Basic Gluten-Free Flour Blend


This simple gluten-free flour blend has become a near standard for so many recipes. It is a basic blend of brown rice flour, tapioca starch and potato starch.

The Basic Gluten-Free Flour Blend Recipe

Though Cybele is very particular about using superfine brown rice flour in this gluten-free flour blend, I’ve equally liked the results using standard brown rice flour, like Bob’s Red Mill. To somewhat mimic the superfine texture, you can whiz the flour in a spice grinder or food processor for about 1 minute. Note that you may need to add xanthan gum, guar gum, psyllium husk, gelatin, eggs, or another binder to your recipe when using this gluten-free flour blend. I like that Cybele keeps it gum-free, as not all recipes require additional binder, or some may already call for a specific amount within a recipe, and the amount of binder used in say a gluten-free cake vs a hearty bread can be quite different.

Recipes that use this gluten-free flour blend include Cybele’s:

All of these recipes are vegan and free of top allergens.

Special Diet Notes: Basic Gluten-Free Flour Blend

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, vegetarian, and generally top food allergy-friendly.

Basic Gluten-Free Flour Blend
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Reprinted with permission from Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook. Copyright © 2009 by Cybele Pascal, Celestial Arts, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, Berkeley, CA.
Serves: 6 cups
  1. Combine all ingredients in a gallon-size zipper-top bag. Shake until well blended.
  2. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
“The key to the very best gluten-free baked goods is Authentic Foods Superfine Brown Rice Flour; it is the Cadillac, or cashmere, of brown rice flours and is worth its weight in gold. It is not grainy like other rice flours, and bakes the most fantastic cookies, cakes, pie crusts, and so on. If you can’t find it at your local natural foods market or Whole Foods, order it online. Both Ener-G and Bob’s Red Mill brown rice flours will also work in these recipes, but they won’t turn out quite as well. I do not recommend Arrowhead Mills brown rice flour, which I find too gritty. The brands of potato starch and tapioca flour or starch are not important; I find them all interchangeable.
**To measure flour, use a large spoon to scoop flour into the measuring cup, then level it off with the back of a knife or straightedge. Do not use the measuring cup itself to scoop your flour when measuring! It will compact the flour and you will wind up with too much for the recipe.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. Marisa Ruffolo on

    Can this be used in any recipe on a 1:1 basis? For example, if a recipe calls for 1 cup of flour, can I substitute 1 cup of the gluten-free flour?

    • Hi Marisa, yes and no. This blend doesn’t contain any “binder” such as xanthan gum, as the amount of binder you will need varies by recipe. For example, a recipe that uses lots of eggs may not need a binder at all, while a yeast bread will need quite a bit and cookies will need somewhere in between. I don’t tend to like what gums do to gf baked goods, so I work around often and prefer a baseline blend (like this one) that doesn’t have gums. Nonetheless, here is a good general rule of thumb on adding xanthan gum –

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