Alternative Flours: When and How to Use them

Alternative Flours: When and How to Use them

White flour isn’t the healthiest. We all know that. Though mastering a recipe with an alternative flour, we believe here that the benefits of a healthier flour are well worth it. You’ll see in our list that many of the alternative flours here contain nutrients that white flour just … well, doesn’t.

But other flours just don’t produce the same end result, am I right? Well, they can get pretty darn close, if only you know how to use them. Which now you will.

Coconut Flour

Alternative Flours: When and How to Use them

This alternative flour has become super popular recently amongst health-conscious foodies. It’s high in fibre and low in carbs. It’s also extremely absorbent. That means you don’t have to use as much coconut flour as you would white flour and you need to add more liquids.

How to use this alternative flour:

  • reduce amount of coconut flour overall — 1/4 or 1/3 for every cup of white flour
  • best to use established recipes (because it can be hard to figure out the ratios!)

Recipes to try!

Tapioca Flour

Alternative Flours: When and How to Use them

Tapioca flour is made from a starch from the cassava plant. It’s a white flour alternative because it’s one of the few flours that maintain a chew (as opposed to just a crumble) in baked goods. It’s also typically used as a thickener, so it can go anywhere a white flour would go in cooking.

How to use this alternative flour:

  • in baking, combine with other flours (like coconut) to avoid gumminess

Recipe to try!

Almond Flour

Alternative Flours: When and How to Use them

This is a super popular alternative flour. Almond flour, despite popular belief, is just ground up almonds. Only. That means you’re not going to get that soft cushy texture from almond flour. This alternative flour is quite a bit grainier so you’ll want to sift it before adding it to anything that requires a finer texture, like cakes. In baked goods, using almond flour will generally yield a heavier, denser result.

How to use this alternative flour:

  • sift first
  • add more raising agent (baking powder or soda) to account

Recipes to try!

Rye Flour

Alternative Flours: When and How to Use them

Rye is another great alternative flour that also receives a lot of attention from health-conscious people. It’s full of nutrients like manganese and phosphorus, as well as slow digesting fibre. That means rye makes you stay fuller longer. Rye has a more robust flavour than the other alternative flours on this list, so it’s best paired with other strong flavours. It’s also an extremely good option for bread, as I’m sure you’ve heard of rye bread.

How to use this alternative flour:

  • reduce amount when substituting for white flour
  • add more raising agent (yeast)

Recipes to try! 

Chickpea Flour

Alternative Flours: When and How to Use them

Also called garbanzo bean flour, this alternative flour is really popular in Middle Eastern and Indian cooking. It’s full of protein, fibre, and iron (it is basically chickpeas). It isn’t completely flavourless, like white flour, it works best when paired with other strong flavours. But there are a lot of existing recipes that take advantage of the unique flavour from the chickpeas, which are totally worth checking out too!

How to use this alternative flour:

  • in sweet baked goods, combine with other flours
  • pair with strong flavours, like cocoa

Recipes to try!

Tell us:

[quote_center]What’s your favourite alternative flour?[/quote_center]

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