These sugar free coconut balls are naturally sweetened with coconut, cinnamon, and stevia. A no-bake, low-carb snack you can’t go wrong with!
It's snack attack time and Fat Bombs are all the rage! We can't live without snacks during the work week. We start early in the morning, and have breakfast and lunch. But probably like you, by mid-afternoon we are in need of a little pick-me-up before our workout, or before the drive home to make dinner and do all the things. Sure, we love energy balls, too, but this meal prep recipe has a special place in our hearts. This is where recipes like Sugar-Free Coconut Balls 'roll' in. (Yeah, we just went there!)
Why Make Sugar-Free Coconut Balls?
These healthy, no-bake bites are just the thing to keep your energy up and your sugar cravings away. The natural sweetness of coconut is incredible and coconut butter makes them delectable and satisfying. They are quick and easy to make, keto-friendly, paleo-friendly, vegan and gluten-free. How often do you find a recipe that checks off ALL of those boxes? This is the definition of healthy meal prep--er, snack prep. It's a bit of a unicorn of a recipe, something that works for almost anyone you know and a must for any coconut lover!
Sugar-Free Coconut Balls Ingredients
- 1 cup coconut butter
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- ½ tsp. cinnamon
- Stevia powder to taste
How to Make Sugar-Free Coconut Balls (Fat Bombs)
This couldn't be simpler. Melt the coconut butter, along with the cinnamon and stevia powder to taste in a double boiler. What's that? It's simply a heat-safe bowl you can place over the top of a pot of water on your stovetop. Heat the water in the pot until it boils and then the bowl rests over top (it has to be the same diameter as the pot). We use a double boiler here because it gently melts ingredients. Please, do not microwave these ingredients in order to melt them, or you'll just end up with a mess. And a mess does not coconut balls make!
Transfer to the fridge to let it chill and set up, and then roll into balls. Once you've rolled them into balls, pop them back into the fridge to set for about 20 to 30 minutes. Then, finally, roll the balls in shredded unsweetened coconut. Delicious!
Coconut Oil Vs. Coconut Butter
You might be familiar with coconut oil, but not coconut butter. The latter contains ingredients that the oil does not. Namely, coconut butter is made from the fruit of the coconut, or the meat, along with the oil. It's pureed and you can use it like a spread—think of it like a tropical peanut butter of sorts.
How to Serve Coconut Balls
If you are like us your snacks also double as desserts, so come meal prep time on Sunday you can count this recipe as a double win. To go the dessert route, serve alongside some sliced mango or pineapple, or both. Or maybe even papaya. They are also really good with berries, too.
How to Store Sugar-Free Coconut Balls
There are no two ways about it. These little treats need to be refrigerated to stay firm. You don't want them at room temperature because they will get gloppy and melt.
Tips for Coconut Balls
- Keep these bites chilled. There is nothing more terrible than melted Sugar-Free Coconut Balls all over the bottom of your lunch box. An ice pack, please!
- A little stevia goes a LONG way. If you've never worked with it before, add a teensy bit (like ¼ teaspoon or so) to see how it tastes. Or skip it entirely!
- Instead of cinnamon, try nutmeg or cardamom with these coconut balls.
- We also like ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract or, if you're really loving the tropical vibe, ½ tsp. of coconut extract just makes this taste even better.
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