I’m one of those people who often talks before I think. One time I told someone how much I hated my bread maker and how I never use it and asked her if she wanted it, because I wanted to get rid of it. I really went on about it. She looked at me, paused and said, no thanks, we bought it for you as a wedding present. You know when you want to get a shovel and dig yourself a hole?
So that was a totally irrelevant story, but I thought I’d share it for a Friday night giggle 🙂 This week I’ve been using up ingredients, and forcing myself NOT to go shopping so that I can start fresh, and stock up on all the stuff I will really need and will use as we move to a paleo diet. Today, I bought nuts, seeds and coconut flour, and tonight I tried out a few things to see how baking with coconut flour worked. I’ve never cooked with it before, and I had heard it can be temperamental. So I was a bit nervous. I made blueberry and coconut muffins, grain free bread and energy balls. I also, rearranged my pantry to allow for the extra stock, and realized that I needed to sort out my labeling as the sharpie on Tupperware was not really cutting it. I found a great site with free downloadable pantry labels here (http://www.fabnfree.com/2013/03/22/free-pantry-labels/).
This is an example of what you will find on fabnfree.com
So now to the recipes. I was googling paleo recipes and found lots of great stuff, but I really wanted to use the coconut flour, so googled coconut flour recipes and came across this site, http://www.tiana-coconut.com/coconut_flour_recipes.htm#6 I followed the recipe almost exactly, using coconut oil, and was pleasantly surprised by the outcome. A friand-type muffin was produced, but not heavy like some nut based muffins can be. Hubby, who is a sweet tooth quite liked these too.
Blueberry Coconut Muffins
¼ cup sifted Coconut Flour
3 tbs Coconut Oil or butter, melted
3 tbs honey
¼ tsp salt (I left this out)
¼ tsp vanilla
⅛ tsp almond extract
¼ tsp baking powder
½ cup fresh blueberries (I used frozen, I rinsed them and left them to dry on paper towel)
Blend together eggs, butter, honey, salt and vanilla.
Combine coconut flour with baking powder and thoroughly mix into batter until there are no lumps.
Fold blueberries into batter. Blueberries should be dry. If rinsed, dry them off before adding to batter.
Pour batter into greased muffin cups. Bake at 205 Degree C (400F) for 16-18 minutes. (I baked at 180C for around 20 mins)
Makes 6 muffins.
I wont be giving the recipe for the bread quite yet, because I’m not 100% happy with it, but once I am I will post away 🙂
The Energy balls were a throw together thing, and measurements are fairly approximate. Use it as a guide to make your own using what you have on hand. In a food processor, I added
1/4 cup heaped sunflower seeds
4 dates pitted
1/4 cup sultanas
1/8 cup currants
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1 tsp honey
2 tbs chia seeds
2 tbs flaxseeds
1 tbs raw cacao
2-3 tbs raw cacao nibs
3 tbs coconut oil (I didn’t bother melting mine)
I pulsed the ingredients until a ball formed in the processor bowl. Then I rolled them into bite sized balls and rolled in dessicated coconut. These are really lovely and nut free so they are good for lunchboxes. Made around 15 balls.