Maybe it is okay for other people, but I made a dessert with one and one half tablespoons of coconut flour. I was incredibly bloated afterwords, and nothing left my system for two days. Someone mentioned coconut flour is the most dense form of coconut so that made sense.
Has anyone had this experience? And if so have you found that you can use almond flour and not be bloated and unable to have waste leave your system? Very interested. Is there any flour that works for people?
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I love coconut meat from a fresh coconut, and it never makes me feel ill, but coconut flour always makes me feel like I ate a brick. It usually tastes the same too. I just go no flour, or almond flour for one kind of cookie I like. I use gluten free oats for apple crisp in the fall, and it never bothers me, and tastes amazing. Since baked goods are so rare for us, I don't feel guilty about it.
Well, I know that my opinion on this won't be very popular here, but I tolerate most products made with gluten free grains and starches better than those made with coconut or almond flour. Could be the phytic acid content (gluten free baked goods are often made with rice flour and starches--all pretty low in phytic acid. But almonds are HIGH in phytic acid). BUT, in the interest in keeping with paleo relevance, I'll say that small things made with almond flour normally sit okay with me, whereas coconut flour products leave a sort of "emptiness" in my stomach. Not sure why.
Also, coconut flour is VERY high in fiber! In the same way a little extra fiber can "regulate" some folks, excessive fiber can stop up a person's system. I think that threshold is individual. I start having digestive issues at about 30g/day.
I have found that the fiber content varies between brands. I've tried two brands;
Brand A (per 100g): fiber 38g, fat 8.6g.
Brand B (per 100g): fiber 10g, fat 15-20g.
brand A caused my stomach to rumble/churn. After a few uses, i threw it out. brand B did not have the same negative effects.
So the higher fat, lower fiber flour suited me better. I also pondered that the higher fat brand may be less processed than the lower fat brand.
Coconut flour is a great alternative. However, it's a slippery slope. Do a little research on what it takes to get from a coconut out of the tree to Bob's Red Mill Coconut Flour and you would be shocked. A TON of processing and refining. Now, this isn't inherently bad as you can find it without anything added, but still, it's not a natural food, but rather the byproduct of a natural food.
It fits into the category, as others have said...you will know if you can tolerate it. If not, who cares if it's Paleo or not. Don't eat it.
The same thing happened to me the first time I baked with coconut flour. It definitely has to be the fiber content. I think I have to agree with Michelle too, in that I prefer tapioca flour (which is essentially pure starch, although tapioca/cassava is a tuber so I count it as paleo in its raw form and in moderation).
You can also experiment using starchy veggies in their whole-food form. I have a recipe for chocolate cake made from zucchinis, and I know you can also use other kinds of squash, pumpkin, sweet potato as your base for things. To go the savory route, I might experiment with rutabaga/swede as well.
Just my $0.02, the whole idea of substituting Paleo-friendly ingredients to continue to make non-Paleo foods doesn't seem like the right path to me. The point is to avoid eating cupcakes, not to eat cupcakes made from slightly different ingredients.
I see recipes for things like "fluffy Paleo gluten-free buckwheat pancakes" and just think that people are entirely missing the point.
There are plenty of dessert options that are truly Paleo -- fruit, dried fruit, chocolate, flourless chocolate cake, etc. There are many more if you're willing to eat dairy such as ice cream, greek yogurt, etc. Of course there is nothing saying that you have to eat dessert and you could just fill up on actual food too. I would focus on these kinds of foods rather than figure out a way to make the foods that you aren't supposed to eat in the first place.
These comments were right on point! I fed my daughter coconut pancakes for the first time yesterday and I watched her belly bloat more and more after only a few bites! It was terrible. She stayed bloated for about 10min then she had a massive bm! Never using coconut flour again.
Maybe it's because it's so high in fibre? I can't touch the stuff either.
Yeah I found coconut flour terrible too. Too much fiber. In fact I reckon the flesh itself is a bit fibery. Ill probably be sticking with the oil/cream/water in future.
Id probably use a combo of rice flour and almond flour if I were to try baking again. Havent tried it yet though.