Coconut flakes are just coconut that has been flaked into wide, flat pieces, and usually dehydrated. Since coconut is Paleo, there’s no reason we can’t have coconut flakes.
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Unlike coconut flour, coconut flakes haven’t had any of the fat removed, which actually makes them preferable to coconut flour. It comes with a hefty dose of fat (most of which is saturated), with some fiber and a little bit of protein. It’s also just a little bit sweet, which makes it perfect for topping off desserts or adding to smoothies.
Mark Sisson has a whole post on all the different coconut products you can try, along with their relative health benefits.