November 12, 2012

Vegan Coconut Chocolate Bounty Balls Recipe


OOoooo bounty balls! 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


 Coconut centre:
   3/4 cup icing sugar
   1/4 cup canned coconut cream
   1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
   1 1/2 cups desiccated coconut

Other:
   140g vegan dark chocolate, melted
   1 3/4 cup dessicated coconut (to roll in)




  1. Add all coconut centre ingredients to a bowl and mix until combined.
  2. 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).
  3. Take the bowl out of the freezer.
  4. Using a heaped teaspoon portion, take a teaspoon of the coconut mixture and roll it into a tight ball. 
  5. Dip it into the melted dark chocolate and roll it around until evenly coated. 
  6. Next, drop it into a bowl filled with the rolling coconut. Toss it around until it evenly coated with coconut. 
  7. Place the ball on to a plate and continue to repeat these steps until you have used up all of your coconut mixture.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  • My mum took a big platter of these to a BBQ and they were a hit!
  • I gave my mum a jar of these for her birthday and she really loved them. Tie a cute little tag around it with a ribbon for extra cuteness :)


The nutrition information above is an approximate guideline.

44 comments :

  1. oh my goodness! I looooved bounty bars as a kid! In the last couple of years i've thought about the feasibility of a vegan version *many* times. AWESOME! Definitely having a go at this. Now can you work on a picnic bar? :P

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    1. Hi Rachael! I know me too! Hehe :) OOoo what a good idea... I shall try!

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    2. Hi Madison - wanted to let you know I tried these out and they were an instant family favourite - i made one lot with shredded coconut because i had some in the fridge and then another with the dessicated coconut - the shredded coconut was a little more moist - those seemed to be the popular ones and i used (sweet william) choc chips because i didn't have dark choc so now, clearly, i MUST try a batch with the dark chocolate :) The family have requested multiple batches for the Christmas holidays. Kudos to you! RB

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    3. Hi Rachael! I am so so glad that you enjoyed them!! :D I have made a few with shredded coconut too. :) Sweet William milk choc chips are awesome... I use Sweet William brand chocolate for lots of different things. They are a great company!

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  2. OMG! This was totally made for my husband :) Must try soon!

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    1. Hi Chinmayie,
      Oh really? Hahah. I hope you and him love them :) Thank you!

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  3. Your vegan bounty balls looks so superb & just stunning too!
    A special food gift! Waw!

    That's a cool picture of you too: lovely lipstick! ;) xxx

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    1. Hi Sophie!
      Thanks so much... they are very delicious!
      Oh thank you :) The coconut really adds to the lipstick ;) heehee

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  4. These look fab! We don't have Bounty Balls here in the US--but with your recipe, who needs 'em?

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  5. Oh I LOVE recipes with 6 ingredients or less and I LOVE vegan chocolate even more! These look amazing, Madison!

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    1. Hi Bex! Me too hehe :) I am glad that you like them!

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  6. two ingredient questions. is "icing sugar" powdered sugar? and is "coconut cream" coconut milk? i want to make sure i use the right stuff!

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    1. Helllo! Haha yes icing sugar is powdered sugar. There are so many different names for the same things. I might have to start writing them in brackets. Coconut cream is not coconut milk... coconut cream is a thicker and fattier version. You can purchase it at your local supermarket or even an Asian grocery store. Thanks for your comment :)

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  7. I buy vegan chocolate chips from Whole Foods but don't know where to get dark vegan chocolate. What brand do you buy?

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    1. Hello! So sorry for the late reply. I didn't realise that I hadn't replied yet :) I use the Whittaker's 72% Cocoa Dark Ghana Chocolate from Coles. If that is not available I will just purchase Lindt 70% and 85% cocoa dark chocolate blocks :)

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  8. These balls look amazing! Bounty was also my favourite as a non-vegan child :)
    I have an urget question- the desiccated coconut should be sweetened or unsweetened? I want to make them for my twin sis :)

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    1. Hi Anat! Me too... i loved them and these taste soooo similar! I purchase just a bag of dried, unsweetened desiccated coconut. I have never seen a sweetened option! How interesting :)

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    2. Thank you!!
      Will let you know how they turned out. I know that I cannot resist coconut and chocolate :P

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    3. Hi Anat... I am looking forward to hearing about them :)

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    4. These bounty balls are AMAZING!
      I made the recipe and tasted the coconur center right before freezing it. It was so delicious so I immediately made another batch- doubled!
      Everyone LOVED them!

      Thank you!

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    5. Hello Anat,
      Oh I am so so so glad that you love them because I think they are the most AMAZING thing EVER! Hehehehehe. Thanks for telling me! :)

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  9. I have found both sweetened and unsweetened coconut..not sure which one to get?? Looking forward to trying these...coconut and chocolate is my favorite!! Plus, they just look amazing :-)

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    1. Hello! Thank you :) I use unsweetened as the coconut centre is sweet enough itself hehe :D

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  10. Thank you! Can't wait to make some...I'm thinking this weekend I'll try them! :)

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    1. Hi Brandis! Weeee! Tell me how they go :)

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  11. Can't wait to try these! I was wondering if I can't find coconut cream, could I place a can of coconut milk in the fridge and just scoop the cream that collects on top to use instead?!

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    1. Hi Melissa! You could try that... from past experience I have always found that coconut cream collects the most cream on top... Or you could always use just a little bit less of coconut milk instead and just thicken it with extra icing sugar if needed :)

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  12. I love this recipe! I had to change it slightly because I can't find coconut cream here in Italy. Even Coconut milk is not easy to find. So what I did was, mix some coconut milk with a kind of fatty coconut paste which is called Coconut oil - it looks like shortening. It seemed to fatten up the coconut milk.

    Thank you so much for sharing your creative recipes. I am new to veganism and it's good to know that I can still enjoy old favourites!

    Lauren

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    1. Hello! I am so happy that you enjoyed them and great going for the coconut cream substitution. I wasn't aware of coconut cream being hard to find in Italy. I will keep that in mind :)

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  13. Just made these this weekend - LOVE them! And I'm so happy to have discovered your site - I have been flirting with veganism for some time and your site is a beautiful inspiration!

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    1. Hi Tess... I love them so much too! :) Thanks for the comment ^^

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  14. Hi Madison :) I had a go at making these today! Mine turned out a little messier than yours look but taste great, just like a bounty!! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!! It went down a treat!

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    1. Hi Elizabeth!! I know... they are absolutely deliicious! Thanks so much for telling me... I feel like making some right now :)

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    2. You deffo should!! They're so more-ish!!

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    3. I know!! They are a little bit too tasty hehe

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    4. Hello Madison :) i was thinking of making these again as a gift like you suggested above. How long do these usually last for? Just wondering if I should tell the gift receiver when to eat them by etc. Hope everything is good the other side of the pond, the new e-book looks amazing!!!

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    5. Hi Elizabeth! Well, being refrigerated they can last for about three days or even more! They don't last for more than 3 days at my house hehe :D

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  15. Just made these and I really love them. I don't think they will last verry long :)

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