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March 27 2009

The Many Uses of Coconut Flour

By Mark Sisson
117 Comments

A barrage of comments to our post on low-carb thickeners confirmed that while coconut flour is terrible for thickening sauces, it does serve other purposes. Our last post on a Primal flour – almond meal – went over well, so I figured the time was ripe for a look at coconut flour.

Coconut flour is simply dried, ground up coconut meat. Most likely you’ll be buying it online or from a specialty grocer, like Whole Foods or a food co-op, but you’ll occasionally come across highly processed, ultra-white coconut flour. Stay away from this. The good stuff will be like actual coconut – slightly cream colored, rather than bone white. You can make your own at home with a food processor, but without a grain mill you’ll probably have issues getting a “floury” consistency. If that’s okay with you, have at it.

Whether you’re making your own or buying it pre-made, always make sure your coconut flour is unsweetened. Pretty much all that you’ll come across is unsweetened, but it’s always worth it to make sure.

Apparently, defatting is one of the major steps in making it, so coconut flour doesn’t have much of the delicious, hearty coconut fat left over. It’s too bad, but understandable when you realize you’re dealing with a dry flour designed for baking. That’s pretty much my only qualm with coconut flour, as everything else looks good. According to my just-bought bag of Aloha Nu organic coconut flour, 2 tablespoons of the stuff contain:

1.5 g fat (1 g saturated fat)
10 g carbs (with 9 g fiber, bringing the net carb count to a measly 1)
2 g protein

Those are pretty great stats, especially when compared to the glucose-boosting powers of “normal” flours like wheat or white. Less hearty than almond meal, but also less heavy and closer in texture to the other, forbidden flours (if that’s what you’re going for). Coconut flour can be used to bake, but be forewarned that it’s very dry and doesn’t stick together well (hence its uselessness as a sauce thickener); avoid this problem by adding eggs to the mix, which allows it to bond and form batter. I’ve also had success using it in a light egg batter for fried coconut chicken. I’d assume it would work equally well for shrimp or fish.

Okay, onto a few recipes.

Coconut Bread

I’m not a big baker, but I can appreciate those who are. For those budding Primal bakers who still miss bread, why not try to make some with coconut flour? Slightly sweet and fairly light (as opposed to the denser breads made with almond meal), this coconut bread should do the trick.

Ingredients:
6 eggs
1/2 cups ghee (or butter)
1-2 tablespoon honey, depending on taste
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup coconut flour

Method:
Preheat your oven to 350. Whisk it all together, or blend in a food processor until all lumps are gone. Grease a bread pan with butter or coconut oil and pour your batter in. Bake for 40 minutes.

If we split it up into six servings each slice will, according to FitDay, have:
30.9 g fat
13.2 g carbs (9 g fiber)
8.35 g protein

Coconut Pancakes

Drizzle these with honey and berries, wrap up some bacon and eggs for a Primal breakfast burrito, or just eat them plain. These things are incredibly easy to make.

Ingredients:
4 eggs
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 pinch nutmeg
1 pinch cinnamon
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 cup coconut milk (full fat)

Method:
Mix these ingredients and let them sit for five minutes. Oil or grease up your pan and heat over medium heat. Pour about a 1/4 cup of batter for each crepe, allowing each side to brown before flipping it.

Without accounting for toppings or cooking fat, FitDay says the whole batch amounts to:

37.2 g fat (20.9 g saturated)
42.2 g carbs (19.4 g fiber)
30.6 g protein

Coconut Crusted Chicken

This doesn’t even require an ingredient list. Simply take your chicken pieces (or shrimp, or fish), season them with salt and pepper, dunk them in an egg bath (just scrambled up raw egg), then dredge them in coconut flour, then back in the egg bath, and then coat with dried coconut flakes. After that, it’s just a matter of frying them in oil (use coconut) or sautéing them in some butter. Crunchy, delicious, and low-carb.

Any Primal bakers out there with good tips or recipes? Let me know in the comments section!

Photo Courtesy of Netrition.com

Further Reading:

Primal Energy Bar Redux: Making a Better Bar

Smart Fuel: Coconut

Primal Pie Recipes

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  1. I have been making my own flour by pulsing coconut in the food processor. Works pretty well and i know what i am getting (unlike buying it in the bag). It is grrrrrrrrreat for baking but work of warning… it is very VERY dry, so plan accordingly.

