Recipe by Christina Leopold (@addictedtodates)
If you love all things coconut then you will love these. They taste just like bounty bars but have an extra surprise of a fruity raspberry center. They keep well in the fridge for a week so are great to make ahead of time and reach for whenever you have a craving for a little something sweet!
Makes approx 10 balls
For the coconut balls:
3 cups shredded coconut
2 tsp granulated stevia or brown rice syrup
1 cup coconut milk (thick part from the top of the can)
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
1 tsp coconut butter (melted)
For the chia jam center;
1 cup fresh raspberries
1 tsp granulated stevia
2 tbsp chia seeds
200g good quality vegan chocolate
- Blitz up the raspberries in your blender until smooth. Place the raspberry liquid into a jar and add the sweetener and chia seeds. Stir well with a fork, cover and sit in the fridge fora minimum of 30 minutes to allow the chia seeds to thicken the mixture.
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine the shredded coconut, stevia, coconut milk, vanilla and coconut butter. Get your hands into the mix and squeeze and mix until everything is combined.
- Get golf ball sizes of the coconut mixture and flatten into the palm of your hand.
- Add a teaspoon of the raspberry chia jam to the center and carefully fold over and shape the coconut into a ball.
- Place each ball into a container lined with parchment paper and once all have been shaped, place them in the freezer for 2 hours to set them before adding the chocolate coating.
- Melt the chocolate and then carefully dip each bounty ball into the chocolate, allowing it to dry on a cooling rack.
- You can add a second coating of chocolate if desired.
I'm from Kerry in the south west of Ireland. I work in an office by day but every spare minute I have goes into my true passion, creating recipes and food photography. One day I hope to open a raw cake bar, quite possibly abroad, but we'll see! I'm a rock chick at heart and love listening to music to get the creative juices flowing. No recipe is created without pearl jam, tool or sound garden blaring in the background!