These coconut balls are such an easy delicious treat. Allergy friendly they are free from wheat, dairy, egg and nuts and they are also refined sugar-free, but even though they are free from all this, they are still absolutely delicious
Why This Recipe Works
- Only 5 Ingredients
- 3 Step process: Blitz, roll, chill
- Delicious to eat
Ingredients you will need
To make my coconut balls you will need 5 ingredients. Desiccated coconut, coconut oil, coconut cream or milk, puffed rice cereal and honey.
Rice Bubbles: If you require this recipe to be gluten free, use a gluten-free puffed rice cereal.
I am an ambassador for Countdown supermarket, they support my blog by providing ingredients for recipe creation and testing. I used desiccated coconut, honey, coconut cream and coconut oil from their range in this recipe.
How to Make Coconut Balls
Below are illustrated step-by-step instructions to make my coconut balls, if you prefer just the written instructions then head straight to the recipe card
Step one: Place coconut and puffed rice in a food processor blitz until very fine.
Step two: Add honey, coconut oil, and coconut milk and blitz until well combined and starting to come together, you may need an extra tablespoon of coconut milk so add a little more if the mix is not coming together. You should be able to squish the coconut ball mix between your fingers a little like soft play dough.
Step three: Refridgerate the mix for approx 15 mins, this makes it easier to roll into balls
Step four: Roll into 24 balls (1 Tablespoon full of mix per ball)
Step five: Roll in additional desiccated coconut if wished
Step six: Refrigerate for 1-2 hrs
Step six: Serve
Here is how you can make these coconut balls perfectly every time!
- Take the time to blitz the dry ingredients to a fine powder before adding the wet ingredients, you will get a better result.
- Refrigerate the mix for around 15 minutes before rolling into balls, this will make it easier to get perfect balls.
Is coconut oil healthy?
I use coconut oil in this recipe because it is allergy-friendly and will solidify in the refrigerator.
I'm not actually a believer in the supposed one thousand and one mystical health properties some say coconut oil has, ie I'm not adding it to my coffee to lose belly fat. But I also do not believe it is all bad, I think there are times when it is really useful.
If you asked me what is the healthiest fat, I think I would probably go with olive oil as it is so well researched. But trust me olive oil will not work in this recipe or taste good!
Are rice bubbles Gluten-Free?
For my kids, I use rice bubbles as the puffed rice component when making these coconut snowballs. BUT my kids do not require a gluten-free diet. Puffed rice is typically gluten-free and you can usually find un-adulterated puffed rice cereals at the supermarket.
Generally speaking, however, Rice Bubbles etc are not gluten-free as most contain some malt used to add colour and flavour. So check the labels of the puffed rice you are buying to see if it meets the gluten-free requirement.
These coconut balls will store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, they can also be frozen for up to 3 months in an airtight container.
These coconut balls are perfect at any time of year, but at Christmas they can be the perfect seasonal treat, especially if you call them snow balls! (which I do think they look like).
If you are on the hunt for other healthy Christmas treats, these carrot bliss balls aka reindeer food and strawberry Santas are great too! Or a less sticky way to enjoy candy canes in a peppermint hot chocolate.
For the coconut fans you should check out my coconut cookie recipe
This recipe with just a few tweaks transforms into a great Healthy Coconut Ice Slice, perfect for kids to make and an awesome festive treat!
RATE THIS RECIPE
- 2 cups desiccated coconut + optional additional for rolling 180g
- 1 cup puffed rice 90g
- 3 tablespoon coconut oil 50g
- 3 tablespoon Honey
- 3 tablespoon coconut milk 45 ml
- Place coconut, puffed rice in a food processor blitz until very fine
- Add honey, coconut oil and coconut milk/cream and blitz until well combined and starting to come together, you may need an extra tablespoon of coconut milk
- Refrigerate the mix for approx 15 mins, this makes it easier to roll into balls
- Roll into 20 balls (1 Tablespoon ful of mix per ball)
- Roll in additional desiccated coconut if wished
- Refrigerate for 1-2 hrs
- For this recipe to be gluten-free check the puffed rice you are using, standard rice bubbles will work in the recipe however they are not gluten-free
- If you are not big on the texture of desiccated coconut then don't roll them in extra
- Can be stored in the refrigerator for 7 days or frozen for up to 3 months
- best served chilled
- If you initially refrigerate the mix for too long and they are hard to roll into balls, give the colled mix a quick blitz and it will fix the problem
- The coconut milk/cream can be substituted for milk or water if you don't have coconut milk on hand