6 Ways to Properly Use Coconut Flour

coconutflourCoconut flour has been around for years. But it’s only recently that it has been the talk of the town. One of the reasons is its health benefits. More and more people are opting for it because of its many health benefits; including its ability to strengthen immune system and thyroid function. If you wish to try it out and incorporate it to your favorite recipes, then here are some ways to use it properly to achieve better results.

1. It requires more eggs.
For instance, if you add ½ cup of coconut flour, you’ll need to add 1 to 3 eggs, even though the recipe calls for only 1 egg. It’s also important to remember that the 1:1 wheat will never work with coconut flour. It’s always twice as much hydration as you need.
Usually, baked goods made with this flour are dense and dry. To reduce its dryness, you must use plenty of eggs. In order to increase moisture, you may add mashed vegetables or fruits of your choice.

2. It needs more liquid.
If the recipe used liquids, you’d need to double the amount of liquid that has been called for. But you can start by adding the required amount as suggested on the recipe. Then, you can add more liquid as needed. Any recipe when used with flour may need more liquids. This is because this flour expands when in contact with liquids.

3. You must play it safe.
When playing with the recipe to know the right ratio, you must start with a quarter of the coconut flour in replacement for the regular flour. You should mix the batter very well to achieve great results. The great thing about this flour is that it doesn’t become too hard as a result of over mixing. Thanks to it being gluten-free.

4. It’s best to use sticky sweeteners.
These sweeteners can be useful with binding. You may also opt to use chia, guar gum, and xantham gum to allow the ingredients in binding well with coconut flour. You can replace 1 egg by adding 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds that have been soaked in water. The gums mimic gluten in a way that it offers bite-like texture in baked goods.

5. It takes time and practice.
If you want to yield better results when you replace wheat flour with 100% coconut flour, you need to experiment a little. This is because this type of flour behaves differently from one recipe to another. Thus, you need to tweak and adjust to get excellent results.

6. It should be thoroughly beaten.
Because of its nature, coconut flour must be beaten well when mixed with other ingredients. This is to help you produce a fine-textured result.
When you follow these recommendations on how to use coconut flour properly, you’ll end up having well-baked recipes. Shifting to this flour is ideal especially if you’re following a gluten-free diet. It’s also great if you’re trying to increase your fiber intake as this flour is rich in fiber.

7 Responses to 6 Ways to Properly Use Coconut Flour

  • This is good set of pointers for dealing and learning about coconut flour.

  • Jo Braley says:

    How to use coconut flour as a thickening agent?

  • Wanda Harris says:

    Love you site so much ! Are there adjustments for diabetics ? Using Stevia or Xylitol ?

  • Cynthia says:

    I found a recipe using coconut and almond flours for a cake made in a crock pot/slow cooker but have lost it and can’t seem to find it online again.
    I would really appreciate it very much if you could help me.
    It was so delicious.

    • Shari says:

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      CHOCOLATE CAKE RECIPE
      Author: LAURA FUENTES –
      Cook time: 50 mins Total time: 50 mins
      Serves: 9-12

      This recipe is grain free, paleo, and dairy free -but full of the chocolatey flavor it deserves!
      INGREDIENTS
      ½ cup coconut flour (75g)
      ¼ cup almond flour (28g)
      2 teaspoons grain free baking powder* (7g)
      ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (59g)
      13.5 ounce can full fat coconut milk (400ml)
      ½ cup honey (125g)
      4 large eggs
      2 teaspoons vanilla extract (10ml)
      INSTRUCTIONS
      Preheat oven to 350F (175C). Line an 8×8 inch square baking sheet with parchment paper -this is done so you can easily “lift” the cake out.
      Sift coconut flour, almond flour, baking powder, and cocoa powder into the bowl of your stand mixer (or large mixing bowl). Mix your dry ingredients until they are all combined.
      Place coconut milk, honey, eggs, and vanilla extract inside your blender. Blend on low speed for 10-15 seconds until all ingredients are throughly combined.
      With your stand mixer on low speed, slowly pour wet ingredients into dry. Mix just enough for everything to combine. Stop the mixer once or so to make sure there are no dry ingredients left at the bottom. Do not over-mix the batter. It should look like chocolate mouse.
      Pour chocolate batter evenly into your lined pan. Bake for 50 minutes.
      Remove from oven and allow it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes prior to transferring it to a cooling rack.
      To store, refrigerate for up to a week.
      NOTES
      If you are not on a grain free diet and can eat corn, use regular baking powder. Otherwise, check out the recipe below on how to make your own.

  • Michael says:

    Hi, I was wondering if you could use coconut flour as a topping on your cereals? Thank you

  • Joseph Obi says:

    Please can I mix coconut flour with my oatmeal or pap?

    Can coconut flour be mixed with wheat or semovita and taking using soup

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