Quick and Easy Coconut Slice

 Coconut Slice

I love being a Mum. It was the first time in my life that I felt that I was good at something, that I felt worthwhile. I remember when Lu was about 6 months old and I thought, “Finally, I have found where I belong. Finally, I know what I am about and what I am meant to be doing with my life.”

I have shocking days. I have days where I rant and rave. Where I am cranky for no reason. Where the kids just can’t get along with themselves, which each other or with me.

I have days that are long. I have days where I cry. I have days where I just feel hopeless at it all and where I go to bed feeling disappointed with myself.

If I take my mind back to when I had a very unsettled baby sitting on my hip, there were many days when I thought “I just can’t do this.”

But thankfully I have more days where I feel like the luckiest woman alive. Where my heart melts when little arms wrap themselves around my neck. When I burst with pride as my little girl tells me a story or draws me a picture.

I have mornings when I open my eyes to three smiling faces, glowing simply because I am awake and we are together.

I have nights that end with the most genuine, most forgiving, most unconditional I love you’s that I have ever heard.

I have days that are filled with more than I could ever have dreamt of.

But this is my journey, and not everyone will relate.

I have a close friend who recently told me of her experience of becoming a Mum.

A friend who beautifully relayed the struggle that it had been.

This friend had to scale back on a career she loved. A career that she had worked incredibly hard for.

This friend had always needed her own space. Now, not only is there no space, there isn’t even her own body or the silence required to hear her own thoughts.

I have another very close friend who always wanted to be a Mum, but on giving birth and taking her baby home, found herself overcome with depression. A deep, dark depression that she could not manage alone.

But bringing all of this closer to home is the fact that I am married to a man, to a wonderful husband and an amazing Dad, who would understand the stories of both my friends. Who freely admits that he struggles with this parenting game and that it doesn’t bring him the joy it brings me. That it doesn’t come as naturally to him as it does to me. That it wears him down and that some days it really is all just too hard.

I know all three of these people extremely well.

They are all wonderful parents who I could never fault.

They are all parents that I learn from and that I admire.

They all love their children every bit as much as I love mine.

I suspect each of them is harder on themselves than they need to be.

I am sorry that the path they walk is a little steeper than the one some of us experience.

I am sorry that they question themselves as often as they do.

But I am proud of each of them and I adore the gorgeous children that they have done a tremendous job raising. I know that if they had their time over they would still choose to walk their rocky road, to have and to hold their babies despite what it has stirred up inside of them. I only hope that from now on the path they tread is a little smoother.


Coconut Slice

base

  • 2 cups desiccated coconut
  • 10 medjool dates, seeds removed
  • 3 tablespoons cacao or cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon coconut cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

middle

  • 2 cups desiccated coconut
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon coconut cream

top

  • 6 tablespoons cacao or cocoa powder
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil, liquified
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons desiccated coconut
  1. Line a square 20cm tin with baking paper overhanging the sides for easy removal.
  2. Place the base ingredients into your processor and blend at high speed until the mixture resembles a fine, sticky crumb. Press the mixture firmly into the base of your prepared tin and set aside.
  3. Place the ingredients for the middle layer into your processor and blend until the mixture is well combined and sticking together. Press the mixture over your base and set aside.
  4. Mix together the ingredients for your chocolate topping and pour the topping over your slice, spreading it out to cover the middle layer. Place the slice in the fridge to set for five minutes before sprinkling with coconut. Return to the fridge to set completely. 
  5. Serve. Eat and enjoy!

*you can use rice malt syrup if you prefer.

notes –

I place the slice into the freezer for 20 minutes prior to slicing. Once sliced this can be stored and served straight from the fridge or freezer, it will not be stable at room temperature.

When making the chocolate topping ensure the coconut oil is not heated, you may even find it helpful to add the oil once tablespoon at a time.

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Quick and Easy Coconut Slice
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  • Donna B

    I have a sort of silly question, but here goes: do I have to have a food processor? I have a standard sort of blender and a stick blender with a processor bowl accessory. Are these sufficient? Oh and a stand mixer. Thank you!

    • Hi Donna,
      Not a silly question at all.
      It really depends. Some people find their blender is powerful enough to make the base of this recipe. If you soak the dates in water first and add a tablespoon of coconut cream that will make it easier. I hope this helps. x

      • Donna B

        Thank you so much, this really helps me to have the courage to try! 🙂

      • Donna B

        Late I’m sorry, but thank you!

  • Kathryn

    Great recipe – I made it into little tarts and added a little coconut cream to the coconut layer. Loved by the family. Thank you for the recipe!

    • Thank YOU!! I really appreciate the feedback. I am glad you enjoyed it. xx

  • Emer Bones

    could you substitute honey or something else for the dates? I am following a SIBO diet and this recipe looks amazing and i want it! but the dates are a no for me.

    • Perhaps use the chocolate layer from the top deck recipe?

  • Hannah Wills

    This is amazing! I love your recipes. This is my go to website for all things sweet. Thank you.

    • That is lovely to hear Hannah, thank YOU!!! I am glad you enjoyed the recipe. Be sure to let me know how you go with anything else that you try. x

  • Emma hornek

    Can you freeze this slice. Thankyou 🙂

  • Rebecca

    Wonderful words ❤

  • Gabrielle Day

    That is a very beautiful blog Bianca

  • kerryn

    Delicious!!! And it really IS quick and easy – thank you! Next time I’ll add some peppermint essence to the middle layer.