Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Balls

December 25, 2009

These raw vegan chocolate coconut balls can be made in less than 15 minutes in your food processor.

Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Balls

These raw chocolate coconut balls are a staple in my family.

For the last 40 years, my mum’s side of our extended family has gathered together every second year for a 4-day Christmas feast. Last year I made a family cookbook, complete with all of our favorite photos, stories, and recipes.

This year is the off year, and mum and dad have come to stay with me in L.A. As mum and I were baking holiday treats last night, we were fondly reminiscing on all of our special memories and bemoaning the loss of Kimmy’s rum balls! Everyone is responsible for bringing their signature treats to share every year. My mum makes her shortbread, apricot rolls, and brandy sauce. My aunt makes her famous fruit cake; and my other aunt makes her cookies and chocolates. But it is my cousin Kim’s rum balls that seduce many a family member into a condensed-milk-induced coma! We’ve had many midnight meetings at the fridge door scoffing them!

Now Kim, I love you, and I love your rum balls. They can never be replaced. But I’m posting these raw chocolate balls as a healthier alternative. You can use any combination of raw nuts that you have on hand.

These raw chocolate coconut balls make after school snacks; pre-workout power balls, or a great little sweet treat with a cup of tea. These will last in a sealed glass container in the fridge for weeks. But they never last that long!

Other Sweet Treats

Raw Prune Energy Balls
Vegan Energy Balls with Maca
Mango Coconut Balls
Cranberry Walnut Vegan Truffles
Raw Vegan Chocolate Truffles

Let me know what you think of these raw chocolate coconut balls in the comments!

Your feedback is important, and it helps me decide which recipes to post next for you.


Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Balls

These raw vegan chocolate coconut balls can be made in less than 15 minutes in your food processor.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 24 balls
Author Tess Masters



  1. In a small bowl, mix the dried coconut and cinnamon together, and set aside for rolling.
  2. Throw the rest of the ingredients into a food processor fitted with the s blade, and pulse until the mixture forms into a ball. 
  3. Using a tablespoon measurer, roll the mixture into balls. 
  4. Transfer the dried coconut and cinnamon mixture onto a plate or cutting board, and roll the balls in the coconut until evenly coated. 
  5. Store in a sealed container in the fridge.


Comments 51

  1. These are tooooo good! I made them for an after dinner treat and thanks to my gluttonous friends i only ate one! They went so quickly. Ah well…will just have to make another batch just for me 🙂 Thanks for recipe! Love your site!

  2. Just wondering where the chocolate is in the vegan balls?
    Have I missed something/

    still getting all the ingredients for everything. lots of new things for me…that is good. Need a change and a healthy one.

  3. Hey Robyn!
    There is a little bit of unsweetened cocoa powder, and believe it or not, that is all you need! These are SCRUMMO! Let me know what you think!

  4. Mmmmm these really hit the spot Tess, thank you for sharing this delicious recipe. I just mixed them up in a couple of minutes with a variety of nuts I had in the cubbord. Not being a Chef, at times I forget how simple it is to modify the nut choice. We get stuck following directions percisely. I love in this recipe how you listed a mixture of nuts and it opened my mind in a way that enabled me to satisfy my sweet tooth while enjoying a healthy raw vegan recipe! Thanks Tess, Lots of love, Michele

  5. I have a BIG problem with this recipe… 12 choc fruity balls are not enough! They taste so sinfully delicious that once you’ve had one, it quickly turns into three or four!! YUMMO!

  6. These look amazing. I have to wait until I get a better food processor to make them though. My $60 unit just can’t handle my requests lately.

    1. Yes! You need a food processor with some power to make these little balls of joy!
      I am manifesting a super duper machine for you Vibeke!

  7. LOL! Thanks Sullivan.
    Welcome! It is great to have you here.
    Can’t wait to hear what you think of the other recipes 🙂

  8. LOL! Hide them! But then that would be no fun!
    I am so glad you enjoyed these.
    They are a huge favourite in my house too.

  9. I whipped these up last night. Can you say delicious?! Wow! My husband was loving them and couldn’t believe what the ingredients were. So tasty and so healthy! As you would say: Yummo!

