Flour power

We’ve all gone a little nuts recently for coconuts, the water and milk variety in particular. But this year, it’s all about coconut flour – stepping out of the shadows and showcasing its versatility and surprising us with its never-ending list of health benefits.

What is coconut flour?
The ‘meat’ (i.e. the white stuff that tastes great) of a coconut dried out and ground to look and feel flour-like. Nothing added, nothing but milk taken away. 

Sounds tasty, but is it good for me?

Coconut flour it appears offends no diet; from paleo to veggie and gluten-free, it has all bases covered… and then some. Here are some of its top health benefits…

Gluten and wheat-free
Great news for those who’ve had to forgo dreamy baked goods for fear of gut-wrenching reprisals. Let coconut flour reintroduce you to all your old favourites, including choc chip cookies. Ambitious Kitchen’s version (which only take 20 minutes to create) are dairy-free too and introduce another ingredient rising in popularity… coconut sugar.

High in fibre
Coconut flour is jam-packed with indigestible carbohydrate (5g per tablespoon, white flour only has 0.2g) and this is great news for the digestive system. You see, the unused carbs flow through your system, picking up toxins and waste and flushing them, literally, out. Oh, and they help keep you feeling fuller for longer too.

Full of healthy fats and protein 
100g of the flour provides 19g of protein, which helps repair cells and promote their growth. Saturated but healthy fats (9g per 100g) are present too, in particular medium-chain triglycerides, which do amazing stuff like provide energy, boost metabolism and ward of viruses.

Roll all of the above together, and you’ve got a recipe, according to studies, for low cholesterol, a happy heart, and a tummy that’s full of smiles too. What’s more, you can pick coconut flour up at any supermarket – The Groovy Food Company’s organic 500g bag costs £3.75 and, if you jump across to their website, you’ll find lots of coconut recipes too.