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What to do with huge amount of flaked coconut?

Aimee Jan 23, 2007 05:54 PM

I ordered it from Fresh Direct and didn't realize how big the bag was. I don't bake, so I'm not quite sure what to do with it all.

  1. jenniebnyc Jan 23, 2007 07:13 PM

    I just added lime and coconut to my plain Fage yogurt. It was really yummy.

    You could make macaroons, oatmeal cookies with coconut, carrot cake, coconut cake, add to thai curry, mix in chocolate pudding, coconut cream pie...........

    1. jbyoga Jan 23, 2007 07:31 PM

      Learn to make a freakin' huge macaroon!
      I think they're somewhat easy to make...and yummy!

      1. p
        Panini Guy Jan 23, 2007 07:38 PM


        I have this problem - have 3.5 qts. of it and am only going through about two tbsps/month.

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          shoo bee doo Jan 23, 2007 08:48 PM

          One of my favorite things to eat at my desk at work is to open up a package of Tuna with Panang Sauce from Trader Joes into a large cup and put about 2 handfuls of flaked coconut in the dish. I let it soften for about 3 minutes and maybe add some pumpkin seeds. The coconut acts like noodles and is very delicious and I think pretty healthy.

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          1. re: shoo bee doo
            jen kalb Jan 24, 2007 06:21 PM

            sounds delish (I really like that panang curry) but seems like it would be pretty high in calories and fat - you should check the nutrition info on that coconut.

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            valerie Jan 24, 2007 06:20 AM

            Trust me when I say that you don't have to be a baker to make these macaroons. They are incredibly easy and most importantly, delicious. They also freeze really well.


            1. mrbunsrocks Jan 24, 2007 06:48 AM

              I love dipping fish fillets in egg, then coconut. Fry at a relatively high heat, and then serve with fruit salsa - mango, pineapple, red and green pepper, lime juice, sugar. Yum!

              1. g rote Jan 24, 2007 06:52 AM

                toast it and use it in snack mixes, as a garnish for mixed drinks (pina coladas), as a topping for ice cream, mixed with rice in tropical dishes.

                1. macca Jan 24, 2007 06:54 AM

                  Coconut shrimp- and if you want to keep it low fat, season the shrimp, dip them into egg whites, then into the coconut. Bake. Easy and good.

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                  1. re: macca
                    MeowMixx Jan 26, 2007 10:00 AM

                    Ooooh, coconut shrimp!

                  2. MichaelB Jan 24, 2007 07:10 AM

                    If it's unsweetened coconut, you can make coconut milk - grind it in a blender with some hot water for a minute or so and then strain the slurry into a bowl - voila, coconut milk for your curry. I don't have exact proportions - you want it to be a fairly thick puree. The goal is to extract all the flavor and fat from the coconut (hence, the hot water) but not make it watery. It's probably not as good as it would be made from a fresh coconut, but I much prefer it to the canned kind, which always smells a bit like cat food to me.

                    1. lollya Jan 24, 2007 07:42 AM

                      i feel ya, i am not a baker either, but found ina gartens cupcakes are easy and superb.

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                        janlel Jan 24, 2007 08:44 AM

                        Use it in a homemade trail mix with unsalted peanuts, walnuts, almonds, raisins, and dried cranberries. We always have some at my house - it's a great nutritious snack.

                        1. BobB Jan 24, 2007 09:57 AM

                          Artificial snow! (with apologies to the writers of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip)

                          1. Chocolatechipkt Jan 24, 2007 10:08 AM

                            The macaroons from America's Test Kitchen are really good. They use a combination of sweetened and unsweetened coconut.

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                              TNExplorer Jan 24, 2007 11:20 AM

                              If you like fruit, why not make ambrosia. In my family, that means grated coconut mixed with chunks of fresh orange (see the thread on supreming citrus.) Ambrosia is very refreshing as a dessert, especially after rich food, and makes a good breakfast side dish as well.

