When the shelves are empty: You can use these four ingredients instead of flour

Flour is one of the most important ingredients in many baking recipes. Due to the current situation in Ukraine and the associated delivery bottlenecks, flour and other groceries are currently sold out in many supermarkets.

If you don’t have any flour at home or are standing in front of empty shelves in the supermarket, you can use one of the following alternatives.


Oatmeal is particularly popular for breakfast, but is not only suitable for porridge and muesli, but also as a flour substitute.

Place the oats in a food processor or finely grind them with an immersion blender for about 30 to 60 seconds.

Especially with the latter variant, make sure that you take a tall container. If you have one, you can also use a coffee grinder.

Fine-leaved, i.e. tender, oatmeal is best suited as a flour substitute.

Recipe ideas with oatmeal:


If you don’t have oatmeal at home, you can use almonds instead.

In order to make flour from them, the almonds must be blanched, i.e. skinless. Simply soak them in water overnight, then boil them in hot water and then peel off the delicate skin.

Before they can be processed further, the almonds must be completely dried on kitchen paper. Then place the almonds in a food processor or blender and grind them into a fine flour.

But be careful: Almond flour is very greasy and with a shelf life of three to six months is not suitable for being prepared in large quantities.

Nevertheless, it has many advantages: Almond flour is rich in proteins and is suitable for those who want to eat fewer carbohydrates.


Linseed is available in every supermarket, discounter and organic market for little money. However, you will rarely find them processed directly as flour, which is why you have to finely grind the seeds yourself beforehand.

Add the flaxseeds to a food processor or container and blend them with an immersion blender. After about three to five minutes, the flour should be ready and ready to use.

Tip: Sieve the finished flour through a fine kitchen sieve beforehand. This will prevent larger clumps from being left behind.

Similar to almonds, flaxseed flour is low in carbohydrates and contains a variety of proteins and fiber, vitamins and minerals.

Chia seeds

Chia seeds are considered a real superfood and are often added to mueslis or smoothies.

To grind them, it is best to use a mortar, blender, food processor or coffee grinder. A grain mill is not suitable for this, as the grinder threatens to stick due to the escaping oil.

Only prepare as much chia seed flour as necessary, as it will go bad after a short time.

Flour is not just flour

Due to their consistency and nature, many flour alternatives are not a substitute for some specific types of dough, such as yeast dough. Wheat or spelled flour cannot therefore be substituted 1:1 with oat flakes, almonds, linseed and the like.

So before you use it, make sure that you are using an appropriate recipe that also uses the respective ingredient.

This article also appeared on Chip.de.

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