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25 Gluten Free Flour Recipes For Vegans

By Lora O’Brien

Thanks to rising numbers of people with celiac disease, an autoimmune reaction provoked by gluten, the term ‘gluten free’ is becoming increasingly common. Most people know that celiac disease requires absolutely strict avoidance of all gluten, but a lot of people also think that if you  don’t  have celiac disease, you can eat as much pasta, bread and baked stuff as you like.

Well, that may not be a great idea. There are plenty of reasons to reduce your intake of gluten -or basically, wheat – even if you haven’t been diagnosed as celiac.  For example, for many people, the proteins in wheat are gut irritants that can cause an inflammatory response. That can mean rather embarrassing gas and poop, and worse: it can lead to a leaky gut.

‘Leaky gut’ is another term bandied about that many don’t understand, but it basically just means your intestines are more permeable, allowing a lot of undesirable stuff to enter your bloodstream and weakening your immunity.

Gluten accelerates this process by stimulating the release of a protein called zonulin, but that’s not the only bad thing in wheat: there’s also wheat germ agglutinin, which can provoke an inflammatory response in gut cells and disturb the natural immune barrier in the gut. But maybe the worst thing about wheat is something that’s quite new: glyphosate.

Glyphosate is basically a poison sprayed on many crops to kill bugs. It destroys insects by making their guts explode. Yes, really. The thing is, it also has horrendous health effects on humans, ranging from hormonal disruption to cancer. And GMO crops literally have this poison built into them, so you can never wash it off. Whilst GMO wheat hasn’t been sold commercially yet, wheat is one of the crops most heavily sprayed with glyphosate.

But let’s return to gluten. Your gut  isn’t the only thing affected by it: studies also link it to other autoimmune diseases, including  thyroid disorders,  type 1 diabetes,  fibromyalgia,  rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune liver disease, depression, brain fogs, and a few skin diseases, like  dermatitis herpetiformis. This study  describes the way non-celiac gluten sensitivity can show up as skin problems similar to eczema, psoriasis, or dermatitis herpetiformis. The itchy skin showed up most often on the arms and legs.

To sum up: as common as it is, wheat can be bad news even for people who don’t have celiac disease. So why not try giving it up for a few weeks just to see how your body reacts – you might be surprised!

Luckily, there are loads of wheat substitutes that have been used in baking around the globe for centuries, and are now increasingly popular in the West. There are also some new innovations with added health benefits that may surprise you: banana flour, anyone?

Now, let’s get baking with these gloriously gluten free flours!

26 Recipes With Gloriously Gluten Free Flour

Amaranth

If you’ve never heard of this flour, it’s basically derived from the seed of the leafy vegetable grown mainly in Peru. Not only is amaranth flour naturally  gluten free, but it’s also high in protein, which adds more nutrition  to your baking. It’s taste is similar to wheat, and won’t alter the texture or taste that you’re used to.

Get it here.

1. Herb and Garlic Amaranth Crackers

Healthy, protein rich amaranth flour is combined with garlic, rosemary and salt to create a crunchy treat that is delicious with any kind of dip, or tossed crumbled into soups.

Get the recipe here.

2. Amaranth Pumpkin Muffins

Sometimes a plain and simple recipe turns out to be one that’s the most delicious, as is the case with these tender pumpkin muffins. I l just love the spicy tones that make this so warming – it’s the perfect partner for a hot cuppa!

Get the recipe here.

Banana Flour

What? Who knew bananas could make flour? But yep, this flour is made from unripe green ‘nanas that are then dried and milled to create a flour. And because it doesn’t actually taste like banana, it can be used in various cooking and baking. It can even be used as a vegan friendly thickener for soups and sauces.

Get yours here.

3. Banana Flour Cupcakes

If you have a gluten or lactose allergy, it may be tough indeed to find a decent cupcake. Luckily, the Mommy Made It blog has created a vegan, Paleo, gluten free treat that tastes like a dream come true!

Get the recipe here.