                              1. MeffaBabe Jan 25, 2007 04:09 AM

                                Toast it- melt some great semi sweet chocolate and mix together. Then drop into those little candy cups and sprinkle a bit of toasted coconut on top and you have the best homemade candies ever. You could also just spread the mixture onto a parchment lined pan and sprikle with toasted coconut and cut into squares just before the chocolate gets solid.

                                Another suggestion is
                                Make a cake and frost it. Then before the frosting sets sprinkle (actually throw onto the sides of cake) on sides and top of cake- don't forget to add it to the center of the cake if a 2 layered cake. YOu can also freeze it if you can't use it all at one time. It stays fresh and you can just take out what you need during the course of the year. It keeps forever in the freezer.

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                                  morebubbles Jan 25, 2007 05:26 AM

                                  Granola! Easy to make- this recipe uses 2 cups of coconut:

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                                  1. re: morebubbles
                                    FoodFuser Jan 26, 2007 07:44 PM

                                    Granola freezes well, as does the coconut by itself.

                                    I sometimes put coconut in plain oatmeal.

                                  2. Kajikit Jan 26, 2007 09:58 AM

                                    Make rumballs - crushed biscuits, condensed milk, cocoa powder, and coconut mixed together with the booze of your choice, rolled in more coconut.

                                    1. luv2bake Jan 26, 2007 08:16 PM

                                      I add coconut to all kinds of things, but I ... ahem ... love to bake. :)

                                      I made these for a sweet swap at Christmas. They were good. Almond Joy Brownies in a jar. You just stuff the jar; you don't have to bake.

                                      2 1/4 cups sugar
                                      1/2 cup cocoa powder
                                      1 1/4 cup flaked coconut sprinkled with 1 teaspoon almond extract and tossed to blend
                                      3/4 cup chopped almonds
                                      1 1/4 cup flour mixed with 1 teaspoon baking powder & 1 teaspoon salt

                                      Layer ingredients in order given in a 1-quart wide-mouth canning jar. Press each layer firmly in place before adding next ingredient. (This is REALLY important!! The ingredients just fit in the jar if you press them down hard. I use my pestle.) If you get cocoa powder on the sides, you might want to wipe that off the sides before adding the other ingredients.

                                      Attach a card with:

                                      "Almond Joy Brownies: Makes 2 dozen brownies"

                                      Empty jar into mixing bowl. Thoroughly blend. Add:
                                      3/4 cup melted butter
                                      4 beaten eggs

                                      Mix until completely blended. Spread in a greased 9x13-inch pan. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Cool completely and cut into squares.

                                      Next I'll post my almond joy ice cream recipe.

                                      1. luv2bake Jan 26, 2007 08:18 PM

                                        Almond Joy Ice Cream

                                        2/3 cup flaked coconut
                                        2/3 cup sugar
                                        1 cup lite coconut milk
                                        1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
                                        1/2 teaspoon chocolate extract
                                        1 teaspoon almond extract
                                        1/3 cup cocoa powder (scant)
                                        2/3 cup skim milk
                                        1/3 cup half & half
                                        1 1/4 cups heavy cream
                                        toasted chopped almonds, optional

                                        Put all ingredients from coconut through cocoa powder into a blender and blend for about a minute. Pour in the milk and half & half and blend it for about 15 seconds. Add the cream, and only blend (on low) for 5 seconds.

                                        Pour it all into the ice cream container and process as your machine directs.

                                        Add as many toasted chopped almonds as you want at the end of processing or sprinkled on top when serving.

                                        1. luv2bake Jan 26, 2007 08:21 PM

                                          Another good recipe for someone who doesn't really bake is 7-layer cookies. Bottom is 1/2 c. melted butter and 1 c. graham cracker crumbs pressed into a 9x13. Sprinkle 1 cup each of chocolate chips & butterscotch chips over that. Put 1 cup (or more if you want to get rid of it faster!) coconut as the next layer. Pour a can of sweetened condensed milk over the whole thing, and top it with chopped nuts (I prefer pecans, but walnuts are good, too). Bake at 375 for about 25 minutes. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

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