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How to Stock Your Pantry for Gluten-Free Baking

When it comes to gluten-free baking, a well-stocked pantry is key to creating a wide variety of tasty treats without the hassle. If you’re new to gluten-free baking, knowing what to stock might seem overwhelming. Let’s break down the essentials of a gluten-free baker’s pantry.

Gluten-Free Flours

A major part of gluten-free baking is finding the right flour alternatives. Here are a few options to consider:

  •     Almond Flour: A protein-rich flour that’s perfect for low-carb baking.
  •     Coconut Flour: A highly absorbent flour, excellent for baking cakes and muffins.
  •     Rice Flour: A neutral-tasting flour that’s great for a variety of baking recipes.
  •     Buckwheat Flour: Despite its name, it’s gluten-free and adds a rich, earthy flavor to baked goods.
  •     Sorghum Flour: Adds a soft texture to baked goods, making it ideal for cakes and bread.
  •     Oat Flour: Ensure it is certified gluten-free, as oats may be cross-contaminated with gluten grains.
  • Quinoa flour: A nutrient-rich grain that can be used in baking.

Gluten-Free Starches

In addition to flour, various grains and starches are essential in gluten-free baking:

  •     Cornstarch: Used for thickening sauces and as a part of gluten-free flour blends.
  •     Tapioca Starch: Great for adding chewiness and structure to baked goods.
  •     Potato Starch: Helps to add moisture and lightness to gluten-free recipes.


Without gluten to hold things together, your baking requires alternative binding agents:

  •     Xanthan Gum: Often used in gluten-free baking to replace the elasticity and structure that gluten provides.
  •     Guar Gum: Another popular gluten substitute that helps to improve the texture of baked goods.
  •     Psyllium Husk: This natural fiber can help add structure to gluten-free breads and pastries.


A variety of sweeteners can be used in gluten-free baking, including white and brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, and agave nectar. You can also consider date sugar, coconut sugar, or stevia.


Butter, coconut oil, olive oil, and avocado oil are all excellent choices for gluten-free baking. They can be used for greasing baking pans, adding moisture to dry ingredients, and creating flaky pastries.

Other Essentials

Don’t forget baking powder and baking soda, which are crucial for leavening. Also, stock up on essentials like vanilla extract, spices (like cinnamon and nutmeg), cocoa powder, and gluten-free chocolate chips.


Creating a well-stocked gluten-free pantry might seem like a large undertaking at first, but once you have the basics, you’ll be well-prepared to tackle any gluten-free recipe. Remember, everyone’s gluten-free journey is unique, so don’t be afraid to experiment and find the ingredients that work best for you. Happy baking!

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