Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Balls (Gluten-Free)

  Feb 25, 2019  |  #Recipes

These Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Balls are a healthy snack or dessert option. Made with coconut flour, oats, chocolate and peanut butter, these chocolate coconut balls are gluten-free, full of fiber, protein and flavor. 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Balls with coconut flakes in white bowl on granite countertop

We took a trip to Savannah this weekend to visit my parents. Ed was traveling for work and we have been sick of the rain in Charlotte. We thought it was the perfect time to get out of Charlotte and why not go to our favorite spot? We also traveled there for our babymoon. 

It was just what I needed after feeling sick, depleted and under the weather last week. We’ll be traveling back to the Charlotte area today.

You Must Try These Chocolate Coconut Balls

These chocolate covered coconut balls I’m sharing with you today have been KEY for the road trip and snacking. Yes, you heard me right, chocolate coconut balls, made with peanut butter, oats and a few other healthy + wholesome ingredients. 

They are also very fudgy, if you’re into that. 

Sadly, I couldn’t share these with Camryn because they do have honey in them (no honey until 1 year), but that meant more for me. And my mom liked them too!

chocolate coconut balls on granite countertop with coconut flakes

These no bake coconut balls also got a recipe makeover this weekend.

I’ve been wanting to re-shoot this recipe for a long time because they are so so delicious but the older pictures were so gross and poorly lit.

They definitely did not do them justice! My parents’ kitchen here is so bright and open so it made for much better lighting. 

Why You’ll Love These Peanut Butter Coconut Balls

Firstly, they are no bake, meaning they come together super quick! They are also a PERFECT snack for meal prep, adults and kids alike (more ideas for meal prep snacks here). 

To me, these taste like chocolate coconut flour oatmeal cookies. Toddlers love them because they’re made with: 

  • chocolate
  • sweetened with honey
  • full of fiber and protein
  • have fun flakes on the outside (which you can always leave off if you choose)

Perfect combination if you ask me. We’re using peanut butter to hold these guys together, and coconut flakes to top them, but scroll down for some allergy friendly modifications. 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Balls with coconut flakes in white bowl on granite countertop

These chocolate energy bites came about while messing around in the kitchen and testing out my Ninja. I was trying to find a suitable match for these trail mix bites.

And by suitable match, I mean something with chocolate. These peanut butter coconut balls also make a great option for coconut flour desserts, acting as the most perfect after-dinner snack or a snack to fuel your day.

They have wholesome ingredients that will leave you satisfied and energized, not sluggish.

What Do I Need For This Coconut Balls Recipe?

These chocolate coconut fat bombs get their staying power from the combination of protein, fat and fiber.

We’re getting protein from oats, peanut butter and coconut flour, and plenty of healthy fat from the peanut butter and coconut flour

I love showing more ideas for coconut flour uses and versatility, but if you’re not a fun, you could also substitute protein powder for the coconut flour if you want to add even more protein (I would probably go with a fudgey chocolate flavored one!)

Here’s what you need:

  • oats (use certified GF to ensure they are gluten free)
  • coconut flour (I love this one)
  • peanut butter
  • honey
  • cocoa powder (highly recommend this fair trade one)
  • coconut flakes (these unsweetened flakes are my favorite)

 

How To Make No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls

Now, let’s review how to make these guys. All you need is one bowl and a food processor or solid blender. 

First, mix all of your ingredients together in a bowl. 

Ingredients for no bake coconut balls in a white bowl

Then, transfer to a high speed blender. If you prefer, you can add the coconut flakes last, but I actually like having small pieces in the actual batter. Personal preference!

Coconut flakes add flavor, fiber and some potassium. Just make sure not to overprocess these no bake peanut butter oatmeal balls , or else they won’t stick well.

Process of making peanut butter coconut balls in food proccesor

While I actually experimented with this recipe months ago, I wasn’t quite ready to share with you yet, though.

Since, I made a few adjustments and revamped them a little bit and here we are. An upgraded, more delicious and updated version!

And, best of all – you probably have all of these ingredients for these no bake coconut balls in your pantry at home right now.

bite taken out of chocolate coconut ball on granite countertop

Allergy-Friendly Modifications For Chocolate Coconut Energy Bites

Don’t worry – these gluten free no bake energy bites can be made allergy friendly in many ways!  

Can I Make These Coconut Energy Balls Without Peanut Butter?

Yes! If you have a peanut butter allergy, you can use sunflower butter or soy nut butter

What If I Have An Allergy to Coconut?

If you are allergic to coconut, leave the coconut flakes off, and swap the coconut flour for almond flour!

Or, you could use protein powder instead of the coconut flour for a similar taste and consistency. 

Other Notes For This Coconut Balls Recipe

Make sure to use certified gluten-free oats (if you need them to be gluten free).

If the mixture seems too dry or dense after processing, you can add 1-2 tablespoons of almond milk, as needed to smooth them up.

Also, I recommend letting them firm up in the fridge for 30 minutes or so. It makes rolling them a lot easier and they will stick together better.

Believe me, the hardest part about making these coconut energy balls is waiting. 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Balls (Gluten Free)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Balls (Gluten Free)

Yield: 12 balls
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

These Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Balls are a healthy snack or dessert option. Made with coconut flour, oats, chocolate and peanut butter, these chocolate coconut balls are gluten-free, full of fiber, protein and flavor. 

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients in bowl except extra coconut flakes, and transfer to food processor or high speed blender (I used a Ninja). Process for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Be careful not to overprocess. 
  2. Add the final coconut flakes after processing. If dough is too dry, add 1-2 tbsp of almond milk to smooth it up.
  3. Form into 12 one-inch balls. Transfer to fridge for 30 minutes to firm up!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 138 Total Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 59mg Carbohydrates: 17g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 10g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 4g

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I’m looking forward to getting back to Charlotte. I have some fun projects this week, and we have a fun dinner party I’m looking forward to with some of our neighbors.

I’m planning on bringing these vegan protein bars and black bean avocado dip. 

 

Want More No Bake Energy Bite Recipes?

Try my  No Bake Peanut Butter Trail Mix Bites, Chocolate Pomegranate Energy Bites or Sweet Potato Ginger Energy Bites!

More in the mood for a healthy quick bread recipe? This sweet potato quick bread with chocolate chips will satisfy your sweet tooth and is the perfect snack!

 

If you  make this chocolate coconut balls recipe, don’t forget to tag me and use the hashtag, #bucketlisttummy so I can share it. 

What’s your favorite way to eat chocolate?

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42 responses to “Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Balls (Gluten-Free)

    1. Yes, you can definitely freeze them. I’ve left them in the freezer for up to 2-3 months, but I wouldn’t do longer than that.

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