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Do you know what your alternatives are to white flour?

April 14th, 2011 1 Comment

As you might have read over the last couple of months, I’ve been trying to cut flour (notably bread) out of my diet. (Although, you’d be surprised, flour is in EVERYTHING!) That sounds pretty normal for women these days.  But honestly, it’s sucked.  I love bread!

Which is why I was excited to run across an an article in Natural Health Magazine that listed white flour alternatives, most of which I didn’t know about.

The article started:

“White flour is a lot like Paris Hilton.

It’s bleached, it’s boring, and you can’t escape it.”

–Allison Young

Preach on sister.

She describes the distinctions between our options:

  • Coconut
  • Spelt
  • Wheat
  • Garbanzo bean
  • Almond
  • White whole wheat flours

Each has it’s own pros and cons depending on what you’re making.  But overall, surprisingly garbanzo bean seems to be the healthiest! For more info, click through and read the whole thing.

The picture of the quinoa flour above I found on Naturally Ella, which seems to be a great resource for healthy recipes.
If you have experience using an alternative flour, post it in the comments below.  It’s always nice to hear how it’s played out for people in their own kitchen.

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  • Stephanie J

    I’ve had cheesecake bites that were made with an almond flour crust. It was good, but definitely didn’t live up to regular cheesecake. Still, it was good enough that I’d consider trying it in different recipes. My only real complaint about these alternative flours is their price. I’d like to know where I can get them for the price of the regular stuff.