If you are a Mounds or Almond Joy lover, these Coconut Balls are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. This no bake recipe comes together with just a few simple ingredients. Chocolate coconut balls are made of coconut, sweetened condensed milk and almonds then dipped in dark chocolate making for the perfect sweet treat!
Of course, you can skip the chocolate and almonds and serve these treats as delightful two-ingredient coconut truffles, too!
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Why you’ll love this recipe
This easy recipe will soon become one of your go-to recipes. Here are just a few reasons why:
- this is a no bake dessert recipe that makes delicious treats everyone will love
- made from basic ingredients including coconut and sweetened condensed milk which is a versatile ingredient - I use it in my Bread Pudding recipe too!
- can be topped with almonds and/or decadent chocolate coating that's made from only two ingredients!
Ingredients & Substitutions
This great recipe only requires two ingredients to make basic coconut balls. Chocolate, however, makes for a great addition to this no bake coconut balls recipe, if you'd like.
Here's a list of the handful of ingredients you may need, depending on your preferences, to make this easy dessert recipe:
- Unsweetened flake coconut: This is also known as desiccated coconut. Do not substitute with sweetened shredded coconut or sweet coconut, as this will not work in this recipe.
- Sweetened condensed milk: This can be found in the baking aisle typically. You'll need one 14 ounce can
- Whole almonds: Be sure to use roasted and unsalted whole almonds for this recipe. This ingredient is optional
- Dark chocolate: To make these delicious coconut balls into coconut chocolate balls, you'll need bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate chips or chocolate bar
- Coconut oil: Refined or unrefined coconut oil may be used. Unrefined coconut oil has a stronger coconut flavor than does refined. The coconut oil helps make the chocolate thinner for a smoother finish when drizzled on the coconut balls
How to make No Bake Coconut Balls
Step 1: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or wax paper and set aside. This will be where you place the coconut balls to set up while the chocolate firms up
Step 2: In a large mixing bowl, add the coconut flakes and sweetened condensed milk. Stir together until well combined and the coconut is evenly coated
Step 3: Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop out the coconut mixture and squeeze together in your hands, making sure the mixture forms small balls of coconut that hold together. Roll between your palms until smooth. Roll in extra coconut, if desired. Repeat with remaining mixture, placing the coconut balls on the baking tray lined with waxed paper. Place in the fridge to chill 30-60 minutes. This will help the coconut balls hold together
Step 4: Optional: In a small microwave-safe bowl or heatproof bowl, melt the chocolate and coconut oil together in 30-second increment, stirring well in between, until melted and smooth. A double boiler may be used instead
Step 5: Optional: Place a whole almond on top of each coconut ball, pressing gently into the top. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the coconut balls until evenly coated, if desired. Sprinkle the tops with more coconut, if desired
Step 6: Place the coconut balls in the fridge or leave at room temperature about an hour until the chocolate sets
- Store the coconut balls in an airtight container or ziploc bag in the fridge for up to 2 weeks
- The best way to coat the coconut balls in chocolate is to hold a fork over a bowl, placing the coconut ball on the fork. Spoon the melted chocolate over the coconut ball until it's completely covered. Gently tap the fork on the side of the bowl to remove excess chocolate. Carefully place the coconut ball on the prepared baking sheet by nudging it off the fork with another fork or spoon
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What are coconut balls made of?
Coconut balls are made of flaked coconut, or desiccated coconut, and condensed milk.
How do you make a chocolate ball?
Choco balls are made by melting together dark chocolate and coconut oil until smooth. Spoon the melted chocolate over top of the coconut balls and allow the chocolate to set.
How do you make no bake coconut balls vegan?
Substitute the sweetened condensed milk for sweetened condensed oat milk or sweetened condensed coconut milk. These can both be found at Whole Foods or on Amazon.com. Substitute the chocolate for dairy-free vegan chocolate.
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- 3 cups unsweetened flake coconut (desiccated coconut) plus more for rolling
- 14 ounce sweetened condensed milk
- whole almonds roasted and unsalted (optional)
- 8 ounces dark chocolate semisweet or bittersweet (optional)
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil (optional)
- Line a baking tray with parchment paper and set aside
- In a large bowl, add the coconut and sweetened condensed milk. Stir together until well combined
- Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop out the coconut mixture and squeeze together in your hands, making sure the mixture forms a ball. Roll between your palms until smooth. Roll in extra coconut, if desired. Repeat with remaining mixture, placing the coconut balls on the prepared baking tray. Place in the fridge to chill 30-60 minutes
- Optional: In a small bowl, melt the chocolate and coconut oil together in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring well in between, until melted and smooth
- Optional: Place a whole almond on top of each coconut ball, pressing gently into the top. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the coconut balls until evenly coated, if desired. Sprinkle the tops with more coconut, if desired
- Place in the fridge or leave at room temperature about an hour or until the chocolate sets
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks
Can these be placed the the freezer?
They should freeze well!
So recipe says 3 cups coconut plus more for rolling. But steps state to put 1 1/2 cups coconut in with milk. Is 3 cups with milk or 1 1/2?
It should say 3 cups coconut, not 1 1/2. Thanks for pointing out that error! My apologies!