THESE ARE THE BOMB!! Seriously! They are indulgent, creamy, satisfying and perfect when you need a 'pick me up'. These little nutrient-dense bars of goodness are full of fibre and healthy fat to get us feeling deeply nourished and glowing from the inside out. They are the perfect hit when you need something sweet and are actually incredibly filling so a little bit goes a long way. They store well in the fridge ready for the moments when your cravings come out with a vengeance. Better still, they are super easy to make and consist of only 6 ingredients!! I've not had many 'Bounty' bars in my life but I imagine if there was a healthier, more delicious and nourishing version, this would be it! .... And the crunchy chocolatey coating.... oh don't get me started... just do yourself a favour - make a batch and see for yourself!
50g extra-virgin coconut oil
250ml (1 cup) full-fat coconut milk from a tin
3-4 tbsp maple syrup (depending on your sweet tooth!)
200g (2.5 cups) desiccated coconut
Generous pinch of sea salt
200g 85-90% dark chocolate (broken into pieces)
MAKES: APPROX 18 BARS TIME: 20 MINS + CHILLING
Start by melting the coconut oil in a saucepan over a low heat. Remove from the heat and mix in the coconut milk and the maple syrup until well combined and no lumps remain. Stir in the desiccated coconut and sea salt.
Shape a heaped teaspoon amount of the coconut mixture into a little compact rectangle and place on a parchment lined baking tray. Repeat with the rest of the mixture until all used up. Put the tray into the freezer for an hour or until the bars are chilled and firm. If you want really neat bars, once they have firmed up in the freezer you can further mold them with your hands.
Melt the chocolate in a glass bowl set over a saucepan of boiling water (make sure the water does not touch the bowl). Once melted, roll each bar in the chocolate to coat, shake off any excess chocolate and set back on the lined tray.
Put the tray back in the freezer for a further 10 mins to allow the chocolate to harden and then move to the fridge and allow them to soften a little before tucking in. You can also sprinkle a little more sea salt over them (my favourite!!). Store them in the fridge.