Mar 20, 2013

Homemade GRAIN-FREE Cake Donuts Recipe!!

Mar
20
2013
Wednesday

Homemade Grain-Free Donuts With Coconut Flour

Ryan and I are still going strong in our new grain-free lifestyle.  It has been life-changing and while a year ago (even a few months ago) I would’ve said that I couldn’t imagine not eating wheat, now I can’t imagine going back to eating wheat again.

When we took our allergy tests (keep in mind that these were “alternative” allergy tests – no huge squares of needles in my back like I had to do in 4th grade) we both showed being very sensitive to wheat, rice, corn, AND potatoes so that meant that even the gluten-free items at the store wouldn’t work for us.

We went through a few weeks of not really knowing what to eat (eggs for breakfast, salads for lunch, meat and veggies for dinner pretty much every day) but then we found out about this miracle ingredient called coconut flour.

Coconut flour is very low-carb, it’s 58% fiber, can handle high temperatures, low on the glycemic index scale, and high in protein!

AND you can use it to make just about anything that you would have used regular flour for… including DONUTS!

You can use this basic donut recipe and add just about any fruit if you would like it to have a fruity flavor.

Homemade GRAIN-FREE Cake Donuts Recipe!!
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • 12 eggs (if you can’t use eggs then you can try flax “eggs”)
  • ¾ cup of honey or other sweetener (honey, raw sugar, maple syrup, any would work)
  • 2 Tbsp. homemade vanilla extract
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • ½ cup organic coconut oil
  • 2 bananas, mashed (you don’t HAVE to add the bananas and it still tastes good without them, but the donuts are much moister with the bananas. If your bananas are still green, click HERE to learn how to ripen bananas for baking in 10 minutes!)
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350˚.
  2. Melt the butter and coconut oil in the microwave or on the stove.
  3. Mix all of the wet ingredients in one bowl and all of the dry ingredients in another bowl.
  4. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and mix well.
  5. Use coconut oil to grease your donut pan VERY WELL. When I didn’t put a lot of coconut oil in the bottom AND on the sides of the pan then the donuts would stick.
  6. Fill up the greased donut pan sections about ¾ of the way full.
  7. Bake at 350˚ for 18-22 minutes.
  8. Serve with powdered sugar, coconut flakes, maple syrup, or any other toppings that you can think of!
  9. This recipe makes about 14-16 donuts.

 

If you’re looking for a good-quality coconut flour to buy, we love the Bob’s Red Mill coconut flour and the price is the best one around (also, keep in mind that you use MUCH less coconut flour that you would regular flour since it absorbs so much liquid).

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Also, if you are looking for donut pans, this is the one that I use:

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More coconut flour posts:

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Mar 5, 2013

Gluten-Free & Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Mar
5
2013
Tuesday

Gluten-Free & Grain Free Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe!!

I’ve been doing pretty well with this whole grain-free thing, but one thing that I’ve really missed are occasional sweets!  I’ve gotten the hang of cooking meals with no grains, but I’m just now getting the hang of the dessert part of a grain-free lifestyle.  I’ve been wanting to make some grain-free chocolate chip cookies and so decided to try to figure out how to make some this past Saturday.

I looked around on google for coconut flour chocolate chip cookies and didn’t find anything that I was completely thrilled about (and that I had all of the ingredients for), so I came up with my own recipe and it actually turned out really well!!

Here’s how I made them…

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Gluten-Free, Grain-Free Coconut Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies!
Author:
Ingredients
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • ⅓ cup sugar (I used sucanat, but you can use honey or regular sugar)
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 5 eggs
  • ½ cup of coconut oil or butter (I used half butter and half coconut oil)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract (I used my homemade vanilla extract)
  • A lot of chocolate chips
  • Possibly a little extra water if the dough needs any extra moisture
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350˚.
  2. Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
  3. Melt the butter and coconut oil and add to the eggs and vanilla in a separate bowl. Mix well.
  4. Pour the liquid mixture into the dry mix and mix until a nice dough forms.
  5. Add the chocolate chips and mix thoroughly.
  6. If any extra moisture is needed, add a SMALL amount of water at a time (1 tsp.) and continue mixing.
  7. Grab medium chunks of cookie dough, roll them into balls, and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  8. Flatten the cookies to about ¼ inch thick and seal up the edges to make the circles look nicer.
  9. Bake at 350˚ for 13-15 minutes.
  10. Cool the cookies on the cookie sheet and serve!

