Saturday, 2 February 2013

How to Make Coconut Flour

Coconut flour is an excellent alternative to grain-based flours, but it can be costly. I find that it is cheaper to make your own. I made a post on how to make coconut milk. The by-product of producing coconut milk is coconut pulp/or the remaining fibre. That is what is used to make coconut flour.

Ingredients:
  • Coconut pulp(devoid of milk/fat)                 
Materials:
  • Oven/Dehydrator
  • Baking tray
  • Coffee grinder/Food processor
  • Wax paper
Method:
Take the coconut pulp left from making coconut milk and spread it out on a baking tray lined with wax paper. Put the coconut on the tray that comes with your dehydrator if you are using that. 

Put your oven on the lowest heat setting possible and put the tray on the bottom rack. Leave the oven open a bit with a cloth or a rag so moisture will be able to escape. Leave the pulp in there for about 2-4 hours while checking on it periodically to see if it has dried completely. You do not want to burn or toast it. Those of you with a dehydrator can go ahead and use it how you would usually use it, and make sure the pulp is dry.
After it has dried, take it out of the oven/dehydrator and let it cool for about 20-30 minutes. Next take the dried pulp and put it in a coffee grinder/ food processor and grind it up until very fine.
Store the coconut flour in an airtight container and it should ideally be kept in the fridge or freezer.

Comment below and tell me what your favourite ways to use coconut flour are.
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