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How To Use Coconut Flour 
Jul. 25, 2009 3:26 pm 
Updated: Feb. 12, 2013 9:01 pm
Have you ever heard of coconut flour? I have been working with it for a couple of years now since it was introduced into the market, and I have learned a lot about it!

Tropical Traditions’ coconut flour, (which is the only coconut flour I use) is the fiber from the coconut meat after almost all the oil has been extracted to make Coconut Oil. It is certified organic, unsweetened, and contains no sulfites. It’s gluten free, making it a suitable wheat flour substitute for those with gluten and wheat allergies. It also high in protein and fiber, containing more fiber then gluten based grains. The coconut flour tastes very coconutty, and has a mildly pleasant sweet taste.For baking or cooking, you can substitute anywhere from 10 - 30% of regular flour for coconut flour to add extra fiber. Some recipes however, can be made with 100% coconut flour and be totally gluten free (and foolproof, no one would ever know!). The easiest ones to do this with are muffins, bars, pancakes, cakes and quick breads. (See recipe below).

Since coconut flour has no gluten, plenty of eggs must be used to make up for it. On average, for every 1 cup of coconut flour, 4-5 eggs must be used. To help with binding, sticky sweeteners can also be used, like brown rice syrup, maple syrup, etc. 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds soaked in 3 tablespoons of water can also replace 1 egg in recipes, and this can be very helpful in coconut flour recipes. Keep in mind too that coconut flour is a very “thirsty” flour, and soaks up amazing amounts of liquid. So it’s very likely that you’ll have to increase the liquid amount in your recipe depending on what you are making.

A lot of recipes containing wheat flour can be converted to 100% coconut flour, but this will take time and patience. Coconut flour behaves differently from recipe to recipe, so a lot of tweaking and adjusting will have to be done. All my coconut flour recipes have been made with Tropical Traditions’ coconut flour; therefore I cannot assure you that they will work with different coconut flours, which might be higher in fiber and lower in protein content.

Ways to use coconut flour are endless. You can use them to make a roux for gravy, add a tablespoon or so to smoothies and drinks for extra fiber, sprinkle on different dishes for a garnish and a coconut taste…use your imagination! Be creative!

And now a recipe using all coconut flour! This is a recipe I developed myself, and every time I’ve served it it’s been a hit. The brownies are dense and fudgy; packed full of dark chocolate goodness. No one will ever know they’re gluten free, unless you decide to tell them. :D If you love dark chocolate, you’ll love these.

Chocolate Fudge Brownies

YIELD: 24 bars
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 8 ¼ oz. bittersweet chocolate
  • 2 + tablespoons brown rice syrup
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa, (optional, recommended)
  • 1 ½ cups coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ cup heavy cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and dust an 11x8 pan with coconut oil and cocoa powder.

Place butter, sugar, chocolate, and brown rice syrup in a medium sized pot and melt on low heat, stirring until everything is well blended (mixture does not have to be smooth). Sift in the cocoa powder. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. Beat the eggs and vanilla extract together with an electric mixer until frothy. Then on low speed, mix in cooled chocolate mixture. Alternatively add in the flour, baking powder and heavy cream, beating mixture after each addition.

Pour mixture into the prepared pan and bake the brownies in the preheated oven for 30 minutes or until the top of the brownies is crisp and slightly cracked. (The inside of the brownies will be dense and soft to the touch.) Cool the brownies in the pan on a wire rack until cool. Cut into bars and serve. Frost with chocolate or vanilla frosting if desired. Enjoy!!

There you go! If you have any questions please feel free to ask me in a comment.

