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12 Creative Paleo Substitutes Using Tapioca Flour

Tapioca flour is a great way to overcome the “texture challenge” of paleo baking. It helps make baked goods soft and chewy when you need them to be! Here are some ways to use it.

I didn’t know about tapioca flour before starting Paleo, and these tapioca flour recipes have shortened the learning curve and now I use it all the time.


1. Grain Free Apple Cinnamon Muffins
Apple and cinnamon are a lovely match, and the combination of almond flour and tapioca flour create a muffin that’s rich in flavor and protein but still soft and fluffy. Full-fat coconut milk makes these muffins rich, and they’re gently sweetened with just a little honey.


Paleo Mint Chocolate Cake
Photo: Food Faith Fitness

2. Paleo Mint Chocolate Cake
This minty chocolate cake is totally delicious, soft, full of moisture, and even healthy! It’s made with ripe avocado, which adds healthy fat, keeps the cake moist, and gives it the lovely green color that goes so well with peppermint extract. Tapioca and coconut flours create the perfect texture in this cake.


3. Grain Free Double Chocolate Cookies
These awesome cookies are super chocolaty and made with tapioca flour, pasture-raised butter, coconut sugar, raw honey, and plenty of dark chocolate. You could also use palm shortening, ghee, or even coconut oil for the fat if you aren’t into butter.


4. Grain Free Soft Pretzels
I hav a serious weakness for soft pretzels. I love them drenched in melted butter and maybe sprinkled with a bit of cinnamon or a drizzle of maple syrup. In fact, I can smell these pretzels as I write. Tapioca flour helps make them soft and chewy, while coconut flour helps bulk them up.


5. Paleo Crusty Bread
It can be tough to get the texture of bread exactly right when you’re cooking paleo-style. This one, though, is perfect with a soft and chewy texture and a flavor just like actual grain bread! This crusty bread is made with yeast, almond four, and tapioca so it tastes and feels just right. Perfect with butter or ghee.


Bacon Encrusted Chicken Nuggets
Photo: The Bacon Princess

6. Bacon Encrusted Chicken Nuggets
These chicken nuggets are covered in a deliciously crispy and flavorful coating of bacon, tapioca flour, almond flour, salt, and pepper. Popular with kids and adults alike, you’ll give these one taste and wonder why you ever made chicken tenders without bacon.


7. Paleo Pizza Crust
Tapioca flour is a great addition to grain-free pizza crust recipes because it helps create a crust that’s sturdy enough to pick up and hold without crumbling apart—one that bends like a “normal” grainy pizza crust. This one also uses coconut and almond flour with coconut milk, olive oil, and honey.


8. Paleo Dinner Rolls
These dinner rolls are perfect for when you just need bread. It happens to all of us! The best part about this recipe is how soft and chewy the rolls are, but the recipe is also nut-free, which is great if you’re serving someone who can’t rolls made with almond flour.


9. Paleo Pie Crust
This pie crust is made with almond and tapioca flours, and it has the same flaky, slightly-crumbly texture you’d look for in even the best grain-based pie crusts. That’s thanks to the palm shortening that’s cut into the dough. Vanilla extract also adds a great trace of flavor.


Paleo Garlic Bread
Photo: A Girl Worth Saving

10. Paleo Garlic Bread
Ah, garlic bread. My husband’s family is very Italian, and it’s hard not being able to join in with the fabulous garlic bread that’s always present at family gatherings. So it’s a good thing I’ve found this lovely paleo garlic bread that’s soft and tasty with tapioca and coconut flour!


11. Tapioca Pudding
Tapioca pudding is a lovely memory from my childhood, and I’m so glad to be able to reproduce certain recipes as an occasional treat. For this pudding, you’ll need tapioca pearls, almond and coconut milk, maple syrup, and vanilla. This isn’t quite a tapioca flour recipe, but it’s one you’ll want to try!


12. Paleo Date and Almond Bread
This bread is packed with flavor, protein, fiber, and other healthy nutrients with flaxseed, tapioca starch, almond milk, chopped pecans, coconut oil, ground almonds, dates, and other dried fruits. It’s a sweet bread, so it makes a lovely dessert warm and smeared with butter.

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