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How to Bake Gluten Free Without Xanthan Gum

How to Bake Gluten Free Without Xanthan Gum

The holiday season is here, and with that comes a lot of questions about how to make recipes to suit our loved ones' dietary needs. We're here to help! A common question we get here is how to bake gluten free without xanthan gum. That's because while xanthan gum is an excellent ingredient for gluten free cooking, a small number of people experience intolerances. Fortunately, we've found you can substitute psyllium fiber powder for xanthan gum using a 2:1 ratio! For example, if your baking recipe calls for 1 tsp xanthan gum, you could replace that with 2 tsp psyllium fiber.

We've put together a couple of examples on how it works, and we are here to tell you it works perfectly. Read on and see!

Rolls Xanthan vs Psyllium

The first recipe we used as an example is our Gluten Free Millet Roll recipe.

Rolls Xanthan vs Psyllium 2

Xanthan gum on the left, psyllium fiber on the right.

The original recipe calls for 1 ½ tsp xanthan gum as the binder. We exchanged the xanthan gum with 1 Tbsp psyllium fiber, with no other changes in the recipe. The texture of these fluffy rolls remained incredibly soft, the only difference was a slight change in the crumb. You can see the difference in the image above.

Pie Crust Xanthan vs Psyllium

Next up, we used the homemade pie crust from our Gluten Free Chicken Pot Pie recipe.

Pie Crust Xanthan vs Psyllium 2

Psyllium fiber on the left, xanthan gum on the right.

The original recipe calls for ½ tsp xanthan gum as the binder. We exchanged the xanthan gum with 1 tsp psyllium fiber with no other changes in the recipe. The texture of the pie crust was indistinguishable. You can see in the image above they are both flaky and buttery.

Keep in mind that this is a general rule of thumb—you may need to do some experimenting as well.

Do you have any tips for gluten free baking without xanthan gum? Offer your tips below!

10 Comments

  1. Laura
    Thank you so very much for sharing this information, it is life changing. have a wonderful holiday. Take care...
    Reply
  2. S.plantz
    I'd like to see recipes for golden flax seed meal
    Reply
    1. Whitney Barnes
      Hi! Click on the link below, then tap "Recipes" to browse all of our flax recipes. Brown Flaxseed Meal and Golden Flaxseed Meal are 100% interchangeable.

      Bob's Red Mill: Flax Recipes
      Reply
  3. nancy o’hara
    my son has cancer and needs gluten free and sugar free recipes. can you help?
    Reply
  4. Carrie Holmes
    Think that your recipes are absolutely necessary!
    Am having trouble with finding the perfect gluten free pie crusts, that are really flaky! Cannot tolerate guar gum or psyllium. What else can I use?
    Reply
  5. helen
    How can I use your flour in my own cookies recipes
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    1. Whitney Barnes
      Hi Helen - Our Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour can be used in a 1:1 ratio for AP Flour in most cookie recipes. No other substitutions are necessary.
      Reply
  6. Russell Oswald
    If I substitute your 1:1 gluten free flour does xanthan gum still need to be added? With a newly discovered gluten intolerant family member, I am just trying to relearn how to cook so all can enjoy our meals together.
    Thank you.
    Reply
    1. Whitney Barnes
      Hi Russell - if you're using our Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour in your recipe, you do not need to add additional xanthan gum. It's already in the flour blend. Happy baking!
      Reply
  7. Jean Beckman
    Thank you. My son is allergic to peanuts, wheat, soy and corn, so xanthan gum isn't an option. Thank you for making his challenges a little bit easier!
    Reply

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