Make Your Own: GF Flour Mix!

I posted this a few weeks ago and found that so many people were in need of something just like this. I had NO IDEA how popular this recipe would be, but I am sure that new readers may not have found it, so I’m throwing it out there again. Hope it is a help to many of you!

Over the last few months, I have really taken notice of the price that people are paying for gluten-free flour mixes. I was shocked that they are charging $3-$4 a pound on average, sometimes more!

I have been making and using my own gluten-free flour mix for years, and I haven’t found any pre-made mix that compares with it. So, thinking it might save you some of your hard-earned money to make your own, I am going to share the recipe I use with you!

Here’s my cost breakdown for the ingredients (with the average price that I pay)

Here’s the recipe:

  • 2-1/2 cups brown rice flour
  • 2 cups sweet rice flour
  • 2 cups tapioca starch
  • 1-1/2 cups white rice flour
  • 2/3 cups corn starch
  • 4 teaspoons xanthan gum

Mix it all together and put in an airtight container. You may want to refrigerate this if you don’t use it too quickly, since the brown rice flour can go rancid if left too long at room temperature (I read somewhere 6 months, but not confident about that). :)

I hope this is useful to you, and that you can save a bundle by purchasing and mixing up your own ingredients!

Final Cost: Approximately $2.19/pound if purchasing ingredients from Amazon at current prices, or as low as $1.19/pound if you can get the same low prices locally as I can at the Asian Food Store
Note: These are approximate. Math is not my strong point! :)

This recipe was given to me by a friend, Debbie Hair, and is used with permission. Thanks, Debbie!

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  1. Ginny Walls says:

    Janelle, I’m so glad I’ve come across your website. Actually, my daughter in MN, Lisa, called me to tell me about it. Particularly funny since we were neighbors in Paradise and I’ve only been diagnosed with celiac disease in the last couple of weeks. I appreciate your advice and coupons. It’s very new to me but your blog is filled with helpful hints. Thanks for all your efforts.

    • Well hello, what a small world! I am glad you found me too, and wow, a diagnosis of celiac disease! Let me know if I can help in any way at all. Blessings!

  2. So you use this cup for cup instead of regular white flour in recipes?? If so, I am definitely making some of this and giving it a try!

  3. Cheryl Saylor says:

    do you use this for just about any place it calls for flour, except bread recipes? BTW-do you have a good tortilla recipe?

    • Yes, I do. Cookies, muffins, as a thickener, pizza crusts, etc. I have never made my own tortillas. Once I got a tortilla maker but I couldn’t get them to work and just gave up. Some day I’d like to try again though…

      • linda baskin says:

        So you can’t use this for bread recipes?

        • You can definitely try it! I have experimented with it in banana bread and zucchini bread, and it turned out well. My family just likes muffins better so I rarely make bread. If you try it and like it, come back and share your recipe!

  4. Sarah Muller says:

    Hooray for an affordable GF flour blend! I’ve been cooking GF for my husband for over 5 years, and we love recipes that are budget friendly and don’t taste “gluten free”. Due to the cost of GF flour, we don’t eat too many things made this way. I followed your advice and went to our local Asian food store today! (I’ve previously bought sweet rice flour at a natural foods store for over $5/bag!) Love this blog!

  5. my daughter was recently diagnosed with a wheat intolerance. not celiac, but still a challenge on my cooking skills. :) does this work cup for cup on regular all-purpose? i have yet to even make a GF all purpose flour that my husband and i like…. theyre usually so gritty. is this gritty?

    • Hi Sara, yes it is a challenge! We don’t find this mix to be gritty at all. Probably due to using the sweet rice flour, which is ground superfine. If you can also find superfine brown rice and white rice flour, even better, but I just use the regular for those (Bob’s Red Mill or Arrowhead Mills) and have never found it to be gritty. Come back and let me know how you like it!

  6. Kristen Holdeman says:

    I went searching for all the rice flours locally and decided to try our Asian store. It was well worth the trip! I got a 4 lb. bag of white rice flour for $5.99 and the same size of sweet rice flour for $6.99. This made them $1.50 and $1.75 per pound! I was super excited. Then I found 1 lb. packages of the tapioca starch for $0.99. I will definitely be going back there first for anything else I need to cook/bake with!

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