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Are there substitutes for rice flour? I have a snickerdoodles recipe that includes 2 cups rice flour ¼ cup ground flax meal 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon xanthan gum

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Are there substitutes for rice flour? I have a snickerdoodles recipe that includes 2 cups rice flour ?? cup ground flax meal 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon xanthan gum

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41548 · November 17, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Except coconut flour is vile.

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1005 · November 16, 2013 at 11:14 PM

There's also taro / poi.

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4458 · November 16, 2013 at 10:58 PM

Chris Kresser also talks about guar gum here, 3-reasons-why-coconut-milk-may-not-be-your-friend, for anyone interested

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321 · November 16, 2013 at 10:52 PM

Gelatin will thicken, it can takes 1.5-2 times as much as XG depending on what you are baking. Some people also use guar gum, it all depends on what your view of paleo is, how strict you are and how these different things affect you. Guar is actually Whole30 and Mark Sisson say's he wouldn't worry too much about it. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-wonderful-world-of-coconut-products/#axzz2kqr1wElj

Just depends on what works for you.

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4458 · November 16, 2013 at 10:38 PM

thx Julius. would gelatin work as well? may be not a good idea from a taste/flavour perspective, but very paleo

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321 · November 16, 2013 at 10:24 PM

Coconut > Rice (as far as Paleo, rice is a grain) I have no problem eating a cup of ground coconut in moderation.

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1005 · November 16, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Rice flour > nut flours (unless you like eating huge quantities of ground nuts.)

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321 · November 16, 2013 at 10:19 PM

I think it is used more as a thickening agent than anything else. Personally I think arrowroot is a fine alternative for xanthan gum. I know non paleo friends that use it for thickening.

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4458 · November 16, 2013 at 10:17 PM

is there a 'paleo' alternative to the xanthan gum? personally i'd choose to avoid that over the rice flour

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321 · November 16, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Haha yeah, and really isn't very paleo at all. Out of most options I would still say homeade almond or coconut flour is about as paleo as it gets!

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4458 · November 16, 2013 at 10:13 PM

good to know paleot, thx. info i will probably never use, but forearmed is forewarned, or something like that

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1005 · November 16, 2013 at 10:09 PM

I tend to like the starches over the flours for most things. The rice flour acts way more like a starch.

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4458 · November 16, 2013 at 10:04 PM

& there is potato flour as well, which may/could work better than the potato starch, as the recipe called for flour...

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4458 · November 16, 2013 at 10:00 PM

i don't see (know) a problem with just using the rice flour...then again i don't do any baking, so what would i know. (as long as it's 100% rice, free from additives, flow agents etc)

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1005 · November 16, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Tapioca, potato starch, arrowroot starch, corn starch, coconut flour, almond flour, hazelnut flour, etc.

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41548 · November 16, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Rice flour already is the "paleo" alternative.

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321 · November 16, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Haha yeah, and really isn't very paleo at all. Out of most options I would still say homeade almond or coconut flour is about as paleo as it gets!

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321 · November 16, 2013 at 9:56 PM

There are quite a few alternatives. As far as what most would consider paleo alternatives, the main ones are coconut and almond flour. I use arrowroot even though I am fairly strict, as it works very well to get things near "normal" (wheat flour). It is a must to me for pasta dough, pizza crust, breads and cookies/brownies. A lot of people may argue about if tapioca and arrowroot are really paleo, so as the story goes just use what keeps you healthy and happy.

Also, do you know exactly what Xanthan gum is? Do a quick search and see if it is something you want to use.

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