Gluten Free Flour Mix – Secrets to Making it Taste Right

Gluten Free Flour Mix

The hardest part of being on the gluten-free diet is the fact that we can no longer use wheat-based, multi-purpose flour for baking. In fact, for us, it was practically impossible to use the same gluten-free flours to make pies, cakes and cookies.

I remember testing a few baked goods that tasted so weird, no one would eat them. And, it was always on account of the gluten-free flour. Which flour should be used for this recipe? White Rice flour? Brown Rice? Potato Starch? Questions, questions! Here are some answers…

Back in the day, we were always experimenting in order to find out which flour would substitute the best in each recipe. Unfortunately, this always took a lot of time and effort on our part. There was so much trial and error involved!

However, I’ve noticed that, as the years have gone by, people have became more and more aware of the gluten problem. As a result, companies have begun to make gluten-free ingredients better-tasting and easier to obtain. They have manufactured, delicious pre-made gluten-free breads, meals and desserts. And, they have also looked into the gluten-free flour situation.

New gluten-free flour mixes are now available online and in the natural food section of most grocery stores. They are usually a combination of several gluten-free flours. And the great thing about these flour mixes is that you can use them for different kinds of baking! They are labeled all-purpose, just like the white or brown wheat based flours! I’ve listed some of the best gluten-free flour mixes below.

1. King Arthur’s Gluten-Free Multi-Purpose Flour
That famous brand, King Arthur Flour, has really and truly made a gluten-free multi-purpose flour mix! It’s a carefully tested blend of white rice flour, brown rice flour, tapioca starch and potato starch. This mix has no grittiness or aftertaste and is perfect for most, if not all, your gluten-free baking!

2. Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free All-Purpose Baking Flour

This gluten-free flour is another great option for baking. It is combination garbanzo flour, potato starch, tapioca flour, sorghum flour and fava flour. This mix is wholly natural and wholly gluten-free, so it should never cause any undesirable side-effects. Of course, as the label implies it is quite versatile; you can use it in cakes, cookies, breads, waffles, muffins and pancakes.

However, if you are not satisfied with the taste or prices of pre-made gluten-free flour blends, you can always make your own mix. In order to do this, it helps to be familiar with the different gluten-free flours. I have compiled a list of flours in this article for your own consideration.

Whole Grain Flours

Brown Rice Flour

  • Buckwheat Flour

  • Corn Flour

  • Mesquite Flour

  • Millet Flour

  • Oat Flour

  • Quinoa Flour

  • Sorghum Flour

  • Sweet Potato Flour

  • Teff Flour

Nut Flours

  • Almond Flour

  • Chestnut Flour

  • Coconut Flour

  • Hazelnut Flour

Bean Flours

  • Fava Bean Flour

  • Garbanzo Bean Flour

  • Kinako (Roasted Soy Bean) Flour

White Flours/Starches

  • Arrowroot Flour

  • Cornstarch

  • Potato Flour

  • Potato Starch

  • Sweet Rice Flour

  • Tapioca Flour

  • White Rice Flour

The main rule with making a gluten-free flour mix is that you always have to follow the 40/60 ratio. 40% of the flours should be whole grain and 60% of the flours should be white flours/starches. Once you have chosen and combined your whole grain flour with your white rice/starch flour, you can add a small amount of a nut or bean flavor, depending on what flavor you want.

The only real problem with making your own flour blend is that it depends mostly on trial-and-error. There is no standard for making a gluten-free flour mix other than to follow the 40/60 ratio. A lot will depend on what you plan to bake, your individual taste and the resources that are available to you.

Personally, I would prefer to simply buy one of the pre-made gluten-free flour blends that are sold online or in the grocery stores. It saves a lot of time and hassle and you can make a variety of baked goods with the same mix. Still, if creating you own gluten-free flour blend works out better for you needs than, by all means, try it!

More detailed flour information at Gluten Free Girl
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Tricia Fecteau

I have tried to share what I have learned years in my book called "Gluten-Free with Love" available on Amazon and on my website. I want to help you in your journey to good health.

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