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My Favorite Gluten-free All-Purpose Flour Blends

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I cook and bake just the same as I did before going gluten-free, now replacing all-purpose flour with gluten-free all-purpose flour. I do have a few recipes that call for a variety of flours, and I’ll be sharing those too for those of you that like baking that way.

Why do I like using a good quality gluten-free all-purpose flour & why do I recommend it to others?  Several reasons:

  1. The number one reason why I like using a good quality gluten-free all-purpose flour is that I can use it in all of my old “gluten-full” recipes (except yeast breads) and get guaranteed great results.  I don’t have to follow special recipes or throw out all of my old family favorites. I can still bake from scratch like I use to, just swapping out the flour with this cup for cup replacement and adding xanthan gum when needed.
  2. I find that it is cheaper than buying a bunch of different flours and starches.  I’ll post some tips below on how I save on my favorite ones!  I also save because the results always turn out perfectly, whereas with throwing together my own mix of flours & starches, it usually takes several tries to get it just right, wasting time and money!  The ladies behind Gluten-free Mama and Jules have already found that perfect mix of flours & starches!  Why reinvent the wheel?
  3. It is such a relief to someone new to gluten-free if you can give them a bag of a very good gluten-free all-purpose mix and some xanthan gum and tell them that they can go home and make all the same cookie, brownie, muffin, etc. recipes they’ve always made!  I’m sure we can all remember how it felt to have to suddenly go gluten-free and you think you’ll never get to make your favorite things again.  Then you start looking at recipes online and they call for all of these flours and starches that you’ve never heard of before and it becomes overwhelming!

What I recommend you DON’T BUY:

  • Gluten-free flour blends that have a bunch of other stuff already added into them (like baking soda, baking powder, etc.)  If you use these, you won’t be able to use them in your old recipes, you’ll have to rely on following the recipes published by the company since you can’t control the amounts of those other ingredients.
  • Gluten-free all-purpose flour that is made with bean flours.  One word: YUCK!

There are probably a lot of good gluten-free flour blends out there.  It seems like everyone is coming out with one now.  I was lucky enough to have a mentor that introduced me to the some of the best ones right away, but I did also try several that were not great.  I have three favorites that I recommend.  No you don’t need to buy all three! You can just pick one or two.  I’d recommend picking either Gluten-free Mama or gfJules to start with.  You can use all of your same non-yeast recipes with them.

If you want to try yeast breads, those are a little more tricky converting to gluten-free.  Both Gluten Free Mama and gfJules have many recipes for yeast breads and I’d start with following those.  Then when you get the hang of it, you can definitely work at converting your old yeast bread recipes. While I do use the others in some yeast recipes, Maninis is the one I use most for yeast breads.  The main reason I like it, aside from the great results I get following their recipe for bread, is that it is a high fiber blend of wholesome flours.  As you may know, a gluten-free diet can be lacking in fiber, so using this bread in your baking will really help with that.  Amazingly, you’ll never know it is high in fiber from the taste or texture.  You cannot tell at all.  Right now, I just use this in my yeast breads, but you can definitely use it across the board in all of your baking as a cup for cup substitute. I’m going to be trying it out in more and more recipes so we can benefit from the high fiber.  It already contains xanthan gum, so you won’t need to buy that as well.  Here is a little breakdown on them.

gfJules All-Purpose Flour contains xanthan gum already in it, as does Maninis.  With Gluten Free Mama’s Blends, you will need to add xanthan gum along with the dry ingredients in your recipe. The usual ratio is 1/2 teaspoon for each 1 cup of flour.

How I save money on these flour blends:

  1. I save money buying Gluten-free Mama’s Flour Blends by buying them through the Subscribe and Save feature on Amazon.  I go through a lot of flour, so I have 2 big bags of flour auto-shipped to me every other month.  I’ve also heard of folks getting a good deal on Gluten Free Mama’s flour through Azure Standard but haven’t tried that out yet.
  2. If you’d like to try gfJules flour, or if you already are a fan, make sure you sign up for her e-mails.  She offers great deals, which is when I stock up! I also love the gluten-free oats she sells as they are like instant oats, which is a thinner oat great for baking.
  3. So far I haven’t found a way to save money on Maninis, but I do get a large 5lb bag of it for $19.99, and can usually make 8 loaves of bread with that bag.

 

 

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Anne Marie

Monday 10th of August 2015

I am allergic to rice. Is there a gluten-free flour blend you recommend for someone who can't have rice? It seems like all of the common blends are either bean-based, or contain rice flour.

noa azarzar

Sunday 16th of November 2014

Thank you so much for your help!!!!!!!

Angela

Thursday 18th of September 2014

I can substitute Namaste Perfect Flour Blend cup for cup in every recipe with superb results - try it!

Gee

Monday 19th of August 2013

have you tried the Better Batter flours? If you have, how do they rate?

Michelle Palin

Tuesday 20th of August 2013

I haven't used Better Batter but I know some people love it. It is pricier than the flour blends I use. I'm also a little wary of how the pectin in it would affect certain recipes.

Michelle

Saturday 12th of January 2013

Thanks so much for this helpful information! I have all of the flours that you have pictured, except I have never heard of "Maninis". I am going to try this year to get proficient at baking bread! (Ian even bought me g.f. bread machine for Christmas!) ...So a question about the Maninis flour, does it contain xanthan gum? I even went on their website and looked at the ingredients, and then looked through some bread recipes that they had, but still didn't find any. So just curious what holds it together? ~Thx! :)

Michelle @ My Gluten-free Kitchen.com

Saturday 12th of January 2013

Michelle, yes, Manini's does have xanthan gum. I definitely recommend you get it and it is so easy to make the bread in your bread machine! I will try to post about that this week. I make bread that way 3-4 times a week and it literally takes me about 10 minutes of work!

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