    The SoG

    1. I was wondering if I could make my own coconut flour. Is it as simple as just putting it into the processor? do you use plain shreded coconut? Is it cheaper per pound doing it this way?

      Sidra

    2. Is there any substitute for all the eggs needed in recipes that use coconut flour? Any other liquid or thickener?
      Thanks.

      1. Instead of the eggs you can use “Ener-G Egg Replacer” or to stay simpler, just grind up some flax seeds (or you can buy flax meal already ground) and use them. Mix about 1 tablespoon of flax meal with 2 tablespoons of water and let them stand for 15 to 20 minutes to thicken to replace 1 egg. We have a vegan bakery so we are always converting recipes. The Egg replacer is quicker, but sometimes we like the simplicity and additional nutrients of the flax seeds.

        1. I was also going to suggest flax meal and water. I use this all the time. I make my own flax meal by grinding flax seeds in a coffee grinder. Very easy!

      2. I think gelled chia seeds would be good, but I’m not sure what the conversion would be.

        1. Gelled chia seeds conversion is: 1 tbl. chia seeds + 3 tbl. hot water & let stand 5 min. = 1 egg

    3. Yes! I just tried the bread recipe and it was way way too dry. It came out crumbly, and when I tasted it, I felt like I had eaten a brick! I’m NOT a fan of coconut flour.

      If I want bread, I make this recipe:
      1/8 c. ground nuts (pecans or almond meal is good)
      1 egg
      1/2 tsp baking powder
      Mix together, pour in bread-sized glass/ceramic dish, and microwave for ~2-3 minutes.

  2. Definitely trying the chicken… i’m worried my love for bread might surface slightly if i try the coconut bread or pancakes.

  3. Coconut shrimp or chicken, i love this idea, i’ve just got to try it, sounds awesome!!

  4. On a related note, coconut flakes + curry powder = deliciousness. I’ve also taken to using arrow root as a thickener recently, just make sure you wash your pans soon after cooking. That stuff turns to cement.

  5. Thanks for covering this topic! I’ve been experimenting with coconut flour for a few months now and I love its soft, rich texture. Recipes almost always need more liquid to compensate for the dryness of the flour.

    Emily
    from the Healthy Eating, Naturally blog

    1. Really you find coconut makes your food dry? What is your secret lol every time I use coconut flour my recipes turn out supper soggy. Any recommendations would be wonderful.

  6. I use a cup of hazel nut meal with 1/4 cup coconut flour and melted butter to make pie crusts (just like a gram cracker crust!). Bake at 350 for 5-7 minutes, cool and then add filling of choice! Delish!!

    1. Hi! I was looking for a crust recipe to replace gram cracker… how much melted butter do you generally use for this and have you ever tried almond meal instead of hazelnut? I’m trying for a primal-esque cheesecake!

  7. With almond meal I get lighter texture when I sift the almond meal first and save the bits that are too big for other purposes.

  8. I made coconut chicken for dinner tonight with coconut flour and unsweetened coconut. Seasoned chicken breasts with curry powder. Yummmmmm!

  9. Yeah, I think the coconut chicken needs a seasoning– curry might be good. I made it last night and it was a little bland. I liked the textured, but it needs a little something.

  10. Has anyone made tortillas from it? If so, I’ve definitely got to track it down, because I sure do love stuff wrapped up in tortillas!

      1. Oh, Martha, that looks REALLY good! And I was just craving tortillas recently. I’ll have to try this very soon. Thank you!

    1. I’ve tried the “tortilla” recipe. They come out more like crepes or an “eggier” pita… but still a GREAT substitute!

  11. I have quite a few coconut flour dessert recipes, and a savory recipe for english “muffins” at my blog:

    healthyindulgences.blogspot.com

    You cannot make coconut flour at home though. As you said, it has the fat pressed out. Unsweetened coconut ground in a food processor will not work the same way in recipes. 😉

    1. I watched a friend make coconut flour… it is a by-product of making coconut milk from shredded coconut. She processed shredded coconut with warm water in her vitamix, then strained it in a jelly strainer bag and she squeezed it dry… after draining and squeezing, the stuff left in the bag works just like coconut flour… she made muffins and something similar to the coconut crusted shrimp with it. And the coconut milk got a nice later of cream on top as it sat on the counter. I think she used 1:1 ratio of warm water to coconut shreds…

      Best wishes!

