Grain Free All Purpose Flour

by livingfreelygf

This Grain Free All Purpose Flour is going to be one of my go-to’s in a lot of the recipes I will be posting in the future. I have recently found the need to cut out the majority of rice from my diet. Grain free is going to be the easiest way to do this, although I will be using oat flour as well. Eventually I hope to branch out and experiment more with flours such as teff and sorghum. I am really excited though to show you how to make paleo flour with this paleo flour recipe.

Grain Free Flour

A little background on the rice situation: Since going gluten free I began to lose my hair, it will come and go and this has been happening over the past 6 years. I’ve seen countless doctors about it and none of them could give me a reason for it. I also haven’t felt my best lately and I was contributing it to sugar.  Sugar has played a huge part of this as well. That is why I will be experimenting with more paleo or just grain free recipes while I get my health on track.

Grain Free Flour

Something I think that we forget about or don’t realize when we are gluten free (I am 100% guilty of this) is how much rice is in our diet. Rice contains high levels of arsenic and we are eating multiple servings of it a day. It is in 95% of the gluten free food and snacks found at the grocery store. I started thinking about all of this while trying to figure out why my hair loss became so much worse last year…

Paleo Flour Recipe

I realized that is was time to eat a different way for the health of myself and for my kids. The doctor wouldn’t test my arsenic levels because she said their tests only recognized deadly levels. For now my goal for myself is to stay rice free unless eating out. For my kids my goal is for them to eat 90% rice free at home, so if they are at school, or someone’s home I can feel ok about them eating things with rice.

Grain Free All Purpose Flour

Paleo All Purpose Flour

So far I have been experimenting with this paleo flour recipe and have had great success with some recipes. I have made cookies, pancakes, chocolate cake, French bread, pizza crust, biscuits, scones and strawberry shortcake. Stay tuned for these recipes on the blog in the future.

How to make paleo flour

Most bloggers don’t use a grain free all purpose flour. Typically its just a mixture of almond flour, coconut flour, and starches. I am an all purpose flour kind of girl. I need to mix it and keep it on my counter, which makes my life simple.

Maybe in the future this Grain Free All Purpose Flour might work itself into its own cookbook. What do you think?

I hope that you might get creative and use this in some recipes other than mine. Please share if you do! I have found that this works well in gluten free recipes if you add an extra egg and reduce the amount of liquid used. Stay tuned for some excellent grain free recipes to go with this Grain Free All Purpose Flour! This is how to make paleo flour…


4.17 from 12 votes

Grain Free All Purpose Flour

A simple blend of almond flour, coconut flour, potato starch and tapioca starch. This blend is my go-to for my grain free recipes. 

Course Flour Blend
Cuisine American
Keyword Gluten Free Flour, Paleo Flour Blend
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 6 Cups
Calories 552 kcal



  1. In a mixing bowl, add all of the flours and starches. Stir until well combined. Store in an air tight container. 

Nutrition Facts
Grain Free All Purpose Flour
Amount Per Serving
Calories 552 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Sodium 77mg3%
Potassium 266mg8%
Carbohydrates 66g22%
Fiber 17g71%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 115mg12%
Iron 3.2mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Paleo All Purpose Flour





What can I make with this Paleo Flour Recipe?

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Michelle K April 12, 2018 - 6:47 pm

You don’t add xantham gum to this mixture?

livingfreelygf April 13, 2018 - 2:00 pm

No. If you want to use it in a recipe that calls for it, then add it at that time.

Julie November 16, 2019 - 12:55 am

Won’t you need Xantham Gum to bind the ingredients in any baking recipes? I’m a little confused..

livingfreelygf November 17, 2019 - 1:00 am

Hi Julie,
Most recipes should call for the right amount of xanthan gum. I choose not to use it in my all purpose flour and add it as needed. Some recipes don’t need it like pancakes, waffles, biscuits. I hope that helps!

Fiona December 13, 2019 - 3:36 am

We choose not to use xanthan gum at all. That’s right, NO XANTHAN GUM AT ALL.
And no problems at all. The gum didn’t sit well with our digestive systems.
Either does rice for that matter, even organic rice, brings on shooting aches and pains, and even lifting something seems to cause an “injury” even if accidentally ingested (meaning I don’t know I’ve had it until after the aches and pains).
Anyway, to the binding: If we feel something needs a little binding, we use a little ground golden flax seed (or dark brown) mixed into a little bit of water OR a tsp of psyllium husk ground and mixed with a little water. Sorry can’t be more specific. This kind of baking is so individual, and I love seeing what happens. Aim for something delicious and if it works out differently, call your creation a different name!
When we first started out gluten free, before we gave up all grains, and a cake turned out a little flat or dry I would simply say, “Oh this is a European style cake.” End of story, end of perfectionism.
Actually we find grain free less temperamental than gluten free. And this multipurpose Paleo flour looks good, I would keep it in the fridge as otherwise the ground almonds could go quickly rancid. But then you have to remember to get it out so the flour mix can come to room temp before baking. Ah the joys…

