Keto Bounty Bars

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Keto Bounty Bars

I remember eating Bounty bars aka Mounds bars when I was a kid - I used to adore them. My keto & paleo version of this popular treat is nowhere as sweet as the original Bounty bars but if you follow a healthy ketogenic diet, your palate will adjust. You won't crave sugar and may even realise that you don't need any sweeteners. I love how toasting the coconut enhances the favour but you can keep the bars simple just like Vivica of The Nourished Caveman did in her Coconut Chocolate Bars.

I made several versions of my healthier Bounty bars and they were always a big hit even amongst my non-keto friends. In fact, they are so good that I included a cherry-flavoured version of these bars in my upcoming Fat Bomb Cookbook. If you are looking for more ideas, Elviira of Low-Carb, So Simple used orange zest and spirulina powder in her version of Mounds Bars. The options are endless!

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Nutritional values (per bar)

4 grams 4.3 grams 5.7 grams 24.1 grams 17.9 grams 267 calories
Total Carbs8.3grams
Fiber4.3grams
Net Carbs4grams
Protein5.7grams
Fat24.1grams
of which Saturated17.9grams
Calories267kcal
Magnesium45mg (11% RDA)
Potassium221mg (11% EMR)

Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (6%), protein (9%), fat (85%)

Ingredients (makes 12 bars)

Bars:
Chocolate coating:

I used dark chocolate because it's low in sugar. If you prefer to use unsweetened chocolate, remember to add extra sweetener.

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Instructions

  1. Prepare the coconut cream a day before by following the instructions on How to Cream Coconut Milk. Keto Bounty Bars
  2. If you don't have powdered Erythritol, place some granulated Erythritol in a food processor or a coffee grinder and pulse for a few seconds. Keto Bounty Bars
  3. Toast the coconut in the oven at 175 °C/ 350 °F for 5-6 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it cool down for 10 minutes. Keto Bounty Bars
  4. Mix the toasted coconut, Erythritol, vanilla, coconut cream and coconut oil. If the mixture is too sticky, place it in the fridge for 10-15 minutes before forming the bars. Keto Bounty Bars
  5. Using your hands, create 12 bars and place on a tray lined with baking mat or parchment paper. Place in the fridge for 30-60 minutes.
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  6. Meanwhile, melt the dark chocolate and cacao butter in a double boiler or a glass bowl on top of a small saucepan filled with a cup of water over a medium heat. Once completely melted, mix well and turn off the heat. Set aside to cool down before using it for coating.
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  7. Use a wooden stick to hold the coconut bars so you can coat in dark chocolate mixture from all sides. Place on a tray lined with baking mat or parchment paper. Drizzle any remaining chocolate on top. Keto Bounty Bars
  8. Place in the fridge for 30-60 minutes before serving. Keep refrigerated for up to a week, especially if you use coconut oil instead of cocoa butter (coconut oil melts at room temperature). Keto Bounty Bars For longer storage, freeze for up to 6 months. Enjoy! Keto Bounty Bars
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I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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Hi Martina,
I love all the recipes that I have made and I have made a lot 😊  however, I have never made any of the deserts, so I tried these coconut bars just now as my husband wanted something sweet.  I didn't have any of the sweetener substitutes you mentioned and so I didn't add any and although they were too difficult to bind together (probably because they were missing an ingredient) I decided to make it into a slice instead and it was delicious.  Any suggestions on how to make them into bars if I don't add the sweetener?
Thanks for making such amazing recipes 😊

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Thank you for your kind words, Sheila! These can definitely be made without any sweeteners (it depends on your palate which changes on a low-carb diet as you get used to foods that are less sweet). I don't think that the binding issue is linked to the omitted sweetener so I would try adding a little more coconut cream or coconut oil. Maybe the shredded coconut was more absorbent than usual and needed a little more moisture? I hope this helps!

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Such a Great recepie!!I tried and didn't toast the flakes because i Really like it to be gooey! What does the toasted Version have?
And i highly recommend Not to use Coconut oil for the coating when u have a Heat wave coming to ur city 😁👍
Thank you so much!!

