Best Gluten-Free Flour Mix Ever

We just got back from our vacation last night.  I slept 11 hours last night, and woke up this morning still tired.  I told my husband, “I feel like I could sleep for two days!!”  I probably could.  Now that I’m 6.5 months pregnant, it doesn’t help fatigue that I have a baby pushing up on my lungs, diminishing my lung capacity.


I will soon post vacation pics and stories.

In the meantime, as I’ve been going through my 183 e-mails, I’ve been having an e-converstaion with a fellow celiac, who is in need of some support.  She, among other things, asked what flours I used.  For a cake recipe I sent to her, I told her that 1/2 sweet rice flour and 1/2 sorghum flour would work great.  But, for my everyday baking, I now use a flour mix that I semi-recently concocted.

I have been working for literally YEARS, tinkering with mixtures to make a genuinely all-purpose mix.  I think I’ve finally found one.  I’ve been using it for about six weeks, and have used it in all sorts of recipes, sweet and savory.  For me, a real test of a flour mix’s effectiveness is how well it works in super-simple recipes, like for biscuits.  Everyone in the family says that the biscuits I’ve made from this flour are the best I’ve ever made.  My husband said they’re better than the pre-celiac/regular wheat flour biscuits I used to make.  Woo hoo!  I haven’t tried them in shortbread, which, IMO, is the extreme-simple test of g.f. flours…  If anyone beats me to it, and tries it in shortbread, let me know your results.


  • I say “part” instead of cups.  Sometimes, I use a 2-cup measure, sometimes I use a 4-cup.  Especially when I’m using larger amounts, I don’t even worry about exact measurements.  Don’t bring out the knife and level it off.  Try to keep it as simple as possible.
  • For xanthan gum and potato FLOUR, I use 1 tsp per cup of flour.  Since there are 3 tsp in one Tbsp, and 4 Tbsp in a quarter cup, when I’m using the 4-cup measure, that equals a slightly rounded 1/4 cup measure.

Best Gluten-Free Flour Mix Ever

  • 1 part brown rice flour
  • 1 part sorghum flour (also known as jawar or juwar flour)
  • 1 part white rice flour
  • 1 part sweet rice flour
  • 1/2 part corn starch
  • 1/2 part potato starch
  • 1/4 part millet flour (either ‘black’/bajri or ‘normal’ yellow)
  • potato flour – 1 tsp per cup
  • xanthan gum – 1 tsp per cup

Whisk together VERY thoroughly in a very large bowl.  Store in tightly covered container — I use gallon ziploc freezer bags.  If you bake a lot, and will use all the flour within two-three weeks, simply store in your pantry.  Otherwise, store in fridge or freezer.

June 25, 2011 — I just sent this e-mail to a reader who was bemoaning the cost of the above ingredients.  I sent her this reply with hints to find them for less:

Getting started with gluten-free baking is, indeed, very pricey.  Most ingredients, as you have found, are not ones that are readily available (at least, for cheap) at the neighborhood market. 

If you live in/near a large city, your best bet for at least some of the ingredients are an Asian market.  Unless you’re well-acquainted with your local Asian market, prepare to spend a LONG time finding the ingredients you need.  All of the Asian markets I’ve been in are typically organized per country:  An aisle for Japanese, an aisle for Chinese, and aisle for Indian food, and aisle for Middle Eastern, etc.  So, rather than there just being ONE aisle for flour, you’ll be criss-crossing the store to find each ingredient.  But, once you find your way, and remember where each product is located, it’s worth it, because the prices are typically 1/4 – 1/3 (or better) than a regular grocer.  Also, if you have a smart phone, bring it along while shopping, so you can Google the name of a flour to find its English-language equivalent.

White rice flour and sweet rice (also called glutinous rice four) are typically available for 70 cents to $1.00 per 12-16 oz bag.  The regular rice flour is typically in a clear plastic bag with red ink.  Glutinous/sweet rice flour is usually in a bag with green ink.  (You can probably find them in other packaging, too, but the red and green packages are really common, and usually the least expensive.)  Corn starch, potato starch, and millet flour (with the Middle Eastern food, usually, for yellow millet.  Black millet — bajri — you can find in the Indian section) I buy from my Asian market, as well.  I also buy sorghum from there.  Sorghum is used a lot in northern Indian cuisine, and is usually called Jawar or Juwar flour.

Oddly, you will probably NOT find brown rice flour in an Asian market.  Both Bob’s Red Mill and Arrowhead Mills make brown rice flour.  Usually, Arrowhead Mills has the best price.

Xanthan gum is expensive.  It’s typically in 6-8 oz packages for $9-11 per package.  However, at my local natural grocer, they have xanthan gum in bulk for $5.99 lb.  Still expensive, but half of “normal.”

Potato flour is very expensive, as well.  I buy Bob’s Red Mill. 

The only good news about the most expensive ingredients — xanthan gum and potato flour — is that you only use a few teaspoons per recipe.  However, that is only effective if you do a LOT of gluten-free baking. 

So….  if you plan on only making one or two items, and don’t want to make a giant investment, you might be better off buying ready-made mixes.  🙂

Hope that helps!!


About Karen Joy

I'm a partially-homeschooling mother of six -- 3 boys ages 19, 17 and 15 years old, and three girls: 11, 8, and 3. I like birding, reading, writing, organic gardening, singing, playing guitar, hiking, the outdoors, and books. I very casually lead a very large group of homeschooling families in the Phoenix area. I have a dear hubby who designs homes for a local home builder and who is the worship pastor of our church. I live in the desert, which I used to hate, but now appreciate.

Posted on July 31, 2008, in Celiac Disease, Cooking/Baking/Food/Recipes, Dairy-free, GF Recipes, GFCF, GFCF Recipes, gluten-free. Bookmark the permalink. 87 Comments.

  1. What would you sub coconut or almond flour for? I see some flour mixes that have them in them but don’t know what to take out to sub them in? Thanks again:)

    • Coconut is *REALLY* tricky because it absorbs a ton of water (tending to make the results very mushy) and it has a ton of fiber.

      Almond is kind of the opposite: It doesn’t absorb any water. You can ADD almond meal/flour to any recipe and have it turn out fine. (1/2 cup almond flour to about 4 cups of other stuff.)

      Coconut… I still haven’t mastered it, so I’m not sure what to suggest. I have one recipe that I’ve incorporated coconut flour in very successfully (for pancakes), but that’s about it. I would try taking out only about 2 Tbsp at a time of another “heavier” flour and subbing it until you get a mix that works well for you.

  2. I don’t know if someone already commented on this, but if you are having difficulty locating a relatively cheap potato flour, check out the spanish or african market sections. It is typically near the fufu flours. I just bought one at my local Americana Grocery for $2.49/10 oz.

    • THANK YOU!! I think “fufu” is the general name for flour of any kind… I have found African oat flour and a number of other flours and starches, but I never thought about finding potato flour there!! Thanks!

  3. Karen I used your GF flour mix, I did sub out the corn starch with tapioca starch because to me corn starch seems to give baked goods a funky taste and I used guar gum rather than xantham gum just because that is what I have open right now. I made some banana bread using the mixture where the recipe called for regular flour and our room mate declared it the best banana bread he has ever tasted! He stated that if I had put walnuts in the banana bread, he would have married the loaf!:)

  4. Is it okay to leave out the potato flour? I seem to have everything else in my pantry except for that. Would this be ideal for a cake?

    • Yes, on both accounts. I like potato flour, because it adds moisture without gooey-ness, and lends to an overall finer texture. But, I have made this mix w/o potato flour — which can be hard to find — and it works just fine.

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