When I was little, or big enough to go with my friends on our own, down to the local swimming pool, it was tradition to go on the vending machines after a little swimming session (Note: I have never been a good swimmer....But I tried!). We would maybe get a Klix drink from one machine for 5 kroner, or a chocolate bar from the massive chocolate vending machine, or just a fizzy juice. Either way, this was my first encounter with Bounty - which I then wasn't sure whether I liked or didn't like for some reason. It was one of those slightly "adulty" sweets, like marzipan for example....
Since then, things have changed drastically, and marzipan and anything coconut has become some of my favourite sweets and treats, and when I found a recipe for home made, healthier bounty - I. was. IN!
It only takes a handful of ingredients, and a little bit of patience, but not too much!
Make sure to leave the coconut milk tin in the fridge overnight so that the cream settles on the top, I used the coconut water and the remaining cream in a lovely Caribbean dinner dish.
Healthy Home Made Bounty Bars
(Makes 2 large or 4 small bars)
2/3 cup coconut
30-40g xylitol, brown sugar or sukrin gold
2 heaped tablespoons (about 60g) coconut cream
4-5 tsp stevia vanilla (optional)
About 40g dark or milk chocolate, for coating (dark for vegan)
Extra dessicated coconut for sprinkling
I made chocolate myself, by using my friend Ragnhild's basic recipe of cocoa butter, cocoa powder, syrup and a heaped teaspoon of nut butter.
- In a bowl, mix the sweetener and the coconut. Then add the coconut cream and mix to combine.
- Now, shape marbles or bars in whichever sizes you want, and place them on some baking parchment on a plate and place them in the freezer to allow to cool.
- Once cold/slightly frozen, take out, and then melt the chocolate or make your own chocolate coating. Roll the coconut bars in the dark chocolate and place back on the baking parchment, drizzle with coconut, and place in the fridge to set for 20-30 minutes, and you my friend have just made your very own Bounty chocolate!
A colleague asked me what had happened to my hand (cause I had a cut from the tin of coconut milk, sigh), and I told him I'd made bounty bars, he said "You MAKE bounty bars?! You know what you have just walked right into now....you gotta bring them in here!". An so it was Julie trebled the above recipe and made 15-20 bounty marbles and brought in to work, needless to say they were gone by lunchtime...