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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 guarantee 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–just use 6 tablespoons of the blend instead of the smaller quantities of each type of flour. I also used this blend to make a delicious coffee cake this morning–stay tuned for that recipe later this week! 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.
Treat yourself to small batch of paleo-friendly, grain-free vanilla bean cupcakes with mocha buttercream! They’re made with coconut flour, so they’re also nut free.
It’s strange not to be getting a classroom set up this time of year. To get my classroom layout fix, I went to help my friend set up her room. She’ll be teaching kindergarten, and her space is amazing! Her classroom has its own coatroom with a full length cubby for each kid, plus a bathroom. The room has lots of windows on two sides, tons of built-in storage, and TWO sinks at the back–one kid height and one regular. On top of all that, the building is air conditioned! In six years of teaching, I definitely never had it that good.
Ingredients (adapted from Annie’s Eats; makes 36 small but thick bars):
For the crust and topping:
1 and 1/2 cups coconut flour
1 and 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons almond flour
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons maple sugar (granulated)
1/4 teaspoon salt
Zest of one lemon
18 tablespoons grass-fed cold butter
1 cup sliced almonds, lightly crushed
For the filling:
1 cup grass-fed milk or coconut milk
1 and 3/4 cup maple sugar
1/2 cup coconut flour
Juice of one lemon
1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
3 and 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
Preheat the oven to 350. Line a 9×13 pan with tinfoil and grease it lightly. To make the crust, combine the flours, sugar, salt, and lemon zest in a food processor (or by hand in a large bowl). Cut the butter into cubes and pulse until the mixture is uniform. If you’re not using the food processor, it’s easiest to mix the dough with your hands. Reserve about 3/4 cup of the mixture to serve as the topping. Press the rest of it into an even layer in the bottom of the pan. Bake for about 12 minutes, until golden brown.
To make the topping, add the crushed sliced almonds to the reserved dough and mix until combined.
To make the filling, whisk together all ingredients except the blueberries until smooth. Gently stir in the blueberries.
When the crust is baked, let it cool for 10-15 minutes, leaving the oven on. Then, pour the filling over, sprinkle the topping evenly over the filling, and bake for about 45 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the middle is just set. Cool completely before cutting–it helps to put them in the refrigerator to firm up. Slice into squares or rectangles and enjoy!