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Bean Flours: Helpful or Harmful?
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'nuffsaid
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Join date: Jul 2006
Posts: 542

Hello Chris,


Are the bean flours - lentil, chickpea - as beneficial as almond and coconut flours or are they as damaging to the body as wheat flour?

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Chris Shugart
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Join date: Oct 2002
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They're okay subs for wheat flour, but have a couple of drawbacks. 1) They're kinda hard to use. With most, you can sub them cup for cup like almond flour or a gluten-free blend. 2) They taste very much like beans. I like beans, but not in my pancakes! Most people blend them with other flours to reduce the beany taste. I just use almond, coconut, and sometimes a gluten-free blend.

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'nuffsaid
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Join date: Jul 2006
Posts: 542

Thanks Chris!! Good to know.

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Tirith
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Join date: Aug 2008
Posts: 258

Another tip to reduce bean taste: Mix 1 TSP of instant coffee in with the bean flour/batter.

Obviously, this will only work for dishes that would do well with a coffee flavor addition. The recipe I used was a brownie one from Stuff I Make My Husband.

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