ok so theres the long paleo tradition of using almond and coconut flour - im fairly new(ish) to paleo but very clued up on it. but i want to make paleo bread and other paleo baked goods to aid my diet. here is my dilema - almond flour - too high in fat for my liking coconut flour - too expensive but using it begrudgingly upon further research whats the views on tempura flour, plantain flour or tapioca flour. and has anyone ever baked with any of these? if so whats it like?
Sigh. All the Paleo purists give Paleo a bad name. Yes, we should all be eating nothing but whole foods. Preferably, wild animals we've harvested ourselves with a bow and arrow made from sinew and flint. We should serve this with a side of wild-harvested greens and tubers. C'mon people. Paleo baking is here to stay. Why be so self-righteous about doing Paleo "correctly"? You guys are a drag. Baked goods made from Paleo-friendly ingredients are what some of us need. I'm a foodie and I have a sweet tooth and guess what? My almond flour cookies that I eat in strict moderation keep me from wanting other, much worse things. Instead of bingeing on croissants, I have a few homemade almond flour chocolate chip cookies and my cravings are satisfied and the protein and fat in them are good for me.
If you don't like the idea of Paleo flours, then quit responding to these threads! Fanaticism in any walk of life--be in politics, diet, religion, or any subject--is unpleasant at best and at worst, dangerous. Please lay off!
Yes i am going to go off topic and say this...EAT REAL FOOD
No paleo bread, cookies etc. Spend the extra cash on some nice produce, grass fed beef etc
Tempura flour? To my knowledge, this is just the type of wheat flour mixture used to make tempura fried foods.
Plantain flour I've never heard of or seen a recipe for. I'm assuming it's made from plantains, and I would guess that it can't stand alone in baking.
I've never known tapioca starch (it's not really a flour) to be used alone for baking either, only as an additive to other flours - usually mixes including flours such as sorghum, rice, potato starch and gums such as xanthan.
Try iherb.com for an inexpensive source of coconut or almond flour. Fat is not your foe. Make these baked goods rarely.
I know this is not paleo, but personally, I believe it has a place in a healthy diet. Occasionally I make sweet or savory pancakes from soaked teff flour. Teff is a nutrient dense grain, and soaking reduces phytates and enzyme inhibitors. I use the Bob's Red Mill pancake recipe and add spices to taste.
But I agree that you should focus more on eating whole foods and changing your way of looking at meals, rather than looking for paleo versions of SAD foods.
I use tapioca flour for bread-like items at times and as a thickener for sauces (to make a roux, for example). It's also cheap if you can find a nice Asian market.
Almond is good for items like cookies or banana bread.
Coconut - I haven't figured out what I like to use it for, but I have it on hand and occasionally use it.
While many people are against Paleo baking, I'm wondering if they have small children. I usually bake to keep my family on board and interested. I'll say okay to a second cookie if I know what's in it and that they are good ingredients.
ok so theres the long paleo tradition of using almond and coconut flour - im fairly new(ish) to paleo but very clued up on it. but i want to make paleo bread and other paleo baked goods to aid my diet.
As others have already chimed in on, there is no paleo bread. Deal with it.
You can paleo-ify all the SAD or traditional foods you want. Hopefully, this drives their composition closer to something that can sneak into a paleo diet. Definitely, definitely not paleo.
Having laid out that disclaimer ...
here is my dilema - almond flour - too high in fat for my liking
Almond flour is fantastic. What is "too much fat", insofar as how often are you planning to eat these paleo-ified treats? All nut flours will have a good amount of fat, usually high in omega 6s's, but otherwise just fine to have on occasion.
coconut flour - too expensive but using it begrudgingly upon further research
There are plenty of nut flour/meals. You can even make them yourself from whole nuts. Check a site like nuts.com to find options that are readily available. Once you get some experience baking with the varieties, you'll probably find one or two favorites.
whats the views on tempura flour, plantain flour or tapioca flour. and has anyone ever baked with any of these? if so whats it like?
Tempura flour is regular old wheat flour (albeit a bit lighter). It is a grain, it is wheat, it is not paleo.
I've never used plaintain flour.
However, plaintain flour is a high starch flour, and I've used both potato and tapioca/cassava/yuca flour/starch to make treats like biscuits and rolls (great for paleo-ified, grain-free bread type options when I have guests over).
Baking paleo-ified traditional foods, or treating yourself to a less-horrible-than-SAD SAD food, can be great fun. It's generally food that is comfortable to conventional eaters and paleo treaters. Good luck experimenting and baking!
Coconut flour, no pufas, delicious and fairly dense so you don't have to add a lot, a lot more room for nutrient dense eggs, coconut oil and good quality nutients. Hence, I make banana bread with it and for 12 pieces I only have to use a 1/4 cup coconut flour. While the rest is 6 eggs, coconut milk, bananas, vanilla and cinnamon.
there's nothing wrong with eating fat. it's good for you. the other flours you mentioned are grains, so if you include grains in your diet, it really isn't paleo baking. i bake with a mix of almond flour and coconut flour. i find the 3/4 almond and 1/4 coconut is a good ratio.
i have made some great biscuits using almond and coconut flour. i tend to use arrowroot or tapioca as thickeners or as an addition to other flours in gluten free baking to give them a lighter/fluffier feel.
Dear Manda, (wow nobody addresses each other like that anymore!)
From what I can tell, it isn't the inclusion of "high" dietary fat in bread (even unconventional flours like you mentioned possibly using) that is the problem. It is the SUGAR AND THE FAT together in the same meal that causes the problem.
Almonds. Dark Chocolate. Coconut. All considered healthy separately and in balanced amounts. That doesn't mean that eating a couple of Mounds and Almond Joys isn't a fat-making factory in action! It's the combination of the FAT and SUGAR that is the problem.
So make your bread. But know that the fat alone isn't the whole issue or even really part of the problem at all. Balanced amounts of dietary fats ARE good for you as you well know.
Find me a good recipe for sugarless bread (or at least one that doesn't spike blood sugar) and I'll try it (I think this is what you really should be looking for too).
I hope this tidbit of information helps, even if it doesn't answer your need directly.
Sincerely, (there I go again)
Coconut flour is very easy to make! You don't need to buy it. I have a recipe for it on my blog at http://ilovetraditionalfoods.blogspot.ca/2013/02/how-to-make-coconut-flour.html