Mark actually blogs positively about coconut flour (ground coconut) and almond meal (ground almonds) as well gives recipes here and here.
I really didn't think occasional use was controversial in the primal world. I feel about cheeses and milk the way you do about ground coconut and almond. Arguments on both sides for and against. Both have points I suppose.
I like to use fresh ingredients where possible too. There is nothing like fresh fruit, veggies and fresh organic meat! Matter of fact, I'm tweaking a recipe with all of the forementioned and hope to post it this week if tweaked to perfection