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Crazy about Coconut Flour!

11 July 2016

At Natures Choice we do our best to bring you all the ingredients you need to keep a healthy kitchen. We are so excited about our Coconut flour and we stock both certified Organic and regular coconut flour.

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What exactly is Coconut flour? Well is not technically “flour” in the sense you and I know but rather coconut solids that have been ground into a very fine powder. It has a mild coconut scent and flavor, which makes it suitable for flour-based recipes that don’t have other strongly-flavored ingredients such as cocoa powder or spices. It is also quite light and airy, making it especially suitable for baked goods like muffins, pancakes and cakes. It can be a little tricky to bake with as it absorbs a whole lot of fluid so its best to use a recipe that has the correct tried and tested ratios.

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The popularity of coconut flour is growing in the West due to its considerable health benefits, which far exceed those of processed flours and below are just a few:

Its Naturally Gluten Free!

Arguably coconut flour’s biggest attraction is its gluten-free status, meaning it contains none of the gluten protein molecules found in grains such as wheat, rye and barley. Its well established that Gluten can be very tricky to digest for most of the general population, and for coeliacs it can be deadly.

Its Naturally High in Fibre

Coconut flour has unusually high levels of dietary fiber (a 100 gram serving of it contains a whopping 39 grams of fiber, almost double that of wheat bran). Its been long established that a diet high in fibre is essential for good health and due to the high fibre content of coconut flour its easy to get your daily needs with very little of the product and it can be added to gravies, baked goods, casseroles or smoothies.

COCONUT FLOUR BENEFITS

Generous in Good fats

Since it is derived from coconut solids, coconut flour retains a large number of those fats for which coconuts are so beloved by health enthusiasts. A 100 gram serving of coconut flour contains 8.7 grams of fat, of which 8 grams are saturated. Most of these fats are medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) – essential protective fats with noted antiviral, antimicrobial and antifungal properties. MCTs have also been shown to boost the metabolism, making coconut flour suitable for weight loss diets.

 

 

Best for Blood Sugar regulation 

Because it is high in fiber yet relatively low in digestible carbohydrates compared to processed flours, coconut flour has a gentle impact upon blood sugar levels. This makes it a  good choicefor diabetics, prediabetics and anyone else who wants to avoid blood sugar spikes.

Amazing amino Acids

Coconut flour contains an impressive number of other proteins. In fact, 100 grams of coconut flour contain 19.3 grams of protein, or 38% of our RDI – which can make it a valuable cooking ingredient for vegans or vegetarians since protein is, of course, needed for cell repair and growth.

There are so many ways to use coconut flour but here is one of our staple favourites:

Coconut Porridge:

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup almond or plant based milk (or more or less based on desired porridge consistency), plus more for serving
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Raw Honey  or maple syrup to taste

To Make the Porridge:

  1. In medium saucepan, mix coconut flour and sea salt with of water and mix until mixture is smooth and free of lumps.
  2. Let it stand for 2-3 minutes for the coconut flour to sop up the water.
  3. Add milk, stir and cook over medium heat stirring frequently until porridge thickens.
  4. Lower heat, keep stirring and check the consistency of the porridge, add more milk if desired.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
  6. Ladle porridge into bowls; add more milk (if desired), top with your desired toppings

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