Coconut flour is a great way to make your baking healthy and even more delicious. It works best in sweet recipes and can be added to cake mixtures for flavour and texture. Coconut flour is becoming very popular with people looking for gluten free and healthy replacements to add to their recipes. It is naturally sweet, so can be used for cake, cookies, pancakes, muffins and waffles. It’s great for anyone on the Paleo diet and looking to replace traditional grains with something gluten free.
Coconut flour is made from dried, ground coconut meat. It has numerous health benefits, a light coconut flavor and airy texture, and is now making its way into mainstream stores and used as a healthy replacement in numerous recipes. It works well in baked goods for a low-carb, high-fiber and gluten-free alternative to wheat flour. It’s rich in dietary fibre, packed with protein and safe for diabetics.
Coconut flour also contains a significant amount of protein, especially when compared to wheat flour. A 100-gram serving of coconut flour has 19 grams of protein while wheat flour has just 10. Although this protein doesn't contain all the essential amino acids, it does contribute to your total daily protein intake to help with cell repair and growth. Coconut flour also contains about 9 grams of healthy fats per 100 grams. Although these fats are mostly saturated, they're a type called medium-chain triglycerides, which digest easily, provide instant energy, offer antiviral, antimicrobial and antifungal properties, and may boost your metabolism. Wow!
When replacing in recipes remember that this flour does not rise so you will need to add baking powder when mixing with other ingredients. Pancakes and cookies that do not need rising are simple to replace with, and you can even replace a banana for an egg in recipes if you want to go vegan! For anyone on the Paleo diet or going gluten free, switching to coconut flour will allow you to make your favourite recipes simply. Get experimenting and let us know what you create! :)