Coconut Flour The Up Coming Star In Home Cooking

Coconut flour is simply dried , ground up coconut meat. At the supermarket you may find high refined, ultra-white coconut flour, but the real good stuff will be like actual coconut, slightly cream coloured, rather than bone white. To find good quality coconut flour you will most likely have to go to a speciality health food store  such as Farro or a health online food store like Food Compass. You may find you can also make your own at home with a food processor. But without a grain mill you’ll likely have troubles getting a ‘floury’ consistency,

Using Coconut Flour For Baking

In a baking recipe, when using coconut flour the first thing you may notice is how little you actually require. Tropical flavour profile of coconut flour works best in baking and desert recipes, although it can be also used as a batter and also to thicken sauces and gravies. The subtle coconut flour acts great with sweet flavours, so it is suited to batter shrimp or seafood but would be less appealing in a savoury recipe such as beef stew. As far as cooking is concerned, coconut flour renders lovely cakes, quick breads, cupcakes, muffins, biscuits, but can lead to softer-textured pie crusts and cookies. Because it is usually very dense and filling, it makes the best texture in quick breads and layer cakes.

Coconut Flour Baking Ideas

Coconut Bread

Whether you are a good baker or not, you can always appreciate a good taste. Fairly light, and slightly sweet ,  coconut bread made from coconut flour should do wonders. It is also apparent that coconut flour can be incorporated with wheat flour in order to enhance the health benefits of bread. You can also use hypoallergenic coconut flour which contains a pleasant taste, slightly nutty and mildly sweet, renders more protein than wheat flour and ten times morw fibre.

Coconut Flour Pancakes

Sprinkle these with berries and honey/butter, pack up some bacon and eggs for a Primal breakfast burrito, or just eat them simple. This one is extremely easy to make. The usual batter made out of coconut flour lends itself well to improvisation.

Coconut Crusted Chicken

The chicken and coconut taste are a bond made in heavens. This recipe is listed in the list of favourite recipes that people opt for. Coconut crusted chicken strips or coconut crusted chicken tenders, sounds very tasty right? The best thing about this recipe is that it is also one of the healthiest chicken recipe you’ll ever come across.

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5 Great Uses For Cacao Butter

CACAO BUTTER IS THE REASON YOU LOVE CHOCOLATE

Cacao butter is extracted from cacao seeds. It looks yellowish, tastes bland and is filled with creamy fat. This raw natural fat obtained from cacao seeds is rich in antioxidants and has been known to effectively fight the free radicals which are responsible for the occurrence of cancer. Asides its many nutritional benefits, it is also a vital ingredient in some cosmetic products such as moisturizers and lotions, as well as been present in chocolate.

It is also the ingredient in chocolate responsible for its melting when in the mouth along with the generally satisfying feeling that accompanies it.

Cacao Butter Helps With Skin.

which is also referred to as Theobroma is a natural preservative and has been found to play a role in the enhancement of the elasticity of the skin. This particular property is the reason for its wide use in the production of creams which prevent the appearance of stretch marks as well as skin smoothening. It is therefore a popular ingredient in body products used by women as it is also effective in the correction of skin issues and dermatitis. 

Cacao Butter Contain Antioxidants

Research has also shown that the several antioxidants which are present in cacao butter have a way of preventing free radicals which are destructive to the skin from carrying out these destructive tendencies. These free radicals are formed in the body while it metabolizes through the energy generates from the ingestion of glucose. They basically destroy the skins cells making them age through wrinkling and drying up of the cells. This process is known as oxidation. The antioxidants in cacao butter therefore neutralize these radicals,

Caco Butter Has Vitamin A,C,E

Some of the highly effective antioxidants found in Cacao butter include Vitamins A, C and E. In terms of strength, Vitamin E is the strongest of them all and is known to be effective in killing the most active oxidizing agents such as Hydrogen Peroxide. Some photochemical like flavonoids are also present in cacao butter and the high antioxidant property which it possesses is more than that found in even blueberries. In truth, the effect of cacao butter on the skin, which is evident when rubbed in to the skin making contact with skin cells is one of awe, as it goes as far as damaging free radicals before their production.

The harmful effects of Ultra Violet light have also been well documented in the past. Cacao butter also plays a huge part in ensuring that skin degradation is reduced in this respect. When discussing the minerals present in Cacao butter, the list is endless. From Calcium, Zinc, Manganese and Copper, to Potassium, Magnesium and Iron, all these are readily present. The neurotransmitter, serotonin and can be said to be a great brain food as much as it is great for the skin.