by Olena

Healthy Chocolate Coconut Balls

by Olena

4.9 from 14 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

4.9 from 14 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.

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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.

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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. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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!

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