Low Carb Flour Substitutes for Healthy Recipes

Low Carb Flour Substitutes for Healthy Recipes

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Everyone wants to lose weight without sacrificing flavor in the kitchen.

Low carb flour substitutes give you the freedom to enjoy baked goods while maintaining your carbs intake under check and aid weight loss.

Popular low-carb baking flours, such as nuts and seeds come from grain-free sources and can give a different flavor to baked goods.

You could make low carb baking flour yourself if not they’re found in almost all grocery stores.

Improving nutrition and lowering net carbs is one of the main reasons to ditch regular plain flours. When following a higher fat or ketogenic diet it’s also essential to make replacements to lower sugar varieties.

The prevalence of low carb flour in recipes has exponentially grown.

Many people love the taste opposed to regular flour or self-raising flour but don’t know how to use various flours to prepare delicious meals.

You could use low carb flour replacements in your soups, baked goods, smoothies, stews, shakes and other tasty recipes.

These are some of our preferred low carb flour substitutes you can buy to use in your recipes. Don’t deprive yourself of your favorite high carb recipes, just include alternatives to kickstart your nutrition.

Low Carb Flour Substitutes for Baking

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If your counting carbs in flour, keep an eye on the total dietary fiber found in food. With every gram of fiber be sure to eliminate a gram of carbs, which returns net carbs.

A simple method is to subtract the total grams of dietary fiber from the total carbohydrates to calculate net carbs total.

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Almond Flour

Almond flour is a popular pick and maybe the most popular of all from the list.

A multipurpose nut flour that works in a variety of baking recipes is almond flour.

The term ”almond flour” is sometimes used correspondently with ”almond flour,” as they are both come from ground almonds, almond meal though may have a rougher texture and various nutrition content than almond flour.

Almond flour contains around 160 calories and 6 grams of carbs per quarter of a cup.

Replacing almond flour for all-purpose flour saves 18 grams of carbs and contributes an additional 2.2 grams of fiber per quarter-cup. It makes a great ketogenic flour substitute for a healthier diet.

Coconut Flour

Made from dried and defatted coconut meat coconut flour is an excellent low-carb flour alternative.

Coconut flour contains approximately 120 calories and 16 grams of carbs per quarter-cup, a quarter-cup of wheat flour gives you 8 grams fewer carbs.

With 10 grams of fiber per quarter-cup serving, coconut flour is also an excellent source of fiber.

As it can be baked at the same temperature as other recipes, using coconut flour requires no need for adjustment.

Flaxseed Flour

Made of ground whole flaxseeds, flaxseed flour gives a nutty flavor to baked goods.

Flax seeds are a source of alpha-linolenic acid, omega-3 fatty acids, which help protects the heart and eye health.

Per one quarter-cup flaxseed flour contains 150 calories and 8 grams of carbohydrates, which is 16 grams of carbohydrate less than wheat flour.

Soy Flour

Soy flour contains a total carb content of 8 grams and 3 grams of dietary fiber per 1/4-cup serving.

Watch baked goods carefully as soy flour causes quick browning, and take them out of the oven a little early.

Sunflower Seed Meal

Sunflower seed meal and flour is a favorite if you’re allergic to popular almond flour or coconut flour varieties. They contain high amounts of vitamins and minerals and is good to use in place of an almond meal with the same measurements.

There slightly more expensive than other meals but is super easy to make your own at home.

Grab your sunflower seeds, place them in a mini handheld food blender or coffee grinder and blitz them for a few seconds. How easy is that?

Psyllium Husk

While psyllium husk isn’t exactly a flour, it’s a perfect replacement and easy to use in recipes. One of the main benefits is it helps bind ingredients together if not using eggs and thickens recipes.

It’s also great to use if you struggle to get your recommended intake of fiber for the day.

How to use Low Carb Flours

Numerous low carb flour substitutes, including flaxseed, almond and coconut are naturally free of gluten.

Gluten is a protein in wheat which allows baked products to rise. A good ratio is 3:1 almond flour to coconut flour.

Each combination varies in its nutritional content and how it acts in cookery.

Baking healthy recipes with flour substitutes is not an exact swap from regular flours. You can’t simply replace ingredients with nuts and seeds and expect the same outcome.

Low-carb flour substitution nearly imitates all-purpose flour without additional eggs needed.

Although adding an egg can be useful to provide more structure for baking quick cakes, muffins, and bread, additionally increasing the raising agent somewhat can be helpful.

You could also grind your nuts and seeds to make your low carb flour.

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If new to keto cooking then a good method to begin using alternatives flour is to include them in your favorite recipes.

Make the necessary modifications to the baked treats you or your family eat regularly.

Over time you build knowledge and become more accustomed to cooking healthier meals with alternative foods.

These are just a few ways to incorporate healthier foods into your keto or low carb diet.

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What replacements do you make when following a low carb or keto diet lifestyle?

11 thoughts on “Low Carb Flour Substitutes for Healthy Recipes

  1. When you say “A good ratio is 3:1 Almond Flour to coconut flour” do you mean mixing the 2 at say, 3 cups almond flour with 1 cup coconut flour will make a concoction that resembles all purpose flour? Just to make sure I am interpreting this correctly…

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  2. Tenho uma dúvida me disseram que farinha de berinjela é muito boa também , aqui perto de casa ela e a de linhaça são as mais fáceis de achar .Posso fazer qualquer receita com elas ? é por que ultimamente faço as doces com linhaça e as salgadas com berinjela está certo isso ? estou na dieta low card

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  3. Question!
    I am allergic to almonds and therefore cannot use the flour. I have been using coconut flour, but have come to realize that not everything that’s “made with almond flour” can be substituted for coconut . Any suggestions? Can I still use the coconut just at a different ratio?

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    1. Yes, you can use coconut flour as a replacement for almond flour, and the ratio would obviously vary for each recipe.

      I generally use ¼-½ cup coconut flour substituted for 1 cup of almond flour.

      You would have to also add extra liquid to help combine ingredients due to using less flour.

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  4. I have a question regarding which flour to use when frying. I love fried chicken gizzards! I like them kinda crisp. So which flour would I use to fry them in?

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    1. I very rarely fry food anymore, but I used to love a mix of almond flour, flaxseed meal, crushed pork rinds with egg wash.

      To make sure it does not fall apart coat the chicken in flour/crumbs, then egg wash, then flour/crumbs again.

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  5. when replacing 1 cup of flour, what would be the replacement using almond flour or if using coconut flour. how do you know how much liquid to add? I have made protein powder mug cakes how do I replace the protein powder?

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    1. Each recipe is of different and you would have to experiment.

      Try replacement almond flour exactly with regular flour and see how your recipe turns out. 1 cup regular flour = 1/3 cup coconut flour.

      You have to test recipes especially with mug cakes, every recipe calls for a different amount of liquid. With coconut flour, you may need more liquid as it absorbs much more moisture.

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