Monday, December 28, 2009

Recipe Link for Great Vegan, Gluten-free Coconut Flour Biscuit

I went looking for a great coconut flour* biscuit-- it had to be vegan AND of course, gluten-free-- and found a delicious-looking one at http://www.dietdessertndogs.com/2009/08/18/grain-free-coconut-flour-biscuits/  I will be trying it tomorrow.

Coconut Flour is basically fiber (or "fibre" as we spell it in Canada) from the coconut meat after most of the oil has been extracted to make Virgin Coconut Oil.  The coconut flour I use is certified organic, unsweetened, and has not been treated with sulfites-- high in dietary fiber and protein, and is gluten-free. It has more fiber than flour milled from gluten-based grains. You can either add to standard wheat-based recipes to add extra fiber, by substituting 10-30% of the grain-based flour with coconut flour or for some recipes, such as the above biscuit recipe link, muffins and quick breads, you can dispense with the grain-flours and use just the  organic coconut flour and therefore be 100% gluten-free! (I'll provide more recipes in coming posts) Since organic coconut flour contains natural sugar from the coconut meat, baked goods need less sugar added. The organic coconut flour has a mildly sweet coconut taste!
Gluten Free Coconut Flour Banana Muffins recipe photoOrganic coconut flour also contains almost 20% non-gluten protein! I add it to shakes and smoothies to boost fiber and protein. This organic coconut flour is very versatile and very tasty. Sprinkle it over your favorite dishes to add a wonderful coconut flavor, use it as a thickener in soups and sauces - the possibilities go on and on!
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Disclaimer:This blog reflects my own personal beliefs about the health benefits of being gluten-free. I am not a Medical or Health Care professional and any information or products contained in this blog are not meant to replace your responsibility to consult with the appropriate health care provider about your own circumstances and concerns.

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