Coconut Chocolate Bars

I come from a long line of coconut lovers in my family…on both sides of my family actually. I must have missed the memo, because coconut can be hard for me to swallow sometimes, literally. I don’t know if its the texture, the shape… who really knows, alls I’m saying is- different strokes for different folks.

That being said, you add sweetened condensed milk and chocolate to coconut and suddenly coconut and I are best friends. Its a strange relationship we have. These Coconut Bars have been in my family since I can remember. They are in my grandma’s cookbook she gives all the grandkids. I made these for a family down the street and had to get them out of my house. After my third one it was time for them to go and taunt someone else ;-)

Chocolate Coconut Bars from ...Coconut, sweetened condensed milk and chocolate, this recipe is DELICIOUS!

Coconut Chocolate Bars
Coconut combines with sweetened condensed milk and brownies to create a jaw-dropping dessert that is so simple to make!
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 1 box Devils Food Cake Mix, dry
  • ⅓ cup butter, softened, NOT melted
  • 1 large egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • 1½ cups sweetened coconut, divided
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, butter and slightly beaten egg. Mix until crumbly but crumbs stick together.
  2. Press batter on the bottom of a ungreased 9x13 baking pan.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk, egg and vanilla. Beat for 3 minutes.
  4. After beating sweetened condensed mixture, stir in 1 cup coconut, chopped pecans and chocolate chips until evenly mixed.
  5. Spread evenly over cake mixture.
  6. Sprinkle the top with remaining ½ cup of coconut.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes on center rack of oven.
  8. When done, remove pan from oven and allow to cool completely before cutting.


Chocolate Coconut Bars from ...Coconut, sweetened condensed milk and chocolate, this recipe is DELICIOUS!

Chocolate Coconut Bars from ...Coconut, sweetened condensed milk and chocolate, this recipe is DELICIOUS!

If you like these, then you will LOVE:

Coconut Macaroons
Almond Joy Kiss Cookies
Coconut Cream Cake
German Chocolate Brownies

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #chefintraining and/or #chefintrainingblog. I would love to see how these recipes take shape in your kitchens.

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  1. Lisa

    Could you please consider adding a print button to this recipe?

    1. Chef in Training

      Hi Lisa, there is one now :) I plug the recipe into the recipe card when I schedule it, but for some reason when it actually publishes, the recipe card doesn't show up until I manually click it. Sorry about that, but you can print it now :)

  2. Kimberley

    I'm a coco-NUT!! I love it and will eat it straight from the bag!! Not to mention I love coconut milk, coconut oil, AND coconut RUM!! This looks delish......adding it to my collection right now :)

  3. Kate

    These sound like just a bit of heaven...I got the coconut memo and know I would love each and every bite!

  4. Carol

    Coconut and kryptonite. Pinning!

  5. Leslie

    I have been looking for something to make for my mom for Mother's Day (she loves coconut) and I think this might be it! Thanks for the recipe.

  6. diana

    I absolutely love love LOVE your blog!!! I will be trying this recipe. Thanks for sharing!!
    Diana @decoratemediana

  7. Carly

    Love these, making them soon!!! Great picture!

  8. Jeni {}

    You had me at chocolate! LOL. These look absolutely delicious Nikki! It was also great meeting you at SNAP.

  9. Connie

    Sounds wonderful, but my question is, how do you remove it from the pan when it's just out of the oven? This doesn't look like something you can flip over like you can cakes.

    1. Chef in Training

      Sorry for the confusion. It just says to remove pan from oven. You let the bars cool in the pan and then cut when they are cooled. They are like brownies so don't try and remove them from the pan. Again so sorry about the confusion in that step.

  10. Joan

    Oh yum! Love cake mix recipes and look forward to trying the bars.

  11. Rita Torneten

    Only one egg listed on ingredient list, however instructions say add egg to the cake mix (step 1) and then again in step 2.. Could you clarify instructions? Thanks!

    1. Chef in Training

      There are two different eggs listed in in the ingredients. The third ingredient and the fifth ingredient. I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any more questions, I am happy to help :)

  12. Anja

    I made these today and at first crumbling the cake with butter I felt like this must be wrong somehow but fallowed the recipe anyway and OMG these are the best I ever made my boys all love them and even tho I am not a brownie fan but coconut fan I made them anyway ... Love your site and this recipe !

  13. Veronica

    Used milk chocolate chips and finished our walnuts and pecans (about a 1/2 cup in total; it needed the whole cup). Cooked it 28 minutes, but probably should have taken it out at 25 minutes. It was really good warm and just good cool. While mixing, the crust never did get crumbly and stick together well, but after cooking it did hold together well. Next time I will use a butter chocolate cake mix, the devils food was just a tad too dark for me.

  14. Joann

    looks delicious !!! My family loves chocolate, must try this!!

  15. faith

    Do the Chocolate Coconut Bars need refrigerated?