20 Wheat Free Flour Alternatives
Not all wheat flour alternatives are allowed in Paleo Diet. Potato, grain, legume, soy flour alternative not allowed. Paleo diet has a host of plant based flours for cooking, baking and frying.
- Almond Flour From skinless, raw and unbleached almond nuts plant. Almonds are finely grounded into flour/meal.Almond flour is a plant based flour. Commonly, used in Paleo Recipes cooking, frying and baking. Healthy nutritious source of calcium, magnesium copper and selenium. Contains vitamins A, vitamin D and vitamin E. Every part of the almond (except shell) is used in Paleo Cooking. Additionally: Almond Oils, Almond milk, Almond Yogurt and Almond Cheese. Almond flour is gluten, soy and grain free.
Allowed in Paleo Diet.
- Amaranth Flour
Made from the seed of the Amaranth plant. The Amaranth plant is a green leafy vegetable. The seeds are rich in protein. Amaranth flour is a wheat flour alternative used in baking. Alternative names: African spinach, Chinese spinach, Indian spinach and elephant ear. Not allowed in Paleo Diet
- Arrowroot Flour
The root of the arrowroot plant is ground into flour. Arrowroot flour is a bland and fine powder that becomes clear when cooked. Used mainly as a sauce thickener but used in some bread recipes Great thickening for clear sauces. Arrowroot is a herb.
Controversial use in Paleo Diet because contains starch.
- Brown Rice Flour
Brown rice flour is heavier than white rice flour. Ground from unpolished brown rice has high nutritional values. Has a grainy texture. There is a heavier texture with brown rice flour as versus to white rice flour.Rice not allowed in Paleo Diet.
- Buckwheat Flour
Buckwheat is a herbal plant. Buckwheat is not a cereal or grass. It is a pseudocereal not in Paleo Diet.
- Chick Pea Flour
The chick pea is ground into flour. Has a nutty taste. Usually combined with another wheat flour alternatives.
Not allowed in Paleo Diet legume.
- Coconut Flour
Plant base from the coconut Paleo friendly wheat flour alternative. Flour grounded from meat of coconut plant. Contains: calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus. There are small amounts of vitamin C and vitamin E.. Contains lauric fatty acids which aids in artery blockage. Coconut flour used in cooking and baking. The coconut was called “monkey face” by early Spanish explorers. The three eyes and the hairy shell resembles a monkey. For generations “monkey face” has been a nutritional and medicinal source around the world. A tropical plant that has gained popularity with nutritional enthusiast. Coconut tends to have a slight sweet, nutty and vanilla taste. Coconut flour and meal is vegetable based gluten, grain and soy free. A versatile plant Paleo Recipes uses Coconut Oil, Coconut Butter and Coconut Milk.
Allowed in Paleo Diet
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- Corn Flour
Corn Flour is ground corn. The grain is a fine, white powder used as recipe thickener.
Not allowed in Paleo Diet contains corn.
Ground from corn and heavier than corn flour. Used to make cornbread. Not allowed in Paleo Diet.
- Flax Meal
Has a nutty taste and ground from flax seeds. Rich in Omega 3, Omega 6 fatty acids, protein, linoleic acid, potassium and folic acid. Suggested eating flax seeds grounded whole seeds are so small may not be digested. Grounded flax seeds give the body the full nutritional benefits. Polyunsaturated fats (good fats) helps reduce blood cholesterol and reduces risk of heart diseases. Only contains 10% saturated fats. Also a fiberous plant good for bodies digestion. Bacause meal rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6 good source to replace fish foods for these fatty acids. Store in refrigerator in opaque air-tight container.
Allowed in Paleo Diet.
- Maize Flour
Maize flour is heavier than corn flour. Maize flour is ground from corn. Corn not allowed in Paleo Diet.
- Millet Flour
Millet is from the grass family. Cereals used in African and Asian countries. Can be used to thicken soups and only in certain types of baking. Not allowed in Paleo Diet.
- Potato Flour
Potato flour is not the same as potato starch flour. Potato flour is a heavy flour with a strong potato flavor. Note: potatoes not used in Paleo Diet
-Potato Starch Flour
Potato starch flour is a fine white flour. Potato flour and potato starch flour are both made from potatoes. Note: potato starch flour not used in Paleo Diet.
- Quinoa Flour
Has been used for hundred of years as a cereal. The Incas called it, “The Mother Seed”. Related to the plant family of spinach and beets. The seeds of the quinoa plant are ground into flour. Quinoa flour is a good source of vegetable protein. Not allowed in Paleo Diet
- Sorghum Flour
Staple used in Africa and India. Used in soups and unleavened breads. The flour is ground from sorghum grains.
- Soya Flour
A successful alternative flour when combined with another wheat alternative flours. Can be used as a thickener or taste enhancer. Soy not allowed in Paleo Diet.
- Tapioca Flour
Made from the root of the cassava plant. Ground is a light and fine white flour. Adds a chewy texture and thickening agents.
- Teff Flour
From the grass family and used as cereal grain in Northern Africa. Used to make sour flat bread. Teff flour is highly nutritious. Gluten free Ethiopian crop. Cannot get clear understanding if allowed or disallowed in Paleo Diet.
- White Rice Flour
Ground from white rice. Does not have nutritional value compared to brown rice flour. White rice flour gives a light texture. Can be used in a variety of recipes. Rice not allowed in Paleo Diet.
Note: Amaranth, Buckwheat and Quinoa are not grains and do not come from grasses. Amaranth, Buckwheat and Quinoa are gluten free and are seeds from leafy plants. Because their seeds have more starch than other seeds they are considered pseudo-grains. For the strict Paleo Dieter these are not allowed.