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How to convert a recipe to gluten-free

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Tips to make any recipe gluten-free

When it comes to cooking and baking, you don't have to limit yourself to gluten-free cookbooks just because you have Celiac disease or a wheat allergy. In fact, most recipes can be easily made without gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley products. Here's how to convert a recipe to gluten-free.

1. Swap the flour

Substitute all-purpose gluten-free flour in place of all-purpose regular flour at a ratio of 1:1. Try Bob's Red Mill all-purpose gluten-free flour. If you are baking items such as cakes and/or breads, add 1 teaspoon xanthan gum.

2. Eliminate the flour

Try omitting the flour altogether. If you are craving peanut butter cookies, for example, try this simple recipe without the flour:

Tips to make any recipe gluten-free

Simple gluten-free peanut butter cookie recipe

Yields 6-8


  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1-2 eggs (depending on how moist you want them to be)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Blend ingredients and place dough on a cookie sheet.
  3. Bake for about 10 minutes.

3. Create a gluten-free flour mixture

In place of flour in a recipe try this combination:

  • 3 parts white or brown rice flour
  • 2 parts potato starch
  • 1 part tapioca flour/starch
  • 1 teaspoon of xanthan gum for every 1 1/2 cups of the flour mixture

4. Consider arrowroot powder

Arrowroot powder is another ingredient that can be used in place of xanthan gum, if you are having a hard time finding the latter. As a general rule, use 1/2 teaspoon of arrowroot powder for each cup of wheat flour called for in any recipe. Note: Round up if the recipe calls for a partial cup.

5. Experiment with ingredients

Other ingredients in the recipe may need to be adjusted when trying new flours and flour combinations. For example, use 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder for every cup of flour used in a recipe. Some flours also may be a bit dryer, so you may have to add additional liquid ingredients such as water or oil, depending on what the recipe calls for.

Try these gluten-free goodies

Gluten-free pear, honey and hazelnut tart
Gluten-free banana quinoa muffins
Sweet and spicy gluten-free brownies

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