Most people love bread and mostly anything made from wheat or grains.
Unfortunately, wheat-based products are among the most fattening foods available and for some people they can result in severe sickness. In today’s post I will teach you everything that you need to know about coconut flour, the wheat flour alternative.
Coconut flour is made from finely ground coconut meat with most of the moisture and fat removed to form a powdery flour much like wheat flour.
Coconut flour is quite unique, however; it’s low in digestible carbohydrates, high in fiber, loaded with nutrients, and has a wonderful taste and texture. It can be used as a suitable, and gluten-free, alternative to wheat and grains.
Unlike wheat and other flour alternatives, coconut flour is higher in protein and fiber than most wheat alternatives. In fact, it has more protein than enriched wheat flour, buckwheat, rye, wholewheat and cornmeal.
Aside from removal of fat and moisture, coconut flour maintains an impressive array of minerals and nutrients. When you use it in baking, the coconut flour produces light and soft breads with an impressive taste and texture.
The bottom line is coconut flour is a fantastic, low-carb alternative to wheat and other grains.
Coconut flour is an excellent way to add fiber, protein, and nutrients to your standard recipes. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as simply replacing wheat flour with coconut flour in standard recipes. If you do so, the recipe will result in a dry, crumbly result. In this section I will give you tips for using coconut flour as an adjunct to existing wheat and grain-containing recipes.
As I mentioned in the previous section, using 100% coconut flour in most recipes results in a dry, flaky, horrible tasting result…
After much experimentation, naturopathic physician, Dr. Bruce Fife, discovered how to use 100% coconut flour, while getting a light, moist, and fluffy result. Through trial and error, Dr. Fife built a recipe book of 100% coconut recipes, which he published in his book Cooking with Coconut Flour, a book I highly recommend.
In the mean time, I have attached a pdf for you that provides a nice sampling of the recipes within the book! Click Here to Download The Coconut Flour Recipes.
Dr. Ray Hinish is a nutritional pharmacist, certified personal trainer, & certified Lifestyle & Weight Management Coach. He currently practices in Baltimore, MD, where he owns and operates a wellness center and natural foods restaurant. His mission is to help folks to live their health potential so that they can pursue their passions with confidence and endless supplies of energy!