Having a gluten free child has been a bit of an adventure. There is definitely a learning curve involved and a whole new world of ingredients that I never knew existed before! Each time our gluten free girl comes home to visit from college I take on the challenge of trying out new recipes and ways to make food that is hopefully just as delicious as what we are eating and doesn’t make her feel like she is being cheated. That’s not always easy. Especially since she is also dairy free and meat free!
Over the holiday break my friend Tracy who is also gluten free shared with me this recipe for a gluten free flour mix. She said you could use it to replace flour in any recipe and you wouldn’t know you are eating gluten free. I have to admit I was a bit skeptical because I had yet to find any gluten free flour that when used didn’t have a different taste or different texture.
Well, I am excited to say that Tracy was right. This flour mix is amazing. I used it to make my new Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie (recipe next week) and aside from a very, very small texture issue that I am probably the only one that noticed since I am texture challenged the cookies were delicious. In fact, I had a hard time keeping the other family members away from the cookies so that Cali could get some. They kept asking, “are these really gluten free??”
I think, even my son who “only eats food with gluten in it” would like these cookies!!
So far I have only tried the flour mix in cookies but I can’t wait to give it a try in cakes, brownies and anything else I use flour in! It is used to replace the flour in a recipe equally – 1 cup gluten free flour mix equals 1 cup flour.
Most of these items can be found either in the bulk section or the baking section of your local grocery store. Depending on where you live you may have to visit a health food store to find some of them or order through Amazon. I am lucky enough to live in Portland, Oregon where Bob’s Red Mill is headquartered. They make many great gluten free products and specialty flours.
Just put all the ingredients together in a gallon size zippered plastic bag or or a airtight container and be sure and mix well.. It is then ready to use when you are ready to bake some gluten free goodness!
I’d love to hear what recipes you try the flour mix in!
- 1 C white rice flour
- 1 C oat flour
- 1 C coconut flour
- 1 C tapioca flour/starch
- 1/4 C cornstarch
- 3 1/2 tsp. xantham gum
Combine all ingredients together and make sure they are mixed well. Store in an airtight container and use as flour in any baking recipe.
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