Grain Free, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Allergen-Free, No-Junk Flour!
Otto's Naturals exists to bring families challenged by food allergies, intolerances and differing food lifestyles all back to the table, together.
In many cultures cooking and sharing a meal are joyful social occasions that are woven into the fabric of our relationships. It has been said that food sharing is one of the most basic social constants in human culture. We use it as our social glue. When a group shares food, it is as if they are saying: We are a family, a team, a tribe. It is a vital way we connect with one another.
The link between food and mood has also been established by hundreds of scientific studies. When someone discovers that they must restrict their diet as a result of an allergy, intolerance, or illness, their emotional connection to food, and those around them, can feel at-risk. Staring down at a plate of tasteless “allergen-free” food, while others around them are enjoying their meal, feelings of exclusion, accompanied by acute feelings of not being “normal” can often creep in.
Our current reality is that most of the grain-free, allergen-free options available on the market today never come close to qualifying as "comfort foods" in the minds and hearts of consumers. They come up short in terms of taste and texture all too often and simply don’t reproduce the undeniable feeling of contentment that we as humans can experience with a delicious meal.
Our purpose is to change all that by creating food that tastes so good, no one will know it’s allergen-free. Food so good the whole family will happily enjoy it together. No more mom’s making multiple dinners for the family. No more feelings of exclusion. No more tasteless meals. Otto’s mission is to provide a platform of grain-free/allergen-free options to families everywhere that are not only easy to use, but delicious too!
Otto's Cassava Flour is unlike anything your kitchen has ever experienced. It is an all-natural, amazing, grain-free replacement for wheat flour and can often be used as a 1:1 substitute in countless recipes. There are no fillers. Only 100% Yuca (Cassava) and water are used to create this single-ingredient wonder.
Foods made with Otto's Cassava Flour do not have that familiar dry or "alternative flour" taste or texture that often comes with gluten-free flours. In fact, many users comment that baked goods made with Otto's are indistinguishable from their wheat-based counterparts in taste and texture.
Imagine cakes, cookies, brownies, pancakes, and crepes all turn out just as you remember them! Happily, Otto’s Cassava Flour also shines in savory applications like tempura, sauces, gravy, and searing flour. Although it does not bake up 1:1 in yeast-based recipes, several have already been formulated for your convenience and can be found in the Recipes section and many more on our Pinterest boards.
Otto's Cassava Flour is the very highest quality cassava flour available. Other cassava flours are hand peeled and sun dried. That sounds romantic, but it can produce undesirable results. As the cassava dries in the sun it ferments and takes on a sour, musty smell and taste. If it happens to rain, it must sit longer, allowing an opportunity for mold to grow.
Otto's Cassava Flour, on the other hand, is thoroughly peeled and then baked into a beautifully clean smelling and tasting flour you can count on again and again.
It's Easy to swap out Otto's for All-Purpose Flour!
Otto’s is a great one-to-one replacement for all-purpose flour especially by weight. If you sub in an equal weight of Otto’s, using a digital scale, most recipes will turn out great If you don't have a scale just reduce flour volume by 25%!
(FYI this method does not work with yeast-based recipes, though we have several fantastic ones already optimized for you on our recipes page)!
As with all baking - weather, elevation, and brands of ingredients can all be HUGE factors in how your end product turns out. Pro tip: If your recipe ever turns out on the dry side, try reducing the flour instead of adding more liquid next time.
We’re always here to help troubleshoot with you or lend a hand in figuring out how to convert any of our recipes to your particular allergies or preferences. Just ask!