Dark chocolate with a soft and creamy coconut filling: You only need 5 ingredients for this sugar free, low carb Bounty Bar Chocolate Bark.
Let’s talk chocolate bars. Which one pushes your buttons?
When I was a kid, I used to love Bounty Bars. Not only because I liked the taste of coconut (and I still do), but also because of the wrapper which I thought was just wonderfully exotic. Bounty Bars made me think of summer, sunshine, tropical islands and dancing Hula on the beach. If you consider that the furthest away from Germany I had made it back then was Denmark, you’re basically talking paradise.
If you ask me, Bounty is one clever piece of marketing. The name alone! A quick brainstorm in the office revealed associations ranging from ‘treasure’ and ‘adventure’ to ‘bikinis’, ‘happiness’ and, a little off topic, ‘duvet day’. Add a packaging that shouts “tropical island”, and you’re in the realm of dreams come true. Hats off to the peeps at Mars Inc, who came up with the Bounty Bar in 1951. Admittedly, they did take it a notch too far when they tried to trademark the candy bar’s “three-dimensional” shape in 2009. Another chocolate manufacturer sued and Mars lost the case. Top marks for trying though, right?
I haven’t had a Bounty Bar in yonks. But when I waited in the supermarket checkout queue the other day, there they were, in all their Pacific-blue glory. And even though I know they would probably taste like sweetened soap, I still kind of fancied one, for the sake of old sweet memories.
Alas, then I had a much better idea. I’d just make my own sugar free Bounty Bars.
And then I had an idea I liked even more.
I’d make the lazy cheat’s version of Bounty Bars. The one that does not involve laborious dipping of coconut shapes into melted chocolate.
Hello, Bounty Bar Chocolate Bark!
Bounty Bar Chocolate Bark is not only just THE most delicious sweet treat ever, it’s also SO EASY to make. All you need are 5 ingredients, a lil’ bit of patience (while your bark cools and firms up in the fridge) and a TEENY TINY bit of willpower to not scoff all of it in one sitting.
So. Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty and talk recipe.
CHOCOLATE. I used 100% unsweetened chocolate, which I sweetened with liquid stevia. OMG what a taste EXPLOSION! My current favourite is caramel-flavoured stevia, because I think it tastes great, but regular stevia would do the trick, too. You could also use powdered erythritol to sweeten. Granulated sweetener is not a good idea because it would too heavy and sink to the bottom of your chocolate layer.
If you’re after a milk chocolate taste, you could source a ready-made sugar free chocolate bar – there are varieties sweetened with stevia or erythritol. Or you could even make your own sugar free chocolate like I did when I created these pistachio chocolates.
DESICCATED COCONUT. Tastes amazing and is fantastically healthy. Make sure you buy unsweetened coconut and not the sweetened version. This is what I did accidentally – a super-sized packet, no less – and almost choked on when I tasted my mix. Guys, 1/3 was icing sugar. It literally made my teeth curl. Hard to say if I’d have found this yum before I went sugar free. Coconut has quite a bit of natural sweetness, so you don’t actually need oodles of sweetener.
COCONUT CREAM AND COCONUT OIL. One long word: Medium-Chain Triglycerides!! These superstar fatty acids have antibacterial and antiviral properties, support your immune system and are heart-healthy. Coconut cream and coconut oil help make the filling taste just as creamy, rich and irresistible as the filling of the original Bounty Bar – only better :). I used the firm part of a can of coconut milk. The leftovers and the liquid part went into a red curry with cauliflower rice later that day.
PATIENCE. Just a little bit of patience…. until the chocolate has fully firmed up in the fridge. Catch up on news, tidy up your eyebrows, have a nap… do ANYTHING to not touch your bark before it’s hardened properly, especially if you plan to break it into generous Ottolenghi-like pieces as opposed to cutting it. I have to admit, it’s difficult, and my bark sported a couple of telltale fingerprints after I wielded my knife. Can you tell in the photo below?
Note: I cut my Bounty Bar Chocolate Bark into 15 pieces, which actually were rather generous in size. You could easily cut it into 20 pieces and still feel satisfied, especially if you are using 100% unsweetened chocolate which has a very intense taste.
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5 minPrep Time
60 minCook Time
1 hr, 5 Total Time
5 based on 3 review(s)
- 200g (7 oz) sugar free chocolate or dark chocolate (minimum 85% cocoa solids)
- 90g (1 cup) desiccated coconut (unsweetened)
- 3 tbsp coconut cream
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 -2 tbsp granulated or powdered sweetener
- Melt half of the chocolate. I did this in a pot over a low heat, but you can use a microwave, too. If you're using unsweetened sugar free chocolate, sweeten with liquid stevia to your liking (ca 12 drops per 100g).
- Line a small casserole dish (mine was 10x7 inch) with baking paper. Pour in the chocolate and spread evenly.
- Place in the fridge to harden.
- For the filling, mix the desiccated coconut with the coconut cream, coconut oil and sweetener. This is best done in a food processor, but you could do it with a stick blender, too. You can buy canned coconut cream - or use full fat coconut milk and only use the creamy part, not the liquid part.
- Spread the filling over the hardened chocolate base and press down. I ended up using only around half of the filling. I think next time I'll use more to make my bark less chocolatey and more coco-nutty.
- Melt the second half of chocolate and pour over the top. Sprinkle some coconut on the top.
- Refrigerate until set, then cut into 15-20 pieces.
I had around half of the coconut filling left over, but decided not to change the recipe because it would be tricky to blend only a tiny amount in a food processor. You could make little bliss balls and roll them in cocoa powder, for example. Or use more than half the filling and make your bark more coconutty - I thinkthis is what I'll do next time. I calculated the nutrition facts with half the coconut filling.
If you wanted, you could also make "proper" low carb Bounty Bars instead of bark - just form little bars and dip in chocolate instead! In this case, 100g/3.5 oz of chocolate would suffice
I used 100% unsweetened chocolate - I discovered a brand called Montezuma at my local Sainsbury's. Sweeten it to your liking with liquid stevia - I used this caramel-flavoured one . You could also use ready-made sugar free chocolate. In the US, Lily's is a good option.