How to Make Coconut Flour at Home

Making coconut flour at home is not only financially convenient, it’s also remarkably easy. What most people don’t realize is that it takes practically less than a day to successfully create your own coconut flour at home, and it doesn’t even require you to have complicated machineries. For those who want to learn how, simply follow the steps stated below.

Save the Coconut Fiber
Coconut flour is made from the fiber that is usually used to create coconut milk. After squeezing out the milk, the fiber should be placed in a container where it can be laid out and ready for drying.

Drying Process

making coconut flour at homeThere are lots of ways to dry the coconut fiber from allowing it to dry by itself or putting it inside the oven. In most cases, the fiber is placed on a cookie sheet and placed in a warm oven for several hours. The heat is around 200 degrees so individuals wouldn’t have to worry about it burning. The length of drying time may vary depending on the amount of coconut fiber so make sure to check often.

Powdering Process
Once the coconut fiber is dry, you can now start grinding it into flour-like consistency. This can be done by simply placing the fiber in a food processor and allowing it to be grinded. Depending on your needs, the fiber can be turned into an incredibly fine texture or allowed to be in bigger particles. This is now coconut flour and of the same – if not better – quality as those sold in stores.

If you intend to use the coconut flour immediately, then it shouldn’t be a problem. However, if you want to keep this for later use, then make sure to dry the item in a cool and dry area. Keep the container air tight and try to use it soon after creation. Although coconut flour can last up to one year on the shelf, the best tasting ones are usually those that are cooked fresh.

Considering how much coconut flour costs in the market, it only makes sense that homeowners would try to make their own. It isn’t necessary that you make one on a routine basis, but if the opportunity presents itself then this is something that should never be missed. Even if the amount is too small, it is possible to combine coconut flour with wheat flour when cooking so don’t let it go to waste.

Below is a great video on how to make coconut flour at home.

33 Responses to How to Make Coconut Flour at Home

  • Verna Lewis says:

    Thank you very much for this recipe on the coconut flour. This is so easy to do; can’t wait to make it.
    Do you have a recipe for coconut oil?

    • admin says:

      We don’t have recipe for coconut oil, maybe that can be part of your future post.

    • Helen says:

      Hi, my mother used to grate fresh coconut and then fry it. She would then strain the oil and put it in a jar. She used the oil for her hair , but it looked just like the bottles you get at the store. You could try it and see if you like it and if not, you could use in a scrub or for moisturizer.

  • Stellar says:

    I’ve tried using a food processor to grind the coconut flakes, but the flakes are to light and just floated about in the food processor. The result is just some smaller coconut flakes. Can a coffee grinder make it really powder like? I just want to be sure that I should go to buy a coffee grinder.
    Thank you.

  • Fatma says:

    Can I just use the desiccated coconut you buy in the store?

    • admin says:

      I haven’t tried that before but I know that some people do that and then just grind the dessicated coconut in their food processor. Let me know if it work for you.

    • Lauren says:

      Grinding the desiccated coconut you buy at the store will eventually turn it into coconut butter. As the processor gets warmer and warmer it’ll release the oils from the shreds and it’ll turn into a thick paste (particularly if you push the sides down and fold back in). Not sure if it would ever just become a fine flour (mine did not!) on the way. Not a terrible result though; coconut butter is DELICIOUS spread on toast or used as a butter-replacement (although don’t forget it has the same level of calories as oil/butter and is high in saturated fats).

      • missy says:

        so now i know why we need to squeeze out the milk first. tq for the info. surely utilize the leftovers from my coconut milk next time :)

      • Michael Doherty says:

        The saturated fats obtained from coconuts are Medium Chain Fatty Acids.

        These are the good guys of the saturated fat community.

      • JRM says:

        Remember that coconut oil or butter although is considered to be a saturated fat, does not act like a saturated fat in the body. The ketones in the coconut are an alternative source of fuel for the body. Your body can use glucose, or the ketones which are excellent fuel choice. It will diminish sugar cravings too! It is an excellent choice for cooking, baking frying of oil pulling (swish a teaspoon around in the mouth for 10 – 15 minutes). It increases the metabolism, it is fuel for the brain, excellent for dementia / Alzheimer, has dozens of illnesses and conditions that coconut oil helps. Your pets will love the oil, or flakes in their food, keeps their gums and teeth healthy, rids them of fleas, clears up skin conditions, makes their coat super shiny and healthy, increases energy in the aging pet. Coconut oil is definitely a good kind of fat.

  • sarah keller says:

    It is cool!

