Gluten Free Desserts
and Gluten Free Flour Mix

Gluten free desserts can be made by creating your very own gluten free flour mix with the numerous choices of gluten free flour alternatives that exist today because of the gluten free movement.

You can create a gluten free flour mix using a few of the following grains or create a gluten free flour mix that's grain free.  It's really up to your taste buds and individual preference.

You'll also learn about where hidden gluten may be hiding in your favorite desserts.  Most pre-packaged desserts will contain some form of gluten or hidden gluten which can be a big problem for the gluten intolerant.


Gluten Free Flour Mix Alternatives

  • Organic White Rice Flour
  • Sweet Rice or Glutinous Rice Flour
  • Tapioca Starch or Flour
  • Arrowroot Powder or Flour
  • Unmodified Potato Starch
  • Organic Cornstarch
  • Sprouted Brown Rice Flour
  • Sprouted Sorghum Flour
  • Sprouted Millet Flour
  • Sprouted Amaranth Flour
  • Organic Teff Flour
  • Organic Sprouted Oat Flour
  • Sprouted Garbanzo Bean Flour
  • Sprouted Corn Flour
  • Sprouted Quinoa Flour
  • Organic Mung Bean Flour
  • Organic Banana Flour
  • Sprouted Buckwheat Flour
  • Organic Fine Almond Flour
  • Organic Hazelnut Flour
  • Fine Coconut Flour
  • Organic Chestnut Flour
  • Organic Yam Flour
  • Organic Sweet Potato Flour

As you can see there are many gluten free alternatives to choose from to create your very own gluten free flour mix.  However, in the beginning you may want to purchase gluten free flour mixes at your local grocery stores or local health food stores

Most health food stores will have a gluten free section and carry many different brands of a gluten free flour mix for you to try.  Even the big grocery stores like Costco will carry a gluten free flour mix these days.  That's if your looking for a really big bag of gluten free flour mix - lol. 

Gluten Free Flour Mix - Basic

  • 300 Grams of Sweet Rice Flour
  • 300 Grams of Unmodified Potato Starch (strain with a sieve)
  • 200 Grams of Sprouted "Whole Grain" Sorghum Flour
  • 200 Grams of Sprouted "Whole Grain" Millet Flour

Mix with a wire whisk and store in an airtight container.  Makes 8 cups of gluten free flour.

This can be your all purpose flour for gluten free muffins, cupcakes, cookies, pie crusts, and cakes.

40% whole grain flours mixed with 60% starches or white rice flour will create a gluten free flour that has a protein to starch profile similar to wheat flour.

However, it is the gluten in wheat flour that gives it elasticity and body. 

These properties will always be missing in gluten free flours.

Gluten Free Flour Mix with Xanthan Gum

  • 1 cup Sprouted "Whole Grain" Oat Flour
  • 1 1/2 cups Unmodified Potato Starch
  • 1/2 cup Organic Coconut Flour
  • 1/2 cup Sprouted Organic Corn Flour
  • 1/2 cup Tapioca Flour
  • 3 tsp. Premium Xanthan Gum

Mix in a bowl and store in a zip lock bag or other airtight container. 

Store flour mix in fridge to keep fresh longer.

Xanthan gum is a gluten free product.  Xanthan gum is widely used as a thickening and stabilizing agent in gluten free desserts.

A little bit of Xanthan gum can be used as a wheat gluten replacement as it forms a sticky gel when combined with a liquid.

Gluten Free Dessert - Pie Crust

Gluten Free Dessert - Paleo Chocolate Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cup Gluten Free Flour Mix or White Rice Flour
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1/4 lb. or 1 Stick of Cold Unsalted Grass Fed Butter (cut into small pieces)
  • 1 Large Pastured Egg
  • 1 Tbsp. of Cold Water

Use this crust to make a variety of gluten free pies.

Instructions:

  1. Sift flour and salt together into a bowl.
  2. Add the cold butter pieces and blend with flour until a crumbly dough forms.
  3. Add in the egg - mix.  Then evenly add in the cold water. 
  4. Knead dough with fingers until dough forms easily into a ball - do not overwork dough.
  5. Wrap the dough ball in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour or overnight.
  6. Allow dough to soften a little before rolling dough out for pie crust.

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup of Organic Coconut Flour
  • 1/2 cup Blanched Almond Flour
  • 2 tsp. Gluten Free Baking Powder
  • 1/2 cup Fermented Raw Cacao Powder
  • 13.5 oz Full Fat Coconut Milk
  • 4 Large Pastured Eggs
  • 2 tsp. Organic Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup Organic Honey or Pure Maple Syrup

Instructions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Sift the coconut flour, almond flour, cacao powder, and baking powder into a large bowl.  Mix dry ingredients together.
  3. Blend the coconut milk, sweetener, eggs, and vanilla for 15 seconds.
  4. Slowly combine the wet ingredients with the dry until texture resembles a mousse.
  5. Pour batter into a square baking dish lined with greased baking paper and bake for 45 to 50 min.
  6. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Gluten Free Desserts using Coconut Flour

I have made a lot of gluten free/grain free breads, muffins, and cakes in the last few years. 

And my favorite paleo or grain free flour is coconut flour.  I just prefer the texture of coconut flour over almond flour when baking grain free desserts.

Coconut flour is also much lower in phytic acid and oxalic acid (oxalates) than almond flour which means better health and digestion for you.

Use bananas, apples, or zucchini for added moisture and sweetness in your coconut flour recipes.

Coconut flour absorbs 3 times the liquid of almond flour or white flour, so you'll have to include enough eggs and moisture when using coconut flour in your gluten free desserts.

Also, mixing coconut flour, almond flour, and other gluten free flours can create interesting textures in your gluten free desserts.

Avoid these Ingredients in Gluten Free Desserts

Hidden Gluten Sources

  • Starch & Modified Starch
  • Modified Food Starch
  • Vegetable Gum
  • Maltodextrin
  • Malt Extract
  • Caramel Color
  • Colorings & Flavorings
  • Emulsifiers & Gluten Stabilizers
  • Hydrolyzed Plant Protein
  • Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein
  • Texturized Vegetable Protein
  • Preservatives

Gluten Flours

  • Wheat Flour
  • Wholemeal Flour
  • Graham Flour
  • Gluten Flour
  • Harina Flour
  • Flour
  • Bleached Flour
  • Unbleached Flour
  • Bread Flour
  • Enriched Flour
  • Enriched White Flour

If any of these "hidden gluten" sources are in your desserts, you may be consuming gluten even if the product says it's gluten free. Be sure to always question or avoid any or all of these food additives if you are trying to avoid gluten.  And stay away from gluten flours.

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