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Chocolate Coconut Nut Butter Balls

20 min



10 ingredients or less


If you love peanut butter and chocolate, then you'll love these delicious balls. They don't need any baking, call for only 6 ingredients, and are a real treat!



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Optional toppings

  • unsweetened toasted coconut flakes
  • roasted unsalted peanuts


  1. To a food processor*, add the peanut butter, dates, vanilla, and salt. Blend until smooth. Then remove the blade from the food processor and use a spoon to mix in the shredded coconut.
  2. Scoop up a tablespoon of the mixture and roll it into a ball**. Transfer the rolled balls to a plate and place them in the fridge or freezer.
  3. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate in a microwave or on a stovetop, using a double boiler. Let the chocolate cool off a little bit. Then line a baking tray or plate with parchment paper.
  4. Take the peanut butter balls out of the fridge and use two forks to dip the balls into the chocolate to coat them completely. Let the excess chocolate drip off and transfer to the parchment paper.
  5. If desired, sprinkle with a topping before the chocolate has hardened. Enjoy!


  • We use large Medjool dates in this recipe, if your dates are on the smaller side, try adding 1 - 2 more.
  • * If you don't own a food processor, you can also mash the dates using a fork and then mix them with the other ingredients. If the dates are not soft, soak in warm water for 10 minutes first.
  • ** If the mixture is too sticky and doesn't form into balls easily, add a bit more shredded coconut and try again.


  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.
  • Store in the freezer for up to 2 months.

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We believe that focusing on numbers can harm our relationship with food. Instead, our philosophy is to Nourish the Cells & the Soul. If you require specific nutrition information due to a medical condition, please consult with a dietitian or physician. The nutritional information provided is composed with the utmost care. However, we cannot guarantee the correctness of the displayed values, see also our disclaimer.

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Steph McDonald - June 19, 2024, 10:27 p.m.

YUM!! As a newly diagnosed diabetic, I'm missing my cookies and chocolate fix. This fits the bill! I decided to blend in the chocolate chips in the food processor and it worked great if you don't have time to melt the chocolate. Can't wait to try other energy ball combos!

PUL Team - June 20, 2024, 10:30 p.m.

So glad that you enjoyed the nut butter balls, Steph! Happy cooking and baking ✨

Tina - May 26, 2024, 5:25 p.m.

Does anyone know how many gramms 1cup/240ml Peanutbutter is? I think my ratio wasn't quite right. But since the commens are so good I'll definitly give it another try some time.

PUL Team - May 27, 2024, 5:15 p.m.

Hey Tina, 1 cup of peanut butter is around 255 grams. It can vary a bit depending on how creamy or chunky the peanut butter is though. If you share more about why you think the ratio wasn't quite right, we'd love to help troubleshoot more! 😊

Tina - June 13, 2024, 7:32 p.m.

Thank you PUL Team for the measurments.
I tried the recipie again :) I am just now realising how fast we ate them cause the second batch is almost gone now too.... 🥲

Forming small balls still didn't quite work for me. But maybe I just lack the patience for it. I've now found another solution; I pressed the peanut-coco mixture into a silicone ice cube tray, leave it in the freezer overnight, and coat them with chocolate the next day. Next time, I will also try mixing some coconut oil into the melted chocolate, as the chocolate remained a bit too thick and a lot of it stuck to every single peanut-squares not leaving enought for all of them. I'll come back to write how it went, in case anyone has the same struggle :)

Mihaela Hildebrandt - April 11, 2024, 8:26 p.m.

Mega delicious 🤤 The choco melting/coating it didn’t work for me as expected. Most likely because of the chocolate I’ve used. It’s was not a dark one. But I’ve saved the situation by coating with cocos shred 👍🥥

PUL Team - April 11, 2024, 11:06 p.m.

A lovely way to save the balls, Mihaela! Thanks for sharing your experience with the recipe 😊

cocoa - March 13, 2024, 6:55 p.m.

is the best.

hikki - Feb. 6, 2024, 1:47 p.m.

This was an extremely delicious and simple to make dessert. I didn’t have as much peanut butter as I thought I had so I added part of tahini with chocolate combo to the mixture. Worked super well. Thank you for providing this recipe!

PUL Team - Feb. 7, 2024, 1:43 a.m.

We're so thrilled that the balls were enjoyed Hikki, thank you!

Oranahh Love - Dec. 9, 2023, 7:25 p.m.

Yummilicious! Easier than I thought to make such a pretty dessert. Great base recipe to add to. I substituted the coco bits for coconut flour.

PUL Team - Dec. 10, 2023, 1:49 a.m.

We're so thrilled they were enjoyed, Oranahh, thanks for sharing your experience with the recipe 😃

Alexandria Morales-Garcia - Dec. 4, 2023, 12:44 a.m.

Super delicious and definitely fueled my soul 😋

Clarita - Dec. 2, 2023, 6:15 p.m.

Easy to make, taste fantastic!

Maison Julier - Nov. 4, 2023, 5:56 p.m.


KG - Oct. 31, 2023, 11:52 p.m.

One of my favorites! Make a big batch and keep them in the freezer!

