Coconut Slice
Coconut Slice

Coconut Slice

Coconut slice

For me this is the ultimate childhood retro slice! It was one of my favourites as a child, and mums seemed to make it for school lunches, fetes and any “bring a plate” occasions. Unfortunately it wasn’t a slice my mother ever made, which meant I didn’t have it very often.  Luckily I stumbled across the recipe in a circa 1970 cookbook. I promise this will bring back food memories for most 1970’s & 80’s babies.  It’s also a simple and delicious recipe to make for your own children’s lunch boxes, even if you didn’t experience the slice as a child yourself.

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I have given the recipe a small revamp and modernised it a little. I will outline the changes so you can choose the traditional or revamped recipe.

I substitution the traditional;

Desiccated coconut for Shredded coconut

Cocoa powder for Dutch cocoa powder as it is stronger in flavour and colour

Vanilla essence became vanilla bean paste

So here we go with the recipe, it is short and sweet.

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2 cups plain flour

1 cup sugar

2 cups shredded coconut

2 Tbs Dutch Cocoa Powder

1 tsp vanilla bean paste

170gm melted butter


1 ½ cups Icing Sugar

2 Tbs Dutch cocoa

40gm butter melted

2 Tbs hot water

1 Tbs Shredded Coconut


Pre heat the oven to 170 degrees fan forced.

Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix together by hand.

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Press into a lamington tray and bake for 20 mins.

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Allow to cool in the tray.

Once the slice has cooled, place the icing sugar cocoa, butter and water in a bowl and mix until smooth and glossy. Pour the icing over the cooled slice and decorate with extra coconut.

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Cut the slice into bars once the icing has set.

Coconut slice, retro chocolate and coconut slice recipe

So please tell me readers, do you remember this slice? Do you have a favourite food memory from childhood? If you do make this slice please let me know if it triggers a memory for you.  For me it reminds me of being about four years old, in a little country town. We were at the local tennis club, and I was playing with all the other pre – school age children while mum played tennis. This was one of the delicious dishes on the morning tea table.

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This time I have made the slice especially for my baby girls first day at big school orientation. Goodluck Miss A at big school xx.

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  1. HI,

    Pretty much the same as the one my mum made – but hers had weet bix in it!!! Memories!

  2. Oh man! I’ve been on a huge coconut high as of late, and this would be just dreamy! I’ll have to try this. Now, if only i can stop myself from eating the whole pan in one day…

  3. JULIE! I LOVE reading recipes with stories of memories of the food from their childhood. This is awesome. And I’m glad you’re passing on this dish from your childhood onto the next generation as well! How special… I’m trying to think of which dish qualifies as my favourite food memory but there’s too many! Prolly mum’s herbal soups or Chinese New Year reunion dinners with all the relatives! =]

    Love that it’s so easy to make and I’m sure the little tweaks that you’ve made surely enhanced the flavours even more! Yumm!

  4. Almost like our Almond Joy minus the almonds! Looks great-love the vanilla bean paste-I use it all the time!

  5. This is a new one for me -nothing better than chocolate and coconut. Saved the recipe. Your pictures do look tempting. Hope your daughters first day went well!

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  7. In the late 70’s / early 80’s my Mum used to make this slice and a couple of other similar ones (such as coconut lemon slice) for us to take on a family picnic on Sunday afternoons. She would pack sandwiches, a thermos and a slice. We would then head off for a “drive”. Nowhere in particular, just a scenic picnic spot where we could stretch our legs by having a walk afterwards or have a little nap on a blanket under a tree instead. We all looked forward to a piece of slice! Didn’t have a great deal of money at the time but we were “richer” for the experience. Shall make some on an upcoming long weekend and we shall go for a drive!

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