If you follow a gluten free diet (either by choice or because you're coeliac) then your life is a lot easier now than it was 10 years ago. There are loads of gluten free options out there now, and we've written about lots of them, from gluten free beer to gluten free chocolate.
But although you've got more gluten free options than ever, you still have to watch out when it comes to what you eat. Popular food products such as bread and pasta still mostly use wheat flour as the main ingredient, and that's obviously a major source of gluten.
However, there are loads of excellent alternatives to wheat flour out there which are gluten free, the best of which we've rounded up for this guide. Let's get into it:
We've featured the Freee brand on our website many times (most recently in our gluten free cereal guide), and we have to say that the range of products from this brand is really impressive. The gluten free flour from Freee is a great example of this, as not only can you buy plain white gluten free flour from this brand (pictured), but you can also buy self raising flour, and white or brown bread flour. It's so amazing to have all of these options as it allows people who are following a gluten free diet to make a variety of food, from cakes to bread. The Freee plain white flour that we tried is very close in texture to normal plain white flour and worked perfectly for our recipe. Learn more and buy it here - amazon.co.uk
Biona organic coconut flour
Coconut flour isn't very popular here in the UK, probably because it's quite hard to find. But if you can get your hands on this product it makes for an excellent gluten free alternative to normal flour. It's naturally gluten free and also has the benefit of being a good source of protein. In terms of what you can make with coconut flour, it works perfectly for both sweet and savoury baking, as although it has a slight coconut taste, it is easily masked if you wish to make a less sweet tasting dish. We used this coconut flour from Biona which is organic and also vegan. Learn more and buy it here - ocado.com
Amisa organic quinoa flour
Quinoa is a naturally gluten free grain and is similar in texture to wheat, which is why you'll often find Quinoa flour as an ingredient in products such as gluten free pasta. You can use Quinoa flour instead of normal wheat flour when baking all sorts of things, including pancakes and pizza crusts. The high protein content of Quinoa makes quinoa flour perfect for making healthy post-workout snacks such as protein pancakes. We used this Quinoa flour from Amisa and found it to be perfect for baking. Learn more and buy it here - hollandandbarrett.com
Doves Farm oat flour
People often wrongly assume that oats contain gluten, but they actually don't. For this reason, oat flour is an excellent alternative to normal wheat flour. You can do lots of baking with oats, but we think it works best for sweet treats like muffins and cookies. Oats have a lot of texture and quite a distinctive taste which tastes great when paired with sugar. As well as being gluten-free, oats are also a great source of fibre, so you can feel extra good about eating all those cookies. We tried the oat flour from Doves Farm which is great, learn more and buy it here - tesco.com
M&S gram flour
Gram flour is made using chickpeas, so like Quinoa it's a great source of protein as well as being naturally gluten free. Gram flour is being known for being used in Indian cooking, with onion bhajis and pakora almost always being made using this flour. However, you can also use Gram flour to make things like pancakes and Yorkshire puddings. It doesn't work too well for sweet baking as the chickpea flavour comes through too much and doesn't taste great paired with sugar. We love the gram flour from M&S, learn more and buy it here - ocado.com
Tiana Cassava Flour
Cassava is a vegetable which is used every day in parts of the world such as East Africa, but here in the UK we don't use it very much at all. We really should though, because cassava flour is really versatile and an excellent gluten free alternative to wheat flour. If you want to make a pizza base or pasta, then cassava flour will give you the perfect firmness and texture. And as well as being gluten free, it's also low in fat. We like the cassava flour from Tiana, learn more and buy it here - hollandandbarrett.com
Hopefully, this guide helps you to find a great gluten free flour to use instead of wheat flour. Let us know if you've tried any of these or if you have any other suggestions for us. If you liked this guide, check out our guide to the best gluten free bread we've tried and the best UK supermarkets for gluten free food.