Thursday, June 16, 2011

Coconut Flour - My Lazy Experiment

I was reading over at Heavenly Homemakers yesterday about using coconut flour in place of whole wheat. Hmmm. I am wheat grinder from way back and the thought of trying new lower carb flour substitutes wasn't very appealing to me until about a year ago. (I mean why fix what isn't broken right?) Then some close friends of ours had some of there children diagnosed with wheat gluten intolerance and now I've been thinking of ways to make healthy treats for them. I'm a baker at heart.

Anyway, Laura at HH was discussing how much she loves Coconut Flour. (She's a wheat grinder also) So I was wandering if I could take my unsweetened coconut shreds and grind them into flour? I googled it and found some amazingly looonnng process. Not for me!

So I went for it (because I really didn't want to go and clean the school room out). Here's what I did:

-I place about 1 cup of shreds into my blender and blended and blended.

*I had thought about my wheat grinder because it would truly get a flour texture with that, but it cannot handle high moisture items. (That's all Superman needed!)

I did this twice and came up with about 1 1/2 cups of rough grind flour. Remember this is just an experiment and coconut flour is really expensive.

I only needed 1/2 cup of flour for my 12 muffin recipe. So I measured it out and popped the rest into the freezer.

I then added:

6 eggs

1/2 honey (i would use 1/3 cup next time)

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

4 tablespoons coconut oil

I mixed the wet ingredients really well. Then add dry.

The mixture was very runny. I figured because my "flour" wasn't very fine.
I then baked them for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

The picture above is what they looked like just coming out of the oven. When they started to cool they sunk in a bit. They tasted like a honey/coconut french toast! A little moist, but tasty nonetheless.

Would I make them again? In a pinch yes, but I think I'll go ahead and order some coconut flour!


***** Update**** My girlies REALLY liked these so I will be making them again;)

What have you made with coconut?



Champion Builders said...

I am soooo going to play with this idea. Thanks! I"m thinking I will try my coffee grinder to make the flour. It easily turns my flax seeds into powder.

Champion Builders said...

I should also add that buckwheat flour is gf, but for most baking I found I needed to add something softer to it to make the texture lighter, but the taste is great. I often used buckwheat and gf oat flour. (I ground them both in my NM) Alot of gf people use bean flours but our family never really liked them.

momof4sweetsisters said...

In the end I think it may be more cost effective to buy the flour From Amazon or Tropical Traditions:)

LovingLegacy said...

did you only use the coconut "flour?" that's how it looked - i am dying to try this!!