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Guest Post: Peanut Butter Muffins with Coconut Flour

Posted Feb 15 2010 5:00am

Hello Bran Appétit readers!

My name is Lilyand I write a blog called Lily’s Health Pad where I discuss eating exercisingand living healthfully while on a budget.

As you probably knowBrandi is vacationing in Spain. SoI hope you don’t mind my short takeover of her blog. When Brandi announced her need for guest postersI jumped at the opportunity. As an avid reader of her blogI am constantly impressed by her simple and delicious approach to cooking and meal planning.

TodayI’m going to introduce you all to baking with coconut flour. I’m also going to share a recipe for peanut butter muffins. It’s probably my favorite coconut flour recipe. Not to mentionit’s simple and deliciousso I know Brandi would approve!

Baking With Coconut Flour 101


Coconut flour is simply the fiber from coconut meat after most of the oil has been extracted. For those with allergies and intolerancescoconut flour is a wheat- freegluten-free alternative to traditional flours. But coconut flour can and should be enjoyed by all. Even those without allergies will enjoy cooking with this product because baked goods that contain coconut flour always have a great texture and a hint of coconut flavor. Pluscoconut flour has some impressive nutritional stats. Check ‘em out below.

¼ cup coconut flour contains:

Calories-228

Fat- 8.4 grams

Carbohydrates- 33.2 grams

Protein-9.8 grams

Fiber-21 grams

Here are a few more tips and facts that will aid you in baking with coconut flour:

1) Coconut flour is quite dry on its ownso recipes using coconut flour almost always include more eggs than a traditional recipe.

2) You can replace up to 20% of the flour called for in a recipe with coconut flour. Just make sure you add the same percentage of liquid to the recipe.

3) When baking with coconut flourdon’t worry if your batter seems runnier than usual. Coconut flour’s high fiber content makes it very absorbent. During bakingthe coconut will absorb much of the liquid.

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Nowonto my favorite coconut flour recipe!


Peanut Butter Muffins

(yields 6 muffins)

Ingredients

· 3 eggs

· 1 tablespoon coconut oilmelted (you could sub oil or butter)

· 5 tablespoons sucanat (you can sub brown sugar)

· ¼ cup natural peanut butter

· ¼ teaspoon salt

· ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

· ¼ cup coconut flour

· ¼ teaspoon baking powder

Directions

· Blend together eggsoilsugarpeanut buttersaltand

vanilla extract.

· Combine coconut flour with baking powder and whisk into batter until there are no lumps.

· Fill 6 muffin cups halfway with batter.

· Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. (Makes 6 muffins.)

Voila!


You’ve got to try this recipe! It makes scrumptious muffins that have a delightful texture.

Swing by Lily’s Health Pad and let me know if you like cooking with coconut flour as much as I do!

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