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Chocolate Coconut Balls {5-ingredients}

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Chocolate Coconut Balls are one of our favorite no-bake holiday treats. A sweet, moist, coconut center, covered in a chocolate coating with only 5-ingredients! These are so Easy to make and always a huge hit with everyone.

If you love coconut like we do, you might want to also try these Coconut Macaroons, Hello Dolly Bars and our German Chocolate Cupcakes.

chocolate coconut balls in a bowl for the Holidays

Chocolate Coconut Balls

For this recipe you will want to use dessicated coconut. That’s a bit different from shredded coconut – it’s finely shredded coconut that is not sweetened. If you do not have this, go ahead and use regular shredded coconut. That’s OKAY. I personally would pulse the coconut in a blender a few times, but I am a bit picky with texture. We also show you below how to cut back on the sugar to make a healthier version of these yummy coconut balls.

Chocolate Coconut Balls in mini Cupcake Liners

How To Make Coconut Balls

This is a recipe that my grandma made every holiday season.  She loved coconut and would bake with it all the time, especially around the Holidays.  Chocolate Coconut Balls are completely no-bake though.  All you need to do is melt a bit of chocolate; that’s as hard as ‘baking’ gets in this yummy recipe. Even though this recipe is super easy, it will take a bit of patience dipping each ball in the chocolate. It’s worth it though, trust me!

Ingredients you will need:

  • coconut
  • powdered sugar
  • sweetened condensed milk
  • dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • shortening

Coconut Balls in mini cupcake liners


  1. You start by mixing the coconut, sweetened condensed milk and powdered sugar. Form the mixture into balls and place on a pan lined with wax paper. Place the balls in the fridge to firm.
  2. Melt the chocolate chips and shortening. Dip the balls into the chocolate mixture getting rid of any access chocolate.
  3. Place the balls back on the paper and let them set.

chocolate truffles on wax paper

Healthy Chocolate Coconut Balls

  • 2 cups dessicated coconut
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 5 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips for melting

Follow the recipe as listed below using these ingredients.

Chocolate Covered Coconut Bon Bons on a wood plate

Tips and Tricks

  • We love to use this chocolate dipping tool for recipes like this and makes it so much easier.
  • Add an almond in the center. It will taste just like an Almond Joy Candy Bar!
  • You can also add in chopped almonds to the coconut mixture.
Coconut Balls dipped in Chocolate inside and outside
5 from 6 votes
Servings: 30 balls

Chocolate Coconut Balls

Total Time:
20 mins


  • 1 3/4 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp shortening


  1. In a large bowl combine confectioners sugar with coconut and condensed milk.

  2. Shape the mixture into 1-inch balls and place onto a pan lined with wax paper. Place in refrigerator until firm.

  3. In a microwave-safe glass bowl, melt the chocolate chips with shortening, removing to stir once or twice until smooth.

  4. Dip each ball into the chocolate allowing the excess chocolate to drip off. Place the chocolate balls onto the waxed paper; let stand until set. Store in refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Coconut Balls
Amount Per Serving (30 g)
Calories 149 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 21mg1%
Potassium 122mg3%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 14IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 52mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  1. Will fix these for Christmas. Thanks for the recipe. Merry Christmas.

  2. Hi what is shortening I’m wanting to do
    chocolate coconut balls thank you

  3. Great recipe!

  4. Love the recipe and was trying to just get the print option but couldn’t with all the ads popping up. 

  5. Can I use butter instead of shortening?

  6. Delicious….but add couple of drops of pure almond extract and its heavenly good!!!

  7. I added chopped pecans to the coconut balls…delish!

  8. Love this page

  9. Can someone explain to me please what desiccated Coconut is? Never heard of that. Thanks.

  10. Thank you for the recipe. I would love to make the 5 ingredient chocolate coconut balls, but it doesn’t say how much of each item I need. Could you please let me know what these are?

  11. What is your best source for dessicated coconut? Thank-you for posting a low sugar version.

  12. Those look great and it’s easy to make

  13. can you use sweetened coconut and just omit the powdered sugar? That’s all I have on hand and would love to make these.

  14. Everyone loved these! I’m making them again and sending them to my brother for his birthday. They are very sticky to work with, but worth it