To Use or Not to Use Coconut Flour. That is MY Question.

So it’s been over a year that my Dear Husband (DH) and I fully committed to somewhat eating more clean. Last year before Spring Break he was all-systems-go with CrossFit and wanted to go paleo. I was terrified. He was so gentle and kind about it, but all I could hear from him even bringing up the idea of us changing our eating lifestyle was, “You have to change EVERYTHING about how we cook. And it’s going to cost a lot more money.”

I  had a change of heart after reading Tsh Oxenreider’s post about her experience with the Whole30 and the people who created it: Whole9. Mostly because she talked about having more energy and not having the afternoon slump. This sounded too good to be true to me, but I was willing to try. One other thing that really motivated me was the realization that if I changed what I was putting in my body, then there would absolutely be some kind of a way my body would respond to that change. I was curious. So right after I binge ate during Spring Break 2013 we started our journey with paleo. Fast forward a year and a half and I’m 20″ and 15 lbs down from where I was.

As I alluded to earlier, we have no business calling ourselves paleo people because we do eat gluten and sugar and dairy and other things that aren’t on the paleo diet (cough: Velveeta). But when I’m planning a menu I try to lean more to minimally processed food.

My sister told me about a low carb pancake recipe she had and her family really liked it. So I decided this weekend while my in-laws were in town would be the perfect time to try that recipe. Except when I needed to go to the grocery store I couldn’t get my sister on the phone (Bitter, party of one?). So what did I do? Improvised.

I found a similar-sounding recipe off Pinterest and got what I needed. I was fired up.

Saturday morning rolled around and I was eager. I got the recipe going and then realized we might not have enough batter. So I tripled it. I don’t know if you know this, but working with coconut flour is NOT, I repeat, NOT like working with wheat flour. It’s dense. The way you fluff it up is to add more eggs.

So I added more eggs. 18 to be exact.batter

Do you know what the LOW CARB COCONUT FLOUR PANCAKES tasted like?

An omelet with sand in it. Sigh. So thankful I tripled the recipe.

I think it’s because I can’t bear to waste food that I have developed this weird ability to talk myself into liking anything I make. So I chose to enjoy the omelet with sand in it. I had homemade blueberry syrup with the omelet con arena (Spanish for “with sand”) and that actually worked pretty good. Of course, the syrup was not low carb, but I didn’t care at that point.

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I tried to flip this pancake with just a flick of the wrist. You can see how that turned out. I settled down and used the spatula on the next group and they held together better.

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I’m not trying to throw this person’s recipe under the bus, but it just wasn’t what I expected. So, I am open to trying coconut flour again, but I need some more instruction on how to make it taste good. What do y’all like to do with coconut flour?

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