Chestnut flour: nutritional properties, how to make it at home, ideas for using it and all the information on chestnut flour, a product which by its nature is "gluten free", without gluten.
Chestnuts, before being ground for the production of flour, must be dried. Chestnut flour can be used to prepare bread and other doughs for desserts and rustics, it is used to make pancakes, pasta or a particular polenta, a typical Corsican dish but also of some regions of Northern Italy where it is known as pulenda or sweet polenta.
ThereChestnut flour it can be used as a thickener for stews, soups and sauces. In Corsica, as well as in some regions of Italy, the Chestnut flour it is fried to prepare donut or pancakes called fritelli; baked in the oven, the Chestnut flour it is transformed into necci, pattoni, manafregoli, castagnacci and other typical sweets. Bread prepared with chestnut flour is very nutritious and has the advantage of staying fresh for up to two weeks!
Chestnut flour, nutritional properties
ThereChestnut flourit contains about 14-15% of fiber and due to its nutritional properties it is very suitable to replace sugar in recipes.
The calories of chestnut flour amount to 343 kcal per 100 grams of product. The same amount of food has interesting nutritional properties. 100 grams of product provide a high percentage of carbohydrates and starches (76.2 g) with a moderate content of proteins (6.1 g) and fats (3.7 g). The remaining 11.4 g are made up of water. Chestnut flour is a good source of mineral salts, including magnesium, sulfur, potassium, iron and calcium, as well as a moderate amount of B vitamins, in particular vitamins B1, B2, and vitamin C. To learn about other beneficial properties of theChestnut flourwe refer you to the article dedicated to the characteristics of the raw material:chestnuts, property.
Alternatives to 00 flour
In many recipes, the Chestnut flour it can completely (or only partially) replace the classic refined type 00 flour which contains only 2.2% fiber. ThereChestnut flourit is not the only alternative to type 00 flour. For the sake of completeness, we would like to point out other types of flours that are valid alternatives to type 00 flour, first of all is buckwheat flour which returns a more rustic and almost wild flavor ! Here are the alternatives to 00 flour, just click on the single name to have a detailed page with properties, recipes and insights available:
- Almond flour (gluten free)
- Rice flour (gluten free)
- Kamut flour (not suitable for celiacs)
- Chickpea flour (gluten free)
- Carob flour (gluten free)
Gluten-free chestnut flour
We have included it in the list ofgluten-free flours, in fact it is suitable for celiacs without any reservations. When buying, be sure to buy oneChestnut flourpure and produced in a factory that does not manage other starchy products. Alternatively it is possible to prepare the homemade chestnut flour starting with dried chestnuts and our guide entitled How to make flour at home.
Bread made with theChestnut flour gluten free it is very different from the classic homemade bread we know, chestnut flour must be used wisely to give life to rustic dishes because it has the characteristic of not getting salty very easily. ThereChestnut flourit can be used for the preparation of gluten-free mother yeast.
in the past, linen and other natural fabrics were starched with chestnut flour.
More information on chestnuts:
- How to cook chestnuts
- How to store chestnuts
- How to collect chestnuts
- Microwave chestnuts
In the photo above, the classic castagnaccio made withChestnut flour.