls for when used in baking.

  72. Kathleen says:

    We use different Bob’s Red Mill products but not these.

  73. Lauren says:

    We usually enjoy the gluten free products from Bob’s Red Mill, I currently have a huge stash of flours in my freezer that I use for different baking recipes. I think my all-time favorite is the Shortbread Cookie mix!!

  74. Benita says:

    I’ve had Bob’s steel cut outs.-Delicious.

    bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

  75. Benita says:

    New email subscriber.

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  76. TRacie Brown says:

    I have tried their flaxseed!

  77. Serena Powell says:

    I have not tried any of the products but I have been wanting to

  78. Serena Powell says:

    Following Bob’s Red Mill on Twitter
    serena6504

  79. Tracy says:

    I Subscribe to Nutritious Eats Email Service, and I love Bob’s RM Products!

  80. Gretchen says:

    I have tried other Bob’s Red Mill products and love them. I love their brown rice breakfast cereal. Their gf mixes are wonderful also. I also follies your emails.

  81. Gretchen says:

    Ok so I joined twitter purely for give aways. So I know follow nutritious eats and Bob’s Red Mill. I will tweet the message above.

  82. Danielle says:

    I haven’t tried any of these, but I do eat Bobs Muesli cereal for breakfast :)

  83. Roger says:

    Never tried them but they look good!

  84. Lauren says:

    I haven’t tried any of these products! I especially want to try the coconut flour.

  85. natalia ryjova says:

    I have never tried any of these products.

  86. Kaitlin says:

    I haven’t tried any of them, but I’d definitely like to.

  87. WENDY KEMP says:

    I haven’t used any of the items shown but I have tried their Flax Seed and Bran. I definitely want to try the coconut flour!

  88. Amy says:

    Ok, take 2!
    Aloha, Melanie! I’m very excited to try these products. I’ve never had them, but they look delicious! I’m especially excited about the coconut flour :) Yum!

    Amy

  89. Amy says:

    I also follow via RSS!

  90. Kristen says:

    I’ve never tried any products from this company.

  91. Jacob LaFountaine says:

    I’ve never tried any of those

  92. I have never used any of these, though I buy boat loads of their other stuff! Coconut flour sounds yummy!

  93. I get your RSS feed!

  94. Ron Baker says:

    I have not used Bob’s Red Mill products before; however, I will be looking into them.

  95. Claire McKeon says:

    I have used Bob’s products, but not these.

  96. Jennifer V says:

    I have not tried any of those products but I do use Bob’s Mill Flaxseed and organic oats.

  97. tomato says:

    I have tried coconut flour and really liked it!

  98. Shannon says:

    I’ve tried some of their products but not these

  99. Harold D says:

    I have never tried them, but I have seen them at the stores (especially Big Lots).

  100. Heather says:

    i use the coconut flour all the time and love it.

  101. Heather says:

    i follow bob’s red mill on twitter @1589m

  102. Ed Nemmers says:

    I have not yet tried these products!

  103. Jackee says:

    I have not yet tried these products but want to.

  104. Jackee says:

    Following @nutritiouseats as happeegirl.

  105. Jackee says:

    Follow Bob’s Red Mill on Twitter @happeegirl

  106. Vicky Carlson says:

    I have tried other Bob Mills products but none of these yet. I’d sure love to though.

  107. Melinda says:

    Just bought some quinoa of his. Love it. Excited to try more products. Following on twitter

  108. Vicky Carlson says:

    I follow @Bobs_Red_Mill on Twitter. @tea4two20

  109. Vicky Carlson says:

    I follow you on Twitter and tweeted here:
    https://twitter.com/tea4two20/status/230493827205566465

  110. Vicky Carlson says:

    I follow via RSS with Google reader.

  111. Erin E says:

    I have not tried them, but I have read great things about their Hot Cereal, and a friend of mine also said ti was her favorite breakfast. Thank you for the lovely giveaway!
    Erin E
    busymom369 at gmail dot com

  112. Erin E says:

    I follow Bob’s Red Mill on Twitter (@sewmuchstuff)
    busymom369 at gmail dot com

  113. Erin E says:

    I follow you on Twitter (@sewmuchstuff)
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  114. Erin E says:

    I subscribe via Google Reader (RSS)
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  115. I haven’t tried any Bob’s Red Mill products! But, I have heard great things.

