|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.