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This easy-to-make paleo flour blend works beautifully as a cup-for-cup replacement for all-purpose flour in many dessert recipes!
Are you as addicted to baking as I am? Are you also, like me, trying to eat healthier food without spending all day and night in the kitchen? This paleo flour blend is for you. When you bake grain-free, you can make delicious treats without all the guilt and gluten.
When I stay gluten-free, I have more energy and fewer tummy problems. Even if you’re not technically gluten-intolerant, you may still feel better without it! I also bet your hips will thank you.
To save time in the kitchen, this flour blend creates a one-stop-shop for gluten-free baking: you measure once and get the benefits of three grain-free flours in precise balance with each other. If you haven’t tried baking without grains yet, whip up a batch of this flour blend! Then start experimenting, and see who you can fool. I bet you’ll be hearing, “I can’t believe this is gluten-free!” in no time.
I like to make my baked goods with a combination of almond flour, tapioca starch (also known as tapioca flour), and coconut flour. The almond flour lends flavor and richness, the tapioca starch adds lightness and helps with browning, and the coconut flour helps achieve a cake-like texture.
I’ve been experimenting with the best ratio for these three flours, and have settled upon 3:2:1–three parts almond flour, 2 parts tapioca starch, and 1 part coconut flour.
Once you have the right quantities, the next step is to sift the three flours together to make a blend, so that you only need to measure my flour once to make a recipe. You can of course make any amount of this flour blend by following the 3:2:1 ratio; the recipe below will make about four cups.
You can start by using this flour blend in these molten chocolate cakes (pictured above)–just use 6 tablespoons of the blend instead of the smaller quantities of each type of flour. Next you can use it in these Mexican brownies!
I’m experimenting with substituting this flour blend cup-for-cup for all-purpose flour in regular recipes, and will update this post to reflect which recipes I’ve had success with. I can’t guarantee that this will be an effective flour substitute in every case, but it’s a great place to start. If this blend works for you with a particular recipe, leave a comment with a link below so others can try it, too!
Update: I used this blend instead of all-purpose flour in this blondie recipe from Smitten Kitchen with great results! I also used coconut sugar instead of brown sugar, but other than that I followed the recipe exactly.
Note: I haven’t tested substitutions for this recipe, but some readers have, so try searching the comments if you have a question!
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- Measure two cups of almond flour, and sift it*.
- Add the tapioca starch and coconut flour, and fluff with a fork to combine.
- Sift the mixture two or three times to evenly distribute the flours.
- If you're not planning on baking with the flour blend within a few days, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It should last for several months, but may not taste its best past the expiration date of your almond flour.
*Finely-ground almond flour is best here. If there's just a teaspoon or so in the sieve after sifting, you can discard those coarse bits and proceed. If you're using a coarser flour, there may be more left in the sieve. In that case, you have two options. You can either grind that almond flour in a spice grinder until finely ground (don't go too far or it will turn into almond butter) and then sift it again, or measure the coarse almond flour left in the strainer, discard it, and add that much more (from your bag of almond flour) to the strainer. After doing one of those two things, you should only have about a teaspoon of coarse flour left in the strainer, which you can then just discard.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 611 Total Fat: 38g Saturated Fat: 11g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 25g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 7mg Carbohydrates: 61g Fiber: 10g Sugar: 5g Protein: 13g
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