When I switched to eating LCHF I struggled a bit with carbs as I missed them. I experimented with recipes for “substitute” items made with nut and/or coconut flour but was supremely disappointed with the results.
However, time, as they say, heals all “wounds.” After 19 months of no carbs I have now discovered that my toleration level of these replacement items has improved drastically. Sure the textures are sometimes not quite right, but I haven’t had the real thing for long enough that my taste buds are accepting them. And mentally, I have adapted too – I’m not expecting an identical replacement item.
I’ve also learned what I need to do to recipes to make them suit my tastes and expectations. There is a definite learning curve to baking with nut, coconut and seed flours but once you’ve tried a few different recipes and processes you get the hang of it.
And one very important thing – keep your nuts, flours, seeds, etc. in the fridge! I went to use my psyllium husk powder to discover it was going rancid! The mason jars I keep them in work great in the fridge or the freezer.
I saw a recipe for LCHF Flatbread – the photos looked good (but we all know those can be staged!) As I am home today (had eye injections, again, this morning) and it is hotter than heck outside (so not mowing or gardening!) I decided to give it a shot.
I messed around with the ingredients and have to say that I am pretty impressed with how it worked out. Coconut flour isn’t my favourite as I find the flavour too strong, but in this recipe it works.
LCHF Naan-Style Flatbread
1/2 Cup Coconut Flour
2 Tbsp Psyllium Husk Powder
1 Tsp Baking Powder
1/2 Tsp Salt
Optional: Garlic powder, herbs, other flavours to suit you preference (in this batch I added a couple of shakes of garlic powder.)
1/3 Cup melted butter
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Cup BOILING water
- Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
- Add the melted butter and olive oil to the dry ingredients and mix until it starts sticking together – it should be starting to clump up at the very least or resemble nut butter texture at the most (I would add a bit more olive oil if it isn’t starting to bind up.)
- Had HALF (1/2 Cup) of the of the boiling water and mix until it forms a ball of dough. It will seem to be a good dough at this point and you may wonder if you need the rest of the water BUT YOU DO! Remember, coconut flour is so freaking absorbent that it will end up too dry if you don’t!
- Add the rest of the BOILING water and mix, again, until a dough ball forms. Work it a bit (you can use your hands if you want, but it isn’t necessary) to a smooth consistency.
- Divide into four portions – I just cut the ball in quarters with a knife.
- The dough is not sticky and you could just shape it with your hands, or you can roll it out between two sheets of parchment paper – which is what I did as I wanted them fairly thin.
- Dry fry in a large non-stick frying pan over med-high heat. When placing in the pan, do it carefully so you don’t get creases or tears – the dough does hold together but using both hands and laying it down from the centre keeps it flat!
- The top will start to look dry and that is the time to flip it over. It takes around 2-3 minutes each.
I ate one warm with butter and it was really very good! (It was my first one… which was crumpled up as I didn’t put it in the pan carefully enough.) The other three I will eat over the next day or so – I am looking forward to a wrap, and maybe a hot dip, or curry!
The texture is spot on, the bread tears like a “normal” Naan-type flatbread, it holds spreads and dips well too. The olive oil and the bit of garlic powder counter-acted the coconut flour flavour enough for me to not notice it.