After being gluten free for nearly five years, you could consider me a bit of a gluten free flour expert…. well, maybe a junkie. I’ve tried many gluten free flour blends. Too many.
However, if you’re just starting your gluten free journey, you are very lucky. The gluten free flour blends on the market today come ready for you to use as a cup for cup substitute. In the past, you’d have to buy several different types of flours and starches, and then you’d have to find the just-right combination to use in your recipes – or you’d just have to come up with new recipes altogether. However, today you can simply use a one to one gluten free flour substitute and make the recipes you loved prior to becoming gluten free. It’s just short of a gluten free miracle if you ask me!
While I think having so many options is amazing, it’s still important to test various flour blends to find one you like most. You may find that one brand works well for your grandmother’s cookie recipe, while another works better for getting that flaky pie dough or homemade pasta.
When buying a flour blend test for taste, texture and quality ingredients. While trying to use a “healthy” flour is priority (and should be), I also know, at the end of the day, this is still a flour blend complete with carbs, sugars and starches. Eat baked goods in moderation and you should be good to indulge once in awhile.
When you buy gluten free flour, you’ll notice a combination of a few types of ingredients. You’ll usually see at least two different types of flour or more (rice flour, quinoa flour, oat flour, corn flour, etc.) and one starch (corn, arrowroot, potato, tapioca, etc.). You should also see xanthan gum, which is a binding agent that helps gluten free baked goods stick together when gluten is not present.
I truly believe that choosing a gluten free flour blend is in the tastebuds of the beholder. You may like the taste and texture of something that another person doesn’t. That’s why it’s important to try your favorite recipes using various flour blends and see what happens. I have a vision to one day test the exact same recipe with several different blends. It’s a big undertaking and I will be sure to blog about it when it happens.
In the meantime, here are a few gluten free flour blends worth trying with your favorite at-home recipes. Please note some of the links are affiliate links:
Bella Gluten Free: I like that Bella is a small, Colorado brand started by a woman who has been battling Celiac since the early 2000s. The quality ingredients show too – only whole grain flours and unmodified starches. I enjoyed using this in my gluten free lemon bars recipe.
Other gluten free flours to try (these are in my cabinet and I’m excited to test them soon!):
Whole Note Gluten Free, Seven Grain Multi-Purpose Flour Blend (Love the ingredients – all whole grains!)