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Health, Home, and Happiness: Tropical Traditions Coconut Flour Review

Friday, January 22, 2010

Tropical Traditions Coconut Flour Review

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Since starting GAPS I've been curious about alternative flours, and coconut flour was the first non-grain flour that I've tried. It was pretty good! I've got a huge order of organic almonds coming from our co-op this Sunday and I'm curious to see how almonds, soaked, dried, and then made into flour compare to the coconut.



I had heard great things about Cheeseslave's Coconut Flour Bread, so that was the first thing I tried. 


The bread turned out well, it held together well to be sliced and tasted good.  I tried it without honey once, don't do that. It needs the honey ;) 

When I opened the box with the coconut flour in it, at first I was surprised at how little the package was (it's 2.2 pounds).  Our family used to go through 30 pounds of flour a month! But it turns out that the non-grain flour is much more dense, so the recipes are thinned out with other ingredients.  In the coconut flour bread recipe there are 6 eggs to 3/4 cup flour for one loaf, much different than the approx 10 cups of flour I used to make soaked wheat bread.  So the package has lasted quite a while, I still have some in my fridge.

Next I used the coconut bread recipe but added in cubed apples and some mashed butternut squash for moisture.   I did them in muffin tins, which the kids loved.  Yes, they're the bad nonstick tins, I haven't replaced them with something better yet.  And I forgot to grease them, so the muffins stuck.

On the next batch I started saving the fruit pulp from my juicing and added that to the muffin batter.  That worked really well and it used something that I had otherwise been throwing away.  I greased the tin on the next batch too.

We like the flour a lot, it's been great to have on hand.  It's not the same as wheat flour at all, but it's great for those who are gluten or grain free or could be added to a wheat flour recipe for the great health benefits of coconut.

You know that Tropical Traditions has tons of healthy coconut products. I'm getting low on coconut oil, so I'm going to try their Green Label coconut oil this month along with ordering another gallon pail of shredded coconut for macaroons.  If you're a first time customer, I'd love it if you would use my referral code #5682145 and you get a free book on the benefits of coconut and I get coconut oil credited to my account.




On to the giveaway!   
Giveaway has closed!
The giveaway winner was Katie, #50, enjoy!

To Enter:

First, sign up for their newsletter here if you haven't already. You have to do this step to be entered.
And post a comment to let me know you did.
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For extra entries:
~please post a separate comment for each one, and if you're already doing them you can count them too (make sense?)


RT @healthhomehappy Coconut flour Giveaway from @Troptraditions   http://bit.ly/7CoSvx  #Gfree 

Giveaway ends 1/29/10 and I'll pick a winner from random.org


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.


Part of Real Food Wednesday! 

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91 Comments:

Blogger In Word Adorning said...

The bread looks really good, but coconut flour sounds expensive. I never thought of adding squash to moisten the bread that sounds delicious. I think I'll try that in wheat bread.

January 22, 2010 at 9:01 PM  
Blogger kc said...

I ran across this post and it reminded me that I wanted to try that bread recipe now that we found safe eggs. We are corn and soy allergic so safe eggs are harder to come by than you would think.

P.S. You could also put the fruit pulp in your compost pile or feed it to your chickens. I have been meaning to start a vermiculture (worm farm) and the fruit pulp would be great for that, too.

Love your site. We are doing GAPS, too.

January 23, 2010 at 1:27 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

I signed up for their newsletter. I am gluten-free and thinking of trying grain-free.

January 23, 2010 at 7:49 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

I subscribed to your blog

January 23, 2010 at 7:49 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

I did the survey.

January 23, 2010 at 7:49 AM  
Blogger KaliLilla.com said...

I voted in your survey!

January 23, 2010 at 8:04 AM  
Blogger KaliLilla.com said...

I also subscribe to your blog.

January 23, 2010 at 8:04 AM  
Blogger Turtle Oak said...

Already signed up for their newsletter :)

January 23, 2010 at 10:47 AM  
Blogger Turtle Oak said...

Already following you on Twitter :)

January 23, 2010 at 10:48 AM  
Blogger Turtle Oak said...

Already connected w/ you on Facebook :)

January 23, 2010 at 10:48 AM  
Blogger Turtle Oak said...

I just filled out your survey!

January 23, 2010 at 10:48 AM  
Blogger Evelyn said...

I just subscribed to their newsletter. I'm not gluten free but I am just interested in coconut flour.

January 23, 2010 at 1:34 PM  
Blogger Evelyn said...

I took your survey :)

January 23, 2010 at 1:36 PM  
Blogger Evelyn said...

I am subscribed to your rss feed through googlereader...love it

January 23, 2010 at 1:37 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

I just signed up for the newsletter. I am not gluten free but trying out a lot of new foods.

January 23, 2010 at 10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm signed up for their newsletter. We have been using coconut flour for a few months now. I'm trying to gear up for GAPS.

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January 24, 2010 at 12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Follow you on twitter and tweet

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January 24, 2010 at 12:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Follow Tropical Traditions on Twitter

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January 24, 2010 at 12:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

filled out your survey

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January 24, 2010 at 12:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Subscribe to your blog via RSS feed

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January 24, 2010 at 12:05 AM  
Blogger kc said...

