If you’re looking for the best gluten free flour, you came to the right place. I love baking and I am obsessed with dessert. When I realized that I was gluten intolerant, I was so sad. It felt like so many of the foods I loved were going to be forbidden fruit to me, but finding good quality gluten free measure for measure flour changed all of that.
Having gluten free flour that subs in 1 for 1 with normal flour is one of the most empowering things as someone who has to eat gluten free. Suddenly, so many of the foods that you have to avoid at restaurants or that are not often sold as gluten free, are completely available to make at home. It’s life changing!
I am going to share the best gluten free flour for everything with you. After trying many different gluten free flours, I feel confident that I know which one is the best all purpose substitute, which flours NOT to use, and more.
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The best gluten free all purpose flour
The BEST gluten free flour… drumroll please!!!! IT’S A TIE!!!!! I know, how unsatisfying. No one likes a tie. But when it comes to baking, I think that a tie isn’t so bad. It just means more options.
The honorable title of Best Gluten Free All Purpose Flour goes to: Cup4Cup Gluten Free Flour and King Arthur Measure for Measure Gluten Free Flour. Let me tell you more about why.
Cup4Cup Multipurpose Gluten Free Flour
I love this one. This is the best gluten free flour because it is impossible to detect. It doesn’t have a taste, it doesn’t rise in a funky way, it is truly a perfect swap for regular all purpose flour. I don’t know how they did it, but it’s so good.
The reason that I tried this one is because I asked Sophia Roe on Instagram what flour she uses when she’s baking gluten free, and she recommended this one. She’s a professional chef who just won the James Beard award. So if it’s good enough for her, it’s good enough for me.
King Arthur Measure for Measure Gluten Free Flour
This one is also so good. I use it all the time. It’s easy to find at grocery stores and it works beautifully well. It bakes very well and they keep making the formula better and better. It’s a super reliable flour. I love how it bakes and it’s been a go to for me for over a year.
Something else that’s important to me is having a flour that not only bakes well, but also cooks well. I use my gluten free flour the same way that I would use all purpose flour. I use it to make breaded chicken, I fry food with it, I coat things with it. I really test the limits of these flours because I use them so much. I have never been disappointed with how this flour holds up.
The Gluten Free Flour that I avoid using
Okay, I have used other Bob’s Red Mill products that have been good, but I am not a fan of the Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1:1 flour. It will still get the job done, but I don’t think it rises super well in baked goods like banana bread, and I don’t like the texture or taste very much. It’s a little bit grittier and heavier than my ideal gluten free flour.
Oh my gosh, I just Googled “best gluten free flour” and I saw that a lot of articles have Bob’s Red Mill as one of the best gluten free flours. It is NOT!!!! I have used an entire bag of it and found it quite noticeably worse than the other gluten free flours I’ve tried. I don’t know what mislead other people to think it’s the best, but I can promise you that in my experience, it is DEFINITELY not.
I often bake for my family, and my sister sometimes takes baked goods to her boyfriend to try. When I make things with the Cup4Cup flour or the King Arthur Gluten Free Flour, he can’t even tell that I made them gluten free. I think EVERYONE can tell when I use the Bob’s Red Mill flour, because things taste a little off with that flour. I go out of my way to avoid using that flour.
The best gluten free flour for baking bread
This is the one that’s still a bit of a mystery to me. I have a lot more testing to do when it comes to finding the best gluten free flour for baking bread, because I’ve only tried making a gluten free yeasted bread once. It was such an epic failure that I haven’t tried it since LOL.
But I will update this post once I figure it out! Comment down below if you know a good flour for making gluten free yeasted bread. I’d also love to know what recipe you use.
Alternative gluten free flours that are fun to try out
I love making cookies with almond flour because it has a really yummy almond flavor. As you can imagine, it pairs really well with a splash of almond extract.
Almond flour can also be good in quick breads, like banana bread, or muffins. Anytime you want something to have an almond flavor, it’s perfect. But you have to be careful with measurements because almond flour is not a 1 for 1 substitute for all purpose flour. It’s heavier and more dense, so it works in its own unique way when you use it to bake.
Mochi flour is a delicious alternative to regular flour, and it completely changes a recipe.
One of my friends, Winnie, who has a foodstagram called @quaraneat, has a matcha cake that’s made with mochi flour that she LOVES. Here’s the link to the recipe if you want to try it out!
Mochi has a chewy and playful texture that you can’t find anywhere else. There’s nothing quite like it. The first time I tried mochi, it was love at first bite. Sorry to be cheesy, but it was seriously life changing how yummy mochi is.
The best gluten free baking mixes for when you want something quick
I love King Arthur gluten free baking mixes.This post is not sponsored (even though I wish it was) I literally am just obsessed with these baking mixes and it feels wrong to keep them to myself. They’re so good.
The best gluten free pancake mix – King Arthur Gluten Free Classic Pancake Mix
I loveee love love this pancake mix. It makes the BEST pancakes. Regardless of gluten free or not, these are the best pancakes. They make me so happy and they have this amazing flavor that is pancake perfection in every way. And did I mention how fluffy they are??? SO FLUFFY.
King Arthur Gluten Free Classic Yellow Cake Mix
This was the cake mix that we used for my birthday this year and it was DIVINE. My mom made homemade whipped cream and strawberries to go with it, and it was delicious. I love strawberry shortcake, and this classic yellow cake had that light airy quality that made it similar to Angel’s Food Cake, although it wasn’t too sweet.
King Arthur Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix
This gluten free cake mix is so good and incredibly moist. It never comes out dry. I’ve made this twice in the past few weeks because I made it for my sister’s birthday and then she wanted it again for her birthday party. It turned out so well both times. If you love chocolate, you won’t be disappointed because this cake is super chocolatey.
King Arthur Gluten Free Bread & Pizza Mix
I haven’t tried this one yet but I’ve been wanting to for months! I need to order it ASAP. If you’re curious about making gluten free bread at home like I am, this seems like a great place to start. I’m so intimidated by the process, so anything that makes it easier is welcome. I can’t wait to try this mix and report back.
I hope that this helps you find the best gluten free flour! You can’t go wrong with the Cup4Cup Gluten Free Flour or the King Arthur Measure for Measure Gluten Free Flour. Both are so good and work really well for cooking and baking.
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