Living with Celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity does not mean you have to stop cooking and baking at home! There are numerous gluten free flour substitutes available that you can incorporate into your meals so you can continue to enjoy your favorite recipes for breads, desserts, sauces, soups, and more. In this blog, we’ll focus on four of the gluten free flour substitutes readily available in grocery stores.
Baking with Almond Flour Recipes
Almond flour is the one of the most common grain and gluten free flour substitutes available. Baking with almond flour recipes tends to have a nutty flavor since almond flour is made up of ground, blanched almonds with the skin removed. Because it’s made from almonds, almond flour recipes do contain more calories and fat, so be sure to take that into account when adjusting your recipes. Many people prefer almond flour recipes for breads, cakes, pastries and cookies. You can usually substitute the flour 1:1 when baking with almond flour recipes.
Baking with Coconut Flour Recipes
Coconut lovers rejoice! Coconut flour recipes celebrate the flavor of coconut since coconut flour is made from dried coconut meat. When baking with coconut flour, you will taste a subtle coconut flavor in your baked breads and cakes and receive the added benefit of increased protein, fiber and healthy saturated fats. Some people find coconut flour recipes difficult to work with because coconut flour absorbs more liquid than regular flour, so you may need to use less when baking with coconut flour and testing out new coconut flour recipes.
Baking with Oat Flour Recipes
You’ll find oat flour very easy to work with and enjoy the additional flavor and sweetness oat flour recipes provide. Made of ground whole grain oats, baking with oat flour is frequently chosen for breads, rolls, and cookies. In fact, we’ve heard tons of rave reviews of oatmeal raisin cookies made with oat flour! Oat flour recipes do tend to be a bit heavy, so you may need additional yeast or baking powder to create a lighter end product when baking with oat flour.
Cooking or Baking with Rice Flour Recipes
Rice flour can contain brown or white rice grains, each with differing nutritional value depending on the type of rice used. If you love to sauté meat and vegetables, rice flour recipes are for you! Keep in mind, rice flour cooks quicker than traditional flour, therefore, be sure to use smaller cuts of meat when prepping your rice flour recipes. When cooking, rice flour acts as a great thickening agent, making it an integral ingredient for a roux or slurry. Rice flour recipes for soups, sauces and gravies are favorites among people with Celiac disease or gluten sensitivities. Baking with rice flour works well in lighter cakes and muffins and is often combined with other gluten free flours to achieve the desired consistency. When baking with rice flour it’s best to use a recipe formulated specifically for rice four as it is not an equal substitute for regular flour in most cases.
If you are living with Celiac disease or have a gluten sensitivity, always remember to check the labels on gluten free flour substitutes to make sure they are certified gluten free, as cross contamination with traditional flour can be an issue. When you are experimenting with gluten free flour substitutes, it may take a few tries to get the adjusted recipe tasting right, since each gluten free flour substitute is unique and the amount of flour needed will differ by recipe. You may also need to combine a few gluten free flour substitutes to get the perfect consistency from your finished product. Don’t dismay! There are many resources online from recipe testers who have already done the hard work for you and have modified recipes to incorporate gluten free flour substitutes. Give them a try and you might just find a new favorite!