With the rising popularity of the paleo diet, coconut flour is popping up in all sorts of recipes. Have you tried coconut flour yet? If you have, you know it's a tricky ingredient to bake with, and it's a challenge to substitute into a recipe. I often tell people to try coconut flour with a tried and true recipe first, before setting off into unexplored territory. Coconut flour is not cheap and can be very temperamental. A bad experience with it will be enough to turn most of us off. Coconut flour is a wonderful ingredient, though, and is worthy of a home in your kitchen.
In this article, we outline some ideas and recipes for how to use coconut flour. Here are our 8 favorite ways to use coconut flour:
- Coconut Flour Brownies
- Coconut Flour Wraps
- Coconut Curry Muffins
- Coconut Layer Cake
- Vanilla Almond Sugar Cookies
- Coconut Crusted Mahi Mahi
- Fluffy Coconut Flour Pancakes
- Double Chocolate Coconut Flour Brownies
How to Cook with Coconut Flour
Coconut flour is extremely high in fiber, which means it absorbs a lot of liquid during baking. This makes it critical to follow the recipe exactly without making additional substitutions. Dough will often be much thicker than expected when baking with coconut flour. Don't worry too much, just keep going. A quick rule of thumb is to swap about 1/4 to 1/3 cup coconut flour for 1 cup of regular flour. Due to its high absorbency, you’ll also want to increase the number of eggs. To help you try this unique ingredient, we've rounded up eight of our best coconut flour recipes. These are tried and true!
P.S. If you want to know more about coconut flour, check out our post all about what it is and how to use it.
Coconut Flour Brownies: Chewy and chocolaty, these brownies are a great foray into baking with coconut flour.
Coconut Flour Wraps - Great for crepes or using as tortillas. Photo courtesy of Vitacost.
Coconut Curry Muffins - A fun and flavorful muffin.
Coconut Layer Cake - A beautiful cake that takes coconut to the next level.
Vanilla Almond Sugar Cookies - One of our favorite and easiest coconut flour recipes.
Fluffy Coconut Flour Pancakes - So easy and so delicious!