Have you ever tried baking with coconut flour? It’s a great alternative to the popular, gluten/grain free almond flour. It’s not nearly as allergenic, and contains plenty of fiber, as well as healthy saturated fat and protein. Like almond flour, it’s low in carbs and is gluten free (depending upon the manufacturer). (more info)
Coconut flour is probably the most Paleo friendly of all the gluten/grain free, low carb flours, even though baking is obviously not the most Paleo-like activity! The only downside to using it is that it’s very dense and typically requires the use of many eggs to soften it. So, if you’re avoiding eggs, your replacement options may be limited. I am going to play around with some recipes during the holiday season to try different substitutions. Update>>>Here’s an egg/multiple food allergen free recipe for Paleo Chocolate Muffins/Cupcakes.
I did recently manage to tweak one of my daughter’s favorite recipes to take the egg whites out (they’re the most allergenic part of the egg), and was pleasantly surprised with the end result. The original recipe is by Leah over at Ponderings from my Heart blog. It’s for GAPS Coconut Flour Apple Cinnamon Muffins, which are a quick, easy breakfast or snack option for a college student like my daughter.
Since it’s pumpkin season, and the puree is a great substitute for eggs, I turned her recipe into a pumpkin apple recipe. I only was able to take out the egg whites so far, with surprisingly delicious results, but I am still working on a completely egg free version. We’ll see if I can get it right.
Here’s my recipe for Paleo Pumpkin Apple Muffins, which to me taste like a cross between a muffin and a slice of pumpkin pie:
I hope you enjoy these!
Do you have a favorite coconut flour based recipe to share?
Please note that this post has been shared with the Natural Living Monday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Gluten Free Tuesday, Allergy Free Wednesday, Gluten Free Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday, and Party Wave Wednesday blog carnivals. I’m happy to say that a week later, it was featured in the Slightly Indulgent Tuesday carnival!