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Thank you for your kind words! If you never tried toasting coconut then you need to do it right now 😊 They are so much more flavourful - toasting won't make it less gooey. I would still keep them in the fridge even if you use cacao butter (there is coconut oil inside so they would be too soft if left at room temperature).

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I added the recipe to my fitness pal and the calorie and macros are very different than what this page suggests. I'm very confused.
236 cal/18.7C/17.7F/1.5P
It also says it has 3g fibre so that means 15.7C!
Could you please tell me how did you calculate the nutrition values? I was very careful with the ingredients I chose and the amount I entered to MFP to do the calculation

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Hi Laura, this is a common issue with many apps. The reason is that most apps use crowdsourcing to build their food databases and there isn't much they do to prevent errors. Their priority is quantity rather than quality. As a result, you may end up with missing or inaccurate macros. I explained more about what we do in our app to prevent this in this post: Barcode Scanning is Now Available in KetoDiet!
We use verified sources so our calculations are accurate. I hope this helps!

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While I love these, they were a bit dryer/crumbly than I prefer.  Getting ready to make my next batch I have come up with a solution for my preference.  Instead of the Swerve, I’m going to use your Keto condensed milk for the sweet and gooey factor.  Easy enough, since I keep it around for my coffee.  Will probably need to freeze before coating, which may result in a thicker chocolate coating, but sacrifices must be made.  🤗

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I love the addition of keto condensed milk!

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Hi, thank you for this recipe, they are very delicious. How long are the bars savable?
Thank you and best regards,
Julia

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Thank you! I keep them in the fridge for up to a week or freeze for up to 6 months.

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Oh. My. Goodness!!! All is I can say is thank-you thank-you thank-you. This changes everything!!! They turned out  A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! I made mine a bit smaller I guess getting a total of 17 bars. I’m trying to figure out the net carbs if I got 17 instead of 12?

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Thank you! 17 bars would result in only 2.8 g per serving 😊

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Made these few days ago and they are fantastic.. Delicious.. My favorite keto dessert

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Made these last night and they were a massive hit at work! Will definitely be making again! So quick and easy! Thanks 😊

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I can only have stevia, not the (¼ cup powdered Erythritol or Swerve).  Suggestions?  These look amazing!!  I love your BLOG!!  Just found you!!

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Thank you Renee! You could even skip the sweetener - or use stevia to taste 😊

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Hi Martina!
Is it possible to use desiccated coconut instead of the shredded one? It's very hard to get shredded coconut in the UK unless you order it online 😞
Thanks!
Paulina

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Hi Paulina, yes, you definitely can! Both will work great in this recipe.

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Hi Martina, I did my keto bounty bars ;) And the result was amazing. Thank you very much for this awesome blog Thank you!  Thank you!! Thank you!! Ivana Samour

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Thank you for your kind words, Ivana!

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Could these be done with a freshly shredded coconut ? If so, I guess it should be toasted a little longer because it's very moist ? 😊

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I this that should work. Yes, I think the coconut will need more toasting/dehydrating on low temperature, although it may even work with fresh (not toasted) coconut. Let me know if you try it 😊

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Hi Martina,
I am from France, I know your blog for a while and I bought your book recently (in french Yeah !).
I have tried these Bounty Bars and they are just amazing ! I brought some at work and my coworkers just loved them !
Thank you for your work !!!
Cécile

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Thank you so much, I'm glad they did! These are popular amongst my "non-keto" friends too 😊

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Could I use Swerve to replace the ErythritolI cant wait to try these, I have been using your iphone app, i just got an ipad, and wondering if the app is different or should i just stick to iphone app 😊
Thanks luv you are awesome

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Hi Cindy, yes you can do that. I actually forgot to add it as an alternative but it's in the list of ingredients now. Swerve is slightly sweeter than Erythritol and if you prefer it less sweet, start with 3 tablespoons and see if you need more.
There are two apps: KetoDiet Basic which is the one you have, and KetoDiet that also includes the tracking feature. You can read more about the difference, our current and future plans in this post: KetoDiet App FAQ I hope this helps 😊

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Just made these and.... they are DELICIOUS!   Just one filled me up and was BETTER than the original Mounds bar.  I really appreciate all of your hard work on these recipes.  Thank you!  Thank you!! Thank you!!

