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Is Flour Vegan?

by Fabian Jackson

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Have you had a yearning to get back into baking but want some straight answers before you do? Keep reading to learn more about flour and if it’s vegan or not. 

Flour 

Flour is the name given to finely ground grains, nuts, seeds, roots or even beans. The flour we talk about the most in the UK is made from wheat (using the whole kernel for whole-wheat flour).

There was some debate recently as to whether flour was whitened in a similar way to some sugars, using bone char. If this is true it would make those specific flours unsuitable for vegans. 

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Is plain flour vegan?

Yes, it is! It turns out that white flour isn’t bleached using bone char like sugar according to this research. 

Is self-raising flour vegan?

Yes, self-raising flour is also suitable for vegans. It’s enriched with baking powder (which is completely vegan-friendly). 

What next?

Check out our baking basics guide – everything you need to know to get into vegan baking!

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Fabian Jackson
by Fabian Jackson

Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.

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