    1. Check out tropicaltraditions.com…they have a ton of gluten free recipes with coconut flour, like garlic cheese bread (my chin dropped to the floor when i saw that one), pancakes, cookies and so on.

  12. I have here a box of Organic Creamed Coconut: fat 65.4g/100g, protein 7.5g, carbs 9.2g. This either comes in a solid block which you grate, or in sachets which you open and then grate.

    Makes a killer combination with hot chillies. Yum, I think I’ll have some tonight: fried cashew nuts, sesame seeds and prawns with some coloured peppers, garlic, chillies and ginger root with creamed coconut and sesame oil. Also works with chicken. Or chicken *and* prawns . . .

  13. I got hold of some Bob’s Red Mill coconut flour, and I made two of the recipes.

    First, I made the coconut bread. It seemed pretty dry when I put it in the pan, but I didn’t want to mess with the recipe since I wasn’t sure what it should be like. It came out dry, all right; I probably would have choked to death if I didn’t have water at hand! It was fantastic for sopping up the extra sauce in the cauliflower with alfredo sauce I had later on.

    Then, I made the pancakes without the cinnamon and nutmeg, since my husband can’t stand those spices, plus I wanted a more neutral flavor so I could try them out as a tortilla/bread substitute.

    They were great! The consistency is very similar to cornbread, so I was inspired to wrap them around some all-natural hot dogs, along with ketchup and mustard and pickle relish. It was a very satisfying substitution for corn dogs.

    1. wow I had quite the opposite experience, I loved the Coconut bread, it satisfied all my carb cravings, and was perfect with a little almond butter or agave nectar on top. I really didn’t like the pancakes, they just didn’t taste that good to me and they cooked oddly.

    2. Sounds like the dry bread would be perfect for French toast. Soak in beaten eggs and milk/cream/coconut milk and fry on the griddle…yummmm!

  14. Really enjoyed your post and have saved your blog on my fav’s. wanted to ask have you tried Konjac glucomannan flour as a thickener? Offered from the company that makes Miracle Noodle. Net carb free and some good fiber.

    1. I use Konjac flour for thickening gravy, and think it’s absolutely perfect. And a little goes a long way – seriously. Start with 1/4 tsp and wait a couple minutes before adding more.

  15. Anyone use coconut flour in one of those bread making machines?

  16. bought some of this yesterday. mixed 50/50 with garlic powder, little salt and pepper and used as breading for frying calamari in lard. good stuff!

  17. Inspired by dragonmamma’s hot dog wraps, I decided to make some “hamburger buns” from the pancake recipe. Instead of the spices recommended I added a touch of salt and some Old Bay Seasoning. I also sprinkled some hemp seeds on them as they cooked. After frying the pancakes in coconut oil, I realized I had not included the coconut milk in the recipe. Oops. No wonder the batter seemed kinda thick.

    Surprisingly, even without the coconut milk, they turned out great. Just manually spread the batter out when it hits the pan. I agree that they do have a cornmeal pancake texture but without the grit and they made a very nice hamburger bun. Recipe with out the coconut milk made 4 hamburger sized pancakes.

  18. At our cook-out on the 4th of July I made the coconut pancakes again but this time included the coconut milk. Oddly they turned out about the same as when I left out the coconut milk but of course the raw batter was not as thick and it made more pancakes. They were a hit at the party and were especially good wrapped around the hot dogs. Yum.

  19. I noticed that some of the recipes are made using baking powder. My husband is severely gluten intolerant (celiac). He has been told he cannot tolerate corn because of its gluten content.(some celiacs apparently can-but he cannot) Any suggestions of what can be used in its place?

    1. Despite being GF and Kosher, Calumet baking soda still has corn. We have the same dietary limitations as you, and here’s how we make our baking powder:

      1 part baking soda
      2 parts cream of tartar
      2 parts tapioca starch

      Mix well. Use as you would the store-bought.

      1. Making your own baking powder is the safest way to go if corn bothers your husband. Products may be labeled GF and contain corn. Corn does not contain the mainstream Gluten that most celiacs need to avoid.
        The other option is to call the companies that make baking powder and ask for a list of ingredients.

