105 Coconut Flour Recipes Featuring the Healthiest Flour

105 coconut flour recipes - great list!

Why choose coconut flour?

The start of my grain free diet a few years ago marked the beginning of my love affair with coconut flour. Although it can be finicky, I’ve found that coconut flour is greatly rewarding in the right recipes. The key is using adequate liquid and eggs to act as a binder to prevent a dry or crumbly result. When used in the correct amount, coconut flour creates delightfully moist and light-textured baked goods.

Because coconut flour has such a unique composition and baking properties, there is not a straight-forward substitute for it. In the same way, it can’t be substituted for a different type of flour in a recipe. The below recipes will give you a wide variety of ways to enjoy this healthy grain-free flour.

Benefits of coconut flour

It’s one of the healthiest flours available – grain flour such as wheat, barley and spelt contain gluten which is very difficult to digest. Even gluten free flours are often inflammatory due to the carbohydrate load. Because coconut flour is not a grain-based flour, it is non-inflammatory and low in carbs.

It boasts healthy fats – coconut flour contains fats from coconut oil, which are primarily medium-chain saturated fatty acids (MCTs). MCTs have been shown to improve metabolism and are used for energy, not stored in fat tissue. Unlike other nut and seed flours, like the commonly used almond flour, coconut flour is very low in omega-6. Omega-6 is inflammatory when consumed in excess, which is why I advocate only occasional use of almond flour.

It does not contain enzyme inhibitors – another strike against other nut and seed flours is the high content of enzyme inhibitors, which can wreak havoc on digestion. Learn more in my post 5 Reasons to Avoid Almond Flour. Coconuts contain negligible amounts of enzyme inhibitors.

It is high in fiber – this provides a satiating effect to coconut flour baked goods. However, the high fiber content can make coconut flour difficult for some people to digest. I recommend consuming no more than 4 tablespoons of coconut flour per day to avoid any irritation to the GI tract. If you experience discomfort consuming coconut flour (it’s not common, but it’s not rare either), you may need to scale it back to 2 tablespoons per day.

A little goes a long way – coconut flour may seem a little pricey, but remember that a little goes a long way. For example, in my Coconut Flour Cupcakes recipe, a mere 1/2 cup of coconut flour makes 8 cupcakes!

Where can I find coconut flour?

Now, you can find coconut flour in health food stores and even large grocery stores in the specialty food section. You can also get high-quality organic coconut flour here on Amazon.

Store coconut flour in an air-tight container at room temperature for a couple of months. To prolong the shelf life for up to a year, I recommend storing it in the freezer. Bring to room temperature before using in a recipe. 

Coconut Flour Recipes for Breads

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(Pictured from left to right #1 – #4)

1. Coconut Flour Flatbread, from me

2. Coconut Flour Banana Bread, from Gutsy

3. Basic Coconut Flour Bread Loaf, from Colorful Eats Nutrition

4. Coconut Flour Paleo Sandwich Rounds, from me

5. Sweet Potato Bread, from Whole Food Simply

6. Simple Coconut Flour Bread, from Whole Food Simply

7. Coconut Flour Herbed Flatbread (in a sheet pan), from Gutsy

8. Coconut Flour + Tapioca Bread, from The Paleo Mom

9. Coconut Flour Apple Carrot Bread, from Multiply Delicious

10. Coconut Flour Cinnamon Raisin Bread, from Coconut Contentment

11. Sweetener-Free Coconut Flour Banana Bread, from Free Coconut Recipes

12. Coconut Flour Chocolate Zucchini Bread, from Comfy Belly

13. Savory Coconut Flour Zucchini Bread, from me

14. Coconut Flour Lemon Loaf with Lemon Drizzle, from Cony’s Finally Losing It

Coconut Flour Recipes for Cakes and Cupcakes

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(Pictured from left to right #15 – 18)

