What is Raw Coconut Flour?
The coconut palm, which can reach up to 100 feet in height, has an average lifespan of 75-100 years. A young coconut palm produces its first fruit within five to ten years, yielding as many as 75 fruits per year as it reaches its peak age of 15-20 years old. Coconut palms have long been cultivated for their coveted fruits, and today coconut palms are grown in more than 90 countries worldwide.
Many parts of the coconut fruit are used for food, from the electrolyte-filled coconut water inside the shell to the white meat, known as copra, which is full of beneficial fats and nutrients and can be consumed in many forms including shredded coconut flakes, coconut chips, and coconut flour. The copra is also the source of extra virgin coconut oil; perhaps the healthiest oil available for human consumption. To make Blue Lily Organics Raw Coconut Flour, the dried meat of the coconut goes through a careful process wherein much of its fat (coconut oil) and liquid (coconut milk) is removed. The remaining solids are then finely-ground to make raw coconut flour.
While most raw coconut flours on the market contain added sugar or are treated with sulfites to keep the coconut meat from turning yellow, Blue Lily Organics Raw Coconut Flour contains no added sugar, sulfites, or other preservatives.
Health Benefits of Raw Coconut Flour
Why use raw coconut flour?
Although its nutritional profile is similar to that of whole wheat flour with roughly 480 calories and 16 grams of protein per cup, when it comes to healthy carbohydrates, raw coconut flour shines. With nearly 60% of its carbohydrate content in the form of fiber, raw coconut flour makes a much healthier alternative to whole wheat flour, and even other gluten-free flours like almond flour and rice flour. One cup of raw coconut flour provides 48 grams of fiber – compared to only 8 grams in whole wheat flour. Its impressive fiber content is what gives raw coconut flour its reputation for supporting healthy digestion and helping to maintain healthy blood sugar levels within normal ranges.
Besides being rich in minerals like manganese, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc, Blue Lily Organics Raw Coconut Flour is a wonderful source of essential B vitamins like riboflavin, thiamine, niacin, folic acid, and pyridoxine. Blue Lily Organics Raw Coconut Flour also contains lauric acid, a healthy fat that has been shown to help promote lipid oxidation and healthy cholesterol levels already within normal ranges. Unlike most saturated fats, which are long-chain triglycerides, the lauric acid in raw coconut flour is a medium-chain triglyceride; not only does it contain fewer calories but it’s easier for the body to break down and use for energy.
Tips for Using Raw Coconut Flour
Blue Lily Organics Raw Coconut Flour is an excellent way to add an extra dose of fiber when baking or cooking; just substitute raw coconut flour for 10-30% of the grain-based flour. Because raw coconut flour is gluten-free, it has a different consistency than grain-based flours (even spelt flour and rye flour) and behaves a little differently when used alone in baking. To completely eliminate grain-based flour when making baked goods like gluten-free bread, coconut flour pancakes, gluten-free cookies, or other gluten-free desserts, use approximately ¼ cup raw coconut flour for each cup of wheat-based flour.
Because raw coconut flour is dryer and denser than wheat-based flours, when creating gluten-free recipes it is usually necessary to compensate by increasing the amount of eggs and other liquids accordingly. Find recipes created specifically for use with raw coconut flour to reap its gluten-free benefits while avoiding the guesswork; there are hundreds of coconut flour recipes available online. When cooking with raw coconut flour, you can typically use a 1:1 ratio of raw coconut flour to wheat-based flours. Blue Lily Organics Raw Coconut Flour is also a great way to thicken soups, curries, sauces, and gravies.
Storing Raw Coconut Flour
For best results, store coconut flour in an air-tight container in a cool, dry place. The shelf life of raw coconut flour is approximately one year. Storing in a tightly-sealed container in the refrigerator can extend the shelf life considerably.
Blue Lily Organics Raw Coconut Flour is non-GMO, and comes from coconuts grown using no chemical pesticides or fertilizers. No added sugar, sulfites, artificial additives, or preservatives. 100% USDA Certified Organic.