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Best Uses for Coconut Flour

Coconut flour is an excellent option if you are looking for grain-free flour. However, it is very different from regular wheat flour, so there are a few things to consider when using it. Remembering these tips will have the best outcome when using coconut flour.

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More Absorbent

Coconut flour is much more absorbent than wheat flour, so it is not a one-to-one ratio when baking. This is very important to remember, as your items will not turn out if you use the one-to-one ratio. Instead, use ¼ cup of coconut flour for one cup of wheat flour. In addition, eggs should be added to equal it out. So one egg should be added for every ounce of coconut flour used.

Dense

Coconut flour is denser and can make baked goods drier than wheat flour. To counteract the dryness, make sure you are adding enough eggs. In addition, mashed vegetables and fruits can be added to your recipes to increase the moisture of the recipe. This will also give it more flavor, and you can experiment with different combinations.

Benefits and Substitution

For those who cannot properly digest grains, coconut flour is an excellent option for all of your baked goods. It is also popular in paleo diets as well as gluten-free diets. Coconut flour has lots of protein and fiber to add more nutrients to your baking than traditional wheat flour.

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Coconut Flour Baked Goods – Photo Credits: Canva.com

Coconut flour can be substituted for wheat flour in various recipes; keep in mind the ratio is ¼ cup of coconut flour for every cup of wheat flour. In addition, make sure to add enough eggs, so your baked goods do not come out too dense or dry. Experiment with different combinations to find what works for you.

Where to buy

This type of flour as many other types can be found at many online marketplaces such as Amazon, local supermarkets, gourmet supermarkets, and mom and pops stores.

Sources:

http://nourishedkitchen.com/baking-with-coconut-flour

http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/2013/10/01/how-to-bake-grain-free-with-coconut-flour

Originally published October 21, 2015 – Republished to add additional content and images.

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