We’ve all been there: craving a sweet treat, in the mood to bake something delicious, only to find that you’re completely out of flour. If you aren’t able to get to the store — or your grocer is out of flour —you’ve still got options that aren’t just “go buy Oreos.” If ideas for what to bake without flour are what you seek, you’ve come to the right place.
The benefits of baking go beyond having something delicious to enjoy at the end of it. Some studies suggest baking as a creative outlet can lead to feeling happier — again, not just because cake makes everyone happy. Other studies on the benefits of baking have found that therapeutic cooking can positively affect your self-esteem and overall mood. And it’s not just making cookies for yourself. One 2018 study from the Journal of Positive Psychology found baking for other people is also good for your mental health, citing that it can be a stress relief and even make you feel more enthusiastic about your day.
Even if it looks like you’re out of a baking staple, you can still enjoy the glory that is baking. Here are 15 flourless baking ideas — some that substitue in cake mix for all-purpose flour, others that nix the flour altogether — for when you’re in a flour-free bind.