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Using alternative flour can be a great way to add more nutrition to baked goods and breakfasts. But, if you’re used to using all-purpose flour, this guide is perfect for you! Here, you’ll learn a bit more about a few common flours and how to use them in beginner-friendly recipes. These recipes not only showcase the wide variety of meals and foods you can create by using different flours, but also allows you to experiment with flour you might have on hand.

These flours can all be found certified gluten-free and are wonderful to if you’re starting to experiment with gluten-free baking. However, not all the recipes listed are gluten-free.

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This week, we’re bringing delicious, fully vegan, and plant-based ways to explore alternative flours such as buckwheat, chickpea, and oat flour!

Buckwheat Flour

Vegan Waffles

Source: Hearty Buckwheat Waffles with Strawberries

Buckwheat flour, despite its name, doesn’t contain wheat. It’s a wonderful gluten-free flour to use when you’re looking to add a bit more protein and fiber to your meals. You may be familiar with other forms of buckwheat, such as soba noodles. Since this flour is gluten-free, it doesn’t rise and create the fluffiness that you may be used to in baked goods. Rather, this flour results in baked goods being a bit more dense and hearty.

Chickpea Flour

Chickpea flour omelette

Source: Chickpea Flour Omelette

Chickpea flour is another amazing, gluten-free flour to use! Chickpea flour is also known as garbanzo bean flour or besan flour. This flour is great when you’re looking to make a high-protein meal; you can make pancakes, tortillas, and muffins with chickpea flour. It’s also great for savory recipes, like quiche and omelets.

Oat Flour

Banana Oat Cranberry Bread

Source: Banana Oat Cranberry Bread

Oat flour is a simple flour that you easily make from rolled oats. If you’re gluten-free, be sure to use gluten-free oats. Oat flour can be made into a simple porridge or used in pancakes, waffles, brownies, and bread. Oats are incredibly versatile, so if you’re in a smaller space, you can make oat flour as you need it. These recipes are perfect to create if you’re new to making and using your own oat flour.

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