What is Carbalose Flour and How to Use It?

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If you’re lamenting the lose of wheat flour, you’ll be glad to hear that there’s a flour alternative that is very similar to wheat flour – more so than any other replacement – that can cut the carb count by as much as 90%. It’s called Carbalose flour.

If you’ve been on a low-carb diet before, you know that one of the hardest things to give up is bread and desserts that are traditionally baked with wheat flour. Unfortunately, wheat flour contains a lot of carbs and would definitely exceed your daily macro count, if that’s something you’re strictly tracking.

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Carbalose flour

I’ve tried so many different types of flour to cook and bake with. Flours that are made with different ingredients rather than wheat, which are very low in carbs, like almond and coconut flours. They aren’t the same as wheat flour, but they do give you some freedom to make things like muffins and biscuits, even if they have a different texture and flavor.

What is Carbalose?

Carbalose All-Purpose Low-Carb Flour (2.2 lb Resealable Pouch)

Carbalose is a low-carb wheat flour that has become quite popular for anyone looking to cut their carb intake, but still be able to make recipes containing flour. It is made mostly from wheat, but it lacks most non-fiber carbohydrates.

If you’ve seen the product called Carbquik, a low carb baking mix, it’s made with Carbalose and became quite popular among low-carb dieters for its ability to mimic wheat flour in recipes.

It’s made through a unique process that mixes enzyme-enriched wheat components with plant fiber, wheat protein and some unique conditioners and emulsifiers so that it behaves very similarly to flour. It is a white, odorless and tasteless powder, much like flour.

What is It Good For?

Carbalose works like a regular gluten flour in recipes. It doesn’t have a funky taste or off-putting bitterness. It doesn’t need other additives in order to produce great results. It’s a great substitute for wheat flour in any recipe that calls for flour.

All those foods you’ve stopped eating and thought were completely off limits for your keto diet? You can use carbalose flour for this. You can make pancakes, pizza crust, breads, and muffins. It produces the same taste and the same texture that you would expect from wheat flour, only without the carbs.

So what is Carbalose good for? It’s good for replacing high-carb breads and doughs with a low-carb, high fiber alternative.

carbalose pizza crust

How to Cook With Carbalose

You can use it in any recipe that calls for flour. Just replace the flour with an equal amount of Carbalose. You can also use it to thicken sauces.

While you might need to make some adjustments – like adding more water or more yeast or reducing the baking temperature – to make it a perfect replacement, it is the closest substitute for regular flour that you will find.

The best part? When used as a replacement for normal wheat flour, Carbalose can reduce the net carb count by as much as 90%. I’d say that’s definitely worth it, wouldn’t you?

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Carbalose flour made of? 

Enzyme enhanced wheat and wheat protein, vital wheat gluten, wheat fiber, high protein patent flour, vegetable fiber, canola oil, salt, dextrose, emulsifiers, enzymes, ascorbic acid, calcium propionate (a preservative).

Does Carbalose contain gluten?

Yes, Carbalose does contain gluten. This is one of the reasons why it still behaves very similarly to regular flour in your recipes. It’s a great low-carb alternative to flour, but shouldn’t be used by the gluten-intolerant.

Can I substitute Carbalose flour for all purpose flour? 

Yes, you can use Carbalose in place of regular wheat flour. It acts in almost the exact same way in the dish you’re cooking, so it’s a great substitute. The carbohydrate content of carbalose is about 80%-90% less than that of all-purpose flour. Since most of the carbohydrates come from fiber, it has a very low net carb count.

Is Carbalose keto friendly?

Even though the net carb count is greatly reduced in Carbalose, it might not be a great substitute for use in a keto diet where you’re trying to stay in ketosis in order to burn fat. You’ll want to test it out before jumping into using it regularly.

I’ve heard accounts of people having no problem with staying in ketosis while consuming Carbalose, but others have not had such good luck. I think it likely varies person to person.

Where can I find Carbalose?

You can find Carbalose rather easily in the United States these days. It is sometimes stocked at Walmart or various larger grocery stores. You can also buy it online from Amazon.com or other stores. Remember that Carbalose is not the same as Carbquik, which contains other ingredients that make it behave differently in cooking, so it can’t be used in a 1:1 direct substitute in cooking.

carbalose biscuits

Carbalose Recipes to Try

Carbalose Low-Carb Pizza Dough

  • 1 1/2 cups Carbalose flour
  • 1/2 cup hot water

Stir together the flour and water to form a dough. Knead for 5 minutes. Form a crust in the pizza pan. Cook dough for 5 minutes on 400 degrees F. Remove from oven and top with your favorite toppings. Cook an additional 10 minutes, or until bubbly and golden on top.

Carbalose Biscuits

  • 2 cups Carbalose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1/4 cup water

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Mix together all of the ingredients to make a dough. Form the dough into biscuits and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes or until firm and starting to brown on top.

Other Flour Substitutes to Try

almond flour

I’m sure if you’ve been on a low-carb kick for a while you have tried at least a few different flour substitutes that don’t have as many carbs as wheat flour. Carbalose is a great alternative, but if you won’t want to add gluten to your diet, or you’re worried about falling out of ketosis, here are a few other substitutes you could use instead.

Coconut Flour – You can use coconut flour in things like muffins, pancakes, and mug cakes, but it does not have the same texture or chewiness of regular flour. It is gluten free, though.

Almond Flour – Almond flour has a grittier texture than flour and can be used to make pancakes, pizza dough, or biscuits. It’s probably the easiest substitute to use because there are dozens of recipes available and it’s easy to purchase almond flour. It is gluten free.


We’re always looking for ways to substitute bread on a low-carb diet and we may the perfect substitute for you. Carbalose flour can be used just the way regular flour is and it contains a lot less carbs. Give it a try and see if you like it and whether you might want to experiment with it in your diet.


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What is Carbalose Flour and How to Use It?

8 thoughts on “What is Carbalose Flour and How to Use It?

  1. Sarine says:

    There is no carbalose anywhere. I am in Canada… still not in your link either. Trying to find it bec my mother is pre-diabetic. Any ideas? With thanks

    • Laura says:

      Amazon has it https://amzn.to/3UAGwkW though I’m not sure if they will ship to Canada. You could also look for CarbQuik, which is similar.

    • Laura says:

      Yeah that’s it, just those 2 ingredients. You can also add salt and Italian seasoning for more flavor, but it’s not necessary.

  2. Deb Frank says:

    If you substitute carbalose for all purpose flour in a cake recipe, do you have to adjust the liquid up or down and do you know by how much? Thanks!

    • Laura Lynch says:

      Hi Deb. I don’t find that I have to put in much extra water, maybe just a little bit so it has the same consistency. You can add extra water if needed to achieve the desired consistency in your recipes.

      • Deb Frank says:

        Thank you so much for your quick reply. My brother just found out he is a diabetic and I want to make a cake for his birthday next week. So kind of you!

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