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What alternatives to Wheat Flour do you use? Multiple choice.

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Buckwheat to add to granola and quiche s

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to HKAnne

Which quiches do you use the buckwheat flour in as an ingredient? :-)

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HKAnne in reply to Activity2004

I don't use buckwheat flour, I use the grains (kasha) to line the quiche dish instead of pastry. If you butter the dish well, the kasha grains stick to it. It's delicious.

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to HKAnne

Kasha sounds good. What flavor do you usually use? :-)

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HKAnne in reply to Activity2004

I have only ever seen the natural one it tastes a bit nutty.๐Ÿ™‚

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Ftisbest in reply to HKAnne

I use chick pea flour and cornflour.

i only use the traditional white self raising flour.

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MadBunny in reply to secrets22

I do mostly- and white plain flour.

Mcdougals plain flour ๐Ÿคฃ

Just the ordinary white SF and Plain flour for us Leah.

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to springcross

That's good to hear, springcross. :-) What do you bake/cook with it? :-)

Cakes, Yorkshire Puddings and it's also used for pastry.

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to springcross

Sounds very delicious! :-)

I just don't bake. I use oatmeal, but only for the recipes it was intended for.

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to Eryl

That's okay. What flavors of oatmeal do you have each time? :-)

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Eryl in reply to Activity2004

Are there different flavours of oatmeal?

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to Eryl

Some are with cinnamon and others are apple flavored. :-)

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Eryl in reply to Activity2004

I just use natural oatmeal, I keep my food as unprocessed as I can.

This seems a strange question. Manufacturers pollute natural whole foods with "flavours", usually involving sugars and often the sneaky "natural flavors", but I would hope anyone interested in healthy eating would eat unadulterated whole foods, maybe mixed with other foods (even sugars), but not buying flavored varieties.

The other flour that I use is rice flour. I donโ€™t have flaxseed flour but I do have crushed flaxseed that I have in my porridge.

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to Biomet

This all sounds good and I like having some flaxseeds and its flour in my food. How much do you use each time? :-)

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JerryAdministrator

Hi Leah this is a great poll as I eat lots of alternatives to wheat, so I ticked almond flaxseed garbanzo beans (Gram flour in the UK) quinoa and other because I use tapioca starch rice flour potato flour corn flour buckwheat flour as they use a mix of flours for gluten free flour mixes. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to Jerry

Thank you for the great information on the different types of flour, Jerry. :-) Very helpful. I didn't know gram flour was garbanzo beans flour in the UK. :-)

Thanks for saying that about the poll, too. I appreciate it very much. :-)

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JerryAdministrator in reply to Activity2004

Hey you're welcome Leah, Garbanzo beans are called chick peas over here. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to Jerry

I think they're called that here, too, but it depends on where and what brand you get from the store at the time. :-)

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Subtle_badger in reply to Jerry

I was in a store that sold gram flour, chickpea flour and garbanzo bean flour. Different brands, fortunately. I think the garbanzo was from the USA (Red Mill?). Sadly they didn't have any besan (yeah, same thing)

Think Iโ€™ve used coconut flour for brownies

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to Helleborus

That sounds wonderful. Does the coconut flour have their own recipe or do you use the coconut flour as a substitution for other flours? :-)

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junemc in reply to Activity2004

I use coconut flour all the time. It is naturally gluten free and is obviously grain free. The brand I buy is also organic. When making a recipe you can't simply substitute coconut flour for "normal" flour. They are quite different and measures are different. You need to use recipes which specifically use coconut flour to get an accurate measure.

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to junemc

Thank you for letting me know this information. Very helpful.๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘

Only wheat flour , but I donโ€™t use it much .

I use Dove gluten free self raising flour for baking and gram flour for coating meat or fish.

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to KidR

What meat and fish do you use the Dove Gluten Free flour on when cooking? :-)

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KidR in reply to Activity2004

I make a batter using an egg, a few spoons of gram flour and milk. Dip any fish eg. Cod, haddock or hake in this batter then take it out and place fish on plate with gram flour and coat both sides.

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to KidR

That sounds really delicious! It reminds me of how my mom sometimes uses corn flakes and/or almond flour to coat chicken breasts so the coating is gluten free when she does them in the oven for a dinner now and then. :-)

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Rosepetal60Gluten Free in reply to KidR

Thatโ€™s useful to know re gram flour

Gluten free flour with multiple grains etc

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to Gillyflower18

What do you bake/cook with it? :-)

Just about anything except bread. Itโ€™s measure to measure with regular flour and bakes well. Itโ€™s Pamelaโ€™s gluten free flour. I donโ€™t know if itโ€™s available in the Uk.

