These homemade Dark Chocolate Bounty Bars are super easy to make; you only need 5 ingredients, and they’re healthy too! They’re a perfect snack or dessert to meal-prep, keep in your fridge or freezer, and just grab one when your sweet tooth kicks in so that you can nourish your soul and your body!

Dark chocolate bounty bars.

If you’ve found your way to this recipe blog post, you must be a fan of Bounty Bars. I feel like they’re so underrated! Why is it always the last chocolate left in the Celebrations Chocolate Box? I’m not complaining though, more for us Bounty lovers!

These Dark Chocolate Bounty bars are, in my very humble opinion, better than the original, shop-bought version. Not only because they’re actually healthy and good for you, but also because for some reason they taste even more delicious! Probably because the flavors are better balanced, and they’re less sweet than the ultra-processed original Bounty.

I know some people are a bit skeptical about making copycat versions of original candy bars, but it’s one of my favorite things to do! Firstly, because I know exactly what I’m eating (and I can actually pronounce the ingredients), but it’s also a lot of fun to make them! You can even customize them to change the textures, flavors, and size to suit your cravings!

I love preparing a no-bake treat for the week so that when my sweet tooth kicks in, I have something delicious and nourishing to satisfy me (some of my favorites include my Triple Chocolate Cheesecakes and Mini Banoffee Pies).

These Dark Chocolate Bounty bars are also very easy to make; it’s just a matter of mixing together the filling ingredients, shaping, and then dipping in your favorite chocolate!

I hope that you love this recipe as much as I do!

Dark Chocolate Bounty Bars.

Why you’ll love these Dark Chocolate Bounty

  • You only need 5 ingredients!
  • They’re easy and fun to make.
  • They’re customizable to suit your cravings.
  • They’re gluten-free, nut-free, refined sugar-free, and can easily be made dairy-free and vegan too!
  • They’re obviously insanely delicious.
  • They taste better than the shop-bought stuff.
  • They’re healthy!
  • They’re good for your soul and your body.

What makes these Bounty Bars Healthy?

  1. Nutrient-Rich Ingredients: The recipe utilizes wholesome ingredients like yogurt, liquid sweetener, and desiccated coconut. These ingredients offer a variety of essential nutrients such as protein, vitamins, and minerals, contributing to overall health and well-being.
  2. Refined Sugar-Free: By using natural sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, or agave instead of refined sugar, these bars provide sweetness without the negative health impacts associated with excessive sugar consumption. This helps in regulating blood sugar levels and reducing the risk of conditions like diabetes and obesity.
  3. Healthy Fats: Coconut, a key ingredient in these bars, contains healthy fats known as medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). These fats are easily digestible and can provide a quick source of energy. Additionally, the fats in coconut have been linked to various health benefits, including improved heart health and boosted metabolism.
  4. Antioxidant-Rich Dark Chocolate: The outer coating of dark chocolate not only adds indulgent flavor but also offers health benefits. Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants, particularly flavonoids, which have been shown to reduce inflammation, improve blood flow, and lower blood pressure. Opting for dark chocolate with a high cocoa content further maximizes these health benefits.
  5. Customizable and Allergen-Friendly: This recipe is highly adaptable and can accommodate various dietary preferences and restrictions. It can be easily customized to be gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free, and vegan, making it suitable for individuals with food sensitivities or dietary preferences.
  6. Portion Control and Balance: By preparing these bars at home, you have control over portion sizes and ingredient quality. This helps in promoting mindful eating habits and prevents overconsumption of processed snacks. Additionally, the combination of protein, healthy fats, and fiber from the ingredients contributes to satiety and helps in managing cravings more effectively.

Overall, these Dark Chocolate Bounty bars offer a delicious and satisfying treat that aligns with a balanced and nutritious diet, making them great for both your body and soul.

Ingredients and Substitutions

These are the ingredients you’ll need to make these Dark Chocolate Bounty Bars. You can find the exact measurements in the recipe card at the bottom of this page.

Dark Chocolate Bounty Ingredients in measuring cups.

Yogurt: You can use any thick yogurt such as Greek Yogurt or a thick Coconut Yogurt for extra coconut flavor. Coconut Cream also works well. I like to use Greek Yogurt because of its high protein content and calcium.

Liquid Sweetener: To add sweetness to the Dark Chocolate Bounty whilst keeping them refined sugar-free – I use honey, but you can use maple syrup, agave, date syrup etc.

Vanilla Extract: To enhance the flavors and add extra deliciousness. You can use any other flavor extract or essence like coconut, almond, orange etc.

