Healthy Cooking with Coconut Flour.

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Living here coconuts are seen everywhere fresh and in abundance, I have a lovely fresh drink of coconut juice every morning…My coconut milk is freshly made at my local market and it is so lovely for my curries and I know I am so lucky…..

Coconut flour as well I can get freshly made but and I should have written this post a lot earlier because I have had my problems cooking with coconut flour but once you find the brand you like and master just how much liquid that it needs for you to bake successfully … you will be away and never cook with anything else …

If you have allergies then coconuts are a fruit seed and not a nut seed it is a great flour to use if your baking has to be nut free….Although a little bird did tell me that the FDA considers the coconut a tree nut…Really!

Well maybe this is one debate which will linger on and on..in the meantime here is another of my posts on The Coconut and whether or not it is a fruit, a nut or a seed!

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This lady is grinding the coconut down to make flour so that they can make their pancakes everything here is still made by hand and the whole family have a part to play it is lovely to see the old and the young working together.

Here is a previous post on traditional handmade  Thai Pancakes.  

Until I came here and for many things, I still do just pick up a packet of the supermarket shelf…never having had really traditionally made food or garments like I see made here before…and now almost on a daily basis I see so much made from scratch it really makes me feel humble …I cook but I don’t know if I would go to all that bother every time I make pancakes…Because I do think most of us would think it a chore…

The problems of baking with coconut flour and how to avoid them. 

Flour….Coconut flour has a lovely light texture and produces lovely baked goods. but the absorbency does vary between brands as I mentioned earlier.

One of the most common complaints about coconut flour recipes is that they take a great many eggs.  And they really do.  But eggs, or egg replacements, really are important in coconut flour baking.This is due in part to the remarkable absorbency of coconut flour, but eggs also give it structure in the absence of gluten.  It seems to require more structure than other low carb or gluten-free flours, so foregoing the eggs or egg replacers, or significantly cutting back on them, is not recommended.

Does the baking taste eggy? is it rubbery? I don’t think so but if you are allergic to eggs or are vegan you can use flax-seed meal and water to replace the eggs.

I think it is worth persevering and sticking to the same brand of Coconut flour as then you will know what it’s absorbency rate is. Also, the size of your eggs and they do vary so consistency is the name of the game when using Coconut flour in your baking and you will find it so worthwhile as it is a lovely flour and one of the healthiest flours around.

Also when measuring out your flour do not pack it into the cup but lightly fluff up your flour and dip your measuring cup into the flour and level with a knife in the normal way but do not press it down and add more.

Less really is more with coconut flour so although it initially may seem expensive against other flours you do not use do much.

Coconut flour stores really well in an airtight container although I keep mine in the fridge here as it is so hot and humid.

I hope this has helped you if you have struggled with cooking with coconut flour but try to persevere and once you get used to it hopefully you will love it like me and reap the benefits healthwise.

Just looking at my lovely trees heavy with coconuts screams healthy, doesn’t it???

So many lovely products can be made from the whole tree and it would be such a shame if you didn’t get the benefits from its lovely, healthy flour with just a little perseverance it will pay you back with immense benefits.

Enjoy your cooking with coconut flour …

 

 

 

 

24 thoughts on “Healthy Cooking with Coconut Flour.

  1. Christine

    This post is so helpful to me! I’m trying to make gluten free holiday baked goods and they haven’t been quite right. Now I know…I shouldn’t be packing the flour down. Thanks!

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    1. Carol Post author

      You are welcome, Christine..Coconut flour takes a while to get used to and finding a brand which works for you as regards measurements but once you crack it so to speak it becomes much easier to work with. I am pleased the post helped 🙂

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    1. blondieaka Post author

      Yes, you should get it in an Asian shop or health food store maybe…..Let me know how you get on Thelma 🙂 Ellie has some nice recipes using coconut flour she is the baking queen for me 🙂

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    1. blondieaka Post author

      It can Sally….It is dependent on exact measurements of the flour and as it is so absorbent and flour varies the first time you use a brand and maybe adjust the recipe by adding more or sometimes less egg if it is not the right consistency . It puts people off but once you get used to it then it is fine it is just initially sometimes challenging shall we say. I drink fresh juice daily like you and use the oil and the raw sugar in cooking …I don’t always use the flour but I don’t bake too much like you ..Have made pancakes and it took a little tweaking but I over added flout the first time like I mentioned in my post ….I would make a small batch first and go from there …Have fun and let me know how you get on xxx

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  3. Doctor Jonathan

    I saw the comment about coconuts and their “horrific” calories. It is a sedentary society that thinks in these terms. Quality calories, as the ones you describe, are an excellent source of energy offering vascular protection. I would only be concerned for those sitting in front of the TV all day long (day after day.) In most cases, instead of eating coconut products, this group typically chooses chemical laden foods full of dyes and preservatives. At least the coconut products provide benefit!
    I enjoyed how you explained the effort the locals use to make daily foods.

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    1. blondieaka Post author

      Thank you and yes I am in total agreeance with you…I know.. it was fascinating to watch even the children join in it is so lovely that families are really important here as many western countries have lost that which is such a shame 🙂

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    1. blondieaka Post author

      Oh! Steve…8oz of coconut juice contains 45 calories, Coke for 8oz contains 140 calories… The list on the back of the coke tin also tells us what it contains as well as the carbonated water…That is why I abstain from coke and the like…. The medium chain fatty acids of saturated fat in coconut oil and milk are very good for you. I am not so sure about the High fructose corn syrup and caramel colour which is in coke…As with anything I always stress moderation but I will stick with my daily coconut juice rather than the Coke …. Thank you for commenting you have a lovely weekend Steve 🙂

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