Healthy & Delicious Chocolate Coconut Almond Balls

Yummm! I’m always working on creating quick, easy, and healthy on-the-go snack recipes, and this one is definitely a winner.


Introducing: Chocolate Coconut Almond Balls! Oh, yes.


If you like chocolate, almonds, and coconut, you will LOVE these :) They taste a bit like the new chocolate variety of Larabars!


Chocolate Coconut Almond Balls


(makes about 6 balls)

  • 2 fresh pitted Medjool dates
  • 1/2 C whole almonds (unsalted)
  • 1 Tbsp. dark chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbsp. oats
  • 1 Tbsp. water (to help it stick)
  • 1/4 C unsweetened coconut (for rolling)


1) Pour coconut onto a plate and set aside.

2) Place the rest of the ingredients (except coconut) into a food processor. Process about 30 seconds to 1 minute.

3) Wet hands (do this each time before you form the balls — it will help everything stick) and then form mixture into ball shapes. The recipe should yield about 6!

4) Roll balls in coconut mixture.

Enjoy! :)



Not only are these delicious, but they’re fun to make, too, if a bit messy ;)


I just use a large spoon to portion out the balls, and then mush it all together with my hands. If you have kids, this would be a really fun recipe to have them help you make :)

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I’ve been working on getting Matt to eat more in the mornings (he’s not usually a breakfast person, but he’ll eat something small if I put it in front of him :) ), so I had him sample these this morning.









Given the photos I’d say this recipe was a big success, lol. He definitely went back for seconds ;)


I’m off to class — and bringing some of these Chocolate Coconut Almond Balls with me to snack on! :)

If you like this recipe, check out my other Larabar-esque “ball” recipes, too!

Have a great day — and thank you for all your great responses yesterday to the inspirational weight loss guest post from Gretchen! She was really excited to see all the great feedback and to get so many new readers!


  1. 1

    ohh man lucky classmates!

    I love the look of those-beautiftul photography! they remind me of coconut date balls my mom makes :)

  2. 2

    I bet these would be great frozen! I sometimes just freeze almond butter + chocolate into balls. These look slightly healthier and more substantial.

  3. 4

    Holy. Moly. Those look delicious! <3 Coconut, <3 Almond, so what's not to love? Question though, I see these raw snack balls on blogs all the time, and I'm just a little uncertain as to how the portioning works. It's like you're supposed to just eat one as a serving because they're quite calorically dense, right?

    • 5

      Yes, exactly. I usually eat one or two as a snack, depending how hungry I am/how long I want it to hold me over. Since they’re very similar to Larabars, it helps for me to imagine them in terms of how large a Larabar is. So usually about 2 of these balls = about 1 Larabar in terms of size, so that’s what I usually go by as a serving size :) I hope that helps!

  4. 6

    I’m definitely trying these! I’ve been making Chocolate Covered Katie’s fudge babies a lot lately – but I’m loving the addition of oats in these. Yum!

  5. 7

    I am going to be making these THIS weekend. They look so good! By the way, I made your Vegan Carrot Cake Muffins and they are excellent. Thanks for all your great recipes!

  6. 9

    Those little balls look delicious! Thanks for another fabulous recipe :D

  7. 10

    Yum! I love larabars and am always looking for recipes to make ’em on my own. I love your peanut cinnamon ones; I’ve made them several times!

  8. 11

    These look like a little piece of heaven! :)

  9. 12

    These do look great! Larabars are so expensive… these are an awesome alternative!

  10. 13

    They look awesome! Thanks for sharing…

  11. 14

    I’m also trying to get my boyfriend to eat more in the mornings! I’m glad I found this recipe, I cant wait to make them :)

  12. 15

    Tweeted! Absolutely love your recipes and your site!

  13. 17

    Wow. Matt looks like he’s really enjoying those balls. Like… REALLY enjoying it.

  14. 20

    You’re sort of my hero for this recipe, haha. I’ve been making what feels like tons of your recipes this week, but I’m adding this to the roster. Do you think peanuts would work in place of almonds (I’m one of those weirdos that doesn’t really love almonds)?

  15. 22

    They’re like cookies. Except good for you.

  16. 23

    I actually made your Cinnamon Raisin Almond Balls that you gave to us back in April of 2011. They were excellent. These sound even better.

  17. 25

    These look wonderful!

  18. 26

    HAHAHA Love the photo shoot of Matt! :) Adorable.

  19. 27

    They look very good and plan on making tomorrow. Wish all the recipes gave the nutritional value.

  20. 29

    CHocolate, coconut, almond, and all things wrapped together with dates are my favorite. Oh and especially when they don’t require any cooking:))

  21. 30

    These look amazing; can’t wait to try them out!

  22. 31

    Mmmmmm…these look delicious! They kinda remind me of Samoa cookies. I LOVE Samoa cookies! :-D

  23. 33

    Haha…good for you for finding a breakfast food that he’ll like! I can’t wait to try this recipe, they sound (and look) fabulous. :D

  24. 34

    Hey what kind of food processor do you have? I’ve been shopping online and thinking of getting the Ninja. I can’t spend too much money…

  25. 36
    Adventurer says:

    These look wonderful! Can they truly be healthy?

    • 37

      Healthy, whole food ingredients = healthy, whole food product! You’ve got your fiber (dates and oats), protein (almonds), healthy fat (almonds and coconut), and a little bit of dark chocolate is a good thing, too! Antioxidants :)

  26. 38

    Yummm! These would be fun for long run/ bike snacks, too :) Look delicious!

  27. 39

    Just made them! Delicious! How do you store them and for how long?

    • 40

      I usually just pop them in a ziplock or tupperware and store in the fridge, and take them out to bring with me for snacks or whatever. I wouldn’t store them longer than a week, I don’t think – I’m not sure since mine never last more than a few days. :)

  28. 41

    Finally made these and they do taste very much like Larabars! I prefer them since they are freshly made. Can’t wait to hear the review by my kids!

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