Great Crispy Toasted Coconut flakes – Made from fresh Coconuts, excellent toasted flavor, and crispy. With a hint of sweetness. This is absolutely delicious and just addicting to eat!
Sweet Toasted Coconut Flakes
Coconut flakes used to be one of my favorite snacks while growing up. It was sold in a tiny little plastic bag back in my elementary school days.
I knew I loved everything about it then; In fact, I spent virtually all my pocket money buying them because they are so good. I did not know the nutritional benefits back in the days, but now I know better.
In the recipe, I used a bit of sugar to sweeten my Coconut Flakes, and I added half of a Teaspoon of Coconut Oil for that extra nutty taste.
Adding Sugar is totally Optional, your flakes will still turn out just as good if you choose to skip it. However, the Oil might not be optional for all cases depending on how you make the Chips. You can read further for the explanation on this.
Toasted Coconut can be made on the stovetop, in the Oven, in the microwave and by using the dehydrator. However, in this post, I will be discussing how you can make the toasted Coconut Flakes in the Oven, Microwave and on the stovetop. I don’t have a dehydrator, and I don’t plan on having anyone anytime soon so I will not be talking about that. Let’s go!
How to Toast Coconut Using the Stovetop Method
Add some Coconut Oil inside a wide frying pan add the grated flakes and continue to stir for about 8 to 10 minutes on medium heat until the coconut turns brown. If you want it darker, keep stirring for a bit more till you achieve your desired brownness.
If you are using a non-stick pan for this method, you will need little to no oil, however, if you are using a regular pan that is not non-stick you will need about 2 Tbsps of Coconut Oil (or any mild Oil of your choice) to enable the flakes to brown faster. This is from my personal experience. I will be glad to know if you have a different experience.
How to Toast Coconut Using the Microwave method
When using the microwave method, start with a little bit of Coconut flakes at a time about half of a cup on the average. A little more or less depending on the size of your microwave.
Spread the flakes on a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on a high microwave setting at 30-second intervals stirring at each interval for about 5 to 6 minutes or till the coconut chips is golden brown.
How to Toast Coconut Using the Baking Method
The Oven method is best when you want to make a huge batch of Toasted Coconut flakes. It works well for both sweetened or unsweetened Coconut Chips and also with or without Oil. Spread a layer of the coconut flakes on a baking pan and bake at 300°F for 8 to 9 minutes stirring every 3 minutes until you achieve your desired brownness.
How To store Your Coconut Flakes
Store in an airtight container. It stays crunchy for weeks. Mine doesn’t last that long so I can’t say how many weeks precisely.
Coconut Chips Variations
You can add some salt to make a sweet and Salty version of this flakes.
Spices such as Cinnamon, Nutmeg or Cardamom can also be used to add to the flavor of your Chips.
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Why Should I make my Toasted Coconut flakes, since it’s sold everywhere?
The main reason I make it myself is that most of the Chips in the store have been loaded with preservatives plus it’s very easy to make.
Can I use desiccated or Fresh Coconut for my Coconut Chips?
Yes, you can but bear it in mind that the desiccated Coconut is dryer than the Fresh Coconut; therefore, you should expect the former to cook faster than the later.
What to do with Toasted Coconut Flakes
- I love using toasted coconut flakes for decorations in my cakes
- They can be can as a topping for your Ice-Cream or Yogurts
- You can eat as is for a snack – my favorite way!
- Sprinkle over your Oats meal Cereal
- Eat with your slaw or Salad
- Make an awesome batch of Granola!
FYI – One average Coconut makes about 2 cups a little more or less of Coconut Chips when freshly grated.
When you use the microwave method, it’s okay to add sugar but do not add the Oil.
Toasted Coconut Flakes
- 1 Coconut
- 3 Tbsp Sugar Optional
- 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
The Stove-top Method
- For Fresh Raw Coconut: Grate the coconut and clean the meat. Then use the largest shredding hole of the grater to grate the Coconut.
- Add Sugar and stir (Optional)
- In a medium pan, heat the oil on medium heat. Add your coconut flakes and continuously stir the Coconut as you toast; this will enable even browning.
- After about 10 minutes a little more or less, the Coconut will be well browned.
- Serve and Enjoy!
The Oven Method
- If using sweetened Coconut flakes, Preheat Oven to 320F. Spread the Coconut flakes inside cookie Sheet and bake 5 to 6 minutes stirring at 2 to 3 minutes Intervals till golden brown.
- If Using Unsweetened Coconut Flakes, preheat oven to 300F. Spread the Coconut flakes inside cookie Sheet and bake 7 to 10 minutes stirring at 3 minutes Intervals till golden brown.
- No Oil is required in this method. Simply spread the flakes on a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on a high microwave setting at 30-second intervals stirring at each interval for about 5 to 6 minutes or till the coconut chips is golden brown.
If you make this Toasted Coconut Flakes, I’d love to see pictures of your creations on Instagram or Facebook. #cheflolaskitchen