by Olena

Healthy Chocolate Coconut Balls

by Olena

5 from 20 reviews

Easy Chocolate Coconut Balls are no bake one bowl coconut chocolate candy that remind haystacks and mound bars. Healthy treat, snack or dessert.

To satisfy chocolate craving, I like to make black bean brownies, healthy zucchini brownies or coconut oil fudge and it’s quiet!

Chocolate Coconut Balls on a platter

Coconut Chocolate Balls

These chocolate coconut balls are for you if you are a dark chocolate lover like me. Whenever I don’t have 70-90% dark chocolate bar on hand, you can find me making these coconut chocolate balls, superfood chocolate bars or coconut oil fudge.

I came up with this coconut chocolate candy 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 coconut chocolate balls are super easy to make and no food processor is required. One bowl, no bake and so easy and healthy!


Everything is mixed in one bowl or even a pot you melt coconut oil in.

  • Coconut oil
  • Cacao or cocoa powder
  • Maple syrup or honey
  • Oats
  • Coconut flakes

About Using Coconut Oil

I get asked a lot on my other no bake treats like no bake black bean brownies if coconut oil can be substituted with any other oil. The answer is no.

Coconut oil is unique. It is the only oil I know that is of solid state unless it is melted. We melt it, mix with other dry ingredients and then freeze. Oil solidifies and creates healthy chocolate snacks – balls.

Fun fact: Combining coconut oil with cacao powder and maple syrup makes dark chocolate. Did you know?!

melted coconut oil and cacao powder in a bowl with a whiskcoconut flakes, oats and melted chocolate

Possible Variations

To make dark chocolate bites I used cacao powder. It is less processed version of cocoa powder. You can use either. Some readers had success using carob powder. I use cacao powder because it has more antioxidants and vitamins than cacao. And that’s the whole point of health benefits of dark chocolate. It also costs just as much.

I prefer maple syrup to honey because it mixes and tastes better. My personal preference. You can also use brown rice syrup, agave or date syrup.

Then I added unsweetened organic coconut flakes which I think makes the best combo in the world. You can’t skip coconut flakes because they make the balls. You can’t replace them with coconut flour either because flour is “thirsty” and recipe will not work. Not to mention the flavor won’t be the same at all.

And then we add some rolled or quick cooking steel cut oats for texture and carbs.

coconut flakes stirred into melted chocolateChocolate Coconut Balls batter

So How Do We Enjoy Our Balls:)

I think “balls” for food is a very weird name overall. But I mean they are balls..

I have heard from so many of you what this chocolate coconut balls recipe reminds you of.

  • Haystacks
  • Mounds bar
  • Chocolate rice pop crackles
  • Coconut – Oat Fudge Balls
  • Snowball cookies

I am not from the US or Canada, so I trust your tastebuds. Whatever these cocoa balls are, they are healthy and satisfying.

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.

To enjoy the balls (this silly name again throws me off), thaw them for 2 minutes and go for it. Hard chocolate can be hard on your teeth, so I’m being careful. That’s why a few minutes to warm up is perfect.

2 Chocolate Coconut Balls on a plate with a cup of tea

More Healthy Chocolate Desserts and Snacks


Healthy Chocolate Coconut Balls

healthy chocolate coconut balls recipe

5 from 20 reviews

Easy Chocolate Coconut Balls are no bake one bowl coconut chocolate candy that remind haystacks and mound bars. Healthy treat, snack or dessert.

  • Author: Olena of
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 balls 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: North American


  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup cacao or cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup, honey agave or brown rice syrup
  • 1 cup coconut flakes, unsweetened
  • 1/4 cup quick, rolled or quick cooking steel cut oats
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract


  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.

Store: 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.

You can use 1/2 cup of oats for more hearty balls.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

olena osipov in the studio

Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. Wow, these are amazing!! They taste just like Almond Joys only much healthier. Just perfect for those middle of the days when you start craving something sweet. Thank you for sharing your recipe! We plan to make several batches of these and keep them on hand.

  2. Could I replace the cacao powder with melted semisweet chocolate? If so, what would be the right amount of substitute? Or any appropriate changes to the recipe? (Don’t have cacao powder at hand but a lot of smisweet & dark chocolate..)

    1. Hmm. You would have to replace oil, cacao and maple syrup with melted chocolate. Hmm I’m not sure semisweet wouldn’t be too sweet and balls taste wise but you can try.

  3. The first time I made this recipe, I had trouble with the balls. The maple syrup was cold, so I had a problem working with the hard mixture. They still tasted good though. I saw your note about cold maple syrup, so next time I only freezed them for a few minutes and then they were easier to work with and turned out better for the 30 minute freeze. Everyone here loves them. They are so delicious and slowly melt in your mouth. Thank you Olena for the great recipe!

