Spar for the Spurtle Recipe Contest & Giveaway


Spar for the what?  The spurtle—a stick used to stir porridge.  But that’s not all contestants will be sparring for.  How about a trip to Scotland?

The Bob’s Red Mill Spar for the Spurtle Contest is an effort to find a creative original recipe that uses their steel cut oats (regular or gluten free).

Three finalists will receive a prize package and be flown to Portland, Oregon, for a live cookoff.  The winner will receive the grand prize which includes a trip for two to Scotland representing Bob’s Red Mill in the Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championships as well as a $2,500 cash!

Please be sure to read all the details, but here are is a summary of important things to know about the contest:

  • The recipe must include Bob’s Red Mill Steel Cut Oats.
  • You must submit a video demonstration that is less than 3 minutes.
  • Recipes can be sweet or savory but must be created from start to finish within 30 minutes.
  • Entries must be submitted by July 30th the deadline has been extended to August 7th.
  • You must be a US citizen and have a valid US passport.
    Here is a picture of a previous winning entry by Matt Cox.



The first five  people to submit a video to the contest and let me know by leaving a comment on this post will receive a bag of gluten-free steel cut oats, a wooden spurtle, and a Bob’s Red Mill Cookbook.

Update: The 5 giveaway winners have been contacted. The first five people who commented below that they had entered the contest are: Bob, Jim, Tila, Merry, and Jenn. Congragulations!

About Linda Etherton

Linda has been gluten free since 2000 when I was diagnosed with celiac disease which propelled me into the world of gluten-free cooking and baking. I am convinced that gluten-free food can and should be delicious, and I never apologize for serving it.
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  1. I’ve been trying to come up with a recipe and video…now I have even more incentive. :)

  2. Bob Schafer says:

    Hi Linda,

    I enjoy your site and I posted a video over the weekend to the Bob’s Red Mill contest! My recipe has steel cut oats with coconut milk, pineapple, mango, and papaya. I also put additional fruit and a streusel crumb topping on it that tastes like a crumbled macaroon! I hope your readers can get out to the site to vote and select the “LIKE” bottom on my recipe or others!

    I also hope I am one of the first five to get your giveaway!

    Thank you,

    • Bob, I sent you an email about the giveaway but haven’t heard back from you. I need your address. You can send it to Linda (at) glutenfreehomemaker (dot) com.

  3. Jim Schafer says:

    Hi Linda,

    Like my brother, Bob, who posted above, I too, posted a video for Bob’s Red Mill contest. It’s simple oat and coconut recipe finished with bananas and peanuts.

    Thanks for the time you put into the blog!

    Jim Schafer

  4. Tila Maceira says:

    I posted! It is both gluten free AND vegetarian! Hope you like it….and vote!

    Mine is the Almost Migas.

    • Tila, I sent you an email about the giveaway but haven’t heard back from you. I need your address. You can send it to Linda (at) glutenfreehomemaker (dot) com.

  5. Merry Graham says:

    I entered Black Bean Porridge Patties with Black Bean Pico de Gallo in the Spar for the Spurtle video contest sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill. I LoVeD the challenge because my recipe is vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free BUT carnivores love it too! Very versatile ~ I served it for breakfast yesterday with a fried egg on it for company. They later said, “that was a delicious gourmet breakfast!” I heated a leftover patty for my lunch today and I was amazed it was still delicious even without the Pico! The first day I made it I served it for dinner. You can tell I’m super excited because it is an amazing recipe. Please try it and let me know what you think!!! AND if possible please LIKE my recipe at Spur for the Spurtle! MerryCooking (it’s the red bowl)

  6. Hell Bob and Friends,

    I entered a classic steel cut oat and blueberry pancake recipes into the contest! Thanks for this giveaway offer :)

  7. Jennifer Daskevich says:

    I posted a video – Oat Corn Cake Canapes with Chipotle Two Ways. I loved creating this recipe and working with Bob’s Red Mill Steel Cut Oats. Thanks for the giveaway.

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