Coconut Dulce de Leche Brownies, people! Lightly salted coconut and dulce de leche are mixed and dropped by the spoonful into a rich triple chocolate brownie batter! These dulce de leche brownies are a luscious play on texture and maximum gooeyness!

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This morning I came across a video on Facebook which has caused a lot of controversy. I won’t get into the content of the video. Let’s just say, it caused a lot of outrage from a certain group of people over a certain president of the US of A. I tend to drill through the comments when I come across such videos. I’m not sure why. Perhaps it’s my own personal study on the decline of humanity.

While reading through the comments I found one particularly disturbing. A woman was spewing some super racist shit, freely using the “N” word. Curious, I clicked on her profile. I was expecting your run of the mill racist.  I was shocked to learn she was Asian. I read through her posts for at least 10 minutes and each one was more racist than the last, except for the ones where she spoke lovingly of her son. The juxtaposition was jarring to say the least.

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Racist comments against Muslims, Mexicans, African Americans (calling them monkeys), and “Libtards” which aren’t even a race. She cited articles from sources which spread misinformation like a wind-spread forest fire. These articles seemed to fuel her racist rhetoric, which was liberally peppered with CAPS and exclamation points.

It was disturbing. More so because she is a minority. Like Latinos, like African Americans, like pretty much everyone brown. She is a monitory in this country.

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Then I got to thinking about my own people, how my fellow Latinos tend to dehumanize those with darker skin. They don’t need to be African American. Anyone with darker skin is a target and they tend to be superficial in nature.

As a dark skin, “pelo malo” Dominican, I was considered ugly next to my lighter skinned cousins. My hair wasn’t straight, I was the darkest of the three, and my features told the world I was Negra. And Negra wasn’t beautiful. It was ‘less than’. As a child it was painful to see my mom’s or aunt’s friends fawn over my cousin’s whiteness. They’d give me a cursory glance, trying to find something they thought “pretty” and would end up making some insensitive comment about my hair, or my looks. Because I was dark. Because my hair was coarse. Because I didn’t fit THEIR parameters of beauty, the same parameters that had been passed down by generations.

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These parameters, sadly, shape your own thinking. As children we gravitated towards the lighter skinned children. We aspire to look like the blonde haired Latina because society, our parents, neighbors, friends, TV, tell us to deny our melanin and covet a certain level of whiteness.

When we begin to date many in our culture are prohibited from bringing home a date who’s too dark. African Americans are out of the question. The phrase “Negra yo, y el caldero de mi casa” (The darkest thing in my home is me and my pot) is a phrase uttered by more of my people that I care to count.

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We are encouraged to marry “Light” or marry “White”. We are told, yes told, to breed the black out. We are urged to commit cultural genocide by way of breeding.

I was saddened by this lady’s comments. But I’m even more saddened this still happens in our own Latino culture. Many are guilty of this. I’m saddened that in 2017, our melanin or course textured hair does not make us feel empowered. I’m saddened to see that in 2017 people STILL attack those whose melanin is richer or hair is much more textured.

We have to do better, people. We ask for inclusion, yet we do not practice what we preach.

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Now flow with me. Let’s talk about these Gooey Coconut Dulce de Leche Brownies. They’re deliciously brown. Like me. Triple chocolate – Melted, cocoa powder, and chocolate chips. Maximum chocolate here. These brownies are filled with a sweetened flaked coconut mixed with dulce de leche. Dulce de leche coconut is dolloped over that chocolate brownie batter. More batter is poured over coconut and baked. The batter is left underbaked and gooey. So. Gooey, people. So… Damn… Gooey.

A day later…. Still gooey.

Two days later, moist as fuck.

This, my people. This is a brownie. Dark chocolate with coconut is now my favorite combination.

I shared these over at Tastes of Lizzy T last month.

Now I’m sharing it here in the hopes you make this your favorite gooey brownie.

 

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