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:
- Grain-Free Chococolate Coconut Tart
- Chocolate Caramel Bliss Bars
- Healthy Chocolate Coconut Baskets
- Coco-Chocolate Pecan Granola
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!Print
No Bake Chocolate Coconut Snack Balls
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 20-22 balls 1x
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!
- 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
- 3 oz dark chocolate, chopped*
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened (medium)
- 1/4 cup finely chopped peanuts
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Category: snacks
- Method: no-bake
Keywords: no-bake chocolate coconut balls // easy energy bites with no added sugar
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!
Oh I’m such a die hard PB fan too! You should definitely try these ones Leanne, I think you’d love ’em! Cheers my friend!
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 🙂
Peanuts and coconut is totally underrated!! SO good, right!? Haha thank you, I have to admit that almost all of my stories seem to end with snack food!!
What a great story…’cause there’s food involved, lol 😉 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!!
Baha that’s exactly what Kelsie said. We’re all a bunch of foodies, for sure!! Thanks Dawn! These are so easy to devour! Hope your weekend is much less rainy than mine 😉
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 🙂 I love that!
Woop! Thanks Haylie! All the good stuff, right? Aah yes, they live for story time haha!
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!
Yes, Milena!! It’s the perfect solution!! My kids love them too, and no one needs to know it’s healthy 😉 Thanks friend!
Chocolate coconut is one of my favorite combinations Katherine. These look totally yummy. Can’t wait to make a batch!
Mine too, Mary Ann! It’s so good!! I bet you’ll love these! XO
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 🙂 I love this kind of energy balls for my office snacks instead store bought foil packed ones. Thank you for the idea !
Hahaha, I will have to try that story out for my boys tonight. They’ll love it! Or at least, I will. Thank you!! They’re definitely perfect for the office!
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 🙂
Isn’t it the best when your experiment actually goes the right way?! Thanks Kelly!!!
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.
Thank you Ros!! That’s awesome, you must have been off to a good start having teachers for parents! You should definitely share this with your Mama!
Kudos to you and Etienne for the nightly freestyle storytelling!😄 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!!
Aah as much as I love my kids I dread when it’s my turn to story tell, haha! My stories are awful. Yes!! I could snack on these all day! Thanks Thao!
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. 🙂
Woo I think it’s a pretty good story myself, Marcie 😉 Thank you my friend!!
You know that this totally my kinda jam!!! I’m so making these with almond butter Kathy, my children love these treats.
Yes I do!! Hah yes Maria, they’re a perfect treat for kids because they’re actually kinda healthy!! 🙂
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This is precisely the kind of recipe I’ll be needing during our kitchen reno! Good timing! Did you know that? 😉 These look awesome, my friend!
I totally knew that. 😉 You need all of the no bake treats that will also help to console through all of the dust and debris, haha!! Thanks Annie!
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!
Hahah THANK YOU! I think my stories are pretty awesome, too 😉
Katherine, This is definitely my kind of snack, quick, easy and delicious. I love that it makes such a great lunch box treat too 🙂
A very good lunch box treat, Ashika!! They definitely would have helped get me through a day at the office when I was working! Thanks my friend!
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! 🙂
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!
What’s not to love? I want to eat them all Katherine! Pinning! xo
And that would be ok because they’re HEALTHY!! 😉 Thanks Kim!!
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!
Oh yes, I know that hour very well. That’s usually when I have a few of these treats or a piece of chocolate (or two). It’s worth the risk, Liz!!
Wow 90% dark chocolate! You’re brave. I’m a sissy as I prefer milk chocolate 😀 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 😉
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! 😉
Thank you Catherine!! Isn’t it great when you don’t have to turn the oven on for a tasty treat!? I have definitely been guilty of hiding treats from my hubby 😉
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!
Thanks Marissa!! Isn’t it great when you have an idea and it actually works out!? They’d be a great gift – love that idea!!
These are such delicious treats!! Love everything about them!! Super yummy!
Thank you so much Cam! They’re a favourite around here!!
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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Great summer snack! I love easy, no-bake treats like this. 🙂
Thank you!! Me too – they’re perfectly poppable and so easy to make!
Yay, we need egg-free goodies, and my kids LOVE peanut butter. Thanks, super fun!
Hooray! Thank you Megan. My kids love peanut butter too. These are the perfect little treats!
There’s so much to love! Easy to make, no baking and it’s healthy! These will make a lovely addition to the snack jar!
No baking is 100% the best part of these. I might even whip up another batch of these tomorrow! Thanks ChihYu!
I love all the different yummies to roll them in! This is perfect summer snack, as I really don’t want to turn my oven on for ANYTHING (even desesrt) when it’s over 100 degrees outside
Yees exactly. I hate when I have to turn the oven on too, it creates way too much heat in the house! Thank you Jennifer!
You had me at 1 bowl and 10 minutes! These are such a great snack and perfect for when I have a chocolate craving! Keeping them in the fridge but will need to make more again soon!
Right!? The quickest and easiest little snack! Thanks Joni – I am a little crazy about them too 🙂
I love chocolate and peanut butter (or, in my case, it’ll be almond butter or sunbutter)! I can’t believe there’s no added sugar at all – this is brilliant!
Thank you so much – I KNOW! That’s the best part. No sugar!
I’m all about no bake desserts in this heat, and these look so fun and yummy! Love how quick and easy it is too.
Thanks Jean! I love the no-bake desserts too.
My favorite way to entertain my close friends. Delicious, healthy and yummy – perfect treat to say the least! Really looking forward to making a big batch of these next week!
So awesome to hear that!!! I love them too – and a great sharing treat indeed! 🙂
OMG, these are making my mouth water! Perfect for a hot day when I can’t even think of going near the oven!
Absolutely!!! It’s my fave no-bake treat these days!