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to Gillyflower18

Thank you for letting me know. Sounds good to me.๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘

Oat

Teff

Sorghum

Corn

Quinoa

Buckwheat

Chickpea/Garbanzo

Tapioca

Rice

I haven't tried coconut and almond yet but it's on my list

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to Imaaan

There's a few different types of Almond flour that can be used. I use the gluten free and lower carb. version, Imaaan. :-) Haven't had a chance to use the coconut flour, yet either, but I enjoy eating coconut either in a dessert or as a topping/Greek yogurt flavor. :-)

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Imaaan in reply to Activity2004

Thanks for the heads up hun. I've been hesitant with the almond cuz it has goitergenic properties and I need all the help with my thyroid...lol.

Coconut in yogurt sounds yummy.

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to Imaaan

Depending on what brand you get for yogurt that's Greek, some make the yogurt blended with the coconut. Others have actual pieces of coconut that you have to mix from the bottom and you can either use that for topping or use it as it is-- dessert/eat on the side.

If you want to try almond flour, please consult the doctor, first to be on the safe side. :-)

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Imaaan in reply to Activity2004

I'm not that worried to consult a doc but thnxs for the heads up. Plus most docs have limited knowledge on the importannt role that nutrition and certain diets plays for optimal health.

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to Imaaan

You're welcome! :-)

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In addition to flaxseed and quinoa, I use buckwheat, sorghum and millet. Much to my delight, I can make delightful chapatis with a buckwheat and quinoa blend.

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to BrentW

That sounds wonderful, BrentW! :-) How many chapatis can you cook from the flours used? :-)

Wholemeal Spelt and Rye flours for bread. Also spelt for banana muffins and biscuits. Buckwheat flour for pancakes and the roasted groats as an alternative to rice/quinoa or for a vegetarian kasha dish. I also use besan (chickpea flour) for making pancakes called besan chilla or pudla which are a popular breakfast dish in India. I also use cornflour and make my own oat flour from wholegrain oats as well.

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to lawli56

This sounds really wonderful, lawli56. :-) Thank you for letting us know what you use for each different type of meal/snack/while baking. :-)

I don't use alternative

I'm allergic to gluten so use, gram, almond and any gluten free flours.

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to ebonyebene

I use almond flour the most because I have a gluten sensitivity and I also count carbs.. Almond flour is one of the lower carb. flours that are both and help me when I bake/cook with it. :-)

Have you tired Nigella Lawsons lemon polenta cake with almond flour? My god its so good. Add a few raspberries or blueberries to mix it up a bit. Non GF eaters love it too.

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to ebonyebene

I donโ€™t know if itโ€™s out by where I am, but I can check for the next trip to the store in the next few weeks.๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘

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Simes11 in reply to ebonyebene

Yes!! I have & I wholeheartedly agree with you, ebonyebene itโ€™s SO good! ๐Ÿ˜‹

I dont avoid wheat for any reason, but like to experiment with different flours and to include lots of different types for a varied and healthy diet. Chickpea makes a good vegan omelette and buckwheat a tasty pancake.

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to Ninn

How many pancakes do you usually cook with the flour? :-)

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Ninn in reply to Activity2004

Depends on the recipe and quantities of other ingredients, banana etc. Normally get 6 to 8 typically.

Coconut

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to Sewneat

What do you bake/cook with the coconut flour? :-)

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Sewneat in reply to Activity2004

To be honest I havenโ€™t used it yet. I bought it because I was surprised to see it and must try it out. Iโ€™ll do something tomorrow and report back. ๐Ÿคฅ

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to Sewneat

Take your time. There's no rush. When you do bake/cook with the coconut flour, please do let us know what it is and if you want, either add a picture here or create a posting and share it on it. :-)

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junemc in reply to Activity2004

I use coconut flour to make banana bread, brownies and coconut & lemon cake. I also use it to make a crispy coating for chicken drumsticks/home made nuggets etc. Simply mix some dried herbs plus sea salt and black pepper into the flour. There are loads of recipes on the internet and I also downloaded a couple of cheap ebooks from Amazon. It is very versatile.

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to junemc

This reminds me of what we do here with the coating for chicken breast thatโ€™s homemade.๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘

Spelt Flour, love home made bread with it

I've bought some coconut flour, but I haven't used it yet. Don't suppose anyone has any tried & trusted recipes using it, that they'd be willing to share, please? ๐Ÿ˜Š

I said almond and Garbanzo bean, but donโ€™t actually use the flour. I use ground almonds or chickpeas (Garbanzo beans) instead of flour. Usually in chocolate cake. They come out pretty unleavened, more like a torte, but very nice. You can use chickpeas straight from the can. Iโ€™ve had cakes made using chestnut flour but never bought chestnut flour myself.

