Maple Coconut Flakes

I like to think of myself as a snack queen. My meal prep consists of me making sure I have delicious, ready to eat snacks on hand at all times. I always have a bag of Trader Joe's coconut flakes in my bag as an emergency pick-me-up. As I got more and more into coconut flake/strip snacks I couldn't ignore the price, sugar content and amount of packaging.

A 3 oz. bag of toasted coconut flakes from Whole Foods and a 12 oz. bag of Bob's Red Mill coconut flakes both come out to be about 4 dollars. This recipe not only saved me money but it helped me take control of the ingredients in my favorite snack. 

Preheat your oven to 400 convention bake 

What you'll need:

  • 12 oz. bag of Bob's Red Mill Coconut Flakes (or what you find in the bulk section)

  • 2-4 T of maple syrups (how sweet do you want it?)

  • 2 T olive oil 

  • a pinch of salt 

Mix everything together, put on a lined baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes or until golden brown, stir periodically. Let cool completely and store in a sealed mason jar. Enjoy on yogurt, in fat balls, on coconut shrimp or (my favorite) on its own. 

This is a very basic recipe, play around with your favorite flavors. I could add cinnamon to this recipe and/ or replace the maple syrup with brown sugar. I use olive oil because it's my preferred fat but you could use coconut oil, avocado oil, walnut oil or your preferred fat. I've seen coconut flakes used to make vegan bacon bits with liquid smoke and paprika. The point is, play around with this recipe! I've been able to save a little money, reduce my use of pre-packaged goods and take control of the ingredients in my snacks with this simple recipe that only takes 10 minutes to make.

Enjoy!

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