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How to Toast Coconut4Three ways to toast coconut plus a great snack you will love with toasted coconut.  I love this ingredient in anything and like it even better toasted.  I put it in cakes, love it in pie and sprinkle it on salads and cereal for a little bit of sweetness when I leave out the sugar.

Toast Coconut in the Microwave:

How to Toast Coconut

Sprinkle 1/2 cup coconut on a glass pie dish or plate.  Microwave 3 or 4 minutes stirring every 30 seconds after the first two minutes.

Toasted in the Oven:

How to Toast Coconut3

Place on a baking sheet in a preheated 325 degree oven for 5 to 10 minutes stirring every couple minutes until coconut is toasted.

Toasted on Top of the Stove: How to Toast Coconut2

Place 1/2 cup in a preheated skillet on top of the stove for 2 to 5 minutes stirring often until toasted a golden brown.  Do not put oil in the skillet.

Sweetened coconut will brown faster than unsweetened and fresh will take longer to brown because it is wetter.  You can make as much as you like or as little.  It keeps well in an airtight container for up to a month and will keep in freezer for a couple months.

Make the healthy snack in the photo above:

1 banana, peeled and sliced

1 tablespoon almond butter


toasted coconut

raisins, (optional)

nuts (optional)

Cut banana into slices on a plate.  Add the almond butter on top and drizzle on some honey.  Sprinkle on toasted coconut, raisins and nuts.  This makes a great healthy snack. I have it for lunch a lot. Enjoy!

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  1. Mildred Trafford says:

    I would love to see some diabetic recipes that are simple to make without a lot of ingredients…thank you in advance for posting any that you may have.

    • The Southern Lady says:

      If you type “light recipes” into the search box on any page you may find some recipes suitable for diabetics already on the site.

  2. Debbie Inskeep says:

    I also use coconut frequently but toast it in the toaster oven on the toast setting for 2-3 minutes. Works perfectly every time.

  3. PEGGY TAYLOR says:

    Will make some of these recipes.

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5 Secrets to Old-Fashioned
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