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4. Banana Flour Chocolate Chip Cake

Just look at it. Don’t you want to sit and devour the whole plate in one sitting? It’s hard to believe that this is refined sugar and gluten free, not to mention vegan, too!

Get the recipe here.

Brown Rice Flour

Brown rice flour is probably one of the most popular gluten free subs around. The flour is milled from unpolished brown rice which is why it has a much higher nutritional value than white. It also has a wonderfully delicate nutty taste, which can be emphasized by  the ingredients used with it.

You can find brown rice flour here.

5. Crispy Cauliflower Power Bowl

This dish reminds me  of a deconstructed taco. But instead of the traditional corn tortillas, the crispy, rice-flour coated cauliflower bites are thrown in with some refreshing cilantro and lime rice with a garlic and avocado cream dressing. Yum!

Get the recipe here.

6. Chocolate Chip Cookies

This recipe does call for oats, and whilst oats are naturally gluten free, it’s the cross contamination that makes them contained traces of gluten, so definitely look for gluten free oats if you do have an intolerance. Otherwise, it’s super simple – you can sub in chia seeds instead of the egg replacer if it’s easier, too.

Get the recipe here.

Buckwheat Flour

Buckwheat flour is commonly thought to be derived from  wheat – unsurprising, given its name. But this little gem of a gluten free flour is actually related to the rhubarb family – seriously, who knew?! The small seeds are ground down to make a super healthy gluten free flour. If you’ve ever cooked with buckwheat, you’ll know it has a nutty taste, so it’s perfect for making pastas and crackers.

Get some here.

7. Rosemary Buckwheat Chia Crackers

Rosemary provides the tang, and buckwheat and chia provide the nutrition in these crunchy yummies.  You could load these with so many variations; caramelized onion hummus, some pesto and tomato, or even some nut butter and jam.

Get the recipe here.

8. Miraculous Summer Crepes

If you’re slightly thrown off by the green colour of these crepes – don’t be. It’s just because of the spinach, which you won’t even taste it at all, but you will get some extra nutrition.

These crepes could be served as a sweet or savoury treat. This recipe has a vanilla infused hemp heart sauce drizzled over fresh fruit. But if you do fancy something a little more filling for a lunch or dinner, you could also fill these with grilled mushrooms, greens, and even some crushed avocado.

Get the recipe here.

Chia Flour

I adore chia seeds, and I only recently found out you could use them as a flour. And as chia seeds are highly healthy, containing Omega oils and proteins, this is one gluten free flour you will want to find ways to include into all of your cooking.

You can find it here, or just blend chia seeds in a food processor until they’re superfine and make your own flour!

9. Avocado Fries

If you’ve never even considered having baked avocado, prepare to have your taste buds rewarded. Avocado is great straight from the fridge, but it’s even better when it’s baked. Slices of raw avocado are tossed in a breadcrumb mixture and then baked until golden brown and delicious, and there’s a smoky and tangy avocado dip if you want to take your avocado fries to the next level. You could even throw them into a wrap if you wanted.

Get the recipe here.

10. Low Carb Gluten Free Bread

This chia and almond flour bread recipe has a texture just like whole-wheat bread and can be baked as an easy-to-slice loaf or as rolls. It’s perfect everyday low carb bread, and is delicious with sweet and savoury toppings.

Get the recipe here.

Chickpea Flour

This gluten free flour is also known as garbanzo bean flour or gram flour, but it’s all just ground up chickpeas really. It’s gluten free and provides  a real hit of vegan protein. Traditionally used to make a delicious crepey/pizza-like dish called ‘faena’ in Italy and Argentina, you can use gram flour for loads of savoury baked recipes.

It’s easy to find, too – check here, for example.

11. Sweet Potato Falafels

Falafels are a favourite food around the world, and with good reason! They’re just so easy to throw into wraps, a salad or to just eat on their own. And their texture of similar to that of a meatball, which makes them a good substitute for people who  like that texture in their food. These sweet potato falafels are super yum, as they’re drizzled with a delicious tahini sauce.

Get the recipe here.