Tropical Traditions Organic Gluten-free Coconut Flour
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Coconut Chocolate Fudge Brownies made from 100% Coconut Flour and Gluten-free
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Jul. 25, 2009 6:04 pm
GREAT blogging! I loved reading this, and I can hardly wait to try the coconut flour! Thanks for telling us about this. I'm looking forward to reading more.
Jul. 25, 2009 6:58 pm
Thank you so much for the compliments. *blushes* And you're welcome too. :)
Jul. 25, 2009 10:23 pm
Wow! I've been following your blog for only a short time, but I have learned a lot and have been impressed with your writing style. I only just read your profile and almost fell over when I saw your age! Well Done! You obviously have a great future ahead of you!
Jul. 26, 2009 10:15 am
CC girl- That is very interesting. I have never heard of coconut flour. I will pass this information on to my friend who can not have gluten. Thanks for the information.
Jul. 26, 2009 2:08 pm
Hi CoconutGirl, I visited your website and looked at all the recipes. Have you tried adding Vital Wheat Gluten to the flour (when baking) instead of increasing eggs? This might be a good method for those of us who don't mind gluten but who would like to minimize egg use. I'm going to try it myself when I get the flour (I think that coconut is one of the finer things in life! That, and chocolate. Especially together!)
Jul. 26, 2009 3:05 pm
Hi CookieWeasel! No, I've never tried using that; sounds interesting. What I do if I want to use coconut flour in something but not all the eggs and don't mind having gluten is just mix regular wheat flour with the coconut flour. That will take care of the egg amount and you'll usually only have to use 1-2 extra eggs depending on how much coconut flour you'll be using. If you're not using much coconut flour at all (ex: 1 cup flour and 1/4 cup coconut flour) you probably won't even have to change the egg amount.
Jul. 26, 2009 3:55 pm
Nice blogging:) I love to try new things I will have to get some..sneak it in some food.. Fiance is REALLY PICKY
Jul. 26, 2009 7:18 pm
This is very informative & helpful. Now I want to purchase some coconut flour & try out your brownies, which are fudgey & dense ~ like I like them! I also am going to look at the TT website. Thanks for the very educational blog! Keep on writing, please!
Jul. 28, 2009 7:49 pm
Thank you so much for the recipe! Being gluten-intolerant, I went on a gluten free flour binge and coconut was one of my purchases. I adore the flavor but am a bit unsure on how to incorporate it. I'll definitely give this recipe a try. Also, I'm not sure if you've ever worked with xantham gum but I'm pretty sure it's used as a binder for many gluten free recipes. I don't try to bake with flours without it- what a crumbly mess! It may be a decent substitute to cut back on the eggs in your recipes but I'm not positive. I look forward to reading more of your blogs. I love your writing style!
Jul. 28, 2009 9:02 pm
Thank you Hayley! I have worked with xantham gum once or twice but not recently. That's one of the things I need to look into sometime soon. :)
Jul. 29, 2009 1:49 am
where do you get this coconut flour at? can you buy it at a health food store?
Jul. 29, 2009 7:31 am
OH, I can't wait to give coconut flour a try. My family isn't gluten intolerant, but I'm suspecting my 2 year old has a sensitivity to it so I have been finding gluten-free alternatives for the whole family. This looks to be very promising! Keep up the good do have a wonderful way of writing which is both informative and fun!
Jul. 29, 2009 7:32 am
I discovered coconut flour when I developed a food allergy to gluten and sugar. It takes some practice getting used to, but I've used it as a flour substitute in a lot of recipes, and I really love it for making pancakes.
Jul. 29, 2009 9:40 am
What is brown rice syrup? And where do you get that?
Jul. 29, 2009 9:41 am
Thank you all! :) Mary,n: I only use Tropical Traditions' coconut flour, which can be found on their site. All my recipes have been developed using that particular coconut flour so I can't promise the same results with a different coconut flour. :)
Jul. 29, 2009 9:44 am
MsMona: Brown rice syrup is a thick caramel colored syrup (much like corn syrup) that is made from brown rice. It can be found in some grocery and health food stores but I use Tropical Traditions' brown rice syrup. It's a great, healthy alternative to corn syrup and is really helpful as a binder for gluten free recipes.
Jul. 29, 2009 2:27 pm
WISCONIN! represent! my mom would love this recipe. she's allergic to wheat and pretty much everything else in this world. lol- ty from Muskego Wisconsin
Jul. 29, 2009 4:56 pm
Just wanting to know if there are any other recipes with the coconut flour other than the one posted? Thanks a bunch!
Jul. 29, 2009 5:28 pm
Yes! There's a great many coconut flour recipes on Tropical Traditions' site. I plan on sharing more of them with you all here in future posts. :)
Jul. 29, 2009 7:18 pm
Love your blog, you are a great writer. I was first drawn by the reference to coconut flour, as I love anything coconut. Then I saw that the connection to Tropical Traditions! I have about 6 jars of coconut oil and coconut cream in my pantry, I'm a big fan! I haven't been to your website in a while, I'll have to go back and check out your recipes.
