Where Oh Where Can I Find Unsweetened Coconut?

April 24, 2013 — 1 Comment

We were recently asked this question in our Paleo Cereal post

Any suggestions on where to find the unsweetened coconut?

When we first started seeking out all things coconut, we were hard pressed to find Unsweetened Shredded Coconut in any of our local grocery stores. Trader Joe’s doesn’t even carry it. I have suggested they start stocking it on their shelves recently and was told “We get that request a lot!”, yet when I last checked it was still no where in sight.

What you will most likely find in the grocery store is Sweetened Shredded Coconut, which is NOT what you want. Too much sugar (50g vs 15g) and other unlikely chemicals/preservatives in there.

Thankfully we have the internets to serve us some Unsweetened Coconut Shreds.

Here are a few options you can try using our favorite store on the web: Amazon. We LOVE Amazon.com because typically we can find whatever we need on here. We shop here enough (I (Dave) order a lot of photography gear and supplies from here) to warrant the Amazon Prime shipping. It is an annual fee of $79 which provides you with expedited two-day shipping for free on anything that is advertised with the prime logo. In fact, when we shop at amazon, if it doesn’t have the prime logo next to it, we don’t buy it. For us, it has paid for itself over and over.

Let’s shop for Unsweetened Coconut

This is our favorite:
Let’s Do Organic Shredded, Unsweetened Coconut, 8-Ounce Packages (Pack of 12) – $34

It is 12 8oz packages for $35. It’s organic and it is 96oz worth of coconut. It is great to have on hand, especially for making paleo granola and cereal. If you are just getting started and are not yet sure about the coconut craze you will be enjoying, here is a less expensive option.

Bob’s Redmill Shredded Unsweetened Coconut – 4 12oz bags – $12

We have tried Bob’s Redmill products, including this one. It is not organic (with coconut, I am not even sure if this is a big deal, lol) and is 48oz. We are not huge fans of the Bob’s Redmill brand. IMHO the quality is just not as good as some of the smaller brands.

Bridget and I are starting to become obsessed with Coconut in general. We love the shredded to add some texture and flavor to some of our favorite foods, however Coconut Oil alone has so many uses!

Did you know?
Some of these uses for coconut oil?

  • A natural SPF4 Sunscreen
  • Taken as a daily supplement for energy
  • Great for cooking (has a high smoke point)
  • Can help improve insulin levels
  • Support healthy Thyroid Function

These are just a few of the uses. Bridget has used it as a base to make deodorant, shampoo and skin cream. Funny as it sounds, she has me on a skin care regiment with her and I can honestly tell you that my face is starting to get as smooth as a baby’s bottom! We are both amazed at how good our skin is becoming from her new found knowledge and experimentation. We will be sharing more on these experiments soon.

I hope you found this post useful. What other questions do you have?

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One response to Where Oh Where Can I Find Unsweetened Coconut?

  1. We get our unsweetened coconut flakes from the bulk bin at Market District, for anyone in the Western PA area. Also, Trader Joe’s has some of the highest quality and lowest cost coconut oil on the market. I use it religiously for absolutely everything, from cooking and smoothies, to hair and skincare.

    Here’s an email I got directly from Trader Joe’s about their coconut oil:

    Dear Jen,

    Thank you for contacting us. The coconuts come from the Philippines but the it is processed here in the U.S. The coconuts are dehusked, grated, and the fresh coconut meat is cold pressed and filtered with no chemicals or preservatives added. This process retains the enzymes, lauric acid and all the other nutrients.

    Our Virgin Coconut Oil is extracted from certified organic fresh coconuts without using excessive heat or harsh conditions in processing. No chemical is added. No bleaching is done. The natural nutrients and characteristics including aroma of fresh coconuts are therefore preserved. The result is a crystal clear liquid at room temperature (26 deg C) but turns solid white at temperatures below 26 deg C. It is pure 100% oil and contains no trans-fatty acid or cholesterol.

    Customer Relations

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