Desiccated coconut (also called coconut flakes) is coconut meat that has been dried and grated, you can find it both sweetened and unsweetened. It is commonly found baked goods like biscuits, French macaroons and coconut cakes.
It is used to top dishes like curries. It is also a common ingredient in cereals and granolas!
Desiccated coconut retains much of the sweetness of fresh coconut and once added to a recipe can add really interesting flavours to your cooking.
Desiccated coconut nutrition and health benefits
Desiccated coconut contains no cholesterol or trans fats and it is high in dietary fibres, manganese, copper and selenium.
Dietary fibres help keep your digestive system regular and are essential for a healthy diet. Desiccated coconut also contains high levels of potassium which can supports blood pressure, cardiovascular health, bone strength, and muscle strength.
However be aware, desiccated coconut has a very high level of saturated fats. It is also quite calorific, there are about 660 calories per 100 grams of desiccated coconut. If you are watching your calorie intake you might want to consume desiccated coconut occasionally and in small portions.