  • Shanika Mayadunne says:

    How Wonderful!!! Fantastic Website. I am from Sri Lanka and Coconut trees grew in my backyard. We used coconut in our cooking, coconut oil on our hair. However after extracting the milk from the coconut gratings we used to discard the leftover powder. What waste!! I now live in Canada and save all the coconut to make all these wonderful goodies. In fact I have told my mom living in Sri Lanka to save all her coconut gratings too

    • JRM says:

      LUCKY GIRL! wow, and you had no idea how good the leftover powder was. I’m just learning! I’ve used it on my skin and hair for ages, but had no idea of the other uses. Don’t forget that your pets of all kinds, dogs, cats, birds, etc. love coconut! It gets rid of fleas and ticks, excellent for keeping the gums healthy and the teeth clean and free of tartar. And it’s just as good for their coat, as it is for our skin! just mix a little in each meal, or rub it into your hands and let them lick it off.

    • JRM says:

      LUCKY GIRL! wow, and you had no idea how good the leftover powder was. I’m just learning! I’ve used it on my skin and hair for ages, but had no idea of the other uses. Now I’m giving it to my dog and her hair is shinier and her breath smells much better

  • Sandy Stephens says:

    So are we actually using a whole coconut and getting the white out of it to make the coconut flour from? this is what you are drying or are you using bagged coconut from the store?

    • Alesha says:

      Your can use the WHOLE coconut! To make flour, you must first make coconut milk. After you make the milk, all the leftovers of the coconut flesh can be dried and ground into flour. If you ONLY shred the coconut and DRY it, when you grind it down, it will be COCONUT BUTTER – since the fats weren’t pressed out. So: Coconut – to Milk – to flour. OR Coconut – to Coconut Butter. Store bought coconut is simply dried coconut pieces. This will make coconut butter – unless you milk it first. Hope this helps!

  • Marie says:

    To extract the oil I simply boil the milk until the whole liquid is dried out and then the fat is turned into oil.

    • Tropicana says:

      We live in Philippines and have coconut trees and harvest the ones that turn brown (matured). I suppose this is what is sold in the west. Then grate the white meat inside shell finely.Add i/2 cup water and knead this grated stuff (hard with pressure, not like kneading flour) to encourage the milk to come. Then press out handfuls of it to milk it out, let it go through a fine sieve (I use muslin cloth and wring the milk out from it) Cover with tea towel and set aside in a warm place to encourage process of fermentation. After 6 to 8 hours you notice a layer of clear white oil floating over the water layer. Put it in the fridge and you can then easily lift out the solidified oil — and you have your VIRGIN COCONUT OIL! Don’t let the fermentation process go too long (check after 4 hours maybe) as the resulting oil will have a strong smell.

  • Lyna says:

    How do you milk the dessicated coconut before making flour?

  • Walehidowu says:

    Wow! Its a great privilege for me to knw more about coconut flour bcoz I’m wondering how come.

  • Valerie says:

    This is awesome. Thank you!

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  • Stephanie says:

    Thank you so much for posting this video! Like you said, specialty flours like coconut, almond, and oat are a staple in my clean eating plan so learning how to make my own flours are important :)

  • Anna says:

    Hi, I just want to check something. You call the dried leftovers from making coconut milk ‘desiccated coconut’. I have a recipe for making coconut milk from dried coconuts, using coconut shreds or desiccated coconut. Is this the same thing as the by-product of making the milk? How can this be?

  • Linda Ann says:

    @Lauren, you can grind store bought desiccated coconut into flour. I do it all the time in smaller batches so that it always stays fresh. Just follow the same steps as dictated above, and it will work out fine. Hopes this is helpful! Happy baking and Happy Holidays to everyone!

  • Pelin says:

    I cannot find coconut flour in Dubai, however we have coconut powder here. Are they same?

    • Roxi says:

      Pelin, here in the S. Pacific pkts of “coconut powder” are dried coconut milk/cream that you mix with water to reconstitute, like Carnation or Sunshine milk powder/dried milk. I’m guessing it’s not the same as coconut powder.

  • Coconut oil is easy to make.when you get the coconut milk,you put it in a bucket and leave it overnight,then you skim off the white substance that is floating on the water in the bucket and place it in a pot and cook it untill the oil is separated.cook untill the residue gets brown.Then left to cool and strain off the oil using a strainer.The residue can be mixed with sugar and eaten.To make oil you need about 6-12 dried coconuts.I have been making coconut oil for the past 50 years.

  • Thank you so much for this recipe. I am diabetic and my doctor has told me to stay off carbs so i am looking for various recipes that are not too expensive. I look forward to trying this one out tomorrow

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