Cooking with coconut flour
Its very exciting to learn and experiment with the alternative sugars and flours available to us. My job is to discover the possibilities, and report back to you… Coconut flour is one of the options I have found to be worth working into your diet… lets go over the reasons why.
- Gluten Free – Coconut flour is a great way to take a break from the gluten. It is created when all moisture is removed from the meat of a coconut and it is ground into a fine powder. Therefore making it safe to use in gluten free diets.
- High fiber content – A single 2 teaspoon serving of coconut flour packs a whopping 5 grams of fiber and only 8 grams of carbs, making it essentially a carb freebie in comparison to wheat based and other grain flours. Coconut flour is rich in fiber, protein and fat which makes it exceptionally filling.
- Nutritionally dense – Coconut flour is a great source of lauric acid which is a healthy fat associated with supporting your immune system and the thyroid, as well as promoting healthy skin. Coconut flour is also rich in magnese which is known to support bone health, nervous system function and regulate blood sugar levels.
Imagine the possibilities! Coconut flour can be used as a healthy alternative in recipes that call for dredging (such as fried chicken or home made chicken nuggets for the kids) as well as in your favorite baked goods like muffins and cookies. Consider it as a healthy spin on your normally calorie and carb dense favorites.
It is important to remember that coconut flour is not swapped out in equal parts for your grain based flours and you must always add additional liquids. In upcoming posts I will detail some recipes created especially for use of coconut flour. Stay tuned! In the meantime stock up on some organic coconut flour.