Your Ultimate Guide To Healthy Flour Alternatives!
From cookies and pancakes to muffins and other yummy goodies, we’re big fans of #TIUapproved treats! Plus, whipping up a healthier take on a childhood favorite, like Chocolate Chip Cookies, feels like a major victory! Recreating baked goods with TIU Plan guidelines is an art this team has perfected. You’re constantly wowing us with your scrumptious looking creations! If you’re a baking enthusiast, or simply love the idea of having some healthier treats on hand, today’s newsletter is one to save! We did some serious research into the most popular flour alternatives to bring you this comprehensive guide! Oh, and all of these options are naturally gluten-free #SCORE!
O A T F L O U RThe simplest flour swap! Oat flour yields similar results with a straight substitution in baked goods! Easy, peasy. The results are light, fluffy and delish! Use it in cookies, pancakes and mug cakes... they’re also especially great in morning muffins! Make it by processing regular rolled oats (uncooked) through a blender or coffee grinder. TIU TIP ~ While oats don’t contain gluten, they can be processed with it, so be sure to get certified GF if you’re very sensitive to it.
How to use it:
~ For all recipes, substitute oat flour for traditional flour in a 1 to 1 ratio.
~ For a more subtle flavor, replace 25-50% of the flour in a recipeBody Loving Benefits: All the benefits of a bowl of oatmeal are still present when you use oat flour! Oats are naturally high in a specific type of fiber, Beta-Glucan, which not only helps keep you feel full between meals, it’s also beneficial for keeping blood sugar and cholesterol levels within a healthy range. Beta-Glucan helps boost our immune system and it's especially helpful in baked goods, like muffins, because it acts as a binder. Oats are also a great source of the trace mineral, manganese which is great for healthy bones. Try it in these Banana Chia Breakfast Muffins!
T O N E I T U P P R O T E I NMade from a clean blend, our pant-based Non-GMO protein powder is the cleanest, best tasting blend you can find. The best part, aside from its amazing flavor, is that it makes a fab flour alternative in baked goods! How to use it:
- ~ For many recipes, replace up to 100% of the flour with a 1 to 1 ratio.
- ~ For most recipes, replace flour with a mixture of 1 part TIU Protein + 1 part flour alternative. (Ex- replace 1 cup of flour with 1/2 cup of PFP + 1/2 cup of almond meal or oat flour).
Q U I N O A F L O U RTechnically a seed, quinoa’s uses go beyond salads and side dishes! You can buy the flour already prepared in the flour aisle, but we like to make it ourselves by processing just what we need in a blender or coffee grinder. Be sure you use uncooked quinoa This flour gives treats a light, nutty flavor that’s great added to just about anything. For a more intense flavor, you can lightly toast the quinoa seeds before processing it! How to use it:
- Replace 25-100% of the flour in a recipe in a 1 to 1 ratio.
C O C O N U T F L O U RMade from one of our favorite superfoods, coconut flour is a great alternative to flour! While it makes great tasting goodies, this flour does absorb a lot of liquid and can be a little tricky to work with if you're creating a treat from scratch. For this reason, we recommend you go with a tested recipe! How to use it:
- ~ Follow a recipe!
- ~ If you do experiment, substitute regular flour in a 25% to 1 ratio and add an extra egg! (ie: replace 1 cup of flour with 1/4 cup of coconut flour)
ALMOND MEALAlmonds makes a deliciously nutty base for your favorite baked treats! You'll love that it adds a huge boost of nutrients along with a heartier more filling flavor. They're really great added to muffins, cookies and flavored breads.
Almond Flour vs Almond MealAlmond flour is made from blanched almond that are then ground into a fine powder. In short, no skins. Almond meal is made by grinding whole almonds. While we prefer using almond meal since it contains more nutrients, using almond flour will give you a finer, lighter texture. How to use it:
- ~ For most recipes, replace 25-50% of regular flour with almond meal or flour.
- ~ Use with PFP in any of your favorite recipes. See ratio above.