Raw Almond Joys/Mounds Bars/Bounty Balls {Vegan + GF}

 Raw Almond Joys/Mounds Bars/Bounty Balls {Vegan + Gluten Free, too}

Sooo two coconut posts in a row… I hope you’re on-board this coconut-obsessed train because I am 100% there and will pull you along with me.

I always feel like I’m in the minority by liking coconut – bountys are ALWAYS the chocolates that are leftover from a box of Celebrations. I mean, I’m not upset about that fact because I could eat my weight in them given the chance. But I think it’s a ‘marmite situation’ where you either hate coconut or you really really like it.

 Raw Almond Joys/Mounds Bars/Bounty Balls {Vegan + Gluten Free, too}

I am one of those coconut-crazy people.

Which is why when I got the chance to read through Emily’s new book (!!) Rawsome Vegan Baking, that I KNEW that I would be making these raw vegan coconut treats asap.

Come on, a healthy version of candy that I can actually convince myself is good for me. No weird additives or anything.

That means it’s okay when I eat 4 in one go right? Its nourishing my body, guys. Nourishing candy. Enough said.

Alright I’ve convinced myself, I’m eating 6, whatever.

 Raw Almond Joys/Mounds Bars/Bounty Balls {Vegan + Gluten Free, too}

Lucky for you lovely readers, I’ve been generously given the opportunity to host a giveaway!! That means you can win a copy of Rawsome Vegan Baking alll for yourself. It’s an amazing book full of wholesome, simple recipes that are to-die-for (how good does raw Maple Pecan Pie sound??! What about raw Oreos or Tahini-Coffee Cream Cups?).

Side note: That reminds me, I recently realised that I haven’t eaten an oreo in like 6 months. How INSANE is that? (Let’s ignore the fact that I ate cookies & cream gelato yesterday…)

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Anywho, just answer the question (seen in the Rafflecopter box below) for one entry. For the additional entries, follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter box below (which I think, if you’re viewing this via e-mail or RSS, you can only see if you click through to this site)

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The giveaway ends on the 23rd of March at 12am (London time), when winner will be randomly selected, announced on here in the Rafflecopter box and contacted via their provided e-mail address shortly afterwards.

 Raw Almond Joys/Mounds Bars/Bounty Balls {Vegan + Gluten Free, too}

Bonus treat! I’m also sharing the recipe for these raw almond joys which Emily has SO CLEVERLY made healthy.

The recipes I’ve seen before for homemade almond joys usually involve using a heck load of sugar to bind the coconut together into a sticky dough. What this recipe does instead is essentially use half of the coconut to make coconut butter (I ended up making extra coconut butter at the time because I wanted it for shnacking! Coconut butter is mega good on toast. You can follow suit, I’m not judging.) which binds together the rest of the coconut along with some honey.

Being someone who can’t leave recipes alone, I added a pinch of vanilla powder too for flavour and super pretty speckles :)

 Raw Almond Joys/Mounds Bars/Bounty Balls {Vegan + Gluten Free, too}

I hope you’ve got your blenders out already. This recipe is stellar.

And if you want to check out more of Emily‘s raw, vegan recipes go visit her blog This Rawsome Vegan Life (Prewarning: you might actually get stuck on there for a few hours admiring her awesome recipes and pictures.)

 Raw Almond Joys/Mounds Bars/Bounty Balls {Vegan + Gluten Free, too}

Raw Almond Joys/Mounds Bars/Bounty Balls {Vegan + Gluten Free, too}

 

 Notes:

– Below is the original recipe from Rawsome Vegan Baking by Emily von Euw (called Almond Joys with Crunchy Coconut Center Enrobed in Raw Chocolate). I made a few small tweaks/have substitution suggestions which are listed here, before the recipe:

– I added a small pinch of vanilla powder and Maldon salt to the coconut filling

– I used unrefined, virgin coconut oil instead of cacao butter in the chocolate coating and it worked fine!

– I used raw honey as the liquid sweetener in the chocolate coating (making the coating not vegan). If you want to make it vegan either use maple syrup (which is not raw) or agave nectar.

– I used a 30 ml cookie scoop to portion the coconut centers into smaller portions instead of just dividing the mixture into 6.

