What wholemeal coconut flour?
Wholemeal coconut flour is made using the same process as regular coconut flour without removing the brown coconut testa from the meat. Coconut testa is the hard external coating of the coconut. When the coconut shell is split open and the seed is revealed, the thin brown outer coating is the testa.
How is coconut flour made
Coconut flour is made from fresh organic coconut meat, as a by-product of coconut milk. Oil and moisture is extracted from the coconut meat. The meat is then dried and finely ground into a fine powder resembling flour made from grains.
Benefits of coconut testa
Studies compare the composition of coconut meat with testa and regular white coconut meat and have found that coconut testa contains more natural antioxidants compared to just the meat. It is also richer in monounsaturates and polyunsaturates.
This high content of antioxidants makes them great scavengers and extractors of free-radicals - substances that breaks down cells over time and is linked to various degenerative diseases.
Like coconut flour, only better!
There are many benefits to wholemeal coconut flour. Apart from all the benefits that come with coconut flour, the testa included in the manufacturing process makes wholemeal coconut flour rich in antioxidants as well!
- Low in digestible carbohydrates making it ideal for cooking and baking low-carb recipes.
- High in dietary fibres. Two tablespoons of coconut flour contains over 40% of your daily value.
- Gluten-free, an ideal alternative for those who are allergic to gluten or wheat.
- Low glycemic index of coconut flour gives minimal effects to blood sugar levels and is safe for consumption of diabetics
- Versatile texture of coconut flour makes it ideal in most baked goods as a replacement to regular flour
- Rich in antioxidants, components that are useful in scavenging and extracting free radicals from the body
Uses of wholemeal coconut flour
Coconut flour works differently to regular flour as it has no gluten and highly absorbent. It cannot be a 1:1 substitute for regular flour, but we’ve got a few recipes specially tailored with coconut flour in mind! These recipes work well for both regular coconut flour and wholemeal coconut flour.