Coconut flour is great for sweet treats as it is rich in protein, fibre, good fats and manganese – all of which are great for curbing cravings. It is quite dense though, so be mindful that the texture may take some getting used to. The best thing about these muffins is that they are so filling, you will really only need one! Keep reading for some great tips on baking with coconut flour and read here for more benefits of coconut if I haven’t convinced you enough already!
- 1 cup coconut flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 heaped teaspoon raw cacao
- 1 heaped teaspoon cinnamon
- 6 eggs, free range
- ½ cup cold-pressed extra virgin coconut oil
- ½ cup raw honey
- 2 tablespoon coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup water
- Preheat oven to 180°C and lightly grease a 12 muffin capacity tin with additional coconut oil.
- In a small bowl, add flour, baking powder, cacao and cinnamon. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, beat eggs and mix in melted coconut oil and honey.
- Combine the dry into the wet ingredients and mix well.
- Gently fold through the coconut flakes and add enough water so the mixture stirs smoothly.
- Spoon mixture into muffin tin and bake for 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
- Best served warm. Enjoy!
Coconut Flour Tips
- Due to it’s density, unfortunately you can’t simply substitute coconut flour with other flours. A useful guide is to start with 1/3 cup for every cup of “normal” flour. The same applies for almond meal/flour and any other gluten free varieties.
- For every cup of coconut flour, use six eggs and a minimum of one cup of liquid. I’m not usually a fan of using six eggs for one recipe, but it works. Taryn from Living Without, suggests to double the number of eggs given for a conventional recipe. Similarly, if you’re using egg replacer, add twice the amount you would normally use.
- Coconut flour and almond flour work really well together. So if the density of this recipe isn’t to your fancy, I suggest you modify it with half a cup of each.
- Coconut flour is also great to use for a gluten free chicken schnitzel or as a breadcrumb replacer for coating meatballs and the like. It does have a sweeter flavour than conventional flours though, so perhaps prepare your guests if you’re cooking for more than one.
- Coconut flour is one of the more expensive flours out there (but worth it!). It is worth investigating your local bulk wholefoods store for a more affordable price.
I would love to hear your coconut flour success stories, so please feel free to share! xx