If you’re looking to jazz up your baking then coconut flour is for you. Coconut flour is made from coconut meat (the flesh) and it is both gluten-free and high in fibre. The flour has a low GI (glycaemic index) which means that it releases its energy slowly and it’s also a great source of protein and healthy fat.
Coconut flour can be used in baking, to thicken gravy or as an addition to smoothies to boost the fibre content. Coconut flour is very absorbent so it is recommended to either blend it with other flours at a ratio of ¼ cup of coconut flour to ¾ cups of alternate flour, or to increase the liquid part of the recipe e.g. milk/water and to use eggs at a ratio of 4 eggs to 1 cup (~120g) of flour. Coconut flour is also great for coating meats and fish before frying (use some egg to help the flour ‘stick’).
Coconut flour smells and tastes delicious and I really have been so excited to share this recipe with you all – these fairy cakes are super light & moist, taste delicious and are packed with healthy ingredients – coconut flour, coconut oil & desiccated coconut.. all that’s missing is coconut sugar (but you could always swap xylitol for coconut sugar!).
Coconut Fairy Cakes
- 1/4 cup (35g) coconut flour*
- 2 eggs & 1 egg white**
- 1/4 cup (65ml) coconut oil (melted)
- 1/4 cup (60g) xylitol
- 1/4 cup (20g) desiccated coconut
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- Optional - 50g dark chocolate chips
- Desiccated coconut for sprinkling
- Pre-heat your oven to 175 degrees C
- Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl using a wooden spoon
- Divide between 8 silicone muffin cases*** & sprinkle with desiccated coconut (optional)
- Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown (I baked mine with xylitol for 20 minutes and with sugar for 15 minutes).
- Allow to cool and enjoy!
*Coconut flour is available from Holland and Barrett
**You can use 3 whole eggs instead
***As featured in my Healthy Kitchen Gadgets blog post!
Calorie stats (per 8th of the mixture) shown are for using xylitol, 2 eggs plus 1 egg white, and no chocolate chips.. if you decide to swap the xylitol for sugar, use 3 whole eggs and add chocolate chips then you need to add on 60 calories, 10g carbs and 1g fat (the protein remains the same!).
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 10 g
Total Carbohydrates 9 g
Protein 3 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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