No-bake chocolate coconut balls – Pesach treats!

For a while now, I’ve been browsing various Paleo diet websites and blogs, thinking to myself how these grain-free recipes would be perfect for Pesach. (If you’ve never heard of the Paleo diet, according to Wikipedia, it excludes “grains, legumes, dairy products, potatoes, refined salt, refined sugar, and processed oils.” Perfect Pesach fare, right? (It even has kitniot taken care of, if that’s a thing that bothers you!)

Presumably, people who follow the diet for health reasons don’t necessarily want to also avoid the taste of ‘modern’ foods, so there’s a whole bunch of recipes for things like “Paleo chocolate chip cookies” and “raw Paleo caramel fudge”. Yes, really.

Anyway, a recipe for a sort of Paleo bounty bar caught my eye – moist coconut within, something approaching dark chocolate without – and it inspired me to rustle up these frankly amazing chocolate coconut balls. While these are kosher for Pesach, they are in no way Paleo, containing as they do margarine, refined sugar, and, oh yes, CHOCOLATE. Sorry Paleo-dieters, I’m not about to ruin these with some sort of raw cocoa ‘coating’. Not when there’s chocolate to be eaten. (They are gluten-free and vegan, mind you. Does that count for anything?)

These bear absolutely no resemblance to traditional Pesach coconut pyramids or macaroons. They are moist, chocolately, delicious and very moreish. DH compared these chocolate coconut balls favourably with Ferrero Rocher(!) and scoffed two of them. So far, I’ve seen off four. I think it’s impossible to eat just one of them at a go. Maybe next time I’ll make them bigger…

Although Kipper was asleep when I rustled these up, I think they would be quite fun for kids to make. I will certainly enlist her help when we make the next batch! Just be careful that the molten chocolate isn’t too hot, have plenty of wet-wipes handy for cleaning hands/faces/misc. and all should be fine. 

Without further ado, no-bake CHOCOLATE COCONUT BALLS! 

Chocolate coconut balls

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No-bake chocolate coconut balls
Yields 8
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141 calories
13 g
1 g
10 g
1 g
5 g
28 g
20 g
9 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 141
Calories from Fat 84
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g
Saturated Fat 5g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 1mg
Sodium 20mg
Total Carbohydrates 13g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 9g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 20g margarine
  2. 1 tbsp sugar
  3. 1 tbsp boiling water
  4. 1-2 drops vanilla essence
  5. 50g desiccated coconut
  6. 45g dark chocolate
For the coating
  1. 75g dark chocolate
  1. Melt the margarine in a bowl large enough to hold all the ingredients.
  2. Dissolve the sugar in the boiling water, then add to the margarine with the vanilla essence.
  3. Stir in the coconut, mix well, and leave to stand for 5-10 minutes, so that the coconut can absorb the liquid.
  4. Meanwhile, melt the 45g dark chocolate. Mix this thoroughly into the coconut mixture till well blended. Put in the fridge for a few minutes to firm up.
  5. Line a plate or cookie sheet with baking parchment. Divide the coconut mixture into 8 and roll into balls. Place on the parchment and put the plate into the freezer for 10-15 minutes for the balls to harden.
  6. Melt the 75g chocolate for the coating. Remove the balls from the freezer and using a fork and spoon, turn each one in the chocolate to coat before returning it to the baking parchment.
  7. Once all the balls are coated in chocolate, return them to the freezer or fridge to set.
  8. Store in the fridge until ready to serve. YUM.
Chocolate coconut balls

Not the greatest photo of chocolate coconut balls, but you get the idea. They are sufficiently moist, chocolatey and delicious, that there are none left to take a better photo. Sorry.

 Treat Petite is a recipe challenge for yummy, individually portioned goodies, hosted by Cakeyboi and The Baking Explorer. The theme this month is Spring into Easter but since we don’t do Easter, I’m allowed to enter a Pesach recipe instead 🙂


  1. Thanks Laura – and what a brilliant idea!

  2. These sound so good and I think they would make a wonderful decoration for a birthday cake or something siilar =)

  3. Thanks Stuart. And thanks for hosting!

  4. These look so tasty Helen. Thank goodness for Passover! And thanks for joining in with Treat Petite.

  5. Hi Fawn, I’m sure coconut oil will be fine – if I could find it for Pesach, I probably would have used it too! Let me know how they work out 🙂

  6. These look great. thank you for sharing your recipe. Now I am going to be that annoying commenter…. I bet I can replace the margarine with coconut oil. I will try it!

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