by Olena

Healthy Chocolate Coconut Balls

Olena Osipov
5 from 41 votes

Chocolate Coconut Balls are easy, decadent, no bake and made in one bowl healthy treat, snack or dessert.

To satisfy chocolate cravings without the guilt, I also like to make black bean brownies, healthy zucchini brownies or coconut oil fudge.

Chocolate Coconut Balls

Coconut Chocolate Balls

If you are a dark chocolate lover, these chocolate coconut balls are for you!

Whenever I don’t have a 70-90% dark chocolate bar on hand, you can find me making these healthy treats.

These chocolate balls are super easy to make and no food processor is required. One bowl and no bake!

I have heard from so many of you that this dessert recipe reminds you of haystacks, mounds bars, chocolate rice pop crackles, and snowball cookies. Whatever these coconut balls remind you of, they are healthy and satisfying.

Chocolate Coconut Balls on a wooden platter lined with parchment

Ingredients for Chocolate Coconut Balls

  • Coconut oil: For this recipe, you cannot substitute with any other oil. It has to be coconut oil because it is the only oil that can solidify.
  • Cacao or cocoa powder: I use cacao powder. It is less processed than cocoa powder. But you can use either. Some readers have had success using carob powder.
  • Vanilla extract and maple syrup or honey: 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.
  • Oats: Quick, rolled or quick cooking steel cut oats.
  • Coconut flakes: Use unsweetened coconut flakes. You can’t skip the coconut flakes because they make the balls. You can’t replace them with coconut flour either because the flour is too “thirsty” and the recipe will not work.

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

coconut flakes, oats and melted chocolate

How to Make Healthy Chocolate Coconut Balls

There is a full recipe card below.

Just 5 ingredients and 4 easy steps and you will have the most delicious healthy chocolate snack. Did I mention that everything is mixed in one bowl or even the pot you melt the coconut oil in?!

  • Melt coconut oil: In a medium saucepan on low heat, melt the coconut oil. Once melted, remove from heat.
  • Combine the ingredients: First, mix in the cacao powder and vanilla into the coconut oil. Next, whisk in the maple syrup/honey. Finally, stir in the coconut flakes and oats until well combined.
  • Freeze the mixture: Just 10 minutes in the freezer! 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.
  • Make the balls: Use a small scoop and form the balls. Place the balls on a parchment lined baking sheet. Then pop the baking sheet back into the freezer for another 30 minutes.

Chocolate Coconut Balls batter

Serving and Storing

Serve: To enjoy the balls, warm them up on a counter for 5 minutes. Hard chocolate can damage your teeth, so please be patient and careful. That’s why a few minutes to warm up is perfect. Enjoy with a cup of tea like Europeans do.:)

Store: Best to keep these chocolate balls of goodness in an airtight container in the fridge. They will remain fresh for up to 7 days (if they last that long).

Freeze: Freeze for up to 3 months in an airtight container. Thaw on the counter for a an hour or so or in the fridge overnight before enjoying!

Can I ship them? Unfortunately, no. Balls have to be refrigerated in order to keep their shape otherwise they will melt (coconut oil problems).

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

healthy chocolate coconut balls recipe

Healthy Chocolate Coconut Balls {Easy No Bake Treats}

Chocolate Coconut Balls are easy, decadent, no bake and made in one bowl healthy treat, snack or dessert.
4.96 from 41 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: North American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Freezing Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 12 balls
Calories: 158kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • In a medium pot, melt coconut oil on low heat.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Serve: To enjoy the balls, warm them up on a counter for 5 minutes. Hard chocolate can damage your teeth, so please be patient and careful. With a cup of tea balls taste great!

    Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 7 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw on the counter for a an hour or so or in the fridge overnight before enjoying!

      Notes

      • Freeze: Freeze for up to 3 months in an airtight container. Thaw for 5 minutes on the counter and enjoy!
      • Can I ship them? Unfortunately, no. Balls have to be refrigerated in order to keep their shape otherwise they will melt (coconut oil problems).
      • Coconut oil substitute? For this recipe, you cannot substitute with any other oil. It has to be coconut oil because it is the only oil that can solidify.
      • Carob powder: Some readers have had success using carob powder.
      • Maple syrup or honey: 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.
      • Oats: Quick, rolled or quick cooking steel cut oats. You can use 1/2 cup of oats for more hearty balls.
      • Coconut flakes: Use unsweetened coconut flakes. You can't skip the coconut flakes because they make the balls. You can't replace them with coconut flour either because the flour is too "thirsty" and the recipe will not work. I like to use coarsely shredded organic coconut flakes.

      Nutrition

      Serving: 1ball | Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 114mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg
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      Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

      My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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      1. 5 stars
        These are SO delicious. I loved these even better than literally any chocolate dessert. Very satisfying. I need to make a double recipe next time Haha! thanks for the recipe; it’s also so easy to make!

      2. Hi, I just made these and they’re still freezing. They taste awesome. Is there any way I could alter the recipe so that they stay in tact and solid at room temperature at least for a few hours? I plan to take them to a Christmas party for the kids and the chocolate balls might stay out for a few hours.

        1. Hi Bianca! They should be fine as is for your Christmas party. I would just take the out of the freezer just before leaving. You don’t have to worry about them melting all over the place.

      3. 1/2 cup coconut oil??? I’m sorry but nothing about this is healthy. In fact quite the opposite doing serious damage to the endothelium.

        1. I am not asking you to eat 1/2 cup coconut oil at one sitting, right, Lynn?! What is more important is to develop healthy relationship with food. Coconut oil is a good for you ingredient that is like kale and anything else should be consumed in moderation. If you don’t like this recipe, do not make it. Plus for future, consider that everyone has their own definition of “healthy”. Keto, vegans, carnivores, Ukrainians, Americans etc. Life needs common sense which is slowly leaving our society.

          1. Olena. I just got the newsletter so I haven’t yet tried the coconut balls. But I will. They sound yummy. I was so glad to see you stand up to Lynn. We are not only losing our common sense, we have become a people that have to voice our disapproval of everything. I also believe, if it doesn’t sound like something you would enjoy. Don’t make it and keep your opinion to yourself. Well done. Happy Holidays.

            1. Thanks, Marie. I know, ridiculous world we live in where people feel incredibly entitled. Losing last bits of respect and social skills towards each other. Happy Holidays to you too!

      4. 5 stars
        Amazing! I made these late last night for a small Christmas party. I used cacao powder and maple syrup. I love dark chocolate, and these did not disappoint!

      5. 5 stars
        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.

      6. 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.

      7. 5 stars
        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!

      8. 5 stars
        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. 5 stars
          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.

      9. 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.

      10. 5 stars
        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

      11. 5 stars
        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!

        1. 5 stars
          I add 1 cup of oats and swap some of the cacao powder with chocolate vegan shakeology. I also add 1/4 cup of flax seed.

      12. 5 stars
        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!!

      13. 5 stars
        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 .

      14. 5 stars
        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!!

      15. 5 stars
        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.” 🙂
        Cheers.

      16. 5 stars
        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!:)

      17. 5 stars
        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!

      18. 5 stars
        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!

      19. 5 stars
        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.

      20. 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.

      21. 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. 😉

      22. 4 stars
        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.

      23. 5 stars
        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.

      24. 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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