Coconuts about coconut


Do you love Bounty bars? Do you ever dream of swimming in a sea of coconut milk? (If you said yes to the latter then you may need help beyond my capabilities…) But, I didn’t just lure you in here to tease you about the deliciousness of coconut. No, I brought you here to tell you that you can have your Bounty and eat it too! I have a persistent sweet tooth, I’d like to thank both my parents for this, so I understand what it’s like to want a sweet treat but to also stay on the healthy wagon. What I am about to give to you might just give me superstar status….not to toot my own horn or anything!

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The Bounty bars that you can buy are indeed delicious. I love to nibble off all the chocolate first and then eat the coconutty centre last. However, they are also full of crap. Since I started to eat a lot cleaner in the last few months, I’ve discovered that there is a clean version for pretty much everything. I was looking up Paleo treats when I spied a recipe for Paleo Bounty bars. Well I clicked on that link faster than you can say “Burpees”! Right, enough yapping and give us the recipe I hear you say. Fine, jeez, patience people…

Ingredients:

  • 250g desiccated coconut
  • 400ml tin of coconut milk
  • 1 Tblspn coconut oil (melt after you measure it out)
  • 2 large bars of Green & Blacks 70% dark chocolate (make sure cocoa solids are above 70% for whatever bar you choose)

Method:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, tip in the desiccated coconut and add the coconut milk. Mix really well until combined
  2. Add the melted coconut oil and mix well
  3. Cover a baking tray with grease proof paper. Mould the coconut mix into bar shaped sizes and place on the baking tray
  4. Stick in the fridge for at least 3 hours to set
  5. When the bars are set it’s time to melt the chocolate. I put a steel mixing bowl on top of a big saucepan with some water in it. The steam from the saucepan ensures even melting of the chocolate in the bowl. Try to avoid using a microwave to melt the chocolate as the results aren’t as good.
  6. Dip the bars, one at a time, into the chocolate and let the excess drop off. This is going to be messy for your fingers, please leave the finger licking until you’ve dunked all the bars!
  7. Place the chocolate covered coconut delights back into the fridge and let set for at least 2 hours (I left them overnight)
  8. Enjoy guilt free!

Healthy Bountys

And there you have it. Pretty easy to make, homemade Bounty bars. You are going to get some very impressed reactions should you wish to share your coconut treats. Just make sure you put some aside for yourself as these WILL disappear in a flash! I made 14 pretty decent sized bars from this recipe. You could make them smaller or even mould them into balls.

In my next batch, I think I might sprinkle some sea salt on the top. Go crazy and add your own twist…just let me know how it goes and if you would recommend doing it again!

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