Coconut Lover’s Recipes

Wooden round chopping board with desicatted coconut formed into the word 'coconut'.
Coconut Lover's Recipes is my tribute to coconut, the humble pantry staple and it's wonderful use in your bakes.  

Coconut Lover’s Recipes


By Caro

Wonderful Desicatted/Shredded Coconut

Coconut, coconut, nearly everyone loves coconut! And people who are not keen on nuts in their bakes, generally like coconut. For us bakers, desiccated coconut in the UK & shredded unsweetened coconut, is something we always have in our baking cupboard or pantry. It lasts a long time and doesn’t need anything done to it before using. You could of course toast it, but if adding to the top of your bake before going in the oven, that isn’t even required.

comparison pic collage of UK desiccated coconut and the bigger shreeded unsweeteneded US coconut pieces.

TOP TIP – When a recipe calls for desiccated coconut, it can be replaced with US/Canadian unsweetened shredded coconut. This is the nearest equivalent to our UK coconut.

Note, however, US shredded coconut is bigger than our UK coconut pieces. See my photo here for a comparison. Photo on the left is UK desiccated coconut and the one of the right US unsweetened shredded coconut, (photo on the right is taken by fellow baker Sharie, thanks Sharie :)) So depending on what you are making, you might want to lightly chop the shredded coconut.

Read more on differences between UK & US/Canadian baking ingredients. You might also be interested in my Measurement Conversion Table for common baking ingredients.

Perfect Pairing

I my opinion, coconut pairs so well with raspberry. And that doesn’t need to be fresh raspberries either. It works so well with raspberry jam, in the bake or even on top after baking. They are a perfect pair! Jam being another time saver for the busy baker. So it’s not surprising, that many of my recipes consist of raspberry and coconut 🙂 Below are just some of my recipes that I have updated and uploaded onto the new site here. More will be added in due course. So have a look and see if anything takes your fancy 😉


Black small box with 6 cake truffles and lid open and one split in half showing texture.


These no-bake cake truffles, are not only a tropical delight with pineapple and coconut flavours, but you also don’t need buttercream or cream cheese to make them. Use left-over cake and cookies, for an easy dessert of gift, that can be made any time of the year.

Pineapple Coconut Cake truffles

Shot of squares of coconut paradise slice, cut on board and one on plate showing soft texture and labelled.


This is one of my popular recipes, with not only coconut but raspberry jam! Consists of a shortbread-type base layer, then jam and a coconut batter on top. And you can use any jam you like 🙂

Go to coconut paradise slices

I also have an Xmas version too with mincemeat –Christmas In A Slice

Photo of small heart shaped dishes, with coconut and some cocoa covered chocolate truffles with heart sprinkles on table and text of truffles.


Try my easy, no-bake chocolate truffles, dipped in coconut of course!

Go to Protein Chocolate truffles recipe

Just one other coconut tip – Coconut flour is gluten free, and even coconut sugar is good in baking (with it’s slightly caramelised taste), as I have found I can use 25% less than when using white sugar. The carbs in coconut flour too are mostly dietary fibre. So both are better for diabetics. Check here soon for some of the old recipes from the previous site that include these ingredients.

Overhead shot of black round large plate of coconut cake squares on a white table withbred rose and title.

Lamingtons – Australia’s Light Coconut Sponge Cakes

Lamingtons are Australia’s light, coconut Sponge cakes made from a Genoise sponge. Traditionally dipped in chocolate and then coated in coconut, raspberry jam is a popular alternative.

Go to Lamington Cakes recipe

ANgled front shot of chocolate coconut Lamington cakes on platter with red roses.

front angle of a sliced pineapple banana bread loaf, with icing and coconut on top.


Pineapple & Coconut Banana Bread is my tropical version of well-loved Banana Bread. Super simple to make and freezes really well too, even frosted.

Go to Pineapple Coconut Banana Bread

Close shot of plate of round Scottish coconut chocolate shortbread.


Chocolate & Coconut Scottish Shortbread is based on my traditional Scottish shortbread recipe, with a melt-in-the-mouth texture, just as we make them here in Scotland.

Go to Chocolate Coconut Scottish Shortbread


This is beginner recipe no.1 in the lessons, as it’s super simple, in execution and decoration. But, very tasty and a lovely moist cake.

Go to Raspberry Jam Coconut Squares

Here’s a quick video of the process:

Raspberry & Coconut Sponge Squares

pink and white squares of coconut ice candy, in a small heart dish, with large pink flower to left on a pale lilac soft background in a hortizontal pic.


Coconut Ice – The No-bake Quick Sweet Treat. Perfect gifting candy, anytime of the year but super cute for Valentine’s day & easy too! Get the kiddies involved and get their hands messy!

Go to Coconut Ice recipe

Close up of plate of chocolate and some coconut topped Digestive cookies.


Here’s my version of a British classic biscuit, with coconut not just on top, but in the dough too!

Go to Chocolate Digestive recipe

Here’s my video of making these biscuits

Chocolate Digestives Video

Overhead shot of partial bowls of coconut and rasperry jam bowls, then scattered coconut and titled jam and coconut in baking.


Some recipes using these useful pantry staples that are ideal for baking any time of the year.

Raspberry Jam & Coconut Recipes Page

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