Thursday, January 12, 2012

Bounty Balls

I was feeling a bit overwhelmed the other day...two crying babies who had trouble sleeping and toys thrown all over the house, no dinner made and husband back from work any second. It was a teary moment. I started to wonder, was this what they called the baby blues? And then I realised how long it had been since I went into that kitchen and made something I didnt have to make...just make something for the sole pleasure of it.
Being in the kitchen is therapeutic to me, its my time out, where I can create and enjoy a little time by myself, and recharge the old batteries. I'm not talking that time where you have to whip up the dinner with a hungry baby crying in your ear. I'm talking the babies-in-bed-silence, glass of vino in hand and the-world-is-your-oyster type of kitchen time.
I knew that was what I needed to cheer myself up, and when my darling hubby came home I got just that. What was something totally superfluous that I could make? Then I remembered how everyone had enjoyed the homemade bounty bars I had recently made and set about making just that...but in balls, covered in dark chocolate. Talk about a cure for the "baby blues"!
I am pleased to say that there are no blues anymore, it seemed to be the perfect cure. babies are sleeping much better (bye-bye insomniacs) and that my dear, is why I am able to blog a little! Ah the simple things in life. The greatest pleasures. (They're gluten free sweets, too!)


3 cups dessicated coconut
200g sweetened condensed milk
1/2-3/4 cup icing sugar
1 tsp. vanilla essence
350g dark chocolate, melted

Combine the coconut and condensed milk in a large bowl. Add enough icing sugar to make a stiff mixture.Add the vanilla and stir until well combined. Roll into walnut sized balls and refrigerate overnight until hardened.Coat in melted chocolate and serve when set.


  1. so glad you enjoyed them annie:)

  2. Don't get too stressed out! :]
    The recipe looks divine, by the way! I find baking and cooking therapeutic too, no matter how much my dad objects against it!

  3. These look wonderful! I found them on tastespotting (or was it pinterest?). Anyway, I just have one question. Was your coconut sweetened or unsweetened? I always get a little confused about what kind of coconut to use! Thanks for sharing!

    1. hi Brenna, the coconut I used is unsweetened dessicated. I've never heard of sweetened coconut! im sure it would be just as delicious if you used sweetened coconut, maybe just use a little less icing sugar in the recipe:) thanks for visiting!

    2. Thank you! I'm so excited to try these!

  4. Hi! I work at an English/Czech preschool in the Czech republic and run a Cooking club there. Today we tried your recipe and it was a great success! Children absolutely loved that and parents couldn´t believe their eyes. Thank you!

    1. Hi there Marketa! you have no idea how much joy this gives me to hear your story:) i am so glad you and your children enjoyed them! God Bless!

  5. These look heavenly. I can't wait to try them & excited they are gluten free!

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    1. I'm so sorry--I just cant recall! I would say 20 or more.


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