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What flour is ok for paleo cooking?
« on: April 14, 2012, 07:37:05 AM »
Hi there,

I am looking for paleo-friendly flour. The following are at least wheat and gluten free, but I don't want to buy them in case they are non paleo.

 Please let me know if any of them are acceptable. Thank you!


Amaranth flour

Arrowroot flour

Buckwheat flour

Chia flour

Hemp flour


Millet flour

Quinoa flour

Rye flour

Sorghum flour

Tapioca flour

Teff flour




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Re: What flour is ok for paleo cooking?
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2012, 08:11:42 AM »
There is no acceptible flour that I know of.  Paleo does not use flour.  Eat meat a veggies, drink clean water.... That is Paleo.


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Re: What flour is ok for paleo cooking?
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2012, 10:35:44 AM »
Paleo is clean meat, clean vegetables....no baking, no flour

I think I have maybe 4-5 times in the past 18 month used half a teaspoon of cornflour as a thickener.  Chestnut flour is technically paleo, but any kind of bread or cake made with it is most definitely not!

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Re: What flour is ok for paleo cooking?
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2012, 01:23:01 PM »
Thank you both for your responses.

I am just looking for flour to make vegetable fritters and pancakes (fried in olive oil).

I hadn't heard of chestnut flour- thank you for mentioning it, I will try it. Since first posting I've read about almond flour and coconut flour, which I will also try.

Just a question: would this food be considered non Paleo by more dedicated dieters/followers?

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Re: What flour is ok for paleo cooking?
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2012, 02:12:11 PM »
Almond flour, IMO, is rank - bitter and acidic; you need a lot of sugar to make it palatable.  Chestnut flour is probably much more palatable (chestnuts if you eat them taste quite sweet) but it's really just empty carbs and you may as well use rice flour or cornflour

Marks daily apple has a recipe for vegetable latkas that I don't think requires flour

As it says in my signature, if it needs a prefix ("paleo brownies", "paleo pancakes") then it's not really paleo.


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Re: What flour is ok for paleo cooking?
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2012, 02:28:53 PM »
Thanks so much for your helpful info! The recipe you mentioned is great, and seems very easy to make. Can't wait to try it :)

I'll add the link in case anyone else is interested: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/vegetable-latkes/#axzz1s3HMX06c
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Re: What flour is ok for paleo cooking?
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2012, 05:14:32 PM »
I don't bake anything with flour, but occasionally I use a spoonful of rice flour for thickening gravies etc. There's no nutriment in it, but not too much harmful either.

If one of the kids asks for pancakes eg for their birthday, I use a commercial gluten-free buckwheat pancake mix and serve them with real maple syrup and heavy cream. It's rubbish but I can't be bothered trying to make something pseudo-paleo, and at least being gluten-free it doesn't upset our guts.

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Re: What flour is ok for paleo cooking?
« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2012, 10:02:32 AM »
I am just looking for flour to make vegetable fritters and pancakes (fried in olive oil).

This is double bad:

- Vegetable fritters instead of vegetables.
- Using olive oil to fry (as it oxidizes with temperature).

Try to get used to eating foods as they are, instead of crutches. It will pay off in the long run.

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Re: What flour is ok for paleo cooking?
« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2012, 03:36:26 PM »
Almond flour, IMO, is rank - bitter and acidic; you need a lot of sugar to make it palatable.  Chestnut flour is probably much more palatable (chestnuts if you eat them taste quite sweet) but it's really just empty carbs and you may as well use rice flour or cornflour

For what it's worth, I once tried making a pie crust from almond flour, and it tasted okay - pretty tasteless, actually.  It was very heavy in the stomach, though, and I didn't do it again.

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Re: What flour is ok for paleo cooking?
« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2012, 01:29:15 AM »
This is double bad:

- Vegetable fritters instead of vegetables.

Yikes, I think I will have to rename my diet 'Paleo-inspired' rather than Paleo! I have fully given up dairy, legumes, wheat and grain.
Just thinking about the god damn vegetable fritters puts me in a good mood... I can't let go of that feeling! :P
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Re: What flour is ok for paleo cooking?
« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2012, 01:40:50 PM »
Most vegetable fritters contain flour (grains, so not paleo) and potatoes (tubers, so not paleo).  You might be able to skip those ingredients and still make them work, though - basically egg patties with some vegetables in them.

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Re: What flour is ok for paleo cooking?
« Reply #11 on: April 17, 2012, 02:31:48 PM »
Almond flour or any other nut flour is doable, but also very expensive. (Most stores I've seen have almond flour for like $11/lb.) You can also use soy flour, but the texture and consistency is similar to cornmeal, and the finished product will taste like cornbread. That might be good for your fritters.

You're really best just staying away from flour period, but those are some options if you really want to use them.

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Re: What flour is ok for paleo cooking?
« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2012, 04:40:39 PM »
Almond flour, IMO, is rank - bitter and acidic; you need a lot of sugar to make it palatable.  Chestnut flour is probably much more palatable (chestnuts if you eat them taste quite sweet) but it's really just empty carbs and you may as well use rice flour or cornflour

For what it's worth, I once tried making a pie crust from almond flour, and it tasted okay - pretty tasteless, actually.  It was very heavy in the stomach, though, and I didn't do it again.

I just still can't get over the paleo brownie debacle!!

Maybe one day I will make the the kindof-paleo-friendly pumpkin pie recipe that's floating around, I think it uses pecans in the crust rather than almonds

OP - never had vegetable fritters so don't really get the obsession but you can use paleo friendly root veg (swede, turnip, celeraic, parsnip) instead of the potato and I would suggest a shake of coconut flour in lieu of wheatflour - failing that cornflour, rice flour and chestnut flour are basically just empty starch so not super harmful.  But fry in lard or coconut oil, not olive oil

Forget the pancakes...sorry!

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Re: What flour is ok for paleo cooking?
« Reply #13 on: April 18, 2012, 08:10:50 AM »
Almond flour or any other nut flour is doable, but also very expensive. (Most stores I've seen have almond flour for like $11/lb.) You can also use soy flour, but the texture and consistency is similar to cornmeal, and the finished product will taste like cornbread. That might be good for your fritters.

Soy flour is just as nonpaleo as wheat flour - soy is a legume.

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Re: What flour is ok for paleo cooking?
« Reply #14 on: April 18, 2012, 09:15:50 PM »
I use almond flour whenever I decide to make meatballs, chicken fingers, etc.  My wife does make almond flour cookies, and it does need sugar but we use honey instead.  Is it 100% Paleo, no, but I make an exemption for that.