Your complete guide to gluten-free baking: types of flour

Ever wondered what type of flour can be used in gluten-free baking? We give you the full breakdown here. 

Oats:

Oats are brilliant in regulating blood sugar levels and are beneficial for lowering cholesterol. Make sure you opt for gluten-free oats, and they are prone to cross-contamination in the harvesting process.

Gram (chickpea):

Chickpea flour is perfect for savory recipes. It's high in protein, magnesium, and potassium. You can also use it in recipes calling for breadcrumbs.

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Amaranth:

This pseudocereal has a nutty taste and is perfect for pie crusts. Full of manganese, phosphorus, selenium, and protein, it's a treat for your health. 

Teff:

Teff is the smallest grain in the world. It also contains the highest amount of calcium among other grains. Harvesting may cause cross-contamination so look out for gluten-free label. You can also find pasta made from teff. Yum

Some gluten-free flours are perfect for sweet recipes

Buckwheat:

This delicious pseudo-grain is perfect for pancakes, crepes, and bread-making. It's full of health benefits due to its content of protein and fiber.

Arrowroot:

This flour, made from a tropical plant is usually mixed with other gluten-free flours and used in desserts. It's rich in iron, B vitamins, potassium and can support your immune system as well. 

Brown rice:

Useful for thickening and coating tofu, brown rice flour is high in protein, fiber, and a compound called lignan, which is believed to be beneficial for the heart.

Use these gluten-free flours

Corn:

Cornmeal works perfectly well in savory recipes. It contains high levels of antioxidants, carotenoid, selenium, and Vitamin B. What's not to love?

Tapioca:

Made from the cassava root, tapioca is a great ingredient used to thicken the flour. Its starch is believed to lower blood sugar levels. 

Tiger nut:

Despite its name, tiger nut is actually a root with a rather sweet taste, great for sweet recipes.  It's super high in fiber, vitamins C and E as well as iron and potassium. 

Peter O Brien

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