Recently updated on August 8th, 2023

A bag of gluten-free flour sits on a counter next to fresh lemons and homemade gluten-free lemon bars.

If you’re new to a gluten-free lifestyle, you might feel lost when it comes to substituting gluten-free flour for bread and other baked goods. Maybe you used to love baking or have sticker shock from seeing the premade gluten-free options in your supermarket. But the good news is that you can make your own incredible-tasting baked goods with a few simple ingredients. One brand we love is Bob’s Red Mill. They’ve been milling wholesome, all-natural flours and grains since 1978, and we’re proud to offer many of them at Ocean State Job Lot!

A line of five small wooden bowls each with a different flour.

Which Flour is Best?

It can take time to research which gluten-free flour to use or how to mix them to get the best results. However, we can help! Here are some of our favorite Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free flours and their uses:

Want to bake yeasty bread? Try gluten-free all-purpose baking flour! It’s a premixed blend that just needs a little xanthan gum or guar gum. Not sure how much to add? Details on the back of the package tell you how to get the best results.

1-to-1 baking flour is a unique blend that you can use as a direct substitute for wheat flour. This blend makes delicious quick bread, cookies, cakes, brownies, and muffins.

Brown rice flour has a mild, nutty flavor and is best used as breading, for thickening sauces and gravies, and in pancakes, muffins, and gluten-free bread.

White rice flour gives baked goods a soft sponginess. You can use it to make noodles, cookies, and cakes, as breading, or to thicken soups, sauces, and gravies.

Coconut flour is a great way to add some fiber to your recipe. Just two tablespoons adds five grams of fiber. You can replace up to 20 percent of a recipe’s suggested flour with coconut flour or use it as a breading.  

Whole-grain quinoa flour is great for baked goods and pan-fried favorites. Substitute this flour for half of the all-purpose flour in many recipes. 

Almond flour is low in carbohydrates and is great for gluten-free and grain-free cooking too! It’s great as a breading and gives cakes, cookies, pancakes, and muffins a moist texture and a rich buttery flavor. 

Sorghum flour has a delicate flavor and makes a great addition to your gluten-free flour blend. It’s versatile and can be used for bread, cakes, cookies, and more. 

Pick Your Favorite Flours From Our Selection

Tips for Success

It can be hard to figure out when you first start baking and cooking with gluten-free flour. For example, here are some things to watch out for:

  • Gluten-free batter tends to be looser and absorb more water. You might be tempted to add more flour – but don’t! You’ll just end up with a dry, crumbly mess. 
  • They also don’t get the same lift or rise that wheat flour products have, so sometimes a recipe will call for extra baking powder or even eggs to add some structure. 
  • Don’t rely on tried and true methods like a toothpick coming out clean or checking for browning. Gluten-free products are notorious for looking underdone even when they aren’t. 
  • Let your batter rest. Gluten-free batter can have a sandy or grainy texture. Letting it rest for at least 30 minutes is a way to avoid this from happening. 
  • Because they have more water, gluten-free batters take longer to bake. 

On the other hand, there are a couple of benefits of gluten-free baking! Firstly, you can’t over-mix a gluten-free batter like traditional wheat flour batters and doughs, and secondly, the batters are thinner, so there’s no kneading necessary!

Eliminate Guesswork With Pre-Blended Mixes!

Want to take the guesswork out of baking? Ocean State Job Lot’s got you covered! We have an amazing selection of Bob Red Mill’s mixes. Each one comes with detailed directions and recipes on the back of the package. They make it easy to know exactly which ingredients you’ll need on hand! 

Choosing the right gluten-free flour can be challenging. Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free flours are certified gluten-free. In addition, they’re also prepared in a facility that protects against cross-contamination – a serious concern for those with Celiac disease. 

Most importantly, we love being able to offer our customers affordable, nutritious products from a company that aligns with our Mission, Vision, Values. Ocean State Job Lot believes in strengthening our communities through our commitment to everyday value, our investments in associates, our relationships with customers, and our passion for charitable giving.