I forgot to update the Coconut Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies post after Mom and Fred tasted them. The final verdict—everyone liked them. We all (Mom, Fred, Joe, and I) thought they would be better with fewer chocolate chips (I dumped the whole bag in and it only called for 3/4 cup. I did it because I knew if I didn’t use them, I would eat them. Lesson learned). We also speculated that they might be great with shredded coconut instead of chocolate chips. So I’ll try that next time!
My second coconut flour endeavor was to make muffins. And it was supposed to help me stop craving things I’m not eating right now due to the elimination diet. It helped!
I found the recipe here.
I made the following changes:
- I left out the cranberries because I didn’t have any
- I tripled the amount of lemon juice (it ended up being more than 1/4 cup but less than 1/3)
- I used erythritol and stevia to sweeten instead of maple syrup (maple syrup would probably be better, but I wanted them to be sugar free)
- I made them into mini muffins instead of big ones (because I found the mini muffin pan first)
They smelled good, and tasted awesome!
I just sent my mom home with a few, so hopefully I’ll get some feedback from them too.
My suggestion: Taste the batter so you can adjust the sweetener to the level of sweetness you like. Mine weren’t sweet—but I didn’t add extra sweetener to compensate for the extra lemon. (note: there are 7 eggs in this—you have to use tons of eggs if you bake with coconut flour otherwise it won’t work. I know, it’s a lot. But eggs are cheap and they fill your baked goods with important brain health promoters and protein!).
Today was such a great day–I spent ALL day talking to people about food and exercise, and it was just one of those days when everything was positive, people were motivated, and I felt like they were leaving with some great action steps to take this week. The path toward readiness can be long and is sometimes frustrating. But once it clicks for a person that the benefits of an improved lifestyle outweigh the costs, the path is pretty simple–strategy, determination, and effort. Being stuck in the “life’s not fair” or “this is gonna be hard” mentality…well, it doesn’t get anyone anywhere. Side note: if that’s where you are, focus on becoming ready…and not on the fact that you haven’t changed yet.
I’m hoping for a very productive morning tomorrow, so I can spend the after school hour with my favorite third grader and his homework…and then visit my other favorite kiddos too.
What does the rest of your week look like? Just work, or some play too?
Have you made baked goods with coconut flour? How’d they turn out?
How do get/stay empowered to make healthy choices? How much evidence does it take for you to value a healthy lifestyle as “worth the effort?”