    2. Whole foods carries wheat and corn free baking powder, further there are many brands of gluten free baking powder at health food stores or a Whole Foods type market. I learned about the gluten thing in baking powder after much detective work as to why I felt crappy after using gluten free baking mix with regular baking powder. Enjoy.

  20. Val, I googled “gluten in baking powder” and the first hit I got said: “Calumet baking powder is gluten-free and certified Kosher…”

  21. Sharon: Yay, I’m thrilled that I made an eating suggestion that somebody likes!

    They also go great with curry dishes as a chapati/naan substitute for soaking up the sauce.

  22. I’m a monster coconut lover… it’s my favorite food on the planet, hands down.

    I’ll share my coconut pancake/waffle recipe, because most of the recipes I’ve seen contain high numbers of eggs compared to mine (for the record: I love eggs, too, but I prefer a coconut-dominant flavor rather than an egg-dominant flavor to my pancakes & waffles).

    1 can (15oz) coconut milk
    3/4 cup shredded coconut
    2/3 cup almond meal
    1 or 2 eggs (one is plenty for waffles, you may want to go to two for pancakes, or if you like ’em eggy)
    tiny bit of salt
    tiny bit of baking powder
    and, if you’re doing them, vanilla and coconut extracts (1/2 tsp and 4-6 drops, respectively)

    Amazing. Seriously. If you make waffles, let them cook a long time until they’re crispy. Enjoy!

    1. Thanks for the recipe, Adam. Sounds great. I’ll have to try it. Cheers!

      1. You’re welcome! I eat these pretty much every day. And, like you’ve mentioned, once you’re away from sweeteners, you don’t miss the syrup/honey/agave or whatever most people put on pancakes and waffles these days.

        These are so good, they don’t even need butter. But who am I to stop anyone from adding some? (I once learned the cardinal rule of cooking from an organic chef… “When in doubt, add mo’ butter!”

      2. I have been searching for the nutrition facts for coconut flour muffins but can’t find the information anywhere! Please help! Thanks!

    2. Horrible! I followed the recipe exactly. I made waffles, so I only used one egg. I knew something wasn’t right when the batter hit the iron and it looked like it was boiling! They did taste like coconut, but that’s all I can say that was good about them. All the coconut milk evaporates and you are left with coconut and almond grit that sticks to the waffle iron. What a complete waste of ingredients! Please, don’t waste your money, folks!

  23. I’m allergic to coconut, but really love baking. I still want to go primal…Any suggestions?

    1. There are lots of recipes out there for blanched almond flour. I prefer Honeyville Farms brand and order it through their website monthly. Here is my almond flour waffle recipe. Try variations at your own risk. It works really well as written.
      1 cup blanched almond flour
      4 eggs, separated
      2 TBS melted salted butter
      1/4 cup water
      1 tsp vanilla
      1/4 tsp baking soda

      Preheat waffle iron. Prepare any toppings you are going to use, like fruit compote, for example.

      Beat egg whites til stiff. In separate bowl, mix wet ingredients. Add dry ingredients. Fold together with egg whites, being careful to keep them fluffy. Spray waffle iron with any oil spray you like, including canola and coconut oils. Scoop 1/3 cup batter onto iron and cook 4 minutes or til desired doneness.

      I especially like these with strawberry, blueberry or mixed berry fruit compote. Cook frozen berries in a pot with a little arrowroot and a little juice or water and added sweetener of choice, like honey. Cook to desired tenderness and thickness. Use as topping on your waffles. Coconut cream is really good on these too, or a little butter and honey. Delish!

  24. Last night I tried the coconut bread recipe, but I used a half cup of applesauce instead of the ghee/butter and omitted the honey.

    (I also adjusted the temp to 325 because I was using a dark pan, but I used about the same time: 38-39 minutes.)

    It was delicious! The taste and texture were lovely; it was all I could do not to eat the whole batch all at once. It smelled really good while baking, too.

    It made a great dessert with a little apple-sweetened blackberry spread.

    Thank you, Mark; you’ve really helped me satisfy my bread cravings!

  25. I’m getting hungry just reading all these recipes!!! 🙂

    In general…will adding back coconut oil instead of butter to the recipes calling for coconut flour bring out more of the flavor…or will the food not cook as well?

