Chocolate Rough Slice

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

An easy homemade Chocolate Rough Slice recipe that is nut-free, and perfect for popping in your children’s school lunch boxes.

I love anything chocolate and coconut, which is why I can’t get enough of this Chocolate Rough Slice! This recipe seems to effortlessly bring both delicious ingredients together into one very yummy treat, and the best bit about these nut-free goodies, is their ability to be frozen.

The best bit about these nut-free goodies – apart from the fact they’re delicious and only take 20 minutes to prep – is that they freeze really well, making them a great option for a kids’ school lunchboxes (as an occasional treat) or an afternoon treat with a cuppa.

Simply put into the freezer the day you bake them (this will lock in the freshness), and then pull one out of the freezer on a school morning and pop into your child’s lunch box. It’ll be perfectly defrosted for morning tea time.

This slice has a nice soft base that’s not too crunchy, and the topping is delicious! You can bake this in a slice tin if you’d like them a little thinner and crunchier, or use a loaf tin (like me) to make them softer and thicker.

TIP: To easily spread the topping, put a spoon into boiling water and then use to spread.


Chocolate Rough Slice

  • Author: Katrina
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 24 1x
  • Category: [url href=""]slice[/url]




  • 1 cup self raising flour
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa
  • 1/3 cup caster sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup desiccated coconut
  • 110g butter, melted


  • 200g condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C, fan forced.
  2. Line a loaf tin with baking paper. I like to line it as it’s easier to lift out.
  3. In a large bowl, sift flour and cocoa, add sugar, salt, coconut and butter, mix to combine.
  4. Press base mixture into prepared loaf tin.
  5. Bake base for 18-20 minutes or until golden and cooked through.
  6. Rest on tray for 5 minutes, before transferring to a wire rack.
  7. Make topping by combining all topping ingredients in a bowl, mix to combine.
  8. Spread topping over warm base and leave on wire rack to cool completely.


TIP: Dip spoon into glass of hot water to easily spread choc topping.
You can bake this in a slice tin, the slice will be a little thinner and crunchier, but as I like it soft and thicker I make it in a loaf tin.

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Smaggle May 2, 2014 - 1:13 PM

Mr Smaggle would die for these! Coconut fiend. I might make them for him this weekend, thanks for the recipe!

Leena Dasani Vadher May 2, 2014 - 7:48 PM

Hubby is going to love them, will surely make them soon.

Christina @ Mr and Mrs Romance May 3, 2014 - 12:27 AM

Coconut rough was always my favourite! This sounds delicious

Hayley Itzstein May 5, 2014 - 6:52 AM

OMG so yummy!!

Katherine Brown Pond July 20, 2014 - 4:45 PM

What is icing sugar? confectionary? What about caster sugar?

Melissa Handler February 16, 2015 - 4:35 PM

Made this yesterday but was really disappointed that the topping didn’t set. Kids still liked it but was very messy. Anyone got ideas on how to improve it ?

Carole Simpson March 5, 2018 - 7:24 PM

I didnt have any condensed milk si substituted with a chocolate nut spread and melted in microwave till same consistency as condensed milk just had to press it in to the trat while base still hot worked well. You could try peanut paste too yummy

Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 6, 2018 - 10:36 AM

Great alternative Carole. Sounds fantastic

Pamela September 28, 2019 - 1:06 PM

The topping hasn’t set on mine either, I don’t know what I have done wrong?

Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 3, 2019 - 12:54 PM

How strange Pamela, I haven’t had this happen to me 🙁 Perhaps try refrigerating the slice and see if that helps it set? It certainly won’t hurt it. Good luck! Kat 🙂


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