Desiccated Coconut: To add that classic crunchy coconut texture to the Dark Chocolate Bounty and add structure to the bars. Additionally, the fats in coconut have been linked to various health benefits, including improved heart health and boosted metabolism.

Dark Chocolate: For a decadent, delicious coating. Dark chocolate is a great antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredient; and YES – it is healthy! Try to use a refined sugar-free dark chocolate like this one.

Vegan Bounty Bars.

Equipment Needed

How to Make Dark Chocolate Bounty Bars

Here is a detailed summary of how to make these Dark Chocolate Bounty Bars. I’ve also included some photos, and you can find the recipe video in the recipe card. At the bottom of this page is a summarized version that can be printed.

Step 1:
Add the yogurt, liquid sweetener, and vanilla to the bowl and mix with a fork until smooth.

Step 2:
Add the coconut and mix until combined.

Step 3:
Divide the mixture into 12 pieces and use your hands to shape into small bars. If the mixture seems too dry to shape, add an extra drizzle of liquid sweetener. If the mixture is too wet, place the bowl in your freezer for a few minutes. I like to use damp hands and squeeze the mixture tightly into their shape.

Dark Chocolate Bounty Bars before coating in chocolate.

Step 4:
Now, melt the dark chocolate using a double boiler or in the microwave, avoiding burning by using 30-second increments.

Step 5:
Drop each bounty bar into the melted chocolate and then use a fork to completely coat in chocolate. Carefully lift the dark chocolate bounty out and allow the excess chocolate to drip off.

Step 6:
Place each coated bounty on a sheet of parchment paper (I like to put it on a chopping board) then add a sprinkle of coconut on top.

Sprinkling coconut onto bounty bars.

Step 7:
Place in the freezer until set.

How to customize your Dark Chocolate Bounty Bars

Dairy-Free and Vegan Options: To make these bars dairy-free and vegan-friendly, opt for plant-based yogurt such as coconut yogurt or almond yogurt. Ensure the dark chocolate you use is dairy-free and vegan-certified. Also, substitute honey with maple syrup or agave nectar to maintain the recipe’s sweetness without using animal products.

Flavor Variations: Experiment with different flavor extracts or essences to customize the taste of your Dark Chocolate Bounty bars. Instead of vanilla extract, try coconut extract for an extra burst of coconut flavor, almond extract for a nutty undertone, or orange extract for a citrus twist.

Bounty bar recipe.

Texture Modifications: Adjust the texture of the bars according to your preference. If you prefer a smoother texture, blend the ingredients together until creamy before shaping. For added crunch, mix in chopped nuts or seeds along with the desiccated coconut.

Additional Toppings: Get creative with toppings to enhance the visual appeal and flavor of your Dark Chocolate Bounty bars. Aside from sprinkling desiccated coconut on top, consider adding crushed nuts, seeds, dried fruit, or a drizzle of melted chocolate for extra decadence.

Shape and Size: Customize the shape and size of your bars to suit your preference. Instead of traditional rectangular bars, you can roll the mixture into balls or shape them into smaller squares or bites for portion-controlled snacks.

Sweetness Level: Adjust the sweetness of the bars by varying the amount of liquid sweetener used. If you prefer a sweeter taste, increase the amount of honey, maple syrup, or agave. Conversely, if you prefer less sweetness, reduce the amount of sweetener.

By experimenting with these customization options, you can tailor the Dark Chocolate Bounty bars to your taste preferences and dietary needs, ensuring a personalized and enjoyable snacking experience every time.

Healthy bounty bar recipe.

Tips & Notes

Ingredient Consistency: For best results, ensure that your yogurt or yogurt alternative is thick and creamy. This will help bind the ingredients together and prevent the mixture from becoming too runny. If using Greek yogurt, opt for a full-fat variety for a richer texture.

Adjusting Texture: If the mixture appears too dry and crumbly, add a bit more liquid sweetener to bind the ingredients together. Conversely, if the mixture is too wet and sticky, refrigerate it for a few minutes to firm up before shaping into bars.

Chill Before Dipping: I like to place my shaped bounty bars in the freezer for around 30 minutes before coating them in chocolate, this keeps them solid and prevents them from crumbly in the chocolate.

Dark chocolate bounty bar.

Coating Technique: When dipping the bars into melted chocolate, work quickly to ensure an even coating. Use a fork to lift the bars from the chocolate, allowing any excess to drip off before placing them on parchment paper. This prevents the chocolate from pooling at the base of the bars.

Chocolate Melting: When melting the dark chocolate, be careful not to overheat it, as this can cause the chocolate to seize or burn. Use a double boiler or microwave in short intervals, stirring frequently until smooth and melted.