    I don’t have a lot of experience cooking with coconut oil…

  26. okay.

    i was worried when the batter for the coconut bread wasn’t the sort you can “pour” into a pan… but this is some fantastic breakfast bread!!

    Aimee

  27. I bought some organic coconut flour at Vitamin Cottage, and used it to make lemon-poppyseed mini muffins today.
    I am so happy with this recipe that I will make the larger size next time. Anyone can find the recipe at Elanaspantry.com . Search “coconut flour recipes”. She also has a gf cookbook that is getting rave reviews…from myself, the press, and lots of my friends. The Gluten Free Almond Flour cookbook, by Elana Amsterdam.
    Cyn

  28. If you use dessicated coconut in the pancake recipe, it turns out much richer.
    Even going half flour/half shredded would be an interesting change.
    🙂

  29. I LOVE coconuts and am glad I found this info! I am definitely trying these pancakes tomorrow morning for Easter. They sound yummy! By the way, you CAN make your own coconut flour at home. You do need a few simple tools. You need to of course drain the water, and keep it (always!) then seperate the meat from the shell. Add the meat into a food processor and process until it’s pretty much shredded. Add in all of the coconut water and process until it’s sort of fluffy looking. Then you will need a milk bag (cheep and useful for many other things, like almond milk). Pour the coconut mixture into the milk bag and “milk it” until it is completely dry. The milk that comes out is now your delicious coconut milk nad the pulp left over is going to be your coconut flour. You then need to dry out the pulp. I use my Excaliber dehydrator at 105 degrees to keep it “raw” but you can use your oven set at the lowest temperature as well. It only takes a short while, dependng on the temp, so keep checking it. The pulp basically needs to just be completely dry. Next, place all of the dry pulp back into a clean processor and process until it breaks up and resembles “flour.” Stick it in the freezer or use immediately. So good and best of all, you get the tastiest coconut milk as well! Hope this helps! Enjoy!

  30. A bit late in the day, but a variation on these that I’ve been making comes from Barry Groves – Almond and Parmesan Pancakes.

    This is a sort of thick pancake that is useful as it can be used for many things and is easy and quick to make. Parmesan is expensive, but supermarkets sell similar, but much cheaper cheeses.

    1 large egg
    1 tbsp ground almonds (almond flour)
    1 tbsp grated Italian cheese (Parmesan type)

    Mix all together and fry in lard or butter.

    Each pancake serves 1

    More details on his site:
    http://www.diabetes-diet.org.uk/basic-recipes.html.

    I also tried a varient using egg whites and double cream, it works but is not as good. (I had whites left over from making ice-cream).

  31. You CAN make coconut flour, I did it just the other day BUT I did it first by making coconut milk by taking the unsweetenend, raw, organic coconut meat I bought in bulk and put that in a bowl with HOT water and let it sit for about 30 min. I put the contents of the bowl into a muslin bag (cheesecloth should work too) and squeeze out the moisure. What you get is a high fat coconut milk. You can get one more “milking” out of this by repeating the process. The second squeezing results in more of a skim milk. I put it in the fridge and I got the most lovely coconut oil!!!! I took the squeezed coconut meat and put it in my food dehydrator and then put it in a coffee grinder and made flour within a couple of minutes. Perfect! It’s work but makes for some cheap coconut products.

  32. Could this recipe be used as a tortilla? Or does anyone have a coconut flour tortilla recipe?

  33. Would this work as a gluten free substitute for regular flour? My son is allergic to gluten and it can be trying to find things he can eat.

  34. The pancakes are amazing!! So close to “real” pancakes!! Mmmmm!!! But I was just wondering to what extent I should be using coconut flour, and making these pancakes. Do they have a lot of sugar? Is the flour itself (say, if I were to crust fish with it) fatty like almond flour? I’m trying to stay slim while still enjoying tasty treats every now and then. Any suggestions or knowledge on the coconut flour?

    1. I used the coconut flour for fish the other night and honestly, coating the fish in spices (garlic powder, onion powder, minced onion, salt and then frying it in coconut oil) worked a lot better.

