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One Bowl Healthy Chocolate Coconut Balls is a no bake healthy haystacks recipe with cacao powder, coconut flakes, maple syrup, coconut oil and oats. | ifoodreal.com

I came up with these healthy chocolate coconut balls during crazy weeks of no school. I wanted a dark chocolate treat without the guilt. Some days I do need a chocolate boost to survive past my desired bedtime until the real one happens.

These balls are super easy to make and no food processor is required like many balls recipes call for. Everything is mixed in one bowl or even a pot you melt coconut oil in.

Many of you told me that these balls remind you healthy haystacks. I wasn’t born then, so I trust you on that one.


How to Make Healthy Chocolate Coconut Balls

One Bowl Healthy Chocolate Coconut Balls is a no bake healthy haystacks recipe with cacao powder, coconut flakes, maple syrup, coconut oil and oats. | ifoodreal.com

Combining coconut oil with cacao powder and maple syrup makes dark chocolate (+ banana = coconut oil fudge). Did you know?! I prefer maple syrup to honey because it mixes and tastes better. My personal preference.

One Bowl Healthy Chocolate Coconut Balls is a no bake healthy haystacks recipe with cacao powder, coconut flakes, maple syrup, coconut oil and oats. | ifoodreal.com

Then I added unsweetened organic coconut flakes which I think makes the best combo in the world. I could eat Bounty almost every day if it wouldn’t make me fat, kill gut flora and poison with chemicals, instead I make superfood chocolate bars.

One Bowl Healthy Chocolate Coconut Balls is a no bake healthy haystacks recipe with cacao powder, coconut flakes, maple syrup, coconut oil and oats. | ifoodreal.com One Bowl Healthy Chocolate Coconut Balls is a no bake healthy haystacks recipe with cacao powder, coconut flakes, maple syrup, coconut oil and oats. | ifoodreal.com

And then some rolled or quick cooking steel cut oats for texture and carbs. That is it.

One Bowl Healthy Chocolate Coconut Balls is a no bake healthy haystacks recipe with cacao powder, coconut flakes, maple syrup, coconut oil and oats. | ifoodreal.com

After a school pick up, I made myself a cup of green tea and carefully placed 2 chocolate balls next to it on a plate. Not too close so they don’t melt.

Have you tried my carrot cake truffles yet?

Healthy Chocolate Coconut Balls

Healthy Chocolate Coconut Balls



  1. In a medium pot, melt coconut oil on low heat.
  2. Remove from heat and whisk in cacao powder and vanilla extract. Whisk in maple syrup or honey. Add coconut flakes and oats; stir until well combined. Place mixture in a freezer for about 10 minutes.
  3. Line flat sheet or platter with parchment paper. Using small scoop, form and roll golf size chocolate coconut balls placing on a platter. Freeze for 30 minutes. Enjoy chilled straight from the freezer or fridge.
  4. Storage Instructions: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 7 days or freeze for up to 3 months.


*If using refrigerated maple syrup, chocolate mixture will harden while mixing. You might not need to place it in a freezer before rolling. Also honey might require extra time whisking as it is quite solid. **I like to use coarsely shredded organic coconut flakes like Camino whenever I can find them. ***You can use 1/2 cup of oats for more hearty balls.


Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 12

Amount Per Serving = 1 ball:
Calories: 178.7
Total Fat: 15.2 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 3.1 mg
Total Carbs: 10.0 g
Sugars: 4.5 g
Dietary Fiber: 2.2 g
Protein: 1.5 g
WW Points+: 5

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  1. Olga G

    LOL you crack me up!! Glad to hear your kids are both in school now. By the way, your picture of the green tea and those chocolate goodness filled treats made my mouth water. So with that said, tomorrow that’s what I’m having for a snack. I would make some today but being that it’s almost 6pm here, I’m not in the mood to make the kitchen a mess again.

    • Olena

      That was 2.5 months of frustration spilled out on chocolate balls lol.
      Great! You will be flying. I’m still sitting recovering from that snack before it is dinner time. Totally wired from that cacao.
      Oh gosh, after dinner kitchen is closed. It takes forever to clean it after dinner. Still ahead for me tonight sigh. It never ends this mess. No way out of dinner unless Alex gets a travel job!!!

  2. Jennifer

    hahaha!!!! I can’t wait to show Denis this post, he will be laughing for days. I too have had to search the house for 1 piece of missing lego, only to be defeated and have considered the trip to the Lego store to buy a replacement piece.
    I can’t wait to try your new recipe!! so happy the kids are back in school, offer still stands for next summer!!!!

