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Why You’ll Love Arrowroot Starch Flour
Traditional flours are so last year. As more cases of Celiac disease and gluten sensitivities come to the surface, many are opting for wheatless flours that can be used as a substitute when making breads, breakfast foods, pastries, and other goodies. In addition to rice flour and coconut flour, which are great for baking, there’s also arrowroot starch. This type of flour works best as a replacement for cornstarch and can be used as a thickening agent for puddings, sauces, gravies, and pie fillings. It also works well for making biscuits and cookies.
Bob’s Red Mill crafts their product from 100 percent arrowroot starch, extracted from the roots of the arrowroot plant, called Maranta arundinacea, which is a large perennial herb found in tropical and rainforest environments. The company uses old-fashioned milling processes to break down the root and create a versatile product that works well when cooked at low temperatures and has a neutral taste to adapt to a number of recipes.
Not only is Bob’s Red Mill Arrowroot Starch Flour gluten-free, Paleo-friendly, and vegan, but each 16 oz. bag also has zero fat, sodium, and sugar and is free of chemical additives and preservatives. As well, arrowroot starch is one of the most easily digestible flours, providing a useful answer to the question of how to accommodate special diets without sacrificing the flavor and texture of popular foods.
Arrowroot health benefits
The arrowroot plant is known for its potent health benefits, which many have used to help with cases of irritable bowel syndrome and for supporting gestational development during pregnancy. Here are just some of the surprising benefits that the plant offers.
- Blood circulation: In its natural form, arrowroot contains minerals essential to overall well-being, such as iron and copper. These nutrients boost circulation and can lead to higher energy levels throughout the day. As well, red blood cell production is increased with more stores of iron, which can prevent episodes of anemia.
- Healthy pregnancy: One of the most important nutrients during pregnancy is the B vitamin folate, which helps prevent miscarriage and also supports healthy fetal growth by limiting the risk of birth defects. The arrowroot plant is a valuable resource of this vitamin, and including it in daily diets can provide a benefit to expectant mothers.
- Easing stomach troubles: Arrowroot is a common treatment during bouts of diarrhea and has shown promising usage in those with regular cases of irritable bowel syndrome. Though its exact function in relieving these symptoms is unknown, it is thought to be related to the plant’s ability to soothe inflammed mucosal membranes. In that regard, it’s also helpful for painful gums and a sore mouth, especially in teething infants. Because arrowroot is easily digested and gluten-free, it lessens the chances of an allergic or autoimmune reaction when eating items made from arrowroot starch.
Cooking with Bob’s Red Mill Arrowroot Starch Flour
Arrowroot flour is not only healthful, it’s also convenient to use as a substitute in many recipes that call for white flour or cornstarch, both of which are highly processed and full of additives, not to mention the risk of GMOs. Try some of Thrive Market’s favorite recipes using arrowroot starch.
Gnocchi is the Italian take on potato dumplings, and usually comes as a pasta dish with marinara or tomato cream sauce. This unique recipe instead uses sweet potatoes that cut down on the starches and carbs and create an original flavor that even Paleo eaters can enjoy. After baking the sweet potatoes, the pliable flesh is scooped out and mixed with eggs, oil, hazelnut flour, arrowroot flour, nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Garlic, sage leaves, and mushrooms add more flavor and provide the perfect garnish atop a simple butter sauce.
Start your morning with a little Southern comfort with this recipe for biscuits and gravy. Instead of refined flour and heavy cream, arrowroot starch is used to thicken up the rich sauce along with ghee and almond flour. The biscuits, too, are Paleo-friendly, made with almond flour, baking soda, eggs, honey, and olive oil. So, slather the gravy on your plate just like grandma would tell you to—except without the guilt.
This one’s better than takeout. Lean flank steak and tender vegetables simmer in a standout sweet and spicy garlic-ginger sauce. It uses arrowroot flour for thickness, and adds in red wine vinegar, beef bone broth, umami-tasting coconut aminos, and sesame and coconut oils for taste. The final result is a dish great to eat on its own or paired with a bowl of cauliflower rice.
Even the sweet stuff tastes great when made with arrowroot starch. Like this holiday favorite, pecan pie, which gets a makeover with a gluten-free chocolate crust made with almond flour, ghee, coconut sugar, and raw cacao powder. The filling uses maple syrup, date paste, vanilla extract, and arrowroot flour for a rich consistency that will be a year-round favorite.
