Ideas For Using Cassava Flour
Cassava flour can be used in many ways, including as a addition to sweet desserts, replacement for potatoes, or ground and cooked to a form a dry meal known as farofa (used as a condiment, toasted in butter or eaten on its own). Cassava flour’s neutral flavor and fine, light texture make it an excellent choice for sweet and savory baked goods. You can also use it to bread meat and seafood, and to replace breadcrumbs in meatballs and veggie burgers.
Health Benefits Of Cassava Flour
- Can Be Used in Place of Wheat Flour
Cassava flour is easy to use in recipes in place of traditional grain-based flours or even gluten-free flour blends. One of the best things about using cassava flour is its neutrality in terms of taste. It doesn’t have a dry, strong or unfamiliar taste or texture that often comes with using some gluten-free flours.
- Non-Allergenic (Gluten-Free, Grain-Free and Nut-Free)
If you’re unable to use coconut or nut-based flours in recipes (like almond flour), cassava is another great alternative for gluten-free baking. Some manufacturers even sell high-quality cassava flour that’s gluten-free certified by the the Gluten Intolerance Group.
- Low In Calories, Fat and Sugar
Cassava has less than 120 calories for a quarter-cup serving, making it lower in calories than some other gluten-free flours, such as almond or coconut flour. Overall, it has a higher water content, lower fat content and lower calorie density than other flours, including corn, wheat, plantain, almond, coconut, rice and sorghum flour.