Unbelievable Chocolate Coconut Brownies

Is it bad to eat 6 brownies in between lunch and dinner?

It can’t be good right?

Unless of course they are delicious brownies. After all, I have had some bad brownies in my time. Some dried out wannabe version of a brownie. Crumbly, flavorless. or worse, “too sweet they stick to the teeth and I need 2 glasses of milk to swallow it down” brownies. Then there are the failed attempts at making healthy brownies. There are a surprising amount of those out there. Blah. Nasty. I have been not only the victim of said failed brownies, but the creator as well!

As you might already know, not everything I make is considered healthy. Especially when you consider all the different food circles that exist out there. And you know what? That’s ok by me. Everyone’s got their own version of what is healthy. Some say paleo, others say primal, or vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, grain free, traditional diets (WAP), allergy free…the list goes on. Mine is simply to stick to real food/whole food and try for moderation.

6 brownies.

Moderation experiment failed.

Yup, huge failure. Moderation that is. The recipe on the other hand, as you can guess by my unadulterated consumption, was a huge success.

Is it ok to eat 6 brownies if a person is in mourning? And how long is the allowable mourning period anyway? I don’t think it’s the same as dating. You know, half the amount of time the couple was together. I don’t think that applies to family. Because in this case it would mean half my age. That makes it 17 years. Gosh I really hope that’s not right.

I guess all I can do is listen to time. Time will tell. Isn’t that what they say?

Ok, enough psycho babble…

Let’s talk brownies.

For those of you who believe that “healthy and dessert” should never try to make babies, you’ll be glad to know that these aren’t low in sugar. They are made with natural/whole food sugars though, but you wouldn’t know it! That’s the best part.

These also happen to be gluten free, dairy free and are grain free. The one crutch is the sugar, a blend of coconut sugar (cheap at Costco) and honey or agave.

I even tested these out on a crew of fire fighters yesterday. They loved them. Success.

I hope you decide to give these a whirl.  Texture wise, I’d say they are somewhere between a brownie and a chocolate cake. Dense and moist like a brownie but not so dense they stick to the teeth. You won’t be disappointed, I promise.

I’ve made some substitution notes below the recipe.

Coconut Brownies

  • ½ cup coconut oil (or unsalted butter)
  • ½ cup cocoa or cacao plus 1 Tbsp
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¾ cup coconut sugar
  • 1/3 cup honey or agave
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • tiny pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 325 F.  Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper. Melt the coconut oil (just to melting, not hot) and whisk in the cocoa/cacao.  In a medium sized bowl whisk the eggs, sugar, honey and vanilla together. Pour in the chocolate mixture and whisk until combined. Add the coconut flour and coconut and mix until combined. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes or until set in the middle.

Recipe Notes & Substitutions:

Coconut: Substitute 2/3 cup of nuts for coconut.

Flour : Though I haven’t tried it, I’m pretty confident that if you wanted to try this out with whole wheat flour, oat flour or gluten free flour, it would work.

Sugar: Not ready to try coconut sugar? ¾ cup packed brown sugar would work too, but omit the honey.

Know someone who loves brownies? Go ahead and share this recipe with them!


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10 Responses to Unbelievable Chocolate Coconut Brownies

  1. Koko June 14, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

    6 brownies? Completely acceptable in a period of mourning. I would say admirable, even- it wasn’t the whole batch. I hope you can feel like yourself again sooner than 17 years, France. I’m thinking of you.

    These brownies really look great, and I’m kind of glad they aren’t trying so hard to be healthy and low-sugar that they aren’t even worth eating. They look moist and rich and delicious…just as a brownie should be! Also….I love coconut, and I think I would really enjoy that aspect of these, too!

  2. Crystal June 14, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

    It is definitely okay to eat 6, or 8, or 10 brownies in mourning. Whatever it takes.

  3. Paula June 14, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

    These look absolutely decadent. :) As far as grieving/mourning goes, you’ll know when it’s time to stop. Don’t EVER feel guilty about it.

  4. Iris June 14, 2013 at 9:50 pm #

    You mention a vegan option but I didn’t see it noted. Will this recipe work with flax eggs?

    • beyondthepeel June 15, 2013 at 10:52 pm #

      Iris, that’s my mistake. My brain isn’t working great these days. Flax egg might work, but i haven’t tried it so I took that out of the text.

  5. Wawa June 14, 2013 at 10:26 pm #

    Hmmm, if I used sucanat instead of coconut sugar, should I still omit the honey?

    • beyondthepeel June 15, 2013 at 10:49 pm #

      Up to you. Depends how sweet you like it. Just taste the batter. Add honey if you feel it needs it.

  6. Amber H June 15, 2013 at 2:55 am #

    Unbelievable is right girlfriend. Can’t wait to make these!!! Wowza!



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