Pantry Staples

The Power of Alt Flour

Discover 5 grain-free swaps for wheat flour that work their magic in baked goods, soups, sauces and so much more.

Alternative flours
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TERRIFIC TUBER

High in vision-supportive vitamin A and fiber, Zócalo Peru Sweet Potato Flour retains moisture, working well in recipes that call for mashed sweet potato. It also works brilliantly as a thickener in soups. $13 per 1-lb bag, barefootprovisions.com

WASTE-FREE FLOUR

As the fiber-rich repurposing of the discarded fruit of coffee beans, Coffee Flour features notes of floral, citrus and roasted fruit. Use it to enhance sauces, bake breads and, of course, in coffee cake. $9 per 1-lb bag, marxpantry.com

CHEERS FOR COCONUT

Bob’s Red Mill Organic Coconut Flour is a low-carb, gluten-free and Paleo-friendly option with light coconut flavor that’s perfect for baked goods or as a coating for fish or chicken. $5 per 16-oz bag, bobsredmill.com

HOP ON THE CASSAVA TRAIN

With a similar taste and texture to wheat, Otto’s Naturals Cassava Flour is a 1:1 substitute that Clean Eating editors love to use in a wide variety of gluten-free recipes, from muffins to waffles. $18 per 2-lb bag, ottosnaturals.com

GONE BANANAS

NOW Real Food Green Banana Flour is made from fresh, unripe bananas and has a neutral, mild taste that makes it an incredibly versatile gluten-free alternative for baking, soups and sauces. $10 per 14-oz bag, nowfoods.com