    • Olena

      I totally could see that shit happening in your house. In that chaos lol.
      I will take you upon your offer next summer for sure and dump my kids on you for a week haha. And we will hang out too. Can’t wait! It was a bliss this time! We make a great reckless crazy parent pair haha. Miss you!

  3. Annette

    All 3 of these recipes look wonderful. I can’t wait to try the soup and chocolate candy. I adore chocolate and coconut (my hubby is not a fan of either). The mac and cheese recipe is being forwarded to my daughter who has 2 kiddos in school. She is always looking for new ideas.
    Thanks for taking time to share with us.

    • Olena

      You are very welcome, Annette! Thank you for reading and commenting. Basically thank you for letting me have my dream job. Couldn’t have done it without you!!!

  4. Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine

    Your lego story is making me laugh! My son is only 13 months, and we have similar tantrums already! And I can’t believe his memory already at this age– he will remember the next day he wanted to do something and start screaming again! It’s hilarious. But I am sure it will get harder and harder to deal with as he gets older.

    I have been making a similar cookie! I just love coconut oil. I made these when I first had my son and needed midnight breastfeeding snacks to reward myself for getting up so many times a night!

    • Olena

      Oh, these chocolate balls would be wonderful for lactating mothers because of all those healthy fats. Considering you will have no problem falling asleep after that shot of caffeine. I remember being so hungry when breastfeeding OMG. After 2 balls I am quite hyper.
      I don’t have good news for you, Michelle. Tantrums just get worse. And if you end up having 2 or more kids tantrums will be even worse because now they will interact with each other and sometimes with tantrums. 10 years later and I still find motherhood challenging. It is ever evolving and changing, not sure if it will ever be easier. One thing I know for sure I can now sleep, work out and go for walks with older kids. Sigh we still have tantrums at almost 6 OMG. I don’t want any more kids LOL.

  5. Peace

    Any ideas about what I can use in this recipe in place of cacao powder? I am not able to eat cacao products.

    • Olena

      Hi Peace. Oh, that is not a hard question at all lol. Nothing cacao? Hmmm. Gosh, I can’t think of any other healthy dry ingredient to replace 1:1. All I can suggest to use 1/4 cup peanut or almond butter instead of 1/4 cup cacao powder. Maybe a bit more.And cut maple syrup from 1/4 cup to a few tbsp. Go by taste and consistency wise just to make sure mixture will harden into balls. Should work! Let me know what you end up doing.

    • Melissa

      nut butters are an awesome substitue, and if you’re looking for an energy boost, try adding a little bit of maca powder. Try just a very small amount first, as the flavour takes some time to get used to and acquire a taste for. You might also be interested in incorporating other types of powder into your recipes, such as acai (Or jam, but you must cut down other liquids in the recipe, or increase the dry goods ratio). Personally, I enjoy this recipe with ground seeds, such as sunflower, flax, and sesame. 😉

  6. Joyce

    Thanks for the recipe.I love the balls and they remind me of my favorite Mounds bars so great that this recipe is healthier. I did use 3/4 cup of oats as it seemed too thin with only 1/4 cup. Next time I plan to substitute peanut butter for the coconut oil as I think that will taste like my old favorite Haystacks from childhood.

    • Olena

      Hi Joyce. You can add more oats, the balls will be less sweet and different texture. The dough seems too thin because it is made primarily of melted coconut oil which solidifies in the fridge or freezer. I never tried Mounds or Haystacks but glad they resemble them to you.

  7. Joyce

    These were very good. I had been wanting to make a snack to replace old fashioned haystacks like I have made since the 1950’s with no sugar and these are similar in taste to fill my need! Actually a bit better since they are more coconutty. I did find this recipe to be a bit runny and added more Oatmeal to use 3/4 cup. Thanks!

    • Olena

      Hi Joyce. You are the second reader who says these chocolate balls are like healthy haystacks. I have no idea what haystacks are. I guess I wasn’t even born back then and born in a different part of the world, so I missed the haystacks lol. Anyways, do not worry about runny consistency because it is just melted coconut oil that will solidify in the fridge/freezer. However, extra oats are OK too. Glad you liked.

  8. Chiyi

    These bites look yummy! Can I substitute the coconut flakes to coconut floor? I only have coconut at home. Thanks!

    • Olena

      Well…You could but please keep 2 things in mind:
      1. I don’t know how much. Add it last in small amounts, stir and see how is the consistency. Coconut flour is highly absorbent, not like coconut flakes.
      2. You will miss out on some coconut flakes’s flavour but it is kinda OK.:)


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