Turning 40 and a Bob’s Red Mill Giveaway


Coconut+Flour+Pancakes+4You know when you are a little kid and excited for your birthday or Christmas, and all the adults tells you that giving is better than receiving?  You look at them in disbelief and think “yeah, right, bring on my presents please!”.  Then you get a little older and you see a little glimmer of what they mean when you find the perfect gift for a loved one and can hardly wait to give it to them.  Then you get a little older still, making your own money, and you find that it really is quite pleasurable to spend it on someone other than yourself.  And then suddenly you are a grown up, with little children of your own, and you hardly think about your own wants or needs at Christmas and birthdays, but find yourself wild with excitement at the thought of watching your kids open up their gifts.  That’s when you finally feel that it might be true:  it is better to give than to receive.

Low Carb Chocolate Chip Cake

Well, dear reader, here I am, two days after my 40th birthday, and I am giving gifts to you.  Or rather, I am giving you the opportunity to win a gift here on All Day I Dream About Food. As you probably know, many of my recipes are made with products by Bob’s Red Mill, and I usually have at least 3 or 4 open Bob’s packages in my baking cupboard. They also happen to be very nice people and I’ve had nothing but good vibes when I’ve worked with them in the past. So I asked them to help me celebrate my birthday, the big 4-0, and they agreed to let me host a little giveaway of my top 5 favourite low carb, gluten free products.

pumpkin bran muffins 4 @dreamaboutfood

I love their hazelnut meal, it was the inspiration behind my Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake, so that had to go into the prize pack. And I use their golden flax seed meal all the time for pancakes and muffins, like my Pumpkin “Bran” Muffins. Their coconut flour is perfect for making my Light and Fluffy Coconut Flour Pancakes. And I use their xanthan gum all the time in baking, my single bag has lasted me a good 2.5 years, and I bake a LOT! It was a toss up for the last product, as I find so many useful. But I settled on their shredded coconut, which is perfect in treats like my Cranberry Almond Macaroons. It’s a great prize pack and perfect for any low carb, gluten-free baker!

Low Carb Coconut Almond Macaroons

Please note that Bob’s Red Mill simply agreed to provide the products for the winner of this giveaway. I did not receive any product or compensation from them for this post.

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  1. Donna says

    Those cranberry almond macaroons look fabulous. I think I’d start there if I won this great giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity.

  2. Jennifer Nguyen says

    Bob’s Red Mill products are definitely a staple for my clean eating! I love the golden flax seed meal for my smoothies and a great egg substitute for my vegan eaters. Cheers to your 40th!

    • says

      You need to have a 6-month birthday. This is how it came into being for me. When I was about 16 I lamented to my older sister that it was too long to wait 12 months for my birthday and I suggested that I should have a 6-month birthday, on, you guessed it, the day 6 months after my birthday. As with so many of my genius ideas I completely forgot about it until my sister presented me with a surprise chocolate layer cake on my 6-month birthday. Ever since then I have celebrated my 6-month birthday, and my husband knows better than to forget about it!

  3. Joanna says

    Well I already make your bran muffin recipe on a weekly basis, so that would be a good start, but I’d like to branch out and try something new, especially with the hazelnut meal, which I’ve never used. Hazelnut-chocolate loaf, perhaps, for a nutella-like breakfast bread.

  4. Mary says

    I’ve been thinking about some sort of yummy cheesecake. These products would be a great addition to any recipe! Thanks and Happy Birthday!

  5. Katherine says

    Happy Birthday! I would try the coconut flour first. I’ve never used it, and now is a great time to give it a go!

  6. Nancy says

    I have an ongoing love affair with coconut so I would definitely use that to experiment making some yummy low carb candies for Easter!!

  7. says

    I love Bob’s Red Mill products! I use their almond meal all of the time, as well as flax meal (those “bran” pumpkin muffins of yours are delicious, Carolyn) and garbanzo bean flour (I make a mean farinata).

  8. lori j says

    Hmmm…I love Bob’s red meal. I use the almond meal a lot, but have been wanting to try the hazelnut meal and the xanthum gum. I think I would try that hazelnut chocolate chip bundt cake first! 😀

  9. Kathy Holley says

    Your website has changed my life. I have made so many of your wonderful recipes, and I, too, love Bob’s Red Mill.

  10. Brooke says

    How exciting! I’ve been wanting to try some of your recipes, but haven’t gotten around to buying ingredients yet.

  11. Susan Thompson says

    I’ve never bought the hazelnut flour before. I think I would have to try some hazelnut chocolate cookies. Maybe even some waffles!

