Naturally sweetened homemade Bounty Bar bites. Delicious coconut coated in chocolate - they taste just like a Bounty Bar but without the guilt!
I have an issue with the placement of chocolate bars at the supermarket. You carefully avoid the whole aisle dedicated to chocolate & lollies and then, feeling preeetty good about yourself head for the checkout only to be subtly assaulted by the mini versions. And then you buy them and eatallthechocolate. And this is me, a grown woman, by myself. No kids with me. How do you Mama's out there do it? And then there's the matter of your kids!
I'm actually pretty controlled - it's the ice-cream that gets me (also by the check-out, thanks Pak'n'Save). But if I do surrender to the "eat me" calls of the chocolate bars it's ALWAYS a Bounty Bar. Always.
Since the start of the year I've had Bounty Bars on my list of things to make at home. My sister sent me a snapchat a couple of weeks ago saying that she had made them and I was inspired all over again. But I wanted a slightly less guilty recipe - hers was coconut & condensed milk covered in chocolate...yum! But I think I would have eaten the whole lot in one sitting and then felt extremely bad about it.
Then I came across this recipe from Pinch of Yum and I knew I had to make them right then and there. So I did. And I still ate them all. But this sugar free version meant I didn't feel guilty at all! Well, not quite as much!
The coconut is held together by a combination of honey & coconut oil. It's important to note that no other oil will substitute here - the coconut oil hardens when refrigerated which is what keeps these together. The honey adds sweetness as well as helping to bind it and there is a little vanilla because I like it.
The first time I made these, I tried rolling them into balls straight away. If you can do it, go ahead. But they just fell apart in my hands. So I stomped my foot, huffed around the kitchen and put the bowl in the fridge while I was mad. 30 minutes later I took a deep breath and tried again. Perfect! It also helps if your hands are slightly wet.
Then comes the fun/messy part - smothering them in chocolate! It's up to you if you use milk or dark chocolate. Milk makes a more traditional Bounty Bar but I can't get enough of these babies covered in dark chocolate. Personal preference! Put them back in the fridge until the chocolate is hard and
eat them all pull one out when you need a chocolate hit.
I actually can't believe how good these bite sized goodies are, and how much like Bounty Bars they taste. But I'll stop talking now. Go make them and see for yourself!
Recipe inspired by Pinch of Yum
Homemade Bounty Bar Bites
- 2 cups finely dessicated coconut
- ¼ cup coconut oil melted
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 150 grams chocolate dark or milk for covering
- Add coconut to a bowl. In a microwave safe jug melt the coconut oil. Stir in the honey & vanilla and add to the coconut, mixing thoroughly.
- Refrigerate the mixture for 30 minutes - 1 hour and mold the mixture into balls. You will need to really squeeze the mixture together as it can be quite crumbly - it helps if your hands are slightly wet.
- Put the balls back in the fridge and melt the chocolate either in the microwave or in a heat-proof bowl over a pot of water on the element. Remove the coconut balls from the fridge and coat in the melted chocolate using a spoon and letting the excess chocolate drip off before placing back on the tray.
- Once all the balls are covered in chocolate put them back in the fridge for the chocolate to set. Keep them in the fridge to snack on whenever you need a sweet treat!