Everybody loves treats and baked goods, but some people are allergic to gluten and this makes it more difficult for them to enjoy foods such as breads, pastas, and tasty desserts, like apple pies, pancakes, french toast, or muffins. These days, gluten is in everything, and in order to do it right (so that you don’t risk digestive issues, allergies, or upsets), you’ve got to do it yourself! Luckily, a few great brands have been created in the marketplace to help solve this very distasteful problem. I went out and tried a few blends of gluten-free flour mixes. I also did a bit of research on the blends on the internet, and did my own little baking and taste test!
Gluten-Free Flour Brands
Amongst the most recommended brands, I really liked these brands the most:
In order to make my decisions on what brands actually created baking products that I loved to eat, were healthy to eat, and that tasted good, I went through these considerations: their glycemic index (ability to absorb the carbohydrates and sugars into the bloodstream at a steady rate so that it doesn’t put stress on the circulatory system), the allergy free combination (ensuring that replacement ingredients are also not allergenic), the taste (Do I like the taste?), the texture (Does it taste fluffy, moist, and soft like regular bread?), the health of the grains (Does the grain provide necessary nutrients? Are the grains easy to digest?), the cost (Is the price affordable and does it give value?), and the performance (Is the flour mix easy to work with and does it create great results in baking?).
1. Cup4Cup Gluten-Free Flour Blend
Out of all these factors, the top six brands I listed performed the best in all of the above-mentioned considerations. The brand that performed the best was my first recommendation, the Cup4Cup Gluten Free Flour Blend.
I like this brand because of their commitment to not compromise taste for nutrition, or vice versa. I also liked that in creating this blend, the chefs and bakers in their kitchens were thoughtful of how to make a blend that was easy to use, and that created a great soft texture when producing baked goods. The gluten free flour blend is a perfect example of this balance between taste and nutrition because it not only tastes good when used for baking, but it includes a nutrient dense formula including golden flaxseeds, fibre from rice bran, omega 3 fatty acids, and whole grains in every serving. The ingredients for this blend include: rice flour (brown and white), ground golden flaxseed, rice bran, and xanthan gum. I liked this brand the most for baking their traditional banana bread recipe which had a soft texture, and which melted in my mouth. This brand scored a 5 out of 5 in all of the considerations mentioned above.
2. Better Batter Gluten-Free Flour
I also really liked the Better Batter brand! One of the first, and still the best – cup for cup, free of the top 11 allergens (milk, egg, peanut, tree nut, wheat, soy, fish, crustacean/shellfish, mustard, sesame, sulphites), corn free, GMO free, kosher (OU pareve), & vegan appropriate. Their gluten free flour can be used on any regular recipe without additional ingredients or weird instructions. So pull out your old cookbooks, and get your baking back. This brand is mentioned a lot in the gluten-free community, I highly recommend giving it a try. There is a reason it has a 4.5+ star rating on Amazon.
3. Bob’s Red Mill Flour Blend
Next, I enjoyed Bob’s Red Mill (Gluten Free) Flour blend. Bob’s Red Mill blend scored a noticeable 5/5 in the glycemic index since it’s ingredients include: fava bean flour, tapioca flour, potato starch, sorghum flour, and garbanzo bean flour.This gluten free brand was healthy to use for baking, was allergy free for me, and it tasted good. This brand did not perform as well as the first recommended brand, but did very well in the area of making delicious and nutritious pancakes. Overall, Bob’s Red Mill Flour is a well-loved favourite amongst the gluten-free community and this brand’s standards for nutrition, natural goodness, and high taste, are kept at a very high standard and a reliable level.
4. Gluten Free Mama’s Almond Blend
My next recommended brand was Gluten Free Mama’s Almond Blend. I really enjoyed this brand’s gluten-free flour mix because of this brand’s commitment to great texture, great taste, and to a high level of quality. This brand scores a 5/5 in the hypoallergenic area, as the brand was instigated by a mother whose daughter was highly allergic to wheat and gluten. Gluten Free Mama’s blend includes the ingredients of: white rice flour, tapioca flour, potato starch flour, almond meal, and sweet rice flour. I enjoyed baking with this brand, and I enjoyed the recipes it came with, but I found the flour itself to be slightly too sweet for my tastes.
5. Glutino All Purpose Flour Blend
My next recommendation was the Glutino All Purpose Flour Blend. The best thing about this blend was the price online. While I’m not sure about how much the department grocery stores would mark up on their prices, the online price is quite reasonable. The Glutino blend is made with similar but different ingredients including: tapioca, rice flour, rice protein, starch, guar gum, and salt. This blend created breads that had a pebbly surface, a good taste, a nutritious healthy bite, but it fell short a slight bit for 4/5 on it’s dense texture for baking breads. Overall this is still an excellent brand to use for baking, especially for sweets and small desserts.
6. King Arthur Flour All Purpose Baking Mix
Finally, my last top 6 gluten free flour recommendations brand, was the King Arthur Flour All-Purpose Baking Mix. This is also a well-loved brand. I liked this brand the most for it’s versatility. It did well and performed well while baking bread, pancakes, cupcakes, or pies. This brand did well with nutritional density as well. The mix included 20 g of grains per serving, a serving of fibre, and portion of the daily recommended intake for calcium and iron. This brand was a little bit pricey, but well worth the money for the taste and performance. I really liked their commitment to health and to the gluten free community by making their product on the Certified Gluten Free list, and by being kosher as well.
What is your favorite gluten-free flour brand? Let us know below in the comments!