For gluten-free recipes, having a good flour mix is essential, obviously. A few years ago, I shared how to make the cheapest gluten free flour mix ever. I was (and am) quite proud of it. It’s super easy, super cheap, and can be made even cheaper if you grind your own flour.
I’ve used that mix for nearly every recipe under the sun, and loved it. But, as with most areas of life, even our go-to flour mix has evolved.
I like this one better in many ways. It has a better flavor, and gives baked goods better structure.
I wouldn’t be afraid to test this gluten-free flour mix recipe against some of the most highly rated commercial mixes out there, and unlike the first mix, I use this one for everything. Everything. From cakes, to cookies, to bread. Yes, even bread, usually with few modifications.
That said, this mix isn’t for everyone.
Who this mix is for:
Anyone who want a…
- Reasonably inexpensive flour mix
- Excellent flavor blend
- Excellent textures of finished products
- A truly all-purpose blend
Who this mix isn’t for:
Anyone who wants…
- The cheapest of the cheap (you can get that here.)
- Is sensitive to corn products
- Anyone who can’t find reasonably priced corn flour
- Doesn’t like the color yellow. (har-har)
The magic ingredient in this flour mix, in case you haven’t guessed, is corn flour. Not cornmeal, and not cornstarch, but corn flour.
But why corn?
Corn tends to be ground very finely, a must in gluten-free baking, and not only that, it’s high protein content lend structure to gluten-free doughs and baters. Something that is sorely missing when gluten is removed.
But what about GMOs?
The best way to be sure that you’re not consuming genetically modified corn is by purchasing organic corn flour. Genetically modified organisms cannot be grown organically. That said, organic flour can get expensive. The key is to always read labels, and to be willing to call the companies and ask about their stance on GMOs.
How much more expensive is this flour mix?
Sad to say, I haven’t been able to grind my own corn flour, though I still firmly believe in grinding your own grain when possible, and certainly grind my own brown rice for this mix.
The cheapest of the cheap flour mix cost me a mere $0.34 at the time that article was written. Well, the price of rice came up, and cornstarch went down, thanks to ordering in bulk. Still, It’s costing us less than $0.50/pound.
And since corn flour will make up 1/3 of this mix, that brings the total cost per pound of mix up to $1.03 per pound.
That’s a pretty significant price increase!
But it’s also still very cheap, and for me, it’s well worth it, because it has paid dividends in the improved quality of my baked goods.
So, if you care to spend as much as a dollar-three on flour mix – which, by the way, is still waaay cheaper than any premade mix on the market – I highly recommend this gluten-free flour mix recipe.
(Another thing I feel I should mention is that we don’t actually pay that much since we bought our corn flour with a co-op in 50lb bags.)
So are you ready to get down to business and make some flour mix? Alrighty!
Gluten-Free Flour Mix Recipe
- Mix all ingredients together thoroughly, and store in an airtight container.
Multiply this recipe by however times you want to, just remember, one part of each main ingredient, and 1 teaspoon of gum per cup of flour.
*Note on the gum: I do not personally add gum directly to my mix. I find it more efficient and cheaper to add a custom amount to each recipe because some recipe, like bread, will need the full 1 tsp. per cup, and other recipes, like pancakes, need little-to-no gum at all.
Enjoy! You will love this flour mix! And just so you know, it’s been tested with almost every recipe on this site. 🙂