While the idea of baking with coconut products may not be new to most
people, I’ve only recently discovered the great many health benefits to
be had from its uses.
At one point or another we’ve all tried to cut down on unhealthy eating habits, but what you may not be able to cut down on is bread. I too have had this predicament. Who doesn’t love eating bread? It’s probably my primary staple food at home. I eat toasted sandwiches during the day.
I thought my best bet would be to remove bread, and by association all flour-based foods from my diet altogether. It was hard. Pure torture. I ended up craving it more than I could have imagined possible. For this reason, I decided to look for healthier, alternative bread and home-made bread recipes. I needed bread in my life!
While white bread contains even fewer nutrients (close to none) than brown, most of the bread companies add vitamins and minerals to their dough to increase its nutrition and therefore increase sales.
My solution is based on this truth. Coconuts are a healthy natural source of vitamins and minerals, and with products such as coconut milk, coconut oil, coconut cream, coconut water, coconut flour and sugar on the market, it is now easier than ever to produce healthier food alternatives for the entire family.
In this article, I’d like to introduce you to an alternative bread recipe, which works great as a side dish to complement saucy, sumptuous meals.
You could also bake this bread into flatbreads by adding a variety of additional ingredients such as seeds, nuts, and whole grains. You could also add honey and coconut sugar with coconut flakes and mashed banana to produce a much sweeter loaf, which can be served as a dessert.
The recipe is just delicious and very easy to make. If this is your first attempt at baking with coconut flour – you will be amazed at the fragrant coconut aroma and taste.
Do not be alarmed at the lower than expected quantity of flour used in this recipe. Coconut flour does not act like your regular self-raising or cake flour. It is denser in consistency, which calls for a smaller quantity. It also requires extra moisture in the form of eggs, water, oil, milk and/or cream. Sifting coconut flour can be quite tricky, but not impossible. If you are up for the task, using a spoon you can scrape the coconut flour through the sifting holes using pressure.
More about baking with coconut flour here.
Ingredients: Makes 1 loaf
The beautiful thing about this easy coconut flour bread recipe is in its versatility. As I’ve mentioned before, you can add banana to your ingredient list for a coconut flour, banana bread recipe or play around with seeds/nuts/cherries, etc.
Feel free to use the recipe to bake pitta bread, pizza bases and much more. I would however not advise using this bread for toasting. The consistency does not do so well when toasted.
May you too be inspired to create!
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