3 Flour Substitutes That Taste Just As Good As The Regular Stuff

BRB, busting out the muffin tins.


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Out with plain ol’ all-purpose flour, in with happenin’ flour substitutes. It seems like everyone is baking with ancient grains and other fake flours—but are they really worth it?

“Alternative flours can be used as substitutes for regular wheat flour if you have an allergy or intolerance to wheat flour, or if you just want to add more variety to your diet” says Abby Langer, registered dietician.​

These flour substitutes are typically made with foods like almonds, coconut, or even beans that are ground up to resemble the texture and consistency of flour. And Langer says they can add different nutrients (as well as slightly different flavours) to your cooking. “Almond flour, which is one of my favourites, has more protein than all-purpose wheat flour and gives a nutty flavor,” she says.

One thing to note: Since flour substitutes aren’t quite the same texture-wise as flour (duh), you​ usually can’t do a straight swap, Langer says. You might have to do a little math ~shudders~ to get that conversion right. “I recommend that you research the substitution ratios for alternative flour before using it in a recipe that’s meant for regular flour,” Langer says. You’ll often find this information on the back of the package of alterna-flour you want to use. ​

Nutrient-rich and allergen-friendly, these three particular flour substitutes have taken over our cabinets—and hearts.

Almond flour

Nature’s Choice Gluten-Free Almond Flour, R119 from Faithful-to-Nature

Hey, bakers! Sub in two cups of blanched flour for every one cup of white to score a nutty, sweet flavor that’s perfect for treats. It’s a solid source of calcium and magnesium (the latter helps you absorb the former). Use unblanched for “breading” on chicken or fish.

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​Chickpea flour

Doves Farm Gluten Free Chickpea Flour, R70, Faithful-to-Nature

Protein-packed (about 21 grams per cup!) and high in fibre, this gluten-free powder stars in savory dishes thanks to an earthy flavour from its bean roots. Swap in for white flour when preparing meatballs or veggie burgers—all that protein makes for a super strong food-binding agent.

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​Spelt flour

Komati Foods Organic Spelt Flour, R113, Faithful-to-Nature

This ancient grain is a variety of wheat, so it contains gluten, but fewer of the hard-to-digest carbs called fructans. As such, it’s a better option for those who avoid gluten but don’t have celiac disease. Unlike gluten-free flours, spelt offers a hearty and fibrous bite for doughy things like pizza crust.

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