Do you remember the non-vegan chocolate bar called Bounty? It was a milk chocolate bar filled with a soft coconut centre.
I loved them when I was little so I really wanted to recreate a vegan version of it, so here I present to you Veggieful’s”Bounty Balls” (Sounds a little bit strange doesn’t it? hehe). The great thing about these little delicious creations is that they are so quick to make and are also great for gifts or as a treat for Christmas and parties! There is something about the look of the balls that screams “Christmas-sy”.
Anywho, these are soooo delicious! I have made them for my Mum and Mike (my stepdad) and they absolutely love them. The soft sweet coconut covered with the dark chocolate is such an amazing combination. Once you refrigerate the bounty balls for an hour or so, the chocolate hardens and it gives you that amazing crunch into the centre where you sink your teeth into the most delicious and soft coconut.
Yum yum yum! When I was little, Mike would sometimes come home from work and bring me a bounty bar. It was such an exciting treat because we never had naughty things in the house and it is one of those fun, childish memories that I am reminded of when eating anything coconut-y. If you are making these for a party or event, make sure that you watch your lipstick… the coconut has the tendency to stick to your lips hehe.
makes about 30 balls
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 3/4 cup dessicated coconut (to roll in)
Add all coconut centre ingredients to a bowl and mix until combined.
Put the bowl into the freezer for 15 to 30 minutes until slightly firmed… this well help with rolling into balls (You can skip this step but it may be a little bit too soft to roll into balls).
Take the bowl out of the freezer.
Using a heaped teaspoon portion, take a teaspoon of the coconut mixture and roll it into a tight ball.
Dip it into the melted dark chocolate and roll it around until evenly coated.
Next, drop it into a bowl filled with the rolling coconut. Toss it around until it evenly coated with coconut.
Place the ball on to a plate and continue to repeat these steps until you have used up all of your coconut mixture.
Put the plate of coconut balls in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours until the chocolate on all of your coconut balls have hardened.
Eat immediately or place in a glass jar for a gift! Enjoy 🙂
You do not have to put the coconut mixture into the freezer if you are short on time but it does help with rolling them into balls. If you decide to skip this step, make sure you really squish the coconut mixture into tight balls before rolling it in chocolate to prevent the ball from falling apart.
You can purchase vegan dark chocolate from your local health food shop or even your local supermarket. A lot of dark chocolate with more than 70% cocoa content is vegan, so if you are at the supermarket check the back and you may be surprised!
Serve at Christmas for a lovely delicious dessert!
Serve in cellophane with twine for a cute little party gift.