Why you will love Coconut flour, too!
by: Vicky Reihana on
We love Organic Coconut flour here, at Vitality Nutrition – it is a key ingredient in all our Protein Blends not only because of its subtle, sweet flavour, but also due to its Superfood health benefits!
Gorgeous fats – Did you know that good fats are beneficial for creating youthful-looking skin, as well as for producing energy and (drum roll…) for assisting weight reduction! Coconut flour contains ‘medium chain triglycerides’, and even though these fats are the saturated kind (don’t be scared), they are easily digested and will actually increase energy expenditure, boost immunity and, as previously mentioned, assist in fat loss! Plus, the high lauric acid promotes skin health and supports the thyroid gland. So, now you can glean why Vitality Nutrition loves coconut flour, so much!
High in protein – Coconut flour has almost double the protein content of wheat flour per 100 grams! Protein will assist in cell renewal and cell repair, which is great for every body, young and old. As for weight loss: protein will keep you feeling fuller for longer, and reduce sugar cravings.
Packed with fibre – Fibre not only helps keep us ‘regular’, but it also assists with regulating our blood sugar levels, which will leave us feeling more ‘stable’ and less likely to run for a quick sweet fix. Interestingly, 58% of the carbohydrate content in coconut flour comes from fibre.
Gluten free – Wonderfully, Coconut flour is gluten free, so it is a healthier alternative for wheat flour if a person has sensitivities to gluten. As the demand for gluten-free products has never been more prevalent, Coconut flour is fast becoming the delicious favourite for gluten-free baking, mainly due to its mild coconut taste and light texture.
So, where does Coconut flour come from? Very simply, the white flesh inside the coconut is extracted, then dried out and ground down into a fluffy-textured powder.
Tips when baking with Coconut Flour
As Coconut flour is very dense, it will soak up the liquid in your recipes very quickly. When you substitute wheat flour for coconut flour, you will need a lot less quantity. For example, if the recipe suggests 1 cup of wheat flour, you would then replace it with about 1/3 of a cup of coconut flour. Be aware that you will also have to add extra liquid, such as eggs or coconut milk, to achieve a moist, smooth batter.