Since embarking on this mostly grain-free diet, I have done some experimenting with different types of flours. I made some almond flour a few weeks ago, and it worked well. I made some almond flour waffles and some very tasty almond bars.
Then one afternoon, I happened a recipe for these gorgeous looking cookies using both almond and coconut flour. I figured I would run to the store and buy some, but at $5.99/lb I thought I better figure out if I could make it instead! Well, it turns out that its actually pretty easy to make coconut flour and along the way I got some pretty tasty coconut milk out of the deal.
I recently lost my phone. Sadly, the pictures of my coconut flour experiment were on that phone ::sniffle:: So, you will just have to imagine that I have posted, within this blog, some brilliantly composed photography that will make you all want to go and try to make your own coconut flour, ok? Its all about imagination, folks.
- I began with 2 cups of unsweetened coconut flakes in a large bowl.
To find unsweetened coconut you will likely have to go online or find a health food store like Whole Foods. Most grocery stores carry only the sweetened coconut flakes.
- I used a 4:1 ratio of water and coconut.
So, I poured 8 cups of water into the bowl with the coconut.
- I allowed the coconut to soak in the water overnight.
You don’t have to wait that long, but I wanted to give it extra time.
- In the morning I strained out the water (which was now coconut milk), using my cheesecloth and wire rack.
So if you want to make coconut milk, just follow the above steps. Super easy! I actually wasnt a huge fan of the taste and consistency of the coconut milk so I used it in baking/cooking rather than for drinking.
- After the water had been completely strained out, I spread the soaked coconut onto a baking tin and put it in the oven on 200 degrees F until it was completely dry.
You could also use a dehydrator if you wanted to.
- Once it was dried out, I put it into my chopper (since I dont have a processor) and ground it as finely as possible.
I tried using my coffee grinder as well but…I killed it in the process. ::moment of silence::
- I had to grind the coconut in small batches since my chopper is small, but such is life.In the end I had some nice coconut flour and I made those cookies I mentioned above! They were very tasty.
The truth is, I wish I had something that ground the flour a lot finer. The stuff I made was definitely useable but not as fine as I would have liked. However, if you have a food processor or a high quality blender, you would probably get some great results.So there you have it. Making coconut flour is actually a very easy endeavor and it saves a lot of money. If you are looking for a grain free alternative, or just a more delicate flavor in your baked goods, this is worth a shot.