I have made my third batch of coconut milk this weekend. In my quest to go trash and plastic free, this is one change that has also been cost effective. I can easily spend over $4 for a half gallon of unsweetened coconut milk. This store bought coconut milk comes in a vessel that is non recyclable in our city, so it ends up in the trash.
By making coconut milk, I end up with the scraps of coconut that didn’t make it through the colander. Some of what I made with the castoffs were these Energy Balls. But I wasn’t going to be able to keep up with this leftover coconut.
So, I made coconut flour. This will make many baked goods gluten free; if you replace regular flour with this. It’s really simple too. When you strain the coconut milk from the coconut, make sure to squeeze out as much liquid as you can. You will have to dry the coconut on the counter for awhile or you can dry it in the oven over a few hours. I actually opted for both. I have cats so I can’t leave anything on my counter. They have a growing like for coconut milk too so I needed to overnight dry the coconut in the oven. I just left it in there with the oven off.
The next day, I used Wellness Mama’s advice and popped it into the oven at the lowest setting for about 3-4 hours. I put the pulp on cookie sheets and I checked on it every hour or half hour to ensure it’s not browning. At about 3.5 hours it was ready to come out. A few flakes had a touch of brown on it but that didn’t matter.
Then I put it in the food processor and to grind it up as finely as possible. Mine never got to a powder consistency; however, it’s going to work for me. Our food processor got warm when I ran it for more than a few minutes so I had to give it a few breaks to cool down.
I have my flour stored in a mason jar on my counter currently. I found a site, Coconut Mama that has quite a few 100+ Coconut flour recipes you should check out. I ended up making the Coconut Flour Pumpkin Bread. I didn’t cook it long enough, unfortunately, so I don’t have a photo of it. But the above site would be great to save for future recipe ideas.
From making coconut milk, I will end up with lots of flour so I will need to find more uses for it. So I made this homemade soap. It literally took 5 minutes using the microwave and melt-able goat’s milk soap base. I added some dried up rosemary that was for cooking that was about to go bad and I also added in some of the coconut flour for texture. This will be good as to exfoliate. I added in some Winter Green Peppermint essential oil for fragrance. It looks and smells amazing.
My soap isn’t in a very cool shape because I don’t want to buy soap molds. Instead I use what ever container I have around to shape the soaps. You can use old milk containers, muffin tins or any other container you have around the house.
Do you have any grace recipes to use coconut flour. I’d love to hear them!