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Your handy guide to converting any recipe to gluten free

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A few simple ways to have your gluten-free cake and eat it too

For some, going gluten free is the latest diet craze, and for others, it's a way of life. Whether you fall to the left or to the right or somewhere in between, we've got all your bases covered. With five simple recipe hacks, gluten-free cooking doesn't have to be flavorless or all that complicated.

If you have celiac disease, a wheat allergy or just want to clean up your diet, you'll be happy to know that most recipes can be easily altered to avoid the big G.

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 of xanthan gum.

More: Coconut-veggie fried brown rice is a healthier spin on takeout

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.

A few simple ways to have your gluten-free cake and eat it too
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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. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Blend the ingredients, and place the 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 xanthan gum for every 1-1/2 cups flour mixture

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4. Consider arrowroot powder

Arrowroot powder 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.

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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 of baking powder for every cup of flour used in a recipe. Some flours may be a bit drier, so you may have to add additional liquid ingredients, such as water or oil, depending on what the recipe calls for.

Updated by Bethany Ramos on 5/13/16

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