No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Balls

This no-bake chocolate coconut balls recipe is made in 1 bowl, with 5 ingredients and in under 10 minutes! Talk about a win. These easy energy bites with no added sugar will be your new favourite snack, dessert or midday pick-me-up!

Once upon a time, there was a food blogger who threw some of her favorite ingredients into her food processor, blended it up, rolled it into balls, and dipped it in chocolate. And thus, the greatest snack balls ever were born. The End.

I’m told I should consider writing children’s stories. What do you think? 🤣

Actually, Etienne and I take turns telling the boys a “story” every night after we tuck them into bed. It is a great exercise in using your imagination! It is really hard to come up with a new story every other night. I usually start with “once upon a time there were….” and then end with “and that’s why you don’t talk to strangers”. Let’s just say the boys definitely prefer Etienne’s stories. Ha!

So, as pathetic as my opening story was for these chocolate coconut balls, it’s a true one! I just experimented one day. I absolutely love making easy snack balls in the food processor, and although I often gravitate towards medjool dates as my binder, I wanted to try something with less sugar. I tried peanut butter – it’s sticky, right!? It worked well!

I kept the ingredients super simple. Coconut, coconut oil, peanut butter, a dash of vanilla and some salt. No sugar! And you know what? They’re so good. Even without the “optional” chocolate coating!

Coat them in sugar-free chocolate or super dark chocolate (at least 85%) to make these balls keto and paleo friendly. I happen to like super dark chocolate so I use it even though I’m not personally on any type of special diet. My favourite is the Lindt 90% bars.

How do you make no bake chocolate coconut balls?

The easiest energy bites recipe ever. Into your food processor, combine the coconut, coconut oil, peanut butter, vanilla and salt. Pulse until a sticky mixture is formed. Shape the mixture into balls, either using a cookie scoop or with your hands. Refrigerate for 20 minutes before dipping in melted chocolate, and then rolling into whatever topping you like. I love using coconut and crushed peanuts!

Do energy balls need to be refrigerated?

Short answer, yes. They will keep much longer in the fridge, about 7-10 days. You could store them at room temperature, but they will soften up!

I absolutely love chocolate and coconut! If you couldn’t already tell by these other recipes that you can find under Sweet Tooth:

I’m a big fan.

I hope you give these easy snack balls a try. They’re so good! (TRUE story 😉)

If you’re looking for more no bake energy balls, try these next:

And you must try THESE from my friend Leanne over at Crumb Top Baking!

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No Bake Chocolate Coconut Snack Balls


  • Author: Katherine
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 20-22 balls 1x

Description

These no-bake chocolate coconut balls are made in 1 bowl, with 5 ingredients and in under 20 minutes! Dip them in chocolate for a special treat or eat them the way they are. These easy energy bites with no added sugar will be your new favourite snack!


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Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded coconut, unsweetened (medium)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, solid
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter, natural
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Optional

  • 3 oz dark chocolate, chopped*
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened (medium)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped peanuts

Instructions

  1. Add the coconut, coconut oil, and peanut butter to a food processor and pulse a few times to incorporate all of the ingredients. Add the vanilla and salt and pule a few more times until a sticky “dough” is formed.
  2. Place the food processor in the fridge for 10 minutes to firm up the mixture. Place a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet. Using about 1 tbsp at a time, roll the mixture into evenly sized balls and place them on the baking sheet. Keep the balls in the refrigerator to firm up, and store, or before dipping in chocolate.
  3. Optional: In a glass measuring cup, melt the chocolate with the coconut oil in the microwave on high, in 30 second increments until smooth. Use a fork or dipping spoon to dip the balls in chocolate, shaking off the excess, and placing back onto the parchment paper until the chocolate is set. Alternatively, after dipping, roll the ball in shredded coconut or chopped peanuts.

Notes

  1. You can use any dark chocolate, or sugar-free chocolate to keep this recipe keto and paleo friendly. I like to use 90% dark chocolate!
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43 Comments

  1. I love chocolate and coconut together too, but I’m a die hard PB fan, so I’m happy you added that to the mix! I have all the ingredients to make these and desperately need to replenish my freezer stash of snacks and treats, so I’ll be making them some time soon for sure! Thanks for including links to my energy bite recipes! Much appreciated!

  2. I love that you made these with peanuts! Peanuts and coconut are a totally underrated and underused combination–they’re SO good together! Throw in some chocolate and I swoon. Have a great weekend, Katherine! PS, I see definite potential in your story-telling. Any story that ends with snack food is OK by me πŸ™‚

  3. What a great story…’cause there’s food involved, lol πŸ˜‰ Seriously, though, these are right up my alley and I’d have a hard time not devouring the entire batch myself. No going wrong with chocolate + coconut! Have an awesome weekend ahead!!

