Coconut Balls


Sharing is caring!

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

A small white bowl of coconut balls.

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.

The ingredients to make coconut balls laid out on a bench top with text overlay.


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.

Desiccated coconut and rice bubbles in a food processor.
Women's hand holding finely ground rice bubbles and coconut, looks a little bit like fine soft sand.

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.

Coconut ball mix in a food processor.
Women's hand holding coconut ball mixture in their hand, the mux can be squashed like 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)

Tablespoon of coconut ball mix.
Women's hand holding a coconut ball.

Step five: Roll in additional desiccated coconut if wished

A coconut bliss ball being rolled in a small bowl of desiccated coconut.

Step six: Refrigerate for 1-2 hrs

Coconut snow balls in a baking paper lined glass container ready to go into the fridge.

Step six: Serve

White coconut balls served on a round woodden board.

Top Tips

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.
Close up of a coconut ball that has been cut in half.


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.

How long do coconut balls last?

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).

Coconut balls on a white marble bench top with christmas decorations in the background.

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!

Bliss balls, energy bites, or protein balls can be a really fun and easy snack for kids, my nut free chocolate bliss balls are popular as are my strawberry bliss balls and milo balls.

If you made my coconut balls or any other recipes on the blog please :

  • leave me a comment and a star rating below to let me know how you got on, I love hearing from you.
  •  FOLLOW ME on FACEBOOK,  INSTAGRAM,  PINTEREST to see more kid-friendly food and what I’m getting up to.
A small white bowl of coconut balls.

Coconut Balls

Made with just 5 ingredients these coconut balls are an easy and delicious allergy-friendly and refined sugar-free snack.
Print Pin Rate
Course: Snacks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coconut ball, coconut bliss ball, energy bite, coconut snowball
Servings: 20 Balls
Calories: 91kcal
Author: My Kids Lick The Bowl


4.59 from 120 votes


  • 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
  • Serve




  • 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


Serving: 1ball | Calories: 91kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 54mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg

Sharing is caring!

Quick Start Guide To BLW

Baby led weaning doesn’t need to be complicated, grab my quick start guide to begin your little ones food journey.

4.59 from 120 votes (119 ratings without comment)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


  1. Hi! Sounds like a good recipe! Just a quick note though; this wouldn't be vegan due to the honey addition. Maple syrup might be a good alternative for vegans.

  2. Oh I can't wait to make these with the kids! I might wrap them
    All up pretty in a festive cup and give them as teacher gifts !!!

  3. These look SOOOO yummy!!! I can't wait to make them with the kids! We are going to pop a few into some festive cups, wrap them
    Up pretty and give them as teacher gifts !!