Do you ever feel like eating gluten-free is more difficult these days? It’s so much easier to go without something you really want, or even worse, eat something that might not be totally free of gluten. The availability of gluten-free products is limited to your regular supermarket or local health foods stores. Even when you do manage to find what you need, it can be frustratingly expensive.
All hope is not lost; you are not alone, and food industries are always evolving to meet the needs and desires of the customer.
Meanwhile, we can take things into our own hands. If you like to cook and bake, we’ve got you covered. Below, you’ll find some background on gluten and get information for creating your own gluten free all purpose flour recipe. This way, you never have to depend on a store for your flour again.
What is gluten, and why shouldn’t people eat it?
Gluten is a protein in grains including wheat, rye and barley. As a result, it can be found in a lot of food products, particularly bread. Some people have trouble digesting this protein, and even have allergic reactions to it. Celiac disease, for example, is a gastrointestinal disorder with uncomfortable symptoms like abdominal cramping and diarrhea. Gluten can irritate the intestines in people with this problem, and thus the issue is treated with a gluten-free diet.
To eat or not to eat
There are many naturally gluten-free foods and products available for you. Fruits, vegetables, meats, and other fresh products are generally safe for a gluten-free diet. The trouble lies mostly in foods made of processed wheat and grains such as baked goods. The Mayo Clinic, as well as many other reliable sources of information on health and wellness, provides lists of foods that are both edible and inedible for consumers on gluten-free programs.
Making it available
A gluten free diet can be difficult to maintain; you may not realize how many of your favorite, and most basic, everyday foods contain gluten until you begin your research.
So, what can you do?
Well, you can begin by finding ways to make your own gluten free recipes, particularly for your most common necessities, such as a gluten free all purpose flour recipe. Since all-purpose flour is one of those fundamentals that makes finding gluten-free foods so difficult, making your own can take some of the uncertainty out of cooking and eating on a special diet.
Making your own gluten-free flour is not as difficult as it may seem at first. The apparent infinite possibilities for mixtures and recipes can appear daunting. But, there are many resources to help you get started, or that will supply you with all the information you need to make your flour.
Begin by researching; there are many naturally gluten-free flours available for purchase, such as whole grain flours like brown rice flour, buckwheat flour, corn flour, and oat flour.
White flours and starches include, but are not limited to, cornstarch, potato flour, potato starch, and white rice flour.
There are also nut flours like almond flour, chestnut flour, and hazelnut flour.
Gluten-free flour is typically a combination of various flours and powders that allow you to bake and cook with the often the same results as regular, all-purpose flour.
Here’s a sample gluten free all purpose flour recipe
This recipe makes approximately 2 cups of flour. We’re keeping it small so you can test it out in a recipe and make sure you like it before making a larger batch:
- 1 cup white or brown rice flour
- 1/3 cup tapioca starch
- 2/3 cup potato starch
- 2 TSP xanthan gum
- 1/4 TSP salt (optional)
Mix all the ingredients together and you’re done!
A note about gluten free flour
It’s important to note that not all combinations work in all types of baking; the idea of an exact gluten-free replacement for all-purpose flour does not exist. The Gluten-Free-Girl suggests mixing 40% whole grain and 60% white flours and starches for an all-purpose combination. I’ve had great success with that ratio, however, the individual types of flours to mix are up to you. Not all combinations will work exactly the same.
Nut flours, for example, are fatty like their source. So, if you are looking to bake a gluten-free pie crust, or many other recipes that require baking, a nut flour may not work well at all. Taste is something to be considered as well. Different flours have different flavors, so just because a mix calls for a whole grain flour doesn’t mean that just any whole grain flower will taste good in the recipe.
We hope this information helps you come up with your own gluten free all purpose flour recipe. In my opinion, this is one of the most crucial staples to have in your kitchen because it gives you access to an endless supply or recipes. Enjoy!
(Note: If you don’t have time to bake, check out gluten free bread list page for tasty sandwich bread options.)[signup id=”1049″]