Tropical Traditions Coconut Flour Giveaway and Review

Review by Dr. Danielle West, ND

Maybe, like me, you’re in one of those heat zones where you need to pick and choose carefully when you turn on your oven to bake. And, especially when you’re gluten-free, you want to make everything you bake count, right? Well, folks, time to totally “get tropical” with Tropical Traditions Organic Coconut Flour!

Tropical Traditions Organic Coconut Flour

The cookie monster that I am, once again, I made cookies; and at my husband’s request, made brownies. So, with that prelude, here we go! Time to review how the flour baked!

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General comments:

When I looked at the variety of recipes online (of which there are scads!), I couldn’t help notice the huge amount of liquid to flour ratio one needs when using coconut flour. If I put in six (6) eggs for example, with a traditional GF brownie recipe or even GF brownie mix, I’d have goop. Not so when using coconut flour. The amount of liquid called for in both recipes I tested was spot on. And, surprisingly, for both recipes the addition of the flour was the last step in the process – even after adding the coconut flakes and chocolate chips in the cookie batter. These were perhaps the biggest surprises which led me to my Tropical kitchen getaway.

Mounds Chocolate Brownies

You’ll find variations of this recipe, either brownies baked in the shape of a cookie, mounded high; or regularly shaped brownies made with coconut flour. I found a super simple recipe which had me combine the coconut oil and Dutch cocoa in a saucepan over a low heat before adding to the egg, sugar, vanilla extract mixture. Then came add-ins. I used a small handful of chocolate chips instead of nuts, in an attempt to savor the coconut flavor. This almost didn’t make it into the oven, the batter tasted so good!

Results: The taste was over the top good! Independent taste testing by my husband confirmed, these were “over the top good!” Now – I do have to qualify this one a bit – the texture was a bit cake-like rather than brownie like. All I know is, with a little more flour it would probably give me the perfect brownie texture. So far, without modifying, if it’s all about taste, this was exceptional!

Chocolate Mounds Cookies

Not one to leave a simple chocolate chip cookie recipe alone, I added coconut flakes and Dutch cocoa to the cookie dough/batter. Keeping the recipes I like simple: eggs, coconut oil (melted), brown sugar, vanilla extract whisked together. Add Dutch cocoa and whisk. Add the coconut flakes and chocolate chips, whisk again. Then add flour and stir. I rolled the dough into 1” balls and then pressed them down with the back of my hand. There was no spreading or rising with this particular recipe but they baked up perfectly. I was also surprised that there was no difference required using the coconut flour in recipes when baking at high altitude.

Results: What I ended up with was beyond scary good! My next step? Make another batch of cookies when these are gone (guaranteed in no more a day or two) and substitute crushed almonds for the coconut flakes and shoot for an Almond Joy type taste. What can I say? Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t – but this little kitchen baking getaway left me feeling VERY Tropical and my mouth unbelievably happy!

THE GLUTEN-FREE GIVEAWAY

Prize

Two (2) lucky winners each will receive the following:

  • Tropical Traditions (Gluten Free) Organic Coconut Flour 1.2 lbs.

How to Enter and Ways of Entering Additional Times

  1. Comment on this post requesting to be entered in the giveaway and tell us why you wish to enter. (mandatory)
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What you should know

  • Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm PST on August 6, 2011.
  • The winner will have until 11:59pm PST on August 9, 2011 to reply to the winner’s notification email to supply us with their U.S. shipping address and phone number.  If they do not respond within that period of time, a new winner will be chosen.  Therefore, use an email address you check often or check back to this site on August 7, 2011 to view the winner announcement.  The winner’s shipping address, phone number and email address will be kept confidential between us and Tropical Traditions.
  • The name of the winner will be announced on this page, right below this line, on August 7, 2011.

Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

And the winners are…

domesticdiva and Becca!

Congratulations, domesticdiva and Becca!

Domesticdiva has until 11:59pm PST on August 10, 2011 to reply to the winner’s notification email to supply us with their U.S. shipping address and phone number.  If they do not respond within that period of time, a new winner will be chosen.

This winner was chosen by using random.org:

86 Replies to “Tropical Traditions Coconut Flour Giveaway and Review”

  1. As a Lifelong Fan of the Cocoanutt (old spelling), and as a 1-Year Gluten-Free Me (this month-yaaay!), I would dearly love to win this prize!

  2. I’d like to win because I haven’t had a chance to use Coconut Flour before but I’ve seen some great recipes that call for it.

  3. I have to cook wheat-free for my husband’s food allergies. I’ve tried many flours, and coconut flour is on my list. I’d love to experiment with it and your recipes sound like a great place to start.

  4. Please enter me in the giveaway. I have been experimenting with coconut flour and my family really likes it. I would love to win some!

  5. I would like to enter this contest. I am new to the GF diet and also wanting to try it for my son (who has autism).

  6. I must admit I have never ever thought of using coconut flour but your recipe has really got me thinking.. mmmmmmmmmm

  7. I would like to win because I have never tried baking with coconut flour. I would like to give it a try!

  8. I love all things coconut but have not tried a flour. I would love the opportunity to try Tropical Traditions coconut flour!

    I like Gluten Free Carla on FB.

  9. Have not tried coconut flour yet but would like to. My budget has been so skinny that I can not buy GF flours, mixes, etc needed to bake so I gave up baking. :( Would love to win this so I can start baking again. And I like your page on Facebook.

  10. I recently heard of coconut flour but have not yet tried (just used coconut oil for the first time and wow, never knew this fruit was so versatile! This would be a great opportunity to test it out.

  11. I LOVE using coconut flour! I’ve finally perfected a triple coconut muffin/cupcake, using coconut flour, coconut flakes and coconut oil. So delicious and moist! I’ve never tried Tropical Traditions coconut flour, so winning this would be GREAT!!! :)

  12. I’ve been wanting to try coconut flour, but haven’t had the opportunity yet. As a gluten-free family, this sounds great.

  13. I am a huge fan of coconut flour and use it (and almond flour) for pretty much all of my baking. I would love to get my hands on a different brand of coconut flour too.

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