You’ll be amazed by how easy and healthy it is to stock a gluten-free baking pantry! With so many gluten-free options on the market and on your grocers shelves, stocking your pantry is easy. Below are the items that a well-stocked gluten-free pantry should have.
Brown Rice Flour – You can purchase prepared brown rice flour or make your own. Just put 1 cup of brown rice into a high speed blender or flour grinder and grinding until it is the consistency you want.
Coconut Flour – You can purchase this already made or even make your own using the leftover pulp from making coconut milk. You can also make it from dried coconut flakes using your high speed blender.
Raw Nuts – Nut flours are easily made from any raw nuts that you purchase. Buy unsalted raw nuts to use for any type of nut flour like almond flour. The harder the nut, the better flour it will produce when blended in your high speed blender. Be sure to blend just until flour consistency, otherwise you will end up with nut butter.
Steel Cut Oats – Breakfast is made easy with steel cut oats. These oats can also be ground into gluten free flour, which can be used to make many different types of breads.
Dried Chickpeas – You can easily made chickpea flour with dried chickpeas and a high speed blender. Just wash them first and pick through the peas for stones, then dry them in the oven for a couple of hours on 200 degrees. Let them cool before processing in your blender.
Corn Meal – Make sure you’re purchasing the meal and not corn mix. The mix has flour in it and isn’t the right type of corn meal to buy. Look for gluten-free corn meal. Corn meal can be used in a variety of recipes including corn bread.
Cocoa Powder – The best cocoa powder to purchase is, of course, 100 percent dark chocolate, but depending on your baking needs, you may want to have a variety of cocoa powders in your pantry. Purchasing unsweetened cocoa powders will also give you control over how much sugar you desire in your items.
Xanthan Gum – This item is used as a thickening and stabilizing agent in baked goods. Caution: some people have reactions to this ingredient so, if you find that you do, do not use it.
Baking Powder – You can purchase aluminum free baking powder at the grocery or online.
Baking Soda – Any baking soda is gluten free.
Chia Seeds – These are great blended into flour and used as a binding agent in baked goods or puddings.
Flax Seeds – Buy whole flax seed instead of flour and grind it as you need it because it will last longer.
Expandex Modified Tapioca Starch – This is the best tapioca starch that you can use in your baking. It can also be used as a thickener without adding heat.
All of the above mentioned items are usually easily found in grocery stores today. Some stores have devoted sections for gluten free items. If your grocer doesn’t carry a particular item, you can always ask the manager to start carrying it. Alternatively, you can also order many of these items online, which makes it easier than even to stock your gluten-free pantry.