15 Things You Can Still Bake When You're Out Of Flour

by Mia Mercado

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.


Chocolate Espresso Cake

This recipe from Half Baked Harvest combines two of life’s greatest pleasures: coffee and chocolate. You won’t even miss the flour.


Monster Cookies

Cookie and Kate’s Monster Cookies use oats instead of all-purpose flour. Plus you can customize the recipe with whatever mix-ins you want.


Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake

Skipping the flour doesn’t have to come at the cost of decadence. This chocolate mousse cake from Brown Eyed Baker is peak decadence.


Blueberry Banana Muffins

Did you know you can make muffins using your blender? This recipe from Averie Cooks combines simple ingredients like bananas, honey, and peanut butter for an easy, delicious, and flourless muffin.



If gooey, fudgy brownies are your thing, skip the flour and follow this recipe from Gluten-Free on a Shoestring.


Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

What other kinds of muffins can your blender make? How about these pumpkin chocolate chip muffins from Averie Cooks.


Five-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

Half Baked Harvest has a simple peanut butter cookie recipe that uses Medjool dates for sweetness. Or, if you don’t want to run to the store, you can sub in granulated sugar for a recipe that you probably have all of the ingredients for.


Fudge Cookies

Gluten-Free on a Shoestring’s recipe uses whipped egg whites for a delicious chocolate meringue-like cookie.


Pumpkin Spice Fluff

Looking for something less chocolatey? This recipe from My Baking Addiction pays homage to everyone’s favorite fall flavor: pumpkin spice.


Lemon Almond Cake

Only able to find almond flour? The Kitchn has a recipe for lemon almond cake that will become your new favorite.


Gingerbread Chex Mix

Make your house smell like Christmas year-round with this recipe from Your Cup of Cake. Not only is it “no flour,” it’s also “no bake.”


Mini Pear Cheesecake

Let us not forget the tried and true flourless favorite: cheesecake. This recipe from The Little Epicurean combines ginger snaps and pears.


Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

If you can’t get ahold of flour but are still craving cookies, try using a box of devil’s food cake mix. My Baking Addiction has a crinkle cookie recipe that’s just five ingredients, one of them being cake mix.


4-Ingredient Hot Chocolate Cookies

If cake mix is easier to get ahold of than flour, try this recipe from Your Cup of Cake, which uses devil’s food cake mix as a chocolate cookie base.


Homemade Nutella

Pocketful of Chocolate has truly done holy work by creating this Nutella-dupe recipe. Eat it on toast, with your favorite cookies, or by the spoonful.

If all else fails, there's always that pack of Oreos.