Arrowroot uses in beauty products
Hair loves arrowroot too. Its powdery texture can eliminate excess oil when used in this DIY dry shampoo. Just mix a quarter-cup of arrowroot flour with a few drops of essential oil and store in a recycled salt or herb shaker. Sprinkle on between showers and massage into scalp for rejuvenated strands. Brunettes can even add in some raw cacao powder (and redheads, some cinnamon) to help match hair tones.
Reviews For Arrowroot Starch Flour
Based on 39 Reviews
No more cornstarch! This is such an excellent thickener for gravies and sauces that there is no going back to cornstarch!
This bag is a great deal....hard to find & small (old can) at the grocery store.....love Thrive!
- Thrive User
Love this stuff
I love the product. Use it as a flour, thicker, for dredging meat, in smoothies for long lasting carbs, and many other places! Thrives price is often the best on it too.
- Ashley Johnson
Prevent yeast infection/rash under breasts!
Substitute Bob's Red Mill Arrowroot Starch Flour for bath powders, cornstarch, and use this on any area where skin touches skin to aid in healing and/or preventing rashes. Yeast feeds on the sugar in cornstarch, so this is much better. It also thickens soups, gravy, etc., but I love it for the silky smooth powdery feel to keep my skin dry and healthy. Just a teaspoon sprinkled on your fingertips will be sufficient for most applications. Try it!
- Granny Gems
Gluten Free Thickening Agent
This is a great replacement to flour or GMO corn starch as a thickening agent. I also use it in a DIY deodorant recipe.
I have never used any other brand of arrowroot powder, but that is only because this brand is a very good one. Everything I've used it for has turned out very well, including cookies, and as a thickening agent.
- Kim V
A staple in my house!
This stuff is a staple in my house. I love that I can get it on thrive for a lot less!!
I prefer this as a thickener
This is my go to thickener especially when I am trying to be gluten free.
I LOVE IT! It is so smooth in consistency and perfect for what I needed it for.
Outstanding service and perfect for my Paleo baking needs. Great quality!
I actually haven't tried it yet! I don't know what to do with it!
- Frances Siecko
Paleo Almond flour
I actually haven't tried this yet! I ordered so much bread (I don't know why I order so much of everything?!) Anyway, I haven't needed it to bake with yet.
- Frances Siecko
Best price anywhere
I love Thrive for items like this - this is 50% or more off of the price anywhere else. I have yet to find arrowroot at a better price. Thanks Thrive! I stock up every few months.
I sent about $7 on Arrowroot from my local grocery store for a fraction of the amount of product I received here. Great product at a great price!
Great as a thickener. Also works great as a flour alternative.
Awesome alternative to corn starch, and great value for this size bag.
Arrowroot Starch/ flour
My favorite is to make paleo tortillas using this. It is easily substituted for tapioca flour.
A staple in my Paleo recipes, this is the best price for arrowroot I've found. Always excellent quality.
- Pamela Baergen
Bob's arrowroot powder
Love Bob's always great quality.
use it in making homemade deodorant & cooking
i have been uing this instead of corn staarch as it is much healthyer then other thickeners
I haven't used it yet but I was happy with the price.
great to use hard to find
I have a problem finding this product at my usual stores. Great to get it here!
Great for deodorant! Who knew??
I've been using Bob's arrowroot starch for months as an thickening alternative for cornstarch and have always been happy with the results.
Recently, I learned that you can use it to make homemade deodorant! When I heard this, I was apprehensive about how effective something like that would be, but my girlfriend egged me into it with a friendly wager so we made a day of getting the ingredients and making some ourselves. I put tea tree oil and cedarwood oil in mine for a earthy, tingly scent and she put peppermint and lavender. They both came out great using the arrowroot starch and the scents blended nicely. Anyway, I definitely prefer this homemade deodorant over my natural, storebought one and needless to say, I lost the bet. But the starch thickened the deodorant mixture nicely and kept it solid in my empty deodorant stick, and it's great at making me feel less sweaty so it must be pretty absorbent. Apparently you can use it to make other cosmetic items so I'll definitely be experimenting more with that.
P.S. all the ingredients I used, I found on this site for way cheaper than what I purchased them for in the stores, especially this starch. I paid almost twice what the price here is so I'll be ordering it off here next time I need a refill.
- E. Griffith
Not as great for baking.
I was happy to find this gluten free flour for my baking. However, my cakes had a soggy and lumpy texture so I was not impressed with the result for that purpose.
On the other hand, I also used this to make pudding and a corn meal-like beverage and it turned out quite amazing, without altering the taste to either. Great starch replacement for thickening.
- Hattie D.
Gluten-Free Corn Muffins!
My daughter loves to make corn muffins and when my husband was diagnosed with Celiacs Disease, we had to switch to gluten-free. We love that it is a 1-1 replacement and that we don't need to add anything else! It is Kosher to boot- great for dinner parties!