I have subscribed to your site.

January 24, 2010 at 12:23 AM  
Blogger kc said...

I already get the Tropical Traditions newsletter. I love the shredded coconut, virgin oil, flour, lip balm and moisturizing cream. We love using the pure coconut soap for brushing our teeth, too.

January 24, 2010 at 12:27 AM  
Blogger kc said...

I also filled out your survey.

January 24, 2010 at 12:28 AM  
Blogger Tamra said...

Okay - Here is why I would LOVE to win this giveaway. I have a son who is allergic to Wheat, Corn, Dairy, Eggs, Nuts, Sunflower Seeds. One mama in my local chapter of HMN has been talking up Coconut as an alternative for us. I haven't done GAPS, but your blogpost about it is how we found you. We are gluten and dairy free... we are practically everything free for my son.

I signed up for the newsletter and I signed up as your fan on facebook and I took the survey.

Thanks for hosting this giveaway and for being a good resource for alternative solutions for our family.

January 24, 2010 at 7:25 AM  
Blogger nmetzler said...

I've really wanted to try this. I've been planning on making almond flour for awhile now, as well.
I already get their newsletter but I filled out your survey.

January 24, 2010 at 3:55 PM  
Blogger Katz said...

I just subscribed to the newsletter.

My son is GFCF. I've been thinking about switching the whole family, but I'm not brave enough yet.

January 24, 2010 at 10:06 PM  
Blogger Katz said...

Following Tropical Traditions on twitter.

January 24, 2010 at 10:08 PM  
Blogger Katz said...

Following you on twitter!

January 24, 2010 at 10:09 PM  
Blogger Katz said...

I also posted to facebook.

January 24, 2010 at 10:11 PM  
Blogger Katz said...

I took your survey.

January 24, 2010 at 10:12 PM  
Blogger Katz said...

I'm subscribed to your feed via Google Reader. I can't wait to see more!

January 24, 2010 at 10:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Signed up for the newsletter. I'm curious about the flour.

January 25, 2010 at 1:52 AM  
Blogger Debbie said...

I am signed up for the newsletter. We are not grain free, but it's nagging me in the back of my mind. (Does our adhd, odd, and bipolar daughter need this?)

January 25, 2010 at 6:06 AM  
Blogger Debbie said...

Followed you and tweeted on Twitter

January 25, 2010 at 6:11 AM  
Blogger Debbie said...

Fanned you on facebook

January 25, 2010 at 6:12 AM  
Blogger Debbie said...

shared you on facebook

January 25, 2010 at 6:12 AM  
Blogger Debbie said...

following tropical traditions on twitter

January 25, 2010 at 6:13 AM  
Blogger Debbie said...

subscribed to your blog via google reader

January 25, 2010 at 6:13 AM  
Blogger Debbie said...

Took your survey

January 25, 2010 at 6:14 AM  
Blogger Kael said...

I just discovered your blog and am so excited! We started GAPS last October and are loving it. One of our favorite treats is coconut bread or muffins.

January 25, 2010 at 10:35 AM  
Blogger Kael said...

I just subscribed to your blog via email.

January 25, 2010 at 10:36 AM  
Blogger Kael said...

I just took the survey!

January 25, 2010 at 10:37 AM  
Blogger Marcia said...

I signed up for your newsletter! My daughter and I are gluten-free for health reasons, but the rest of the family benefits from it, too.

January 26, 2010 at 3:21 PM  
Blogger Marcia said...

I completed your survey.

January 26, 2010 at 3:23 PM  
Blogger Marcia said...

Just became a fan on FB. Thanks!

January 26, 2010 at 3:24 PM  
Blogger Marcia said...

Became a fan of your blog.

January 26, 2010 at 3:25 PM  
Blogger Juanita said...

I am subscribed to TT's newsletter. I am interested in the Coconut Flour because I am always looking for healthy and different alternatives to wheat flours.

January 27, 2010 at 7:01 AM  
Blogger Juanita said...

I shared on Facebook. Juanita Durie

January 27, 2010 at 7:05 AM  
Blogger Juanita said...

I filled out your survey.

January 27, 2010 at 7:07 AM  
Blogger Juanita said...

I have subscribed via email.

January 27, 2010 at 7:10 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

I subscribe to TT newsletter by email.

I love coconut flour and use it as a low-carb option because I'm diabetic.

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January 27, 2010 at 8:12 AM  
Blogger mel said...

i am a subscriber to TT Newsletter.

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January 27, 2010 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger mel said...

i live a gluten-free lifestyle and looovvve coconut!

January 27, 2010 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger mel said...

i am following you on twitter.

January 27, 2010 at 8:54 AM  
Blogger kevnjacks said...

Signed up for their newsletter and I'm just plain curious about flours other than wheat! :)

January 27, 2010 at 10:35 AM  
Blogger kimikimi said...

Facebook fan
Email subscriber

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January 27, 2010 at 4:32 PM  
Blogger Blake said...

