Coconuts have many by-products besides coconut flour; coconut water, coconut milk, coconut sugar, and coconut oil. All of them have their own list of nutritious bonuses while sharing the amazing taste of coconuts. In the last few weeks, we have talked about coconut flour, where it came from, and why it is good for you. But there are some tricks you need to know about when adding it to your recipes.
While coconut flour is great at replacing grain flours, it is extra absorbent and needs more moisture to keep the same consistency as regular flours. You will need to change the proportions of the recipe to add more liquid ingredients to keep the same consistency. Specifically, it needs one extra egg per quarter cup of coconut flour, which is good, considering you will only need to add ¼ a cup of coconut flour per 1 cup regular flour when substituting. So, if a recipe calls for 1 cup of regular flour, you will only need ¼ cup coconut flour and an extra egg.
Unfortunately, there is not a definite fraction of flour to oil, so we recommend just adding a little at a time until the mix reaches the same consistency as it would with regular wheat flours. Coconut flour has a more distinct taste than wheat flour, so this will come through in anything you bake, nevertheless, with ingredients to compliment it, it can make an incredible addition to your recipe cookbook.
The main use of coconut flour is in baking, but there are other uses for it in the kitchen too. It can be an incredibly nutritious addition to smoothies and protein shakes, as well as a gluten-free replacement for breading on things like meatballs and chicken.
We do recognize it can be tricky when you begin substituting coconut flour in your recipes. It is for this reason we recommend starting with recipes that already require coconut flour, at least until you can get the hang of it and are more familiar with it's properties. Although it seems like a lot of work, it’s really not! Eventually, with enough trial and error, you can be using it to replace flour in any recipe.
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