These treats are the vegan version of bounty or mounds bars. They are much easier to prepare than you might think and wrapped in a nice package, they make a great gift. To make these, it is necessary to make a light sugar syrup first.
Vegan bounty or mounds bars (makes 5)
For the sugar syrup:
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and whisk constantly until the sugar is dissolved. Boil over high heat for five minutes. Set aside to cool.
To make the coconut treats:
1 cup lightly toasted shredded dried coconut
3 tablespoons soy milk
1/4 cup sugar syrup
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 tablespoons flour
1 pinch salt
100 g (3.5 oz) good quality bittersweet chocolate, chopped
Combine coconut, milk, and sugar syrup in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook for one minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add coconut oil. Stir to melt. Let cool to room temperature. Add flour and salt and stir again.
Form the coconut mixture into bars or balls. The mixture will be a bit sticky and if your bars don’t come out perfectly, don’t worry. You can reshape them later. Place the bars or balls in the freezer for 30 minutes. 15 minutes before taking them out, start to make the chocolate coating.
Melt 3/4 of the chocolate in a water bath. When the chocolate is melted, remove from water bath and stir in remaining chocolate. Remove bars from freezer and dip into the chocolate. Let cool on a piece of parchment paper.