I am signed up for Tropical Tradition's newsletter and have ordered coconut oil from them. I try to be gluten and grain free as best i can!

January 27, 2010 at 5:41 PM  
Blogger Trish T. said...

I subscribed to the TT newsletter. I am learning that anything coconut is good for you and would love to try coconut flour.

January 27, 2010 at 6:37 PM  
Blogger Trish T. said...

I subscribed to your blog.

January 27, 2010 at 6:40 PM  
Blogger EllaJac said...

I subscribe to TT. I'm not gluten-free, but would love to give this a try!

January 27, 2010 at 6:47 PM  
Blogger EllaJac said...

shared it on my fb!

January 27, 2010 at 6:49 PM  
Blogger EllaJac said...

I "became a fan." That just sounds so weird. :)

January 27, 2010 at 6:51 PM  
Blogger EllaJac said...

subscribed to you via google reader. I really enjoy finding NT-type blogs! Thanks!

January 27, 2010 at 6:53 PM  
Blogger EllaJac said...

Took your survey!

January 27, 2010 at 6:55 PM  
Blogger gatheringemeralds said...

I subscribe to their newsletter.
I'm not grain or gluten-free. But I do try to use less regular white flour, so I like coconut flour. I really like it in brownies and cookies :)
jc.misc(at)gmail(dot)com

January 27, 2010 at 7:07 PM  
Blogger gatheringemeralds said...

I subscribe by e-mail.
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January 27, 2010 at 7:13 PM  
Blogger gatheringemeralds said...

I'm your fan on facebook (christinejudd)
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January 27, 2010 at 7:16 PM  
Blogger gatheringemeralds said...

I tweeted (and I follow you)
http://twitter.com/gatheremeralds/status/8305231934

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January 27, 2010 at 7:19 PM  
Blogger gatheringemeralds said...

I follow tropical traditions on twitter (gatheremeralds)
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January 27, 2010 at 7:20 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

I use coconut oil and make coconut Kefir. I didn't know about the coconut flour, but I'd love to try it. I'm glad I came to your blog, I'll be spending more time here with you. Thanks for sharing.

January 27, 2010 at 7:24 PM  
Blogger k said...

I signed up. I love me coconut flour!

January 27, 2010 at 8:29 PM  
Blogger ecorourke said...

I've signed up for the newsletter. I'm interested in all things coconut, and coconut flour seems like it could make some tasty treats.

Thanks for the chance to win!

January 27, 2010 at 10:18 PM  
Blogger MacKenzie said...

Signed up for the newsletter. Interested in coconut flour!

January 27, 2010 at 10:57 PM  
Blogger MacKenzie said...

Just posted that I signed up for your newsletter but it posted under my daughter. LOL Her name is MacKenzie. Mine is Lisa. She was using my laptop while I was at work. Hmmmm..... (This is under her too.)

January 27, 2010 at 10:59 PM  
Blogger Marlin said...

I love Tropical Tradition products

January 28, 2010 at 12:17 PM  
Blogger angie lilly said...

I get their newsletter.
I am a coconut freak and just want to try this stuff!
Angie
one 4 earth at aol dot com

January 28, 2010 at 12:52 PM  
Blogger angie lilly said...

I follow you on Twitter as FotoMacro and tweeted this giveaway here: http://twitter.com/FotoMacro/status/8335726434
Angie
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January 28, 2010 at 12:53 PM  
Blogger angie lilly said...

I am your FB fan, Tofu Fairy.
Angie
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January 28, 2010 at 12:53 PM  
Blogger angie lilly said...

I follow them on Twitter as FotoMacro.
Angie
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January 28, 2010 at 12:53 PM  
Blogger angie lilly said...

I did your survey and was number 38.
Angie
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January 28, 2010 at 12:53 PM  
Blogger angie lilly said...

I get your emails.
Angie
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January 28, 2010 at 12:54 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

I do not have any grain issues but just wanted to try this flour. I have heard of it but never had it. I get their newsletter already.
Scott
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January 28, 2010 at 12:55 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

follow and tweeted http://twitter.com/RePurrPussed/status/8335716873
Scott
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January 28, 2010 at 12:56 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

follow them on twitter under repurrpussed
Scott
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January 28, 2010 at 12:56 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

getting your emails
Scott
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January 28, 2010 at 12:56 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

#39 on your survey
Scott
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January 28, 2010 at 12:56 PM  
Blogger ckimx77 said...

I love your site!
I have food intolerances and heard a lot about coconut flour but haven't been able to try it because it is on the expensive side. I follow you on twitter, facebook, and signed up on your Newsletter! and tropical traditions newsletter too. =)
I would love to win!

Be healthy, happy and have a blessed week =)

January 28, 2010 at 5:20 PM  
Blogger ckimx77 said...

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January 28, 2010 at 5:24 PM  
Blogger ckimx77 said...

did the survey too! =)
email:
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January 28, 2010 at 5:28 PM  
Blogger ckimx77 said...

did the survey too! =)
email:
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January 28, 2010 at 5:29 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

Yay! Thanks so much. =D

January 29, 2010 at 9:44 AM  

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