  10. I’ve made two variations of these. So fantastic!

    One was:
    raw cashews, raw agave, raw dates, coconut butter, coconut oil, raw almond butter, raw cacao, almond milk, sea salt, cinnamon and a pinch of ground clove, then I rolled them in coconut flakes. I added a hint of rum to half of the batch. Holy cow these things were good.

    The other had similar ingredients, but was meant to resemble chocolate chip cookie dough.

    Thanks for the inspiration.

    BTW, my boyfriend just bought me a vita mix. Can’t wait for it to get here!!

    1. YUMMMMMO!
      Your blend sounds absolutely INCREDIBLE!
      WOW! Thankyou for sharing!
      I will try it FOR SURE!
      But I have to say……I am more excited about your Vitamix arriving…….WOOOOOO HOOOO!
      I am SOOOOO excited for you!
      I CANNOT wait to hear how you break that baby in! That machine will CHANGE YOUR LIFE!

      1. You’re welcome 🙂

        I was looking at all of the recipes and things you can make with it and I was surprised at how much it can do. I got the 5200 super with the dry grains container… I can make my own flour!

        I’ll let you know how it goes 🙂

        1. Yes! You can make SOOOOO many things with it. I just shot all of the recipe and technique videos for the new Vitamix website and was in HEAVEN playing around with it for a week!
          I use mine AT LEAST 4 four times a day.
          I just could NOT live without it.
          Yes! Grinding your own grains is AMAZING!
          SO happy for you! Have fun 🙂

  11. Hi there,
    Thank you for a beautiful recipe. MUST try these.
    Do you think I could use coconut oil instead of butter? And would it make a big difference taste-wise if i used normal cocoa?
    I hope you don’t mind me asking:)
    Thanks again.

    1. Hey Anna!
      I don’t mind you asking questions at all!
      You can absolutely use normal cocoa in this recipe. But I don’t know what you mean about the butter and oil? There isn’t any in this recipe?

        1. Oh YES! Of Course!!!!!
          Can you answer that about your recipe please?!
          I just woke up and thought I was going crazy!

          1. I was just playing around with flavors when I made mine, playing off what you had already done here 🙂

            Anna, I didn’t use that much coconut butter, so leaving it out wouldn’t effect the recipe too much, especially if you add coconut oil and coconut flakes.

            And one ingredient I forgot to mention was vanilla extract.

          2. Gosh, how did I get that mixed up?! Man, I must’ve been tired.
            Anyway, thanks a lot for reply! Both of you, ha:)

    1. Great! SO glad you enjoyed these Lisa. These are one of my holiday favourites. Thanks for taking the time to leave a lovely comment. Try the mango balls! They are AMAZING!

  12. I tried these with dried Montmorecy Cherries from Trader Joe’s in lieu of the raisins…wow! Just simply wow. Thank you for the recipe!

    1. any dried fruit! if it isnt as moist as apricots, maybe soak them a bit and drain the excess liquid! ie use raisins, dates, prunes, cranberries, or maybe soak some dried cherries, goji berries, etc.

    2. Yes! Thanks Masala Girl. Jan, you can really use any other dried dried fruit in place of the apricots. Dried mango, cherries, or cranberries are awesome. But, you need the dates to bind the ingredients.

    1. Yes. But, you will need to keep adding and tweaking to get the consistency and flavor right. You could also grind some rolled oats, too.

  13. You could completely grind cacao nibs to make powder in a spice grinder or coffee grinder. Or process them first before adding the other ingredients. If they’re not completely pulverized, you will need to tweak flavors.

  14. I am making these today and wonder, do you chop the fruit first, or just put all in blender/food processor and pulse?? My daughter and I are making these for holiday gifts and putting them in decorated mason jars!! Thank you for the idea.

    1. Hey Nancy! That is so great. Yes, I always chop the dates and dried apricots first to get the most uniform results and save wear and tear on my food processor. But, honestly, these are so easy and bomb proof, you’re golden no matter what. Enjoy! Merry Christmas!

    1. We will be having all of the recipes analyzed and will be adding the nutritional profiles for all recipes on this site later this year. Until then, you can plug the recipe into a third-party software program like Nutrition Data. Sorry, I can’t help more at the moment.

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