Coconut flour is one product that needs to be stocked in the kitchen. It is gluten and wheat free. Many dieters, especially Paleo eaters will surely love this. Those with digestive problems, like Celiac disease, can benefit from coconut flour.
It is made from pure coconuts. It dried in low temperature and ground until it produces a soft, fine powder. It can be used in baking once it is soft and fine.
It is a gluten-free and protein-rich alternative to traditional grain-based flours.
Here are the benefits of using coconut flour:
- It is rich in protein, fiber and fat. It is filling.
- It contains lauric acid which is a saturated fat that supports the immune system and thyroid. It also promotes good skin health.
- It is a good source of manganese which helps you utilize nutrients, like choline, biotin, vitamin C and thiamin.
- It helps maintain optimal blood sugar levels.
- It is gluten free and not grain based.
How To Use Coconut Flour When Baking And Cooking
Follow these rules and instructions to gain success when using coconut flour:
- You cannot substitute it for wheat or other grains on a 1:1 ratio.
- This type of flour is very absorbent. You only need very little coconut flour for a recipe.
- For baked goods, substitute 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup coconut flour for 1 cup grain-based flour. You also need to add more eggs. For every 1 cup of this flour, you need 6 beaten eggs in your recipe in addition to approximately one cup liquid such as coconut milk. Use established recipes than waste ingredients with experimentation.
- Use coconut flour if you are frying, sauteing and need to dredge meats or vegetables.
- It must be beaten thoroughly with other ingredients in your recipe for a fine-textured result.
- Every flour has its peculiar characteristics. Coconut flour is dense and also dry. Use plenty of eggs to reduce dryness. Or, you can add in cooked, pureed or mashed fruit or vegetables to your baked goods to increase moisture.
Coconut flour is delicious and beneficial to us. It still has the same nutrients we can find in coconuts. It is time we start using and eating coconut flour.
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Source: https://cocotreasure.com/15-coconut-flour-bread-recipes-roundup http://nourishedkitchen.com/baking-with-coconut-flour/