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Baking Substitution List

When cooking gluten-free, it’s not always a cup-for-cup replacement. Amounts may vary, and other chemical agents may be needed.

Baking-substitution-list-2-SunCakeMomGluten-free flours can require more moisture and often thickeners/binders such as Xanthan gum or Guar gum added.

  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour: 1/2 cup all purpose + 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose: 1/2 cup whole-wheat + 1/2 cup all-purpose (white). If you make this 100% whole-wheat, baked goods will be “dense.”
  • 1 cup all-purpose (white) flour: 1 cup soft white wheat also called whole-wheat baking flour
  • Almond flour: substitute 1:1 with all-purpose (white) flour. Almond flour tends to carry more moisture. To help offset the moisture factor when baking with almond flour, you may need to add even more almond flour or an alternative gluten-free flour, chia seeds or flax seeds. Almond flour lacks the binding agent gluten. Egg whites make for a great binder because they can help firm things up without altering the flavor.
  • Coconut flour is extraordinarily absorbent and very little coconut flour is needed to successfully produce a recipe. In baked goods, you generally want to substitute 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup coconut flour for 1 cup grain-based flour. You will also need to increase the number of eggs. In general for every one cup of coconut flour you use, you will need to use six beaten eggs in your recipe in addition to approximately one cup liquid such as coconut milk. When baking with coconut, it is best to use established recipes rather than waste considerable expense and time with experimentation.
  • Buckwheat flour: Just like substituting for whole-wheat above. 1/2 cup buckwheat + 1/2 cup all-purpose to 1 cup all-purpose.

(1 Egg) can be substituted with:

1/2 mashed banana
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (or other pureed fruit such as pears or prunes)
1/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
1/4 cup plain yogurt or sour cream
1/4 cup pureed tofu + 1 tablespoon flour
1/4 cup oil
1 tablespoon ground Flax seed + 3 tablespoons warm water. (Mix and let stand for 5 minutes until gel-like.)
commercial egg replacer
2 tablespoons water + 1 tablespoon oil + 2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon apple cider or white distilled vinegar + 1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons water + 1 tablespoon oil + 2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon apple cider or white distilled vinegar + 1 teaspoon baking soda


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