19 Alternatives to wheat

I know that many of you are trying to avoid wheat in your diet for any number of reasons. Most of the wheat we consume today is not the same wheat that our great-grandparents grew and ate.

Here is a list of alternatives to wheat that will still allow you to make dozens and dozens of different recipes, and you may end up not missing wheat at all. Some can be used to create bread and others are great to have on hand as meal-stretchers.

  • Almond flour
  • Amaranth
  • Arrowroot
  • Barley
  • Buckwheat (A member of the rhubarb family!)
  • Coconut flour
  • Corn
  • Flax
  • Millet
  • Oats
  • Peanuts (George Washington Carver came up with 300 uses for these!
  • Potatoes (Can be used to make potato flour.)
  • Quinoa
  • Rice (can be ground for flour)
  • Rye
  • Sorghum
  • Soy
  • Tapioca
  • Teff

If you’re worried about buying genetically modified seeds for any of these foods, don’t be. GMO seeds are not sold to the public, at least for now. Azure Standard is a good source forĀ almost all these foods and many of them will be organic.

TIP: If you have chickens or plan to add them to your backyard, consider planting millet, rye, wheat, oats, and/or barley underneath backyard trees. They’ll create ground cover, shade the tree trunks from the harsh summer sun, provide food for the chickens, and then the chicken poop will act as an organic fertilizer for these grains all over again.

ANOTHER TIP: If you’re planning on grinding any of these foods to make flour, be sure that your grain mill is up to the task. Some are designed to grind only wheat. I use the Wondermill Junior.

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