Customisable vegan bounty bars with a brownie base, sweet filling and chocolate ganache topping. No bake and healthy!
Bounties are long bars of a sweet coconut filling dipped in crackly chocolate. For my version, I added a chocolate brownie base (sooooo good) and a chocolate ganache topping with a sprinkling of pistachios.
When I deliver workshops in Australia, I love demonstrating how to make this bounty slice as you can easily adapt it to your taste preferences and you can flavour the bounty filling however you like! You can use dried cherry (to make it like a Cherry Ripe!), mint, lemon, raspberry and whatever else you might desire!
The recipe and method is quite child friendly too as there is no heating and most of it can be prepared in a mixing bowl. You just might need a food processor for the brownie base, but kids will love eating the leftovers.
The ingredients are super simple and include a range of coconut, nuts, sweeteners and chocolatey ingredients!
Over the last few years, I've fallen in love with one ingredient in particular: coconut butter! Have you heard of it? It's basically ground up coconut. The difference between coconut butter and coconut oil is the same as the difference between peanut butter and peanut oil.... got it?
I prefer using coconut butter rather it's oil counterpart as it's less processed and has allll the fibre that coconut oil doesn't have.
My recipes in my ebook (which I use for my commercial cake business) use coconut butter as a main ingredient. That's how much I love it!
For this recipe, I used Niulife's coconut butter which is the real deal. Just look at that consistency. It's thick and creamy with a bit of texture from the coconut. Ahhhhhh!
Drooling yet? I sure am!
I hope you enjoy this recipe!
Customisable Vegan Bounty Bars
- 2 cups pecans or walnuts
- 1 cup dates, soaked in water for 4 hours then drained
- ½ cup cocoa or raw cacao powder
- Pinch of any good quality salt
Filling (see notes for flavours)
- 3 cups dessicated or shredded coconut
- 1 cup canned coconut cream
- ½ cup coconut butter, softened
- ½ cup any light-coloured sweetener, such as rice malt syrup or maple syrup
- Add pecans/walnuts to a food processor and blitz until coarse crumbs. Add rest of base ingredients and process until combined.
- Press into the base of a lined loaf tin (I used a 28x13cm rectangular tin)
- For the filling, add all ingredients to a mixing bowl and mix until combined. Mix in flavourings if desired (see notes).
- Firmly press filling into the loaf tin.
- For the chocolate topping, melt the cacao butter in a saucepan over low heat until just melted. Add rest of ingredients and mix until combined. If there is still oil floating on the top, emulsify by using a whizz stick.
- Pour chocolate on coconut filling and decorate as desired.
- Set aside in the fridge for 6 hours or until the coconut is firm (you'll know when it's set when you can press the chocolate and there is no indentation.
Raspberry bounty: ⅔ cup berries, ¼ cup beetroot, extra ¼ cup coconut butter.
Mint bounty: 1 cup mint leaves, ½ cup loose spinach leaves, Dash of peppermint essential oil if desired.
Lemon turmeric bounty: Juice and zest of 2 lemons, 1 tbsp turmeric powder. For the cherry, raspberry and mint bounty, add flavourings with half of the bounty mixture in a food processor and blitz until combined. Mix flavoured bounty filling with the remaining plain filling.
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