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Coconut flour?? Yay or nay?

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Created July 17, 2012 at 2:20 PM

I love using coconut flour to bake with and make paleo snacks. What are your thoughts on this while following paleo?

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0 · October 07, 2013 at 7:20 PM

I love using it as a a sub for breadcrumbs if I'm having a cheat meal.

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5160 · August 25, 2012 at 5:10 AM

Citation: learn about human digestion + commonsense

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6107 · July 27, 2012 at 11:55 PM

@BoneBrothFast: Citations, data? No? Then I don't buy it. Note that I do not use coconut flour, and am not suggesting people do. I'm saying you can't describe every condition the same way. It's totally reductive and has no scientific foundation

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6107 · July 27, 2012 at 11:54 PM

Citations, data? No? Then I don't buy it. Note that I do not use coconut flour, and am not suggesting people do. I'm saying you can't describe every condition the same way. It's totally reductive and has no scientific foundation.

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5160 · July 22, 2012 at 12:37 AM

No. If you have ANY digestive issues, coconut flour is never a good idea. Sorry to be so blunt. Some people want to make every little excuse to keep eating foods that harm them. I'm here to tell you that if you have even MINOR digestive issues, which indicates gut damage, coconut oil is doing extra damage. Sorry to rain on everyone's parade.

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6107 · July 18, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Wrong, BoneBrothFast. The correct answer is that it depends. Like everything. Things are more complex than this, and carelessly painting with broad brushes can produce messy results.

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2227 · July 18, 2012 at 1:55 PM

YOLO...........

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5160 · July 18, 2012 at 1:50 AM

If you have digestive issues, you should not be consuming something as fibrous as coconut flour. I don't care what digestive issue you have, the coconut flour is not doing you any good in that case.

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10480 · July 17, 2012 at 7:19 PM

I totally agree! Artificial sweeteners, soy milk, margarine... ugh. Even the relatively healthy substitutes like stevia and nut flours are something I really don't get it into.

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11048 · July 17, 2012 at 6:40 PM

I got the recipe from here. One batch made a 9" round cake. Each one baked up to about .75" in height. I made a bunch and stacked them together. They are *VERY* moist and break easily, but tasted fantastic. My hubby and sons are not as carb restricted as I have to be, so I will make muffins for them to eat as a quick breakfast since hubby hates eggs.

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11048 · July 17, 2012 at 6:30 PM

SOME with specific digestive issue need to avoid it. It isn't a one-size-fits-all.

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4218 · July 17, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Your Mileage May Vary. I agree wholeheartedly with Maria, +1.

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287 · July 17, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Sounds yummy! Would you post the full recipe for the coconut cake?

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1439 · July 17, 2012 at 4:26 PM

If I knew what YMMV meant, I would have given you a +1. Seriously.

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70 · July 17, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Me too!!! I like it way better than almond ( too calorie dense)! I bake w it all the time! And helps me sneak eggs into the other half by way of pancakes!

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7292 · July 17, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Coconut flour is a tasty and much healthier option for regular grain flour. Also, much better than almond flour in my personal opinion. Less PUFA, and pretty high fiber, without an overly coconut taste. I have used it in breads, pancakes, muffins, and as a batter for halibut and tilapia.

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70 · July 17, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Me too!!! I like it way better than almond ( too calorie dense)! I bake w it all the time! And helps me sneak eggs into the other half by way of pancakes!

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4292 · July 17, 2012 at 4:21 PM

I don't personally, because I generally try to avoid eating things that are pretending to be other things. I find it more pleasant to enjoy real food for what it is, rather than making "imitation this" and "imitation that" and getting stuck in a mindset of restriction and having to work around this obnoxious set of rules all the time.

Then again, YMMV.

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10480 · July 17, 2012 at 7:19 PM

I totally agree! Artificial sweeteners, soy milk, margarine... ugh. Even the relatively healthy substitutes like stevia and nut flours are something I really don't get it into.

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4218 · July 17, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Your Mileage May Vary. I agree wholeheartedly with Maria, +1.

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1439 · July 17, 2012 at 4:26 PM

If I knew what YMMV meant, I would have given you a +1. Seriously.

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118 · July 17, 2012 at 6:26 PM

We use it occasionally for muffins, bread or other bread-like items; however, it is not a staple of our diet. I would estimate that I bake twice a month, on average.

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5775 · July 18, 2012 at 12:49 AM

Positives.

The initial source (coconut), regardless of processing, is quality. I like it occasionally. It's nice when you have something specific that calls for a similar compound, but I don't seek it out.

Negatives.

