Have you ever tried oat flour?

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There are a wide variety of eclectic flours on the market today. From oat flour, to buckwheat, amaranth, and whole wheat, each has its health benefits. You can take your baking to the next level by learning when and where to include nutrient dense flours in your recipes. It can be confusing to know when to use all the different varieties, depending on their different characteristics.

My current favorite cookbook is Super Natural Cooking, by Heidi Swanson. One of the reasons why I love it so much is because in the beginning of the book, she outlines how to stock your pantry with healthy staples. She includes healthy flours in the pantry rundown. The more I cook, the more I realize the importance of incorporating healthier flours rather than just white flour.

Some flours may need to be combined with other flours to get the same end result because they may not rise on their own. But even still, it's much better than just a white flour, which is processed and doesn't have nutrients, protein, or fiber. If you do use white flour, make sure that you use the unbleached organic variety, which is way better for you and the planet.

Get your flours from the bin aisle of your health foods store and use reusable bags to reduce waste. Learning to bake at home allows you to save money and control your ingredients, so why not get baking?

Keep reading to learn about some eclectic organic flours and how to use them in recipes.