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Sorghum flour recipes (gluten free)

Sometimes you just want to find a recipe that’ll help you use up the flour you have on hand. I have previously written roundups for buckwheat flour recipes and rice flour desserts, so today I’m doing the same for sorghum flour recipes.

Sorghum flour recipes (gluten free)

These recipes all use sorghum flour in some quantity or another. They are mostly low FODMAP and vegetarian or vegan. In addition, I try to include as many egg free, xanthan gum free and nut free options as I can. I try to cater to as many different dietary requirements as I can, because I know how hard it can be when you have multiple allergies or intolerances at once.

An aerial close up image of gluten free vegan dumplings on a bright blue ceramic plate. The dumplings are generously drizzled in a deep red chilli oil.

What is sorghum flour?

Sorghum flour is a gluten free flour made from sorghum grain, which is a flowering plant that is most closely related to sugar cane and millet.

Sorghum is an important crop in much of Africa and India, due to it’s ability to grow in dry and arid conditions. It can also be called jowar, Indian millet, great millet or milo (sorry Australians, not that milo). Sorghum grain itself can come in a number of colours, but the flour is generally from white millet (sometimes called sweet white millet).

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What does sorghum flour taste like?

I have really only used a few different varieties of sorghum flour, so I can only attest to those. In my experience, sorghum has a sweet, wheat adjacent taste that is relatively neutral. Whether or not it’s the brands I have used I can’t say, but I have found sorghum flour to be quite bitter in larger qualities. As such, I generally use it as a proportion of a recipe, rather than the single flour.

With all that said, I really enjoy the flavour of sorghum flour (and sorghum grains themselves) and I find it adds a lot to gluten free baking.

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How do I use sorghum flour in gluten free baking?

In my experience, sorghum flour is best used as part of a blend in gluten free baking. It can be slightly bitter and grainy in large amounts, but it has a lovely flavour. I recommend using sorghum flour in conjunction with another wholegrain flour, such as white rice flour or buckwheat flour.

Sorghum flour has no elasticity, so it also benefits from a small amount of starch such as tapioca flour or glutinous rice flour. Further elasticity can be added with psyllium husk powder when needed, although I find that generally applies to breads rather than cakes or muffins.

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Gluten free recipes that use sorghum flour

Gluten free vegan bagels

These gluten free bagels are one of my favourite recipes I’ve developed. They use white rice flour, sorghum flour and tapioca flour for the perfect flavour and elasticity. They’re vegan )(so egg free and dairy free) gluten free, xanthan gum free and nut free. I have developed a low FODMAP everything bagel seasoning recipe to finish them, but you can use whatever works for you.

Gluten free vegan bagels
Delicious vegan, nut free and xanthan gum free bagels with the perfect amount of chew.
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An aerial close up image of gluten free vegan bagels topped with low FODMAP everything bagel seasoning on a lined baking sheet
An aerial close up image of gluten free vegan bagels topped with low FODMAP everything bagel seasoning on a lined baking sheet

Sorghum flour porridge

This sorghum flour porridge is a basically a deliciously porridge like roux. It uses milk, butter and sorghum flour for a gluten free porridge that tastes just like the classic. You can find this recipe in my cookbook, Intolerance Friendly Kitchen.

A bowl of gluten free, oat free porridge topped with caramelised bananas and cinnamon sits atop a rust coloured linen tea towel. A ceramic mug of tea sits to the bottom left of the image

Gluten free, low FODMAP ‘apple’ crumble

This ‘apple’ crumble uses low FODMAP jicama cooked with lemon, sugar and cinnamon for a scarily accurate dupe for stewed apple. It’s topped with a very simple single flour crumble that can easily be made vegan. My favourite flours for the crumble are white rice flour or sorghum flour.

Low FODMAP ‘apple’ crumble (gluten free)
A delicious gluten free and low FODMAP apple crumble that uses no apples at all.
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A close up image of a low FODMAP apple crumble in a white ceramic baking dish. Some crumble has been removed, revealing the cubes of 'apple' underneath. The crumble is topped with two scoops of vanilla ice cream.
An aerial image of a low FODMAP apple pie in a white ceramic baking dish. Part of the crumble has been eaten, and two spoons sit in the empty space. Two scoops of vanilla ice cream sit in the middle of the crumble.