One disadvantage is that the package is hard to reseal. I know that they say it is best stored in the refrigerator, but if I knock it over on the shelf, it is a mess! Maybe they should add a zip-top. I would buy again regardless.
- B. Hudson
So many uses!
Of course this product is great for cooking and baking but I actually use it to make some home made products.
I've made various skin care products with this and they are awesome, I love the way it feels light on my skin. I've also used it in a body butter which gave my body a smooth and non-greasy feel! I swear by this stuff!
- Loren T
Arrowroot thickens my gravy and soups well, but I prefer using corn starch. Arrowroot makes it lumpy.
I do use some in my blend of gluten free flour, I like that it seems to bind better than xantham gum, which upsets my stomach.
- S. Islam
Great thickening substitute
This is the best choice for thickening for anyone that is on a gluten free diet. It has a mild flavor so it doesn't change the taste of stuff, even pudding.
I also use this in cakes and some other baked goods.
- Jeneva P.
Low calorie food
For a long time when I went gluten free I used potato flakes to thicken my soups. Then I discovered arrowroot, which has even less calories than potatoes and now it is the thing that thickens my soups.
I love to cook and bake so discovering something awesome like this is a great find. Thanks Thrive Market for carrying this!
My new kitchen friend
I used corn starch for a long time after going gluten free, but I have been trying to cut back on corn because of GMOs. I was so happy when someone told me that arrowroot flour was an excellent substitute for thickening and couldn't wait to try it.
Wheat flour and corn starch both alter the flavor of soups and gravy, wheat flour more so. This stuff has virtually no flavor, so it doesn't do that. Because of that I can use it to thicken pudding and more. I love it.
- Ali Brigante
Does the job, torn bag
Used as a mild flour for basic baking, arrowroot does the job. It's also pretty good for making sauces thick and smooth, without changing their taste.
But my bag was torn on arrival, which is annoying and why I gave it three stars. Thrive sent me a second bag free, which wasn't torn, but I like my stuff delivered in the right condition.
- Todman Neal
Paleo done right
I've joined the cult of paleo, so I'm gluten free. I use arrowroot as a substitute for normal corn starch.
It does the same thing, but without all the chemicals. It's great when I'm kneading dough, and it has no real flavor or taste of its own, so there's nothing to interfere with the taste of pies and cookies.
- Tilda N.
Thickens really well
As another reviewer said, this isn't really a flour/starch that will add a ton of flavor to your dishes. I use coconut flour for that.
But if you're looking to get consistent results when you need to thicken your sauces and make your soup feel more soupy, then this does the job very well. And you're not using anything but arrowroot. No preservatives or additives. Pure organic.
One of the healthiest flours
Arrowroot is really more of a starch than a flour. That said, it can be combined with coconut flour if you're baking, and it turns out great.
It works exceptionally well in stews and sauces. It makes them thicker, but the consistency is smooth and clear. A great gluten free, low fat, all natural flour.
- T. Neese
Gluten Free flour
This is a great flour if you've cut gluten from your diet.
It's ideal to mix with other natural flour for baking. But I use it a lot in sauces and soups to make the heavier. This flour dissolves easily and doesn't leave a gritty or sandy taste.
- Tracy Norman
I really hate that "thin" feeling when it comes to my soups and gumbo. I love to have a thicker and creamy feeling to my food, and that's exactly why I've been adding the Arrowroot Starch to my food. It doesn't add much of a taste, but it definitely thickens things up and takes it from a water-like consistency to a more creamy feeling. It doesn't bulk up or form clumps either. As long as you continually stir it as you add the sifted powder, it goes in really, really well. I'll be keeping this one around for awhile.
- Ana A
Great for many things
I saw this flour every time I shopped the Bob's Red Mill section at my local grocer but never knew what I would do with it. Then I found a recipe for homemade deodorant that used it, so I bought some. It worked great for that purpose.
I then needed to find something to use the rest of it for. I found that it works great as a gluten-free thickener, and now I regularly use it in my gluten-free baking mix.
- Shawn Leeson
Good substitute for cornstarch
I'm new to the whole gluten-free way of eating. I'm not sure I can do this, but I'm trying. I had no idea there were so many different GF flours out there. Many recipes call for different kinds of GF flour to create a GF flour blend.
The dietitian at the doctor's office suggested I switch cornstarch for the arrowroot starch flour. We discussed what it can and can't do. I would not have known not to mix it with cream sauces or for fried chicken batter. Arrowroot starch flour needs lower heat. Good to know.
- Delbert Palmer
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