Interested in learning more about using coconut? Check out my other coconut posts below:

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Mar 1, 2013

Coconut Flour Breakfast: Gluten-Free Coconut Bake Recipe!

Mar
1
2013
Friday

Gluten Free Coconut Bake

So I’m continuing my coconut-themed week (although it might turn into a coconut-themed month… or year?) with a recipe that I tried out for breakfast this morning. It was a HIT with all of us (except the 2 year old who can’t have eggs… or bananas, although I’m sure if he could have eggs & bananas that he would’ve loved it too.) :)

This would be a great base for muffins or cookies as well. Even though there are A LOT of eggs in here it definitely had more of a cake-like feel. Think of heavier banana/slight-coconut flavored angel food cake.

Also, *I* think this is sweet enough with just the banana, but I haven’t had much of anything sweet for the past two months so I’m probably not a very good judge of sweetness. If you need some extra sweetness with it then you can add some honey (either in the recipe or on top after it cooks), or you can pour a little syrup on the top when it’s done.

If you would like the whole process of getting to coconut flour from coconut flakes then start at the How To Make Coconut Milk post and then read How To Use Coconut Flour (it’s very different from using regular flour as you’ll see with the recipe below).

Ryan did say that he thought it was a tad dry, but I thought it was perfect, and I think that’s just one of the (very few) drawbacks to using coconut flour. Just experiment with the eggs to get it to your perfect consistency.

Here’s how to make it:

Easy Gluten-Free Coconut Bake
Author:
Recipe type: Breakfast/Snack/Dessert
Serves: 8
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Mix all of the above ingredients in a bowl and let sit for about 10 minutes.
  2. If you would like to bake it in the oven, then you can pour the mixture into muffin tins and bake at 350˙ for 20-25 minutes, depending on your oven.
  3. If you would prefer to bake it in the microwave then fill a ramekin with the mixture (it will grow as it cooks so don’t fill it too high) and cook on high for 3 minutes.
  4. Mixture makes 7-8 ramekins depending on the size of your ramekin.

 

There is a ton of protein packed into this little “cake” and I was very full after eating just one!

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Feb 28, 2013

Cooking With Coconut Flour – How To Use Coconut Flour In Recipes!

Feb
28
2013
Thursday

How to cook with coconut flour #glutenfree #gf

What do you do when you’re allergic to grains, corn, and rice, and don’t want the extra calories and fat content (and expense) of almonds in all of your baked goods?

You use coconut flour!

Coconut is my new best friend and I love that I can use the flour that’s left over from making the milk to bake pretty much anything.

You can either buy the coconut flour already ready (we like the Bob’s Red Mill brand), or you can take your pulp that’s leftover from making coconut milk, dry it out (either in a 170˚ oven overnight on a baking sheet, or in a food dehydrator) and then grind it up really fine in a food processor, coffee grinder, or a Vitamix (or Blendtec, but I’m definitely on team Vitamix!)  ;)  And then you have coconut flour to bake with!

When I thought about going just gluten-free for the first time a couple of years ago (yes, it has taken me two years to get the point of actually REALLY doing it) it seemed like such an impossibility.  I was sure that I would never be able to eat anything that tasted good ever again.

But now that I have switched over and feel AMAZING (oh, by the way, I went to bed really late last night and woke up before 7 this morning WITHOUT any fogginess – unheard of for me after such a little amount of sleep!) I have no desire to eat anything that would make me feel terrible, no matter how good it might taste.

What I didn’t realize back when I was in allergy-denial, was that I could use coconut flour to make just about anything that I thought I was going to miss… pancakes, cookies, BREAD, muffins, anything!

