Pretty much everything can be veganised these days so why not a Vegan Bounty!
I sometimes have random nostalgic moments, craving something I used to enjoy as a vegetarian. I’m not sure why, it doesn’t always come from seeing a product on the shelf, more my mind and/or body telling me I need a particular ingredient. I have lovely memories of the ‘Bounty’ chocolate bar. On a Sunday night as a kid, we used to have homemade soup with cheese and crackers and then my dad would go to the shop to collect our requested chocolate bars. Mine would often be a Bounty, simple and sweet and I totally love coconut. As I got older, my sweet tooth subsided and I rarely ate chocolate or sweet treats.
When I became vegan my sweet tooth made an appearance again. I think because I eat less processed food (much of which has added sugar) so my body tells me, rightly so, I need sugar (bonus guilt free chomping on chocolate!)
So, after my random memory recollection of the oozy, coconuty Bounty, I recreated it, Vegan style! I was super chuffed with how they turned out as the real Bounty, as I remember, is too sweet even for my reconditioned sweet tooth and contains natural sugars so almost guilt free too! I made them in balls and cut them in half but you could make them into bars like the original shape.
- 100g unsweetened shredded coconut, divided 100g (75/25)
- 2 teaspoons melted coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons agave
- pinch of himalayan salt
- 100g vegan chocolate
- Place 75g of shredded coconut, syrup and coconut oil in a food processor fitted with the blade attachment.
- Process, scraping down the sides until it reaches a paste-like consistency. (It does not have to be completely smooth)
- Add the rest of the coconut and pulse until just combined.
- Shape the mixture into 1-inch balls and refrigerate for half an hour.
- In the meantime, melt the chocolate over a pan of water or in the microwave in a large bowl.
- Dip the coconut balls in the chocolate to coat, place in the fridge for a further 30 minutes until set. They will keep for up to 5 days.