  12. Peggy Cole says

    I’m just beginning to use Bob’s Red Mill products, but I’ve baked a couple of things with almond flour and coconut flour. Would love to try the hazelnut flour for that cake as well as make the macaroons!

  13. Carol B. says

    Happy Birthday to You! Would love to try the hazlenut meal – I haven’t ever seen it in any of the stores I frequent.

  14. Dawn Dahlgren says

    Happy Birthday!! I would make that awesome looking Hazelnut bunt cake! I use the coconut flour but have not seen the hazelnut in my area.

  15. Wendy says

    With Passover on the horizon I will for sue be making low carb macaroons. Never liked the ones in a can and yours look fabulous.

  16. Della says

    Happy Birthday to you! I would makes all my favorites!! Those are exactly the same 5 I would pick if I had to choose my favs!!

  17. valerie says

    I hooked on your biscotti recipes, in fact I’m making the chocolate hazelnut ones this morning! Hazelnut flour, my favorite!

  18. Tricia says

    Happy Birthday! I’ve never tried the Hazelnut flour but now want to so badly! Thanks for spreading the cheer on your special day!

  19. Emily says

    wow wow wow! this is my dream giveaway! I just bought $20 worth of Bob’s Red Mill and after one batch of cookies, it’s half gone. I need more low carb baking products & quick! they also could save on shipping, since I live in the same area as the mill… just saying :)

  20. Krystle says

    Stuftmama uses these products a lot! I’ve been wanting to make her Creamy Dreamy Ice Cream! You should check it out :) Happy birthday! You’re still looking like you’re 20!

  21. Rachel N says

    Just wanted to say that I have made your lemon poppy seed bundt cake 3 times in the last month, and every person (including the regular carbers) have gone NUTS over it. So thanks!

  22. Katie says

    Happy Birthdayyy! I love Bob’s red mill coconut flour. It tastes amazing, maybe because I really like the texture of the product after it’s finished. I always make coconut flour ‘mug cake’ for breakfast! 😀 I would love to try the xanthan gum tho, I never really knew what it was for, even now. haha

  23. Loretta says

    I am looking thru this site frequently and have made pancakes with almond flour. I am just getting started on this journey and trying to overhaul my diet completely for health reasons and blood sugar issues. It seems overwhelming at first. But I am taking my time learning as much as I can and stocking a pantry with such goodies as you have mentioned. Have already used almost a whole bag of both golden flaxseed meal and almond flour/meal and coconut flour from Bob’s Red Mill. I have used shredded coconut in smoothies and coconut butter in bread. I have never used hazelnut meal but your recipe sounds delish!! I just ordered guar gum and psyllium husk powder and nutritional yeast flakes from the internet for several other recipes I am wanting to try. Hope I win. Thanks for the opportunity and I am very pleased with Bob’s Red Mill myself. All this stuff is all new to me. I’m a novice. smile

  24. Jan says

    Local stores have stopped carrying coconut flour and I’ve been out for awhile, so I’d probably make pancakes or cheese biscuits if I won.

  25. Hannah says

    I would love to make something with the Hazelnut Meal! I haven’t worked with hazelnut meal yet so that would be exciting!

  26. G.Parker says

    I eat flaxseed in my oatmeal every day, and I think coconut would be a yummy addition to oatmeal as well!

  27. Jamie says

    I use the flaxseed to make 1-minute cinnamon microwave muffins….and we always have a stash of frozen coconut flour waffles in the freezer.

  28. Celeste says

    First of all…. Happy Happy Birthday Carolyn!! Woo Hoo! Have a wonderful Day! :)

    What would I make with Bob’s Red Mill Products? Well, what wouldn’t I make with them is the question. Lol! I’ve used so many of your recipes to bake the most wonderful low carb items. Pancakes, waffles, cookies, Donuts, muffins, breads, and the list goes on! I am so grateful for the wonderful recipes that you have provided and these products from Bob’s Red Mill have saved my Type I diabetic hubby from a very boring existence. Now I can vary his diet and not worry about high blood sugar episodes. I think his most favorite item is the Pumpkin coconut bread recipe made with Bob’s Red Mill Golden Flax seed meal, Coconut Flour and Xanthan Gum. I use this recipe to make muffins. I make a big batch if I know that we will be traveling and put them in the cooler so that he can have them for breakfast. There isn’t a day that I don’t use Bob’s Red Mill products.
    Thank You again Carolyn for the recipes, and Thank You Bob’s Red Mill for making these products available!

