Recipes, Special Diets on March 1, 2012 by

Double Chocolate Brownies featuring Coconut Flour

Today kicks off our month-long celebration of Coconut Flour, an intriguing, but under-utilized, ingredient. It seems to us that coconut flour is one ingredient that keeps popping up all over food blogs and recipe sites as an interesting product. But what do you do with it and how do you bake with it?

If you try baking with coconut flour, you’ll notice right away- it’s different. When you look for recipes to try this “different” flour, they almost invariably call for loads of eggs. Even as a gluten free flour, it behaves quite differently from its brethren. The high fiber content makes coconut flour absorb an incredible amount of liquid, hence the eggs, making it hard to use in place of other gluten free flours or substitute in tried-and-true recipes. The very light coconut flavor, however, makes it an appealing ingredient for sweet and savory dishes alike.

While there is no good rule-of-thumb for using coconut flour, we brought together a wonderful collection of bloggers to give you inspiration and help guide you to understanding this unique and incredibly healthy flour. Enjoy!

Double Chocolate Brownies
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Flour
  • 1/3 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Baking Cocoa
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Butter, softened
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 cup Chocolate Chips
  • 2/3 cup Chopped Walnuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 350°F. In small bowl, combine cocoa and flour; set aside. In large bowl, mix vegetable oil, sugar and butter. Add eggs; stir. Add dry ingredients and mix just until blended. The batter will be somewhat stiff. Mix in chocolate chips and walnuts. Pour into a greased 8×8 or 9×9 pan (depending on how thick you like your brownies) and bake for 30 minutes. Enjoy!
This recipe comes from Hope of Hopes Cafe. Of her blog, Hope says, “My blog is a place for Moms and families to enjoy finding out about new products. I keep everything family friendly, so even children can visit Hope’s Cafe. My favorite products to talk about are anything techie, cooking, or fashion.”

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