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Caramelized Coconut Chips
Man! I really want something salty-crispy right now. I wonder what would happen if I toasted these things then sprinkled them with salt?
That was my thought process before my my kitchen experiment yielded such surprisingly irresistible results.
I’m not sure if you’ll compliment or curse me after you’ve tried these. I’m ready for either response (and both!).
Salty, sweet, crispy, and luscious with coconut fat, these chips are great on their own as a snack (eat them alongside some cold grilled chicken and fresh, raw veggies, and you’ve really got something) or sprinkled on top of savory dishes like rogan josh, coconut curry, curry fried f’rice, or coconut-almond green beans… even mixed into a quickie shrimp salad (cold salad shrimp, homemade mayo, fresh parsley, a squeeze of lime juice).
Thursday nights in the Joulwan household, circa the 1980s, were “popcorn night.” In sixth grade, I wrote an ode to popcorn, such was my devotion to the salty snack. Even though it’s not on the paleo-approved menu, I still think of popcorn as my favorite food. These cinnamon-caramelized coconut chips do not taste like popcorn, but they do approximate the experience: the saltiness and mild sweetness, the blend of white and brown bits, and that ever-so-satisfying crunch.
Caramelized Coconut Chips
Makes 1 cup | Prep 10 seconds | Cook 3 minutes | Whole30 compliant
1 cup unsweetened coconut chips
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Mix the sea salt and cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside.
Heat a non-stick pan over medium-high heat for about 2 minutes. Add the coconut flakes and distribute evenly so they form a shallow layer in the bottom of the pan. Stir frequently—they begin to crisp and turn brown pretty quickly. This step took me, like, 3 minutes maybe, so pay attention! When the flakes have reached an appealing level of toastiness, remove from the heat.
Sprinkle the hot coconut flakes with the salt-cinnamon blend and toss until evenly seasoned. Allow to cool, then store in an air-tight container.
And now, a coconut chip haiku:
Salty sweet and crisp
Not popcorn but paleo
Hail coconut chips
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THIS is the kind of recipe I LIKE!! Simple & few ingredients. I cannot wait to try it!
Right?! Three ingredients = easy peasy.
Amazing – just tried these, added slivered almonds and paprika. a bit more savory snack. THANK YOU!
This looks delish, but I’m thinking it is not Whole30 allowed…am I right?
These are 100% Whole30 approved.
Nice one! I’d say this might work if I toast the coconut flakes in the toaster oven as well? 😀
Jos, you can toast coconut in the toaster oven. Spread the flakes in a thin layer and bake at 300F for 15-20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Enjoy!
Hi Mel, about to try this (and time how long it takes) now.
will post back with results.
Excited to try it.
It took me about 5 minutes to get to the desired brown-ness, which thanks to you, I realize I left out of my post. Be sure to let me know how yours turn out!
This took only about one minute. It was pretty tasty. I also added a little vanilla extract.
I would make it again but I would do more cinnamon.
Vanilla extract is a great mod — I bet almond extract would be tasty, too.
I was torn about the amount of cinnamon and decided I wanted the salt to be the predominant flavor, but you could really go sweet with vanilla or almond extract, kick up the cinnamon to about a 1/4 teaspoon, and add a dash of nutmeg. And then add some pecans. But that sounds like a recipe for delicious disaster 🙂
Where do you get the coconut flakes? All I can find in my teeny town is very dry, very small shreds. I need to order them from somewhere.
Hey, Bethann. I find the flakes at my regular ol’ grocery stores here – both in packages and in the bulk section. I did some poking around online and found these. Both look like good options — and the price isn’t bad, based on the bulk quantity. I pay about 40 cents per ounce, and the Bob’s is 54 cents per ounce. Let’s Do Organic is 39 per ounce.
Bob’s Red Mill
Let’s Do Organic
Tropical Traditions (online) sells them in various sizes… including high bulk. VERY IMPORTANT: they call them coconut chips. They DO sell coconut flakes, but their definition of coconut flakes is slightly bigger shreds than regular shredded. I just purchased their coconut CHIPS and they are similar to what “Let’s Do Organic” calls coconut flakes (which is what we’ve been using).
