How to make Guatemalan coconut bread (recipe)

February 18, 2013 at 9:00 am 4 comments

Coconut bread

Coconut bread from Guatemala … mmm!

CFCA serves approximately 84,000 sponsored children and elderly in Guatemala. Here is a recipe from Isabel, mother of a sponsored child in Guatemala, who makes and sells coconut bread to help her family’s income. This recipe makes approximately 20 pieces of bread.


  • 3 pounds or 6 cups of flour
  • 3 coconuts (If you don’t want to make coconut milk by hand, you can use 2 cups of canned coconut milk.)
  • A handful of yeast (allow yeast to rest for 2 minutes)
  • 1 stick of margarine
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar

1. First shred the coconut, and then add a little water. (If using canned coconut milk, proceed to step 3.)

2. Place the shredded coconut into a colander or cheese cloth and squeeze coconut milk into a separate bowl. Discard drained coconut, or use in another recipe.

3. Add flour, margarine, salt, sugar and yeast to the coconut milk.

4. Fold all of the ingredients together until you form a soft dough. Let dough rest for 15 minutes.

5. Cut small pieces of dough and make little balls.

Coconut bread

6. Cover the balls of dough with a tablecloth and allow dough to rise in the warmest place of the home (around 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit).

7. Finally, place the pan inside the oven, preheated to 375 degrees for about 20 to 30 minutes.

Coconut bread


To see a video of Isabel and her family:

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. whilehewasout  |  February 18, 2013 at 9:52 am

    This must be yummy! Do you also use the drained coconut?

  • 4. julie watson  |  February 19, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    I love all the recipe and food related posts that have been added lately. They are quite interesting and keep me coming back. Love you guys.


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