Trying your hand at gluten-free baking? There are plenty of alternative flours to choose from nowadays. Almond flour and rice flour are two popular options, but we’re also really into cassava flour, which is made by grinding down the entire root of the cassava plant. The soft and powdery texture is ideal for everything from cakes to cookies. Also known as yuca, cassava is a diet staple in Africa, and Nigeria is the leading producer of cassava globally. The plant has serious longevity, too—cassava tubers can be kept in the ground for up to two years before being harvested and processed into flour, which can lend an earthy and nutty flavor to finished dishes.
The History of Plant Snacks
It took a year for founder and CEO Pete Lescoe to develop the right recipe to launch Plant Snacks. Since cassava flour is made up of a different ratio of starch, fiber, and the size of the grain, it took more work than your average snack, but persistence paid off and resulted in a better snack experience than what Lescoe was able to find in stores. And because this brand wants to make snacks for all, it’s committed to being free of the top eight allergens.
Plant Snacks Company Mission
Before starting Plant Snacks, the founder was weary of seeing artificial flavors and inexpensive ingredients lining the snack aisles. To develop a snack with better nutrition, Plant Snacks embraced sustainably-sourced cassava root from Brazil, which is naturally gluten-free, grain-free, and nut-free. With the added bonus of being vegan, that means (almost) everyone can enjoy these light and crunchy snacks.
Benefits of Plant Snacks
Some cassava flour is made from large, mature roots, which can cause grittiness in the final product. That’s why Plant Snacks sources young and tender roots from Brazil, resulting in a smooth flour texture that’s perfect for baking. Cassava is naturally gluten-free, and delivers some vitamin C, folate, and magnesium. Plant Snacks is also:
- Free of the Big 8 allergens: milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, soy
- No sugar added
- Non-GMO Project Verified
Top Plant Snacks Products
Every snack is made with cassava flour. The only question is, which flavor should you try first?
Super Seed Mix Cassava Root Chips
A sprinkle of seeds (like sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and flaxseeds) add an extra layer of crunch to this gluten-free and paleo-friendly snack.
Lime Cassava Root Chips
Here’s a tortilla chip stand-in made with cassava root flour, sesame seeds, and a hint of lime. Pair it with your favorite salsa, guacamole, or snack on them solo.
Cheddar Cassava Root Chips
Cheddar might be in the name, but this bag of cassava root chips is made with a mix of vegan spices like paprika and nutritional yeast so you can enjoy it even on a dairy-free diet.
Cassava Flour Recipes
Have you tried this AP flour alternative yet? Here are some recipes to inspire your next creation.
How to Make Drop Biscuits With Salted Ghee
Cassava flour and salted ghee are the headlining ingredients in this gluten-free biscuit the whole family will love.
Easy Cassava Flour Tortillas
Homemade tortillas are a snap to make once you know the technique, and you can even use cassava flour as an alternative to flour or masa harina.
Vegan Appetizers That Use Cassava Flour
Buffalo Cauliflower Bites With Blue Cheeze Sauce are one of our favorite vegan appetizers. They’re crunchy on the outside, tender on the inside, and are a guaranteed hit for parties.