The processing. You're taking a natural fruit and making it a flour. The refinement it takes to do this is pretty much as anti-Paleo as it gets. Coconut flour can also develop mold quite easily. One of the big downsides with storing refined flours is they can become even worse if mold grows. Especially those living in a hot climate where moisture levels vary, keeping it in a cool/dark place becomes critical.

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11048 · July 17, 2012 at 3:43 PM

I use coconut flour in place of bread crumbs or crackers in hamburgers and meatloaf. I also made a cake for my son's birthday using coconut flour, olive oil, honey, baking soda, poppy seeds, and lemon zest. Non-Paleos ate up the cake like there was no tomorrow. Some were turned off when I said it was gluten-free, but then wound up coming back for seconds.

I haven't used it to bread anything. I did make oven-finished fried chicken using almond flour, but the almond flour absorbed too much of the coconut oil and I didn't care for it.

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11048 · July 17, 2012 at 6:40 PM

I got the recipe from here. One batch made a 9" round cake. Each one baked up to about .75" in height. I made a bunch and stacked them together. They are *VERY* moist and break easily, but tasted fantastic. My hubby and sons are not as carb restricted as I have to be, so I will make muffins for them to eat as a quick breakfast since hubby hates eggs.

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287 · July 17, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Sounds yummy! Would you post the full recipe for the coconut cake?

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9812 · July 18, 2012 at 12:58 PM

I sometimes make treats from recipes on elanaspantry.com; I don't think there's anything wrong with it IF you can handle having treats in moderation because not everyone can. I don't think it's necessarily bad to replacing "normal" baked goods with the "less bad for you" versions as long as you don't go willy-nilly with it; I think my almond flour cookies & coconut flour cupcakes are just as good as wheat flour versions, so it doesn't make me crave that kind of stuff.

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253 · July 18, 2012 at 1:20 AM

For me, part of following a paleo lifestyle means eating food that's as close to nature as possible. Fresh=good. In a package=not as good. I don't want to be reminded of the SAD diet I used to eat, so I usually try to avoid substitution foods. However, I don't have a problem with using coconut flour, almond milk, etc for special occasions. Like if I had to bake a cake for a friend's birthday, coconut flour would definitely be better than using white flour. Just remember to do what's best for YOU. No one is keeping score.

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11683 · July 17, 2012 at 3:22 PM

If you can tolerate it, great. Some people (me!) find it seriously bloating.

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0 · September 25, 2013 at 12:57 PM

I've tried to make cookies from coconut flour yesterday and

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0 · May 02, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Well, maybe you should think of using it as a cheat meal. Honestly, what are you planning on making with this that isn't borderline questionable? Paleo pizzas, muffins, etc.

Personally, my wife and I do not favor processed foods and we try to consume as little of processed foods as possible. However, I feel it's better to use this than to buy or order the real deal.

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571 · December 14, 2012 at 2:22 PM

@BoneBrothFast Have you tried taking Betaine HCL for your digestive issues with coconut oil?

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5160 · July 17, 2012 at 4:28 PM

It's no replacement for wheat flour.

Also those with digestive issues need to avoid coconut flour as well.

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5160 · August 25, 2012 at 5:10 AM

Citation: learn about human digestion + commonsense

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6107 · July 27, 2012 at 11:55 PM

@BoneBrothFast: Citations, data? No? Then I don't buy it. Note that I do not use coconut flour, and am not suggesting people do. I'm saying you can't describe every condition the same way. It's totally reductive and has no scientific foundation

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6107 · July 27, 2012 at 11:54 PM

Citations, data? No? Then I don't buy it. Note that I do not use coconut flour, and am not suggesting people do. I'm saying you can't describe every condition the same way. It's totally reductive and has no scientific foundation.

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5160 · July 22, 2012 at 12:37 AM

No. If you have ANY digestive issues, coconut flour is never a good idea. Sorry to be so blunt. Some people want to make every little excuse to keep eating foods that harm them. I'm here to tell you that if you have even MINOR digestive issues, which indicates gut damage, coconut oil is doing extra damage. Sorry to rain on everyone's parade.

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6107 · July 18, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Wrong, BoneBrothFast. The correct answer is that it depends. Like everything. Things are more complex than this, and carelessly painting with broad brushes can produce messy results.

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5160 · July 18, 2012 at 1:50 AM

If you have digestive issues, you should not be consuming something as fibrous as coconut flour. I don't care what digestive issue you have, the coconut flour is not doing you any good in that case.

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11048 · July 17, 2012 at 6:30 PM

SOME with specific digestive issue need to avoid it. It isn't a one-size-fits-all.

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