In a medium bowl, combine coconut, dulce de leche, salt, and vanilla extract. Mix until combined. Fold in the all-purpose flour. The mixture will be very thick. Set aside until ready to use.
Bake the brownies:
Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Spray an 8x8 square baking pan with cooking spray and line the pan with parchment paper leaving a slight overhang. (You can also use aluminum foil.)
To a medium bowl add flour, salt, and cocoa powder. Whisk to combine and set aside.
In a large bowl set over a small saucepan half filled with simmering water, add the chocolate and butter. Stirring occasionally, allow the butter and chocolate to melt completely. Turn off the heat and remove the bowl from the pot of simmering water. Add the sugars and whisk to completely combine.
Add 3 eggs to the chocolate mixture and whisk until the eggs are combined. Add the remaining 2 eggs and whisk until combined. Stir in the vanilla, and mix just until combined.
Sprinkle the dry ingredients over the brownie batter and fold with a rubber spatula. Add 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips and fold until mostly combined. Do not overmix. It's ok if you still see small bits of flour.
Pour about 3/4 of the brownie batter into the prepared pan and then dollop the coconut filling spoonfuls over the top. Pour the remaining batter over the coconut filling and smooth with an offset spatula. Sprinkle the top of the brownie batter with chocolate chips.
Bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes. The edges should be set, but the middle may jiggle a bit when the pan is moved. That's ok...it will set.
Remove from the oven and sprinkle with sea salt if desired. Allow the brownies to cool for at least 2-3 hours before cutting. The brownies will be very gooey while warm.
Store at room temperature in an airtight container or wrap with plastic wrap for up to 3 days.
Makes 9 large gooey brownies, 18 smaller brownies.
The coconut sugar carries with it a distinctly nutty caramel flavor. This nutty caramel flavor works perfectly with the coconut dulce de leche filling.Refer to the article above for more tips and tricks.The calories shown are based on the cake being cut into 9 pieces, with 1 serving being 1 slice of cake. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information. The information in the nutrition box are calculated through a program and there is room for error. If you need an accurate count, I recommend running the ingredients through your favorite nutrition calculator.**Brownie recipe adapted from: Brown Eyed Baker