Utter Autism

October 19, 2011

Coconut Flour Recipes

Filed under: Diets, Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) — Carol @ 3:45 pm

I did the ‘subscribe’ thing over on Amazon.com to get shipments of coconut flour automatically sent to us.  Unfortunately, it seems I need to ask for shipments less often.  I’ve got 5 packages of coconut flour in my freezer now.  Yikes!

The nice thing about the coconut flour is that you don’t use very much of it when you’re baking.  Most recipes only call for a half to 3/4 cup to make a full cake.  That means that 5 packages in my freezer will go a looooong way.

So I thought I’d share a few of our favorite ways to use it.

Vanilla Coconut Cookies (found HERE)

4 eggs
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup solid coconut oil 
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 tsp sea salt
The first time we made these the vanilla seemed rather boring so we sniffed through the spice drawer till we happened upon the almond extract.  We added less vanilla than was called for and a bit of the almond extract.  The rest of the family loved it but Adrian, not so much.   So the next time we made it we added cinnamon.  Everyone enjoyed that.   Other options?  Lemon or orange extract, coconut flakes, diced apple and cinnamon, squash or pumpkin, ginger and cloves…..
Flatbread (found on a website that has since expired)
12 eggs
¾ C oil
¼ C coconut milk
1t lemon juice

1 C coconut flour
1 C almond flour
1 t baking soda
1 t salt

Bake it in a pan lined with parchment.  You want it to be about an inch thick.  A 11″x 15″x 2″ pan works perfectly for me. I shared this recipe before.  It’s the one we use to make yummy french toast sticks.  🙂
Cinnamon Bun Muffins (found HERE)

Muffin Ingredients (makes about 8 muffins)

  • 1/2 cup of coconut flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup of yogurt
  • 1/2 cup of honey (or other sweetener)

Cinnamon Topping Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons of honey (or other sweetener)
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted (ghee or coconut oil will work too)
  • 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts (optional; or other nut)

Drip the topping over the muffin (or in my case, over the cake) before you bake.

And, of course, our Lemon Cake (adapted from this)

6 eggs
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup plain yogurt
3/4 cup coconut flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp lemon extract
1/2 tsp sea salt

You may have noticed I failed to include all the how-tos on all these recipes.  Um, yeah.  It’s mostly cause I’m not terribly good at following directions in the kitchen.   I generally cook all these things in the oven at the same time, on the same temperature until they’re ‘done’.   The original recipes may or may not contain instructions to mix wet and dry separately.  Ditto on the not-following-directions-in-the-kitchen.  Everything goes into my Kitchen Aid mixer in whatever order I feel like throwing it in.  My cooking hasn’t killed anyone…. yet.  😛  

But feel free to follow all the normal baking conventions if that floats your boat 🙂

October 18, 2011

Still on SCD

I’m happy to say we haven’t had any more flare-ups anywhere near as bad as that last one in September.   That’s not to say that everything has been absolutely perfect.  There are still days when, for whatever reason, things are a bit harder.   But overall?  Overall our situation is very much improved from the way things were pre-SCD.   Most days we have no major incidents and he’s generally calm and happy.  The tantrums we see are short lived and much more mild.

This diet has absolutely made a huge improvement in our lives.  I can’t imagine going back now.

But Adrian’s little brother can.  Weekly he asks, “When does Adrian’s diet end?”  He doesn’t like the answer. 

As much as little bro misses his American cheese, I don’t feel like it’s really been all that hard on us keeping to our rule that we will not eat things Adrian can’t have in front of him.  The other kids are homeschooled and the hubby works from home so we often will have the ‘illegal’ foods during the day when Adrian is at school.   They still get to eat their sandwich bread and munch on the occasional cookie for a treat.

Dinners we usually either have foods Adrian doesn’t like at all or have things the whole family can eat together.  The diet has had a positive effect on everyone’s diet as I’ve discovered new dishes to try in searching for Adrian safe alternatives to some of our old regulars.  Chicken burgers, spinach in cheese sauce, cauliflower mac n’ cheese and cheddar crackers have all made it into our regular rotation. 

We’ve also seen Adrian’s food list expand slightly as well.  For an autistic child, even ‘slightly’ is a big deal!  He’s now eating additional dried fruits such as apple and pineapple.  And we’ve managed to find a ‘pancake’ recipe he’ll actually eat!  It’s called easy sandwich bread but if it looks like a pancake and smells like a pancake….. So far the only way he’ll eat it is topped with peanut butter and honey.  Still, that’s another meal I can send for lunches.  Yay!

So we’ll be continuing the SCD for as long as it continues to offer us this much more peaceful life.  Even if it means no more American cheese 😛

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