Rich Coconut Milk Brownies

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When I first started baking, I was pretty much a purist for the recipe: I only used Betty Crocker in that bright red box that called for 2 medium eggs and a 1/2 cup vegetable oil. Adding in 1/2 cup of applesauce sounded “out there”, and folding in chocolate chips was a flavorful twist.

There came a time when I realized that I could mix flour, sugar and cocoa powder on my own, and that it actually tasted better when I did so. The best part of making brownies from scratch is trying different recipes; if you think there’s only one type of brownie you can make, you’re sadly mistaken. I made this recipe with coconut milk because I had an open can that needed to be used, and the result was a very deep, rich dark chocolate flavor. If ever you feel the urge to use a premixed brownie recipe, I ask you to step out of the box and try this.

Rich Coconut Milk Brownies


  • 1/2 cup butter(or Earth Balance)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon chocolate chips
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cream together butter and sugar. Add in the coconut milk, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, chocolate chips, and salt and stir until fully incorporated.

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Sift in the flour and baking powder and mix until the batter has just come together. The batter will be very thick.

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Using a rubber spatula, spread it out on an 8×8 baking pan and bake for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center.

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These are much darker in flavor than my normal brownie recipe. They’re also more cakey, too, which might or might not be up your alley. From now on, these will be reason not just to finish a can of coconut milk but to open one, too.

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18 Responses to Rich Coconut Milk Brownies
  1. Paj
    October 29, 2010 | 12:25 pm

    I’ve never made homemade brownies, although I’m not opposed to the idea. However, when I make the package kind I usually sub in about 2 spoonfuls of coconut oil for the veggie oil. Probably has a similar taste to the coconut milk you added.

  2. Jessica @ How Sweet
    October 29, 2010 | 1:46 pm

    Just coconut and brownie in the same sentence has me excited. Yum.

  3. Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker
    October 29, 2010 | 4:20 pm

    We’ve both got brownies on the brain today, am I right? These look amazing, Evan!

  4. Heather (Heather's Dish)
    October 29, 2010 | 5:07 pm

    this sounds like heaven right now…my sweet tooth is OUT of control!

  5. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    October 29, 2010 | 6:40 pm

    these look awesome!

    and i love how you used up coconut milk that you had on hand, and needed using.

    i posted in a soup recipe of mine yesterday the same thing…I dont actually buy ingredients especially for a soup, or most cooking, i love to use what i have on hand, first.

    clearly these brownies look amazing!!! dark, rich, sinfully delish!

  6. Baking Serendipity
    October 29, 2010 | 8:25 pm

    I’ve never added coconut milk to brownies before but I bet it makes them amazing!

  7. Sugar Free Low Carb
    October 30, 2010 | 8:47 am

    What a great idea to add coconut milk to the brownie batter. Will have to give it a try. I love coconut milk.

  8. BigFatBaker
    October 30, 2010 | 3:38 pm

    Sounds delicious! I love homemade brownies. And I’ve used coconut oil, but never coconut milk. Great idea, can’t wait to try it!

  9. Lora @cakeduchess
    October 30, 2010 | 7:12 pm

    I love the idea of coconut milk in brownies. These look so moist!:)

  10. Renae
    October 31, 2010 | 3:54 am

    Yum! Those sound delicious! I am still on my coconut kick, just can’t get enough of that coconut milk caramel…

  11. Amy
    October 31, 2010 | 7:37 pm

    I am a big fan of coconut and chocolate together! These sound wonderful!

  12. aubrey King
    November 2, 2010 | 3:57 pm

    wowaweewa! yuuuuuuuuum

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  14. Lupe
    September 10, 2012 | 5:35 pm

    Going to try this as soon as my butter softens! I have a questions – unlike you, I am afraid to try something without a recipe or someone else doing it first but I am trying to be Gluten Free and was wondering if you think Almond Meal would work in place of the flour?

    • Wannabe Chef
      September 10, 2012 | 5:39 pm

      I’ve never tried it but I think the almond meal would work if you added 2 eggs to the recipe.

      • Lupe
        September 10, 2012 | 11:43 pm

        I made them! I substituted the flour with almond meal and 2 eggs like you suggested. It was a little too runny had to add more almond meal but they came out amazing!!!!! Thank you so much!

  15. Anna Bella
    January 25, 2013 | 8:43 pm

    I am making mine right now, I added an extra 1/4 cup of coconut milk, a half cup of coconut flakes and since I didn’t have chocolate chips on hand, I chopped up a 1/4 cup of hershey kisses. Hopefully it turns out well! Wish me luck!!

  16. Meera
    February 8, 2013 | 5:32 pm

    looks wonderful..So I have the Betty Crocker brownie mix and i was thinking maybe instead of the water, I could use coconut milk instead. What do you think?