4 Exotic (and Healthy) Flour Alternatives You’ve Never Heard Of

The world of flour alternatives can seem monotonous at times — rice flour, garbanzo flour, coconut flour, arrowroot starch, sorghum, et cetera. But, there is a whole wide world of foods out there, so it’s time to expand your horizons. Give these 4 exotic flours a whirl, especially if you’re looking for gluten/grain free options!

Tigernut flour. Tigernuts are nonallergenic, slightly sweet tubers that originate from the Middle East and Africa. They contain a healthy balance of protein, carbohydrate, and fat, and are high (40% per serving) in gut-balancing resistant starch. (Resistant starch remains undigested in the digestive tract and may be a powerful component in addressing diabetes and obesity.) Research also shows that they are the ultimate Paleo food, as tigernuts played a hugely important role in our development as early Paleolithic humans. Grain-free, nonallergenic, and highly nutritious, tigernut flour is certainly worth a try!

Coffee flour. Made from the waste — the dried coffee fruit — of the coffee bean cleaning process, coffee flour is truly unique. Not only does it utilize the leftover, highly nutritious coffee fruit that is usually tossed after the coffee prepping process, but it is also nutritiously rich, boasting high fiber, protein, iron, and, of course, a moderate amount of caffeine. This would be outstanding in brownies — talk about some healthy mocha fusion! As a product, coffee flour isn’t yet available, but this sustainable product should hit the markets sometime within the upcoming year.

Banana flour. This one actually exists, and it is also quite healthy. Made from dried and ground green bananas, this flour is high in resistant starch, which acts as a prebiotic to fuel anti-inflammatory bacteria in your digestive system and supports a healthy body and weight loss. Unsurprisingly, it also contains loads of potassium. It’s slightly sour, and makes a great flavor boost for breads — especially banana chocolate chip waffles!

Grapeseed/skin flour. What do they do with the leftover skins and seeds from the winemaking process? Instead of wasting it, they make it into a flour. Grapeseed flour is slightly fruity and very high in antioxidants. There are different flours for different grape varietals, so it can be fun to experiment. Grapeseed flour also may help lower LDL cholesterol, so it’s worth a try in your next batch of crackers or muffins.

Have you tried any of these flours? Are there any new, exotic flours you have tried that aren’t on this list? Share in the comments below!

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Wendi M.
Wendi M1 years ago

TYFS. 180

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne R1 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Jim Ven
Jim Ven2 years ago

thanks for the article.

Jordan G.
Jordan G2 years ago

Better than cricket flour!
I'll be trying these.

Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you

Georgina Elizab McAlliste
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Maggie W.
Maggie D2 years ago

Interesting but they don't seem very appetizing.

Anon E.
Cela V2 years ago

ty. never heard of these... got recipes? :-)