You can buy desiccated coconut at most grocery stores and find it in the baking aisle. Desiccated coconut has less moisture than shredded varieties, so if you can’t find it, you can buy unsweetened shredded coconut and dry it further at home.
Simply set it on a baking sheet for a day or two, or bake it in the oven at a low temperature. If you require a finer texture than shredded, you can grind it first into a crumb-like texture using a food processor, or even a spice grinder.
Where to buy desiccated coconut online
Organic Desiccated Coconut
Shredded Desiccated Coconut
Flaked Desiccated Coconut
How to make sweetened desiccated coconut
If you’re unable to find sweetened desiccated coconut you can either purchase unsweetened and sweeten it, or use sweetened shredded coconut and dry it.
To sweeten unsweetened desiccated coconut, use about ¼ cup of water and 4 teaspoons of sugar, honey, or maple syrup for every cup of coconut. Mix the water and sugar in a saucepan, stirring over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Add a little bit of the sugar water to the coconut at a time so it’s coated, but not soaking in it. Since you need to dry it, you don’t want to add too much moisture. Spread the coconut on a cookie sheet and allow it to dry on the counter for a day or two, or in the oven on a low temperature (below 150F/65C) for 30 – 60 minutes.
Alternatively, you can purchase sweetened shredded coconut and allow it to dry on the counter for a day or two, or dry it in the oven at a low temperature. You can also grind it into a crumb-like consistency using a food processor or spice grinder, which will help it dry faster.
Desiccated coconut walmart
Walmart does carry a couple options for desiccated coconut.
Best way to store desiccated coconut
To keep desiccated coconut fresh, store it in an airtight container and in a cool, dry place. You can also store it in the freezer to keep it fresh for longer. It will last 6 – 12 months when stored properly.