Coconut Energy Balls


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Soft and fudgy coconut energy balls made with just 4 ingredients! Made with or without dates, they are the PERFECT fuel between meals!

Chocolate coconut energy balls

Whether you are following a whole30 diet or not, you will LOVE these chocolate coconut energy balls.

As someone who has followed the whole30 diet many times, I always get asked ‘what snacks can I have on the whole30 diet’. Like a broken record, I’d always say my whole30 energy balls recipe.

However, I like some variety and needed to add some variety into my whole30 approved snack list.

These healthy chocolate coconut energy balls are my new favorite. They taste like an almond joy or bounty bar, but in bliss ball form! Made with wholesome ingredients, they can be made with or without dates and are naturally sweetened!

The entire recipe takes 5 minutes to make and you only need a high-speed blender or food processor. But seriously, you DON’t need to be following a whole30 diet to enjoy these energy balls. My vegan and paleo (And even non-vegan friends!) love them too!

Coconut Energy Balls Ingredients 

To make these chocolate coconut energy bites, you only need 4 ingredientsdates, almonds, shredded coconut and cocoa powder!

I recommend using Medjool dates, as they are naturally softer than traditional dates. This makes it so much easier to blend than standard dates. However, if you don’t have access to them, soak the dates in boiling water for 30 minutes, to soften. 

Be sure the shredded coconut you use is unsweetened and finely shredded. You can use shredded coconut that is a larger flaked, but I’d recommend blending those prior to making them easier to be incorporated into the mixture. 

Almonds are the best nut to use, as they are mild tasting. You can substitute them with walnuts, cashews or a combination of all of them. 

How to make coconut energy balls 

  • To start, gather your ingredients and be sure your dates are pitted. 
cocoa powder, pitted dates, shredded coconut and almonds in bowls
  • In a high-speed blender or food processor, add all your ingredients, except for the cocoa powder. Pulse until fully combined, scraping regularly down the sides. Add in your cocoa powder and blend again, until fully incorporated. 
A blender food processor with energy ball ingredients
  • You’ll then transfer the dough into a bowl. Using your hands (I recommend wetting them slightly!), form 12-15 balls and roll them in coconut until evenly covered. 
chocolate coconut bliss balls on shredded coconut
  • Place the energy balls in the refrigerator until firm. 
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My energy balls aren’t combining together. What do I do? 

Different brands of dates, along with different makes and models of both food processors and high-speed blenders can yield different results.

If your ingredients aren’t fully combining and the texture is difficult to form together, add some liquid before blending again.

Start with 1 tablespoon of water (or unsweetened almond or coconut milk) and blend, adding more if needed. Your batter should easily combine then. 

Storing energy balls

These chocolate coconut date balls are great to snack on during the day, however, they aren’t the best stored at room temperature. 

They are best to be stored in the fridge, and enjoyed directly from there, or wrapped individually and enjoyed as prepped snacks. 

Refrigerated coconut chocolate energy bites will keep for at least a month.

Can you freeze chocolate coconut energy balls? 

YES! What I LOVE about all my energy bites and balls recipes are that they are freezer friendly!

Place all the energy balls in a ziplock bag and place them in the freezer. Alternatively, you can individually wrap them in parchment paper and place them in small ziplock bags. Frozen energy balls will keep fresh for at least 6 months. 

To thaw them before eating, allow them to sit at room temperature or in the fridge overnight. 

Can I make these energy balls keto-friendly and without dates?

Dates aren’t keto-friendly, so I’d recommend you make these chocolate coconut balls or brownie energy balls instead. 

coconut chocolate date energy balls

More delicious energy balls and bites

Coconut Energy Balls

5 from 38 votes
These chocolate coconut energy bites need just 4 ingredients and taste like brownies! Fudgy, soft and made in one blender!
Servings: 12 Balls
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes



  • In a high-speed blender or food processor, combine your almonds, one cup of coconut and dates. Pulse until combined, regularly scraping down the sides. Add your cocoa powder and continue blending until a thick dough remains.
  • If the dough is too crumbly, add some liquid (water or milk), one tablespoon at a time, until the batter is thick and smooth.
  • Transfer your energy bites dough into a mixing bowl. On a large plate, add the remaining half cup of coconut. Using your hands, form 12 small balls of dough, rolling each one in the coconut until completely covered.
  • Place energy balls on a plate and refrigerate for at least an hour, or until firm.


Coconut chocolate energy bites should be stored in the fridge, covered. They can also be stored in the freezer. 


Serving: 1BiteCalories: 132kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 4gFat: 7gPotassium: 2mgFiber: 5gVitamin A: 2IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 2mgIron: 2mgNET CARBS: 12g
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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