  29. Maria says

    First of all, Happy Birthday!
    Now, what I would make would take a while to decide as every recipe I see on your site sounds even better than the one before. I use almond meal/flour, flax seed meal, coconut flour, xanthan gum and coconut almost every day but I’ve never used the hazelnut meal so I would definitely find one of your recipes to use that first and, actually, that Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake sounds fantastic!
    Thanks for the giveaway; it makes life more interesting!

  30. Taryn says

    I’ve been making my own almond milk (it’s 100 times tastier than anything you can buy in the store) and then using the almond pulp to make grain-free “granola” with it. With the almond pulp, I put all sorts of seeds and nuts and I think these different sorts of meal and the coconut would be a perfect addition!

  31. Eric says

    Happy Birthday, Carolyn! Hope you had a grand day. I use Bob’s products all the time, but think your Hazelnut chocolate cake looks particularly good. That would be my starter recipe.

  32. MaryB says

    I’d make a special birthday cake for our gluten free friends. Thanks for offering the chance to win. We love Bob’s Red Mill products.

  33. V says

    Happy Birthday! I would used the golden flax seeds for my buttermilk low carb bread and the hazelnut flour in an italien chocolate torte.

  34. Skylar S says

    I’m still relatively new to low-carbing, but I’d love to try the coconut flour pancakes. They sound so delish!

  35. Lisa B says

    Hi Carolyn, I hope you have had a wonderful birthday! I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you. I have recently moved to a low carb diet because I felt I had completely let myself go. When I would try and “low fat diet” I was starving all the time and I knew I needed to take a different path. Since cutting the carbs my life has changed dramatically. I am in great form, I have energy and I have lost 20lbs and I don’t feel deprived. However, I am somewhat of a cake junky and it was the only thing that I was really missing from the way I used to eat. And because of this I thank you. Your blog has been an inspiration. I love reading about each of your recipes and how they came about and making them (or at least trying to :)) has been something I have really enjoyed doing. Looking forward to future culinary adventures :)

  36. Debi says

    I like Bob’s Red Mill products….would love to win these. Happy 40th, my daughter turns 40 this week too. Of course I am not any older LOL. I really enjoy your recipes..have tried several Thanks for all of them

  37. Elaine says

    All of us in my family are GF and my husband and I are also LC. I have really been craving some pancakes, so I would first make pancakes!
    Thanks for all the great recipes:)

  38. David Marshall says

    Congrats on 40! Love the blog and mornings wouldn’t be the same around here without your recipes. I’ve yet to try hazelnut flour and that bunt cake looks like a great place to start.

  39. Linda says

    Must try the pumpkin “bran” muffins! Love pumpkin and love Bob’s Red Mill golden flax seed, which I use in smoothies and grainless granola.

    Sending birthday blessings!

  40. Marcia says

    I really like their products and your blog – a perfect match. Happy Birthday – I loved turning 40 – thought wow this is cool!! I would be so excited to win those cookies sure look good – think I’d give them a try.

  41. Donna says

    Happy 40th….Is it just me or are the people turning 40 these days looking more like “late-20’s/early 30’s-ish???…Forty is so YOUNG…now!!

    Moving on…I would make every single recipe here…especially the hazelnut chocolate chip bundt…and I have a favorite family dessert “Filbert Torte”….from an old 1984 “Best of Food and Wine” cookbook… which uses a full pound of ground hazelnuts!..The page is stained/”loved” beyond recognition as I make this at least once a year…twenty-five years running!…Love that Bob’s …and filberts are so Oregonian!!!…My sister lives five minutes from the Bob’s Red Mill HQ!!…Very friendly …”family feel” environment…they have great tours and a superlative café as well!

  42. Vicki says

    Happy belated birthday!!

    I just saw the hazelnut flour in the store last week and almost bought it but didn’t, so I would love this mix to try your Chocolate Hazelnut Bundt Cake. This gluten free is all pretty new to me since I just diagnosed myself with gluten sensitivity because the Drs.. couldn’t find anything wrong with me by doing CT scans, MRI’s , etc, etc. I decided to try gf and guess what I ‘fixed’ myself!!

  43. says

    I’ve never tried Hazelnut flour – so I would start with that. I find it a bit funny that you’re talking about Bob’s Red Mill and there is a King Arthur flour mug in the back of your muffin photo. LOL I like both companies!

    • Carolyn says

      LOL, that’s funny, I never even clicked to that. I think KAF is great but since I can’t use flour anymore, I just use some of their kitchen products!