We now bake artisan loaves of Sourdough Grain Free Bread using buckwheat, tapioca, flax and starch in the main. Dairy free, can be egg free, coconut free, nut free. So, everyone hang in there, and enjoy the lightness and freedom of eating gluten free.

We just saw an article saying that eating wheat interferes with the prefrontal cortex of the brain – that’s the reasoning centre of your brain. So if you want to think clearly, out with wheat, out with gluten, and for us, out with grains too.

marc April 14, 2018 - 2:30 pm

can arrowroot easily replace the tapioca?

livingfreelygf April 14, 2018 - 2:46 pm

Yes, you can use arrowroot in place of the tapioca.

Barb Johnson April 30, 2018 - 5:48 am

I love all your recipes!! Wondering if this Grain Free All Purpose Flour is the same recipe that you mentioned in your recipe for Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing? It says to use your personal GF All Purpose Flour Blend? Is this a different version?

livingfreelygf April 30, 2018 - 3:58 pm

Hi Barb! I use my gluten free all purpose flour blend in the cinnamon roll recipe. I have been having success using the grain free in place of the gluten free flour in most of my recipes. If you give the grain free flour a try in the cinnamon roll recipe, please let me know how it works out for you.

livingfreelygf April 30, 2018 - 3:59 pm

Here is the recipe link

Susan August 19, 2018 - 12:23 am

5 stars
Can you substitute arrowroot for the potato starch? I just bought Almond flour, coconut flour, tapioca flour, and arrowroot starch today? Thanx

livingfreelygf August 19, 2018 - 5:11 am


Jess October 15, 2018 - 1:38 am

I’m allergic to almonds and hoping that ther is something with similar properties that I can use as a substitute? I have cassava, tiger nut, coconut, and arrowroot flours on hand.

livingfreelygf October 15, 2018 - 1:49 am

Hi Jess,

Can you have cashews, or hazelnuts? Although I have not made my all purpose flour with these I think they might work similar.

maureen dillon November 21, 2018 - 10:33 am

i made a batch of this subbing potato starch with arrowroot .. much prefer it to ready made blends i have been buying ! :]

livingfreelygf November 21, 2018 - 4:48 pm

Hi Maureen,

I’m so happy to hear that! Arrowroot works really well. Did you have a chance to rate the recipe? The ratings really help me. Thank you and have a great holiday!

Cassandra January 28, 2019 - 12:00 am

Thank you for this simple,yet effective, AP gluten-free flour recipe. I love cooking from scratch, but limit baking (because who needs chocolate chip cookies on a monthly basis)? 😁

Cheryl Payment February 5, 2019 - 4:21 pm

Is tapioca flour the same as tapioca starch?

livingfreelygf February 7, 2019 - 2:06 am

Yes it is 🙂

Angelle April 3, 2019 - 4:09 pm

Can this be used as a cup for cup substitute in recipes that aren’t normally GF and if so does the egg/liquid modification also apply?

livingfreelygf April 5, 2019 - 1:50 pm

In general I don’t recommend using any gluten free or grain free flours cup for cup because even the “cup for cup” flours don’t always work. I have found this all purpose blend to work really well in place of gluten free flour blends. You can try to use this for a non gluten free recipe, but it might take some time to learn how to modify it. I find that it typically needs an extra egg and sometimes more liquid. I hope that helps!

Janis August 29, 2019 - 3:49 pm

Can I use something other than coconut flour? I can have almond but not coconut.

livingfreelygf August 29, 2019 - 6:29 pm

I have never tried anything else, but I think that a different nut flour would probably work just fine. Cashew, macadamia, even more almond.

Rachel Noles April 19, 2020 - 4:33 pm

I have lots of food intolerances. Most flower blends, baking powders, (phosphates) do not work for me. Also, eggs, milk, chocolates are just a few. Would love to try to cut out so much rice by trying your recipe for flour etc.

livingfreelygf April 20, 2020 - 3:27 pm

Hi Rachel,
If you use it in other recipes other than mine you might want to use psyllium husk in place of xanthan gum to provide a binder. I hope it helps!


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