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Coconut Flour Is the Key for Keto-Friendly Cakes, Muffins, and Cookies

When it comes to baking, all-purpose flour is the tried-and-true backbone of many beloved treats. But all-purpose flour can, in fact, be swapped in whole or in part if you don't have any and can't get your hands on some. You also don't have to say goodbye to delicious baked goods just because you have an intolerance to gluten or are trying your hand at a new diet. In fact, there are a plethora of all-purpose flour substitutes that might actually provide a supercharged health edge to one of your favorite recipes.

"White refined flour is really limited when it comes to nutrition, as it contains practically no fiber or protein, says Good Housekeeping Institute Registered Dietitian Stefani Sassos, MS, RDN, a registered dietitian within the Good Housekeeping Institute. "Since it’s a concentrated source of refined carbohydrates, it can also spike blood sugar levels. Trying out alternative flours in your baking at home is a great way to create more well-balanced meals and add more nutrients to your diet.”

Because they’re all derived from different grains, cereals, dried beans, and nuts, alternative flours vary greatly in taste, texture and nutritional value. It’s important to understand their different flavors and textures to make the best possible substitutions in the midst of your next baking adventure. You'll also need to keep in mind that alt flours aren't always grain free — if you have a gluten allergy, make sure to double check the label before purchasing a new flour for your pantry.

There's no denying that it's hard to keep up with all the new options in the baking aisle these days. Here are the easiest ways to make use of alternative flours in your kitchen, including some of Sassos' best picks to add to your shopping list.