Have you baked with coconut flour?
It took me a long time to give it a go. I’m comfortable using all varieties of gluten-free flours—brown rice blends, teff flour, sorghum flour, oat flour, quinoa flour—but for years, coconut flour recipes frightened me.
Most gluten-free baking requires adjustments to traditional baking ratios (e.g., liquids, flours, leaveners, eggs) and, occasionally, the addition of obscure ingredients (think xanthan gum and guar gum) to make them work, but coconut flour recipes baffled me. A quarter cup of flour to produce an entire batch of muffins? A mere half a cup to make more than a dozen cookies? Successful coconut flour baking must require mad scientist skills, a sprinkle of fairy dust, or a magic wand, none of which I possessed.
It’s embarrassing to look back on my nervous nellie behavior. Different does not have to be hard! I finally got up the muster to try it a little more than a year ago, and…I love it. Love it! Here’s why:
Coconut Flour Benefits
- As mentioned above, it is very easy to use.
- Coconut flour is tricky if you start free-styling with ingredient substitutions. But if you follow recipes as written, you will soon get your bearings regarding proportions and how it works.
- Extremely high fiber.
- Very low in carbohydrates (Specifically, 2/3 of the carbohydrates are dietary fiber, hence they can be subtracted from the total carbohydrates).
- Low in fat, especially compared to nut flours
- Less expensive than nut flours, and some other gluten-free flours. Additionally, only a fraction is used compared of the amount of other flours (i.e., one bag lasts a long while).
Coconut Flour Taste
Most important for the reasons to try coconut flour is the taste. Perhaps there is a bit of fairydust sprinkled into each bag after all, because I have yet to eat anything but an utterly delicious coconut flour baked good from the recipes I’ve prepared. I’m talking breads, muffins, cakes, tortillas, and more.
So now it’s time for me to start sharing because eating is believing.
First up, a multi-purpose, one-bowl vanilla cupcake recipe free of refined sugars but with terrific taste and texture. I am a sucker for a plain cupcake (perfect for lunchboxes), but a smudge of chocolate ganache and some sprinkles on top is just the thing now and again.