Hi! Today, I'm here with a recipe for easy no-bake coconut and chocolate balls. They are crunchy, filling and full of flavour and make a perfect quick snack (hello lunch box!) or an indulgent dessert.
These coconut and chocolate balls can be made in advance and will stay fresh in the fridge for several days, which makes them a great homemade edible gift (Mother's Day is coming soon!). However, you can give these no-bake balls to your loved ones at any time of year. See my tweaks below!
What do you need to make these no-bake coconut and chocolate balls?
These no-bake balls consist only of 6 basic cupboard ingredients. The no-bake dough is made of crushed biscuits, chopped hazelnuts, cocoa and a mix of blackcurrant jam, orange flavouring and coconut.
I use rich tea biscuits in this recipe, but plain digestive biscuits will work here too. Similarly, as if you were making a cheesecake, you need to crush the biscuits first. They will help to create a thick clay-like dough.
Hazelnuts give these no-bake balls a nice crunchy texture. Feel free to swap them for walnuts or pistachios if needed.
Cocoa powder gives these no-bake energy balls a beautiful dark color and chocolate flavour.
Blackcurrant jam provides a sharp taste and moisture to the dough, helping it to stick together better.
Additional orange flavouring adds to the no-bake balls' rich flavour. Alternatively, a few spoons full of rum will taste great too.
Desiccated coconut is used here for coating. Optionally, you can add some (1-2 tbsp) to the dough too.
Can you make different flavours?
Yes, you can! Apart from the coconut and cocoa powder, this recipe is very flexible in terms of ingredients.
You can make your own version for different occasions throughout the year!
In the summer, for example, use strawberry jam instead of blackcurrant one. And swap orange flavouring for vanilla.
During winter time, rum or sherry will add to a proper festive feeling.
How to store these no-bake coconut and chocolate balls?
These no-bake balls will stay fresh in your fridge for up to 10 days. Store them in an airtight container.
They can also be kept frozen. Place them in an airtight food container and freeze them as soon as possible after making them. These no-bake balls will keep in your freezer for up to 3 months. Defrost them at room temperature for about 30 mins before serving.
How to gift them?
These no-bake balls look especially nice in small paper cups (available in most big supermarkets).
Put them in a glass jar, wrap them with a ribbon and add a tag with a personalised note.
Nothing says more than a wonderful handmade gift like this!
📖 The Recipe
Easy no-bake coconut and chocolate balls
- 200 g rich tea biscuits, or digestive biscuits
- 90 g hazelnuts
- 3 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 5 tablespoon blackcurrant jam
- 2 teaspoon orange flavouring, or 3 tablespoon rum
- 80 g dessicated coconut
- Crush the biscuits so they become fine breadcrumbs.Using a food processor: Use a standard blade, add the biscuits, cover and blitz it a few times until the biscuits are finely shredded (do this in batches if needed).OR Crush the biscuits by hand: Two options below.Option 1) Put the biscuits into a resealable plastic bag. Gently push any extra air out of the bag and seal it. Go over it with a rolling pin and continue doing so until all of the biscuits resemble fine breadcrumbs or powder.Option 2) Add a handful of biscuits to a large mixing bowl and start crushing them by the end of a rolling pin. Slowly and carefully so that they all break up. Once they resemble fine breadcrumbs, place them into another mixing bowl. Repeat the same with the rest of the biscuits.Set the crushed biscuits into a large mixing bowl.
- Chop the hazelnuts (in a food processor or on a chopping board with a knife). Add the chopped nuts to the bowl with crushed biscuits.
- Add cocoa powder and mix. Add blackcurrant jam and orange flavouring. Stir thoroughly so that the mixture becomes sticky and crumbly.
- When the mixture is sticky enough, take a spoonful (teaspoon) of the mixture and start making a ball with your hands. Press the mixture together so that it's firm and roll it between your palms until you get a regular-shaped ball. Set the ball on a plate aside. Repeat this step until all of the sticky mixture is used.
- Coat the balls in a bowl of desiccated coconut. Press them harder and roll in the coconut if needed. Set aside.
- These no-bake coconut and chocolate balls can be served right away. Keep them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 10 days.