Coconut Balls Recipe

Erin D. | Texanerin Baking

These Coconut Balls are certainly quick and easy. They're also vegan and gluten free - but if you don't tell the kids, we...

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These gluten free and vegan lemon coconut balls are perfect for these last days of summer. They're incredibly simple and come together in only 5 minutes, making this a great recipe to make with the kids.

Don't let the vegan or gluten free part turn you off. These coconut balls are no bake, so no eggs are required, and coconut butter takes the place of butter. And the flour? I used oats. So really, they just happen to be gluten-free and vegan!

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Coconut butter is not the same thing as coconut oil. Coconut butter is the pureed flesh of a coconut, while coconut oil is just the fat extracted from the meat. Coconut butter can be expensive so I suggest making your own homemade coconut butter. All you need is shredded coconut and a food processor!

These little balls are plenty sweet and have a nice lemon flavor. If lemon isn't your thing, lime would be a great substitute. Or you can even leave out the citrus completely (including the zest) and use 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in place of the lemon juice.

And if you don't like white chocolate, leave the rolled balls as is or roll the coconut balls into some more shredded coconut or even better - toasted coconut!

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Want more no bake gluten free goodies? Check out these gluten free no bake peanut butter balls. It's another quick and super simple recipe to throw together in only a few minutes.

If it's not too hot to get the oven going, these gluten free lemons bars recipe are sure to perk up your day!

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Coconut Balls Recipe

  14 Servings


  • 6 tablespoons Coconut Butter
  • 3 tablespoons Pure Maple Syrup, or agave syrup
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Zest
  • 2 teaspoons Lemon Juice
  • 3/4 cup Old Fashioned Oats
  • 3/4 cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
  • 1/3 cup White Chocolate Chips


  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the coconut butter, maple syrup, lemon zest and lemon juice. 
  2. Stir in the oats and shredded coconut until well combined. 
  3. Roll into 14 1" balls. 
  4. In a microwave safe bowl at half power, melt the white chocolate in 30 second increments, stirring after each increment, until melted. 
  5. Spoon or pipe the white chocolate over the balls.
  6. Keep the coconut balls covered and store in the refrigerator for up to one week.


  • Use certified gluten-free oats to guarantee the gluten free integrity of this recipe


Cooking Method:
No Bake
Gluten Free Baking
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Recipe Yields:
14 1" Balls
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Author: Erin D.
Recipe Yields: 14 1" Balls
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 Cookie Ball
Servings Per Recipe 14

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 76
Calories 136

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g
  Saturated Fat 5g
Sodium 0mg
Total Carbohydrate 12g
  Dietary Fiber 3g
  Sugars 7g
Protein 1g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Erin D.

About Erin

Erin loves to bake, and especially the challenge of grain-free and gluten-free baking. We're huge fans of her work on Texanerin Baking too!

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