Coconut Sugar Brownies


When I was little my mom used to make me brownies for my birthday.  This might not sound like a big deal, but for a long time this was the one day in the year that white flour, white sugar and chocolate made an appearance in our kitchen.  Those brownies gave my birthdays some moments of pure bliss!

My sister, Salsa, has a big birthday coming up and she would love some brownies, but she doesn’t eat cane sugar.  So I have been doing some homework in preparation. I discovered a number of brownie recipes using coconut sugar, which seems to be an acceptable sugar for Salsa.  This recipe has been adapted from: (this blog is worth a look, it’s got some good stuff!).

The brownies were sublime!  With a bunch of boys in the house getting ready for soccer training, the entire pan was consumed within minutes.  Will definitely double the recipe next time.


  • 1 1/4 c coconut sugar (I used the Power Super Foods brand)
  • 3/4 c cocoa powder
  • 2 T honey
  • 200 g butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 3/4 c flour (I used organic spelt)
  • 1 t baking powder

Line 8 x 8 baking pan with baking paper.  Preheat oven to 175C.

In a saucepan over low heat, melt butter and sugar together, stirring constantly.  Add honey and cocoa powder and keep stirring until mixture is smooth and slightly shiny.  Set aside to cool.

(I use the Woolworths home brand cocoa because it is strong and dark.)

Sift flour and baking powder into large bowl. Whisk eggs and vanilla until slightly frothy, and stir into cocoa mixture.  Pour into flour bowl and stir until well mixed.  Pour into pan.  Cook for 25 minutes or until skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Moist and dark and chocolatey! YUM!


About baking bohemian

My name is Jen and I am the baking bohemian. My blog identity comes from the cultural background of my mother’s family, (Bohemian), and my mother’s more left wing lifestyle (bohemian). The big ‘B’ Bohemian refers to the rich cultural heritage of our family that emigrated from Bohemia when it was still its own country (it now comprises two thirds of the Czech Republic). Food featured prominently in the family and broader social life of that part of my family. No social interaction was without sustenance, and any celebration, large or small, was an invitation to cook up a storm. My own family emigrated from the United States to Australia when I was a child. For the most part we lived with our mother, and my dad eventually moved back to the US. The little ‘b’ bohemian relates to the semi-alternative lifestyle we led with our mother. I hesitate to refer to her as a hippy, for that conjures up so many misconceptions, but certainly she was on that side of the fence. She was probably more eccentric than radical at the end of the day, but she could really cook. We always set extra plates at the dinner table because inevitably people would visit at dinner time. I started cooking when I was about eight. Cookies. Obviously I was motivated by desire! I loved cooking, I loved that the kitchen was always, in every way, the heart of the house, so I was always part of anything else that was happening while I was cooking. I loved people loving my food. With all the different things that I have done in my life and am interested in, food has remained my most consistent and enduring passion.

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