    2. I use coconut flour everyday as a porridge kind of like oatmeal and I find that if I use less I accually gain weight once I up my intake to at least 2 times perday my weight starts to come down, I have experimented many times doing this to see if it was just something I was imagining and now I know for sure it helps keep my weight under control and does not affect my blood sugar. I don’t know if its the fiber or what. I find that it also helps me to feel fuller much longer and I have energy with it. If I eat just eggs and bacon in the morning and don’t have my porridge I am accually much more tired and feel foggy.

      For the porridge I just use, 1/4 cup coconut flour, 1 tsp flax meal, 1 tsp sweetner, some cinnamon and about 1/8th to 1/4 cup almond milk, then I pour some boiling water on it for the consistency I want and its ready.

      Reminds me of cream of wheat. I am sure not everyone will like this but I love it. Also you can cook it if you like or add coconut milk. I just make mine like this because it is so much easier and hits the spot for me.

      1. Thanks Liz. I am going to try your porridge. I will probably add a few nuts.

      2. Yum!! This sounds like a great recipe. I am going to try this tomorrow morning. Im a sucker for oatmeal and of course that is out of the question therefore I am going to try this.

        Thanks for sharing!

  35. Coconut pancakes (i.e. pancakes made without real flour) will never be pancakes. They are pancakes’ awkward, evil, slightly deformed, red-neck cousin. They’ll never taste as good as pancakes. Period.

    I remember what pancakes tasted like. They tasted like Heaven. A small slice of Heaven that God placed on this earth just to piss us off. Just like doughnuts, muffins, toast, pasta, rice, beer, milkshakes, and all the other tasty sh…stuff… that we won’t eat anymore. He’s sick like that. He likes to torture us with stuff that’s clearly bad for us……but that tastes oooh so goooood. I guess if I ruled the universe, I’d mess with us too. But, I digress.

    Anyway, stop making it sound like we’re lucky to be eating coconut pancakes! Coconut pancakes are what Yoohoo is to chocolate. It’s what methadone is to heroin (I imagine). It’s what masturbation is to sex (oh, yes I DID!!). It’s what being a Kansas City Royals fan must be like (OH, YES I DID!!!). It’s for when the real thing just isn’t an option. So, just accept that coconut pancakes are better for you than real pancakes and be done with it; don’t try and pretend that people who eat pancakes “don’t know what they’re missing.” Here . . . . THESE are what real pancakes are like:

    http://clintonstreetbaking.com/

    Look at ‘em. LOOK AT ‘EM. All fluffy and delicious. Kind of makes you think: “if these are bad for you, why did God make ‘em so damn tasty??” (for answer: see above).

    Anyhow, here’s my coconut pancake recipe. They suck………I would know; I eat ‘em all the time.

    (makes about 4 cakes)
    Take 1 tablespoon of coconut powder (actually, I use just a little bit more than a tablespoon, but not much more) and mix the powder with some cinnamon and about three pinches of kosher salt (so it’s all incorporated). In a separate bowl, crack two eggs and add about two tablespoons of heavy cream or coconut milk. Beat that with a fork until its nice and creamy yellow (like you were making scrambled eggs). Then take about 1/12 to 2 tablespoons of butter and melt it in the microwave (should take about 25 seconds). Add the melted butter to the egg mixture and stir. Then add the powder/cinnamon/salt mixture to the egg mixture. It doesn’t mix very well at first, but just keep at it and it will all blend together (you’ll have to scrape the walls of the bowl a bunch of times). Make sure you mix it till it’s pretty smooth. These aren’t like real pancakes (see above). The batter should be smooth and almost a little runny. If it is thick and lumpy like pancake batter, the cakes will taste all gritty. These pancakes come out thin, more like crepes.

    Get a non-stick pan nice and hot (I usually put the pan on the burner before I start mixing the ingredients and keep it on medium). Then just poor the batter in and cook on both sides. It’s usually a couple minutes on each side. Generally, I add a pad of butter to each cake after I take them out of the pan, just to keep them moist. I also cook an egg or two and add it on top.

    Add whatever you like; they’re still not pancakes.

    (I realize that this is just a slight variation on the recipe in Mark’s post, but, in this instance, the thinner and fattier the cake, the better, in my opinion)

    By the way, I am allergic to nuts so I can’t really comment on the coconut pancake recipes that use almond meal, etc……but, I will anyway: I bet they taste better with real flour. And, even if you’re right and they don’t……too bad: I can’t have them, so they don’t count. If you think that is unfair, feel free to give me a call at the number listed below and we can have a civil discussion on the topic.