Both can be purchased online. If you’re going to go through them quickly, Tropical Traditions is a better price.
My dad used to thinly slice fresh coconut and toast in the oven, sprinkled with salt. Hot and fresh, they’re amazing. I’ll have to try with the suggested spices.
My weakness is popcorn. As soon as I sit down to watch a movie I start craving popcorn. Well I tried this today and and as soon as the coconut started browning, I got a lovely whiff of a popcorn kinda smell. This is great and my little boy loves it too. Thanks.
Amanda, popcorn is my favorite food! And you’re right, these coconut chips are a great stand in. Glad you and your son like them!
HoLy CoCoNuT, Batgirl!!! Mel, YOU are a GENIUS. Simply put.
Such subtlety, and yet it has a real wow factor. Genius. Oh, delicious genius. Keep ’em comin’ lady!
Oh, my! I love when you call me a GENIUS!
So glad you like the coconut chips! I think I’m going to go make another batch right now 🙂
O-M-G… These are freaking DELICIOUS!! I LOVE them!! 😀 Thank you SO much for the quick and easy recipe!!
Ditto on the DELISH. WOW. So simple, so good. I was always just ate my coconut flakes – plain – not even toasted. Now I know what I’ve been mising! I haven’t had cinnamon toast or cinnamon toast crunch (!) in years – but that’s exactly what they made me think of.
Melissa –> never hesitate to post the easy ones, those are often some of the BEST! 🙂
Annette & Janet –> Thanks for the comments. Good to know these almost UN-recipes recipes work for you!
I’ve made these four times in four days. They are simply incredible. They definitely hit that sweet-crunchy-crispy-salty-popcorny spot. YOU are amazing!
YOU are so nice. Good to hear you like the coconut chips!
This is so bad! As if I am not already addicted to coconut chips!!
I know; I’m sorry! And you’re welcome 🙂
Don’t sell yourself short, this is TOTALLY a recipe, and it’s an amazing one at that. Loved it!!!
Thanks, Allison! Glad you like them!
Read it, instantly made it, half way through polishing off the bowl when I think no – whole30, just make it a little snack. Thanks, this is awesome. I think my wee one will appreciate this as a popcorn substitute too!! Really enjoying your blog and recipes!
Glad you like them and yes! I have to set limits for myself about how many I’ll eat 🙂
I found a little bag in my work desk drawer yesterday, and I was really happy. Nice surprise!
Couple o’ hints. Buy a Benriner Mandoline slicer at either Sur La Table or Wil/Sonoma, cheep and works like a razor on meth.
Break up your coconut into chunks about the size of a deck of cards and slice the chips yourself: from .40/oz to about .01 per ounce if you swallow the cost of the slicer.
Then SLOWLY fry them in EV Coconut oil and you’ll have uniform, twice-as-mouthgasmicly-crispy chippies. Love is a many splendor ed thing, ‘aight?
That sounds like a kickass idea and also, dangerously tempting. Like, I’d be making them every night. But now that you’ve planted the seed, I’ve got to try it.
psssst… try Chinese Five Spice Powder and sea salt when they’re still hot. 🙂
I’ve been playing with other spices — thanks for the tip on five-spice!
I made these last night. Today, I’m sitting at my desk gnawing on celery sticks, thinking about the leftovers sitting in a container on the counter at home. So reminiscent of the buttery popcorn I love and miss…thanks for this fantastic idea.
Thanks for commenting, Rachel!
Popcorn is on my top 5 list of favorite foods, so yes, having these around is very helpful. And so much healthier. Really glad you like them!
I made these today… I already loved coconut flakes, but MAN! I ate the whole serving right then – they weren’t even cooled yet! They reminded me a little bit of potato chips, except 1000% better. Thanks for sharing this gem!
Glad you like them! They really save the day for me when I’m jonesing for a salty snack.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME WITH THIS?! This is one of the best snacks ever!! This is DELISH and ridonkulously easy!! The only complaint I have is I am going to eat all of it in one sitting.
