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 »
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
Stove-Top Method (best for up to 2 cups coconut)
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0