Coconut flakes


  • Corkscrew
  • Hammer
  • Food processor (This recipe is not suitable for inferior models)
corkscrew hammer Food processors


  • one fresh coconut (850g)
  • Make sure your coconut isn't cracked when you buy it. Shake it gently to make sure it has some coconut milk in it.
coconut flakes (a)
  • drill out the eyes
coconut flakes (b)
  • crack the shell with a hammer
coconut flakes (c)
  • prise out the coconut meat
Coconut flakes

coconut flakes

You can make your own coconut flakes to use in other recipes. You just need a good quality food processor to slice up the coconut meat.


  • Use a suitable corkscrew to drill out two of the eyes of the coconut. Invert the coconut over a glass to drain the milk. The milk should be clear and smell fresh. It can be used elsewhere.
  • Place the coconut on a tea towel on a hard surface. Crack the shell with a suitable hammer. Carefully remove the nut meat and discard the shell.
  • Use the slicing blade in the food processor to slice up the coconut meat.


  • Coconut flakes can be used in several other recipes. They can also be dehydrated. You can keep fresh coconut flakes in an airtight container in the fridge for a day or so. They won't keep for very much longer.


  • Clean the food processor. Take great care with the slicing blade. Please don't let your fingers go anywhere near it.
  • Recycle the waste