This week has been so long! Hopefully you are all steering clear of summer colds. I don’t remember getting sick in the summer as a kid, but evidentially every season has colds now. After camp last week our little guy came down with a bug, and little sister got it two days later. She has bounced back since yesterday, but his cough is hanging on. Hopefully it bypasses me, and hubs. Needless to say I have been doing a lot of holding of little people this week and have had little time to cook, or blog, but never fear I always have some sort of trick up my sleeve. 😉
For those of you who remember when I shared my coconut milk recipe with you, you will also remember that there was quite a bit of pulp left over. I had a few failed attempts cooking with the pulp, a huge learning experience, and threw the rest in the freezer. Yesterday while I was cuddling with the kids I decided to throw it in the oven, and today I am brining you the easy task of making coconut flour.
The type of flour you use in your cooking totally depends on your macro nutrient needs, or preferences. If you want a lower calorie flour, you’ll want to stick with wheat. For ¼ cup of wheat flour you will only be consuming 51 calories. If you are looking for a lower carb alternative, almond flour is your friend at only 6 grams of carbs, but will run you 160 calories per ¼ cup. Coconut flour on the other hand is higher in fiber at 10 grams per ¼ cup and sitting right in the middle with 120 calories.
All flours are not created equal, and lower carb flour such as almond, and coconut, have higher fat and fiber content, but are generally gluten free. So, when baking with a flour of this type you will get the best results if you just substitute some of the wheat flour you are using with one of the other flours. You can mix, and match, and be creative and your calories, and carbs, will all even out.
Preheat the oven to 170’ f
Spread either frozen pulp from Coconut Milk that you have saved, or fresh pulp, onto a cookie sheet.
Allow pulp to dry in the preheated oven for an hour (Low and slow or it will burn). (Break apart any chunks around the 30-minute mark)
Turn off the oven and allow to sit in the oven for 30 more minutes.
Remove the dried pulp from the oven and allow to cool (About 15 minutes)
Dump the dried pulp in a blender, and pulse until fine. (Make sure the blender is completely dry!)
Store in a dry, sealed container in your pantry.
What is your favorite coconut flour recipe?
How often do you use a flour substitute like this?