Need an easy low carb flour blend? This basic baking mix is your easy-to-make go to!
Some of our recipes call for Trim Healthy Mama‘s amazing Baking Blend. This is what I prefer and recommend above any other flour blend, baking blend, or baking mix (even my own basic flour blend/baking mix!). However, there are a variety of reasons you may not want to or simply can’t use the THM Baking Blend. Things like you flat out don’t have any at the moment, it’s not available where you live, it’s too expensive for you, it’s more economical to DIY it, you just like to make it homemade, and so on.
Whatever your reasons for not getting some THM Baking Blend, this low carb flour blend (formerly known on the interwebs as basic baking mix) recipe is a great substitute for you. This is pretty much a copy cat recipe (I doubt it’s identical since THM wisely doesn’t give away their exact recipe), but works just as well. It contains the exact same ingredients and can be used in a 1:1 ratio (meaning you can use 1 cup of this flour blend/baking mix in lieu of 1 cup Trim Healthy Mama Baking Blend as they measure the same).
About Some of the Flour Blend Ingredients
Before I dive into the recipe, here’s a bit about a few of the ingredients.
First, the oat fiber. This is oat FIBER, not oat FLOUR. So be sure to use oat FIBER else the recipe will jump into the Crossover (XO) realm and possibly not work correctly. I also recommend the Trim Healthy Mama brand of oat fiber because it is better quality than any other oat fiber I’ve ever used.
If your flour blend/baking blend winds up tasting gross or off, I’ve found that the oat fiber (because of it either being a lesser quality brand or because it has gotten too old and/or turned rancid) is likely the culprit.
Golden Flax Meal
Second, the golden flax meal. You want golden because this works better in the baking mix. I found a big bag of it at Costco, but it’s also available on Amazon, some regular grocery stores (like Walmart or Kroger), and most health food stores.
Third, the sunflower lecithin. This ingredient is optional, but it both adds extra nutrition and it helps the ingredients in whatever you’re making or baking to blend or “stick” together a little nicely (helps to make some things not so crumbly). Sunflower lecithin is preferred over other kinds of lecithin as it is one of the healthiest. I would recommend that you do NOT use soy lecithin.
If you’re using the flour blend/basic baking mix as a substitute for Trim Healthy Mama’s Baking Blend, you can use it in a 1:1 ratio (that’s cup for cup–so one cup of this equals one cup of the Baking Blend).
TJ’s Low Carb Flour Blend
- 2 cups oat fiber (NOT oat flour)
- 1 cup coconut flour
- 1 cup golden flax meal
- ¾ cup collagen
- ½ cup almond flour
- 1 tablespoon glucomannan or xanthan gum
- 1 teaspoon sunflower lecithin (optional)
- Sift all ingredients then blend thoroughly together.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
This recipe first appeared in May 2014 on my other website MeasuringFlower.com
If I were to leave out the almond flour due to sensitivity, would you add more of something else or just omit? I know you may not have tried it so just your best guess would be appreciated.
Hi, Lisa. If there are sensitivities to other nut or seed flours (cashew, sunflower, etc.), I’d probably use one of them in place of the almond flour. Otherwise, maybe use more flaxseed flour. Please let us know how it goes so others can see. Have a great day!
Do you have recipes for using this mix? I’m looking for a biscuit type topping for pot pies and a crust.
Do you have recipes for using this mix? I’m looking to do a biscuit like topping for pot pies and maybe a crust.
Is it safe to assume that I can use this baking mix as a 1:1 for the THM baking blend?
Made this to make my pie crust. I tried with the lecithin and without. It has a better texture (more like a “real” crust with the lecithin.
Made it like it thanks.
Mindy P says
Super excited to use this as a baking blend substitute… Just as an aside for anyone using the “metric” measurements… it yields quite a bit more than the US measurements (About 8.5cups) It BARELY fit in the container I bought for it.
Hi! Can I use this 1:1 substitution for all purpose flour? 🙂
Hi, Laura! Not necessarily. Low carb baking/cooking is tricky sometimes, so it might work, might not. Depends on the individual recipe.
Would you be able to use Whey Protein Powder to replace the Collagen?
I have never tried it that way, only with the collagen, but you can give it a try. 🙂
Lisa Robinson says
Can I use oat fiber instead of coconut flour in your baking mix???
Nope, it wouldn’t work the same. Sorry.
Hello and thanks so much for the recipe! If I want to use this blend in a GF sourdough bread recipe, would omitting Xanthan gum ruin my bread, or could it still turn out alright? Since both flax seed meal and oat flour have binding abilities, I’m wondering if I can completely omit the use of any gums. I’ll appreciate your help, thanks!
Hi, Mila. I haven’t tried it that way so I’m not positive how it’d turn out. If you give it a shot, please let us know how it works. 🙂
Hello! Is there any substitutions for the collagen? Need to be vegan. Thanks!
I would like to know if there is a vegetarian substitute for the collagen as well. In my case, it need not be vegan, though. Also, what effect would it have to simply omit the collagen from this mix?
Hi, Marjorie! There is no vegetarian option for collagen that I’m aware of since it does come from bones. You would probably be just fine omitting it as it is primarily there for added nutrition and I don’t think it should cause things that call for the blend to “not work.” Hope that helps. Have a great day, Marjorie!
Heather Hershey says
There is a marine collagen made from red algae that is a excellent sub.
Maria a says
I try this, use the xanthan gum and guess what, it works well, but im doing keto and this is not keto…. 14grs of carbs in just a cup its too much, i dont wanna keep using almond flour, i dont know
Hi, Maria! This comes to around 1 or 2 net carbs (I wrote this recipe before the nutrition facts had a net carbs options) so it should be fine on keto. 🙂
What would the substitution ratio be for your THM blend in a recipe that calls for all almond flour? For example if a cake called for 2 cups almond flour what would be an equal amount of your blend? Thanks!!
Hi, Tara. It really depends on the specific recipe. In most cases you can swap the mix equally with the almond flour. It might take some experimentation. Sorry, not much help. Same goes for the THM Baking Blend. Let me know how it works for you!
Works great! Thanks.
Edith Roger says
My family likes everything that I prepare from the THM plan. Thanks for new ideas and recipes.
can anything be substituted for the flax-meal? I have intestinal issues that cannot allow the use of flax seed.
I have heard that you can substitute chia for flax.