This chewy chocolate slice is filled with coconut and topped with a layer of sweet, fudgy, chocolate icing. Perfect with your morning or afternoon coffee – or whenever you need a simple, easy to make, chocolate treat.
Since I moved to Australia a few months ago, I’ve noticed every coffee shop and bakery has a section in their window for “slices”. Coming from North America – I’d usually call these dessert bars. But looking more carefully, there’s a lot of varieties that you don’t often see at home. Caramel slices, oat slices…. the list goes on. So I decided I needed to try more of these concoctions.
So today is the first instalment: chocolate coconut slice.
It’s a chewy, chocolate-filled, and recipe that’s perfect if you love coconut. The base layer is somewhere in between a cookie and a brownie in texture. It’s soft, chewy, and has lots of texture thanks to desiccated coconut. Then it’s topped with a fudgy chocolate icing. The icing goes on when the bars are still warm, so it almost melts into the base layer.
Chocolate Slice Recipe
This recipe is an easy, no-mixer kind of recipe. You likely have all the ingredients in your kitchen already – which is always a big win for me.
The chocolate coconut base is a simple melt and mix kind of deal. You’ll whisk together melted butter, brown sugar and 1 egg. Then stir in the cocoa powder, baking powder, flour and coconut. The mixture goes into the pan and then bakes for about 30 minutes.
Then for the chocolate fudge icing – we whisk together melted butter, cocoa, icing/powdered sugar, boiling water, and a little golden syrup (or corn syrup). The boiling water gives a bit of a finish to the icing, and the golden syrup makes it extra glossy. If you don’t have golden syrup on hand, you could skip it if you want to save a grocery store trip.
The icing actually goes on top of the warm bars allowing it to just gently melt into the bars.
This chocolate slice is perfect with your afternoon coffee or as a lunchbox treat. And if I haven’t convinced you yet – let me recap why it’s delicious:
- Soft and chewy chocolate coconut base
- Fudgy, chocolate icing
- Chocolate filled
- Simple ingredients
- Easy to make
- And more chocolate
Love bars & slices? Try these other favorites:
- Nanaimo Bars – this classic Canadian, no-bake bar recipe with 3 layers of goodness
- Rocky Road Bars – easy, no-bake bars with peanuts, marshmallows and chocolate
- ⅔ cup unsalted butter melted
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup plain flour aka all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ cup dessicated coconut
- 1 ½ cup icing sugar aka powdered sugar
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
- 2 tablespoons boiling water
- 1 tablespoon golden syrup aka corn syrup
- 2 tablespoons coconut for sprinkling on top
- Preheat the oven to 350F (180C) degrees.
- Line an 8x8 inch (20x20 cm) pan with parchment leaving an overhang around the sides.
- In a medium bowl whisk together the melted butter, brown sugar, egg and vanilla extract.
- Stir in the flour, cocoa, baking powder and coconut.
- Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes or until just firm
- Sift together the icing sugar and cocoa powder in a medium-sized bowl.
- Whisk in the melted butter, boiling water and golden syrup until smooth.
- Spread the icing over the warm bars and sprinkle with coconut.
- All the bars to cool fully and for the icing to set before slicing. You can pop them in the fridge for 30 minutes to speed the process up.