Chilling Time: After coating the bars in chocolate, allow them to chill in the freezer for a few minutes until set. This helps the chocolate harden quickly and ensures a crisp coating.

By following these tips and notes, you’ll be well-equipped to successfully make and enjoy homemade Dark Chocolate Bounty bars that are perfect for satisfying your sweet cravings while still maintaining a focus on health and quality ingredients.

Healthy bounty bars.

How to Store Dark Chocolate Bounty

Refrigeration: After making the Dark Chocolate Bounty bars, store them in an airtight container or resealable bag in the refrigerator. They can be kept in the fridge for up to one week.

Freezing: For longer-term storage, you can freeze the bars. Place them in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze until firm. Once frozen, transfer the bars to a freezer-safe container or bag, placing parchment paper between the layers to prevent sticking. They can be stored in the freezer for up to two to three months.

Thawing: When ready to enjoy the frozen Dark Chocolate Bounty bars, transfer them to the refrigerator to thaw overnight. Alternatively, you can allow them to thaw at room temperature for about 15-20 minutes before enjoying.

Room Temperature: While the bars can be kept at room temperature for short periods, it’s best to store them in the refrigerator or freezer to maintain their freshness and texture, especially since they contain dairy-based ingredients like yogurt.

By following these storage instructions, you can ensure that your Dark Chocolate Bounty bars remain fresh, flavorful, and ready to enjoy whenever you’re craving a delicious and wholesome treat.

Dark chocolate bounty bar.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Can I use regular yogurt instead of Greek yogurt?

Yes, you can use regular yogurt in place of Greek yogurt. However, Greek yogurt is preferred for its thicker consistency, which helps in binding the ingredients together. If using regular yogurt, you may need to strain it through cheesecloth or a fine-mesh sieve to remove excess liquid.

Can I use milk chocolate instead of dark chocolate for coating?

While dark chocolate is recommended for its health benefits and rich flavor, you can certainly use milk chocolate if you prefer a sweeter taste. Just be aware that milk chocolate contains more sugar and less cocoa solids than dark chocolate.

Can I customize the size and shape of the bars?

Absolutely! Feel free to customize the size and shape of the bars to suit your preferences. You can roll the mixture into smaller bites, shape them into squares, or even use cookie cutters to create fun shapes.

Are these bars suitable for a gluten-free diet?


Yes, these Dark Chocolate Bounty bars are naturally gluten-free. Just be sure to check the labels of your ingredients to ensure they are certified gluten-free if you have gluten sensitivities or allergies.

How do I make vegan bounty bars?


You can use a dairy-free yogurt alternative like coconut yogurt or almond yogurt or even coconut cream. You” also need to double check that your liquid sweetener is vegan-friendly, like maple syrup or agave and use a dark chocolate that is vegan-friendly, too.

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Dark chocolate bounty bar.

Healthy Dark Chocolate Bounty Bars

These Dark Chocolate Bounty Bars are super easy to make; you only need 5 ingredients, and they're healthy too! They're a perfect snack or dessert to meal-prep and keep in your fridge or freezer.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
chill time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12 bars
Calories 123 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Add yogurt, liquid sweetener, and vanilla to a bowl and whisk with a fork or spatula until smooth.
  • Add coconut and mix to combine.
  • Divide into 12 pieces and shape into bars using your hands.
  • Melt dark chocolate in the microwave or double boiler.
  • Drop each bounty in and use a fork to completely coat them. Lift out and allow excess chocolate to drip off.
  • Place on a sheet of parchment paper and sprinkle some more coconut on top.
  • Place in the freezer for at least 10 minutes or until set.

Video

Notes

  • If the mixture is too dry or crumbly to shape, add an extra drizzle of liquid sweetener. If the mixture is too wet, place in the freezer for a couple of minutes.
  • Before shaping the bars, chill the mixture in the fridge for 15-20 minutes to make it easier to handle.
  • Work quickly when coating the bars in chocolate to prevent it from hardening too soon, ensuring a smooth and even coating.
 
MEASUREMENTS:
 
I always recommend using a kitchen weighing scale and using weighted measurements. This will result in a more accurate process and your recipe will come out perfectly.
 
 
 
MORE INFO:
 
Read the blog post before making these Dark Chocolate Bounty Bars for extra tips, ingredient substitutions and storage instructions.
 
 
 
NUTRITIONAL INFO:
 
These nutritional values are provided as a guide only and may be different depending on your ingredients and measurements.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Dark Chocolate Bounty Bars
Serving Size
 
1 bar
Amount per Serving
Calories
123
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
6.8
g
10
%
Carbohydrates
 
13.3
g
4
%
Protein
 
1.7
g
3
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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