12. Snickerdoodle Pancakes

I was really excited to try these!  If you’ve never had the pleasure of trying a snickerdoodle, they’re sweet cookies that are rolled in cinnamon sugar, and these pancakes are just like that, but in pancake form. Top these with some maple syrup to take them to the next level, and if you’re thirsty, why not go for some cold almond milk? So, so perfect.

Get the recipe here.

Coconut Flour

This flour is made from ground and dried coconut meat, so it’s not what we typically think of a flour since it contains zero grains – just pure coconut goodness! How cool is that? Just keep in mind that the flavour is pretty strong, so you will indeed note a bit of coconuttiness if you cook with this flour.

Get yourself some here.

13. Coconut Flour Crust Pizza

If you’ve made a healthy vegan pizza, you’re probably sick of using cauliflower, so this pizza may be the recipe you’ve been hoping for. The base is made from coconut flour, and that bright cheese sauce? It’s concocted from coconut milk and sweet potato with a little onion and garlic, sea salt and tomato puree.

The great thing about pizza is that once you’ve got your base, you can top it with anything you fancy. I love lots of veggies like caramelised onions, peppers and a handful of rocket for some green goodness.

Get the recipe here.

14. Pistachio Crusted Chocolate Chip & Cranberry Cookies

Like most people, I could never tire of eating cookies. Cookies are just life. But these are different: they’re  packed full of plant based protein, healthy fats and a dose of omega-3 from both the chia and flax seeds. A high quality dark chocolate will be bursting with antioxidants, too.

Get the recipe here.

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Cornmeal

Cornmeal is just a flour that has been ground from, surprise surprise, corn. It can be ground down into three different textures: fine, medium and coarse (also known as polenta). You’ll find cornmeal traditionally used in recipes such as cornbread, but it can also be used for its texture and sweetness in baking things like cookies and sweet breads. It can also be used to thicken up souls and even chilli  if a thicker consistency is required. It’s cheap and easy to use!

You can find it here.

15. Zucchini Corn Cakes

These zucchini corn cakes remind me or corn fritters, just with a firmer texture. The recipes for these makes bite sized corn cakes, but you could make burger sized versions and use them in vegan burgers. They’re crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside, and topped with vegan sour cream – these will be the bomb dot com!

Get the recipe here.

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16. Cornbread

How could I not include a recipe for a vegan friendly cornbread when talking about cornmeal? Although this is called ‘bread’ it’s really more of a cake, which means it would taste delicious with some melted coconut butter drizzled on top or even dunked into some homemade Nutella (yeah, I go there!).

Get the recipe here.

Millet Flour

Millet comes from the grass family, and is actually used as a cereal in many countries around Asia and Africa. It’s not always the best substitute in replace of gluten flours when baking, as it’s quite dense, and may often be used in addition to another flour, too, such as rice.

But it is a great addition to soups to thicken them up, and it also makes great flatbread. You can buy some here.

17. Spring Onion Falafels

Falafel has migrated from being a Middle Eastern staple to an international fast food superstar. These falafels are a twist on the traditional chickpea based dish, as they have cooked millet, lemon and scallions. Millet tastes a little corn like, which works really well in this recipe.

Get the recipe here.

18. Indian Flatbread

This delicious traditional flatbread is also known as bajra roti, and is a favourite in many Indian households. It’s usually baked over an open fire or in a fire-oven, but it’s still tasty when popped into your gas or electrical unit, too. Just ensure that oven is HOT!

Get the recipe here.

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Oat Flour

I remember I used to spend a fortune on gluten free oats until someone informed me that oats themselves are naturally gluten free, it’s simply the cross-contamination process that can make them sensitive to anyone with a gluten intolerance.

As I don’t struggle with gluten, when it comes to oats I simply make sure they’re organic more so than paying extortionate amounts for them to be gluten free, but the price is worth it if you  have a serious intolerance.

You can buy oat flour, or just  grind down your normal  oats and go!

