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Hi, I’m Kim Christensen, M.Om., Dipl.OM, L.Ac. I’m a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and owner of Constellation Acupuncture & Healing Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Back before going to school and becoming a healthcare practitioner, Affairs of Living was my creative outlet while healing from chronic health issues. There's big changes coming to the site - it will soon be the home of my new health coaching practice! Stay tuned. 

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a crazy quilt made of flour and stuffed in a jar


A while back I started putting the remaining little bits of all my flours into a jar. Leftover freshly ground oat flour or buckwheat flour, the tablespoon or two of flour at the bottom of the bag, whatever I found in my pantry when I moved - I just mixed it all together. Then I added some xanthan gum and a bit of baking powder to make it like those multi-purpose flour blends you buy in packages.   It's like a crazy quilt made of flour and stuffed in a jar, showcasing pretty much every easily-accessible flour and starch on the market.

I believe my mysterious flour mixture contains bits of all of the following...

  • freshly ground buckwheat flour
  • regular dark buckwheat flour
  • amaranth flour
  • quinoa flour
  • white rice flour
  • brown rice flour
  • freshly ground brown rice flour
  • freshly ground sweet rice flour
  • chickpea flour
  • coconut flour
  • sorghum flour
  • millet flour 
  • teff flour
  • freshly ground oat flour
  • tapioca starch
  • arrowroot starch
  • a bit of xanthan gum

Talk about mulit-grain, right?  Ridiculous.

I have absolutely no idea what the proportion is on any of it. But I used it to make a loaf of bread a couple weeks ago, and it behaved beautifully! I made a pumpkinseed oatmeal bread with this mix as the main flour, and it was lovely, light, and had a wonderful crumb. See?  So good!

Oatmeal Pumpkinseed BreadOatmeal PumpkinSeed Bread...you can't go wrong!

But sadly, I have no way of recreating this flour mix, other than relying on the randomness of pantry cleaning, and I have no way of sharing any kind of recipe with you.  Tragic!  I still have half the jar left, and am excited to try using it for something like cookies or muffins. 

Have any of you made similarly crazy quilt flour mixes? How have they worked for you?


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Reader Comments (8)

haha i absolutely love how you just put a smattering of any which flour in this bread. So something Jenn and I would do.

Thanks for the tip. I had no idea that this would work. I had a bit of all purpose gf flour that I tossed because I didn't want to mix it. I hate doing that!

January 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSandra Merrikin

Amazing! Love this idea. I always find myself scraping up the last bits of flour trying to turn it into a full cup, but this seems way easier, plus I love that it will never come out the same!

January 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJacqui

What a terrific idea!! You are so cleaver. I'm going to start my own now. It looks so good!

January 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCherie

Perfect, this just goes to show that the more diversity in flour blend the better it works.

January 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPam

This is totally wow--there is no recipe but it does give me a few ideas to get started ! unique !!

January 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPriya Sreeram

I love this. How do you ground your own flours again? I get mine from the bulk section, but I really need to start grinding my own. Especially since I have so many grains on hand as it is.

January 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKim Trick

Thanks for all the great comments!

@Kim - I grind my own flours in a Vitamix. Before I had the Vitamix I used a coffee grinder or a regular blender. The coffee grinder works great, but you have to do very small batches at a time. If you are making fresh oat flour, a regular blender does wonders.

January 6, 2011 | Registered CommenterKim
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