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a bowl of arepas de coco

5 Ingredient Arepas de Coco (Fried Coconut Bread)

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  • Author: Salima Benkhalti
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Snack, Appetizer, Side Dish
  • Method: Fried
  • Cuisine: Puerto Rican
  • Diet: Vegan


Today we’re making arepas de coco, a vegan fried coconut bread made with 5 simple ingredients that’s popular in Puerto Rico and across the Caribbean. They’re delicious served as a side, snack, or stuffed with all things saucy, savory, and sweet.


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk


  1. Mix the dry ingredients. In a mixing bowl combine the flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder. Whisk together to combine.flour, sugar, and more being whisked in a bowl
  2. Make the arepa dough. Add the coconut milk and mix your hands until a consistent dough forms. Cover with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let rest on the counter for a half hour.a hand kneading dough in a bowl
  3. Prep to fry. Heat oil in a frying pan. Roll out the arepa dough on a clean flour dusted surface. Cut out circles using a glass or cookie cutter.circles of dough cut out on a counter
  4. Fry. Fry the circles over medium heat for a few minutes on each side, or until they turn a light golden color and puff up. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate to drain any grease. Enjoy!arepas de coco frying in oil in a pan



  • When using canned coconut, it can be helpful to process the contents of the can for 30 seconds using an immersion blender to create a consistent milk. This step can help ensure your bread has the correct fat content, and doesn’t end up with mostly coconut water from the can.
  • If the dough feels dry while kneading, add a tablespoon of additional coconut milk at a time until a consistent dough forms. If it feels too wet, add flour one tablespoon at a time.
  • Test fry one arepa to make sure the oil isn’t too hot before frying them in batches.