Coconut-topped cocoa brownies

29 Jun


Coconut-topped brownies

Hands up if you love coconut and chocolate together? It is one of my very favourite sweet combinations – always has been. I love the contrast of the crunch of coconut with the lux mouthfeel of dark chocolate.

I know that you lot are brownies lovers, judging by the popularity of my previous brownies posts. I am always looking for ways to up my brownies game, though I really shouldn’t as once I pull a batch of brownies from the oven there will be tastings happening. By me when Misses 8 and 10 are at school and The Hungry Dad is at work. Over and over. #shameful

But really, what could be more tempting than a rich brownie base smothered in a decadent coconut topping? Not much, is the answer.

I was inspired by a recipe from The View From Great Island blog, a site with lovely recipes and styling.

These brownies require no electric mixer and use common ingredients from the pantry so give them a go. You don’t even need chocolate, just cocoa. Nothing to lose, everything to win – I am listening to 90s dance music as I type and the lyrics from Rhythm is A Dancer seem strangely fitting here. Bet that’s the first segue you’ve ever encountered between baking and Snap!



115 grams unsalted butter, diced

1/3 cup caster sugar

1 egg

1/4 cup plain flour

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Coconut topping

2 eggs

3/4 cup caster sugar

1 cup plain flour

100 grams shredded coconut – plus 50 grams for sprinkling

Coconut-topped brownies. The Hungry Mum


Preheat oven to 170 C and grease and line a 20cm x 20cm square baking pan  with non-stick baking paper.

Sift together the cocoa and flour and set aside.

In a large heat-proof bowl melt butter, either in the oven or microwave, then whisk in sugar and egg. Fold in the flour mixture and stir until all combined.

Pour the batter into the tin – there isn’t much batter – ensuring it is evenly spread and bake for 14 minutes. Remove from oven and make topping.

Whisk the eggs with the sugar then stir in flour and coconut (reserving the extra 50 grams).

Top the brownie with the coconut mix then sprinkle over the extra coconut.

Bake for 20 minutes – keep an eye on it as you don’t the coconut to burn.

Cool in tin then cut into squares to serve.

Coconut topped brownies




18 Responses to “Coconut-topped cocoa brownies”

  1. cookingwithshy June 29, 2016 at 2:19 pm #

    Yummm!! Love coconut topped over anything…especially if it’s nice and toasted…delicious twist to these brownies:))

    • The Hungry Mum June 29, 2016 at 2:31 pm #

      Thanks! These were so delish, I may have to make them again very soon…

  2. heartandsoul974 June 29, 2016 at 10:43 pm #

    Delicious and I absolutely love coconut and chocolate!

  3. Tasty Eats Ronit Penso June 30, 2016 at 2:42 am #

    Coconut and chocolate – such a wonderful combination. Very tempting looking brownies! 🙂

  4. Sarah 'n Spice June 30, 2016 at 6:57 am #


  5. Laura @ Feast Wisely June 30, 2016 at 1:31 pm #

    Another chocolate delight Hungry Mum – your husband and kids are very spoiled!

    • The Hungry Mum July 13, 2016 at 10:32 am #

      Actually, they are a bit over all my baking! My gals would be happier if I bought them Tiny Teddies 😦

  6. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella June 30, 2016 at 9:07 pm #

    I’m a huge coconut and chocolate fan. What a great idea topping brownies with coconut 😀

    • The Hungry Mum July 13, 2016 at 10:54 am #

      I blame Bounties – once I tried those as a kid my addiction for chocolate coconut was set 😉

  7. trishlee75 July 1, 2016 at 1:53 pm #

    Wow! I’m going to have to try these. I’m a sucker for brownies, and coconut! Thanks for sharing!

    • The Hungry Mum July 13, 2016 at 10:33 am #

      I love brownies! It is scary how easy they are to bake – and eat!

  8. FrugalHausfrau July 2, 2016 at 4:25 pm #

    Oh, yeah, I’m liking these!! Marvelous! Pinning!!


  9. Julia Jones July 5, 2016 at 3:50 am #

    My favorite ingridient – coconut, I love it 🙂

    • The Hungry Mum July 5, 2016 at 6:10 pm #

      Oh me too! I go through bags and bags of the stuff 🙂

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