A sophisticated version of the good old children’s favourite, chocolate cornflake clusters. The addition of coconut gives these chocolate cornflake crunch bars a delightful flavour and some chew as well as crunch.
We had a film night at a friends house a week or three ago and I needed something to take for us all to munch on. I wanted something I could make the day before and that was easily portable. The first book I took off the shelf to get inspiration was Bake by Rachel Allen. About three pages in, I saw a recipe for chocolate coconut bars.
Perfect, I had no more need to hunt. I recollected having seen them recently on another blog, but couldn’t remember where. I do remember they got the thumbs up though.
Chocolate Coconut Cornflake Crunch Bars
I changed the chocolate topping completely as I thought milk chocolate would work better than dark. I also added a bit of butter which makes it easier to spread the chocolate and gives it a little extra depth. As for the base, I mostly stuck to the original recipe, except I used wholemeal flour and baking powder.
The bars are quite quick and easy to make, though bashing the cornflakes can be a bit of a chore. On the other hand you might find it fun. I use the end of a rolling pin to crush the flakes. But placing them in a sealed plastic bag and bashing them that way also works.
This recipe is a sophisticated version of a childhood classic: chocolate cornflake clusters. They have a lovely crunchy texture and a nice combination of flavours with the coconut and chocolate. For avid bounty bar fans, this has to be a plus. The base isn’t at all sweet, by which I mean it wasn’t too sweet and it was set off nicely by the sweeter chocolate topping.
For an even more sophisticated version, take a peek at this nutty cinnamon coconut chocolate crunch traybake.
These chocolate coconut cornflake crunch bars are ideal as picnic fare. They’re also perfect as emergency rations for a long cycle ride. Perhaps the calorie hit would be more deserved under those circumstances rather than slobbing out in front of a DVD. But hey, we enjoyed it.
Other Chocolate Traybake Recipes You Might Like
- Chilli & chocolate mincemeat slice
- Choc chip honey cornbread
- Chocolate courgette squares
- Chocolate raisin & ale cake
- Iced honey & chocolate spice cake
And for all the traybake recipes with photos on Tin and Thyme, take a look at the traybakes category.
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Chocolate Cornflake Crunch Bars – The Recipe
Chocolate Cornflake Crunch Bars
- 3 oz cornflakes
- 5 oz desiccated coconut
- 1 pinch sea salt
- 8 oz unsalted butter – softened
- 5 oz golden caster sugar
- 5 oz wholemeal flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 oz cocoa powder
- 6 oz good quality milk chocolate (I used 40%)
- 1 oz unsalted butter
- Bash the cornflakes up in a large bowl until they’re large crumbs. I find the end of a rolling pin works well for this.
- Add the desiccated coconut and salt, then stir until well mixed.
- In another large bowl, cream the butter with the sugar until soft and fluffy.
- Mix in the cornflakes and coconut.
- Finally add the flour, baking powder and cocoa.
- Stir together as best you can. This bit isn’t very easy.
- Tip the contents into a 9″ square silicone mould or lined tin and press the mixture down with the back of a spoon until it’s firm and level.
- Bake at 180℃ (350℉, Gas 4) for 20 mins.
- Leave to cool.
- Melt the chocolate in a bowl suspended over a pan of hot, but not boiling, water. Remove from the heat.
- Stir in the butter.
- Spread over the base and leave to cool.
- Cut into 16 squares.