Tropical Traditions Coconut Flour and Giveaway!

It’s (nearly) the end of the year and we know it (anyone else feel like singing a little R.E.M.?).  Well, at least my schedule seems to know it.

You may be wondering how a stay-at-home-mom’s schedule can become so complicated.

When you figure it out, please let me know.

One of the things we’ve been doing lately is trying out the Tropical Traditions Organic Coconut Flour.

Did you know that coconut flour has some serious fiber content?

It is also really high in protein.

You may look at this and drop your jaw at the fat content.  I did, too.  But remember that moderation is key.

Some people absolutely love baking with 100% coconut flour, but I’m not completely sold on the idea.  I have found that in many things, coconut flour works best as a part of the flour mix, not the whole.

And, a tip for all you “test” bakers out there, don’t try something for the first time with a recipe that you might not like even without the new product.

Because I did.

I had a bunch of bananas migrating south, and thought it would be a good idea to make coconut flour banana muffins.

Did I mention I don’t generally like bananas?  Yeah, apparently, my brain didn’t mention that to itself.

Andy thought the muffins were okay.  The kids, however, really liked them.  Since we don’t often have the optimal levels of fiber in our diets, I had them stick with one muffin a day.  Probably a good idea for you, too, if you aren’t used to high fiber.

Now, when we used it as a coating for fried fish (not a deep-fried batter), I really liked it.  It browned nicely and had a nice crunch to it.  It seemed to have a faint hint of the tropics, but not really a coconutty flavor, after fully cooking.  It tasted great with some large Kosher salt sprinkled on it during cooking.

I have a few friends who often use coconut flour in their regular baking mix for the nutritional value, and have heard nothing but wonderful things from them.

Perhaps you would like to experiment with coconut flour in your cooking or baking.

Tropical Traditions will give one lucky winner a 2.2 pound bag of Organic Coconut Flour!  Just leave a comment telling me which recipe you think you would like to try first.  Subscribe to the Tropical Traditions newsletter and leave me another comment for an extra entry.

This giveaway will end at 9 PM central on Thursday, November 19, 2009.

It seems that there may be some FTC rules for bloggers; I will have to look into this.  But for now, Tropical Traditions has asked that I provide this disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.


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