  44. Sasha says

    The first thing I’d make? A paleo coconut bread recipe I’ve had my eye on for a week now! But cupcakes isn’t out of the question, either 😉

  45. Beth Endres says

    Shredded coconut is a staple for my Low Carb, High Protein Energy Bars. Can’t make it through the day without!

  46. Val says

    I would love to try the Hazelnut flour — I have fallen in love with the Bob’s almond flour/meal and would love to try others. Your blog is my favorite — I think we have the same tastes! :-)

  47. Ouida Lampert says

    I didn’t know about the hazelnut meal, so the first thing I would make would be something using that. Maybe a flourless nut torte. Yum.

  48. Julie Richardson says

    Happy Birthday! The Coconut Flour Pancakes look delicious! I will definitely have to try this recipe. Thanks!

  49. stephanie clark says

    Your Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake sounds perfect for my in-laws. They love anything hazelnut and I love making bundts for company.

  50. Ellen says

    Happy Birthday! What birthday cake did you bake yourself? I’m dying to make that chocolate hazelnut bundt cake!

  51. monica says

    Oh, I think I would make that bundt cake first….but muffins, coconut bread and cookies afterward. I forgot how much I missed my wheat-based bundt cake – I would love a g-f alternative.

  52. Amy says

    I’ve always wanted to try the hazelnut, so that would be first since most of the other products I use regularly.

  53. Mariam says

    Many happpy returns! I’ll have to try the hazelnut Bundt cake. It looks awesome! I just sent my daughter a Bob’s Red Mill care package! Her birthday is next week, and she’s been doing so well on low Carb that I made her promise to make herself a birthday cake from your website!

  54. Jorie says

    I haven’t tried any of the low-carb flours or mixes. I am craving cake so much these days, and I have an amazing looking strawberry cake pinned on Pinterest I really want to try!

  55. Melinda says

    My husband loves macaroons! Those Cranberry Almond macaroons look like just the thing to make and surprise him!

  56. Leslie says

    I would love to win this, I will be turning 40 on March 17 and I could make me something special withouth falling off the wagon!

  57. Kathy says

    I would love to win this giveaway to stock up my pantry so I can make yummy low carb goodies for my husband and me to enjoy on our new Eating plan! Thanks!!

  58. Sunshine Schulenberg says

    That Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake looks quite yummy. I might have to make some now! :) Happy Birthday!

  59. Joy Denise says

    I would start with that Hazelnut bundt cake! There are a number of your recipes I would like to try! Happy Birthday!

  60. Judy Snitchler says

    I definitely make muffins! I use the flax seed all the time in my shakes. I just grind them in the blender before I add my liquid and other ingredients.

  61. leslie says

    Being unfamiliar with these products, I don’t know what I would make. If I was lucky enough to win, I would consider it a chance to learn. I’d have to google up some ideas and try them.

  62. lori says

    just made a hazlenut cake last night and it was yummo. I love baking it’s nice that these product are easily found.

  63. Karlise G says

    I think I’d have to go with pancakes or maybe some kind of bread so I could have toast with butter or something to dip in my egg yolks. Mmm. I miss eggs on top of buttered bread.

  64. Sherie says

    I love Bob’s Red Mill Flaxseed Meal and Coconut Flour – I use them constantly for baking and for breakfast =) Would love the chance to try their Shredded Coconut and Hazelnut Meal!!

  65. caron says

    i use a lot of Bobs product but would LOVE to try the hazelnut meal!!! I would make pancakes first then pumpkin muffins

  66. says


    I’d make your Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake…I’ve not used hazelnut meal yet! I’d LOVE to give it a try….plus, it’s almost my birthday, too, so it would be a perfect time to try it and the recipe out! :)

  67. suzi says

    I love Bob’s flaxseed meal for yogurt parfaits and baking and also their GF cornbread mix. Thanks for the chance!

  68. Debra says

    Wow, lots of comments! First, I hope you had a great birthday! I think I would make something indulgent like the chocolate chip hazelnut bundt cake, but ‘legal’ at the same time!

  69. says

    What would you make first with these items?
    I would def be looking over your blog posts for new breakfast ideas. We love pancakes and cookies, “sweets” for the start of our day and I REALLY need to freshen life up!!!

  70. Cheryl says

    Happy Birthday! I would try anything with chocolate. This is the second week of low carb eating and I would kill for something chocolate!

  71. JennCutt says

    Happy Birthday! I love their coconut flour – it’s good to use for my friends who have allergies to the almond flour. thanks!