YAY! Glad you like them!
Holy crap, these are good. They definitely have a popcorn/potato chip vibe. With the cinnamon, they remind me of cinnamon sugar pita chips, which I haven’t had in maybe two years. I love recipes like this that are more of a hack or survival skill!
This sounds amazing! Just wondering, if you make it with vanilla, are you talking about grated vanilla, or liquid? If liguid, do you mix it with the salt and toss it with the coconut, or coat before testing? Thanks!
Honestly, I’ve never tried adding the vanilla extract. That was a reader suggestion, but I’ve been using the original recipe above. I’m not sure at which step you could add the vanilla without making the chips mushy.
If you’d told me a month ago that I would be loving carmelized coconut flakes as a snack, I would have called you crazy. But we’ve made these a few times now and they are totally addictive. My own personal twist is a batch with smoked paprika, cumin and freshly ground smoked sea salt. I also want to try a batch with Spike, but not entirely sure if Spike would be Whole 30 compliant as it contains yeast. Thoughts?
I’m not familiar with Spike, and I’m not sure about yeast, but I’m guessing NOT Whole30 approved. Will ask M&D to find out for sure.
WOWOWOWOOWOWOWWWW!! So delicious! Now I can pack a little zip loc with these for the movies and snack right along with everyone else! THANKS!
These are great! Have you tried them with cocoa powder and a bit of cayenne? I’m going to do that next time. Your blog rules.
That sounds like a really tasty spice combo… maybe a little paprika?!
Cocoa and cayenne would be yummy. Cinnamon and cayenne sounds awesome too. What should I make next. Hmmmm…..
Yummy!! I was actually too lazy to flip open your cookbook (saw the recipe yesterday) and had the laptop opened for a crockpot dinner recipe already. This is yummy!! Great snack 🙂
Just made these for the first time and they are good. A little toooo good. I’m gonna have to keep myself from buying too much shredded coconut to keep myself from making this all the time!
Okay, this is dangerously Y.U.M. I’ve made it about 180 times since my copy of Well Fed arrived. Okay maybe not quite 180, but almost. But seriously — ONE cup??? — I eat one cup waiting for the batch to COOL. So I double the recipe. AND I’ve discovered an AMAZING addition: CACAO NIBS! (organic, of course) To my double batch, I add 2 Tablespoons. The slightly bitter slightly sweet nibs complement the coconut/salt/cinnamon perfectly AND ramp up the Crunch Factor. Plus they give you lots of good anti-oxidants! I may have to be put in physical restraints…
Woot! That sounds like a dangerously delicious mod to the recipe 🙂
I think I curse you after trying this recipe. So yummy I’m very thankful I only made a small handful instead of 1 cup. I am savoring them as slowly as I possible can to make my snack last. 🙂
I didn’t read all 50 comments above so maybe this sort of thing has already been mentioned…I first made the recipe exactly as you suggested OH YUM!!! THANK YOU…filled a void in my life, no doubt…
what I want to share is that the second time I added garam masala and a bit of salt…that was really wonderful too…
I’m going to go in a strictly savory direction now with various powdered spices…I can imagine the variations are endless…
like garlic and cayenne and salt…yeah…that sounds good (though I can’t eat cayenne these days due to a sensitivity to nightshades…I still dream…someone else try it!!)
Made these tonight, my 4 year just screamed “I CAN’T stop eating these!” 🙂 Delish… Thanks!
I made these delicious coconut treats for PaleoFX and they are GONE already! Guess I’ll have to make more! Thank for the recipe Melissa!
FYI, Melissa: when I attempted to google this recipe, the first results were from notorious recipe stealing site itspaleo.com. Just thought you ought to know!
I discovered that baking the flakes and toasting them creates a much more uniform browning and crisping! I will not longer use a pan on the stove…just FYI
I spread them out thin on a cookie sheet in the oven for a few minutes at 350 degrees.
ah…sorry…just found that you did say that in the comments earlier…dawned on me after I posted it…anyway…thanks again…loving playing with this recipe.
