Ultimate Fall Baking: How to Use Coconut Flour + Apple Carrot Muffins

Coconut Flour Apple Carrot Muffins

Over the last six weeks we’ve covered every main flour used in real food baking, from whole wheat to einkorn to grain-free flours. The world of real food baking is far from boring or bland and each flour is used to create unique baked goods with a variety of tastes and textures depending on a baker’s needs and preferences.

Today is the very last day in the Ultimate Fall Baking series flour posts (wait until you see the huge surprise I have for you tomorrow!), a series that started with a decadent cake and ends with healthy muffins. I hope your tummies are full and you walk away with the knowledge of how to use various “real” flours to successfully create delicious homemade goodies in your kitchen.

Coconut Flour Apple Carrot Muffins

What is Coconut Flour?

Coconut flour is a grain-free flour that’s made from the coconut solids leftover after the meat of the coconut has been used to make coconut milk. The leftover solids are then dried and used to make a flour known as “coconut flour.” Coconut flour is nut-free (as it’s made from coconuts versus nuts) which makes it perfect for those going grain-free with nut allergies.

Why Should I Use Coconut Flour?

Coconut flour is grain-free, high in fiber, and low in carbohydrates.

I’ll admit that coconut flour is not my favorite flour to use exclusively in recipes as it can be tricky to use due to the liquid versus flour ratio, but I love keeping a bag of coconut flour on hand for use in almond flour recipes. Coconut flour absorbs liquids very effectively making it the perfect addition to almond flour recipes that need a bit of absorption help, such as muffins and quick breads.

Coconut Flour Apple Carrot Muffins

How Can I Use Coconut Flour?

Coconut flour can not be substituted one for one in wheat or other grain-free recipes. Coconut flour absorbs liquids very effectively which leaves baked goods, without an adequate amount of liquid, overly dry. Coconut flour recipes typically call for an equal amount of wet ingredients to dry ingredients to make up for the excessive liquid absorbed by the flour, so don’t be alarmed when you find recipes calling for 1/2 cup of coconut flour and just as much or slightly more liquid. Some bakers advise using 1/4 cup coconut flour per 1 cup whole wheat flour (non-yeast recipes), however, an equal amount of liquid is also needed.  I personally haven’t tried this recommendation.

Coconut flour recipes also typically call for a lot of eggs, sometimes as many as half a dozen eggs (or more) in one recipe. Remember gluten is a binder in gluten-based recipes, and coconut flour lacks gluten which means eggs are needed to bind the recipe together. Recipes for muffins, cakes, and breads generally need more binding than cookies which means more eggs are needed. Other binders may be used (flax seeds, psyllium husk, dates), but eggs are most commonly used.  Just like with almond flour, I recommend using recipes that specifically call for coconut flour when first getting started.

Coconut flour can also be used with almond flour to help absorb liquid in quick bread and muffin recipes.

Coconut flour will yield a mild coconut taste in baked goods, but this flavor can easily be disguised by spices like cinnamon.

Coconut flour should sit for a couple of minutes before baking for the liquid to be absorbed.

Coconut flour is also great to use in place of corn meal for coating fish and chicken.

Coconut Flour Apple Carrot Muffins

How Do I Store Coconut Flour?

Coconut flour is best stored in an air-tight container in the fridge or freezer.

Purchasing Tips

Coconut flour can be made at home (here’s a tutorial), but I find the process can be a bit tedious. There are several companies that produce and sell coconut flour. I personally purchase Bob’s Red Mill’s Coconut Flour from Bob’s Red Mill, the natural health food store, or Amazon. Remember, coconut flour is “concentrated” so a little bit goes a long way.

Coconut Flour Recipes to Get You Started

To get you started with coconut flour, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite coconut flour recipes. Some recipes exclusively call for coconut flour, while others use coconut flour to accompany almond flour and help with absorption.  

Coconut Flour Apple Carrot MuffinsGrain-Free Chocolate Cake with Icing from Live Simply

Pumpkin Bread from Live Simply

Apple Carrot Coconut Flour Muffins
 
Serves: Makes 12 muffins
Ingredients
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • ½ cup honey
  • 4 TB butter, melted
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract (homemade)
  • ½ cup + 2 TB Bob's Red Mill Coconut Flour (where to buy) or (where to buy)
  • 1½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup finely shredded carrots
  • ½ cup finely chopped apples (I used Gala)
  • ⅓ cup finely chopped walnuts
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Line a muffin pan with muffin liners or grease.
  3. In the bowl of a stand-mixer (find all my favorite baking tools here) beat the butter, eggs, honey, and vanilla extract for 30 seconds. A hand-mixer can also be used.
  4. Add the coconut flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and salt to the egg mixture. Beat the mixture on medium speed until fluffy (approximately 1 minute).
  5. Fold the carrots, apples, and walnuts into the batter. Let the muffin batter rest for 3 minutes before scooping into the muffin pan.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffins comes out clean. Allow the muffins to cool before serving.
Notes
Inspired by Carrot Cake Muffins from Meals Made Simple
Grain-Free Pumpkin Spice Biscotti from Oh, The Things We’ll Make