  4. Olena. I wanted to get back to you, When I made your “balls” the second time I cut back a little on the cocoa powder. And what a difference. No aftertaste. Just delicious

    1. Loved this recipe, the texture is amazing. Used honey and desiccated coconut. I used a little less coconut oil and cocoa powder and added orange zest and squeezed a little orange juice.

  5. Hi Olena,

    I want to make these healthy chocolate for my family. I need to ship them. My concern is, will they get soft and melted on the way. As I know, coconut oil has tendency to get soft. Please advise.

    Thank you.

  6. I got a bitter aftertaste. Not sure if I needed to add more coconut or make pure maple syrup. Any suggestions
    Otherwise the balls were good

  7. Perfect chocolate sweet tooth satisfier. My local health food store charges 5 dollars for a bag of 6 balls just like these. Hooray for being able to make at home!

  8. Insanely delicious. Reminds me a little of the flavor of Magic Shell that you put on ice cream. Added a pinch of salt and didn’t use the oats (substituted more desiccated coconut to make up for them) since my husband and I are on the Auto-Immune Protocol diet. One of the best recipes I’ve found for those on AIP (stage 1 for adding in cocoa powder). Thank you!!

  9. I am home from the hospital after having baby #4 and I am a clean eating mama and don’t like buying unhealthy, expensive & fatty treats especially for my Littles so this is perfect ! I have all ingredients & I’m craving something sweet .

  10. Made this the other night, as I’ve just started to be really clean eating. I have a lot of weight to lose but instead of being on a diet, I am trying to change my lifestyle. I love chocolate and finding replacements to my old addictions are key to allow for “treats”. I’m so pleased with this cacao chocolate balls, so lovely. Recipe turned out perfect! My husband loves them. Best thing is they are in my fridge and I’m not tempted to finish them all yet comforted that they are there. I think the good fats and carbs make you really satiated which is great. Thanks for sharing and more cacao recipes would be amazing!

    1. Good for you!!! You are right. Diets don’t work. Eat clean and add walking to it and you will see results. We don’t move enough. That’s another issue. I know firsthand.

    2. Love this comment! We’re on the same page! Hoping that these coconut balls will help my cravings as well. Good luck!!

  11. These are perfection! Just went in the kitchen and happened to have all these ingredients and turned it into a delicious midnight snack! Thank you for this recipe, I followed it exactly!! Also, may I suggest my idea of what to call them, perhaps for sharing at parties? “Coconut – Oat Fudge Balls.” 🙂

  12. Super easy and just what I was craving! Thank you for this recipe. These chocolate balls are rich but somehow not heavy. They take a while to chew (I know that sounds funny, but it’s true!) because of the oats and coconut, so you have to slow down to enjoy them. Perfect for my insatiable sweet tooth. And they were great because I already had all of the ingredients on hand. Nothing crazy or unusual, which is very appealing. 🙂

    1. Lol I know what you mean about “a while to chew”. Which is great. Your brain has time to get the signals before you over eat. That’s great to hear!:)

  13. So my Grandma used to always make these ‘snowball cookies’ for Christmas and she would put a candied cherry in the centre. Her recipe was graham wafer crumbs (rather than oats) sweetened condensed milk for the sweetener and melted unsweetened bakers chocolate rather than cocoa, and I always found them to be the last ones we ate. A few years ago I switched the awful candied cherry with a dried sour cherry which was great, but this recipe is going to be the new one to try today for the start of Christmas baking, but I’ll be leaving in the sour cherry centre! I’ll let you know how it goes!

  14. WOW!!! First time making anything with cacao and I’m hooked! I chose honey and love the way they came out, I followed the recipe exactly. These are way better than mounds bar, thank you thank you thank you!

  15. I just made these. Wow they are awesome! Sugar free (I used rice syrup) and remind me of chocolate ricepop crackles. Or maybe the best coconut rough I have ever eaten! I didn’t put 1/2 coconut oil as I find every recipe that uses a lot of coconut oil always uses way too much and I was right with this one too. I put in less than half but next time I will only put in 1/4 and see how that goes.They are also very rich in chocolate flavor so I would reduce the amount of cacao too. I really packed the oats into the measuring cup too so it was more like 1/2 cup of oats. Thank you so much for this recipe! It made 20 balls.

  16. Carob powder is so similar to chocolate and extremely healthy for you. You can order organic carob on Amazon and probably many other places too. It can be substituted using the same amounts with no changes although it is a bit sweeter than dark chocolate.

  17. 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. 😉

  18. 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!

    1. 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.

  19. 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.

    1. 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.

  20. 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.

    1. 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!!!

      1. I hear you. The kitchen is one place that is ALWAYS messy, then clean then messy. lol yes…a traveling husband will make for a cleaner kitchen but then we would miss them too much.

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