Raw flours are the most controversial topic when it comes to raw baking. Here we answer all your questions about raw flours and which ones are safe to use in raw vegan baking recipes.
What is Coconut Flour?
Coconut flour is an alternative flour that’s made from dried and ground coconut flesh. It’s similar in texture to flour and has a mild flavor. And it’s gluten-free!
But one of my favorite things about it is that it’s safe to eat raw. Which means I can add coconut flour to my cookie dough and dig right in… No oven required!
Below is the brand I use (note that I received this product for free, but was not asked to post about it).
Oh, I should also mention that coconut flour has many health benefits that traditional flours don’t have. Not that you’re eating cookie dough for the health benefits, but it’s still great to know!
Coconut flour has more fat than all-purpose flour, but the fats are medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are linked to benefits like weight loss and brain and heart health (source).
It’s also rich in fiber, protein, and iron and lower in carbs than all-purpose.
Because of coconut flour’s fat and fiber content, it appears to have a lower glycaemic index than all-purpose flour, which means that it should cause less of a spike in blood sugar levels (source).
All are great reasons to start incorporating coconut flour into your kitchen.
How is Baking with Coconut Flour Different from All-Purpose?
One thing I learned in testing this coconut flour cookie dough recipe is that despite being a great substitute for all-purpose flour, coconut flour cannot be used as a 1:1 replacement.
Coconut flour is more absorbent than all-purpose flour, which means it can result in denser and dryer baked goods. That means you may need less of it in your recipes and you may need to add more liquid.
Baking with coconut flour can take some testing and making raw cookie dough is a great place to start since you don’t have to go through a whole baking process before determining if your ratios are correct!
In this cookie dough recipe, I used much less coconut flour than I do all-purpose flour in my typical cookie dough recipes. I also used more milk.
Also, because coconut flour has a little sweetness to it, you may need less added sugar. I only used ⅓ cup granulated sugar in this cookie dough as opposed to the more than ½ cup I’d typically use.
Can you eat coconut flour raw?
Yes, you can eat coconut flour raw. It is one of the best ingredients to thicken any recipe. The coconut meat used to make coconut flour is dried and heated beyond 170 degrees Fahrenheit, thus, killing all bacteria present in the flour.
However, you must know that coconut flour is high in fiber and absorbs a lot of moisture. So, if you consume it raw, it may lead to constipation, also it will not taste pleasant when eaten raw.
How to use raw coconut flour?
You can consider the following ways of using raw coconut flour:
Sprinkle some amount of coconut flour into the smoothies for the extra fiber and protein content and the nice tropical taste. It works especially well in smoothies containing tropical fruits such as pineapple or mango.
Sprinkle over the cakes for a nice finish.
Use coconut flour for rolling sticky protein balls for better storage as it will prevent them from sticking together in the box.
Mix it into a bowl of oatmeal cereal. It will provide a naturally sweet taste as well and will help to thicken it slightly and add additional fiber to the breakfast.
Spatter some in hot soups as a solidifying agent.
Use coconut flour to make an instant dessert.
How to Make Coconut Flour Cookie Dough
Just a few steps and this edible cookie dough will be yours… No baking required!
To start, in the bowl of a mixer or a large bowl with a hand mixer, cream butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, 3-4 minutes.
Add vanilla and salt and blend until combined.
With the mixer on low, slowly add flour to the bowl until well combined.
Keep the mixer on low and add 5 Tbsp milk until the dough comes together. If you think the dough is a bit dry, add another Tbsp of milk.
Mix in mini chocolate chips until just combined.
And that’s it! All you have left to do is dig in.
I like to use a cookie scoop to scoop the dough into a bowl before enjoying it.
OMG, this coconut flour cookie dough is seriously addictive. It’s perfectly sweet and has a wonderful consistency.
I would say the consistency is a bit different than cookie dough made with all-purpose flour- it’s not quite as “gooey” and is a bit more structured.
It has a bit of a coconut flavor (unlike coconut sugar, coconut flour comes from the coconut flesh so it does retain some coconut flavor), so if you’re not a fan of coconut, you may want to add some flavoring to disguise the flavor.