Raw Coconut Rough

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Raw Coconut Rough

A quick and simple, healthier raw coconut rough made without dairy or refined sugars. 

Rainy Saturday mornings are my favourite. Hot chai. Blankets. Paper. The perfect end to a busy week. I have an easy recipe to share today – a somewhat hybridised Raw Coconut Rough. Rather than your traditional chocolate-coconut combination, I’ve thrown in some organic fine oats (with great success!).

I’ve been loving my oats recently – three ways – as bircher for breakfast some mornings, as a tea, and even as a liquid herbal extract.

Oats are full of B vitamins so they’re really good for extra energy and to help you out when you’re feeling a bit stressed. In addition to having them for breakfast, I’ve been taking an oatstraw infusion regularly – an infusion is just a tea really, although I let mine steep overnight before straining the plant material out (read how and why here).

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The infusion, prepared in this way, contains all the nourishing vitamins and minerals from the plant. It’s really good for supporting the nervous system, boosting hair and nail growth, and increasing libido.

But did you know that oats are also used in herbal medicine? Oats seed (the mature seed) and green oats (the aerial parts) are both used and have slightly different properties.

Oats seed is used as a nervine tonic – that is, something that supports the nervous system. Great if you have nervous exhaustion, a bit of insomnia, or if you’re feeling really flat. Secondly, it also has a thymoleptic action – this just means it helps to lift your mood. The green oats are used as a nervine tonic as well, and have the added benefit of helping to ease anxiety.

Raw Coconut Rough

Such a special plant!

Next week I will be writing more in depth on the benefits of oats, and sharing my favourite bircher recipe. But today, a little bit of oats appreciation regardless – a super quick Raw Coconut Rough for you to enjoy.

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It’s a special treat this one, and made with a real, raw chocolate base.

Hope you enjoy – and experiment with an oatstraw tea this week!


A stack of healthy homemade coconut rough slice on a chopping board
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Raw Coconut Rough

Healthier raw coconut rough. Fills a small baking dish, 25cm x 25cm.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Vegan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 233 kcal
Author Lauren Glucina


  • 200 g cacao butter liquefied
  • 200 g raw cacao powder
  • 125 ml 100% pure maple syrup
  • 1 whole vanilla bean scraped
  • 100 g fine oats
  • 100 g desiccated coconut
  • 2 little pinches of fine sea salt


  1. To melt the cacao butter, shave with a knife into small pieces, place in a pyrex jug, and stand in a bath of hot water.
  2. Transfer to a large bowel and stir in all the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Spread onto a small baking dish lined with baking paper, sprinkle with extra coconut to decorate.
  4. Set in the fridge for about 20 minutes, cut into squares to serve.

Lauren's Notes

If you want to make this 100% gluten free, then swap out the oats for puffed millet or puffed amaranth - it will change the texture but will taste delicious.

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Raw Coconut Rough

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Lauren Glucina is a plant-based whole foods Nutritionist, Naturopath and Medical Herbalist. She is a passionate advocate for food as medicine. Lauren has also formally trained as a Raw Foods Chef and has a soft spot for raw treats. 

Lauren is available for Natural & Nutritional Medicine consultations here.