I have been collecting my favorite coconut flour recipes to share. I know coconut is not local to the mid-Atlantic region, but I needed to eat a gluten-free diet after the Lyme disease.
I discovered paleo baking, which is mainly grain-free, uses a lot of coconut flour and eggs to mimic the texture of breads and cakes.
I also became very dependent on these recipes for feeding my child because we followed the Weston A. Price Foundation's guidelines for waiting to introduce grains until after the molars appear.
Relax, you can still have your favorite foods, just a little different, maybe even better.
I'll tell you what we did!
I used to think coconut flour was just finely ground coconut flakes, but it is different! The flour has had the extra oil removed, so it's high in fiber and drier in recipes.
I like to buy this special organic coconut flour from iHerb. They have good prices and the shipping is always very quick. If you use my referal code DEW779 you can get $10 off your first purchase!
Since it is so dry, you can use much less flour but you need to increase the amount of liquid or eggs. On the back of my bag of flour, it says to replace up to 25% of the flour called for in the recipe (use rice flour for the rest if you want it gluten-free) and increase the amount of liquid by the same amount of flour you are using.
I've mainly used coconut flour recipes written specifically for this type of flour, but I did try substituting it in a quiche recipe. I found that I could use one quarter the amount of flour in the original recipe and I didn't have to add more liquid or eggs, I just added more vegetables to make up for less volume.
If you have a favorite recipe you would like to share, please comment below!
Update: As of late 2016, we're no longer eating eggs! I know it sounds awful, and it was an adjustment, but it's not so bad now that we're used to it. Adding some info about egg-free eating is on my website to do list.
So I can't use any of these coconut flour recipes anymore since they depend on eggs. So sad! I will leave them here and hope you can enjoy them.
I know there are ways to substitute eggs using gelatin or applesauce, and I have done that with other recipes, but the recipes listed here are highly dependent on the eggs, so I'm not sure those methods would work here.
If you come up with something, please let me know, and stay tuned for an update about our new diet.