Whether you are just starting a gluten-free lifestyle or you’ve been baking gluten-free for a while, there are certain staple gluten-free ingredients you are going to want to keep on hand for baking.
This list includes staple gluten-free ingredients that we keep in our kitchen for baking. If you think I am missing an important ingredient, please let me know in the comments below and I will get it added. Don’t forget to check out my Gluten-Free Baking Basics for tips before you start baking.
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STANDARD BAKING INGREDIENTS
Here are some of the standard ingredients you are going to want to keep on hand for baking gluten-free.
- Sugar and Brown Sugar – Many of my recipes use sugar or brown sugar. These are standard baking ingredients found in most kitchens.
- Honey – I use honey in some of my paleo recipes.
- Maple Syrup – I use this in my paleo and grain-free recipes when I want a more milk flavor.
- Coconut Sugar – I love using coconut sugar in place of sugar in some of my recipes.
- Baking Powder – Make sure to use a gluten-free baking powder. I use Rumford Aluminum Free baking powder.
- Baking Soda – You can use any brand of baking soda. Just make sure to check expiration dates before using.
- Salt – I use regular sea salt.
- Chocolate Chips – My favorite allergy free brand is Enjoy Life Foods. I’ve also used Nestle, Guittard and Hershey’s.
- Cocoa – I prefer Rodelle Dutch Processed Cocoa but Hershey’s is good too.
- Vanilla – I prefer to use Rodelle Vanilla, but you can use any gluten-free vanilla extract.
- Oil – I cook and bake with Avocado Oil, Olive Oil, Canola Oil, and Coconut Oil.
- Eggs – If you can eat eggs then I would recommend keeping them on hand for baking and cooking.
- Milk or Dairy-Free Milk – If you can’t have dairy then I recommend Almond Milk, Coconut Milk, and Flaxseed Milk for baking and cooking.
- Xanthan Gum – Although my flour blend does not include xanthan gum in it, I like to keep it on hand for high fat recipes and for making bread.
GLUTEN-FREE FLOURS AND STARCHES
Keeping a gluten-free flour blend on hand to bake and cook with is essential. I wrote a post on the best gluten-free flour blend recipes. It includes a blend for everyone. If you are not a fan of mixing up your own gluten-free flour blend I have a few that I recommend.
gfJules All Purpose Gluten-Free Flour – Everyone that has tried gfJules flour has raved about it. I find it works in most of my recipes (not the pancakes and waffles, but check out her mixes for that).
Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten-Free Baking Flour – I find this blend to be the best cup for cup flour blend. It has worked in every recipe I have tried. It does contain xanthan gum but it doesn’t contain any dairy (dry milk powder).
Ryze Gluten-Free Flour – This flour is 100% rice flour. They mix different ground-sizes of rice flour to make a “blend”. We really like Ryze and it works for people who can’t do other flours or have nightshades.
Almond Flour – We make a lot of Grain-Free and Paleo Recipes. I don’t have any coconut flour recipes – we tend to stick to almond flour when baking grain-free and paleo.
Cornstarch – I use cornstarch in some of my recipes and to thicken sauces and gravies.
Flaxseed – You can use flaxseed in your baked goods for an extra bit of fiber or make flaxeggs (1 Tablespoon flaxseed meal + 3 Tablespoons water) for an egg substitution.
These are just a few gluten-free ingredients that we always have in our pantry or refrigerator.
Don’t forget to check out my guide to the best gluten-free flour blend recipes.
Happy Cooking and Baking!