A quick and simple guide for How to Toast Coconut in your Toaster Oven. So you can get to topping all of your favorite sweet and savory recipes with flaky toasted coconut!
Toasted coconut makes any meal, treat or snack taste delicious. It just looks impressive, like putting cookies in a mason jar with twine. And just like making baked egg tostadas, using your toaster oven to toast dried or dehydrated coconut gets the job done soooo much faster than a larger oven!
Which means you can get to sprinkling sweet toasted coconut on all your favorite meals and treats like a Flatbread Fruit Pizza.
Although it will only take 15 minutes or less to toast coconut in your toaster oven it does require your full attention. What, no multi-tasking? That’s right, toasted coconut goes from beautifully browned → to burnt in a split second.
So put down your iphone, pick up a cookie sheet and lets toast some coconut!
How to Toast Coconut in Your Toaster Oven:
Preheat your toaster oven to 300º F or 325º F. If you are using sweetened coconut you might want to line your cookie sheet with a toaster oven silpat for easier clean up.
Arrange 1/2 cup shredded or flaked dried or dehydrated coconut in an even layer on the cookie sheet or a pan with low sides.
4-18-2016 Update: We’ve been toasting our coconut in a different thinner metal pan recently and have noticed the coconut getting toasted much faster than on the darker coated pan pictured. If you’re using a thinner cookie sheet or have a toaster oven that runs hot start with the 300º F temperature first or reduce the cook time to avoid scorching your coconut.
Bake coconut at 300º F to 325º F, stirring occasionally. Use the baking time that corresponds to your type of coconut ↓
- Finely Shredded Unsweetened Coconut: 4 – 7 minutes
- Large Flake Unsweetened Coconut: 6 – 12 minutes
- Shredded Sweetened Coconut: 7-10 minutes
Remove the toasted coconut once it is lightly golden brown. Transfer the toasted coconut to a paper towel or empty cookie sheet to cool entirely (if you leave it on the hot pan it will continue to cook and could scorch). If you’re lazy like me and don’t want another dirty dish to clean, leave the coconut on the pan but make sure to walk by and stir it every few minutes until it has cooled completely.
Great news, you don’t have to get every last piece perfectly toasted!
Because the pieces are naturally of varying sizes the smaller ones will get burned if you overcook the pan trying to completely toast all of the larger pieces.
Settle for good enough so you can get to adding your yummy toasted coconut to all sorts of sweet treats↓
Nutritional Information is an estimate for 2 Tablespoons of Unsweetened Toasted Coconut.
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