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Coconut Flakes/Chips

Coconut Flakes

How are Wilderness Family Naturals' Coconut Flakes special?

Wilderness Family Naturals is proud to offer low temperature dehydrated coconut with a great taste. We worked hard with our agent and several companies in the Philippines to develop a natural, dried coconut that could still be called "truly raw."

We start with wild coconuts grown in the beautiful, tropical islands of the Philippines. The husks and shells are removed and the remaining white coconut meat washed in pure, filtered water (no chlorine is present). The coconut is then shredded and slowly dehydrated at 98° F (37° C). The result is shredded, raw coconut that tastes great and has a wonderful texture. Unadulterated and unheated, these coconut flakes contain all the natural nutrients found in coconut.

Are these coconut flakes safe?

Some companies in the US are under the impression that the only way to manufacture coconut flakes and meet recommended safety specifications is to use heat. They make their allegations with no knowledge of the time or methods we use for our flakes, nor do they know of the extensive testing these flakes go through or the extreme measures taken at the plant to insure the finished product exceeds all safety guidelines. If you are concerned about the safety of our coconut flakes, please follow this link for more information. Are Coconut Flakes Safe?

How are other coconut flakes made?

Most shredded, dried coconut available world-wide is called desiccated coconut. Chlorinated water is used to clean and sterilize the coconuts once they are opened and peeled. The coconut meat is grated, often lightly pressed to remove some of the milk (moisture) and then it is dried in huge conveyer ovens at temperatures between 170°-180° F (76°-82° C).

Sweetened coconut, sold in grocery stores, is made by taking the desiccated coconut described above and soaking it in a corn syrup, propylene glycol solution with sodium metabisulfite added as a preservative.

There is a huge difference between raw, dehydrated coconut purchased from Wilderness Family Naturals and most store-bought sweetened coconut flakes. They are crunchy, yet the oils as they melt in your mouth give off a light coconut flavor. These coconut flakes and chips are more flavorful than standard dessicated coconut because the flavors have not been vented off by high temperatures and no moisture has been pressed out prior to drying. If you want these flakes to be sweeter, placing them in a bag and adding a touch of your favorite dry sweetener will do the trick. The oils in the coconut make them prime targets for any sweetener to stick. This way you can make them as sweet as you want and not have to deal with preservatives or other less favorable ingredients.

These raw coconut flakes and coconut chips are great in trail mixes, numerous raw desserts, cookies, Sandy's Almond Joy Bars (see below), or as a snack all by themselves.

We offer raw, unsweetened dehydrated coconut in: fine, small and large coconut flakes as well as coconut chips.

More Great Recipes

Coconut Chips

Coconut Chips are one of our most popular items for eating by the handful. Stores that offer these as samples at the register have a hard time keeping them in stock. These chips are the size of potato peelings and can easily be added to trail mix, granola, and many other foods.

Fine Flakes

Fine coconut flakes are small and "fluffy". They are ideal for cookies, especially macaroons. If you are making fruit/nut bars using nut butters and dried fruits or any type of soft, raw treat you may want to add fine/macaroon coconut flakes for texture and flavor. Another use for fine coconut flakes is to coat gooey treats. This is commonly done with date-nut rolls and caramels made from coconut milk. Coconut Shrimp and coconut crusted fish also work best when fine flakes are used in the recipe.

Large Flakes

These large shreds of coconut are called "Fancy Flakes" in the Philippines. They are a long thin shred and most closely resemble the size of coconut flake you will find in the grocery store. Use these shreds for standard baking, for tropical toppings on baked goods and coconut cream pies!

Small Flakes

Wilderness Family Naturals' small coconut flakes are about the size of white rice. Many people find these will still work for macaroons, coatings and cookies (like a fine flake) and they also can be used in place of the large shreds. They are in-between those two flakes in size and can work in most recipes, especially if you want a more substantial coconut texture and flavor, but do not want too much "chewiness."

Recipes:

Sandy's Almond Joy Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup liquid coconut oil - can be melted by placing container in hot water
  • 1 cup chopped almonds - try using soaked and dried almonds for added nutritional benefit (see instructions below)
  • 3/4 to 1 cup dehydrated coconut

Directions

  1. Stir together the coconut oil, almonds, dehydrated coconut (save about one third of it to sprinkle over the top) in a bowl.
  2. Pour into an 8 X 8 pan and sprinkle the top with dehydrated coconut.
  3. Place in the refrigerator to chill for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  4. Remove and cut into bite-size squares to serve. If it becomes too hardened and cracks when you attempt to cut it, just set it out at room temperature until it cuts easily. Store it in the refrigerator.

Variations

  1. Use Frontier Liquid Seasonings without alcohol to give the Almond Joys a different twist.
  2. Try a teaspoon or two of Vanilla, Maple, Lemon, Lime, cinnamon, or Mint etc. Add when you are mixing all of the ingredients together.
  3. Use some freshly squeezed lemon, lime or grapefruit juice to create a citrus flavor. WONDERFUL!!!
  4. Try adding some coconut milk powder or native whey protein to give the bar a creamier texture, or use Wilderness Family Naturals' Coconut Spread. Using a nut butter will also have a similar effect. It gives the bar a bit more substance and makes it more like a nougat.
  5. Grind some raw cacao nibs into a powder using a coffee grinder or use our raw cacao powder to make them chocolaty. Then sweeten it with some raw honey, muscovado, or stevia.
  6. Add liquid (water, coconut milk, coconut cream, or warmed coconut oil) to a natural sweetener and raw cacao to make a chocolate sauce that you can use to top the almond joy bars.
  7. Combine some certified organic, raw cacao powder with some agave nectar to create a wonderfully thick, naturally sweet healthy chocolate topping.

People are amazed at the results when they make this recipe. There are now hundreds of variations of Sandy's Almond Joy bars being made across America.

Almond Preparation

  1. Soak almond overnight for 8 to 12 hours. I like to add Real Salt to the soaking water, using about one teaspoon per cup of nuts.
  2. Chop in food processor.
  3. Place on Teflex sheet (or parchment paper) and place in dehydrator to dry (about 4-6 hours).
  4. I also dehydrate these soaked almonds whole for snacks. I place them in a bowl, stir in some Bragg's Liquid Aminos and a little Real Salt, then dry on the regular dehydrator sheets until crispy.

This is a very versatile recipe that can be changed by adding a different flavoring each time you make it.

Modified from the recipe donated by Sandy Kuntz