15. Coconut Flour Cupcakes with Paleo Frostings, from me

16. Single-Layer Coconut Flour Chocolate Cake, from The Healthy Chef

17. Coconut Flour Coffee Cake, from Deliciously Organic

18. Coconut Flour Jam Sponge Roll, from An Aussie with Chron’s

19. Coconut Flour Cardamom Cupcakes with Lemon Frosting, from me

20. Apple Spice Coffee Cake (no added sweetener), from Yummy In My Tummy

21. Coconut Flour Crepe Cake, from The Clean Dish

22. Chocolate Cupcakes with Raspberry Filling and Chocolate Ganache, from me

23. Coconut Flour Cranberry Cake with Hot Butter Sauce, from Loving Our Guts

24. Chocolate Layer Cake with Orange Chocolate Ganache, from Life Food Journey

25. Coconut Flour Plantain Cake with Caramel Sauce, from Ditch the Wheat

26. Lemon Blueberry Poke Cake, from Beauty and the Foodie

27. Coconut Flour Layer Cake with Maple Buttercream, from Rubies and Radishes

28. Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Honey Frosting, from Civilized Caveman

29. Banana Coconut Breakfast Cake, from Bonnie Delicious

30. Coconut Flour Pound Cake, from The Urban Poser

31. Coconut Flour Lemon Petit Fours, from me

32. Coconut Flour Gingerbread with Cream Cheese Frosting, from Paleo Fondue

33. Coconut Flour Custard Cake, from My Humble Kitchen

34. Apple Cinnamon Coconut Flour Cake, from Petit Kitchen

35. Cranberry Upside Down Cake (with coconut and arrowroot flour), from Nourishing Meals

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(Pictured from left to right #32 – #35)

Coconut Flour Recipes for Donuts

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(Pictured from left to right #36 – #39)

36. Vanilla Cardamom Coconut Flour Donuts, from Pure 2 Raw

37. Coconut Flour Strawberry Donuts, from Against All Grain

38. Coconut Flour Pumpkin Spice Donuts with Cream Frosting, from Multiply Delicious

39. Coconut Flour Chocolate Banana Donuts with Salted Caramel, from me

40. Pumpkin Creme-Filled Donuts, from PaleOMG

41.  Chocolate Coffee Banana Donuts, from PaleOMG

42. Honey-Dipped Coconut Flour Donuts, from Comfy Belly

Coconut Flour Recipes for Muffins

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(Pictured from left to right #43 – #46)

43. Simple Coconut Flour Muffins, from me

44. Coconut Flour Raspberry Almond Muffins, from Civilized Caveman

45. Coconut Flour Blueberry Muffins, from Maria Rickert Hong

46. Coconut Flour Lemon Poppyseed Muffins, from Cook Eat Paleo

47. Apple Cinnamon Coconut Flour Muffins, from Wellness Mama

48. Coconut Flour Cranberry Muffins, from Healy Eats Real

49. Avocado Banana Coconut Flour Muffins, from Fast Paleo

50. Coconut Flour Popovers, from Thank Your Body

51. Coconut Flour Rhubarb Lemon Muffins, from me

52. Apricot Lime Coconut Flour Muffins, from Janine’s Real Food Recipes

53. Garlic Herb Coconut Flour Muffins, from Healy Eats Real

54. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, from PaleOMG

55. Coconut Flour Banana Walnut Muffins, from Mommypotamus

56. Banana Cinnamon Bun Muffins, from Multiply Delicious

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(Pictured from left to right #53 – #56)

Coconut Flour Recipes for Cookies

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(Pictured from left to right #57 – #60)

