Baking with Millet Flour

Story, Recipes, and Photography Alanna Taylor-Tobin

Whether you have a bag of millet flour lying around or want to broaden your alternative flour-use horizons, there’s reason to learn more about baking with millet flour.

Tender, mild, and finely ground, millet flour lends loft and tender texture to baked goods. When combined with other gluten-free flours, such as gluten-free oat flour and sweet rice flour or tapioca flour, it creates a versatile all-purpose-like blend. Learn all about the versatile flour here and discover how to use the holy trinity of millet flour, GF oat flour, and sweet rice flour or tapioca flour in delicious savory and sweet recipes, including buttery lemon sheet cake, berry-topped vanilla tres leches cake, and savory ricotta chive biscuits. 

Millet Flour Overview:
Millet seed has been a food staple for humans for more than 10,000 years, particularly in India and parts of Africa, where it’s thought to have evolved. Millet actually refers to several different varieties of a cereal grass, the most common in North America being the proso variety, while “pearl millet” is the most common variety cultivated worldwide. 

Primarily grown in the United States for use as animal feed or birdseed, millet has gained popularity as an alternative grain for human consumption. The small, butter-yellow grains cook up light and fluffy, similar to couscous. When ground to a flour, millet’s soft, starchy consistency makes it ideal for gluten-free baking. On its own, millet can taste somewhat bitter, which is why it’s best blended with other mild flours; doing so allows millet’s other flavor notes (buttery, nutty, grassy) to shine. 

Flavor: Mild, buttery, nutty, grassy, slightly bitter

Feel: Fine, powdery, slightly clumpy

Nutrition: High in protein, fiber, and the minerals iron, phosphorous, manganese, magnesium, and copper. Avoid eating too much millet if you suffer from hypothyroidism; the condition can be exacerbated by consuming large amounts of the grain.

Availability: Stocked with other alternative flours at health food stores and well-stocked grocers or online

Storage: Room temperature for up to 1 year

Ready to bake with millet flour? Click on any of the recipe titles or images below to go to these delicious millet-flour recipes!

Ricotta Chive Biscuits

Lemon Sheet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

GF, DF Vanilla Tres Leches Cake with Berries

Ready for More Alternative-Baking Fun?
Find more gluten-free recipes in the wonderful cookbook, Alternative Baker: Reinventing Dessert with Gluten-Free Grains and Flours. Signed copies are available on gffmag.com!

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