How to Toast Coconut Flakes for Baking

Learn how to toast coconut flakes that can be used as a dessert topping or mixed into cookies, muffins, pie filling, and cakes. Toasting brings out a more complex flavor in the coconut and creates a slightly crispier texture. Pin it for Later »

Toasted Coconut Flakes

How to Toast Coconut Flakes

Skill Level: Beginner 

Toasted coconut is a simple component that can be used as a topping for cupcakes, mixed into pastry cream for pie filling, or spread in between cake layers. Toasting the coconut brings out slightly nutty flavors and adds a slightly crispier texture.

Both sweetened and unsweetened coconut can be toasted following the same methods. Coconut can also be toasted to a light brown color for a slightly nutty taste and to a darker brown color for a deeper nutty flavor.

How to Toast Coconut Flakes on the Stove Top

Toasting coconut on the stove is best for small batches, about 1-2 cups.

Pour the coconut in a dry skillet and place it over medium/low heat. Watch the coconut closely and stir it frequently. The coconut will start to smell nutty and will begin turning brown.

How to Toast Coconut Flakes in the Oven

To toast large batches of coconut, anything over 2 cups, the oven method is the best.

Spread the coconut flakes out on a sheet pan in a thin layer. Bake at 325 F (163 C). Check the coconut every 5 minutes and stir until the coconut is your desired color. This should take about 10-15 minutes.

Uses for Toasted Coconut

How to Toast Coconut Flakes

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Coconut flakes can be toasted in the oven or on the stove top. Toasted coconut can be used as a dessert topping or mixed into cookies, muffins, pie filling, and cakes. Toasting brings out a more complex flavor in the coconut and creates a slightly crispier texture. 

Ingredients

  • sweetened or unsweetened coconut flakes

Instructions

Stove-Top Method (best for up to 2 cups coconut)
  1. Pour the coconut flakes into a dry skillet that is wide enough to allow the coconut to be spread in a thin layer on the bottom of the pan.
  2. Heat over medium/low heat, stirring frequently, until the coconut smells nutty and begins turning brown.
Oven Method (best for more than 2 cups of coconut)
  1. Pour the coconut flakes onto a sheet pan and spread into a thin even layer.
  2. Toast coconut the oven at 325 F (163 C), stirring about every 5 minutes. This should take about 10-15 minutes.

  • A light brown color will result in a slightly nutty flavor while a darker brown color will result in a more pronounced nutty flavor.
  • Store toasted coconut after it has completely cooled in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 month.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0
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4 comments on “How to Toast Coconut Flakes for Baking”

  1. This is just perfect! I love using toasted coconut for decorations in cakes and desserts. It’s always delicious!

    Rating: 4
  2. This was very helpful & the coconut came out great and slightly nutty flavored. However….I think you meant to say “slightly nutty” flavor in the middle paragraph- not “slutty nutty”. I got quite the chuckle!!!!

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