These no-bake, healthy Coconut Snowballs are easy and delicious! Make this pretty holiday dessert to share with friends and family at your next holiday gathering.
Planning more healthier Christmas baking? Check out more healthy holiday treats like Christmas Bean Cookies with Natural Dyes, Christmas Oatmeal Cookies, and Whole Wheat Gingerbread Cookies.
Hello friends! It’s Amber from Dessert Now, Dinner Later! The holidays can be pretty frightening for someone whose motto is to eat dessert first, but thankfully, today’s dessert is much, MUCH healthier than some of the indulgent desserts I typically make.
These coconut snowballs are made from simple, minimally-processed ingredients. And they taste as good as they look! They’re perfect on a holiday cookie tray and since there’s no baking required, you can even have them ready in a hurry.
Since we are going healthy for today’s dessert, I went with unsweetened coconut flakes and a little bit of organic raw honey to help sweeten these just a bit. You can substitute the honey for pure maple syrup to make these vegan.
The best part? These coconut snowballs are no-bake, so they are easy to make, and they are thick and chewy, which makes them super pleasing to your palate. I definitely feel satisfied eating only one. It’s a great treat without getting too indulgent.
How to Make Coconut Snowballs
Get your food processor out for this recipe! It’s going to do all the heavy lifting for you.
First, process the melted coconut oil with a cup of shredded coconut.
Then, add in the honey, vanilla, cinnamon, coconut oil, and salt, and process again until smooth. Add all but 2 tablespoons of the remaining coconut shreds and process once more.
Next, shape the dough into 12 balls with your hands, and roll the balls in the last of the coconut shreds. They look like real little snowballs at this stage– so cute!
Place them on a parchment-paper-lined plate and refrigerate for at least an hour so they get nice and firm.
Extra bonus! My kids loved to help make these coconut snowballs. Rolling them in their hands and dipping them in the coconut flakes was so much fun!
- 2 teaspoon coconut oil
- 1 3/4 cup coconut flakes
- 3 tablespoon honey
- 2 tablespoon coconut milk, unsweetened
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
- Melt the coconut oil and place it with 1 cup of the shredded coconut in a food processor. Process on high speed, scraping down the sides periodically until it reaches a paste-like consistency. (It does not have to be completely smooth like coconut butter; some texture is good.)
- Add the honey, coconut milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt and process until well combined. Add 1/2 cup plus 2 Tablespoons of shredded coconut and pulse until just combined.
- Shape the mixture into 12 (1-inch) balls and coat with the remaining 2 Tablespoons of shredded coconut. Refrigerate for at least an hour and up to 5 days. Eat cold or bring to room temperature before eating, depending on personal preference.
- Makes 12 Coconut Snowballs.
- Swap the honey with pure maple syrup to make these vegan.
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For the coconut milk do you use can or the kind found with the aloud milk?
You can use either. I used Silk coconut milk because it’s my favorite.
What if you don’t have a processor?
I think you meant 2 tablespoons of coconut milk… 2 cups makes this into a soup.
Hi Angela! You are absolutely right! Thank you for catching our error! We’ll get that fixed right away!
Good snack or pudding 2 fussy kids loved it?
My entire family absolutely loves this! It is a definitely a keeper recipe. We like to keep them in the freeze until we are ready to eat them.. YUM!
It’s was hard I am only 12yrs old and I’m a good cooker only if I am mad I don’t by make it good.???
Is this good to sell it?
Hi Aaliyah, I’m not quite clear on your question. Are you asking if you could sell this dessert?
Hi Natalie, is it possible to use olive oil or some other type of oil instead of coconut oil (I can’t find coconut oil in my local stores). Thanks.
Hi Chris, the coconut oil is actually pretty important, both for flavor and to hold the snowballs together. If it’s not available to you locally and you don’t mind ordering online, there are plenty of places to get it (like Amazon!) Good luck!
I tried to make these today but I used a blender because I don’t have a food processor. I also used dessicated coconut instead. I found that it never really made a paste. Not sure if this is because of the blender or using dessicated coconut instead. I was still able to make it into balls at the end altho the mixture was a little dry.
I tried these but the mixture was flaky and wouldn’t roll into balls 🙁