Raw bounty bars are all the rage right now, so here is my cheats version- it’s easier and requires fewer specialty ingredients, making them cheaper too
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup coconut cream- skim and use the cream from the top, freeze the left overs for curries!
- 1/4 cup organic rice malt syrup- available at Coles and Woolworths- or preferred sweetener
- pinch Himalayan salt
- Vanilla seeds or pure extract, to taste – I like mine quite strong
- 2 1/2 cups desiccated coconut, preferably preservative free
- 300g 70% or 85% Dark Chocolate- I use Green & Blacks from Coles and Woolworths
1. Make a double boiler by heating some water in a pot, and placing a bowl over the pot- ensure the bottom does not touch the water.
2. Melt together the first 5 ingredients in the bowl.
3. Mix in the desiccated coconut, and combine well. Taste and adjust flavours if needed.
4. Line a small container with glad wrap or baking paper, with it over lapping the sides. Press the coconut mix in really firmly, to about 2cm thick. Freeze until firm- about 1 hour.
5. Now break the chocolate into small pieces and melt the chocolate in the double boiler, in a clean bowl.
6. Slice the frozen coconut into even, desired sized bars. Round off the ends by slicing off the corners if you like (this is just for aesthetic reasons, but it’s up to you!)
7. Place a piece of baking paper under a cooling rack (it helps if it fits into your freezer). Grease the rack with coconut oil.
8. One by one, place a coconut bar into the liquid chocolate and turn over a couple times to coat. Remove with a fork or chop sticks, allowing any excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl, then place on the cooling rack. Repeat with remaining bars. Once all the bars have been done and they are no longer dripping, place rack in the freezer for the chocolate to harden, about 15 minutes.
9. Remove from freezer and repeat the process, giving each bar with one more coat of chocolate, if desired. Return bars to the freezer to set.
Of course you could make your own raw chocolate for this, but i like to keep things as simple as possible! Green & Blacks are already doing an amazing job with their organic chocolate, and the 85% is really low in sugar and dairy free! This makes them cheaper to make too, because you don’t need to buy any expensive specialty health food items like cacao butter! Do what works for you.
Double Cheat!!- Simply pour over a thin layer of chocolate over the set coconut slab, set and serve as a slice!