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Whole Grain Desserts: Robin Asbell (author)

July 29, 2017 @ 11:20 am – 12:00 pm
Bread Lab

Robin Asbell has played around with whole grains in just about every category of recipe, including desserts of all kinds. But for some people accepting whole grains in familiar, decadent cakes and baked goods is a tough mental leap. That’s when we get to think outside the box, or oven, and make the flavors and textures of whole grains shine in less familiar treats. There’s a whole grain dessert for everyone to love, she promises.

Turn off your ovens and make some whole grain desserts on the stovetop, and expand your whole grain repertoire.  We’ll be celebrating locally grown barley in this sweet interlude:

Streaker Barley Brittle

Tibetan Purple Barley Pudding with Fruit

Thai Style Purple Barley with Coconut and Mango

Robin Asbell

Robin Asbell is an author, educator and chef whose lifelong passion for whole, natural foods has fueled a successful career, creating delicious dishes and recipes that both please the palate and nourish the body. After an early start baking breads and pastries in earnest whole wheat bakeries, she moved into cooking in natural foods kitchens, where quinoa and brown rice ruled. In the 90’s she started a private chef business, and specialized in pleasing the palates of her customers with real, whole foods. Tricking finicky kids into eating whole grains is her specialty.
She is the author of nine cookbooks, including Great Bowls of Food: Grain Bowls, Buddha Bowls, Broth Bowls, and More (May 2016) The Whole Grain Promise, Over 100 Whole Grain Recipes to Jump Start a Healthier Diet (October 2015), and Juice It! (2014) Her very first cookbook was The New Whole Grains Cookbook (2006).
Picked as one of the Star Tribune’s Taste 50 in 2015, Robin was praised as one of the 50 top women in the food scene in Minnesota.  Robin has a regular monthly cooking segment on KSTP TV in Minneapolis, and has appeared on KARE 11 and Fox 9 as a guest chef. She is also a regular guest on radio and podcasts, including Off the Menu with Dara Grumdahl on WCCO radio, and Food Freedom Radio on KTNF.
She teaches popular classes and speaks to groups around the US and in Mexico. Robin brings creative combinations of Global flavors and whole foods to all her cooking classes, garnished with a sense of humor and fun. She’s been a featured speaker at several Health Fairs and Conventions, addressing hundreds of attendees about the joys of natural foods.
Robin has written for Yoga Journal, Taunton’s Fine Cooking, Better Homes and Gardens, Real Food Magazine, Clean Eating, VegNews, Vegetarian Times, Mother Earth News, and other magazines, and writes regularly for She has a regular column “Meatless Meals” in the Star Tribune newspaper. Her blog (at focuses on great food as well as food issues, with appealing fresh recipes every week. Visit her website to see up to date schedules for  her classes and upcoming public appearances, as well as an extensive recipe archive. You can follow her on facebook, twitter, pinterest and instagram.