|Well-loved box of Biona organic coconut flour|
Take 1. Banana pancakes.
The recipe on the back of the box was pancakes, the recipe I wanted to use to taste-test the product. Though very simple (and only using two tablespoons of the coconut flour), this recipe contained eggs. Having successful replaced eggs with mashed bananas in pancakes in the past this was what I did. I noticed that there wasn't much batter and it was very thick. My flatmate and I both took turns trying to toss the stodgy mixture in the pan. It didn't flip, it crumbled...
The result was quite tasty but resembled mashed potato rather than pancakes. We added chocolate to the goo and decided it was quite delicious, in a "that's so wrong kind of way".
|gooey chocolatey sweet thing|
Verdict: a bit of a flop appearance and consistency-wise but still tasty.
Take 2. Flax seed pancakes.
One week later and I was still trying to fathom what had gone wrong. Had I used to much mashed banana? Too little milk? I decided to try again using ground flax seed plus water as an egg replacement. There was still not much batter, and what there was turned out very thick and grainy. I fried the batter this time, and came out with beautiful little wholemeal/high fibre pancakes. They bound together well and I could turn them without the fear of eating pudding for breakfast. I served them with sliced bananas and a little agave syrup.
|Ready to devour!|
Verdict: The coconut taste was quite evident and did make the texture more grainy, but in a good way. I loved the exotic flavour it added to my pancakes.
Take 3. Banana Bread.
Having had reasonable success with the last batch of pancakes I thought I would incorporate the coconut flour into a cake recipe. I was making banana bread and used 2/3 buckwheat and 1/3 coconut flour in this recipe.
Verdict: In my opinion mixing the coconut flour with another type of flour is the best way to use it in vegan recipes. It made the cake very moist and gave it a slightly coconuty flavour which melted in the mouth. I think this is how I will use the flour next time (I still have a lot left in the box!)
Biona organic coconut flour is available from Real Foods Edinburgh, 500g coming in at £3.99. This will last for ages!