Gluten-Free Flour

For those with celiac disease, gluten intolerance and/or gluten sensitivity, finding the right flours for your needs can be confusing. For those with these conditions (either diagnosed or not) eating products containing gluten could result in symptoms ranging from stomach pains, to rashes, vomiting, diarrhoea and even gut damage in some cases, where the body has an immune reaction to the protein and is unable to process it. Living a gluten-free lifestyle is not the next big diet trend, but a vital consideration for many people.

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Avoiding products containing gluten can be difficult when shopping for pre-made products, so sometimes the best solution is to bake or make bread or other items yourself at home if you can. At the Natural Organic Store, we offer gluten-free flour that is a pre-blended mix of gluten-free flours and starches that can be used as a direct replacement for ordinary flour. We also have mixes created for pizza dough, muffins, pancakes, brownies and many more popular treats.

When it comes to cooking and baking gluten free, a little bit of knowledge can go a long way for peace of mind and no nasty surprises. Some gums and alternatives can take a bit of getting used to and there is no one-size-fits-all solution for finding healthy alternatives. Here is our helpful guide to what's available and some pointers to get you started using it in baking. If you are a seasoned gluten-free baker, or just getting started, you will find something to get the job done, so you can still eat the treats you love.

Why Gluten Free?

Nowadays, with mass production and chemical processing of food, many people find themselves with allergies, intolerance or even celiac disease, meaning they are unable to process gluten, the mixture of two proteins found in cereal-based product that gives them that lovely elastic texture. Many people may be living with gluten intolerance or celiac disease without even knowing it.

Types of gluten-free flour

Not all gluten free flours are created equal. We offer some great alternatives. We recommend trying a few different ones until you get the consistency and taste that suits you and your family. It is important to note that using alternatives changes the texture and feel of bread products, so don't expect to master the consistency on the first try. 

Generally, most gluten-free flours contain a mixture of starches and gums to replace the gluten in their ingredient list. These include:

  • Arrowroot powder
  • Corn starch or potato starch
  • Tapioca
  • Agar powder
  • Guar gum and Xanthan gum

Buy gluten-free flours and baking mixes

Here is a list of the best alternative flours that are gluten free and safe to consume. Why not try one or two to see which one you prefer. It's all about the trial and error!