I’ve had a few of you email and ask me: “Stacy, why have you been using mostly coconut and almond flour? Don’t they cost a blue million dollars? What has changed? Do you still eat bread? What IS almond flour? How do you feel healthy-wise using it? What kind of deodorant do you wear and do you hang your panties on the clothesline?”
Well, today we’ll talk about coconut and almond flour…but not deodorant or panties. Bummer for some of you – yay for the rest of us!
First off, I’ll tell you that I purchase my coconut flour from Tropical Traditions (yes, Dear FTC, that’s an affiliate link) and my blanched almond flour from Honeyville (yep, this one too). Are they the cheapest? No. I like the quality from both – it’s superior. And if I’m gonna cook, I want to use some good stuff. I also buy expensive toilet paper – gotta keep my man happy and he hates butt fuzz. Yes, I said that.
Why Have I Been Using Mostly Coconut and Almond Flour?
Well, it first started last fall when I was trying to find a happy place for our diet. I was waffling back and forth with Paleo and Primal eating…I was reading A LOT and trying to figure out what was best for our family. That’s when I started using more coconut and almond flour…they are low in carbs and easier on the digestive system for most people.
But then I came across Trim Healthy Mama and we finally found what works for us in the eating/nutrition department. There is also an emphasis on these flours in THM – using fewer grains and more of these in place of those. It kinda solidified that I was going to use these flours in baking/cooking.
Aren’t They EXPENSIVE?
I purchased a little at a time, waiting for sales. I buy from Honeyville when they offer a percentage off (sign up for emails!) and I buy from Tropical Traditions on weekends that they run free shipping (also sign up for emails!). I purchased 25 pounds of blanched almond flour one month when I had some extra cash come in – it lasts a LONG time in the fridge and freezer and I don’t use much of it – it lasts me a while. This is how I was able to afford these new flours without breaking the bank.
Yes, they are more than regular ole white flour. They’re nuts…it makes sense they would cost more. But you use WAY less coconut flour so a little goes a long way. The almond flour isn’t used regularly around here because it’s indulgent for the most part – using these has helped me cut back on how much I bake, so I’m saving there too.
What Has Changed?
Not a lot – just knowing that while grains are okay in certain settings, we shouldn’t be eating them as much as I was feeding them to our family. When we cut back on sugar, we also cut back on grains – instead focusing on more on fruits, vegetables, and protein.
Also, for a few months we were concerned Annie was having a reaction to gluten (thankfully, she isn’t!) so that’s another reason we cut back on grains for a bit…as a test. It was a good experiment.
Do You Still Eat Bread?
Uh, YEAH. In fact, I’m baking some today – I’ve found a new easy recipe: Refrigerator MOCK Sourdough from Gwen’s Nest. You guys know how we feel about bread. We are so happy that with Trim Healthy Mama we can eat our bread in the right setting, prepared the right way! GET IN MY BELLY.
I do find that now I’m using more almond and coconut flour than grains – and we’re okay with that. We haven’t cancelled one out for the other – we’ve just found that we prefer the nut flours.
What IS Almond/Coconut Flour?
Well, I could spend hours trying to explain this, but I’ll instead defer to Carolyn over at All Day I Dream About Food…I love her blog. Her recipes kick tail. She’s already written about baking with coconut and almond flour. Very informative and it should answer your questions. It did for me when I was starting out. And if you’re new to these flours, her recipes are delicious and easy to follow.
How Do We Feel?
We feel great. Our pants fit better…in fact, Barry needs new pants because his are always about to fall off. There is only so far you can cinch a belt.
I’m sleeping better – feeling better – having more energy. Just all around better. This could also be with the fact that we’ve cut out sugar.
Anyway, that’s why we’re using these flours. So, what says YOU? Why do you use coconut and almond flour? Or if you don’t, why not?
*This post is linked at Trim Healthy Tuesday.
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