You need a binding agent of some sort - I usually use flax seed meal. In cookie recipes, I use the "Gluten Frida" mix from Vegan Cookies Invade your Cookie Jar - 1/4 cup almond meal, 1/3 cup millet flour, 1/3 cup sweet rice flour, 3 TBS tapioca starch and 1 TBS flax meal. Swap that for 1 cup wheat flour, even though it totals out to more than a cup. This works for oatmeal cookies, chocolate chip cookies, snickerdoodles, brownies, gingerbread. And I don't usually avoid gluten, so when I say that those cookies are awesome, I'm not meaning "more awesome than no cookies at all," I mean "Just as good as regular cookies." The only reason I still make cookies with wheat flour is that it's cheaper to make them that way.
This is the cake recipe I use - I haven't experimented with much other than chocolate, because the chocolate is such a hit. I used a similar flour blend to make an apple-spice crazy cake, though, and it was excellent.
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 cup 'sticky' white rice flour
- 1/4 cup garbanzo bean flour
- 1/2 cup potato starch
- 1/4 cup tapioca starch
- 1 Tbs ground flaxseed
- 1 cup water or cold coffee
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 5 Tbsp neutral flavored liquid vegetable oil (canola, almond, safflower)
- 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
Preheat oven to 350.
Whisk together dry ingredients, add wet ingredients and stir to combine. portion into lined cupcake pan. I got 15 cupcakes out of this. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool completely.
My friend and I have had NO LUCK making a GF bread that is edible without using either egg or xanthan gum, guar gum does not hold up to the high temperatures and extended baking times, and it has either collapsed, failed to rise, or tasted gross in every variant we've tried.
It's my understanding that Xanthan gum is a CORN derivative, not wheat or dairy, we've been avoiding it for that reason (we are the providers of baked goods for a large homeschooling group, where there are a bunch of gluten allergic/intolerant kids, a couple of vegans, and one girl who is allergic to corn, soy, and wheat).