When people go grain free they may lament over not being able to have breads and bakery items any more. Thankfully that is not true. Although it is a bit different to use the flours in a paleo flour mix, you can enjoy the same things you have grown up eating. I think it makes better pancakes than our gluten free all purpose flour. They turn out a beautiful golden brown and look just like glutinous pancakes.
So you might ask, what is in a paleo all purpose flour? It is actually really simple.Just 4 ingredients.
- Almond flour
- Coconut flour
- Tapioca starch
There are some commercially sold paleo flour mixes, such as Bob's Red Mill. But I feel they are way over priced. If you purchase the 4 flours in large enough quantities, 2-5 pounds each, it ends up being way cheaper to make it yourself.
Here is where the fun begins. In some recipes it may work as a one to one replacement of flour, and in other recipes you may have to make adjustments to your liquids. Coconut flour tends to absorb liquids extremely well and is what may make adjusting your liquids necessary.
I tried using the flour mix we have in an old gluten free almond bread recipe we used to make often. It actually ended up very runny, so for that one I still need to experiment with that recipe to get the mixture correct. That will be shared once I have perfected it. It still turned out well, but I ended up making it with xanthan gum, which can be obtained from grains. Like the pancakes, it had a beautiful golden brown color to the crust. We don't make bread often and the 2 loaves went in one day 🙂