Have you ever baked with coconut flour? It's my absolute favorite grain-free, gluten-free flour because it's super healthy!
All about coconut flour
Coconut flour is simply dried, ground up coconut meat. It's low in carbohydrates and high in fiber. It is significantly better health-wise to flour made from grains, especially refined white flour. It is also gluten free and very low in the anti-nutrient phytic acid.
The fat in coconut flour is mostly lauric acid, a saturated fat thought to support the immune system and the thyroid. Like most healthy fats, lauric acid also promotes good skin health.
Coconut flour is an exceptionally good source of manganese which helps you to better utilize many nutrients including choline and biotin (found in eggs), vitamin C, and thiamin. Manganese also supports bone health, nervous system function, thyroid health and helps to maintain optimal blood sugar levels.
2 tablespoons of coconut flour contain:
In case you're not a huge coconut fan... the taste of coconut flour is very subtle. So don't worry that all your goodies will taste like coconut - they won't. Coconut flour also a great thickener in homemade gravies and sauces.
Baking with coconut flour is much different than other flours. It acts like a sponge and expands a lot when exposed to liquid. So, a little bit of flour goes a long way. (AKA: It's cheap!) It can be a little tricky, therefore, it's best to use a recipe designed specifically for coconut flour. Tropical Traditions makes an excellent coconut flour and is my personal favorite.
Jenny Yelle, MHNE Holistic Wellness Educator
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