If you are embarking upon a journey of trying your hand at flourless baking, then you may need to re-stock your pantry in order to prepare. Filling your pantry with flourless alternatives is a bit different from a ‘traditionally’ stocked baking pantry.
Although there are many alternatives to wheat flour, for our purposes, we’re sticking with non-flour ingredients. Let’s have a look at some of the things you will need to get yourself going:
- Black or White Beans, Garbanzo beans (drained, rinsed and pureed) when substituting for flour. Use 1 cup of bean puree (about a 15 oz can) instead of 1 cup of flour, when baking.
- Rolled Oats offer a nutty taste and course texture. Oats can be used instead of flour in muffin recipes. Use 1 cup of oats for every 1 cup of all-purpose flour. You may also need to add 1 or 2 teaspoons of baking powder or soda, per cup of oats. Ensure moisture from ingredients like eggs or mashed banana.
- Nuts can be ground and added to baked goods in place of flour. There is an incredible selection of nut flours available to us these days, even in most general supermarkets. Although, it is very satisfying to get hold of a mortar and pestle, and grind your own!
- Flaxseed is of course, the seeds of the flax plant. They have a deliciously nutty taste. The whole seeds need to be ground into meal for baking. A simple spice or coffee grinder can do this in seconds.
- Chocolate, Chocolate chips, Cocoa Powder. I don’t think I need to say too terribly much about this one … chocolate is a delectable, tried and true food that has withstood the tests of time.
- Eggs – and of course, free range organic is always best!
- Guar gum and xanthan gum are used in gluten-free cooking to bind, thicken and emulsify gluten-free ingredients.
- Corn Meal is a rich and delicious grainy meal which can be used in pancakes, muffins, cornbread and tortillas.
- Fruit purees such as applesauce and pumpkin.
- Seasonings to take things up a notch and spice them up!
- Almond Meal is ground almonds, good for flour substitute in muffins.
- Peanut Butter, generally a favorite amongst most family members.
- Baking Soda and Baking Powder
- Sugar, Brown Sugar, sugar substitute – to sweeten things up, of course.
- Molasses, Honey – to sweeten and rich-en things up!
- Unflavored Gelatin can be used as a binder, thickener and egg substitute when mixed with water.
- Millet is a seed with a rice-like texture when cooked. It can be used for cereal, a base in stews or for millet cakes.
- Pumpkin seed meal is a fabulous flour alternative that adds a nutty flavor.
- Sesame seed meal, which of course comes from ground sesame seeds.
- Sunflower seed meal is a flour alternative made from ground sunflower seeds.
- Chia seed meal is made from ground chia seeds. You will want to adjust liquid levels and cooking times when used in baking.
Whatever your reason for going flourless, experimenting and filling your pantry with alternate and substitute ingredients will give you a well-stocked arsenal to begin using flourless recipes! Have fun with it.