Raw Cookie Dough Bites from The Nourishing Home

Lemon Drop Cupcakes with Creamy Lemon Frosting from The Nourishing Home

Apple Harvest Breakfast Bars from Raising Generation Nourished

Simple Soaked Granola Bars from Raising Generation Nourished

Energy Bars from Raising Generation Nourished

Cheddar and Jalapeno Biscuits from The Rising Spoon

Fudgy Pumpkin Mini Muffins from Real Food Simple

Coconut Chai Muffins from Nourishing Simplicity

Grain-Free Cinnamon Bread from Real Food Outlaws

Chocolate Coconut Chunk Cookies from Homegrown and Healthy

Healthy Coconut Creme Banana Cake from Happy Healthnut

Apple Cranberry Crumble from Wellness and Workouts

Coconut Flour Apple Carrot Muffins

Finally, before we put away the aprons and close the bags of flour, let’s enjoy one last treat together. These coconut flour apple carrot muffins are easy to make and super moist (thanks to the coconut flour), the perfect introduction to baking with coconut flour.

Coconut Flour Apple Carrot Muffins
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Apple Carrot Coconut Flour Muffins

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Line a muffin pan with muffin liners or grease.
  3. In the bowl of a stand-mixer (find all my favorite baking tools here) beat the eggs, honey, and vanilla extract for 30 seconds. A hand-mixer can also be used.
  4. Add the coconut flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and salt to the egg mixture. Beat the mixture on medium speed until fluffy (approximately 1 minute).
  5. Fold the carrots, apples, and walnuts into the batter. Let the muffin batter rest for 3 minutes before scooping into the muffin pan.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffins comes out clean. Allow the muffins to cool before serving.

Recipe Notes

Inspired by Carrot Cake Muffins from Meals Made Simple

Coconut Flour Apple Carrot Muffins

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill. The opinions and photos expressed are completely my own. I’m thrilled to team up with my favorite companies to bring you this fall baking series. As a blogger, I’m privileged to partner with companies making a difference in the natural and real food world.  I only endorse companies and products I 100% love and believe in.

More Ultimate Fall Baking:

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Converting Recipes for Gluten-Free Baking + Gingersnaps

How to Use Almond Flour + Almond Flour Pumpkin Bread Recipe

How to Use Almond Flour + Pumpkin Bread

how to use einkorn flour and an apple dutch baby einkorn recipe

How to Use Einkorn Flour + Apple Dutch Baby

 

Apple Carrot Coconut Flour Muffins
 
Author:
Serves: Makes 12 muffins
Ingredients
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • ½ cup honey
  • 4 TB butter, melted
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract (homemade)
  • ½ cup + 2 TB Bob's Red Mill Coconut Flour (where to buy) or (where to buy)
  • 1½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup finely shredded carrots
  • ½ cup finely chopped apples (I used Gala)
  • ⅓ cup finely chopped walnuts
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Line a muffin pan with muffin liners or grease.
  3. In the bowl of a stand-mixer (find all my favorite baking tools here) beat the butter, eggs, honey, and vanilla extract for 30 seconds. A hand-mixer can also be used.
  4. Add the coconut flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and salt to the egg mixture. Beat the mixture on medium speed until fluffy (approximately 1 minute).
  5. Fold the carrots, apples, and walnuts into the batter. Let the muffin batter rest for 3 minutes before scooping into the muffin pan.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffins comes out clean. Allow the muffins to cool before serving.
Notes
Inspired by Carrot Cake Muffins from Meals Made Simple


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9 Comments

  • Mmm, those carrot cake muffins look fabulous! I can’t wait to try them. Thanks so much for the shout-out on my coconut flour treats too! You are a blessing, sweet friend! 🙂 I’ll definitely be sharing this post.

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Thank you so much, Kelly! Your grain-free recipes are so delicious. You’ve really helped to open my eyes (and tastebuds) to the amazing world of grain-free baking. I can’t wait for your cookbook!!!

  • Tracy says:

    What a great series!
    Thanks for getting together such great information for us. These all look great, too!
    I’m with you, and am not a huge fan of using coconut flour by itself, but I also love to use it with almond flour for grain free baking. I like tapioca flour too, and the texture it gives in some recipes, but it sometimes gives off a strange flavor too, so I prefer using coconut flour when I can.

  • Dawn Martini says:

    Love the idea of using coconut flour. I even played around with using it in cooking such as coating fish with no real success. I am ready to take on a baking project with coconut flour now that I have so many recipes to try and an understanding that coconut flour needs equal parts of liquid.

    • Kristin Marr says:

      I’m so glad, Dawn. It’s the trickiest flour in my opinion to figure out, because of the amount of eggs and moisture needed, but once you get used to it, coconut flour can produce really delicious baked goods! I can’t wait to hear what you make.

  • Laura says:

    Clarification on the butter, please: it is just for greasing the pan? Thanks!

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