Raw Almond Joys/Mounds/Bounty Balls {Vegan + Gluten Free, too}

Yield: 6 large (or around 20 small)

For the chocolate coating:
4 tbsp (60 ml) melted cocoa butter
1/4 cup (30 g) cacao powder
2 tbsp preferred liquid sweetener
For the coconut center:
1 1/4 cups (107 g) shredded coconut
1 tbsp (15 ml) melted coconut oil, or as needed
1 tbsp (20 g) agave nectar, or as needed
To make the chocolate:

Mix all the ingredients together until smooth. Set aside.

To make the coconut centers:

Put half of the coconut into your food processor and process until you get a chunky butter consistency; it may take several minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients, including the remaining coconut, and process until it all sticks together. If it’s too dry, add more coconut oil or agave nectar. Press this mixture into flattened balls and put in the fridge for an hour, until they set. Then dip in the chocolate and allow the chocolate to set. Finally—eat.

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Comments

  1. Erin says

    These look wonderful! As a coconut fanatic I can’t believe I’ve never had coconut butter. You may have started a new addiction!

  2. Julia says

    My favorite way is just to eat some shredded coconut! Or a mounds bar… or coconut butter. Coconut is so good!

  3. Amelia Pitts says

    I love getting my sweet coconut fix with homemade coconut granola in a bowl with almond/coconut milk – yum!

  4. Brittany says

    Almond Joys and Mounds have always been my candy of choice. But really, if it’s got coconut in it, I like it. Occasionally I’ll treat myself to a coconut macaroon dipped in dark chocolate from Godiva. Always worth it!

  5. Mais K says

    I love the original mounds or Bounty bars…but honestly, Godiva has these dark chocolate dipped coconut macaroons that I dream about!

  6. sophie says

    making almond butter with a swirl of chocolate and coconut throughout it…like almond joy in a jar! 😀

  7. Linda romer says

    The way I get my coconut fix is toasted coconut cupcakes yum! Coconut is my favorite, cant wait to try to make the candy. The book looks amazing. Thanks for the recipe and the giveaway, looking forward to more great recipes.

  8. Laura says

    I used to hate coconut, but now I’m totally on this coconut-crave-obsession sorta thing.. anyways, I made this today and OH.MY.GAHD.! the only thing I changed was the 2 dates I put in the filling, to act like the sweetner (totally worked btw). Awesome recipe, just awesome!

  9. Jeannie J says

    Almond Joy is my all time favorite candy bar. A healthy raw Almond Joy, well who wouldn’t be jumping for Joy?

  10. Cathy B. says

    I love toasted coconut sprinkled over fruit and vanilla yogurt, or mixed into homemade granola. Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. cheri says

    Coconut oil most often replaces butter in my baking and I sometimes just eat it out of the jar, it’s so yummy. I also use it to soften my heels…..

  12. says

    Dear gosh,these look amazing! Bounty bars are my FAVE! Emily is also one of my favorite bloggers. Her posts literally make me drool!:) Great photos here! Thanks so much for the giveaway!:) In answer to your question, my favorite way to get my sweet coconut fix, is diving straight into a jar of Artisana raw coconut butter with a slightly warm spoon. Oh my gosh, the warm spoon helps the butter slide right out of the jar, and it’s just heaven in a bite, let me tell you. Just a couple tablespoons and I’m in coconut nirvana. Thanks again!!:)

  13. Nany says

    i have a love/hate relationship with coconut. My stomach is extremely delicate and i cant digest it for some reason so i usually despise coconut.
    But every once in a while i get this weird intense craving for ANYTHING and EVERYTHING coconut flavored. Example: i just made a coconut mousse, coconut curry, coconut icecream and almond and coconut milk yesterday.
    soooo..i think im gonna save this little gem for my next coconut craze!

  14. I Brown says

    I love to get my coconut fix by toasting coconut flakes and adding them to granola for a extra sweet and crunchy kick!

  15. Katie B says

    I love to make my morning mocha with coconut milk, honey and orange blossom water instead of sugar and cow’s milk. I swear it tastes creamier and so much more fulfilling.

  16. Rachel says

    I just made this recipe today & it turned out GREAT! Followed directions and ingredient list exactly. My normally ‘sugar-holic’ teen daughter loved it too. I def need to double the recipe next time. I also had the idea to add mint extract to the filling, thus making a Peppermint Patty version 😉 Thanks for sharing this recipe!!

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