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This ancient grains gluten-free flour blend can be used cup for cup as a replacement for all-purpose wheat flour or whole wheat flour.  Not only is it gluten-free, it is corn free, peanut free, tree nut free, rice free and dairy free.  Gluten-free ancient grains provide exceptional nutrition, high fiber content and a wonderful flavor and texture to your baked goods.

This flour blend can be used cup for cup as a replacement for all-purpose wheat flour or whole wheat flour. It is corn free, peanut free, tree nut free, rice free and dairy free. Gluten free ancient grains provide exceptional nutrition, a high fiber content and a wonderful flavor and texture to your baked goods.

Ancient Grains Gluten Free Flour Blend

Gluten is a protein that provides the structure, texture, lift, binding qualities and moisture retention in baked goods.   No single gluten-free flour can replace the qualities that gluten-containing wheat flour has.  

This recipe combines several flours that each have different amounts of proteins, starches and binding qualities that have a synergistic effect to replicate the qualities of wheat flour.   The proteins help give strength and structure while the starches give lift and lightness to your baked goods.

This flour blend provides a well-balanced, nutritious, whole grain flour mix that is 60% healthy whole grains and high in protein.  

Unlike most gluten-free flour blends, this blend of flours is high in nutrients and fiber due to the ancient grains that are in the blend.

This flour blend can be used cup for cup as a replacement for all-purpose wheat flour or whole wheat flour. It is corn free, peanut free, tree nut free, rice free and dairy free. Gluten free ancient grains provide exceptional nutrition, a high fiber content and a wonderful flavor and texture to your baked goods.

Ingredients for the ancient grains gluten free flour blend

What is in this ancient grain gluten free flour blend?

Millet flour

The protein-to-carb ratio in millet is close to the ratio of wheat flour. The higher protein helps create structure and stability while lending a light soft texture to baked goods.  It has a mild flavor that does not overpower other flavors in your recipes.  It also offers a good source of fiber and vitamins and minerals, especially magnesium.

Teff flour

The teff flour has some natural binding qualities, is high in protein and helps baked goods retain some moisture.  It is a good source of iron and calcium.  It is available in light and dark varieties with the light varieties being milder in flavor.

 Teff is high in a type of fiber called resistant starch.  Resistant starch provides the benefits of both soluble and insoluble fiber.  It helps burn fat, boosts metabolism, increases insulin sensitivity and helps you stay full longer.

Sorghum flour

The sorghum flour helps provide a soft texture and gives a light crumb to baked goods. It is high in protein, vitamins and minerals as well as antioxidants.

Amaranth flour

Amaranth flour is another high protein flour with exceptional nutrient values.  It helps give structure to baked goods and has some natural binding qualities.

This flour blend can be used cup for cup as a replacement for all-purpose wheat flour or whole wheat flour. It is corn free, peanut free, tree nut free, rice free and dairy free. Gluten free ancient grains provide exceptional nutrition, a high fiber content and a wonderful flavor and texture to your baked goods.

Ancient grains gluten free flour blend in a paper bag

Tapioca and arrowroot flours

The tapioca and arrowroot flours provide the much-needed starch in this flour mix that the whole grains are short on.   They also help mitigate some of the more assertive flavors that whole grains can have. 

The tapioca flour lightens and gives lift to baked goods.  It also has some great binding qualities and helps with browning. Too much of this flour will give a chewy, gummy texture.

The arrowroot flour also helps lighten and give lift to baked goods.  It has some natural binding qualities and helps with browning.

Xanthan Gum

This flour mix calls for just over 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum for every cup of flour (120 grams). The xanthan gum will help replace the binding qualities in gluten as well as the elasticity and texture.   It will help the starches combine to trap the air and give your baked goods a fluffy, light texture.

A  little xanthan gum goes a long way, if you use too much you will end up with a heavy, gummy or slimy texture.

Some recipes will work quite well without the xanthan because this flour mix contains flours that have a slight amount of natural binding qualities already, however, the xanthan gum will do a more efficient job and will help keep your baked goods from drying out quickly.

If you are sensitive to xanthan gum, you can substitute with either psyllium husk powder or glucomannan.  In our experience, you will need three times the amount of psyllium husk or glucomannan powder than you do xanthan gum. These powders do almost equally well as xanthan gum but the baked product does not seem to hold it’s moisture as well after a couple of days and becomes dry and crumbly.

An all-purpose gluten-free flour blend

This recipe for ancient grains gluten free flour blend was inspired by the King Arthur Flour Ancient Grains Flour Blend, although the final product of our flour blend is vastly different.

We tested several different flours with various percentages of each flour and are delighted with the outcome of this blend.

Our goal was to have a flour blend that could be used as an all-purpose flour substitute with optimum nutrition and whole grains.