Gluten free banana pancakes

There’s nothing better than a banana pancake come the weekend. This gluten free, egg free version has a variety of flour options, including a sorghum flour option.

Gluten free banana pancakes
Gluten free and egg free banana pancakes that are fluffy and delicious.
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A side on view of a stack of gluten free banana pancakes that have been topped with banana slices and lots of maple syrup. A slice has been made into the stack in the front.
A side on view of a stack of gluten free banana pancakes that have been topped with banana slices and lots of maple syrup. A slice has been made into the stack in the front and a front stands upright in the pieces.

Vegan, gluten free sourdough bread

The first gluten free sourdough bread recipe I published on my website, this loaf is very flexible in terms of the flours used. I love the flavour of sorghum here, and I combine it with other flours/starches for a light and delicious end result.

Gluten free vegan sourdough bread
A delicious gluten free loaf for everyone.
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Gluten free sourdough bread recipe (vegan, FODMAP friendly) from www.georgeats.com | @georgeats

Gluten free self saucing pudding

Another recipe that has plenty of flour options, this chocolate self saucing pudding is egg free. The recipe as it stands is grain free, but there’s an option in the notes to use sorghum flour as well.

Gluten free self saucing chocolate pudding
A delicious and fudgy egg free self saucing pudding that has the option to use sorghum flour.
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An aerial view of a gluten free chocolate self saucing pudding in an oval shaped baking dish on a white bench top. A few scoops of the pudding have been taken away and melting vanilla ice cream seeps into the pudding.

Vegan, gluten free blueberry muffins

This recipe for vegan and gluten free blueberry muffins is incredibly easy and incredibly good. The version on my website uses white rice flour, but the version in my cookbook Intolerance Friendly Kitchen has the option to use sorghum flour.

A stack of blueberry filled vegan, gluten free muffins against a mottled blue backdrop

Gluten free pizza bases

These gluten free pizza bases use rice flour, tapioca flour and sorghum flour for a perfectly chewy and fluffy base. They’re vegan, xanthan gum free and nut free, too. For a complete low FODMAP pizza (toppings and all) see my low FODMAP pizza recipe.

Gluten free pizza dough without xanthan gum
Delicious gluten free pizza bases that are vegan, nut free and xanthan gum free.
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A gluten free sourdough margherita pizza against a white marble backdrop with a glass of water in the top right corner
An aerial view of a FODMAP friendly, gluten free sourdough pizza topped with caramelised lemons, zucchini coins, FODMAP friendly pesto, melted cheese and extra basil. The pizza sits on a speckled white plate against a white marble backdrop

Vegan, gluten free cinnamon rolls without yeast

Not everyone can tolerate yeast, so I developed this vegan, gluten free cinnamon rolls without it. The dough uses predominantly white rice flour, but there is the option to use sorghum flour in the scald for flavour and variety.

Vegan, gluten free cinnamon rolls without yeast
A treat for everyone that also happens to be xanthan gum free and nut free.
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An aerial close up image of gluten free, vegan cinnamon scrolls in a baking dish. The scrolls are topped with a sugary glaze.

Gluten free yeasted flatbreads

These gluten free yeasted flatbreads have the option to use half sorghum flour and half white or brown rice flour for the wholegrain component. They’re fluffy and light yet substantial, with the perfect amount of chew. They also happen to be xanthan gum free.

Gluten free yeasted flatbread
A fluffy and delicious gluten free yeasted flatbread. Perfect with my low FODMAP vegetarian curry.
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An aerial view of a gluten free flatbread half dipped on curry gravy. The flatbread is on a rustic grey and rust coloured backdrop and the bottom third of the flatbread is covered in rich, bright orange paneer shahi gravy

Vegan, gluten free microwave cinnamon roll

These delicious little gluten free cinnamon rolls in a mug are made with white rice flour and sorghum flour. They’re the perfect little treat that takes 10 minutes to make and bake (but there are options to cook it in the oven, too). They are vegan, xanthan gum free, nut free and yeast free.

