Sweet rice flour is the perfect ingredient for famous sweet treats such as mochi, mango rice pudding and so much more. Quite famous in Asia and now in the world, taking over the culinary scene and introducing such new flavors and even culture.
If you were attempting to make your own rice-based dessert and you don’t have sweet rice flour at home, no need to worry. You can easily substitute it with no less than almond flour. You may also use other types of flour for substitutes such as coconut flour, tapioca flour, and sorghum flour.
Sweet Rice Flour Substitutes
Let’s take a look at how we can use all these substitutes over sweet rice flour.
1. Almond Flour
Almond flour is one of the most in-demand superfoods as of the moment. It’s gluten-free, low carb, and packed with protein and essential nutrients.
No wonder it has now a go-to carb substitute when making baked goods. You can actually make your own almond flour by grinding it in the food processor.
Most health-conscious actually make their own almond products at homes such as almond milk and almond flour. However, if you don’t have the luxury of time to do so, I highly recommend using Bob’s Red Mill Almond Flour (link to amazon). This brand has been introducing a wide selection of flour substitutes such as Almond Flour.
How To Substitute
When substituting almond flour over sweet rice flour, use 1.5 cups of almond flour over 1 cup of sweet rice flour.
Take note that almond flour is less sticky compared to sweet rice flour, so you would need to add more contents in your baked goods or desserts.
Almond flour is not that sweet, prepare to adjust the sugar content of your mixture and add at least 2 tablespoons of brown or white sugar. Always start with a little flour first, and if you feel like you need more, then just add a few contents. It’s better to do it in small amounts so you learn how the almond flour works in some of your dessert recipes.
2. Coconut Flour
Coconut flour is another favorite type of flour by most chefs and even home cooks alike. It’s known for its affordability, availability, aroma, and health benefits. It’s also gluten-free and vegan-friendly which would make your healthy lifestyle happy.
The flour is basically made up of grated coconuts, then dried to eliminate all its moisture. After the drying process, it’s processed for grinding to achieve that powder-like consistency.
Coconut flour is readily available in most grocery stores around the world. However, if you’re located in an area where it’s less commonly sold, you can easily get one online real quick.
For the perfect product to use in this substitution, I highly recommend using Blue Diamond’s Coconut Flour(link to amazon). It has the best quality compared to other products since it’s finely sifted to perfection.
How To Substitute
It’s easy to substitute sweet rice flour with coconut flour. Coconut flour has its own sweetness that you don’t need to add too much sugar to make up for the lack of sweet rice flour.
To substitute, just use a 1.5 cup of coconut flour over 1 cup of sweet rice flour. Just add an extra 2 tbsps of liquid if you’re making mochi to make the almond flour mixture more sticky.
Coconut flour is less sticky compared to sweet rice flour so we would need to adjust the liquid contents of the mixture. Since coconut flour is naturally sweet, I suggest not to adjust the sugar content of your recipe. Just stick to it and test if you’re content with how sweet it gets. Just add maybe a tablespoon more just in case it’s a bit bland for your liking.
3. Tapioca Flour
Tapioca Flour made this list as well since it has the capability to substitute your favorite Asian rice-based desserts. Tapioca flour came from yuca or cassava plants. I personally use this flour to make my own boba tea balls at home.
Although it takes time to make it, it’s so rewarding once you taste that homemade touch. It’s perfect to use since it has the same characteristics as sweet rice flour.
In some stores, you would see at least two types that are displayed such as tapioca starch and tapioca flour. I tell you, don’t panic and start getting confused, because they’re both the same and have no difference at all.
Try testing those with other dishes and see how it reacts when doing a substitution. As for me, I always use Goya Tapioca Starch(link to amazon) and always try to keep some in the market. I notice it has better quality compared to other products available online.
How To Substitute
This is by far the easiest substitution from this list since you only need to follow the ratio of 1:1. Like what I’ve said earlier, tapioca flour is sticky enough to substitute sweet rice flour.
It offers the same consistency, stretchy, and sticky texture when cooked and it absorbs water quite well.
For the liquid contents, no need to make adjustments but that would depend on what kind of dish you’re making.
Tapioca starch is bland and you would need to adjust the sugar that you will add in your ingredients. That’s the only thing that you need to watch out for when substituting it over sweet rice flour. But then again, the only downside is just the flavor and the rest are a perfect match for switching over to tapioca flour.
4. Sorghum Flour
Sorghum flour has also brought its name to fame because of its amazing health benefits and flexibility in the kitchen. It used to be a lesser-known type of flour but many bakers have now attested to its wonderful uses in the kitchen realm.
Sorghum flour is packed with nutrients, you’d be surprised why you’ve never used it before. It has high amounts of antioxidants, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, fiber and so much more.
It’s pretty impressive how sorghum flour is now one of the superfoods that we should include in our daily diet. Sorghum is available in most grocery stores these days, and the fun thing is, you can choose a variety of colors from it. Unlike sweet rice flour, you need to add food coloring to achieve different colors for your mochi.
When using sorghum flour, it saves you that effort. I highly recommend using Bob Red Mill’s Sweet Sorghum Flour(link to amazon). I’m telling you, substituting it using this product can’t even tell the difference.
How to Substitute
It’s also simple to substitute it, you’ll just have to follow the 1:1 ratio. If you feel like you will need to add more sorghum flour to achieve the consistency you prefer, start adding a tablespoon and work from there. Remember, you’re trying to achieve a rice-like consistency with your dish.
For the liquid content, try adding more liquids as well so the mixture will achieve a more sticky finish. If you will purchase sweet sorghum flour, then perfect! No need to adjust the sugar content for the ingredients since it basically has some sweet pang in it.
My Personal Choice
I have recently discovered Sorghum’s wonders and I’ve been impressed so far especially when making baked goods and desserts. Apart from the fact that it’s packed with health benefits, it actually does the job and it’s easy to substitute not just with sweet rice flour but with other types of flour as well.
Just the only downside is that it’s still not that popular in some stores so you might have to order it online. But then again, whatever your choice of flour to substitute sweet rice flour, I’m pretty sure it will work just fine. Don’t worry about making mistakes as long as you learn from them.