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to HungryHufflepuff

That's more than okay. We sometimes use ground up nuts/different types of beans to do flours for baking cooking. I like almond flour for a lot of the items we cook around here, personally. :-)

Since I gave up grains, I have dabbled with various replacements, but honestly, I really haven't found the need for anything in my diet that would have been made with flour.

Surprised "nothing" wasn't an option.

I just use wheat flour, it doesn't cause me any problems.

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What I use, depends on what I'm cooking. For everyday I have coconut or almond flour. For cakes/bakes, I use a GF flour mix. I sometimes use corn flour or rice flour if the situation calls for it.

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to Cooper27

Is the corn flour used for baking corn bread? :-)

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Cooper27Administrator in reply to Activity2004

I use it for tacos :)

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to Cooper27

That sounds like a great idea! :-)

I never had to use any other flour so I guess that's why I didn't try them. If my diet or my family diet would have to change, I'm all for it. Change is good especially if it does benefit your health ๐Ÿ’ฏ ๐Ÿ˜Œ .

White & wholemeal Spelt.. & wholemeal Rye. ๐ŸŒพ

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to Simes11

What do you cook/bake with them?๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘

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Simes11 in reply to Activity2004

๐Ÿž..mostly Sourdough (with my own rye starter); pastry (for quiches, etc) & muffins; basically whatever calls for flour that Iโ€™m making. ๐Ÿฐ ๐Ÿง ๐Ÿฅ–

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to Simes11

Sounds good! How long does it usually take to bake/cook the quiches with the flour? :-)

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๐Ÿค”..It depends on the size of the quiche..! ๐Ÿ˜ I blind bake the pastry case first, which takes about 20 mins. โฑ ๐Ÿ˜Š

Regret I don't bake and am allergic to wheat.

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to lgd333

Itโ€™s okay if you donโ€™t do baking. No worries about anything.๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘

Coconut flour although it needs more eggs.

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to topaz1

Thank you for the information about coconut flour. Very helpful and useful. Something to consider.๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘

Don't use any at all.

Spelt flour

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to Amynah

What do you bake/cook with the spelt flour?๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘

I use coconut flour all the time both for baking and general cooking.

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to junemc

What do you bake with coconut flour?๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘

Almond, Rice and Maize flours.

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to Midori

Thatโ€™s great. I will have to try the Maize flour when itโ€™s possible. What do you bake with it?๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘

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Midori in reply to Activity2004

Maize flour is cornflour (cornstarch) In UK corn is Wheat, so I differentiate to avoid confusion.

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to Midori

Thank you for the information about the flour. This is very helpful.๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘

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Subtle_badger in reply to Midori

It's a little more complicated than that. Though traditionally corn meant any grain (indeed any small particle), it generally only means maize now. The one exception is corn flour, which though it's usually made from corn, could be made from wheat or another grain. It's the sauce thickener that is called corn starch in the US.

Any other ground corn that might be called corn flour elsewhere, would be called cornmeal, maize meal or polenta.

I eat low carb whole foods, so no breads/baking etc-- and I don't try to find alternatives. I understand and can appreciate that a lot of people enjoy trying to recreate foods in different ways that they would otherwise need to avoid for health reasons, but it's not my approach generally. I kept hearing how fantastically versatile almond flour is, so I bought some thinking I would use it, but it is languishing in the cupboard for the time being. I will make sure it gets used at some point!

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to Cosmo501

Take your time. When youโ€™re ready to bake/cook with the almond flour, please let us know what they are and if you want to post a picture here or create a new posting with it.๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘

I mainly use ground almonds to make my bread. But very occasionally I use gram flour, coconut flour or buckwheat flour, when Iโ€™m doing a bit of experimenting.

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to MTCee

This sounds really good and delicious for using coconut flour. Great idea!๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘

I rarely make anything that calls for flour. But if one of those rare times arrive, i use the old standby white self rising stuff. Then I seal whatโ€™s left of the flour in a freezer bag and store it in the freezer. I heard it keeps those bugs from popping up. Lol I hope freezing it isnโ€™t an old wives tale.

Sorry I completely forgot about your question. I can't eat whiteflour, so I use spelt flour as substitute for white flor - white sauce, biscuits, cakes, etc. - the Waitrose brand is cheaper and very nice. Hope it helps. Morrison also has spelt bread and it is very good taste.

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to Amynah

No sorry necessary for anything. Everyone can take their time when replying to polls/questions/replies and postings. :-)

Thank you for the information about the spelt flour. I'll see if I can find out if it's out by me for the next trip to the store coming up. :-)