What is Cassava Flour & Why Does it Make the Ultimate Grain-free Option?

Cassava is the trendiest grain free alternative. Now go out and get it!

By: Rebecca Jacobs

Since the grain-free health craze popped up a few years ago, and more and more people starting doing Whole30 diet challenges, or following a paleo or grain-free diet, cassava flour has been a welcome addition to a grain-free way of eating.

Plus, with more grain-free and paleo-friendly companies coming out with cassava-based products (we’re looking at you cassava wraps and taco shells,) enjoying this grain-free alternative has become pretty darn delicious.

If you’re new to the cassava flour craze, read on to learn more about what it is, how you can enjoy it, and why it’s pretty amazing.

What is Cassava Flour?

Cassava flour is made from the cassava root (aka yuca.) It is made by grating and then drying the root and then turning it into a gluten and grain-free flour option.  

And wait, it gets even better…it’s:

  • Nut-free
  • Dairy-free
  • Soy-free
  • Corn-free
  • Has a mild flavor
  • Has a very easy to use texture for easy grain and gluten-free baking

Why It May be Your New Go-to Grain-Free Baking Flour

We know cassava flour can fit well into just about any dietary plan. Here are some other reasons you may want to consider adding it to your pantry.

  • It makes for an easy wheat-based flour replacement, especially if you are new to grain-free baking.
  • It’s nut-free so it can be enjoyed on the paleo diet.
  • It makes a great choice for those with digestive health issues and may not be able to tolerate grains.
  • It is low in calories, so you can significantly reduce the number of calories in recipes like muffins or homemade bread, so you can feel good about enjoying it even with an added slab of grass-fed butter.

Cassava Flour Baking Ideas

To help spark some serious grain-free baking inspiration, here are some of our favorite ways to use cassava flour.

  • Bread
  • Pancakes
  • Banana muffins
  • Cookies
  • Brownies

Products to Try

In addition to plain old cassava flour, companies like Siete and Otto’s Naturals have completely changed the grain-free eating game by offering things wraps, taco shells and chips all made from cassava flour.

The Bottom Line

If you are looking for a mild flavored and nutritious grain-free alternative to either wheat-based or even other gluten-free options, cassava flour may be your new baking staple.

With it’s easy to use texture, mild flavor, and versatility, put it on the top of your grocery shopping list next time you hit the grocery store. This grain-free alternative it a total game-changer for anyone who is trying to avoid grains.