  116. following Bobs on twitter as @stickyprints

  117. Emily says:

    now following bobs red mill on twitter!

  118. Emily says:

    I really want to try their 7 grain cereal!

  119. Emily says:

    now following YOU on twitter

  120. Emily says:

    and I already subscribe to your RSS of course :)

  121. Marco says:

    I haven’t tried these specific products yet…but I have tried other Red Mill products before because they are great foods without a lot of sugar, salt, fat, etc. [I think the last Red Mill product I tried was flax seed.]

  122. Amanda F. says:

    I am gluten free so I love bob’s. I love the coconut and almond flour the most.

  123. Michael S. says:

    Never had them….but im getting a little hungry. hmmmm

  124. Rachel Newman says:

    I’ve never tried them but I’ve seen them in the store and have been interested to try them.

  125. Rachel Newman says:

    I follow Bob on Twitter

    @RachelRites

  126. Renee G says:

    I haven’t tried any of these products.
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

  127. Gianna says:

    I’ve never tried them.

  128. Gianna says:

    I subscribed by email.

  129. Melody Rensberger says:

    I haven’t tried any of these products, but love his oats!

  130. Trisha McKee says:

    I have not tried the products, but want to!

  131. Trisha McKee says:

    Following Bob’s Red Mill on twitter as @wordromancer

  132. Trisha McKee says:

    Following nutritious eats on twitter as @wordromancer

  133. Trisha McKee says:

    I am an email subscriber.

  134. Chelsea M says:

    I’ve never tried these products. I didn’t even know they existed!

  135. Barbara Stenby says:

    I see these products in the store all the time but never new how to use groats. I think I will try these. My 16 yr old son is a vegetarian this looks like a great option for him!

  136. Veronica Garrett says:

    I haven’t tried any of these products but I would like to.

  137. reeva says:

    I’ve never tried these. I have heard great things about the brand.

  138. reeva says:

    I follow bobs on twitter @cabbie413

  139. Patty says:

    I have only used the coconut flour.

  140. meghan says:

    I have a bag of their spelt flour and cornmeal in my pantry.

  141. meghan says:

    I follow melanie flinn on twitter (@608hesayswhat)

  142. meghan says:

    I follow bob’s red mill on twitter.

  143. susan smoaks says:

    no, i haven’t ever tried these products, but they would go good with my current healthier lifestyle

  144. April V. says:

    I’ve never tried any of those products but I would love to! I don’t eat rice or red meat so the buckwheat groats would be a terrific rice replacement for me!

  145. Victoria S says:

    I have tried that brands gluten free flour before, but none of the products listed above!

  146. Sasha Dang says:

    I have not tried this product but I would love to!

  147. sarah says:

    I have not tried any of the products listed, but I do have a bag of Bob’s Barley in my cupboard.

  148. DanV says:

    I haven’t ever tried any of these products but I’d like to

  149. DanV says:

    I Follow via RSS

  150. Robert Pyszk says:

    I have never tried these products but they look great!

  151. Robert Pyszk says:

    I am following @Bobs_Red_Mill as @happyskunky

  152. Robert Pyszk says:

    I am following @nutritiouseats as @happyskunky

  153. Ann Council says:

    I have not tried any of Bob’s products.

  154. Sand says:

    I’ve had Bob’s Red Mill steel cut oats and other products but none of the ones you reviewed.

  155. heather c says:

    I have tried Coconut Flour. Interesting!

  156. Diane W says:

    I have tried Red Mill brand but not any of these products. I would most like to try the coconut flour.

  157. heather c says:

    I follow Bob’s Red Mill on Twitter – ilovetoclap

  158. Diane W says:

    Follow Bob’s Red Mill on Twitter as @silanti1

  159. heather c says:

    I follow Nutritious Eats on Twitter and tweeted –
    https://twitter.com/ilovetoclap/status/230683608657047553

  160. Diane W says:

    Follow Nutritious Eats on Twitter and tweeted https://twitter.com/silanti1/status/230683850890678272

  161. Donna K says:

    I haven’t tried any of them yet.

  162. Donna K says:

    I Follow Bob’s Red Mill on Twitter (donnak4)

  163. Donna K says:
  164. Donna K says:

    I subscribed by email.

  165. Patrice says:

    I have not tried any of these products but I would like to!

  166. ashley says:

    I’ve never tried any of these products!

  167. kathy pease says:

    i have never tried these products but they sound great :)