August 21, 2014

Coconut Flour Baking Tips

 Coconut flour is the new kid on the block in my cupboard, we started off with a bit of a love/hate relationship because I didn’t fully understand the fact that this flour has to be treated quite differently.



One of the reasons coconut flour is so popular is because it’s gluten free, naturally very low in carbohydrates and full of fibre. Many ‘paleo’ recipes call for coconut flour and even if your not following a paleo diet, I think that bakes with coconut flour are delicious when you can get the balance and texture ‘just right’.

Due to the fact that coconut flour is often a kitchen nemesis I’ve put together a little list of my top tip’s for baking with it…

*Coconut flour needs lots of moisture, often double the amount you’d expect and use in a ‘standard’ recipes so when following a recipe that uses coconut flour don’t cut corners with this or you’ll end up with a dry/crumbling bake.

*If you don’t want to use tonnes of whole eggs/butter you can use egg whites, or add a little yoghurt?

*Should you fail; try, try again – I had to try 3 different recipes before finding the right one for my coconut flour loaf/pancakes. A top tip would be to bake half the amount if you are unsure, I nipped into poundland (classy chick) and grabbed a couple of small baking tin’s which allow for experimentation without wasting lots of ingredients.

*For vegans or those looking for an egg free bake, It’s worth noting that 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds soaked in 3 tablespoons of water can replace 1 egg.

*Always sieve coconut flour to prevent any clumps.

*Keep in mind that coconut flour does go out of date faster than normal flour and is best stored in a cool, dry place and kept well sealed.

Have you ever baked with coconut flour before? Any tips you would add?

My goodness I’d love a herbal tea and a thick slice of coconut flour bread drenched in salty butter and jam right now…




0 responses to “Coconut Flour Baking Tips”

  1. Fit Radiance says:

    These tips will definitely come in handy for me! I’ve only used coconut flour a few times, but wasn’t that impressed with the results haha. Must give it another go 🙂

    • cakevsscales says:

      I honestly think the fist time people try baking with coconut flour it goes wrong – I’ve had so many failed recipes but when you get it ‘right’ it’s wonderful 🙂

  2. Lucy says:

    Great tips. I tried making a banana bread with coconut flour and it went terribly wrong, and was way too dry and crumbly! I need to try making something else, but the flour has possibly gone out of date by now…

    • cakevsscales says:

      Ooooh fear not I’ve had many dry bakes – But once you get the moisture right it comes out really light and because most recipes call for a lot of egg’s they can be filling too. Best of luck if you try again 🙂

  3. Thanks for this I tried coconut flour twice and failed both times, with your advice I’m ready to get back on that horse! and use up the packet!!

  4. balletdancefitness says:

    Yep I’ve tried and failed before! I’ll give it another shot 🙂
    Tash | Ballet, Dance & Fitness

  5. […] everyone would have in and many of you have had baking disasters with this flour (see my tips here). If you are new to coconut flour I would recommend a small bag to start with, I tend to find that […]

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