Have you used Gluten Free Flour Blends? They all claim to be able to substitute 1 for 1 in any recipe. Now, this is technically true, but the outcomes are all a bit different. Since recently being diagnosed with Celiac disease, I decided I better figure out which flour is actually the best. I decided to start with the basic Nestle Toll House cookie recipe.
I Tested each gluten free flour for texture, taste, longevity and value
I used all the same ingredients, besides the flour and replaced it 1 for 1 in the recipe. I also made sure to have the butter and eggs at the same temperature and mixed all the same. Enough science-y stuff. Let’s get down to brass tacks.
So Cup4Cup has always been my go-to for baking gluten free since I’ve had a lot of luck with it in the past. However, I did not realize it has powdered milk in it. So if you’re vegan or lactose intolerant, this is not a good option.
FLAVOR: Highest marks for flavor. Cup4Cup gluten free flour was closest in flavor to regular all-purpose flour.
TEXTURE: These cookies came out the thinnest, which means they need to be under-baked to keep from being too crispy.
LONGEVITY: The longevity was just ok. However, this is typical of gluten free flours. You typically want to eat anything made with gf flour on the same day. So it was as expected.
VALUE: This is rated the lowest. While the flavor is very good, the price tag is hefty compared to it’s gf counterparts. The price on Amazon is the best though. So if you decide to give it a try, use this link to purchase.
King Arthur Flour Measure for Measure (spoiler, this was my favorite)
The Measure for Measure gluten free flour was the healthiest blend. The first ingredient is brown rice flour and is full of natural vitamins and minerals. It also has no surprise ingredients, like milk.
FLAVOR: The flavor was just OK. There is a slight taste of brown rice. It isn’t bad, it’s just that it’s there. You know? Now, the added health benefits and the following reasons make this less important.
TEXTURE: Now this was the best part. The cookies had a great rise, were thick, chewy and felt most similar to regular all-purpose flour. Really, as close to perfect as I’ve had.
LONGEVITY: These also tasted the best 2 days after baking. Just barely dried out. And they kept their great texture even a day or two after that. Pretty impressive, eh?
VALUE: Now, at half the price of Cup4Cup, King Arthur Measure for Measure flour also gets highest marks for value. I order from Amazon since it’s not carried in all the stores around here.
Bob’s Red Mill 1 for 1 Flour
Bob’s Red Mill 1 for 1 gluten free flour blend gave the cookies a nice, even rise. Thinner than the King Arthur Flour, but thicker than the Cup4Cup. This flour came out the driest and had a grainy texture.
FLAVOR: The flavor was very good. No odd aftertaste, similar to AP flour. The ingredients are mostly rice flour. No milk like Cup4Cup, but not full of fiber and vitamins like King Arthur Flour.
TEXTURE: The texture again was the grainiest and driest. So it would need to be under baked to make it taste the best.
LONGEVITY: These were good for about a day, which is typical of GF flours. So I would recommend making a half batch at a time, unless you’re having a party.
VALUE: Bob’s Red Mill is about the same cost per ounce as King Arthur Flour, so it’s a fairly good deal.