Gluten free vegan microwave cinnamon scroll
A delicious little microwave treat (that has an oven baked option, too).
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An aerial image of a vegan, gluten free microwave cinnamon scroll in a white speckled ceramic mug. The scroll is oozing cinnamon sugar and topped with melting vanilla ice cream. It sits atop a light grey stone backdrop

Gluten free vegan dumplings

One of my favourite recipes from Intolerance Friendly Kitchen, these gluten free vegan dumpling wrappers can be made with any flours you like (sorghum flour included). They’re xanthan gum free and can be made without starches as well. Bonus? There’s two vegetarian and low FODMAP dumpling filling recipes in there as well.

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Gluten free chocolate muffins

I developed this recipe for gluten free chocolate muffins to be as flexible as possible. The recipe card uses white rice flour and buckwheat flour, but you can use buckwheat and sorghum as well.

Gluten free chocolate muffins
Fluffy and delicious gluten free chocolate muffins that are xanthan gum free and nut free.
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An aerial close up image of gluten free chocolate muffins grouped together in white muffin liners. The muffins are studded with melty dark chocolate chips.

Vegan, gluten free sourdough pizza bases

These easy and delicious gluten free sourdough pizza bases are vegan, xanthan gum free and nut free. The dough is incredibly easy to mix up and can happily sit in the fridge all weekend, meaning fresh pizza every night. They use equal parts sorghum flour, brown rice flour and tapioca flour for the perfect flavour and chewiness.

Gluten free sourdough pizza bases
Easy and delicious gluten free pizza bases that will have you eating well all weekend.
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A gluten free sourdough margherita pizza against a white marble backdrop with a glass of water in the top right corner
A gluten free sourdough margherita pizza against a white marble backdrop with a glass of water in the top right corner

Gluten free white bread sourdough

This recipe is a ‘white bread’ style of gluten free sourdough that uses a higher proportion of starch for white bread fluffiness and taste. Sorghum and millet are the wholegrain flours, which work together to add the perfect wholegrain flavour to the loaf.

Gluten free white bread sourdough
A delicious vegan 'white bread' style of gluten free sourdough (that is xanthan gum free).
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A side on view of a loaf of gluten free white bread on a wooden table. A person in a dark grey jumper stands behind the loaf and sprinkles flour down onto the bread.
Gluten-free 'white bread' sourdough recipe from www.georgeats.com

Gluten free sourdough hot cross buns

These gluten free sourdough hot cross buns are rich and full of flavour. They use sorghum flour as one of the wholegrain flours for a satisfying and festive treat.

Gluten free sourdough hot cross buns
Deliciously spiced gluten free sourdough hot cross buns.
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Gluten free sourdough hot cross buns with an optional fruitless fruit mince filling. A delicious, FODMAP friendly easter project. Recipe from www.georgeats.com | @georgeats
Gluten free sourdough hot cross buns with an optional fruitless fruit mince filling. A delicious, FODMAP friendly easter project. Recipe from www.georgeats.com | @georgeats

Gluten free brownie cookies

These gluten free brownie cookies are a deliciously fudgy and rich gluten free treat. They have been designed so that you can use any number of gluten free flours to make them, sorghum flour included.

Gluten free brownie cookies
Fudgy and delicious brownie cookies that are single flour and xanthan gum free.
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An aerial view of gluten free brownie cookies arranged on a white marble table. The cookies are crinkly and topped with sea salt flakes
An aerial view of gluten free brownie cookies arranged on a white marble table. The cookies are crinkly and topped with sea salt flakes

More gluten free recipes

Gluten free low FODMAP recipe roundup
Gluten free pastry recipes
Delicious and easy gluten free mug cake recipes
Gluten free cake recipes
Gluten free buckwheat recipes from my buckwheat e-book

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