Coconut flour is 100% free of the gluten protein and is thus perfect for people who have gluten intolerance and for people who have celiac disease. The only cure for celiac or coeliac disease is to stop eating foods containing the gluten protein. This means giving up wheat flour, barley and rye.
This can be inconvenient as it means learning new recipes with alternatives to wheat, barley and rye. Below is the recipe for making coconut bread. With a little practice this recipe can make delicious bread.
Coconut flour has a spongy, dense texture. It is flour that soaks up a lot of moisture and so a little bit of coconut flour goes a long way. Coconut flour is often used in conjunction with eggs and a fat. This fat could be butter, ghee or, of course, coconut oil. It is the firm belief of this website that so called healthy polyunsaturated fats are in fact very unhealthy as they contain trans fat and the wrong type of fatty acids.
The following recipe makes bread that only very slightly tastes of coconut (more so if you use coconut oil). The bread produced is slightly heavy. It could be used to make sandwiches but might be better suited to French toast or as a morning bread to go with jam.
Equipment needed to make coconut bread
You will need something to mix the dough –stand mixer, food processor or mixing bowl and whisk. You will also need a loaf pan.
Ingredients for making coconut bread
- 3/4 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 cup ghee / butter / coconut oil, plus extra for greasing the pan
- 6 eggs
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 1/2 teaspoon unrefined sea salt
Method for making coconut bread
To make coconut bread first pre-heat an oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Next, put all the ingredients together – the coconut flour, the fat, eggs, honey and salt. Then mix all the ingredients together as you would do when you are making bread with wheat flour. You can either use a whisk and mixing bowl, stand mixer or a food processor. The better the ingredients are mixed the lighter the bread. The mixture is ready when the mixture is smooth with no lumps.
Finally grease a loaf pan and add the mixture to the pan and put the loaf pan in the pre-heated oven. Bake for 40 minutes and then you have one loaf of coconut bread. Easy!
Coconut bread: final note
As you will have noticed this is bread that is made without yeast. Thus it is not light, fluffy bread. Also coconut bread requires lots of eggs, as mentioned before the coconut flour is very absorbent. This makes coconut bread a rich and heavy food. It is also worth mentioning that coconut flour is high in dietary fiber. For most people this is a good thing which promotes better digestion, for others it can cause gas and bloating.