Three Best Ways to make Toasted Coconut Flakes

Ever wondered how to toast coconut? Do it this way and it will never go wrong. Learn how to toast coconut flakes that can be used as a dessert topping or mixed into cookies, muffins, pie filling and cakes. Topping brings out a more complex flavour in the coconut and creates a slightly crispier texture. Both sweetened and unsweetened coconut can be toasted following the same procedures. Coconut can also be toasted to light brown colour for a slightly nutty taste and to a darker brown colour for a deeper nutty flavour. You can make regular coconut flakes or toasted coconut flakes by adjusting the temperature of your oven when dehydrating the coconut. Great crispy toasted coconut flakes, made from fresh coconuts, excellent toasted flavour. With a hint of sweetness, this is truly delicious and just addicting to eat.

For this recipe, you can add a little sugar to sweeten your coconut flakes and half a teaspoon of coconut oil for that extra nutty taste. Adding sugar is optional; your flakes will still turn out good if you choose to skip it. Nonetheless, the oil might not be optional for all cases depending on how you make the chips. Toasted coconut can be made in the oven, on the stovetop or in the microwave and by using the dehydrator.

How to make toasted coconut flakes

The stovetop method

• Open the coconut and pry it out

• Using a vegetable peeler and peel off the brown skin from the coconut pieces.

• Rinse off and dry the white coconut pieces.

• Use a vegetable peeler and peel off strips of coconut until you have finished making coconut chips with the entire coconut.

• Add sugar and stir. This process is optional.

• In a medium pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the coconut flakes and stir continuously as you toast the coconut, this will help it to be even.

• After 10 to 15 minutes, the coconut will be well browned

Oven Directions

If you are using sweetened coconut, spread the coconut in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Bake at 350F for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring every two minutes until the coconut begins to brown. Remove from the oven and transfer to a dish to cool completely.

When using unsweetened coconut flakes, preheat the oven to 300F. spread the coconut flakes inside the cookie sheet and bake for 7 to 10 minutes stirring at 3 minutes intervals till golden brown.

Microwave Directions

Spread the coconut in the bottom of a large microwave-safe glass container, microwave for 5 to 8 minutes stopping to stir after every minute until the coconut begins to brown. Remove from dish and allow cooling completely.

Notes

• Buying a fresh coconut can be intimidating but it is easy to make coconut chips or toasted coconut flakes once you know-how.

• Store your dried coconut chips in an airtight container. They are now ready for eating as it is or you seasoning base on your preference.

• If freshly grate, an average coconut makes about 2 or more cups of coconut chips.

• After opening and prying out your coconut meat, peel out the brown skin and dry it off, you either munch on it separately or grind it into powder which is great as an exfoliate for your skin.

• Learning how to toast coconut the right way will make you a star in the kitchen.

• Doing it on the stovetop lets you control the heat and keep moving, which is essential to keep it from burning.

• When you use the microwave method, feel free to add sugar but never make the mistake of adding oil.

• Toasted coconut maximizes the coconut flavour and can be used in any coconut recipe.

• You can store toasted coconut in a jar or airtight container for up to a month.

• Make sure you stay close when toasting coconut. Once you start toasting, it goes quickly. You do not want to end up with burnt coconut.

• For oven bake, put the baking sheet in the oven on the middle rack and bake after 3 minutes, open the oven and gently stir the coconut with a spatula. Bake until the coconut is golden brown.

• To toast large batches of coconut, the oven is the best method to opt for.

• The time taken for the coconut to be brown depends on the number of your flakes. Lesser flakes will brown faster than a large number of flakes.

What to do with toasted coconut flakes

1. You can use your toasted coconut flakes for cake decorations.

2. They can be used as toppings for ice cream or yoghurts.

3. Eat them as a snack

4. Eat with your slaw or salad

5. Sprinkle over your oats meal cereal

6. Make a breathtaking batch of granola.

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