AND, the benefits of coconut flour are pretty amazing:

  • Coconut flour is very low-carb.
  • Coconut flour is 58% dietary FIBER (more than any other flour!)
  • Coconut flour is ideal for baking since it can handle high temperatures.
  • Coconut flour is helpful while trying to lose (or maintain) weight since the glycemic index on it is low and it is packed with fiber.
  • Coconut flour is high in protein!

There are a few tricks for using coconut flour though since it acts very differently from other types of flours.  Since coconut flour has SO MUCH more fiber than any other type of flour, it absorbs liquids like crazy, which means that if you bake with it then you need LESS flour and MORE liquid to make up for the extra that’s absorbed.

If you’re going to use it as a breading (like for chicken parmesan or even fried chicken) then you can use the 1:1 ratio since it will not be baked.

But if you are going to bake with it, then since coconut flour doesn’t have any gluten in it (what binds everything together when you’re cooking with wheat),  when you’re baking you’ll need to use another binder for the coconut flour so that everything doesn’t fall apart.  Typically with coconut flour, that binder is eggs.  LOTS and lots of eggs.  Typically AT LEAST 4-5 eggs (sometimes more) for every cup of coconut flour in a recipe.

The best thing to do when you’re looking for coconut flour recipes is to find one that someone else has used that has only coconut flour. Coconut flour reacts differently in different recipes so substituting it for wheat flour in a recipe can get really tricky.

BUT, if you are brave enough to try substituting coconut flour for wheat flour in a recipe then you might want to try 1/4 – 1/3 coconut flour for every cup of wheat flour, plus 3/4 – 2/3 cup extra liquid with an extra egg or two as part of that liquid (depending on how much coconut flour you used).  Also, your liquid needs to be something fatty, NOT water, so I would recommend using coconut oil, butter, or full-fat yogurt as your extra liquid.

If you’re looking for some quality coconut flour recipes for your favorite bakery treats then check out these below:

See?  Not hard at all!!  :)

If you’re interested in finding more gluten-free recipes, then be sure to follow my Gluten-Free Pinterest board!  I’ll be posting great gluten-free recipes that I find to that board (and if you also have a gluten-free Pinterest board for me to follow then leave the link in the comments).

If you have any other recipes that you would like to share (or tips about using coconut flour), feel free to share the recipes or tips in the comments below!

Oh, and this is definitely the best coconut flour price that I’ve found!  Even though it seems pricey (even at half off), you don’t use anywhere near the same amount of flour that you would with other recipes.  I can make enough of the breakfast bake (linked to above) to last me all week with just 6 Tbsp. of coconut flour!

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May 21, 2012

Free Ground Beef Recipes eBook: All Recipes are *Gluten FREE*!

May
21
2012
Monday

My friend Lynn over at Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures has just finished another eBook, and it looks awesome!  Ground Beef Recipes can be yours for FREE just by signing up for her newsletter (I receive the newsletter and always look forward to reading it- she has great recipes and a ton of gluten free information too!)  Another great part of this eBook, is that all of the recipes in it are gluten free, so if you are one of the many who have decided to remove gluten from your diet, this is the perfect cookbook for you!

Check it out and make sure to take a look at her site!

More great Freebies & Samples!

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Apr 23, 2012

Free Kindle Book – Five Star Gluten Free Recipes!

Apr
23
2012
Monday

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There’s a new FREE Kindle bookFive Star Gluten Free Recipes – Supreme Breakfast Collection available for your Amazon Kindle or Kindle App! (Ret. $2.99)

The Incredibly Delicious Gluten Free Recipes – Supreme Breakfast Collection brings to you over 50 recipes for breakfast meals that are not only delicious and easy to make, but also provide you with a healthy and nutritious start to your day.  They’re perfect for everyone who had decided to adopt the gluten free lifestyle – whether by choice or necessity.

Remember, you do not need an Amazon Kindle in order to read these free Kindle Books. You can download it to your Smartphone, PC, Mac, iPod, or iPad or read it in the Kindle Cloud Reader as well!

If you are interested in purchasing a Kindle, here are the different options available:

Amazon Kindle with Special Offers - $79
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