57. Coconut Flour Banana Macaroons, from me

58. Coconut Flour Lady Fingers, from Primal Palate

59. Double Chocolate Coconut Flour Cookies, from Ditch the Wheat

60. Coconut Flour Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies, from J Chong Studio

61. Dark Chocolate Avocado Cookies, from Things My Belly Likes

62. Coconut Flour Spice Cookies, from Nourish With Karen

63. Three Ingredient Coconut Flour Cookies, my guest post at The Coconut Mama

64. Basic Coconut Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies, from Free Coconut Recipes

65. Coconut Flour Peanut Butter Cookies, from Just a Pinch

66. Pumpkin Spice Coconut Cookies, from A Girl Worth Saving

67. Coconut Flour Shortbread (with arrowroot flour), from Karolina’s Kitchen

68. Coconut Flour Linzer Cookies, from Real Food Forager

69. Ginger Fennel Coconut Flour Cookies, from me

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(Pictured from left to right #66 – #69)

Coconut Flour Recipes for Pancakes and Waffles

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(Pictured from left to right #70 – #73)

70. Ultimate Coconut Flour Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce, from me

71. Coconut Flour Pancakes with Gelatin, from me

72. Fluffy Coconut Flour Waffles, from Just Enjoy Food

73. Coconut Flour Apple Pancake Rings, from Food Renegade

74. Coconut Flour Dutch Baby, from Unrefined Kitchen

75. Coconut Flour Finnish Custard Pancake, from Seasonal and Savory

76. Paleo Waffles with Arrowroot and Coconut Flour, from Fresh 4 Five

77. Coconut Flour and Shredded Apple Pancakes, from This Chick Cooks

78. Coconut Flour Pancake + Bacon Sandwiches, from Nom Nom Paleo

79. Banana Silver Dollar Pancakes, from The Spunky Coconut

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(Pictured from left to right #76 – #79)

Coconut Flour Recipes for Bars and Brownies

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(Pictured from left to right #80 – #83)

80. Rich and Fudgy Coconut Flour Brownies, from me

81. Coconut Flour Pumpkin Bars, from The Detoxinista

82. Lemon Bars with Coconut Flour Crust, from Fed and Fit

83. Coconut Flour Banana Ginger Bars, from me

84. Cakey Coconut Flour Brownies, from Comfy Belly

85. Egg Free  Coconut Pumpkin Bars, from AIP Lifestyle

86. Chocolate Beet Brownies, from Rooted Blessings

87. Egg Free Banana Bread Blondies, from The Real Food Guide

Coconut Flour Recipes for Scones and Biscuits

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(Pictured from left to right #88 – #91)

88. Spiced Coconut Flour Biscuits, from me

89. Coconut Flour Breakfast Biscuits, from Paleo Comfort Foods

90. Bacon and Chive Coconut Flour Biscuits, from The Urban Poser

91. Sweet Plantain and Coconut Flour Biscuits, from PaleOMG

92. Kabocha Squash and Coconut Flour Biscuits, from Real Food Forager

93. Coconut Flour Herb Biscuits, from me

94. Coconut Flour Cheese Biscuits, from The MARI Method

Coconut Flour Recipes for Wraps and Pizza Crusts

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(Pictured from left to right #95- #97)

95. Coconut Flour Crepes/Tortillas, from Against All Grain

96. Coconut Flour Pizza Crust, from This Chick Cooks

97. Coconut Flour Tortillas, from Zest Bakery

98. Coconut + Tapioca Flour Pizza Crust, from Paleo Spirit

Random Coconut Flour Recipes

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(Pictured from left to right #101- #104)

These didn’t really fit into the above categories but they are worth checking out!

105 coconut flour recipes - great list!99. How to make coconut flour from coconut flakes, from Oh The Things We’ll Make

100. How to make coconut flour fresh fresh coconut, from Rawmazing

101. Coconut Flour Gnocci, from Divalicious Recipes in the City

102. Coconut Flour Cheese Crackers, from Health Bent

103. Coconut Flour Croissant Bagels, from Beauty and the Foodie

104. Coconut Flour Graham Cracker Pie Crust, from Paleo Fondue

105. Coconut Custard Pie, from Free Coconut Recipes

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Comments

  1. Lauren says

    This may seem like a silly question to ask, but will using coconut flour make baked goods taste like coconut? If so, will it be a mild or strong coconut flavor?

