Interested in learning more about the different types of gluten-free flours and tips for using it in your baking? Our team at the Food Monster App went through our archives to put together the ultimate guide to using gluten-free flour in honor of National Flour Month! Check out these articles to learn everything you need to know about gluten-free flour and the best ways to use it.
1. Take Your Gluten-Free Baking to the Next Level With 15 Vegan Recipes You Can Make Using Coconut Flour
Coconut flour has a high fiber and protein content. It also has a naturally sweet flavor, so it’s no wonder that it’s becoming a baking staple for gluten-free kitchens. When it comes to gluten-free baking, though, it’s not as easy as taking a regular recipe and replacing the non-gluten-free flour with something like coconut flour — baking is a science and it’s all about finding the right formula that results in the (delicious) solution to the problem (your empty stomach). That’s where we come in. Check out Take Your Gluten-Free Baking to the Next Level With 15 Vegan Recipes You Can Make Using Coconut Flour for some great advice on baked goods!
Buying flour for cooking and baking can be a no-brainer when you can use all-purpose flour, but if you’re gluten-free, then choosing the right flour gets a bit more complicated. There are so many types of gluten-free flour available and when it comes to cooking and baking, all the usual rules change. Check out A Guide to 15 Types of Gluten-Free Flour to learn about all of your options!
Cornmeal has been used for ages in cooking and baking as a humble, unsung hero. Other than using it for cornbread or as a crispy coating for foods, how much do you know about cornmeal? This ingredient, which happens to be gluten-free (but check labels to make sure it’s processed in a gluten-free facility), is actually quite versatile and can be used for many purposes. Check out Cornmeal is the New Black: How to Use This Gluten-Free Flour for an in-depth exploration of this awesome ingredient!
Lots of people are now making an effort to exclude gluten from their diets. Amazingly, some people even do so without knowing what gluten is. In order to prevent that, let’s distill the definition: Gluten is protein formed when glutenin and gliadin, molecules found in things like wheat and many whole grains, combine, such as when bakers kneed dough. Check out Tips for Making a DIY Gluten-Free Flour Blend for some good information on how to make the perfect blend for your cooking!
Flour isn’t generally thought of as a high-protein food, especially with all the other amazing sources you can consume. And while flour isn’t as superior as eating a whole food itself, (which most flours are made from), nutritious and unrefined flour choices can be helpful to use in a variety of recipes. Check out 5 Uncommon, Gluten-Free Flours That Are High in Protein to sneak some extra nutrients into your diet!
6. Cornmeal Pancakes, Chocolate Mud Cake, and More: 15 Different Ways to Use Rice Flour in Your Gluten-Free, Vegan Kitchen
White rice flour is one of the most commonly used gluten-free flours out there. Because it’s so light, it gives baked goods a texture similar to store-bought gluten-free flour blends, making it great for use in baked goods (when blended with other flours) and forgiving vegetables a light and crisp texture. Brown rice flour, on the other hand, is denser and nuttier, so it’s best to use it in combination with other flours in both sweet or savory recipes. Of course, both can be used as binding agents in foods like veggie burgers, loaves, and desserts. Check out Cornmeal Pancakes, Chocolate Mud Cake, and More: 15 Different Ways to Use Rice Flour in Your Gluten-Free, Vegan Kitchen for some great recipe ideas!
Have you tried baking with gluten-free flours yet? There’s actually a surprising amount out there and if you’re new to gluten-free cooking, you might be unsure of where to start. Each variety of flour has its own specialty. Chickpea flour is ideal for savory recipes, but it can also be used as a batter for vegan French toast. Coconut flour’s natural sweetness makes it perfect for creating delicious desserts, but it also makes a great flour for dredging savory foods in so they bake up nice and crispy. Then, there’s almond flour. Almond flour is made by grinding blanched almonds into a fine powder. You can do this with a food processor or a powerful blender, or you can find it among the specialty items in the gluten-free section of your grocery store. Check out 15 Vegan and Gluten-Free Desserts You Won’t Believe Are Made Using Almond Flour for a bunch of awesome options for this rockstar ingredient.
We can probably guess what you’re thinking: chickpea flour? What exactly is that? It’s amazing, is what it is — especially if you’re gluten-free, gluten intolerant, or just plain cutting back on processed flours. Although the concept of flour made from beans might sound foreign, chickpea flour is a gateway to all sorts of delicious food. But first, let’s learn a little more about it with Chickpea Flour: How to Use This High-Protein, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free Flour The Right Way!
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