First Do No Harm






Cooking with Coconut Flour
by Bruce Fife ND

I'd had no idea that Coconut Flour even existed till Bruce sent me a copy of this book.

If you thought that Coconut Oil was something, wait till you read about Coconut Flour.

Dr Fife points out right away that coconut flour is high in fiber and low in carbohydrates. In fact, coconut flour is highest in dietary fiber of all flours.

Lack of fiber in our American diet has been indicated in our most common colon disorders from diverticulitis, to Crohnís disease, to Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and even to colon cancer. Digestion needs fiber, plain and simple.

If you are gluten sensitive, coconut flour might be just right for you. Coconut flour contains no gluten. In fact, it contains no sticky protein to hold it together. This is also why Bruceís book is so important, because prior to this, all recipes with coconut flour only substituted 25% coconut flour for the other flours.

Coconut flour will just fall apart if you substitute it 100% for another flour. However, Bruce found that if you add eggs to the recipe, you can use 100% coconut flour in a recipe. It turns out (I discovered running through the recipes) that you can add one egg per ounce of coconut flour (on the average).

So, because of this new information and my eagerness to try coconut flour, I modified the Omega-Muffin recipes and used coconut flour instead of whole wheat flour. The Banana Chocolate Chip muffin uses 8 eggs while the Pumpkin Raisin muffin uses 10 eggs. Both recipes are now charged with lots of fiber (from the Omegasentials and coconut flour), charged with omega-3 fatty acids (from the Omegasentials and the free range eggs), and charged with protein (from the eggs).

One more thing I must pass onto you is Bruceís recipe for greasing the pan. Iíve used butter and Iíve used coconut oil, but he mixes coconut oil with lecithin and I can report that this combo is perfect. Nothing sticks.

If you want to add some fiber to your diet, youíre wheat sensitive, or just want to try something new, you have to have this book.



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