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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.








37 responses to “Tropical Traditions Coconut Flour and Giveaway!”

  1. Stephanie Avatar

    Yum. Banana coconut muffins sound good to me! I wonder how well coconut flour would mix in to a pineapple smoothie? (I live in the tropics. Coconut, but no coconut flour.)

  2. julieb Avatar

    I just love coconut flour—-espically in butermilk coconut flour muffins
    they are the best

  3. Sarah Tolson Avatar

    Hmm… I would love to try the coconut flour with my Valencia Orange cake! I think the flavors would work perfectly. 🙂 Yum!!

  4. Jessie Avatar

    I’ve been doing a lot of pumpkin baking recently, so I’d probably try coconut pumpkin muffins or bars.

    (came here via the GF Aggregator feed)

  5. Kelly Harris Avatar
    Kelly Harris

    I have really been wanting to try coconut flour. Your banana coconut muffins sound awesome!

  6. Kelly Harris Avatar
    Kelly Harris

    I also am subscrubed to the Trropical Traditions newsletter.

  7. Janine Avatar

    I’d make biscotti with almonds and cranberries. Coconut flour sounds delicious to give them a hint of coconut flavor.

  8. Elaine Avatar

    Wonder how it would be in zucchini bread? That is my Christmas gift bread, good place to try it!

  9. Rachel Avatar

    I’d probably try some chocolate chip pecan coconut cookies. I’ve only been GF for three months and haven’t tried any GF baking. I’ve had some items that I bought that were predominantly rice flour based and they were not well liked. Hopefully some coconut flour will help things out. Chocolate chip pecan coconut cookies were my favorite before the GF diet and I haven’t had them in months!

  10. elizabeth Avatar

    i am obsessed with all things coconut! coconut coffee, coconut biscotti, coconut cake, coconut candy, coconut macaroons, coconut pancakes!

    i didn’t even know there was coconut flour. where can you buy it? i will have to check my local co-op (they seem to have a zillion kinds of flour). i’m also going to hawaii in a month, i’ll have to look for it there too! 🙂

    i have a friend who is allergic to wheat gluten, i’ll have to tell her about this too!

  11. paige Avatar

    Gluten-Free Coconut Cream-Cheese Squares Coconut Flour Recipe—um,? Yum!

  12. annalene Avatar

    wow, i’d never heard of coconut flour until just now. i think i’d like to try baking a cake with this.. of course with a generous helping of coconut flakes on top!

  13. Gina (Gluten-free Gourmand) Avatar

    I’ve been wanting to create a coconut pancake recipe. I think that would taste amazing!

  14. Jamie Evelyn Avatar
    Jamie Evelyn

    I’d try banana bread~

  15. michelle in the rocky mountains Avatar
    michelle in the rocky mountains

    Interesting to learn about this product!! I would love to try Gluten-Free Coconut Cream-Cheese Squares.

    Thanks for a chance to win!

  16. Jessica Avatar

    I would try a lemon coconut cake with raspberry filling. MMM

  17. Leigh Avatar

    I’ve never even heard of coconut flour but would love to try it. Off the top of my head I’d assume it was just for goody baking, so I would definitely try it as a coating for fried fish.

  18. Leigh Avatar

    Have subscribed to Tropical Traditions newsletter for a 2nd chance to win!

  19. Linda Sukut Avatar
    Linda Sukut

    I love coconut and have experimented with many types of flour. But never coconut flour. I would love to try it. The coconut cream cheese squares sounds like a delicious recipe to try. Everybody likes cream cheese! How could it not be good??

  20. Noelle Avatar

    I am starting to use different flours and would definitely love to have this in order to make this recipe:


  21. Camille Avatar

    Hmm, my friend has been talking about this stuff…a lot, when you mentioned using it for fish, right away, I thought that sounded fantastic to use for chicken batter! And muffins too!

  22. Camille Avatar

    I subscribe to the newsletter!

  23. AmyRuth Avatar

    I have a friend who eats gluten free and I’m making her something for the holidays. However, typically I don’t bake gluten free so I will need to do research and take some suggestions of those in the know. I have heard about mixing coconut flour with maybe some almond flour or rice flour so I’m up for suggestions. I do use almond flour and kamut in combination w/ whole wheat or cake flour. I like it. So send me some winnings and we can get busy, fiber and all. hehe

  24. tami aka agodlyhomemaker Avatar

    i’d make the coconut pumpkin muffins for thanksgiving breakfast 🙂

  25. tami aka agodlyhomemaker Avatar

    i subbed to the TT newsletter (using michaels_crown addy)

  26. Susan R Avatar
    Susan R

    I subscribe to TT newsletter.

  27. Susan R Avatar
    Susan R

    I have used coconut flour and like it. But recipes may come out dry if you don’t add extra liquid to existing recipes. 🙂

  28. Nora Avatar

    I’d like to try a recipe for coconut flour choc chip peanut butter vegan cookies that I saw on the “cozy inside” blog!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  29. Jennifer Avatar

    I would be delighted to try this flour in some sort of banana bread sort of way as I have severe wheat, gluten, dairy, eggs, corn and soy allergies. I am always looking for new flours to try as the ones I am using take a little getting used to – if you know what I mean. *wink, wink.* Because of this new journey it has left me hungry with awful hypoglycemia issues. This could really help me add some fat to my diet and give me that protein that I crave. Thanks so much.

  30. Linda Avatar

    I’d try the Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins, since I just made and froze pumpkin puree.

  31. Linda Avatar

    I already subscribe to TT’s newsletter.

  32. Melissa Avatar

    I have cauliflower sitting in my fridge so I’d like to try Cream of Cauliflower Soup Coconut Flour Recipe

  33. Melissa Avatar

    I subscribe to the Tropical Traditions newsletter.

  34. LadySnow Avatar

    I will definitely try the coconut flour berry crepes!

  35. Brooke Jacobson Avatar
    Brooke Jacobson

    I would love to try the Gluten Free Coconut Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies! I subscribed to the Tropical Traditions Newsletter!

  36. Beth Avatar

    Banana Coconut muffins sound yummy to me – especially w/ chocolate chips! LOL. However, I’m wanting to try the Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter Balls with the coconut flour.

    Beth at Mother by Design dot com

  37. Beth Avatar

    I subscribe to the TT newsletter.

    Beth at Mother by Design dot com