Use Whole Grain Flour Mixes For Baking

by Jeannie Chapman

Everyone knows that one of the secrets to good health is to eat whole grain foods. The more processed the food, the least nutritional value it contains. Using whole grain flour mixes for baking is one way to introduce fiber and nutrients into one's diet.

These mixes can be made at home or bought commercially. Most busy people buy these versus making them to save time. Usually the standard for flour has been wheat, but there are many other grains that can be used. For those without wheat allergies, a whole wheat mix is better nutritionally than those with white flour.

Other grains used are millet, tapioca, brown rice, quinoa and rye. These alternatives are gluten-free, which allows those with sensitivities to eat items made with them. This is also good for those with allergies to wheat. Often, the mixes have blends of a few different flours, adding texture and increasing flavor.

These products are a snap to use, many only need a few things added before baking into muffins, breads, or other delicious products. Many call for added oil, water, or eggs while others need milk. It is also possible to substitute vegan or low fat items for those with particular dietary restrictions, such as low-fat or vegan. It is easier than ever to whip up a great homemade baked item that is much better nutritionally than a highly processed, ready made item from the store shelves.

For those who do a lot of baking, these often require extra moisture in comparison to cooking with white flour. They work best for breads, muffins, pancakes and other items that are not as delicate as most cakes. There are many websites, including those of the manufacturer, that have recipes that use these mixes.

Along with recipes there are many forums online that can offer recommendations and tips on baking with these products. There is a chance that if one needs to avoid a particular food item that someone else does as well and they can offer ideas on how to cook without items such as eggs or oil. It is easier to utilize this advice, it saves a lot of time versus experimenting.

These can be found at local grocery stores, health food stores, and online. With the rise in awareness of gluten sensitivities, the type and selection of healthier mixes has expanded considerably. It is also easy to find whole-wheat version of many products, which were traditionally made with white flour. Many stores have a separate gluten-free section that carries mixes made with alternative flours. Baking with these items may require some experimentation and practice to find one that works the bests and tastes great.

Using whole grain flour mixes for baking make healthy living a snap. This is an easy way to add nutrients and fiber and not sacrifice flavor, in fact, it usually tastes better. Foods that are not heavily processed taste so good that it is easy to forgo margarine or other fattening spreads. Alternative flours are often paler and can mimic white flour to tempt picky eaters. These are a great addition to any diet or eating plan.

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