The Ultimate Guide to Dried Coconut

Written by Jordan

May 20, 2016

Have you noticed how many recipes call for coconut flour, coconut milk, coconut cream, coconut water, coconut vinegar, coconut sugar, coconut oil, desiccated coconut and so on? Coconut is renowned for its versatility and there are so many different products and recipes that can be created from it (think coconut wraps, coconut butter, coconut charcoal, coconut rough, coconut prawns etc.). The nutritional and health benefits of coconut have become widely known over the past 5 years and the spread of coconut inspired health foods looks set to continue. Along with our organic extra virgin coconut oil Changing Habits has adding shredded coconut to our range.  

You may be thinking…shredded coconut?

Well, there is very little difference between flaked, shredded and desiccated coconut and they can in fact be used interchangeably in most recipes. They are all made from the coconut meat which is ground or put through a grater. The biggest difference between the three of them is the shape.

Shredded coconut comes in long, thin strips

 Shredded_coconut 

Flaked coconut comes in smaller, flatter pieces

Flaked_coconut

Desiccated coconut is even finer and is achieved through grinding. Desiccated coconut has most of its moisture removed from it while shredded and flaked varieties still contain some moisture, although they are both also dry.

Desiccated_coconut

These different types of coconut can be found at many supermarkets. However many of the conventional dried coconut products you find in grocery stores are harshly extracted, sterilised in chlorinated water and cooked in conveyor ovens at high temperatures before they add refined sweeteners and preservatives (mainly sulphites 220-228). As a result of all the processing conventional dried coconut undertakes it’s devoid of nutrients, riddled with chemicals and sulphites that are known to cause inflammation and allergic reactions in some when ingested, and barely resembles the natural coconut at all.

It is possible to make dried shredded coconut yourself at home from regular coconuts. The meat of the coconut needs to be carefully dried beforehand. Then it is simply a matter of grating or grinding the coconut until you achieve the consistency you want. The end product can be stored in a dry place or the freezer and kept there for up to six months, as long as it is packaged and sealed well.

However many of us don’t have access to fresh coconuts, or have the time to make shredded, flaked or desiccated coconut ourselves or even know how to safely open a fresh coconut. So this is why Changing Habits have introduced ‘Shredded Coconut’ it’s the next best thing! Our coconuts are freshly harvested, husked and shelled, and the remaining meat washed. The raw coconut meat is then shredded and dehydrated at a low temperature to preserve the full integrity of nutrients. It’s free of additives, dyes, sweeteners and preservatives and we are proud to offer a coconut product that is pure and unadulterated in all its natural richness!

Our shredded coconut is ethical, sustainable and certified organic. Cyndi doesn’t bring any product into the Changing Habits product range that she doesn’t use herself. We are so excited to have ‘Shredded Coconut’ at Changing Habits because of its nutritional and health benefits and because of its versatility. Use shredded coconut in chia puddings, smoothies, bliss balls, raw goodies, baked goodies, as a crumbing on meats, in curry’s, coconut rice, added to trail mixes and so on.  

How to enjoy shredded coconut

You can use shredded coconut in a variety of ways since it is such a versatile ingredient. For example; you can stir some through your morning porridge, put a couple tablespoons into your morning smoothie to thicken it up and add fibre, you can mix it with your choice of milk, chia seeds and berries for a beautiful chia pudding, add it to pancakes, biscuits, slices, bliss balls, trail mixes or homemade muesli. For a savoury option mix it with a little flour and use it as a crumbing on fish or meats.

Here are a few of our favourite recipes that use our shredded coconut:

  1. Lemon Coconut Slice
  2. Anti-inflammatory Mango & Coconut Chia Pudding
  3. Grain Free Cinnamon Muesli
  4. Coconut Chicken Tenders
  5. Chocolate Nut Balls

Let us know your favourite way to use shredded coconut.

Happy Changing Habits,

Jordan Pie
Changing Habits Nutritionist

May 2016

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