We found that using more than 60% whole grains has a profound effect on the texture, density and fluffiness of our baked goods. Some of the flours can have a more assertive flavor if used in larger quantities.

The ratio of flours in this recipe creates a well rounded, all purpose flour blend that can be used in all of your recipes that call for all-purpose flour.

We would love to hear from you. What have you made with this flour blend? Drop us a comment below or send us a photo of your creation on Instagram. Tag @savorthebest and hashtag it #savorthebest.

Try using this flour in this AMAZING sweet potato flatbread

sweet potato flatbread

This sweet potato flatbread tastes delicious with our ancient grains gluten-free flour blend

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This flour blend can be used cup for cup as a replacement for all-purpose wheat flour or whole wheat flour. It is corn free, peanut free, tree nut free, rice free and dairy free. Gluten free ancient grains provide exceptional nutrition, a high fiber content and a wonderful flavor and texture to your baked goods.

Ancient Grains Gluten Free Flour Blend

Yield: 8-1/3 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This flour blend can be used cup for cup as a replacement for all-purpose wheat flour or whole wheat flour. It is corn free, peanut free, tree nut free, rice free and dairy free. Gluten free ancient grains provide exceptional nutrition, a high fiber content and a wonderful flavor and texture to your baked goods.

Ingredients

  • 325 grams millet flour (2 1/2 cups plus 3 tablespoons)
  • 220 grams tapioca flour (1 3/4 plus 1 tablespoon)
  • 180 grams arrowroot flour (1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons)
  • 120 grams teff flour (3/4 cup)
  • 100 grams sorghum flour (3/4 cup)
  • 55 grams amaranth flour (1/2 cup)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons xanthan gum

Instructions

  1. Whisk or sift all of the ingredients until well combined.
  2. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place for 1 month, in the fridge for 3 months or the freezer for 6 months.

Notes

  1. This mix makes 8-1/3 cups of flour.
  2. 1 cup is equivalent to 120 grams.
  3. Baked goods made with this flour blend will freeze well.
  4. It is best to weigh your ingredients but if you don't have a scale, lightly spoon the flours into your measuring cups.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 33 Serving Size: 1/3 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 200Total Fat: 1gSodium: 141mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 6.7gSugar: 0.1gProtein: 3.5g

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This flour blend can be used cup for cup as a replacement for all-purpose wheat flour or whole wheat flour. It is corn free, peanut free, tree nut free, rice free and dairy free. Gluten free ancient grains provide exceptional nutrition, a high fiber content and a wonderful flavor and texture to your baked goods.
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Mindy

Monday 11th of January 2021

I made drop biscuits and snickerdoodle cookies and both turn red out great!!

Dahn Boquist

Tuesday 12th of January 2021

So great to hear! Thanks for the comment.

Maryann

Friday 8th of January 2021

I’ve written here before and passed this post on to my friend who’s grandsons are living with Celiacs disease...This is a God send... I made it again yesterday as I must stay away from Gluten and again I used it with:this recipe: https://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/brown-bread/#comments...Beautiful ingredients and delicious bread... My question, What’s the best method of storing any baked goods using this blend?

Dahn Boquist

Saturday 9th of January 2021

It is always a challenge to store gluten-free baked goods. Most baked goods do well for a couple of days in the fridge. If you want to keep them for more than a couple of days then I recommend freezing them. If I have something like banana bread that needs to be sliced then I will slice the bread first then keep it wrapped air-tight in the freezer. That way I don't have to thaw the whole loaf in order to cut off one slice of bread. Thanks for your question

Diana

Wednesday 30th of December 2020

Hi, This flour blend sounds wonderful. Have you or any others who have posted here used this to make gluten free bread in a bread machine? And whether additions can be added like seeds or nuts? Thank you.

Dahn Boquist

Wednesday 30th of December 2020

I haven't tried yeast bread in a bread machine yet.

Tanveer

Sunday 22nd of November 2020

Can I use this blend to make flatbread such as chapatti /roti, tortilla etc?

Dahn Boquist

Sunday 22nd of November 2020

Yes you can. Gluten-free flatbread is more delicate to work with but if you roll it out on parchment paper, you will be able to transfer it to the griddle easily.

Janet

Friday 16th of October 2020

Hi

I have Coeliac Disease and I am allergic to eggs, dairy, oats, soya, almonds and I can’t tolerate potatoes or rice. I’ve been trying to create a bread recipe with your blend, but I’ve really been struggling as I don’t know very much about cooking. I was hoping if you might be able to help me please? I’ve spent days trawling through recipes online but I’m yet to find something that works. Thank you, I really appreciate it. Janet

Dahn Boquist

Friday 16th of October 2020

I have not tried an egg-free recipe with this flour blend but you may want to try this bread recipe. It looks like it might meet your requirements if you substitute this flour blend for the flour in the recipe.

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