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Toasted Coconut flakes is so easy to make and rich in flavor. Do you love coconuts? Learn how to toast coconut in the oven, the stove top or in your air fryer. This is the perfect topping for your homemade Greek yogurt, Cheesecakes, and coconut ice cream. Have you tried it in granolas? It’s so so good and also serves a perfect low carb snack to enjoy.
Toasted coconut flakes is one of the easiest snacks to make and keep on hand to enjoy when you feel like a sweet treat that’s not carb heavy. It stores well and tastes absolutely amazing.
It can be made in the oven or on the stove top. Which ever method you choose be sure to keep an eye on it because it can so easily go from that delicious golden and toasted coconut goodness to a burnt bitter mess.
What can I use Toasted coconut flakes for?
- Snack on it yum!!( with caution as the carb count can add up quickie
- Top off your Greek yoghurt with this goodness.
- And some more for your low carb desserts.
- Cookies you can add this to the dough of my keto Shortbread fingers that takes it up a notch. How about some keto cowboy cookies?
- Mix it into your vanilla ice cream for a wonderful toasted coconut ice cream recipe.
- Unsweetened Coconut flakes
- Sweetener (I used powdered erythritol)
How to toast Coconut flakes in the oven.
You can choose to Make your toasted coconut flakes sweetened or unsweetened. If you choose to sweeten it all you need to do is to add a little powdered sweetener of choice.
The following is an overview of the recipe with step by step photos, full recipe instructions can be found in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this page.
Pic 4-6; Put in your preheated oven and toast till golden. Remember to stir it half way through. After toasting, let it cool completely before storing in an air tight container.
No oven? No problem you can toasted coconut on the stove top and I would gladly show you how. I don’t think it would work in the air fryer I will explain why shortly.
On the Stove top:
Though I prefer to toast coconut flakes in the oven, I have also used my stove on some occasions especially when I don’t want to turn in my oven.
Though you can control the temperature by lowering it to the barest minimum, using the stove requires more hands on time than the oven.
All you need is a skillet, pour shredded coconut into it, turn the heat on to medium, toast coconut until golden brown. Remember to stir frequently to prevent it from burning.
Can you use an Air fryer?
This rapid air circulation tends to throw light weight food around. I can only imagine how coconut flakes will probably build a whirlwind in there. (Just kidding!) But you get the point.
If you want to learn how to use an air fryer, this is a good place to start.
Where to buy coconut flakes.
Toasting coconut flakes is easy so you really don’t need to go searching for where to ‘where to buy coconut flakes near me’ on the internet. Most sold in store have preservatives to keep extend the shelf life too￼.
You should be toasting your coconut flakes because…
- It’s saves you some money.
- It’s easy to make and..
- It doesn’t take much of your time since it’s ready in less than 10 mins
- Toasted coconut flakes has a deep nutty flavor which is achieved by toasting. In other words the nutty flavor isn’t found in freshly grated coconut.
Which coconut should I use shredded or flakes, Sweetened or Unsweetened?
Very good question, You can use either shredded coconut or flakes. It’s totally fine. For this Homemade sugar free keto sprinkles I used flakes because it made for a better sprinkles alternative. The choice of Unsweetened or sweetened coconut flakes would be a matter of choice and your health goals.
If you are following a low carb/ keto way of eating then the sweetened coconut flakes won’t be an option because it’s sweetened with sugar. That is not to say you can have sweetened coconut on a keto diet.
Yes you can, my version of toasted coconut used powdered sweetener.
How to store.
This is a great snack, desserts or baked goods topping that can be made ahead and stored for future use. It can can be stored in any air tight container or even a plastic storage bag. Toasted coconut can be stored for up to 3 months so you can go ahead and make a large batch yayy!!
Quick Recipe notes and tips
- You really need to hang around the kitchen while this toasts. It’s like a newborn, it’s needs attention so you can’t walk away, it will burn.. It needs stirring at intervals to toast evenly.
- Let it cool completely before storage. This will prevent the heat from the hot toasted coconut from creating steam within the container and softening the flakes.
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This recipe was first published in August 2018 but has been updated with more helpful tips.
Easy Toasted Coconut Flakes
- 1½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 2 tsp sweetener of choice
In the Oven:
- Preheat oven to 350ºF
- If you are using a sweetner, mix sweetener and coconut flakes together
- Spread coconut flakes on s baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Toast in the oven till golden brown takes about 6- 8 mins
- Remember to stir occasionally in between to prevent unevenly toasted or burnt coconut flakes.
On the stove top:
- Spread the coconut flakes in the fry pan with a heavy bottom I usually use my cast ion pan.
- Toast coconut on medium heat.
- Stir frequently until evenly toasted.
- Turn off heat.
- Transfer to a cookie sheet to stop cooking process
- Allow to cool, then Use immediately or store in an air tight container.
- Allow to cool completely before storage
- The importance of frequent siring can't be over emphasized both on the stove top and in the oven.
- When stirring in the oven, make sure to use a long spatula and oven mitts.
- When the coconut flakes is completely coated to your taste remove pan or baking sheet away fro source of heat. you can leave the flakes in the baking sheet for the oven toasted coconut flakes if you toasted it on a baking sheet but if you toasted with a cast iron skillet either on the stove top or oven, you will need to transfer it to a baking sheet after removing skillet from source of heat because the skillet retains heat soy the coconut flakes will continue to toast.
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