If there’s one thing besides almonds we can’t get enough of over here at Simple Mills, it’s coconut! Instead of loading our baking mixes with the traditional processed white sugar and unbleached all-purpose flour, we opt for coconut sugar and it’s sidekick, coconut flour. The days of viewing coconut as a “bad for you” ingredient are long gone. With so many different ways to use the tropical fruit, there is no excuse as to why we can’t include it into our everyday life!
Here are some fun facts and tips on our top three favorite coconut ingredients and how to incorporate them into your diet from here on out.
Not only is coconut flour low in carbohydrates but it packs a mighty punch of fiber! In just one of our muffins alone, you can find 3 grams of fiber. This means our products will help you stay full for longer. The flour absorbs a lot of moisture therefore using less flour and more eggs are essential in producing a fluffy baked good!
Due to the cake-like texture of the flour, we like making raw cookie dough bites with our chocolate chip cookie mix! Swap out 1 egg for a “flax egg” by mixing 1 tbsp ground flaxseed with 3 tablespoons of water. Let it sit for 5 minutes and then blend with our mix, roll into balls and stick in your freezer. Throw them on some ice cream and you’ve got yourself a cookie dough treat :)
While including nutrients like zinc and iron, coconut sugar has a low glycemic index of 35, whereas table sugar is at 60. This means no more crazy spikes in blood sugar! You can feel good about feeding our baking mixes to the kids and yourself. Success!
If you’re making a recipe at home, swap out that ¼ cup white sugar for coconut sugar. Your body will thank you in the long run and you won’t even taste the difference. We promise!
Move over, nut butter! There’s a new spreadable butter in town and we love putting it in our oatmeal or drizzling it over our pancakes for a creamy sauce. Unlike coconut oil, coconut butter is the pureed coconut meat that is packed with magnesium, iron and potassium.
Did you know if you melt it over cold fruit it will solidify? Try melting 2 tablespoons of coconut butter with 2 tablespoons of dark chocolate chips and drizzle over a frozen banana! It’s one of our favorite midnight snacks.
Aside from these three ingredients, we love swapping water for coconut milk in our pancakes, adding dairy-free coconut yogurt on top of our chocolate muffins and using coconut oil when needed in our recipes!
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