Alternative Flour

Alternative Flour – made from grains other than wheat

Alternative and wheat-free flours were one of the top food trends of 2016 and it’s easy to see why.  Alternative flours- those made from grains other than wheat as well as non-grain sources such as legumes- tend to be higher in protein, fiber, and other nutrients than traditional wheat flour.  These flours have been garnering attention due to their health benefits and alignment with trendy diets of recent years, so the options available to consumers are always expanding. In the past few years, the alternative flour industry has seen significant growth in bean and lentil flour sales, indicating consumer interest in high-protein plant-based options.  These fall under the category of “pulse flours”- high-protein flours made from dried beans, peas, chickpeas, and/or lentils.  When alternative flours first started to make their way into American grocery stores, grain and nut flours got most of the attention.  As consumers have slowly eliminated ingredients…
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