I totally take back what I said about mixes! After cooking with GF flour for the last 2 years, I can say it is SO much easier, and cheaper, to make my own flour mix!! I make a big batch and just store it in the fridge in a gallon Ziploc freezer bag.
Official Gluten Free Flour blend of AKA Wife
1 cup brown rice flour
1 cup tapioca flour/starch
1/2 cup almond meal
1 tsp xanthan gum
Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Store in a cool(preferably fridge) place in an air tight container
I did get this recipe from somewhere, but I seriously have ZERO idea where I got it from. I was surfacing one day and wrote it down in my notebook. I have tried to find where I got it from, but haven’t had any luck!
Ok, so I have heard a lot of people say “I never use Gluten-Free flour mixtures because I think it’s better to use individual flours depending on the recipe”. Well, that could be true in some instances, but I will tell you… as a mother of 3 it is just sooo much easier to have ready made flour on hand! It can also be daunting for those who are just starting eating gluten free.
For those just starting out, and are feeling intimidated I recommend buying a flour mixture to try a few recipes with. Then if you’re feeling comfortable giving making a mixture a try.
I have actually only tried one Gluten-Free mix, but I liked it so much I just kept getting it until I was comfortable to try making my own, and it always seemed to be one sale so why not!
Here are some you could try:
1) Gluten-Free Pantry All Purpose Flour – This is my mix of choice. I always keep one on hand for just in case purposes! I love how it works, and the flavor is really nice too!
Ingredients: White rice flour, potato starch, tapioca starch, guar gum, salt.
2) Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Flour – I have never tried it and for me Bob’s Red Mill can be a toss up. Though I do love some of their mixes, some of them I just don’t like at all!
Ingredients: garbanzo bean flour, potato starch, tapioca flour, whole grain sweet white sorghum flour, fava bean flour
3) Namaste Foods Perfect Flour Blend – I have heard about it, but have never tried any of their products as of yet.
Ingredients: Sweet brown rice flour, tapioca flour, arrowroot flour, sorghum flour, xanthan gum
4) King Arthur Multi-Purpose Flour – Again have not used this, but with that said I have used other King Arthur products(prior to going gluten free I used their wheat flour and loved it) and was very happy with them.
Ingredients: White rice flour, brown rice flour, tapioca starch, potato starch.
Those are some great options to pick from. For anyone in Canada you should have Gluten-Free Pantry flour up there(as it is made in Canada), as well as Kinnikinnick All Purpose Flour.
Once you are ready to give it a whirl here are some homemade mixes that were either given to me, or I have found.
Gluten-Free Flour Mix Recipes
Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour Mix #1 – found at GlutenFreeCookingSchool.com with alterations that were suggested according the ingredients I had
3 parts brown rice flour
3 parts corn starch
2 parts soy flour, sorghum flour or garfava(fava) flour
1 part masa harina
Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour Mix #2 – the above recipe but with changes as suggested on the above site.
(This is currently the one I use)
3 cups brown rice flour(though I only had white rice flour the first time I made it and I loved that too)
3 cups tapioca starch
2 cups fava flour
1 cup almond meal
**Note: When using either of the above two in a non Gluten-Free recipe, remember to add xanthan gum to aid in the binding and thickening process! My rule of thumb is normally 1 tsp of Xanthan or guar gum per 1 cup the recipe calls for. Add to dry ingredients or mix into your Gluten-Free flour before adding into the recipe.**
Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour Mix #3 – given to me by my aunt
2 cups rice flour
2 cups tapioca flour
4 tsp xanthan gum
I’ll be referencing this page a fair amount! I wanted to have it here so that you can reference it whenever you need!