    • says

      I think the coconut flavor is very mild. If you use coconut oil and coconut flour together, the flavor will be much stronger due to the oil. Using coconut flour in chocolate recipes or with cheese or other strong flavors hides the coconut taste, in my experience.

  2. says

    I made some banana muffins over the weekend with coconut flour and ate WAY too many of them at a time so I experienced the GI distress you talk about above, but that was definitely due to my lack of self control. I love coconut flour though! Just takes some getting used to :)

  3. says

    Spelt flour does not contain gluten. When you use Spelt if you don’t add Xanthum Gum or Guar Gum your baked products will be very crumbly. I use Spelt all of the time and I know this from experience. Also, my Mother spoke with a Nutrionist and was told the body treats and digests Spelt like a vegetable,

  4. says

    OMG! Thank you so much for taking the time to put this HUGE list together! I greatly appreciate it. This is a gluten free dream right here! :) Also, I’d like to introduce myself – I’m Rachael from Love Yourself Green (formerly of Simply Fresh Cooking) and I’m going to begin building my new health and wellness website soon… so you’ll be seeing me around! ;) Anyway, love your site! Thanks again! x

  5. Kelley says

    Thanks for posting all of these recipes, particularly the couple that are egg-free too. The next time you get a yen to tackle another project, our family could really use more AIP baking recipes. Tough to bake without eggs or nuts. Thanks!

  6. Anne says

    Lauren,

    Thank you for all of the information about coconut flour and almond flour. I completely agree with you. Although many seem to tolerate almond flour, I think some of the time it seems that way because of how horribly they may have felt when eating wheat flour! After removing gluten and processed foods from my diet, I have realized I cannot tolerate more than the occasional tiny serving of nuts without having an inflammatory reaction. The light bulb went off when I ate about two serving of pistachios after not eating nuts for awhile and woke up the next day with extreme hip and finger joint pain. I was moody and tired. Since then, I have sworn off nuts for the most part and have not had much inflammation. I have to say that walnuts are the most tolerable for me, as long as I don’t eat them very often.

    I don’t like recreating too many baked goods using any form of Paleoization (I know that is not a word) as that seems to cause me to crave more and more junk. But for special occasions the use of coconut flour is the best choice for my body. Thank you for providing such wonderful recipes I can tolerate and thrive on!

  7. Joy says

    Thanks for the round-up, I bookmarked a few to try soon! A friend gave me like 11 pounds of coconut flour (I’m not kidding! It’s in my freezer! Haha) so I enjoy trying new recipes with it. One thing I wanted to mention – a few of your links are broken or lead to different recipes than you intended. I noticed this on numbers 9, 17, 20, 21, 23, 38, and 56. Hope that helps!! :)

  8. amy says

    I have made #98 coconut flour and tapioca pizza crust a number of times. but, I use arrowroot powder. I love it! It is cracker-like. Yum!

  9. Meagan says

    Exciting news! Trader Joe’s just started carrying organic coconut flour for only $3/bag! This is about $5 cheaper than other brands available at the grocery store :)

  10. Courtney says

    Hi Lauren,
    I believe the link for #9 got swapped with another one. The chocolate cake the link leads to looks delicious, but it’s not the carrot apple bread I was looking for. :)

  11. Gloria Lee says

    Would you happen to know and be willing to share information about the equivalent of MCT oil in a tablespoon of coconut oil compared to what amount of coconut flour? Or, if this is an easier way to think about it, what would be the equivalent of 6 tablespoons of coconut oil’s medium chain triglycerides be to coconut flour? Thanks so much for all that you share, Gloria

  12. Summer says

    How am I ever going to have time to make all of these???? All I know is winter break, I’m about to do lots of baking. :) Thanks for the list!

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