I’m stoked to share this recipe with you! It’s my twist on the famous Bounty Bar.
Trust me: you’ll be addicted.
Not just because it’s a delicious, pop-into-your-mouth-then-grab-another kinda snack. But it’s healthy, too. Seriously.
Raw. Vegan. Clean. Low in saturated fat. Gluten-free*
*In fact, it’s a recipe developed originally by my dear friend who is gluten-intolerant. She gave me permission to tweak it and adapt it so I could share it with you.
I believe good food can help people. Super foods can heal people.
On my journey toward health and wellness, I’ve meandered down many paths. As our life circumstances change, so do our ideals of what makes up a healthy lifestyle.
While I don’t claim to eat only raw foods, or a gluten-free, vegan, paleo or clean diet, I often endeavour to incorporate the ideals of these lifestyles/diet profiles into our family’s meal planning.
Hey, we all have our vices/indulgences/treats we crave and enjoy. I think we should indulge in these (in moderation), and savour these life moments.
Disclaimer: the next paragraph may disgust you if do not eat meat. Please skip it, if necessary. I don’t wish to offend you.
My not-so-secret vice? Bacon. Yup. I love the taste of well-cured, well-cooked bacon. Damn. It’s just so, Mmm… Mmm-Hmm. Although every inch of reason tries to deny it for health and ethical reasons, I absolutely love it. I crave it a few times per year. Yes. I’ve tried practically every “un-bacon” product on earth. They just don’t make the cut. Awww, c’mon. I couldn’t resist that one.
This is the reason I’m excited to share this recipe with you.
These Homemade Bounty Bites feel like an indulgence. They taste like treats. I regard them as a vice, but they aren’t!
I catch myself “cutting myself off” from eating more than 1 or 2. Then I snap out of it and say, “Wait a sec! I can have 5 or more!” I mean, I wouldn’t stop myself from eating half a bag of dates or apricots, so…
There you have it. Your new “healthy” vice. Just don’t tell your psyche it’s good for you, or it might not be fun to sneak ’em anymore. ;)
Homemade Bounty Bites
Raw, Vegan, Gluten-free, Clean, low in saturated fat. You’ll devour these delicious, healthy snacks. Be sure to hide them though, or they’ll be gone before you get to enjoy any. ;)
rubber scraper or spoon
large platter, dish or baking sheet
9 whole dates, dried and pitted
6 whole apricots, dried and pitted
1 tsp (5 mL) coconut oil
4 TBSP (60 mL) sultanas or white raisins
1 tsp (5 mL) cocoa powder
1/2 cup (120 mL) desiccated coconut
2 TBSP (30 mL) cranberries (optional)
1 TBSP (15 mL) walnuts OR pecans OR hazelnuts OR peanuts (optional)
- Combine ingredients two at a time in a food processor. Begin with the dates and apricots, and chop into medium-sized chunks. Take care to avoid over processing. Otherwise, the dates and other fruits will become too sticky to handle and roll into balls.
- Add the coconut oil and the sultanas (or white raisins) to the date/apricot mixture and chop well.
- Add cocoa powder, cranberries (optional) and nuts (optional). Once again, chop finely until all ingredients are incorporated, taking care to avoid over-processing.
- Transfer the mixture to a plate or mixing bowl. The mixture should resemble a cookie dough or candy bar filling consistency. Set aside.
- Pour the dessicated coconut into a medium-sized bowl. Pick up a teaspoon-sized (5 mL) portion of mixture and roll it into a bite-size ball. Drop the ball into the bowl of desiccated coconut, roll it around to coat it completely, and place it onto a plate or baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat until all mixture is gone.
- Chill in the refrigerator for 30-60 minutes or more. Enjoy!
Makes 25-30 small bite-size Bounty Ball treats.