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.
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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:
You can make a burger with coconut bun. Just mix an egg with some coconut (varying amounts depending on how dense you want the bun) and fry in ghee.
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."
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.
Use it in meatloaf in place of bread crumbs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Everyone has such great ideas! Here are a few more: whole banana, stick, melted dark chocolate - I get the 70% Guanaja Feves from Valrhona at Whole foods, coconut, freezer. ChocoBanana! The other is the same deal but slice the banana thick, dip and roll in the coconut, freeze, and you'll have bite sized treats! The little bites are pretty adorable and way tasty. You know.. if the shreds don't taste like coconut to you then I would just use as an addition to your cooking as an extra boost of lauric acid intake. You can also make curries, chutneys - use to top chicken, pork and fish, ceviche, etc. Have fun!
Scramble it into eggs and add a touch of indian spices for a great flavor.
I love it in my salads (sounds weird, tastes good!) and for coating for coconut fried shrimp or chicken!
breakfast bars: 1 dozen eggs, 2 c coconut, 1/4 c honey, healthy scoop of cinnamon. bake on parchment until eggs are set. cut em up and put into single serving size containers in the freezer for superfast breakfasts or food emergencies...
I use it in everything... great also for 'vegetable-pizza-crust': Use a mix of cauliflower/broccoli/carrots, microwave until soft, then blend in food processor until rice-like consistency. Add eggs, shredded coconut, a bit of coconut oil and whatever spices/salt/pepper you like. Flatten on a baking sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking), put in the oven for about 15 minutes at 400 degrees - time depends on thickness of your crust - and presto, you've got yourself a VERY healthy pizza crust! Now all that's left is the pizza toppings... again, use whatever you like and put it back in the oven for another 10 minutes or so... mmmmhh!! My whole family loves this - and none of them would actually even think about eating cauliflower and or broccoli otherwise... ;-)
i use it to make a flax/coconut pancake if i'm in the mood for that on a saturday. i don't measure so i can't really post the recipe but it is really really good.
very nice on top of fish with a little (or a lot of) curry spice. I get trout fillets here (I'd prefer whole fish but not really an option) and pan fry them gently in a LOT of butter with some coconut flakes and thai curry spice on top. http://www.thespicehouse.com/spices/thai-nam-prik-krung-kaeng-ped-red-curry-powder As the fish is cooking I tilt the pan and spoon the hot butter constantly again and again over the top of the fish (and the coconut) and do this until the fish is cooked to your liking. Don't flip the fish, and if it has skin on one side, cook it with the skin side down. Pretty tasty.
just add a touch of heavy cream, cacao, vanilla and stir!
Make homemade coconut milk!
Use it in coconut bark: Melt coconut oil, a little dark chocolate, touch of vanilla or almond flavoring, shredded coconut. Freeze. Can be addictive. Be careful.
make your own version of granola with it
soak it in water, drain most liquid and put into a version of paleo pancakes
heres a great quick sweet treat recipe: http://www.civilizedcavemancooking.com/2011/04/almond-coconut-chocolate-drops.html
My son is addicted to berries with the shredded coconut on top. He also had the coconut flakes this AM on an apple with a few chocolate chips (gluten free ones). I am in search of a good protein ball that has coconut in it. I know there is one out there, I just haven't had time to look!
I add it to the ice cream recipe I nabbed from health-bent.com - 3 frozen bananas, 1/2 c canned coconut milk, splash of vanilla, processed until smooth; I just shake some flakes in and stir. So good!
I'm sure there's some paleo macaroon recipes, right? http://paleoblocks.blogspot.com/2010/04/paleo-recipe-macaroons.html
I'm sure you could do something with cocoa powder and vanilla extract too to make them chocolate...which is what I think I'll do this weekend. Otherwise, I like to mix the flakes in a bowl with some macadamia and/or dark chocolate chips, makes a nice dessert if I'm in the mood.
I work with Edward & Sons, the maker of "Let's do...Organic" shredded coconut and am happy to help answer your question. This is a link to one of our recipe pages, hope it helps! : ) If you have new recipes, we are happy to include them on this page. (link to submit recipes on page(