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Coconut Balls – 5 Ingredients

5 from 12 votes

Homemade bite-sized coconut balls that can be raw, paleo, vegan, and keto friendly.

Raw Coconut Balls

Raw Coconut Balls – Just FIVE Ingredients!

These easy-to-make raw & vegan coconut treats are the perfect option any time you’re craving a Mounds bar.

The clean eating ingredient list is simple: pure vanilla extract, shredded coconut, coconut oil, sweetener of choice, and a pinch of salt – None of the artificial flavors, corn syrup, refined sugar, and hydrolyzed milk protein that make up packaged Mounds bars.

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Keto Coconut Balls

The coconut balls are similar to the Homemade Coconut Bounty Bars shown in the video above.

However, the biggest difference is that I worked on the recipe so that they now have even less sugar, and you can’t even tell that the extra sugar is missing. For keto coconut balls, use the stevia option listed below instead of the maple syrup or agave.

Coconut oil has moisturizing properties, which is why it’s found in so many skincare products, so embrace the oil as you roll these healthy coconut balls. Think of all the money you can save on skincare!

Traditional coconut ball recipes–also called Raffaello Balls after the popular coconut candy product made by Ferrero–often include condensed milk, and the packaged version contains soy, wheat flour, and artificial flavors.

This is a healthier take on the classic that can be suitable for gluten free, soy free, and vegan diets.

If you want to be really authentic and make them like real Ferrero Raffaello, feel free to pop an almond or hazelnut into the center of each ball.

Eat them plain, or rolled in shredded coconut, or dip them in melted chocolate. Although I love them all three ways, obviously I’m partial to the chocolate!

*For a baked version, be sure to try these popular Snowball Cookies – as featured by People Magazine. 

5 Ingredient No Bake Coconut Balls Recipe
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Coconut Balls

This no bake coconut balls recipe is the perfect soft, sweet, and delicious easy dessert for any true coconut lover.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Yield 10 – 12 balls
5 from 12 votes


  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 3 tbsp pure maple syrup or honey or agave (or 2 tbsp water and stevia to taste)
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1/8 tsp salt (optional)


  • Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor (not by hand or they’ll fall apart). Roll into balls. Coconut oil has been proven to be good for soft skin, which is why it’s in so many beauty products, so embrace the oil that gets on your hands! Roll in shredded coconut if desired. Set on a parchment or wax-lined plate, and refrigerate or freeze until hard. Once hardened, dip in melted chocolate if you wish. Refrigerate or freeze leftovers.
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Published on August 2, 2018

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  1. Erica says

    What is it about the blender or processor that helps them to stay together better? I think my processor is too big, because it didn’t seem to blend it correctly. So I did get a bit of crumbliness. At the end. Secondly, what size should they come out as? I made them about the size one of the Ferrero candies. But I had enough to make 7 of them. It probably would have helped if I had actually used 3 Tbsp rather than 2 of Maple syrup. But even with that the nutritional facts say 12,and I don’t think this would be enough for 12. These look so good, though, so Hopefully I do better next time around.

    • Jason Sanford says

      Hi! For 12, it would be about 10-g sized balls (the size of the ones in the photos). What size processor do you have? Maybe just they need longer processing?

  2. Sabrina says

    really nice recipe, thank you, love that you were able to remove even more sugar than the prior version of this fun recipe, coconut chocolate combination is a throw back for me that I haven’t had in a while, so thank you for that too!

  3. Ashley says

    Made these for my treat over Christmas, oh my, so good! Planning to make them again tonight. I can’t eat just one, and because of the ingredients, I can eat more! Thank you!

    • youmomma says

      yeah but it’s nice when you’re searching by keyword for keto stuff cause it makes it easier to find yummy stuff you can actually eat

  4. youmomma says

    I made this in my (really crappy) blender so they were really chunky but absolutely delicious!! I don’t even know if it’d be any better blending it more thoroughly because they were super tasty but I’d suggest doing a double batch cause it doesn’t make many. I looooove this recipe and I can make it with my lactose-intolerant student so that’s a bonus and I didn’t dip it in chocolate cause I don’t really like it with coconut and they were absolutely delicious so thank you.

  5. Jen says

    Could you use coconut sugar for the sweetener? Or maybe fruit juice? Or does it need to be something stickier as a binding agent?

  6. Manisha says

    Luv this Simple n Sweet Recipe but if I want to make it more Nutritious how can I add in Oats , Peanuts, Flaxseeds?for seeds texture?

  7. Kathy says

    5 stars
    Thank you for this delicious recipe!
    I modified by using 2 C of unsweetened coconut, along with 2 TBS of raw honey and 3 TBS of pure maple syrup since I doubled the recipe. I found that I needed to use 2C of the shredded coconut to come up with 12 balls. It does look a little crumbly once put through the food processor, but it packs together nicely!

    Can’t wait to dip these in chocolate as part of the next/last step.

  8. tori says

    4 stars
    These tasted great and were surprisingly sweet for having such a low amount of maple syrup. Mine ended up a little chalkey/dry, though. I was hoping for something a little smoother/more buttery in texture. Are they supposed to be like this or did I not blend long enough? I considered adding more coconut oil, but I thought it might make it harder to roll them into balls (perhaps not though).

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