Monday, 4 August 2014

Raw Bounty Bites


Call me crazy but I used to love Bounty bars; whenever my family had a box of Celebrations I'd always be the one to eat the Bounty chocolates - in fact, I'd always eat the coconut flavour in any box of chocolates! Ever since I was young I've adored both coconut and chocolate so they were basically my idea of heaven. Now that I'm vegan and rarely consume anything containing refined sugar I don't eat Bounty chocolate anymore, so I decided to create my own natural and nutritious version of it; these wonderful bites are little balls of heaven and you'd never guess they're raw and vegan! I was so pleased with how they turned out because, like the best recipes always are, they were a complete and utter experiment. If you too were a fan of the Bounty but would rather nourish your body with wholesome foods then you'll absolutely love these beauties!




Ingredients
Makes 9 small bites


For the coconut filling:
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened dessicated coconut
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 - 4 tbsp liquid sweetener of choice, to taste 

For the raw chocolate coating:
  • 3 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 3 tbsp liquid sweetener of choice




Method


Mix together the ingredients for the filling in a small bowl then pop it in the freezer for 5 minutes to firm up slightly (this will make it easier to mould into balls). When the 5 minutes have elapsed remove the bowl from the freezer and form 9 small balls, each slightly larger than an average-sized cherry. Place them back in the freezer on a small plate for another 5 or so minutes.

Remove the coconut balls from the freezer and mix together the ingredients for the chocolate coating. Dip one of the balls in the chocolate mixture and roll it around, making sure it's completely covered. Repeat with the rest of the coconut then place them back into the freezer on the small plate they were on before. Leave them in there for about an hour, then transfer them into an airtight container and either continue to store them in the freezer or keep them in the fridge. 

I hope you love them as much as I do!




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8 comments

  1. Hi! I love your blog ;b can you tell me what is liquid sweetner?
    Thank you.
    Jo.

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    1. Hello! Thank you so much, that's really sweet of you to say :) it's basically any form of syrup, such as maple, rice, agave or date syrup. I'm pretty sure you can also buy liquid stevia if you don't mind the taste of that! x

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  2. those raw bounty bars are absolutely a m a z i n g ! ! ! I tried them today and OMG they turned out great what I really didn't expect; they come so close to the original :o I used raw melted honey as liquid sweetener and just used 1 TBSP instead of 3 as recommended and it's so good! Thanks for this awesome recipe :)

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    1. I'm so glad you like them and I'm really pleased they came out well for you! I used brown rice syrup which isn't overly sweet so that's why I used 3 tbsp, but I imagine something sweeter such as honey or maple syrup would be perfect with only 1 :) you're very welcome, thank you for trying it! xxx

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  3. I made them today!! The yummiest thing ever!! Thank you so much for this recipe and for everything you do!! Lots of love!! <3 <3 <3 <3 (p.s. I used 3 tbsp of maple syrup and it was awesome <3)

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    1. I'm so glad you liked them! It's really fab to know that people enjoy my recipes :) xxx

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  4. Is there anything you can use instead of coconut oil? It doesn't have to be vegan.

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    1. I don't think so, unfortunately - coconut oil is able to be melted so you can form the mixture and then it solidifies quite quickly and easily which makes it perfect for making raw chocolate and desserts. I'm not aware of any other ingredients that do this, I'm really sorry! Cacao butter may work but I've never used it before so I'm not sure how much of it you'd need xxx

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