Gluten-Free-Diet Myths Busted: Gluten-Free Flours and Binding Gums

Flummoxed by flour? Baffled by binding gums? Baking gluten free doesn't have to be a headache. Chef Lena Kwak, creator of Cup4Cup gluten-free flour, available in the American Made Market, offers her advice. 

Photograph by Peden + Munk


I bake a lot. If I'm using almond and coconut flour as opposed to traditional all-purpose flour, can I keep the same measurements from my recipes or do I need to adjust? Got any good recipes? –– Katie Shubin, Facebook


I love baking with those flours as well, since they both bring great flavor to baked foods. You will likely need to adjust the ratios and add more liquid ingredients because both almond and coconut flour absorb more moisture than regular all-purpose flour.

As far as recipes, visit the Cup4Cup website –– there are many cookie recipes that we use almond flour in.



Is there a way to create that stretchy, gluteny quality of baked goods without gluten? –– Amanda Simons, Facebook


Naturally, I would say wizardry! However, if there's no magic left in your pantry, there are a few other ingredients that can help mimic the sticky, stretchy texture of gluten:

• Potato starch

• Xanthan gum

• Guar gum



Do I have to use xanthan gum every time I bake? What's the hard and fast rule about baking and when to use the binding gums? –– Brianne Sperber, Facebook


For gluten-free baking, it is necessary to use some type of binding gum that can mimic gluten. We've taken the guesswork out of adding adding these ingredients by making Cup4Cup a gluten-free flour blend that already contains the right amount of everything. 


Shop Cup4Cup gluten-free four, gluten-free chocolate brownie mix, gluten-free pizza crust mix, and gluten-free pancake and waffle mix in the American Made Market.


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