I bought "Let's Do Organic" brand unsweetened shredded coconut and now I don't know what to do with it. I've searched some, and all I can seem to find is baking recipes, paleo and regular SAD. I know people put it in smoothies, and I plan to try that- but other than baking fake cookies etc what else can I do with it? I can't eat it straight.
Toast it (Broil at 450 but watch closely!) and eat it warm from the oven!
Warm or toast it with some salted pastured butter. When I like this really desserty I add a few drops of liquid whole leaf stevia and some vanilla extract.
Sprinkle it toasted (or untoasted) on a bowl of fresh berries.
Quarter some strawberries, some cacao nibs (or other nuts, finely chopped) and add enough of the shredded coconut to coat the berries.
Use it as an ice cream (dairy or nondairy, miminmally sweetened) topping
Add it to smoothies to thicken and lend a coconut taste
And my personal favorite:
When I first bought unsweetened coconut flakes I had a hard time just eating them straight too, but I got used to it and I love them now as a snack! They also go really well with dark chocolate.
Sprinkle it in with a baked sweet potato, add a few walnuts. Yum! Or sometimes I take some fresh blueberries, a few natural almonds and sprinkle some unsweetened coconut on it. Nice "treat."
I use it for sopping up juice and fat from the skillet (a job previously handled by bread), then I dump the flakes onto the dish. Or I use it just as a sprinkle topping on anything. Because it's unsweetened, it can be used in plenty of savory dishes.
Take a ripe banana, heavy cream or coconut milk, 2 eggs, make batter, add coconut flour (2 tbsp) & almond flour (2 tbps) and shredded coconut (enough to make consistency), and now make pancakes by frying the lot in butter or coconut oil. Coconut banana fritters! Good with greens, eggs, etc., for breakfast.
I snack on the unsweetened flakes all the time. Yummy.
My go-to "dessert" is 3 tablespoons of coconut flakes and 1 tablespoon of 100% cocoa powder with maybe a little cinnamon. It's super dry and takes a little getting used to but I really love it. Great way to get in some chocolate flavor with zero sugar.
Use it to bread chicken, fish, or shrimp, put it in your salad, or put it on a fruit salad. If you eat strawberries and dark chocolate melt some chocolate, dip the strawberries and immediately sprinkle with the coconut. Probably not an every day treat but dang it is good.