How to Replace Flour in Dishes, if it is Not Available in the Store

Oat groats or flakes

Oatmeal is a complete substitute for wheat flour and is more commonly found in stores. It is better to take long-cooked cereal if it is available. If you grind the cereal in a blender, you get a perfect substitute for flour. Oat flour can be used to make the same dishes as conventional flour – pies, pancakes, pancakes, cookies, and cheesecakes, and can also be added to batter and cutlets.

Buckwheat flour

Buckwheat flour can be made by yourself. To do this, sort out the buckwheat from the black grains, rinse several times, and fry in a dry frying pan for 7-10 minutes. Then spread it on the paper and leave it for 60 minutes. After that, the buckwheat should be ground in a blender and sifted through a sieve from large pieces. Such flour is not inferior to wheat flour but gives a light buckwheat flavor to dishes.


Corn or potato starch is a great substitute for flour in cakes, pies, muffins, and cookies. Starch is more viscous, so you should put it in a dish 3 times less than if you were to put flour.

Mashed potatoes

This unusual alternative to flour can be used in savory dishes: pies, cakes, tortillas, and pizza. Mashed potatoes must cool completely before kneading the dough. Mashed potatoes can also be used as a dough base if you have flour but very little: add 3 tablespoons of flour per 200 grams of mashed potatoes. This way you can save flour.


Pour semolina with milk or water at room temperature for 5 minutes. Swollen semolina can be replaced by a similar amount of flour. You can also add semolina to burgers or use it as breadcrumbs instead of breadcrumbs.

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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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