The new gluten and nut-free flour you need to try

Whether you're health conscious, or you need to cater for various allergies, this new flour could be just the right baking ingredient you're looking for.

Gone are the days when there were just two types of flour: plain and self-raising. Now, we are lucky enough to have a wide variety of flours on the market, each with their own unique selling point and flavour.

Tigernut flour is somewhat the new kid on the block, as it's come onto the market as a nut-free alternative to almond meal, with the added bonus of being gluten-free, as well.

What is tigernut flour?

Despite the confusing name, the tigernut is actually a small root vegetable. It was first discovered in Africa, and got its name from the stripy, dark and light exterior you'd most likely see on a big cat. You could say they look like a peanut, but they're actually a veggie superfood packed with loads of vitamins, such as C and E.

What can you make with tigernut flour?

Because it has more of a nutty flavour than plain flour, try using it when baking sweet treats like biscuits, cookies or cakes. It's also a brilliant accompaniment to recipes that use tapioca flour. If you're following a paleo diet, have an allergy to gluten or dairy, tigernut is a great alternative.

Where can you buy it?

Traditionally, tigernut flour can be found in health food shops all over Australia and online, but if you need it at a pinch, McKenzie's have just released a tigernut flour sold in Woolworths supermarkets around the country. Great news for health 'nuts' everywhere!

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