With just 6 ingredients and no cooking or baking required, these tasty Coconut Bliss Balls are the perfect quick and easy snack or dessert. Gluten-free, nut-free, and vegan!
Bliss balls, also known as energy balls, energy bites, power balls or vegan truffles, are delicious little bite size snacks that will satisfy your sweet tooth.
Ingredients you need
Ingredient notes and substitutions
Coconut ~ Desiccated coconut, which is finely ground coconut, is the best choice for this recipe.
You can make your own desiccated coconut by pulsing shredded coconut in a food processor until it resembles coarse sand. Do not over mix! You don’t want to end up with coconut butter.
If you don’t have this, you can just use extra coconut.
Sweetener ~ My liquid sweetener of choice is always pure maple syrup. You can also use agave or brown rice syrup, if you prefer.
Cream ~ You can find coconut cream in a can which is creamy and thick and has a bit more fat content that coconut milk. However, if your store doesn’t carry it, refrigerate a can of full fat coconut milk overnight and then scoop out the solid thick cream that rises to the top. Save the coconut water, which will be underneath the cream, for another use, like in a smoothie or juice!
Oil ~ A bit of coconut oil helps to stabilize these bliss balls once cold.
Vanilla ~ Pure vanilla extract adds sweetness and warmth.
How to make the recipe
Add all the puffed rice cereal, desiccated coconut, pure maple syrup, and melted coconut oil to a large mixing bowl.
Add the coconut cream and mix well until fully combined.
Form bite size balls by gently pressing the mixture into shape in your clean hands and place them onto a large plate or baking dish.
Roll each ball into extra coconut to coat the outside. Eat immediately or store in the fridge for later.
*Add a tablespoon or two of citrus zest to the mixture before forming the balls. Lemon, lime, or orange would all be delicious.
*Use almond extract instead of vanilla. Or use coconut extract to really enhance the coconut flavor.
*Use chocolate flavored crisp brown rice cereal instead of the puffed rice for a chocolate coconut flavor.
*Coat the bliss balls in melted chocolate instead of shredded coconut. Or coat them in powdered sugar for a sweeter treat.
Storage and freezing
Fridge: Store the coconut bliss balls in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to one week. Place sheets of parchment paper between layers if you must stack them.
Freezer: You can also freeze them. Place them on a large plate or baking sheet and lay flat in the freezer until frozen. Once frozen, transfer them to a freezer-safe plastic bag or container. They should keep well up to 6 months.
Thaw: Thaw overnight in the fridge or on the counter until softened.
Pro tips and tricks
~ Use unsweetened desiccated coconut. If you can’t find desiccated coconut, make your own by pulsing shredded coconut in a food processor until it resembles the texture of coarse sand. Do not over-process or it will turn into coconut butter!
~ If you can’t find canned coconut cream, place a can of full fat coconut milk in the fridge overnight and use just the solid thick cream that rises to the top of the can.
~ To ensure uniform sizing among all the bliss balls, use a small cookie scoop or tablespoon to scoop the mixture out before forming into balls.
~ The mixture is delicate, so be gentle when forming the balls. Press the dough into ball shapes rather than rolling.
~ If the dough is too crumbly, add a bit more coconut cream or maple syrup.
~ Place the coconut bliss balls in the fridge to firm up.
~ To make this recipe gluten-free, be sure to choose rice cereal that is certified gluten-free.
Bliss balls are bite size snacks meant to provide energy between meals. They can be made in a variety of different flavors.
Desiccated coconut is finely ground dried coconut, whereas shredded coconut is small thin strips of coconut.
Coconut is rich in fiber and healthy fats, plus vitamins and minerals like copper, iron selenium, and manganese. It has antibacterial and antioxidant properties and may aid in blood sugar control [source]. However, it is high in calories and fat, so should be consumed in moderation.
More vegan truffles and energy balls
- Cherry Chocolate Walnut Truffles
- Vegan Cinnamon Truffles
- Lemon Cashew Date Balls
- Sunflower Fig Balls
- Oatmeal Peanut Butter Balls
I hope you love this recipe as much as we do! If you tried it, please use the rating system in the recipe card and leave a comment below with your feedback.
Be sure to sign up for my FREE Newsletter to be the first to get my NEW recipes! You can also follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest.
For even more easy family recipes, be sure to check out my cookbook, The Meatless Monday Family Cookbook!
Coconut Bliss Balls
- Add all the ingredients to a large mixing bowl and mix until fully combined.
- Using clean hands, form one heaping tablespoon of the mixture into a small round ball. Place it on a large plate or baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough.
- Roll the balls in extra desiccated coconut to coat all sides.