Candied Coconut Flakes

Oh my gosh, what the heck is my problem with snacks lately? I swear I have some real food recipes lined up for you guys, but my gosh, I just can’t quit with the snacky stuff lately. Maybe it’s time for another Whole30, since I failed miserably at my last attempt. Seriously, day 2, I broke a tooth and just gave up. I’m so weak. Hence all the snacks. At least I’m admitting it and not putting up a fake front about my super perfect paleo diet, because goodness knows, I am flawed.

So, back to these freaking delicious coconut flakes (which are quite the opposite from the Savory Coconut Flakes, in case you were wondering), which are the result of yet another one of my husband’s snacky grocery trips. I swear, he finds the most delicious (but expensive) stuff. He found these bags of coconut candy that had maybe a cup worth of stuff in them, and they were being sold for nearly $8. I am only slightly ashamed to say that we have purchased quite a few of those bags in my attempts to duplicate them. I mean, we needed them for comparison and it’s hard to compare them when they keep getting eaten (cough, cough, Rob).

Candied Coconut (4 Flavors) | Our Paleo Life

I made a lot of batches of this stuff, trying to perfect it. I tried a few different methods, and then I discovered that Trader Joe’s sells something that might be similar, though I wouldn’t know since I haven’t tasted them, but they were soaked in the coconut milk. I abandoned my first failed method and moved onto the soaking method. Success! Then it was just perfecting the flavor and getting the right quantity to fit on my baking pan. In the end, I wound up making 4 different flavors. The Cinnamon and Chocolate were the first two required by Rob, and then I had a Pumpkin Pie epiphany (hello, Fall) and also wanted to try a more simple version with just vanilla.

Vanilla Candied Coconut | Our Paleo Life
Chocolate Candied Coconut | Our Paleo Life

As delicious as this stuff is, I have really got to take a break from making them. I will eat them if they’re here. At least I peeled and cut my weight in carrots last week so I would say it’s time to raid the fridge and redeem myself with some orange veggies.

Oh, and you have to tell me what your favorite flavor is, after you make them, of course. While they’re all delicious, Chocolate is Rob’s favorite and mine is a tie between Cinnamon and Pumpkin Pie. I seriously can’t decide.

Candied Coconut (4 Flavors) | Our Paleo Life

Candied Coconut Flakes

Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes


Cinnamon Coconut Candy

  • 3/4 cup Coconut Milk
  • 1/2 cup Coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 3 cups Coconut Flakes

Chocolate Coconut Candy

  • 3/4 cup Coconut Milk
  • 1/2 cup Coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 3 cups Coconut Flakes

Vanilla Coconut Candy

  • 3/4 cup Coconut Milk
  • 1/2 cup Coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 Vanilla Beans, split lengthwise and seeds scraped
  • 3 cups Coconut Flakes

Pumpkin Pie Coconut Candy

  • 3/4 cup Coconut Milk
  • 1/2 cup Coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 3 cups Coconut Flakes


  1. Decide what flavor you want to make. It's recommended you only bake one batch at a time, otherwise baking times can greatly vary and leave you with chewy or burned coconut.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients for the flavor you choose.
  3. Stir in coconut chips and soak 2 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 200°F. Spread soaked chips into a thin layer on a parchment or Silpat lined baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 2 hours, stirring once at the 1 hour mark.
  6. Remove chips from oven and increase heat to 350°F. Return chips to oven and keep an eye on them. Cook for 5-10 minutes or until golden in color. Do not let them burn, you will be sad.
  7. Remove from oven and cool. They might not feel crispy yet, this is fine. The coconut flakes will get crunchier as they cool.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

    1. Yeah, I’m thinking there are a ton of flavor variations. Ooh, I just thought of orange zest with cinnamon, I bet that would be delicious!

      1. YES! That sounds awesome. I’ve also been reaching for the dried fruit and nuts lately. I was thinking about frying some chicken in vanilla to curb the craving…

  1. I normally don’t comment on recipies but had to for this one. Made the cinnamon kind and these are absolutely awesome! So excited to try the other mixes! Thank you for taking the time to figure out the recipe as well as sharing it ?

  2. 5 stars
    This is exactly what I’m looking for! The spendy store-bought kind is too addictive 😀

    I feel bad that in this post you call yourself flawed and that indecision = typical woman. Hopefully eating healthy will help you feel better mentally as well as physically so you can take pride in yourself instead of being self-deprecating. I know you meant it with humor, but still…

      1. Thank you sounds good. I just bought fresh coconut to make the chips. I think my son would love it since he’s doing a no sugar diet—he only eats natural sugar, not added sugar. Maybe the portion control might get a little out of hand. Lol

  3. This recipe look amazing! I can’t wait to try it. I love putting chocolate coconut chips into my peleo granola.
    I do have a question though. What do you think about using other sweeteners like honey or maple syrup?

    1. That should work. You may want to reduce the coconut milk slightly, since that will give you more liquid. If you try it, please let us know how it turns out.

  4. 5 stars
    Can you let us know what brand of coconut chips you use? Mine are much smaller and thinner than the ones in the pics here. I think this recipe will be better with thicker coconut chips. Thanks in advance!

    1. I normally use Bob’s Red Mill, but sometimes will use whatever brand they carry at my local grocery store (I can’t remember what it’s called, sorry). BRM is my favorite, though.

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