Uses for Unsweetened Shredded Coconut?

by (1127) Updated July 02, 2011 at 2:06 AM Created May 06, 2011 at 12:15 PM

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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12118 · May 06, 2011 at 1:39 PM

  • 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:

  • Combine shredded sweetened coconut at a 1:1 ratio with coconut flour (like Tropical Traditions' coconut flour) and use as a breading-type coating for frying or baking, as in:

    Gluten-free schnitzel

    Shrimp, like for an adaptation of po' boys

24343 · May 07, 2011 at 2:07 AM

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. uses-for-unsweetened-shredded-coconut?

140 · May 06, 2011 at 12:48 PM

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."

1527 · May 06, 2011 at 12:21 PM

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.

77348 · May 06, 2011 at 9:45 PM

Use it in meatloaf in place of bread crumbs.

265 · May 06, 2011 at 1:25 PM

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.

5330 · May 06, 2011 at 12:46 PM

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.

1724 · May 06, 2011 at 12:34 PM

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.

13583 · May 06, 2011 at 12:21 PM

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.

20462 · July 02, 2011 at 2:06 AM

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!

10750 · July 01, 2011 at 5:53 PM

Scramble it into eggs and add a touch of indian spices for a great flavor.

375 · May 06, 2011 at 8:04 PM

I love it in my salads (sounds weird, tastes good!) and for coating for coconut fried shrimp or chicken!

40 · May 06, 2011 at 5:39 PM

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...

15 · May 06, 2011 at 5:11 PM

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... ;-)

12048 · May 06, 2011 at 2:57 PM

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.

5105 · May 06, 2011 at 1:25 PM

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.

85 · May 06, 2011 at 12:59 PM

just add a touch of heavy cream, cacao, vanilla and stir!

1100 · May 06, 2011 at 12:25 PM

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.

8753 · May 06, 2011 at 1:52 PM

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

1344 · May 06, 2011 at 1:20 PM

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!

280 · May 06, 2011 at 1:13 PM

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!

231 · May 06, 2011 at 12:31 PM

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.

-2 · May 24, 2011 at 7:02 PM


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(


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