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Healthy 2-Ingredient Coconut Biscotti {Vegan, Keto Option}

Incredible healthy 2-ingredient coconut biscotti, made with unsweetened flake coconut and a bit of sweetener. They are naturally grain-free, gluten-free, nut-free, vegan, oil-free, and keto-friendly!

2-ingredient coconut biscotti stacked on a white plate

Flourless Coconut Biscotti that is Vegan & Keto Friendly

Success is always satisfying, but it’s even sweeter when it stems from failure.

Case in point, these biscotti.

My original intention? Create a coconut flour biscotti free of nuts and eggs. I have attempted (and failed) this feat before, but a recent request from a reader sent me back to the testing bowl.

I tried. And tried. And tried again. I am getting closer, but I am still unsatisfied with the results. My attempts were all too hard, too soft, too convoluted, or too…yucky.

But in the course of my trials, I stumbled upon a technique that led to a different coconut biscotti altogether.

Gaze upon these golden biscotti, made with 2 ingredients. They are SPLENDID!

Healthy coconut biscotti on a wire cooling rack with a floral napkin alongside

Health Highlights of 2-Ingredient Coconut Biscotti

These delectable biscotti are:

  • Vegan
  • Nut-free
  • Oil-free
  • Grain-Free
  • Gluten-Free
  • Paleo
  • Keto (just sub the coconut sugar for a keto-friendly brown sugar alternative)

Ingredient for 2-Ingredient Coconut Biscotti

To make these toasted coconut wonders, you need nothing more than:

  1. unsweetened flake coconut or shredded coconut (any size)
  2. coconut sugar

You will also need a few tablespoons of water and (optional) salt.

Making the biscotti keto is as simple as swapping the coconut sugar for a keto-friendly brown sugar substitute (e.g., Sukrin Gold).
The 2 ingredients for coconut biscotti, unsweetened coconut flakes an coconut sugar

Here’s how I landed upon this idea. My coconut flour biscotti attempts this time around involved combining the flour with ground, unsweetened coconut flakes (shredded coconut). My thought was that it would lend structure and fat without the need for additional starches or fat.

I was wrong. Or, to be generous to myself, wrong so far. But, upon reflection of my failures, I realized that my initial combination of ground coconut, sweetener and a bit of water stuck together. Like dough. Could that combination, alone, work to make biscotti. After my first test batch, the answer was a resounding YES!

How to Make 2-Ingredient Coconut Biscotti

Here’s how to make a batch of these biscotti for yourself.

Step 1: Process the unsweetened coconut into a paste (“coconut butter”)

First, place 10 ounces (I used two 5 ounce bags) of unsweetened flake coconut (note that sometimes this will be labeled as shredded coconut) in a food processor or high-speed blender. Blend, stopping often to scrape the bottom and sides, until the mixture comes together like a nut butter (the coconut oils will release), but the mixture still has some texture. Like so:

Making the coconut “butter” goes pretty quickly in a high speed blender, but will take close to 3 or 4 minutes in a food processor.

Note that I am going by weight, not cups. The reason is that a cup measure for flakes can differ dramatically depending on the brand and the size of the flakes. Best to go by weight.

Step 2: Add the Sweetener & Water

Scrape the coconut into a medium bowl and add 3 tablespoons of sweetener (coconut sugar or keto-friendly brown sugar alternative), 3 tablespoons water, and salt, if desired. I think a smidge of salt enhances the flavor tremendously; 1/8 teaspoon is just right to me.

Step 3: Shape the Mixture into a Log

Upend the contents of the bowl onto a parchment paper-line  baking sheet. You can nudge the mixture in the direction of the rectangle you are about to make.

Use your hands, and the parchment paper (lift the long sides up and around the dough), to press and compact the dough into a rectangle. Smoosh and press!

The final log should be about 12 inches long, 3 inches wide, and just over 1/2-inch thick. It’s worth pulling out a ruler :).

You can work the dough into shape as much as you like, it will not hurt the outcome of the biscotti.

Step 4: Bake the Biscotti Log

Bake the log in a preheated oven (3o0F) for 18 to 20 minutes until golden brown and the center of the dough log feels somewhat set (it will not be hard, but it should not feel wet at all).

Step 5: Refrigerate the Baked Log Before Cutting

Remove from the oven, turn the oven off, and completley cool the log on the sheet. The next step is key for successful slicing (it applies to all biscotti recipes, especially if you want crisp, clean slices):  refrigerate the log until it is cold!

You can even bake the log a day in advance and then complete the slicing and second bake the next day.

Step 6: Cut the Log into Individual Biscotti

Cut the biscotti into twenty-two 1/2-inch slices (you will have two little end pieces, which are reserved for the baker to eat immediately :)).

loaf of baked coconut flour biscotti, partially cut into individual pieces

Step 7: Bake the Biscotti a Second Time

Time to send the biscotti back to the oven for a second bake. You can use the same piece of parchment paper to line the sheet. Position the cookies cut sides down and bake in a preheated 200F (95C) for 30 minutes.

Turn off the oven, leaving the biscotti in the oven for 1 to 2 hours longer to cool (and dry out further).

