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Today’s specialty baking mixes and alternative flours provide a range of options for home chefs and their dietary needs, without compromising taste or quality. Here are some buyers’ picks in the category.

Amelia Rappaport, Woodstock Farmers’ Market, Woodstock, VT

  • April’s Maple Cranberry Ginger Maple Crunch Scone Mix
  • April’s Maple Maple Crunch Pancake Mix
  • King Arthur Flour Gluten Free Fudge Brownie Mix
  • Stonewall Kitchen Traditional Scone Mix

“Baking mixes offer shortcuts to a fantastic result. When you are used to buying quality baked goods but don’t have the time to make them from scratch, it’s a relief to know you can ‘cheat’ using an all-natural, premium-quality mix rather than a supermarket artificially flavored one.” —Amelia Rappaport, Woodstock Farmers’ Market, Woodstock, VT

Life Silva, Greene Grape Provisions, Brooklyn, NY

  • Antimo Caputo Flours
  • Baked Brooklyn Blackout Brownie Mix
  • Baked Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies Mix
  • Bob’s Red Mill Natural Almond Flour
  • Farmer Ground Flour All Purpose Flour

Sergio Dorzier, Gourmet Garage, New York, NY

  • Annie’s Organic Classic Yellow Cake Mix
  • Bob’s Red Mill Chickpea Flour
  • Bob’s Red Mill Grain Free Cassava Flour
  • Stonewall Kitchen Buttermilk Pancake & Waffle Mix

Daniel Junk, Wheatsville Food Co-Op, Austin, TX

  • Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Flour
  • King Arthur Flours
  • Pamela’s Cornbread & Muffin Mix
  • Simple Mills Banana Muffin & Bread Almond Flour Mix

Jennifer Mayne, Dorothy Lane Market, Dayton, OH

  • Bob’s Red Mill Flours
  • Cup4Cup Multigrain Bread Mix
  • King Arthur Almond Flour
  • Koda Farms Mochiko Sweet Rice Flour
  • Moon Rabbit Foods Gluten-Free Oatmeal Cookie Mix

“I love the Mochiko Sweet Rice Flour for frying Japanese- or Thai-style fried chicken or for frying oysters. Combining it with cornstarch results in a super crispy, crunchy crust.” — Jennifer Mayne, Dorothy Lane Market, Dayton, OH

Joel Payne, Depanneur, New York, NY

  • Baked Brooklyn Blackout Brownie Mix
  • Catskill Provisions Organic Pancake & Waffle Mix
  • Farmer Ground Farmer All Purpose Flour
  • Maine Grains Organic Pastry Flour
  • Square Deal Farm Pancake Mix