    1-800-YOUR-PANCAKES-SUCK

    Ok, I’m joking (and a bit jealous). I’m sure they’re delicious (seriously), and it’s great that you found a cool alternative (oh and congrats to the guy who won the contest – I liked the video). Just gettin’ a small laugh at your expense. All in good fun. We cool.

    Mr. T

  36. For loads of great coconut recipes I can hihly recommend Bruce Fife’s book “Cooking with Coconut Flour”. I’ve tried several both sweet and savory recipes and they are all fantastic! He does use sugar in his recipes, but gives also lower sugar versions with stevia. What I do is I replace the amount of sugar (in the lower sugar version) with an equal amount of erythrithol and then add some stevia. Works every time.

  37. I made the coconut bread twice. The first time I baked this recipe was last night and I just got done baking the second one. My husband and I absolutely LOVE it. It definitely satisfies our carb craving. I added 3 tablespoons of honey in the second batch and it tastes just a tad sweeter. Reminds me of corn bread. 🙂 Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  38. Dear Mark,

    I was nosing around a mainstream nutritional website (http://nutritiondata.self.com/) looking at a measure they called “IF” (for “inflammation factor”) for various foods. I put in kale, which came up with a nice positive score of 257 (which was meant to indicate that it was highly anti-inflammatory). Pleased with myself (as I eat alot of kale), I began looking at their IF for other foods I liked to eat. I was a bit puzzled when I looked at IF for coconut and raw coconut products (which are supposed to be our good friends). These IF scores were very bad, often worse serving for serving than the IF for cakes, pizza, ice creams, etc. For example, for “coconut milk, raw (liquid expressed from grated meat and water)”, the IF was -498 (large and negative); for “one cup of coconut meat, raw”, the IF was -225. In contrast “one large (67 g) doughnut, cake-type, plain, chocolate-coated or frosted” the IF was -173 and for “(1/8th of an 18 oz cake) 64 g Cake, yellow, commercially prepared, with chocolate frosting” the IF was -135. Shocked, I looked a little at the explanatory material for IF, and found that it penalized foods high in saturated fat. What do you think about this? Is this IF measure way off the mark scientifically or is a cup of coconut meat really as inflammatory to our bodies as a quarter of a Sara Lee chocolate cake?

    Thanks,
    Eric

    1. Saturated fats have been completely exonerated with regards to heart disease, weight, etc. so I wouldn’t worry about it at all. We absolutely need healthy fats of all kinds for our brain and every cell in the body.

  39. don’t use egg replacer if you can help it. The commercial one has sulfites in it, leavening agents and potato starches, which are so bad for you. Want to get a wrecked liver like mine? Eat sulfited foods. Enough said.
    I can’t tell you enough how horrible it is to eat and then have your heart start racing and have trouble breathing.

  40. I’m looking to buya grinder for nuts and flour, any recommendaions? Thanks in advance.

    I actually made some chocolate fudge brownies with the coconut flour adding an equal amount of water to the mix. They went down a treat! Loving thre recipes /

  41. This is fantastic stuff! Loving all the contributions! Been looking for recipes to start getting into coconut flour more.
    Thank you all and I look forward to trying them!

  42. made the bread today… hate to say it but not a big fan of the flavour of this. Disappointed I didn’t like it knowing it’s so much better than other breads… oh well

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  44. These things taste just like chicken tenders! Only made the healthy way. I put a dab of organic ketchup on them and was just in pure bliss. Got leftovers for tomorrow heheh, these will make for a delicious salad.

  45. I am so glad I found this site; I do not have the health problems that condemn me to alternative flours, but I do enjoy baking and trying new things. I am a recent transplant to guatemala, and in a failed attempt to make coconut oil in my vitamix, I made a big bag of chopped, de-fattened, de-milked coconut meat that I saved in the freezer, knowing I would someday discover how to use it! Now I have some interesting ideas to try.
    As to the weight issue and IF index, I read on a coconut oil site (long ago) that a minimum of 2 tbsp (or something like that) coconut oil a day in your diet will actually help your body process and get rid of your fat somehow, so although it is a saturated fat, it is of a healthy kind. Probably because it is a natural, whole food of the plant variety. Anyhow, interesting facts/theories to look up if you are interested.
    PS, I was using my coconut oil as a moisturizer on face and body, in addition to brushing it on my loaves of bread to give it a shine. I did use it a couple times to grease the skillet for “real” pancakes, and it worked fine. good luck!

