Experimenting with Coconut Flour
Today I got the urge to bake. Before I went to school for nutrition I almost completed the Baking and Pastry Arts program at St. Louis Community College. Even though I didn’t complete my last semester and I switched majors, I still very much enjoy baking.
Here lies the problem. Anything and everything I know how to bake, we cannot eat right now. I am very much enjoying this healthy eating. I am not going to follow it 100% forever but I’d like to keep some of these principles even after this month.
I follow a blog (simplytaralynn.com previously undressedskeleton.com) and found a recipe for paleo chocolate chip cookies. I adapted this recipe from that.
I made ours into bars.
Enjoy Life has dark chocolate chips that are paleo friendly and we went with coconut flour over almond flour because it is less expensive and has so much less fat.
Here are the nutrient facts for Coconut Flour:
So much good in one bag.
Preheat that oven to 350 degrees and oil your baking dish.
Here is what you will need:
Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
1 cup Coconut Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
2 tsp Vanilla
½ cup Honey
3 Packets of Stevia
¾ Bag of Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Chips
½ cup Coconut Oil, melted
Combine the wet ingredients (vanilla, honey, eggs and coconut oil) Wisk until combined. Then mix in your stevia and baking soda. Stir in your chocolate chips.
I was unsure how much coconut flour to use so I stirred in ½ cup at a time. I was satisfied with 1 cup total.
Press your completed mixture into the pan of your choosing.
Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. The edges will be golden brown.
I know what you are thinking now because I went through the same terror.
“it’s still mush, it isn’t done, horrible idea! what did I think would happen?”
Calm yourselves. It is going to be unmanageable until it cools. If this fact freaks you out, put it in the fridge or into the freezer and it will happen faster. After some time cooling ours came out of the pan in bars like this.
See? It really is okay and you will live!
On another note I will be adding more eggs next time. Coconut Flour is dry and absorbs so much moisture. I will make these alterations in the future and let you know how it turns out.