  4. Chocolate, coconut and peanut butter?! Girl, I’m totally in!! Love the idea of these! They look so decadent but are somehow healthy?! Whaaaat! Also, so cute about reading stories to your kiddos each night πŸ™‚ I love that!

  5. Such a perfect snack! I love the ease of making it too and they look amazing! My son was just asking me for something sweet and I said it has to also be healthy:) I think I’ve found the solution. Love it when things come together like that:) Pinned!

  6. Chocolate coconut is one of my favorite combinations Katherine. These look totally yummy. Can’t wait to make a batch!

  7. There is a Board “Easy Desserts Recipes” It’s waiting there for everyone to discover. After making several batches, you will live happily ever after. End of story !
    LOL πŸ™‚ I love this kind of energy balls for my office snacks instead store bought foil packed ones. Thank you for the idea !

  8. I love that these balls of yumminess were created out of pure experimentation! I love when I throw things together and it turns out amazing. These balls would make for a great snack! And portable πŸ™‚

  9. Wonderful story haha! My parents also took turns telling me bedtime stories as a kid. They sure helped me so much – I aced communication studies as a kid… Can you tell my parents were teachers? Ha! My mom is actually a big coconut fan so I think I’ll share this with her.
    xo Ros

  10. Kudos to you and Etienne for the nightly freestyle storytelling!πŸ˜„ It’s a good thing these balls are healthy. I would want to snack on them all the time. Coconut, peanut, and chocolate is such a yummy combo!!

  11. I love everything about this story Katherine, because the result is these delicious energy balls! I love everything in here and would probably stash these away and keep them all to myself. πŸ™‚

  12. You know that this totally my kinda jam!!! I’m so making these with almond butter Kathy, my children love these treats.

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  14. This is precisely the kind of recipe I’ll be needing during our kitchen reno! Good timing! Did you know that? πŸ˜‰ These look awesome, my friend!

  15. What? That story at the beginning is PERFECT! And the ending, wow! These look awesome, Katherine! I’m glad you used the peanut butter, because, well, it’s peanut butter! I could eat these all day long! Delish!

  16. Katherine, This is definitely my kind of snack, quick, easy and delicious. I love that it makes such a great lunch box treat too πŸ™‚

  17. I love chocolate and coconut together too, and even better that these are no-bake so that I get to eat them sooner. And great for summer coming up when it’s too hot to have the oven on.
    Love your storytelling too, especially since it ends with a tasty, coconut-y snack! haha That’s so cute that you and Etienne take turns with the stories and that’s so funny that they’re so different! His may be less like the children’s books haha I love coconut energy balls and even better with dark chocolate. I’m also a big fan of PB but can’t have a lot of it so I might try these with my cashew butter. Thanks for sharing, girl! πŸ™‚

    • YES you need the no bake treats when it gets hot out! By the looks of the weather outside though, that might not be for a while!! Boo! His stories are definitely more exciting than mine, Dana. My boys told us last night they much prefer Etienne’s stories, haha!! You could definitely try these with cashew butter!! Cheers, chicka!

  18. What’s not to love? I want to eat them all Katherine! Pinning! xo

  19. Oh, my! I need a stash of these yummy coconut balls for that bewitching hour when I need an afternoon snack. I’m afraid my love of coconut would cause me to eat too many, but I’m willing to risk it!

  20. Wow 90% dark chocolate! You’re brave. I’m a sissy as I prefer milk chocolate πŸ˜€ I love this kind of treat. Have you ever heard about Swedish chocolate balls? They’re butter and oat based and they’re huge here in Sweden. I’m not the biggest fan but when I made my own with freeze-dried raspberries I was quite happy with the result. You should look into those if you want more inspo for this kind of snack.

    • Hah, Eva! I’ve slowly worked my way up to 90%. I started with 72%. Now I even like 99%!! I have never heard of Swedish chocolate balls but I’ve got to look into it!! Anything bite sized, and especially if they’ve got butter, is my kind of treat πŸ˜‰

  21. Oh my goodness, I love these so much! What a delicious and healthy treat–and I’m crazy about the fact that there is no baking involved!! Definitely going to make these and try to hide them from my husband! πŸ˜‰

  22. I think it’s a great story! Inspiration struck and you acted on it – lucky us! These look and sound amazing, Katherine! And they’d make a pretty edible gift too!

  23. These are such delicious treats!! Love everything about them!! Super yummy!

  24. Oh I love these! I’d be snacking on them all day long! I read my kids stories every night for years. Every once in a while their father would pop in and take over story time, replacing the words with silly words like…well, you know the words that make kids giggle. All that reading I did, and he became the star of story time.

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