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I had a recipe that called for unsweetened shredded coconut and the only package I could find brought a TON of it. I ended up not caring for the recipe so now I have all this extra shredded coconut. Since it is unsweetened, it isn't what most dessert recipes call for. What, if anything, can I use this product as a substitute for? I have tried using it in place of bread crumbs but other ideas would be appreciated.

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This is a super old question and there has already been an accepted answer, but a lot of south Indian dishes use shredded coconut, maybe you could look into that? – Dharini Chandrasekaran Jun 20 '12 at 1:28
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My wife loves it toasted. Toast shredded coconut in a dry pan or oven and put on ice cream and other deserts. It's really tasty. Like toasting other nuts be careful as if you blink it may burn.

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TOASTED COCONUT CREAM PIE! I hate shredded coconut, but toasted... and in pie... it ain't so bad. I toast it in a bit of butter and then just finish making the cream filling in the same pan. – Shog9 Jul 19 '10 at 4:05

I adore using it as breadcrumbs (as you said), particularly on shrimp, then pan- or deep-fried.

You can also use it as a textural component in bread.

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It's not a substitution, but if you're a fan of coconut, you can make coconut ice cream, or coconut sorbet for those who can't do dairy.

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