Over the years, I have had a few requests for a recipe for a gluten free flour mix without xanthan gum or any other gums, totally gum-free. After multiple attempts, I finally figured out the perfect solution. The one thing I like about using psyllium husk powder is how smooth it makes the tops of dough. However, psyllium husk powder makes dough too soft. It creates a lack of structure in dough making impossible to mold. So, I have figured a workaround by adding yet another ingredient along with psyllium husk powder that works like a charm.
Product You May Need (the Exact Brands I Used):
Superfine White Rice Flour (I used Vitacost brand which has been out of stock a lot through Covid. Use Authentic Foods instead.) Viddies Ulta Fine Rice Flour, which I have not tried yet, has received tons of great reviews as well.
Can’t I Just Use More Psyllium Husk Powder?
Using enough psyllium husk powder to create enough structure for bread and pastry dough would mean using three times the amount of gum which creates a sticky texture and requires additional liquid.
Can I Use All Brown Rice Flour?
You may substitute the superfine white rice flour with either Bob’s Red Mill brown rice flour, Vitacost superfine brown rice flour, or Authentic Foods superfine brown rice flour.
Has This Flour Mix Been Tested?
So far, I have only tested this when making the Small Batch Gluten Free Puff Pastry Recipe. I’m sure it can also be used in the Gluten & Dairy Free Puff Pastry Recipe as well. Dough has been the hardest for me to find a gum-free substitute. So, when this worked, I was so pleased! I’m sure it will be fine in cakes, pancakes, etc. However, cakes and such may need a tad bit more liquid as psyllium husk absorbs liquid.
How Do I Substitute Xanthan Gum in Recipes Not Calling for This Flour Blend?
In recipes not calling for gluten free all-purpose flour, substitute 1 part xanthan gum with 1 part apple pectin plus 1 part psyllium husk powder. Example: 1 teaspoon xanthan gum should be replaced with 1 teaspoon apple pectin plus 1 teaspoon psyllium husk powder.
How Do I Use This Flour Mix Recipe to Convert Traditional Recipes?
When converting gluten recipes to gluten free, use 90% of this flour mix compared the full amount called for in a traditional recipe calling for all-purpose flour. See Carla’s recipe for Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour Blend to learn how to do the math. It shows 89%,, which is the exact amount you should use, but 90% works well enough.
I Don’t Need to Avoid Gums. What Flour Mix Should I Use?
The best gluten free flour blend is Carla’s recipe for Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour Blend, which contains xanthan gum.
Gluten Free Flour Mix Without Xanthan Gum (Gum-Free)
- 3 cups superfine white rice flour not "sweet" rice flour (or 2 cups white and 1 cup brown rice flour)
- 1-1/8 cups potato starch not potato flour (or cornstarch, if potato intolerant)
- 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons tapioca flour or cornstarch
- 2-1/2 teaspoons apple pectin
- 2-1/2 teaspoons psyllium husk powder
Sift together all of the above ingredients and store in an air-tight container. For long storage, store in the freezer.