I’ve been dabbling in quite a bit of healthier baking recently aside from my usual cake orders that I’ve been getting on top of since returning from my Lonburg holiday. I prefer to use the term healthier as opposed to healthy because everything sits in a relative continuum don’t they? So while I might consider these bakes healthy, someone who bakes raw and vegan might consider this unhealthy. Or unethical. Haha.
I had a few fail attempts while playing with coconut flour resulting in frustration and binned goods. I tend to feel so annoyed whenever I bake something new but it fails to come out as I hope. And unless I can have a do-over straight away, I usually end up spending the night tossing and turning, thinking about how I could have baked them better.
So here I am, sharing with you 5 of my favourite bakes using Coconut Flour. None of these contain refined sugar either – I used Coconut Sugar, and if not, then I’ve used Honey.
I initially thought of sharing all 5 recipes here in one blog post but I figured that it might be a little too overwhelming. So one at a time it is. That will also create some suspense!
One thing I learned about Coconut Flour during my trial and error phase was just how very absorbent it is compared to say, Spelt Flour, or Wholewheat, or simple Plain, All-Purpose Flour. Hence, don’t be surprised at the wet to dry ingredients ratio being quite skewed towards the more liquid side.
Also, don’t worry over the number of eggs in the recipes because the are key in creating moistness and they also bind the ingredients together. Recent studies have also shown that cholesterol in food doesn’t have quite the big impact on blood levels of total cholesterol and harmful LDL cholesterol as previous thought. Just remember – everything in moderation!
Now, these Coconut Flour Brownies are heavenly! I kid you not. I’ve tried way too many ‘healthied-up’ brownies that have turned out dry, overly mushy or too grainy. These were ever-so-slightly on the cakey side, and exceptionally moist and chocolatey. The minute I took my first bite, I surprised myself at how well this recipe turned out. It was everything a Brownie strives to be, and had that aromatic whiff of coconut.
Coconut Flour Brownies (8×8″ Square)
75g butter, melted (or coconut oil)
50g cocoa powder, sifted
160 coconut sugar
60g coconut milk
pinch of salt
60g coconut flour
Handful of Chocolate Chips.
- Preheat oven to 170deg C.
- Combine butter/oil with cocoa powder and mix well.
- Stir in eggs, coconut sugar and milk. Mix well.
- Add flour and salt until just incorporated.
- Sprinkle chocolate chips on top.
- Bake for 20-25min until just set.
I could spend all day gushing about these babies but… I’m too busy stuffing them into my mouth! Looks like I’ll be baking up a new batch sooner than I thought!