The following post goes into detail on the pros and cons of tapioca flour, with a list of the best brands to buy and an index of all the best Paleo tapioca flour recipes.
What is tapioca flour anyway? Is it like that nasty slimy tapioca pudding my grandma used to make? It really wasn’t that bad, I just couldn’t handle the texture. It felt like little slimy roundworms in my mouth. I was a kid you know, so don’t get upset with me, okay. Anyone else not like tapioca pudding?
So, to answer my own question. Tapioca is derived from cassava roots. Tapioca starch can be extracted from the cassava root and made into “pearls” or flour. They can be used as a thickening agent in food recipes such as pie filling or pizza dough. Obviously, the flour is used in foods like those, not the pearls.
Tapioca has a mild flavor and is slightly sweet. It is a very pure form of starch. It is totally gluten-free, free of sugar and low in calories. It’s very useful for gluten-free baking or cooking, much like cassava flour. Here is a post I wrote about cassava flour: 9 Paleo Cassava Flour Recipes Index, Pros, Cons and Best Prices
Interesting facts: Cassava is called yuca root sometimes. It is mostly grown in parts of Asia, Africa, and South America. The entire cassava plant is a staple crop which is very important to millions of people in those areas. It supplies a lot of them with a significant amount of their daily calories.
It’s grain-free, gluten-free and nut-free.
It’s low in sugar, calories and fat.
It’s odorless and tasteless.
It thickens and binds recipes.
It is anti-nutrient free.
It’s a good flour to make baked good fluffy and light.
It doesn’t have very many nutrients.
Basically, it’s just a form of concentrated carbohydrates.
It’s not good for much besides making baked good fluffy and light.
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Here are some answers to some common questions about tapioca flour:
Is tapioca Paleo approved?
Yes, read above.
Is tapioca flour and arrowroot the same thing?
The name arrowroot and tapioca flour may be used interchangeably, but they are not the same thing at all. They both come from root vegetables but they are entirely different plants.
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Below are some of the best Paleo Tapioca Flour Recipes I could find. It really is a great option in recipes because it is totally gluten-free and quite healthy. It’s becoming the new fad flour. You really should give these Paleo Tapioca Flour Recipes a try.
Paleo Tapioca Flour Recipes
This Paleo pizza crust recipe is the most like a “real” thin crust pizza I’ve found. I can actually pick up my pizza!
I love how the main ingredient on these dessert Paleo waffles are zucchini. Well, and chocolate. Gotta love chocolate. . .
Jump to Recipe·Print Recipe I use this Paleo tortillas recipe all the time. I make a big batch and keep them on hand for tacos, burritos, wraps, fajitas, enchiladas or in place of bread. My six-year-old daughter especially loves tortillas, but she’s found it really hard since we try to eat Paleo as much as …
This Paleo crepes recipe is seriously life-changing. I just keep thinking of more and more things to put in these. My meal planning just got a whole lost easier!
This sweet potato pie recipe is so good! The crust is to die for! I’m going to make this all the time now.
These Paleo pumpkin muffins have 3 different Paleo “flours,” which makes it so you can’t taste any one flour. I definitely need to make these again!
This easy Paleo bread machine recipe makes a delicious, all-purpose loaf you can slice and enjoy anytime. The best part is your bread machine does most of the work!
These Paleo pancakes are light and fluffy, compared to other Paleo pancakes recipes I have tried and are quick to pull together. I love how there are 3 kinds of Paleo “flours” so you can’t taste any one kind. Almond flour, coconut flour, tapioca flour and bananas are the main ingredients in this Paleo pancakes recipe.
This Paleo biscuits recipe actually turns out good! The biscuits are light and fluffy and have a great texture.
This Paleo hamburger buns recipe is surprisingly easy and good. I especially love it with Paleo sloppy joes.