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Healthy Chocolate Coconut Balls

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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 these flourless brownies, brownies with zucchini and healthy fudge.

Chocolate Coconut Balls

Coconut Chocolate Balls

If you are a dark chocolate lover, these chocolate coconut balls are for you! And so is my latest creation – almond flour brownie recipe!

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! If you would like something even  healthier, check out these coconut protein balls and peanut butter protein balls.

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! Or love cake pops? Insert a cake pop stick in the center of a ball half way through before freezing the balls. Just make sure you have enough room in the freezer beforehand. Kids will love this treat!

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

Healthy Chocolate Coconut Balls {Easy No Bake Treats}

Chocolate Coconut Balls are easy, decadent and made in one bowl. Minimal ingredients such as coconut flakes, cocoa powder, maple syrup and oats are combined together for bite size healthy chocolate snacks that are dairy free and can be made gluten-free. No bake chocolate balls will be your new favorite guilt free treat!
4.98 from 35 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: North American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Freezing Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 52 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.
    Healthy Chocolate Coconut Balls
  • Add coconut flakes and oats; stir until well combined.
    Healthy Chocolate Coconut Balls
  • Place mixture in a freezer for about 10 minutes.
    Healthy Chocolate Coconut Balls
  • Line flat sheet or platter with parchment paper. Using small scoop, form and roll golf size chocolate coconut balls placing on a platter.
    Healthy Chocolate Coconut Balls
  • Freeze for 30 minutes. Enjoy chilled straight from the freezer or fridge.
    Healthy Chocolate Coconut Balls

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.
      See recipe post for more tips and FAQs.

      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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      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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