To toast coconut flakes, start with preheating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spread the coconut flakes on a small baking sheet, and bake them, stirring occasionally. Remove them from the oven right when they start to turn brown.
It is also possible to toast coconut flakes in a saute pan. This method only takes a few minutes. Be sure to watch the coconut, as it browns quickly.
Toasted coconut flakes are used in many baking recipes such as pies, cakes, candies and macaroons. They are also consumed as a healthy chip alternative.
One example of a recipe that uses toasted coconut flakes is Toasted Coconut Fudge by Elizabeth LaBau, candy expert for About.com. To make this recipe, start by lining an 8-by-8-inch pan with foil, and spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray. Melt 4 ounces of butter with 3/4 cup coconut cream, 2 cups sugar and 1 teaspoon salt. Cook this mixture at a boil for five minutes, stirring continuously.
Remove mixture from heat, and add 12 ounces of white chocolate chips and 7 ounces of marshmallow cream. Stir until it is all melted together, and add 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 1/2 cups toasted coconut flakes. Pour this mixture into the prepared pan, and cover the top with another 1/2 cup toasted coconut flakes. Let it set in the fridge for one to two hours before serving.