Here is a fact about me, I love to bake for somebody close to my heart or on its way to it. I just think it is an honest way of letting the person know that you cherish and love them, to show gratitude or pure excitement that you have to share with the gifted one. It can be a very personal, giving act and I honestly think that you create magic when you do it with all your heart!
Sometimes no huge reason is needed to see me creating this magic in the kitchen, sometimes it is just to tell the beloved one – ‘there are some coconut chocolate bars waiting for you in the fridge! Your welcome!’
I knew my sister loves dark chocolate bounty so I used them as an inspiration. They do not have much in common with the famous candy bar other than being a coconut treat covered in chocolate. But besides that, they are pretty much the opposite when it comes to ingredients and the value of nourishment.
I kept it as simple and healthy as possible while I tried to incorporate some super foods and of course did not leave out the taste!
RAW BOUNTY BARS
1 cup almonds, skinned
1 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup rice syrup
1/2 cup coconut butter
1/2 cup raw cacao powder
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 tbsp water
a pinch of sea salt
a few sprigs of mint
a handful cacao nibs
Melt the coconut butter and oil in a bowl over a hot water bath. Combine the almonds and shredded coconut in a food processor. Add the syrup and melted parts into the food processor and blend for a few minutes until it becomes a gooey dough comparable to fudge.
Spread it out on a baking paper and form it into a rectangle, try not to flatten it out too much. Cut it into 12 little bars or 6 larger ones. Place into the freezer to set while you prepare the chocolate.
In a small bowl, over hot water bath, melt the coconut oil. When it is liquid, add the cacao powder and sweetener. Add more water or powder until it reaches a good consistency to dip the coco bars in.
Take out the bars and dip each of them into the chocolate with a little fork. Place them on a tray. The cold of the coconut filling should let the chocolate get set pretty fast. Add cacao nibs before it sets.
Store in the fridge or freezer.
Have fun dipping & giving them to someone! Maybe yourself, treating ourselves every once in a while counts too, right?