Popular Coconuts Recipes

Coconut is common in dessert recipes such as Coconut Macaroons, Tangerine Cupcakes with Coconut Frosting, and Apricot-Nut Spice Cake with Coconut Butter Frosting. But try it as part of a main dish, too, with Cocunut Turkey Spears or Sizzling Shrimp with Tangy Coconut Sauce.

Oatmeal and More Cookies

Chocolate and coconut turn oatmeal cookies into an even sweeter dessert.

From Midwest Living

Oatmeal and More Cookies

Coconut-Strawberry Napoleons

From Family Circle

Coconut-Strawberry Napoleons

Coconut Chicken and Waffles

Save time by using frozen whole-grain mini waffles, then save calories by baking the coconut-coated chicken pieces rather than frying for a figure-friendly soul food appetizer.

From Fitness

Coconut Chicken and Waffles

Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

Layers of cheesecake and raspberry filling combine in an almond crust for these pretty dessert bars.

From Midwest Living

Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

Coconut Chicks

Give your oven a holiday, too, this Easter! Simply coat doughnut holes with frosting, roll in coconut flakes and decorate with candies to create the cute chick faces.

From Family Circle

Coconut Chicks

Coconut Apricot Braid

For a taste of the tropics at brunch, dessert or snack time, add apricots and coconut to sweet yeast bread. Drizzle the baked loaf with a coconut water and powdered sugar glaze, slice and serve.

From Diabetic Living

Coconut Apricot Braid

Thai Fruit Skewers

Take fruit up a few notches with these spicy Thai skewers. Topped with toasted coconut strips, they are both delicious and impressive.

From Diabetic Living

Thai Fruit Skewers

Coconut Cream Pie Bars

Brighten up a dreary winter day with these zesty coconut cream pie bars. Top with whipped cream and toasted fresh coconut curls for added flavor.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Coconut Cream Pie Bars

Fruit Compote with Ginger

Employ your slow cooker to warm up fruit with ginger and brown sugar. Try this compote on top of pancakes or waffles at breakfast or ice cream or cake for dessert.

From Midwest Living

Fruit Compote with Ginger

No-Bake Cranberry-Oat Cookies

These no-bake cookies are packed with filling oats and sweet cranberries for a treat you don't have to feel guilty about.

From Parents

No-Bake Cranberry-Oat Cookies

Pineapple-Coconut Sorbet

A touch of coconut milk - infused with fresh ginger for a subtle kick - complements sweet pineapple and creates a luxurious consistency in this sorbet.

From EatingWell

Pineapple-Coconut Sorbet

Ginger-Coconut Chicken

The wonderful flavors of southern India - coconut milk, dried Thai chiles and coriander seed - provide a pleasant punch to a basic chicken breast. Although the ingredients look exotic, this is a deceptively easy dish you'll be proud to serve to guests. Feel free to use different cuts of chicken, bone-in or boneless; just adjust the cooking time accordingly. You can also grill the chicken.

From EatingWell

Ginger-Coconut Chicken

South Pacific Shrimp

Vibrant Southeast Asian seasonings are a natural with shrimp. Freeze any leftover coconut milk or refrigerate it for several days; you can use it instead of broth or water to cook rice or enrich a curry.

From EatingWell

South Pacific Shrimp

Tofu with Thai Curry Sauce

Creamy Thai curry sauce gives tofu a spicy, satisfying kick. You can adjust the amount of curry paste depending on your spice preference. Serve with brown basmati rice and lime wedges.

From EatingWell

Tofu with Thai Curry Sauce

Tropical Fruits with Pistachios & Coconut

Luscious tropical fruit topped with creamy coconut milk and crunchy pistachios is a simple yet delicious dessert.

From EatingWell

Tropical Fruits with Pistachios & Coconut

"Cocoa-Nut" Bananas

Cocoa- and coconut-crusted bananas are a treat for the whole family.

From EatingWell

"Cocoa-Nut" Bananas

Carrot Cake

Carrots give carrot cake a health-halo effect--people think it's health food, but it's usually very high in fat and calories. But our version has about 40 percent less calories and 50 percent less fat than most. First, we use less oil in our batter. Then we skip the butter in the frosting (don't worry, it's still light and smooth). To ensure the cake is moist, we add nonfat buttermilk and crushed pineapple.

From EatingWell

Carrot Cake

Passion Colada

Passion fruit juice turns a pina colada into something special.

From EatingWell

Passion Colada

Spicy Peanut Sauce

The perfect dipping sauce for chicken sate.

From EatingWell

Spicy Peanut Sauce

No-Bake Cookies

Your kids will love helping you make these peanut butter-graham treats.

From EatingWell

No-Bake Cookies

Outrageous Macaroons

These luxurious macaroons studded with pistachios and dried cranberries hail from food stylist Katie Webster. She made them three years ago when she was a personal chef for a gluten-intolerant client, then began selling them to a grateful crowd at her local farmers' market. Although you can concoct them with either sweetened or unsweetened coconut, we find that the unsweetened packs a more coconutty wallop. For a variation, substitute chopped crystallized ginger and mini chocolate chips for the pistachios and cranberries.

From EatingWell

Outrageous Macaroons

Coconut-Lime Chicken & Snow Peas

Double the flavor, halve the work--simply by using the same tangy combination of coconut milk, lime juice and brown sugar for both poaching the chicken and dressing the salad. Crisp romaine lettuce, cabbage and snow peas add freshness and an irresistible crunch.

From EatingWell

Coconut-Lime Chicken & Snow Peas

Coconut-Crusted Tofu with Peach-Lemongrass Salsa

The crunchy-crisp tofu and our spicy-sweet salsa are inspired by that restaurant-chain classic, deep-fried coconut shrimp. Make it a meal: Stir fresh cilantro into basmati rice and serve alongside. Try sliced bananas drizzled with "lite" coconut milk for dessert.

From EatingWell

Coconut-Crusted Tofu with Peach-Lemongrass Salsa

Blueberry-Coconut-Macadamia Muffins

The one-two punch of coconut and macadamia nuts in this luxurious muffin will make you think you're having your morning coffee in Hawaii. Drizzle with honey for an added touch of sweetness.

From EatingWell

Blueberry-Coconut-Macadamia Muffins

Festive Fruit & Nut Balls

A no-bake, make-ahead treat, this perfect combination of fruit and nuts is a nutritious and delicious mouthful. Rolling them in shredded coconut gives them their festive look.

From EatingWell

Festive Fruit & Nut Balls

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