I think my tongue has a crush on these! My husband and I demolished a whole batch last night, oops! Totally satisfying–can’t wait to try some fun mods.
I’m sorry, but you must be the devil!! These are crazy yummy!! It’s like popcorn(which I’ve missed terribly) only better!
So glad y’all are enjoying these. Thanks for letting me know!
just made these. AMAZING. great replacement for popcorn – they even smell like popcorn to me because I used coconut oil to make my popcorn!! 🙂
Hooray! Glad you like them — and they do smell snacky good 🙂
You can toast coconut and nuts in Pampered chef backing stoneware in the microwave. With it getting hot this summer it will keep the house cooler!
So yummy! I’ve made these many times already, they’ve become my go-to snack and definitely help me not miss popcorn quite so much! Thanks for sharing!!
this recipe is awesome! and so simple!
I just published a post summarizing my research on the paleo diet. In my next one, I want to list a bunch of resources for paleo eating and your blog MOST DEFINITELY be on the list! Youve got awesome paleo inspiration and I want people to converttt! mwahaha
YAY! Glad you like the coconut chips, and thanks in advance for link love. Convert away! YAY!
Oh.my.word. Just ate the whole batch…YUM!
this is so awesome! so awesome, that i don’t think i’ve ever been able to actually “store” a batch. i’ve seriously eaten the whole batch every time. EVERY TIME. ok. so please tell me, how bad is this for my diet? i know we don’t count calories anymore on paleo and coconut is a healthy fat, but its still pretty calorically dense? please talk me out of making and consuming yet another batch!
Well… you probably want to get 2-4 servings out of a cup — but you’re not doing too much damage if you go a little cuckoo for the coconut chips once in a while 🙂
My new obsession!!! WAY better than I expected! I am a night time snacker and these are going to be perfect for me!!! Thank you!
These are amazing! I made them for a treat but ended up sprinkling them on some butternut squash soup that I made from “Practical Paleo”. It was a perfect combination!
oh my word. I just made these and they are FANTASTIC! I anticipate making these often. Thanks so much for sharing
Made these this morning and I’ve already devoured them. Yum!
These are delicious I just made then with equal parts cinnamon and salt – WOW!!! now what would you eat as a serving of these?
I try to keep it at about 1/4 cup at a time, so this recipe makes about 4 servings. For someone bigger or more active, that could go up to 1/2 cup.
Can’t wait to try this! It looks amazing! It would be wonderful in my trail mix recipe! Thanks!
I just reviewed Nutiva’s Organic Coconut Chips for Amazon, and used your recipe as part of my testing. They came out great and yummy, just a little too salty when I got to the end. I plugged your website for the recipe! http://www.amazon.com/review/R12V4TV0P7N2SP/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_asr_cswgE.1MJ9GGG
That’s so cool of you… thanks!
These look so yummy!
The comment about them being a satisfying popcorn substitute was the thing that had me dashing to the kitchen to see if I still had some coconut chips. 5 minutes later, I’m hooked! (and the house smells great!) The next trip to the movies will be much less painful with a stash of these sweet/savory treats on hand.
Oh simplicity! Love it! Can’t wait to experiment with other spices.
Right on! Glad you like them … and yes, they are VERY helpful at a movie!
Have you ever tried this with berbere spice blend? Heaven!
Penzey’s finally carries it (they call it peri peri), though it is quite different than the stuff I get at the Ethiopian grocery store in St. Paul.
I made these and I agree they are Yummo but I had a mix of small and large coconut chips and I think next time I will filter out the tiny bits as they cook much faster than the big ones of course.
You are my hero—since going paleo I have been frustrated at the lack of salty, crunchy snacks. Problem solved!! Thank you so much. I was hooked the moment I got a whiff of the coconut browning in the pan. 🙂 Agree with above comments about this being a perfect stand-in for popcorn.
Hooray! I’m glad you like them! I sneak them into movies all the time 🙂
I had my doubts, but I’m sitting here trying not to eat the whole cup while I type this. These are delicious. I’d eat these even if I wasn’t doing the Whole30. This might just be my saving grace since I’ve been wanting something sweet every day. I even like the ones that got the darkest and almost burnt. AWESOME recipe.
