The Beginner’s Guide to Gluten Free Flours

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Gluten Free Flour Guide

Today I am happy to be sharing my beginner’s guide to gluten free flours on Potluck at Oh My Veggies! Potluck is a new vegetarian cooking community started by the lovely Kiersten of Oh My Veggies, I have been having such a  great time checking out the new site and cannot wait to see what else Kiersten has in store for us in the future. I know that all of you will love the constant stream of vegetarian inspiration that will be coming from Potluck and am so honored to be a regular contributor there in the future. 

As the proud daughter of a pastry chef, I always felt like I had a handle on all things baking related. I could whip up a mean batch of cupcakes or a fancy tart no problem, but when we transitioned to a completely gluten-free diet I had to relearn everything. To say I was intimidated by all of the flour choices is an understatement and when I learned that I had to create custom blends and use ingredients like xanthan gum and arrowroot powder I thought that I would never bake again. 

Fast forward 2 years and I can honestly say that I still consider myself to be on the “learning curve”. In no way am I a gluten-free flour aficionado, but I have learned quite a bit through trial and error. I was very fortunate to find a group of gluten-free blogs that I really enjoyed pretty early on in our journey. These ladies sent out daily gluten-free baking inspiration to my inbox and really gave me the push I needed to start experimenting for myself again. 

Consider this post a beginner’s guide to gluten-free flours; we will briefly cover whole grain flours, white flours and starches, bean flours, and nut flours. I am only covering types of flours that are readily available and that I have actually tested myself. Most all of these flours can be found at your local health food store, well stocked grocery, or through reputable sites like Bob’s Red Mill, Nuts.com, or King Arthur Flour. You will also notice as you read through some of the inspirational recipes listed here that a lot of them use 2 or 3 of the  ingredients listed in this guide and blend them together to achieve a superior gluten-free baked good. Although blending flours isn’t always necessary it is a skill that every gluten-free baker should learn. I have included a small section at the end of this guide with recipes that blend two of my favorite gluten free flours, almond and coconut, together. 

So take a moment and check out the collages below of the amazing baked goods that you can make with gluten-free flours and then head over to Potluck  to get the details on each category and the 10 different types of flour used in this round up of recipes. Prepare to be inspired to bake with gluten free flours!! 

Gluten Free Whole Grain Flours {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree
Gluten Free Whole Grain Flours
Gluten Free White Flour & Starches {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree
Gluten Free White Flour & Starches
Gluten Free Bean Flours {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree
Gluten Free Bean Flours
Gluten Free Nut Flours {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree
Gluten Free Nut Flours

 

10 Comments

    1. Meg October 21, 2013 at 1:39 pm

      Thanks Cassie! What a great recipe. I love that you used garbanzo, coconut, and almond flour!

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  1. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies October 21, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    I’m so excited to have you writing for Potluck! This post was so helpful–I learned so much! 🙂

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    1. Meg October 21, 2013 at 8:02 pm

      I am so excited to be working with you too!! I am glad you liked the post:)

      Reply
  2. mary March 16, 2014 at 10:01 am

    love this! It will take me a lifetime to learn all this, but it will be a treasured resource for me and my family.
    Our daughter developed a gluten intolerance (and GMO most likely) about a year ago, and finding information like this is nearly impossible.
    Many of my daughter’s friends are exhibiting the same symptoms and are gradually changing their diets also. I will definitely share this with many of their parents!
    Sincere gratitude!

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    1. Meg March 16, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      Mary,
      I am so glad that this guide will help you!! I am posting tutorials and guides like this every Monday so hopefully there will be more helpful information for you here in the future as well.:)

      Reply
  3. SUSAN Guzman September 1, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Hello just started eating Gluten Free hoping this will help me ,l’m a Diabetic
    Please l need help if you could l really appreciate it Thank You for your time.

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    1. Meg September 2, 2014 at 7:56 am

      Hi Susan, I am happy to help in any way possible. My grandfather is diabetic so I understand what you are going through. Feel free to ask questions in the comments on our site and I will do my best to answer them.

      Reply
  4. Myrna April 21, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Is it possible to print out “The Beginner’s Guide…”? I am new to gluten free and this would be a tremendous asset to my search for understanding how to bake gluten free. I am an experienced cook/baker but am finding the info quite bewildering. Many thanks. Myrna

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    1. Meg April 22, 2015 at 10:12 am

      If you click through to the Potluck website I would imagine you could print it from there 🙂

      Reply

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