Coconut Flour Biscuits

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Coconut flour biscuits

I was making my usual weekly batch of muffins.  I decided to try coconut flour instead of brown rice or spelt flour.  The results are amazing.  I turned them into biscuits instead of muffins due to the consistency of the dough.  The consistency was more like a pie crust, dense, stiff vs. cake like.  What I like most about them, is the fact that coconut flour contains protein and fiber.  Therefore, when I eat two in the morning possibly topped with fresh ground nut butter, I am full.  The biscuits along with my coffee, is the perfect filling, fast and tasty breakfast. 

So just like my muffins, I don’t have a specific recipe that I follow.  I just use whatever I have on hand.  Here is what I did in terms of baking and ingredients for this particular batch.  Feel free to follow exactly, or make the recipe more your own.

Coconut Flour Biscuits

  • 2 cups coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 heaping tsp of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup monk fruit sweetener
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3 flax eggs (use whole eggs or egg whites) – Use whatever you like it’s just a binding agent.  Add oil if you want.  I avoid adding oil of any kind.
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 ripe mashed bananas
  • 3 apples, shredded (  I used empire)

*Mash the bananas first then remaining ingredients, except for the apple.  Mix with electric mixer

*Fold in the shredded apple

*Roll the dough in balls, place on a cookie sheet, slightly press down

*preheat oven at 350 degrees

*bake for 20 min.

The batch makes approximately 2 1/2 dozen biscuits.  You can make the dough and store it in the refrigerator and make a small amount as needed.  I did that.  I made 6 then a week later finished off the dough and made 24.  

My kids love these.  They think they’re sweet tasting.  Primarily due to the coconut, they do taste sweeter than the muffins made with other types of flour.  The coconut flour and shredded coconut add extra sweetness.  

When baking, I try to use gluten-free flours.  I don’t have a wheat allergy or celiac disease, which are serious conditions.  As I get older, I notice gluten makes me feel bloated.  Therefore, cooking things at home, I choose to make them gluten free when possible.  

Have you experimented with coconut flour?  What are your favorite dishes?  Please share.  Let get the conversation started….

 

Long Run Pancakes / Waffles….

Pancake / Waffles
Long Run Pancake / Waffles

After a long run, I’m always starving.  I categorize a long run as 13 plus miles.  Generally my long runs are done early Sunday mornings.  One of my favorite things to make are Pancakes / Waffles.  I’ve always made homemade pancakes.  I’ve used a “Good Old Fashioned Pancakes” recipe for years.  The original recipe calls for white flour, white sugar, milk and melted butter.  I’ve eliminated all of those items and made them into my own gluten free, no white sugar and sometimes vegan Pancakes.  They are so good!  There’s really no reason to make them the unhealthy way ever again….
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Muffins passed the taste test!

After a lot of configuration, I think I nailed this batch of muffins!  Every time I make them, I seem to take a slightly different approach.  So the goal is to make them as healthy as possible, but of course, still taste great!  My tasters (husband, Mother in law) gave them a big thumbs up!  Very happy about that.  My Thursday morning running partner (Rachael) will try them tomorrow! Fingers crossed she loves them. 

As mentioned yesterday, the muffins are Vegan & Gluten free.  I also use no white sugar.  This batch was sweetened with bananas, granny smith apple, carrots, molasses and raisins.  I used brown rice flour and I make a flax seed egg.  Anyhow, I will post the actual recipe and variations further down the line.  I find these to be great after an intense work out, like a long run or bike ride.  I put fresh ground nut butter on top for extra protein to help my muscles recover.  

What’s your health inspired sweet treat recipe?