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Thank you so much for your kind words, Sophie! 😊

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Thank you!! It is SO rare to find a recipe that actually turns out to look just like the pictures, and this one did! So delicious, a wonderful find now that my husband and I are on a ketogenic diet for health reasons. (Btw, our first "lifeline" to any sweets was your Ultimate Keto Chocolate Brownies recipe, so thank you for that as well!!)
My question has to do with shelf life. I made my bars slightly smaller so I yielded 16. Will these hold okay for a couple weeks or more in the fridge? Would they freeze okay?

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Thank you so much Marcy, I really appreciate that! I'm glad you both liked my recipe! 😊 I'd keep them for up to a week in the fridge (coconut milk may not last for two weeks). You can freeze the remaining bars for up to 3 months - I keep them in a ziploc bag.

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Could I swap out 85% dark chocolate with Cocao powder? What would be the amount used?

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If you do that, you'll need more cocoa butter and some extra sweetener. The ratio I use is 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder + 1/3 cup of powdered Erythritol for every 4 ounces of cocoa butter.

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Can Erythritol be used in place of powdered Erythritol?

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You can try that but... Make sure you use toasted shredded coconut that is still warm from the oven so that it can dissolve the Erythritol and you don't and up with grainy texture. You can also powder granulated Erythritol in a food processor or a coffee grinder.

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Hello! Your recipes have been a godsend, they make this diet so easy! I'm in the middle of making these, and I'm finding the coconut mixture is too loose, even after being in the fridge, and they won't stick together to form a bar. What can I do?

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Hi Kate, I think you may need more coconut oil. I'm not sure why that happens - maybe the coconut milk - does it get creamy and solid when you refrigerate it? Or it might be the coconut oil - make sure you use the one that solidifies. If needed, you can use molds and place the mixture in the freezer for 30-60 minutes - then cover in each piece in chocolate. I hope this helps!

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Hi Martina, I stumbled upon your site and I am pretty excited about it!  I love carbs but I also know that I can learn to live with a low amount and take off the weight I need. I just need to browse your site and get familiar with your program, but this recipe caught my eye... I LOVE dark chocolate and coconut..yummy

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Thank you Michelle! I hope my recipes will make your low-carb diet easier! 😊

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Hi, Martina! I'd like to thank you for all your brilliant recipes! You are my go-to keto blogger. I've been on the keto diet for 5 months so far and your recipes are so helpful. And you and your crew are doing a fabulous job creating videos.
I made these Bounty Bars today and everyone in my house loved them. I was able to make 14 bars with the recipe, with some melted chocolate to spare. I will definitely make them again. Thanks again!

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Thank you for your kind words Natasha! I'm glad you liked them! 😊

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Hi if these are not kept in the fridge will they melt, or will they keep their shape?

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Yes, I'm afraid they would. I think it's ok to keep them outside fridge for 1-2 hours (travelling to work) but other than that the inside would be too soft.

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Hey! Just wondering if you have noticed 85-90% dark chocolate effecting your keto readings?
I'm sitting at a 4 right now and whilst I would give up my first born (don't worry I don't have kids) for a bounty bar, I don't want to fall out of ketosis.
Thanks! 😊

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Hi Jessica, what matters is the amount of carbs you have per meal and per day. As long as you fit within your carb allowance, you can have some dark chocolate. Also, you don't need to shoot for high ketone readings above 3 mM.

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Hi, Could you please add a yummly button to your pages? I'd really like to save your recipe to my lists!

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I'll put it in our to-do list. Thanks for the feedback!

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Absolutely delicious!! Took me a few days to get my act together to make these and they are just my all time favorite dessert now. Lucky for me, I'm crazy about coconut so this lifestyle works for me just fine. Completely love your book as well. Beautifully done. Congrats!!

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Thank you Jody! 😊

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