This is my Guide to the Best Gluten-Free Flour Blend Recipes. It includes a gluten-free flour mix that works for everyone!
Are you interested in finding a super easy all-purpose gluten free flour blend recipe? Many years ago, I searched and searched – but had a hard time finding what worked for me. I’ve since developed my own gluten free flour mix and also found several other useful resources to turn to – that provide a whole array of flour blends to work with (Check out the fabulous list below).
What is Gluten-Free Flour
Gluten-Free Flour is a grain or starch that has been dried and ground into a flour like substance. Most gluten-free flours are mixed into a gluten-free flour mix or a gluten-free flour blend. I find that most recipes work better with a gluten free all purpose flour.
You might be wondering why it’s important to have a compilation of gluten-free flour recipes. Really, why should you save this post? I have a couple of thoughts on that:
Important thought #1 – What if you are in the middle of baking and you run out of your turn-to-blend AND you search through your cupboard only to find that you don’t have the amount you need to mix up a quick batch? That totally stinks, I’ve been here.
Important thought #2 – What if you are baking for a friend who is intolerant or allergic to one of the flours or binding agents you use? You may want to consider un-friending them (just kidding) or making up a separate batch to use.
Important thought #3 – What if you are just starting your glorious-gluten-free-baking-adventure and you don’t know where to start? Let’s mix up a batch of gluten-free flour and have some fun making and developing recipes. You’ve got this!
Important thought #4 – What if you are looking for something particular, like high fiber, or bean-flour-free? I like bean flours, but you may not. And I only use bean flours in certain recipes that have the right combination of other ingredients that you can’t (or shouldn’t) taste the bean. I wouldn’t want to use it on a crisp or my turtle bars – you can still taste the bean! Ack!
This is about you! And what your preferences are, and this collection of gluten-free-flour blends is meant to give you everything you need in order to successfully bake what your heart (and palate) desires.
The quick and useful on gluten containing flours
Grains used in traditional baking such as wheat, rye, and barley are made up of two basic components: protein and starch. Gluten is the protein in wheat which strengthens and binds dough in recipes. Starch is a thickening agent. In order to replace wheat flour with gluten-free flour, you need to combine gluten-free flour with gluten-free starch, and sometimes add a binding agent. It’s not a one-to-one ratio. The amount used depends on the gluten-free flour and gluten-free starch you use.
Hmm – maybe I don’t know everything
I am not a mad scientist (maybe just a little mad, bwahahaha) or a food engineer by certification, but I have been avid baker and recipe develop for years. I don’t know everything (although I tell my daughters I do) and can’t answer every single question you have on gluten free flours. What I can do is share the knowledge I do have and point you to other resources for the answers I don’t have. Sharing is caring – if you didn’t know, and that is why I compiled this list of Your Guide to the Best Gluten-Free Flour Blend Recipes!
Let’s get to the gluten-free flour recipes
Why did I pick these gluten-free flour recipes to share with you? Well I’m definitely not trying to leave anyone out. I wanted to share the recipes for these gluten-free flour blends with you because:
- These gluten-free flour recipes are well-written and easy to understand
- The flours used in the blends are available in several stores in most cities (and online) – so there’s nothing extravagant that you need to go on a hunt for
- They all are five ingredients or less (you guys/gals know I love simplicity, right?)
- They were developed by reputable gluten-free recipe developers and bloggers (I was not paid to include these recipes – they are great on their own – and I wanted to share them)
Best Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour recipes:
Gluten-Free Flour – Shirley developed this gluten-free flour blend using only corn starch and white rice flour. Simply genius! I love that both gluten-free flours are inexpensive and easy to find. Her two-ingredient gluten-free flour blend works with most recipes and makes a great addition to any gluten-free recipe.
Best gluten free all purpose flour – Sharon from What the Fork Food Blog shares that her gluten-free flour blend is “An easy, lighter all purpose gluten free flour blend that can be subbed cup-for-cup with regular all-purpose flour. Use this best gluten-free all purpose flour in baked goods, as a breading/coating for meat and as a thickener for soups and gravies.”
Amy’s Gluten-Free Flour Blend
Gluten-Free Flour Recipe – Amy Fothergill, Author of The Warm Kitchen, mixes up a batch of her all-purpose gluten-free flour blend making 6 -9 cups at a time (1 to 1.5 times the recipe) and uses it to make bread, waffles, pancakes, cupcakes, cookies, etc. with few exceptions. Due to its versatility she also almost always uses it in other people’s recipes.
Gluten-Free Flour – Celeste from There Is Life After Wheat created this cup for cup best gluten free all purpose flour mix that makes amazing cakes, breads, muffins, brownies, bars, and just about anything you want to whip up. Use can use this gluten-free flour recipe, cup for cup in all your favorite gluten-free recipes.
Gluten-Free Flour Mix – This all-purpose gluten-free flour blend from Sheena at Noshtastic includes a balance of gluten-free whole grain flours and versatile starches. She offers the gluten-free flour recipe in weight and cup measurements making it easy to whip up.
Gluten-Free Flour – Brianna from Flippin’ Delicious measures her gluten-free flours in parts instead of exact measurements so you can easily make as much or as little of her rice gluten-free flour blend as you want. This gluten-free flour mix works well as an gluten free all purpose flour in cakes and cookies. Sweet!
Best gluten free all purpose flour – Jules Shepard, also known as GF Jules, created this homemade gluten-free flour blend from her book, Free for All Cooking. It’s also been published in Gluten Free & More Magazine and we are lucky enough to have her share it with us below. Thanks Jules!
Gluten-Free Flour Mix
MAKES 4 CUPS
To make very fine rice flour, process rice flour in a food processor, blender or clean coffee grinder until very fine. Refrigerate this blend in a large zip-top bag or a sealed container until used.
1 cup cornstarch, tapioca starch or arrowroot powder
1 cup potato starch, tapioca starch or arrowroot powder
1 cup very fine white rice flour, sorghum flour or buckwheat flour
½ cup corn flour, millet flour, sorghum flour or brown rice flour
½ cup tapioca starch, cornstarch or arrowroot powder
4 teaspoons xanthan gum or guar gum
1. Whisk ingredients together in a large bowl until well combined.
Each cup contains 522 calories, 1g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 6mg sodium, 123g carbohydrate, 4g fiber, 0g sugars, 4g protein, 74 Est GL.
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