These no bake coconut balls are easy to make and nut-free. They make a perfect healthy satisfying snack with only 4 basic ingredients and are ready in just a few minutes.
These delicious no bake coconut balls are raw, vegan, nut-free, and gluten-free. They contain no added oil or refined sugar, instead, they are naturally sweetened with fruit.
Simple Whole Food Ingredients
These yummy no bake coconut balls contain only healthy wholesome ingredients. No processed stuff and refined sugar are used in this recipe. You will need 4 simple whole food ingredients. Here they are:
- coconut shreds – I used fine shredded coconut
- dates – I used regular pitted dates. They sweeten the coconut balls naturally and are rich in fiber and minerals.
- lemon juice – freshly squeezed lemon juice is best
- cacao powder – I used raw cacao powder as it is rich in antioxidants and various minerals. It adds a perfect chocolate hint to the balls and is a whole food ingredient.
For the full ingredients list, measurements, and instructions, please find the recipe card below.
Are These No Bake Coconut Balls Healthy
These no bake coconut balls are made with natural whole food ingredients that are full of nutrition and slow to digest. So you can enjoy them freely and stay healthy.
Coconut contains medium chain fatty acids that are easily digestible. It is also rich in essential minerals such as iron, manganese, and copper. The lauric acid found in coconut meat has antibacterial, antiviral, and antioxidant properties.
The no bake coconut balls are naturally sweetened with dates. Their sugars are bound with fiber and are slowly released into the bloodstream, keeping your blood sugar levels balanced and steady.
I used raw cacao powder in this recipe. It adds a perfect chocolate hint to the balls without using chocolate (which is processed food). The cacao powder is also loaded with antioxidants to prevent inflammation and essential minerals such as iron, magnesium and zinc.
Where Does Coconut Come From?
Coconut is the fruit of the coconut palm tree which is called Cocos Nucifera. A plant evolutionary biologist at Washington University in St. Louis examined DNA of more than a thousand coconuts from all over the world. What he and his colleagues found out was that there were two prevalent types of coconut DNA, one originated from the Pacific Ocean basin and the other in the Indian Ocean basin. So they concluded that coconuts were most likely first cultivated in the southern periphery of India, including Sri Lanka, the Maldives, and in Southeast Asia, meaning the Philipines, Malaysia, and Indonesia.
The coconut meat can be dried and mixed with water to create coconut milk or can be turned into coconut oil. It can also be eaten fresh. Besides that, the clear liquid inside immature coconuts called coconut water is high in electrolytes and can be used for drinking or adding to different beverages.
These No bake Coconut Balls Are
- vegan (plant-based)
- whole food
- have no refined sugar
- require no baking
- ready in just a few minutes
- a great healthy snack
How to Store
You can store these no bake coconut balls out of the fridge for a day if you take them on-the-go or pack them for hiking or camping. They will be soft, juicy and chewy.
You can also place them in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Keep in mind that they harden a bit when cooled.
More Healthy Snack Recipes
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- Raspberry Bliss Balls
- Peanut Butter Twix Bars
- Chocolate Overnight Oats
- Healthy Mini Vegan Snickers
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- ½ cup (35 g) coconut shreds
- 5 (40 g) regular pitted dates
- 2 tsp cacao powder
- 2 tsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- 1½ tbsp water
- Place all ingredients in a food processor. Pulse for several minutes.
- Take about one full teaspoon of the mixture and roll it into a ball (the recipe makes about 7 balls). Enjoy!
- These no bake coconut balls have no coating. You can, of course, roll them in coconut shreds, cacao powder or anything you like to make them look fancy.
- The recipe makes about 7 balls. If you want a bigger batch just adjust the amount of the ingredients.