Hi! So i live in san antonio and know you shop at HEB (you said so somewhere) do you shop at the regular heb, or central market? I ordered the bob’s coconut flakes and they come much smaller than the ones in your picture. They are AWESOME, but I wish they were bigger pieces. Eating a pinch is too salty. Thanks!
I found decent-sized coconut chips at my regular HEB in the produce department in a cellophane bag. Good luck!
Fyi: the Bayside Candy link is showing that this item has ended..sorry guys. Was a great price too. Maybe they will offer again.?
Oh my goodness! I found you via The Paleo View podcast and I am so glad I did! These chips are fantastic. Quick and easy, I can trust my tween to make them and know that the results will be perfection!
I made up a big batch of the salt and cinnamon and put the mix in an old spice jar, now my kids can measure out a 1/4t and make a snack anytime!
Thank you for sharing!
So glad you like them — thanks for letting me know!
I’m DYIN’ OVA HEA!!! Been on AIP for what seems like 100 years and I’ve JUST made this recipe. I could’ve been so much happier sooner! They are delightful and AIP friendly. YUM.
I get my coconut chips at Tropical Traditions. I’ve had “another leading brand” go rancid on me several times but TT is always fresh.
Thanks so much Mel!
with a pinch of cayenne…yum 🙂
Holy mouth-gasm, Batman! These are PHENOMENAL. I added more cinnamon and a pinch of green stevia…now I just need to hire someone to ration them for me 😉
This recipe is SO smart. Unbelievable. Thank you for sharing!
YUM!! Thank you!! I was really craving some kind of treat that was low in sugar, these totally hit the spot! I will be keeping coconut flakes around the house from now on! 🙂
Right on! Glad you like them! They’re great in a Snack Emergency 🙂
These are so good. Looking forward to trying different spice combos. I’m curious as to how long these will store? (You mentioned finding a bag of them in your office drawer.) I’d like to double or triple the batch. Also, have you ever done that and tried freezing them? Thanks for the great recipe!
These will stay crisp for about 3-5 days — after that, they lose their crunch. If you make them in quantity, I recommend using a baking sheet in the oven — more than 1 cup on the stovetop will not get crisp. Spread chps in a single layer and bake at 300 for 15-20 minutes.
They will not freeze and defrost well — they have to be made fresh.
Thank you for the quick reply! I suspected they wouldn’t freeze/defrost well. They’re easy and quick enough to make, though. Now if I can keep my guys out of them…
Just made these – they browned perfectly in about 3 minutes and they were almost gone in another 3 minutes. I just started paleo and am loving Well Fed, thank you Melissa!!
Glad these were a tasty snack attack! Congrtulations on switching to paleo!
Fabulous recipe! So delicious, there will be no storing for later consumption!
I’m with Samantha! New to Paleo and was craving a snack. These hit the spot and were quick to whip up!
Good God. Just made these for the second time in 2 days, and I’m addicted. Think I’ll have to stick to just once a week. SO good. Friends asked for recipe, so I posted a link to this page. LOVING your cookbook! Just made meat and spinach muffins, coaxed my 7 year-old daughter to take a bite, and then she asked for a whole muffin! SCORE!
Glad you like them! They’re a great “feels like cheating but it’s not at all” snack. Thanks for the sweet words about Well Fed!
These are so yum! I added a handful of raisins to the batch and it’s quite satisfying! Thanks 🙂
I got 5# of coconut flakes unsweetened at Nuts.com for $29.5 that comes out to abut .36 cents per ounce hope this helps someone…
Wow! These are amazing! Thank you for sharing 🙂
Hello Melissa! Where do you found the coconut flakes? I find this in my hometown, it is dry in nature and small in size. At last I ordered them from somewhere else. Thanks
I usually get them in the bulk aisle of our Co-op store, or order them online from Amazon.
If you cook them a little too long, they smell EXACTLY like burned popcorn! 😀
Um. I kind of love that.