  46. Great ideas! Does anyone know of a good Congo bar or blondie recipe using coconut flour?

  47. Mark, you mention that coconut flour has “10 g carbs (with 9 g fiber, bringing the net carb count to a measly 1)”. When counting daily carb grams, should we be deducting some portion to derive a “net” number? I’m trying to stay under 100 daily grams, as per your suggestion for weight loss. Thanks!

  48. the coconut bread was so incredibly dry that i was literally choking on it.

    i even made french toast with it to try and salvage it. i ended up throwing it all out. 🙁 i hated wasting that much coconut flour because it is not cheap.

  49. I bet Grok would have enjoyed a food processor and an electric waffle iron.

  50. Just made these coconut pancakes and had to use a couple substitutions but they were a great success! Yum!
    Gotta try the coconut crusted chicken next, that sounds awesome. Thanks Mark, as usual!

  51. Has anyone made pasta with coconut flour? I cant find a recipe
    Thsnks

  52. I’m SOOOO excited to find this! I made pikelets (small pancakes) this morning for my daughter but with self raising flour etc etc. I did have a couple and covered them in almond butter and banana and they were awesome, but now that I’ve found coconut pancakes they can be more primal! SO HAPPY!

  53. I found an amazing coconut bread in one store, and of course, I wasn’t able to get the recipe. There are ingredients named on the cover, would anyone be able to come up with the amounts? And also what can hold them all together? This is in the bread: organic coconut flour, organic whole coconut, water, salt, and organic raisins (optional). It is gluten free, dairy free, wheat free, oil free and no sugar.
    Thank you.

  54. This sounds great! I haven’t seen any mention of almond meal on here tho. Best tasting flour ever….I don’t know if you could use it to make a bread, tho. Since I am newbie, my experience with it was making carrot cake, and it makes the BEST carrot cake ever…but you DO have to use some milled flour. So maybe you could make a little loaf of it using milled coconut flour…hmmm.

  55. WOW i just made the coconut bread for breakfast.!. I omitted the honey and added one cup of applesauce as the batter seemed dry. Had to increase bake time by about 10 mins.
    Beyond delicious! Even my two year old is gobbling it up!!!

    1. Oh and I also added half a cup of coconut milk. The bread was super moist!

  56. I make coconut flour pancakes and tortillas with great success by adding a tablespoon of grass-fed gelatin to the mix. Since coconut flour baked goods can tend to crumble or rip, the gelatin gives such a great texture. They are very easy to flip without tearing!

  57. how long can I keep coconut my homemade coconut flour in the fridge? I made some 4 months ago and put it in the fridge. is it still safe to bake with?

  58. Your recipies are interesting but I cannot try hardly any of them I have a bad intolerance to egg yolkcs (one in a cake from time to time I can get away) and have some trouble with gluten.

  59. Any suggestions when using coconut flour. Every time I use it, the final product is dry and i can’t get baked items to rise. I’ve switched to just using almond flour and the problems have gone away but I’d love to give coconut flour another try.

  60. I want you try this as soon as you finish reading it.
    Coconut mug cake ( I make this every day.)
    Use level measuring spoons Takes 4 min to make.
    3 tbsp coconut flour ( I just grind desiccated coconut in the blender)
    1 tbsp butter
    2 tbsp peanut or almond butter
    If you want it like bread add salt and no sugar.
    sugar (for cake) 1-2 pkts stevia.
    1tbsp coconut or almond milk
    1 egg
    Chocolate chips on top optional 70% cocoa
    microwave 2 min
    melt butters cool
    mix dry ingredients, add butters, mix. Microwave in oiled ramekin or mug.
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153482909080906&set=p.10153482909080906&type=3&theater

  61. In your book The Primal Blue print, which i just bought, the coconut pancakes recipe says 1/2 cup of coconut flour and 3 eggs! This is the first recipe i tries as the picture looks great. But they fell apart and didnt taste good. This recipe above might work but i’m quite put off your book!