19. Bloody Mary Veggie Burgers

Whilst these are named after the cocktail, there’s no alcohol in these because that would be kind of gross in a burger, right? But it does contain all the flavour of the drink, thanks to the tangy spiciness of  horseradish, fresh lemon and a dose of  celery slaw.

Get the recipe here.

20. Blueberry Oat Bagels

I love bagels, this is true – but I’d never even heard of a blueberry bagel before. Sure, cinnamon and raisin – but blueberry? I couldn’t wait to try this! It was well worth it – crunchy, filling and not too sweet at all.

Get the recipe here.

Quinoa Flour

Quinoa has been used for over 5,000 years as a cereal in many countries, and it’s gaining massive attention within the plant-based population, as it’s a great source of vegetable protein. It’s probably one of the healthiest flours around! Though not the cheapest, mind you.

Get some here.

21. Quinoa Broccoli Tots

Tater tots get  a healthy makeover in this recipe and I think they look pretty good. Swapping the potato for the broccoli makes them healthier – not that I’m saying potatoes are bad for us – and a great way to get those greens onto the plates of little ones. And these still have the cheesy edge from the nutritional yeast. Since  they’re baked, not fried, there’s absolutely no reason to feel guilty when you go back for seconds. And thirds.

Get the recipe here.  

21. Quinoa Flour Pumpkin Bread

If you’ve been looking for a healthier pumpkin bread alternative, look no further. It’s the perfect way to kick off pumpkin season – or any season, for that matter! Feeling a bit decadent? Adding some vegan chocolate chips to this takes it to a whole new level.

Get the recipe here.

Sorghum Flour

Sorghum is an ancient grain that has been used in Africa and Australia for over 5,000 years. It’s a whole grain kernel that is ground down into a very fine flour for use  in both cooking and baking. It’s become a lot more popular recently due to it being 100% gluten free and therefore a great staple for those with any kind of gluten sensitivity.

Find it here.

22. Sorghum Pancakes

How do you like your pancakes: sweet or savoury? Me, I’ll take them either way. But this sweet creation, containing ground almonds, desiccated coconut and flax seeds, is pretty awesome when topped with some homemade jam!

Get the recipe here.

23. Banana & Cranberry Spiced Muffins

Sorghum flour lends a nutty  flavour whilst also giving a light and fluffy texture to the muffins in this recipe. The blend of cranberries and banana makes this not overly sweet, yet the banana helps to tone down the sharpness of the cranberries.

Get the recipe here.  

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Almond Flour

Yep, we can use nuts to make gluten free flour too!  Milled from whole almonds, almond flour is full of protein, fiber, and good fats. Add it to everything from scones to cakes to cookies to tart crusts for a rich, buttery flavour. And don’t stop there! Almond flour is a perfect certified gluten-free substitute for bread crumbs in savory dishes. You can easily make some: when you make almond milk, save the remains of the almonds after you drain the milk.

Or, you can find almond flour here.

24. Easy Almond Cake

Sometimes, the simplest things in life are the best, as this sweet, simple concoction proves. It’s also surprisingly healthy: one slice has 26% of your daily vitamin E needs, 18% of magnesium, and 15% of your copper. To make it vegan, use agave syrup instead of honey, and flaxseed or chia eggs instead of regular.

Get the recipe here.

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25. Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are super simple to make, cook up in around 10-15 minutes, and easily use up any almond meal you may have leftover from making almond milk. You will need to sub in a flaxseed egg to make them vegan, but when you do, expect a hot, chewy soft choco-chip bikkie!

Get the recipe here.

To get the recipe for oatmeal pancakes in our main photo, click here. To make the almond cake in our second image, click here.

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    Kelly Sweeney
    Jun 16, 2019 at 5:47 am

    Got ALL excited about the g/f bread, until I realized it is not actually vegan. So sad! As a celiac vegan I have yet to find a good bread recipe that is both gluten free AND vegan. The low carb g/f bread recipe IS NOT VEGAN.

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      Chere
      Jun 16, 2019 at 7:05 am

      Oh dear! Which one? Will correct it immediately, and find you the PERFECT recipe! 😉

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