Thursday, January 27, 2011

Coconut Brownies with Creamy Coconut Frosting

I really like brownies, in fact, I used to joke all the time that they were my favorite food group. Years ago, when brownies were one of the few desserts I used to make, I would experiment a lot. I'd throw in chocolate chips, add chocolate frosting, add some orange extract, you get the picture.

I have always liked coconut too, but it wasn't until last year that I started eating it with any frequency. I found this fabulous Thai Coconut Rice and Bean Curry, which both use coconut milk. I also throw shredded coconut in all of my homemade granola that I make usually once or twice a month. Amazingly enough, I've learned recently how good coconut is for you. You can read more about it here if you want.

Coconut and chocolate are an amazing combination, which I absolutely love. I did a little experimenting with this recipe and I really liked the outcome. I did use a box mix, please don't judge, I've had a hard time finding one from scratch that I love enough to give up the box. I used coconut milk to replace most of the oil in the batter and used coconut oil (which is solid at room temp) in place of butter in the frosting. The end result was a moist brownie, although not as dense, with a frosting that was different and delicious and I'd say out-of-this-world, but that's me, and I like coconut.

Coconut Brownies with Creamy Coconut Frosting
For the brownies:
1 box brownie mix
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup oil
2 eggs

For the frosting:
1/2 cup coconut oil (room temp, not melted)
3-4 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2-3 Tbsp. coconut milk
1/4 cup shredded coconut
toasted coconut for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix all brownie ingredients together and pour batter into a greased 8 or 9-inch baking pan (I used a brownie pan). Bake 30-35 minutes, or until just barely done. (Sometimes I slightly under bake my brownies because I like them really chewy and soft.) Cool completely.

To make frosting, cream coconut oil (you can substitute butter) until creamy. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and 2 Tbsp. of coconut milk. Add more milk/sugar to desired consistency. Add shredded coconut last. Spread on cooled brownies.

To toast shredded coconut, put them in a frying pan on medium heat and toss them gently until they start to brown. Sprinkle over frosted brownies.

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  1. Love the outstanding texture here, there is not enough coconut in the world. This looks fab.

  2. Chocolate and coconut always remind me of those delicious Mounds bars but the fact that these are brownies makes them even better. I hope you'll be joining me again this Saturday for Sweets for a Saturday.

  3. I LOVE the look of your creamy coconut frosting... which i may steal for a cake i'm baking at the weekend... so thanks in advance! x

  4. They look amazing. I love anything with coconut.

  5. I'm a huge coconut fan as well. Unfortunately though, my husband isn't. So it's not often I get to make something like this. I think I need to find someone else to share with though! They look great!

  6. I love brownies and I love coconut, so this is the perfect recipe for me! Thank you for sharing it!

    By the way, I'm co-hosting a new weekend foodie blog hop called Feed Me Tweet Me Follow Me Home and I'd love it if you would come along and join in! Have a wonderful weekend!

  7. I LOVE coconut too, and brownies are not far behind. Can't wait to try this, definitely have it bookmarked. I am a new follower and would love to have you follow me back at Thanks!

    The Farm Girl

  8. Wow! These look fabulous! I love coconut! Thanks for posting. I can't wait to try these.

  9. Wow i love chocolate and coconut!! These look delightful! Thanks for the recipe!

  10. Thanks so much for linking up with Feed Me Tweet Me Follow Me Home! I've followed your lovely blog :) Hope to see you again next Friday!

  11. Hi Michele,
    Your brownies looks really good! I have extended an award for you. I know that I am rather new to your blog, but I think that you have a lovely site here. Hope that you'll accept it and please do drop by to collect it when you can. Thank you!

  12. I heart those brownies. Fluffy, soft and moist just perfect for an afternoon tea. The frosting really intrigues me, my i should start my baking now.

  13. I saw this brownie at Make it Yours Day link party.

    Love the coconut idea. Must try next day!

  14. heavenly ... melt in the mouth :)
    ... I enjoy reading the set up you write, before you post your recipes ... keep up the great Blog



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