If you are looking for an alternative to the usual wheat and other grain flours you may want to try baking with coconut flour. Coconut flour is renowned for its health benefits, so let’s have a look at some of the pros of coconut flour and try out a few recipes.
Benefits of Using Coconut Flour
According to Radiant Life these are some of the main benefits of using coconut flour:
High indigestible fiber content: Compared to other wheat and grain flours, coconut flour has 75% fiber in it. Fiber is an important component for maintaining a healthy digestion and elimination process of the body. Natural fiber is essential in the body’s cleansing and detoxification process.
Trace Minerals: Coconuts are known to be a rich source of trace minerals. Coconut palms usually live in volcanic soils that are rich in minerals and even in sand that is fertilized naturally by sea water. This means that the chances of the nutrients of the coconut getting depleted is minimal.
Low Digestible Carbohydrate content: Several studies have found coconut flour to lower glycemic effects in the body. It is less disruptive to the blood sugar levels because of the low carbohydrate content that can be digested.
Hypoallergenic and gluten-free: Compared to other flour products, only a few people get allergic to coconut flour. If you are one of those who often get allergic to milk, nut, soy, and wheat, it is recommended to use coconut flour as a safe alternative.
Now that you know what the benefits of using coconut flour are, here are some easy coconut flour recipes you can try at home. I wouldn’t exactly call them healthy, but I guess they are healthier than the average and these cookies work well as an occasional treat.
Coconut Flour Recipe #1: Coconut Flour Butter Cookies
¼ lb softened butter
¼ cup honey
3/4 – 1 cup coconut flour
1 tsp baking soda
Lemon zest (1/2 lemon)
Preparation: 1. Blend honey and butter together. 2. Add the egg and beat until smooth. 3. Mix the baking soda, coconut flour, and lemon zest in a separate small bowl. 4. Slowly add the flour mixture to the honey and butter until soft. 5. Roll the mixture out on parchment and dust with a little flour. 6. Bake for 6-8 minutes on 350 degrees. 7. Place on a wire rack and let it cool for a few minutes.
Coconut Flour Recipe #2: Double Chocolate Chip Coconut Flour Cookies
½ cup dark chocolate chips
1/3 cup butter or extra virgin coconut oil
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/8 tsp salt
2/3 cup coconut palm sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp sifted coconut flour
Preparation 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Mix coconut oil and coconut palm sugar. 3. Gently add one egg at a time. 4. Add the coconut flour cocoa powder and vanilla. Mix until smooth. 5. Add salt and baking soda. Mix well. 6. Stir in the chocolate chips. 7. Use parchment paper to line your baking sheet. Drop spoonful of the cookie mixture on the sheet, about at least 2 inches apart. 8. Bake in the oven for 12 minutes. 9. Let them cool on a wire rack before eating.
Coconut Flour Recipe #3: Orange Medallions Coconut Flour Cookies
½ cup honey
½ cup coconut flour
½ cup butter
½ tsp salt
½ tsp vanilla extract
½ vanilla bean (this is optional)
1 tsp orange zest
Preparation: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Thoroughly mix all ingredients in a bowl until well-combined. Let it sit for 5 minutes to allow the coconut flour to absorb well. 3. Drop cookies in even spaces on greased cookie sheet. Dab your fingers lightly with butter and gently tap the cookies until rounded. 4. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. 5. Let cool before eating.
Coconut Flour Recipe #4: Coconut Flour Peanut Butter Cookies
½ cup coconut flour (sifted)
½ cup peanuts
½ tsp sea salt
½ tsp vanilla
1 cup peanut butter (preferably natural)
1 ½ cup natural sugar
Preparation: 1. Mix eggs, peanut butter, vanilla, sugar, and salt. Stir in coconut flour and peanuts. Mixture should be runny. 2. Drop spoonfuls of cookies about 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet. 3. Bake for 15 minutes at 375 degrees. 4. Remove from cookie sheet and let cool.
Coconut Flour Recipe #5: Refreshing Lemon Blueberry Coconut Flour Cookies
½ cup coconut flour
½ tsp baking powder
¼ cup gluten-free flour
¼ tsp salt
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
¼ cup honey
1 egg white
1 tbsp lemon zest
2 tbsp Greek yogurt
Handful of dried blueberries
Preparation: 1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. 2. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. 3. Add eggs, honey, lemon juice, zest, and yogurt. Mix well. 4. Fold in the blueberries. 5. Drop cookies in a greased baking sheet. 6. Bake at 325 degrees for 12-18 minutes until slightly golden.
Using coconut flour for your baking not only makes yummier treats; it also makes them healthier (if you don’t add too many other unhealthy things :-). What is your favorite coconut flour recipe? Or do you use coconut oil? Here’s 25 Handy Uses of Coconut oil.
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