Making these is worth the wait, as they are seriously delicious.

stack of 4 coconut biscotti on a blue floral napkin

These biscotti do not need any enhancements, but do not let that stop you from adding some anyway!

For example, a teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract, 1 to 2 teaspoons of finely grated citrus zest, or 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon of ground spices (e.g.,  ginger, cardamom, allspice). My favorite combo? Lime zest + ginger. Oh la la.

Alternatively, or in addition, consider a drizzle or dunk of premium dark chocolate. Yes, please.

Happy baking, everyone!

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  1. 2 Ingredient Banana Oat Cookies
  2. Coconut Almond Flour Banana Bread
  3. 2-Ingredient Flax Sandwich Bread
  4. Grain-Free Banana Granola
  5. 2-ingredient Almond Flour Cut-Oat Cookies (Keto-friendly)
Yield: 22 biscotti

Healthy 2-Ingredient Coconut Biscotti {Vegan, Keto Option}

Healthy 2-Ingredient Coconut Biscotti {Vegan, Keto Option}

Healthy 2-ingredient coconut biscotti, made with unsweetened flake coconut and a bit of sweetener. They are naturally grain-free, gluten-free, nut-free, vegan, oil-free, and keto-friendly!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces (282 g) unsweetened flake or shredded coconut
  • 3 tablespoons coconut sugar (see notes for keto option)
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • Optional: fine sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300F (150C). Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a food processor or high speed blender, process the coconut flakes, stopping to scrape the sides and bottom of bowl multiple times, until the coconut begins to turn creamy (like a butter), but not entirely smooth (see photo).
  3. Transfer the coconut "butter" to a large bowl and stir in the coconut sugar, water, and optional salt (I added 1/8 teaspoon).
  4. Scrape dough into a mound in the center of the prepared cookie sheet. Shape dough into a firmly compacted log that measures roughly 12 inches long, 3 inches wide, and just over 1/2 an inch high. Use the parchment to press and compact the mixture into shape.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes or until light golden brown and the center is set & firm to the touch (it will not be hard).
  6. Remove from the oven, turn oven off, cool completely on sheet, and then refrigerate at least 1 hour until cold. Using parchment paper, lift log onto a cutting board.
  7. Preheat oven to 200F (95C). Slide log off of parchment paper and place paper back on cookie sheet.
  8. Using a sharp knife, cut log crosswise and slightly diagonal into 20 biscotti. Place slices cut sides down on the lined cookie sheet.
  9. Bake biscotti for 30 minutes longer. Turn oven off, keep door closed, and let biscotti remain in oven for 1-2 hours until cooled (this further dries them).
  10. Eat and enjoy!

Notes

Storage: Store the cooled biscotti in the refrigerator for 3 weeks or the freezer for up to 6 months.

Keto Variation: Replace the coconut sugar with an equal amount of ketogenic brown sugar alternative sweetener (one that is measure for measure equivalent to sugar). For example, Swerve or Sukrin Gold. The keto macros, per biscotto, are as follows [carbohydrates: 3.4 g, sugars: 0.9 g, the remaining macros are the same]

Sweetener: Feel free to use an equal amount of your favorite granular sweetener, including brown sugar or granular sugar alternative.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size

1 biscotto

Amount Per Serving Calories 92Total Fat 8.6gSaturated Fat 7.7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 17.5mgCarbohydrates 5.2gFiber 1.7gSugar 2.6gProtein 0.9g

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Cheryl

Thursday 29th of July 2021

Hi I can use sugar of any kind due to sensitivities but I can use maple syrup. Would that work as a substitute?

Erin

Wednesday 11th of November 2020

Hi Camilla,

I am so excited to try this recipe! I want to add some nuts to it... should I blend the nuts with the coconut or should I leave them whole/pieces? Thanks so much!

Camilla

Monday 28th of December 2020

Hi Erin,

Add the nuts as either mostly whole or roughly chopped (do not grind)

Desiree

Thursday 10th of September 2020

Can I use white monkfruit?

Camilla

Monday 28th of December 2020

Hi Desiree, I have not tried white monkfruit in particular, but it should work.

Kanika

Monday 30th of March 2020

Hi Camilla,

I'm really excited to try this recipe since the almond flour shortbread cookies, chocolate quinoa oat muffins, and almond coconut flour blondies were a HUGE hit. None of these treats last more than 2 days in our home. SO SO SOOOO GOOD. THANKS! For this biscotti could I use dessicated coconut since it's what I have on hand? Thanks again for these wonderful recipes. I started baking because of your blog 🙂

Camilla

Tuesday 31st of March 2020

Hi Kanika, Oh yes, you can definitely use dessicated coconut; the only difference between it and flaked is the cut. Just be careful when toasting it as it may take less time (because of the smaller size pieces).

You made my day re: inspiring you to bake!!! :)

Thomas

Friday 12th of July 2019

Hi Camilla, Can these be made with shredded coconut instead of flakes?

Camilla

Saturday 13th of July 2019

Ho Thomas--yes! Flakes and shredded coconut are the same and can be used interchangeably here. Thanks for bringing this up, I will make changes in the recipe to indicate that both are fine. :)

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