How to toast coconut flakes

How to toast coconut flakes and bring out that natural, nutty and delicious coconut flavor

Have you ever wondered how to toast coconut flakes? Toasting coconut is a must around here. To me, raw coconut has an odd, chewy texture that is really not pleasant. But when you toast coconut, it makes the coconut a really yummy crispy texture and brings out the coconut flavor. Similar to when you toast pecans. 

how to toast coconut flakes

Learning how to toast coconut is super simple. This is how I learned in pastry school and I’ll never do it any other way. 

If you love coconut as much as I do, try toasting it next time and see if you like it even better! I think you will 😀 I love adding toasted coconut to my coconut cake or for sprinkling on top of my coconut custard

How to toast coconut flakes

  1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF
  2. Spread your sweetened coconut flakes onto the sheet pan in as thin and even layer as possible. 
  3. Bake your coconut for 2 minutes. If you don’t see some light browning around the edges, go for ONE more minute. 
  4. Give your coconut a stir. 
  5. Bake for 2 more minutes. If your coconut is not golden brown, add 1 more minute. DO NOT FORGET TO SET YOUR TIMER. Ask me how I know lol. 
  6. Once your coconut is golden brown and toasty, you’re done! Super fast and the best way to toast coconut flakes and get a nice even golden brown color. 


how to toast coconut flakes

how to toast coconut

How to store toasted coconut flakes

I typically store my coconut flakes in an airtight container in the fridge where it will stay fresh for 2-3 weeks. I usually only toast as much coconut as I need for my recipe. 

how to toast coconut flakes

Sometimes when I am using them in my baking I will even grind them up a bit in my food processor to get more of a fine-textured toasted coconut that still has all the flavor. 

How can you sweeten raw coconut flakes?

how to sweeten raw coconut flakes

If all you have is raw coconut or you prefer to sweeten your own, you can follow this recipe by 80 Cakes on how to sweeten raw coconut. Basically, you just combine 1/4 cup water and 4 teaspoons of sugar in a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Add in 1 cup of raw coconut and stir until the water is absorbed. You can use this coconut right away or lay it out on a paper towel to dry before storing. 


How To Toast Coconut Flakes

how to toast coconut flakes
Tutorial on how to toast coconut flakes in the oven to bring out that natural and nutty flavor that comes from toasting, similar to toasting nuts.
Servings: 6 oz


  • 6 oz sweetened flaked coconut


How to toast coconut flakes

  • Preheat your oven to 350ºF
  • Spread coconut flakes onto a sheet pat evenly
  • Bake coconut for 2-3 minutes until edges just begin to turn golden brown
  • Stir coconut and then bake for 1-2 more minutes or until golden brown. Do not walk away or forget to set the timer or the coconut can burn.
  • Store coconut in an airtight container for 2-3 weeks in the fridge or freeze for 6 months.


Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 81mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 10g | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.4mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coconut
Calories: 129kcal
Author: Elizabeth Marek

how to toast coconut flakes to a perfect golden brown in the oven! This is the EASIEST and fastest way to get perfectly toasted coconut