  72. says

    Happy Birthday Carolyn! It is so true, the older you get, the more you realize how much better it is to give than to receive. I love Bob’s Red Mill products – I’ve tried many of them, but not their hazelnut flour.

  73. Erin Rowan says

    I LOVE to use their hazelnut flour! I use it in place of almond flour since I cannot have almonds. It works great! And it took me almost 2 years to go through a bag of xanthan gum to!

  74. Shawna Meloy says

    Happy birthday! I’ve used the gf mix & gf cornbread mix so.tasty! Would love to try the other stuff too!

  75. Rae says

    Happy Birthday I have tried the coconut flour & it was amazing. I would love to try the others especially the Hazelnut Flour & those macaroons look delicious.

  76. Shelby says

    I already love all of these products… I’ll go through my favorite uses in a list :)
    –Hazelnut flour: Carolyn’s chocolate hazelnut mug cake
    –Golden flax meal: GF biscuits, GF pizza crust, quick muffins, added to granola… the list goes on!
    –Coconut flour: dark chocolate brownies (spiked with a little rum), pancakes
    –Xantham gum: a little sprinkle if I need some extra cohesion in baked goods
    –Shredded coconut: add it to my almond flour choco chip cookies

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  77. Stephanie says

    Since I went low carb, I’ve been missing pancakes. So I’d definitely first try the Light and Fluffy Coconut Flour Pancakes. Love Bob’s Red Mill Products as part of my low carb pantry! Actually just going to make your Almond-Crusted Butter Cake – again! Have made it at least a dozen times now – loooooooove it!

  78. Dita MacDonald says

    The first thing I would make if I won this Bob’s Red Mill giveaway would be the
    Pumpkin “Bran” Muffins. Thanks for the opportunity to win the giveaway. I love all your recipes!!!!!

  79. Margaret Crook says

    I’m new to the whole low-carb scene, and as of recent I’ve realized the overwhelming demand for flour and other products that Bob’s Red Mill has in stock. As they run a bit pricey, I have to hold myself back from buying as much as I’d like– I would definitely love to make more, and be able to try new recipes from your site (which I am in love with!) Thank you so much for all of the delicious recipes!

  80. Lany H. says

    Happy Belated 40th Birthday! Just have to say thank you, thank you, thank you for all the wonderful recipes you give us :)

  81. Lany H. says

    Oh I would most likely make a Hazelnut Chocolate Chip bunt cake! Looks way to sinful :) Then some coconut flour brownies, and I love making “Muffin in a Minute” buns with flaxseed for my egg muffin sammies in the morning or for my bacon cheeseburgers!

  82. Sarah G says

    Love BRM!!! I would love to have those products stocked in my pantry too.

    Happy Birthday…belated as it is.

  83. Melissa says

    Hazelnut meal? Yes, please! I haven’t seen it here but since I discovered hazelnuts by using them in the Chocolate Nut Energy Bar, I will be scouring HEB’s shelves for it! Let’s see, sitting on my counter, I have Bob’s Coconut Flour and Xanthum gum out to make pancakes. In my fridge, I have open packages of the regular flaxseed meal (I go through the nut bars like they are candy, wait, they kinda are!) and the golden flaxseed meal (make pumpkin “bran” muffins last week). I have new packages of gluten free oats (I keep thinking I will figure out oatmeal cookies one of these days) and almond meal (absolutely perfect in your gingerbread scones). As for your 40th, all I can say is – Welcome to the 40s! Halfway through mine and, I can honestly say, I have LOVED my 40s. Happy Birthday, indeed!

  84. Sally says

    I found your website in Dr William Davis’ book, Wheat Belly. I can hardly wait to try some of your recipes. I think the first will be pancakes. Thanks for the blog! You have done the hard work. I will reap the rewards of it.

  85. Linda Thompson says

    Oh, I would love to try the shredded coconut to make the Cranberry Almond Macaroons…those look so good!

  86. Karen says

    I would love to try some muffins with these ingredients. Happy Birthday to you!! I really enjoy your blog and recipes.
    lemontart5kb at gmail dot com

  87. Kathie Ng says

    I’ve just started exploring low-carb meals and baking happens to be one of my favorite pastimes! I would love to start incorporating different, healthier flours into my baking.

  88. Ashley Smith says

    I would like to try and make the hazelnut bundt cake with chocolate chips! I t sounds really good.

  89. Jordan D says

    I’d definitely have to try some hazelnut chocolate muffins with these ingredients. Bob’s Red Mill makes some amazing products, I’ve been wanting to try the hazelnut meal. Thanks for the giveaway!

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