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Almond Joy Brownies

What you need: 

Chocolate layer:
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 cup nondairy milk
1 cup vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla Coconut layer:
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup shredded coconut
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup nondairy milk
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup almonds, chopped

What you do: 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9x13" pan. In a medium-sized bowl, mix chocolate layer ingredients until smooth.
2. In another medium-sized bowl, mix coconut layer ingredients (except almonds) until smooth.
3. Spread 1/2 the chocolatey mixture into prepared pan. Spread the coconut mixture on top of the chocolate mixture evenly.
4. Stir the chopped almonds into the remaining 1/2 chocolately mixture and spread it evenly on top of the coconut mixture.
5. Bake 25-30 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before cutting into squares.
Source of recipe: I made this recipe myself while fooling around in the kitchen one day. My batch came out really good and was a hit with all of my non-vegan friends, but if you have any suggestions they're more than welcome.

Preparation Time: 
15 minutes, Cooking time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 
30 minutes
Recipe Category: 


I really don't want to be rude to the poster of this recipe, but these brownies tasted awful to me. My fiance liked them, so it may just be my taste buds, but I thought that they were awful when warm (which is how I prefer my brownies). I followed the recipe almost exactly, only I subbed applesauce and vegan butter for oil. That's really all I did differently. I think part of the problem was the amount of cocoa powder... I would have added a whole cup, but I decided I'd try it as it was written. What this needs is some baking chocolate added in, I think. The coconut part was okay... nothing special though. I really had high hopes for this recipe. Maybe it was because I opted for whole wheat flour? There was just a really... bad taste, which could have been flour or baking powder I think... I'm not sure. It just wasn't right.

I did enjoy the sticky cakey texture that the brownies took after sitting overnight. But again, after 15 seconds in the microwave, it had an icky taste that even ice cream couldn't save :/ Maybe I did something wrong; I'll try making them again sometime with modifications, and see if that doesn't help.


OMG these are fabulous!!!!! I couldn't bring myself to put the full amount of oil into either layer, so I halved the oil and subbed with homemade applesauce for each layer. I also couldn't bring myself to put in that much sugar, so I halved (a bit less than that, actually) the sugar in each layer and didn't add any kind of substitution. I let them bake at 170 C for about 50 minutes. It seems that nothing I make bakes in the center, so I didn't have high hopes for these, but they turned out perfectly! Now if I could just stop eating them....


I just made these. I'm waiting for them to cool so I can taste them!


I bet it wouldn't matter since there is 2 Cups of sugar in it. Use whatever you can find. I never even knew there was more than one type.


Recipe looks awesome. I've a question about the coconut - sweetened or unsweetened?


Totally scratched my gooey, chocolately, coconutty itch.  I don't know if I'll ever make just chocolate brownies again.  the coconut layer is to die for.  these are more cakey then dense, but still a really yummy consistency for brownies.

here's how i altered the recipe:

i halved the recipe and baked it in an 8x8 glass dish.
i used about 1/4 cup less oil and about that much extra chocolate hemp milk for the coconut layer.
i used almond and coconut extract instead of vanilla.
i chopped up almonds and dark chocolate (about 1/3 cup each) and sprinkled them in the chocolately layers.  (which was excellent - next time I'll add even more!)

My only criticism is that it could use more of the chocolately layer!  I'd bet it'd turn out if I baked the full recipe amount.

Also, even 1/2 portion took close to 50 min to cook all the way through, twice what was called for.

Next time, I'll reduce the oil even more, replacing it with some applesauce as suggested.  Thanks!

Ooh, so yummy.  I'm going to have another.  Thanks for the excellent recipe!


any suggestions for cutting down on the amount of oil in the recipe?  thanks.

maybe sub in some applesauce for the oil used in the chocolate mixture.. or maybe a couple flax eggs and make up the difference with applesauce.

for the coconut layer id reduce the oil and maybe add some extra soymilk if it seems too dry.


any suggestions for cutting down on the amount of oil in the recipe?  thanks.

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