Most people think that when you go ‘gluten free’, that you have to give up having delicious foods including, breads and desserts. While it’s true that gluten free flour can never truly replace regular flour – you don’t have to sacrifice taste or texture if you substitute with the right ingredients.
I hate recipes that claim to be ‘gluten free’ but when you try to make them, they come out grainy, dry & flavorless. No wonder people turn up their noses at gluten free foods… I can’t even get myself to eat them! And if you hadn’t noticed, many pre-packaged ‘all-purpose’ gluten free flours out there are expensive! My favorite brand of gluten free flour is King Arthur’s, but at nearly $8 for one box or 4 cups (24 ounces), that wasn’t going to work. This costs me less than $12 per batch, but it makes 18+ cups of flour!
With 3 little ones eating gluten free and several friends who also can’t have gluten, I had to find a way to bake again! Below you’ll find my version of an ‘All Purpose Gluten Free Flour Mixture’ that you can use cup for cup in many traditional recipes. However, most recipes that call for regular flour, may have to be modified so you can achieve the best results.
Over time, I plan to upload all of my gluten free recipes – including: Gluten Free Soft White Bread, Pizza Crust, Hamburger Buns, Pie Crust, Zucchini Bread, Cookies, Muffins, Waffles & More! With this gluten free flour recipe, you can enjoy baking again!
With as much as I enjoy cooking these treats, I still prefer to eat as much raw & whole food as possible and try to keep a healthy ratio of fruits & veggies to baked food. The key to any good diet is moderation… if we can just remember that, I think an occasional baked treat should be enjoyed without guilt.
I buy all of my ingredients from Amazon.com (links below) where I use their free Subscribe & Save program to save an extra 20%. With free shipping right to my door, it makes the ingredients substantially cheaper for me then buying them from the store.
The special tools featured in this recipe are:
- Large Mixing Bowl, Whisk & Measuring Spoons
- 5L Glass Storage Jar with Snap Lid – LOVE THESE – they hold 169 fluid ounces!!
Here is a list of the flours needed to make my flour blend & airtight storage jar that holds exactly one batch:
If you don’t already have a VitaMix or Excalibur Dehydrator, I strongly encourage you to check out what these machines are capable of! For more information about VitaMix you can go directly to the VitaMix website. For free shipping, be sure to use: Coupon Code: 06-004166
- 1 Bag (24 oz or 4.25 Cups) Brown Rice Flour
- 1 Bag (24 oz or 4.25 Cups) White Rice Four
- 1 Bag (24 oz or 4.25 Cups) Sweet Rice Flour
- 1 Bag (20 oz or 4.5 Cups) Tapioca Flour (aka Tapioca Starch)
- 2½ TBSP (0.8 oz) Xanthan Gum
- (this is the gluten replacer - you can often get it cheaper at Vitacost - one bag will make 10 batches, so be sure to store remainder in an airtight container)
- Pour all of the ingredients into an extra large bowl and mix until well incorporated - this will take about 3-5 minutes with a whisk. Do not skimp on the mixing... otherwise, the ingredients will not be blended appropriately and will not achieve the same results.
- Store flour in an airtight container. My favorite storage jars are these 5L Glass Jars with Snap Lids - they fit a batch of this flour perfectly!
I use Bob's Red Mill for all the ingredients. Of course, you can always grind your own flours in the VitaMix, but it can be very difficult to duplicate the smooth texture of stone ground.
If you are sensitive to the Tapioca Flour/Starch, you can replace it with Potato Starch (NOT Potato flour).