Coconut fail

Coconut flour and I have never really been friends.

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Insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results, and for some insane reason I keep trying to act like coconut flour can easily replace other flours. It doesn’t work.

At all.

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I’m on a major tortilla kick -well, my whole life is a major tortilla kick- and was really wanting to make some beloved quinoa pita tortillas. Alas, we were out of quinoa flour, but I had a giant bag of unused coconut flour. (I think I should have realized that I never use coconut flour because it never turns out the way I expect. Like these sad pancakes.)

“That will totally work!”

Except not.

I mixed the coconut flour with water and a little sea salt,

it crumbled in the pan.

Added egg whites and baking powder,

it crumbled in the pan.

[This is sounding like really bad poetry at this point, haha]

Livi and I ate this one covered in maple syrup.

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It was good, but I think I can successfully say that about anything edible covered in maple syrup.

Then I added a lot more egg whites -I had a whole carton that I’m kind of bummed ended up being wasted- and still didn’t work.

And, in a last-ditch effort to keep the ingredients from being wasted, I tried to turn it into this recipe (another favorite) by adding a splash of apple cider vinegar, honey, almond meal, poured it into a loaf pan and said a prayer.

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Meet the crumbly loaf that never held together, destined for the trash can.

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Since I have no coconut flour tortilla recipe, I would just recommend making this. Or this. Or this. Or keep buying tortillas pre-made at Trader Joe’s like I will be doing πŸ˜‰

After my domino effect of cooking fails, I had a glass of wine.

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The end.

Any coconut flour recipes you can recommend? Do you ever make homemade breads or tortillas? Any cooking fails lately?

Have a happy Monday!



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  1. Beth @ Mangoes and Miles on April 29, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    I’m a fan of your poetry. πŸ˜‰ The only thing I’ve ever used coconut flour for is dark chocolate and oat protein truffles: Those turned out pretty good. I’ve never tried baking anything else with coconut flour though!

  2. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on April 29, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    I once tried to make a gluten free pizza dough on a pizza stone — problem was that it was really a “batter” not a “dough”, and so it stuck to the pizza stone. The whole thing ended up in the trash — pizza stone and all. Not my finest kitchen moment!

  3. Dede on April 29, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    The only time I use coconut flour is to make protein muffins but I buy paleo bread made with it and I think it’s very good.

  4. Athena @ Fitness & Feta on April 29, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    I haven’t had much success with coconut flour either. Definitely more fails than wins. One of my more successful ones was banana chocolate chip cookies:

  5. mi-an dela cruz on April 29, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    not sure if my comment went through earlier bc i was using my phone but try this:
    2 eggs
    2 tsp almond butter
    2 ripe bananas
    1 tsp coconut flour
    mix all ingredients…throw in blueberries.
    sooo good!! and it’s paleo!!

    • mi-an dela cruz on April 29, 2013 at 10:19 pm

      oops that’s paleo blueberry pancakes

    • Fitnessista on April 30, 2013 at 10:04 am

      yum, thank you!!

  6. Reese on April 29, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    I need to try quinoa flour!

    There is an inexpensive coconut flour cookbook on amazon that I have had luck with:

    I don’t think there is a tortilla recipe in that one, but I have made the bagels, banana bread and pancakes and they are all really good!

  7. Sara on April 29, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    Love this! Trying to go paleo, and trying to coconut ( people blog about their delicious coconut creations, but my husband said my cookies tasted like wet, dry crumbly mashed potatoes) but freaking yuck. Pretty much this post is my life. I think the trick is using it with other flour. I hear almond flour is great! Thanks for not making me feel like the only one who can’t bake with coconut.

  8. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health on April 29, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    I don’t get along well with coconut flour either. I tried making cupcakes with it and failed horribly. Wine is the perfect cure though! πŸ™‚

  9. Ali on April 30, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Oh man! Cooking fails are such a bummer. I love making my own home made foccacia bread πŸ™‚

  10. Katie on April 30, 2013 at 6:50 am

    This tortilla recipe works – just add a bit of extra water at the end until you reach the consistency of a crepe batter! πŸ™‚

  11. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on April 30, 2013 at 7:43 am

    Haha this made me laugh because I have the same problem with coconut flour. Mine has been sitting untouched in my cupboard for the past year because I just gave up on using it.

  12. Eating 4 Balance on April 30, 2013 at 8:49 am

    I actually make a lot of recipes with coconut flour!

    Here are is my page of Paleo recipes:
    The apple crumbly bread, blueberry muffins, banana bread, pear crisp, paleo mcgriddles, apple and pan-perfect pancakes all use coconut flour. I love how much moisture it can hold. Combined with sunflour or almond flour it’s great too. And the banana bread uses only coconut flour, no almond or anything else!

    I found this super-easy coconut flour tortilla recipe online and have been meaning to try it out:

    I think your crumbly bread turned out looking delicious! πŸ™‚

  13. Tiffany on April 30, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Hey Gina! You actually need very little coconut flour in recipes because it’s so absorbent! I don’t think I’ve ever used more than a few tablespoons in a recipe.

    This is a great resource:

    Basically, coconut flour cannot be subbed 1:1 for another flour…it’s more like 1/4 or 1/3 cup to every 1 cup flour.

    Elana also has some great recipes that you should try:

    Hope this helps!! Good luck next time and DON’T give up on coconut flour!

    • Fitnessista on April 30, 2013 at 10:06 am

      good to know- thank you!

  14. Samantha on April 30, 2013 at 10:10 am

    I thought it was just me, especially since I bake vegan so I was thinking maybe it was the absence of the egg. I will say I have had a lot more success when I combined almond and coconut flour, but not coconut alone (even if it does taste good).

  15. Stephanie on April 30, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Make this banana bread, you will not regret it
    Sooooo good, you will need to cook longer than the recipe says though for the middle to set!

  16. Amy on April 30, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Maybe it’s just me, but why not get all proud latino make some yummy aunthentic tortillas out of masa harina, salt and water? I don’t even think coconut tortillas sound very good- bring on the corn!

    I also never have luck with coconut flour so I sympathize. I thought it was the lack of egg in my vegan recipes though.

    • Amy on April 30, 2013 at 1:30 pm


    • Fitnessista on April 30, 2013 at 3:00 pm

      i just feel over-corned lately. we eat a lot of chips and salsa πŸ™‚

  17. kristina on May 1, 2013 at 10:50 am
  18. Mallika Iyer on May 1, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Hi Gina,
    You cannot sub 1:1 coconut flour, it will crumble because of its extremely high fibre content. It absorbs a LOT of liquid, considerably more than any other (I use 1:1 flour to liquid always…sometimes 1:2 (2 parts liquid).

    The texture and fibre content being what it is (imagine making a tortilla with broccoli powder – not going to work), I always sub 20-25% coconut flour and retain whatever other kind of flour in the recipe, whenever I’m using coconut flour. I have had a decent amount of success with adding fresh coconut to the recipe, because interestingly enough, it adds moisture without taking away from the fibre part of the coconut, and without having to add too much liquid.
    Try it!


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