How to Toast Coconut Flakes

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From coconut cake to coconut cream pie, coconut flakes add both flavor and a decorative touch to many desserts and even some savory dishes. Some people prefer not to just use the flakes as is, but instead, like to toast them a golden brown, which adds a slightly nutty flavor and a crispier texture. You can easily toast the coconut flakes using the oven or your stove top.

Oven Method

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2

Spread the coconut flakes onto the baking sheet in a single layer.

Step 3

Place the baking sheet in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring roughly every minute or so with a wooden spoon, until they are golden brown. Remove the flakes from the baking sheet and cool on a separate tray or bowl to prevent residual heat from burning them.

Stove Top Method

Step 1

Cover a large skillet with a single layer of coconut flakes.

Step 2

Place the skillet on the stove over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. The coconut flakes should start to brown within five minutes.

Step 3

Continue to stir until all the coconut flakes are golden brown. Remove the coconut flakes from the stove and let them cool completely before using.