Jul. 29, 2009 7:57 pm
Thank you maryb! Sounds great. :) I just posted an article on Coconut Cream Concentrate along with a recipe. :)
Jul. 30, 2009 1:10 pm
I would enjoy a recipe that is egg free and dairy free in lieu of gluten free using coconut flour. Would there be something like that on the Tropical Traditions website?
Jul. 30, 2009 1:19 pm
Yes, there are. :) In my newest post I have a recipe that is egg, dairy and gluten free using Coconut Cream Concentrate. You could tweak it to include Coconut flour.
Suzie's box 
Jul. 30, 2009 2:26 pm
Where can I get this flour?
Jul. 30, 2009 2:31 pm
Hi Suzie, The coconut flour I use is from Tropical Traditions and can be found on their website. Since that is the only coconut flour I use and all my coconut flour recipes have been developed using that particular one I can't promise that my recipes will turn out with a different coconut flour. Hope that helps!
Jul. 30, 2009 3:03 pm
CoconutGirl, you are amazing. You seem to have a gift for cooking. I don't know what age you have to be to get on Next Food Network Star, but you might try, or think of becoming a Chef. Great Chefs must be a skilled cook, but you need great creativity and an innate talent for using and blending flavor and textures which you seem to have, plus common sense. You seem like a natural to me. If you can do this at 15, imagine what you could do at 25.
Jul. 30, 2009 4:21 pm
Thank you for your kind words G-ma of 12! God has blessed me with many talents and I'm excited to see what He has in store for me. :)
Jul. 30, 2009 9:07 pm
You're 15! I'm an English teacher and I can attest that your grammar usage and writing style is better than most adults! Not to mention you've opened my eyes to the beauty of coconut flour! Any chance of finding a recipe for a Hawaiian Wedding Cake? Seems to be popular in Hawaii, I guess. Take care, my dear, and know that you're head and shoulders above your peers!
Jul. 30, 2009 9:30 pm
Thank you scarlettohara66! I enjoy getting critique on my work…especially from an English teacher! My dad is my awesome English teacher; he has and is teaching me a lot. :) I don't have a coconut flour recipe for a Hawaiian Wedding Cake but that sounds like a fun one to try. There are some really scrumptious coconut flour cake recipes on Tropical Traditions' website though, so you may be interested in checking them out.
Jul. 30, 2009 11:47 pm
awesome, coconut girl! i'm a true science/math geek who loves to experiment with recipes (esp baking)--the ultimate mix of art/science. over 80 % science geeks are musical,& know, given the chance that an equal # are artistic. keep up the great work! you are a true jewel and an inspiration to us all!
Jul. 31, 2009 6:20 am
Sarah, Thanks for the brownie recipe using coconut flour, I can't wait to try it. I have been using Tropical Traditions coconut products for about 2 years now and love them! I am always looking for new recipes for using the coconut flour. Thanks again.
Jul. 31, 2009 7:24 am
Nice to meet you Sarah! I love coconut too, I always try new recipes with coconut and buy beauty products that consist coconut oil. Thank you for your recipes.
Jul. 31, 2009 9:58 am
You're welcome! And thank you! It's great meeting you all too. If you try out any of my recipes please feel free to come back and let me know how they turned out for you. :)
Jul. 31, 2009 10:29 am
Hi Sarah! Just yesterday I was thinking that I needed to do something with the coconut flour that's been sitting in my pantry for a while now - coincidently Tropical Traditions brand - and I stumbled across your blog. What a find! I've always know that coconut was delicious and I've been discovering just how versatile and healthful it is. I use coconut oil for cooking and as a facial moisturizer - I get compliments on both my cooking and my skin:) Finding your blog has motivated me to get that flour out of the pantry and start baking. Thanks again!
Jul. 31, 2009 11:23 am
Thank you for this information. I was cruising the site looking for homemade ice cream recipes and the word "coconut" caught my eye. I was intrigued. I am sending a link to my sister. She is allergic to wheat gluten. Coconut flour will give her another choice of flour when baking.
Jul. 31, 2009 1:27 pm
Thank you for your kind comments B ELSON and Cheryl Bolton! I really appreciate it. :)
Oct. 27, 2009 9:53 am
I was wondering, can I use coconut powder inplace of coconut flour in a small quantity (2 Tablespoons)?? I would like to bake gluten free muffins and it calls for the above....I appreciate your help!!!
Dec. 15, 2009 4:51 pm
I'm sorry I didn't see this comment until just now. :( Yes, you can mix a bit of the coconut powder in with the coconut flour, it shouldn't change anything.
Jan. 21, 2010 1:46 pm
This was so informative. I'm going to make banana muffins and add zucchini for moisture to compensate for the coconut flour. I think I plan to substitute about 1/2 the flour for coconut flour-- we'll see how it goes!
Feb. 12, 2013 9:01 pm
Thank you! I am making strides in gluten free living for my family. This helps a great deal!!
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