Emma - Oct. 14, 2023, 8:55 p.m.

I have a big sweeth tooth but I’m trying to eat less refined sugar. These were so tasty and fulfilled my sweet craving! Will make these again soon 😋

Kiti Rosa - Oct. 14, 2023, 5:49 p.m.

The best! I love these😍

Yamini - Sept. 3, 2023, 9:45 a.m.

Loved this. Forest recipe tried from the app and was nothing less than perfect! 😍

ashika roji - June 27, 2023, 6:30 a.m.

Lily sky - June 7, 2023, 6:32 p.m.

I did 12 medjoul dates dessicated coconut peacans ty pul💗lily x

Sanne - June 7, 2023, 4:48 a.m.

Do you recommend a 70% dark chocolate bar or less ?

PUL Team - June 8, 2023, 1:18 p.m.

Hey Sanne, whichever kind of chocolate you enjoy most is best. The chocolate we use most often is 58% 🤓

Katie Snyder - June 3, 2023, 7:51 a.m.

Jeanna - May 29, 2023, 4:04 a.m.

I'm wondering if there's an alternative to using shredded coconut in this recipe. Thanks!

PUL Team - May 29, 2023, 6:21 p.m.

Hey Jeanna! We've heard positive reviews with ground almonds! Perhaps finely chopped nuts (such as almonds or pecans) or another dried fruit would work well 🤗

aaa - March 3, 2023, 12:37 a.m.

Hands down favorite snack 😍

Martunia - Feb. 13, 2023, 11:07 p.m.

Made them once and fell in ❤️ The combination of peanut butter, dark chocolate, coconut and sea salt is absolutely heavenly.

Kirsten - Feb. 10, 2023, 3:42 a.m.

the only protein balls that i would willingly eat when i crave chocolate! i also LOVE that you can freeze them - i make a big batch and have them ready to eat for weeks :)

PUL Team - Feb. 10, 2023, 5:28 p.m.

Love batch-making these ones! It means so much, Kirsten 😊

Imam Latif ( Indonesia ) - Nov. 30, 2022, 12:23 a.m.

Love it....

Ellie - Sept. 1, 2022, 3:44 p.m.

I made these for my granddaughter who participates in both soccer and long distance running. She is, understandably, "crashing" without a nutritious snack before she begins her athletic endeavors. She needed something small, that would not leave her feeling full. She also needed some carbs, good fats and some protein and maybe some iron. Of course the balls should be very tasty. These energy balls have worked out well. They do it all! The only thing I would change is to make them a bit easier to keep in a school locker for the day. They get sticky when not refrigerated. Maybe the addition of some oats? Any ideas? Actually, any guidance for female teenage, vegan athletes would be helpful. Thanks.

PUL Team - Sept. 5, 2022, 12:26 a.m.

Hey there, Ellie, so kind of you to make it for your granddaughter! Extra oats are a nice idea although we imagine the chocolate will still soften if left in a locker. An insulated lunch box may help. Our Pistachio & Cranberry Energy Balls (…) and Orange High-Energy Oat Bars (…) are two other firmer recipes you may enjoy. We'd recommend seeing a doctor or dietitian so they can best support you for nutrition guidance for your granddaughter ☺️

Ellie - Sept. 5, 2022, 12:42 a.m.

Thank you. Great ideas

Greta - Aug. 4, 2022, 10:37 p.m.

These sweet treats are life changing. I know that sounds dramatic, but they are, W.O.W. Such a easy, satisfying, guilt free treat for after dinner. Like others, I store mine in the freezer and get to enjoy them for the weeks to come! Thank you for sharing this recipe and others, I highly recommend everything PUL publishes.

PUL Team - Aug. 5, 2022, 1:28 a.m.

Oh it means so much, Greta, thank you for the glowing review and support! 💛

Inna - June 20, 2022, 7:16 p.m.

These are amazing!!! Making them is a fun activity, and they come out looking so fancy, it's awesome for a special event or gift. And delicious!!!!

PUL Team - June 22, 2022, 3:57 p.m.

So kind of you to think about gifting them, Inna! Thank you for the lovely review 😊

Erica - June 9, 2022, 8:29 p.m.

I mean ... what's not to love?? I stored mine in the freezer and enjoyed over the next couple months :)

PUL Team - June 10, 2022, 8:57 p.m.

Mmm sounds lovely, Erica! Thank you 😃

June - March 30, 2022, 4:27 p.m.

Easy to make and delicious

SanaF - March 28, 2022, 11:55 a.m.

I made them last week. I am addicted to these. They are extremely delicious. I'm making loads of them for Ramadan. Thank you!!

PUL Team - March 28, 2022, 8:28 p.m.

So glad they're being enjoyed and honoured they'll be part of Ramadan, SanaF ☺️

Anna - March 3, 2022, 12:34 p.m.

I've made this recipe many times and everyone who ate them, loved them, even people who usually eat sugar! Fantastic!!! Thank you!

PUL Team - March 4, 2022, 2 a.m.

So thrilled to hear, Anna! Thanks a bunch for taking the time to share 😊

Holly - Feb. 10, 2022, 6:37 a.m.

Made it today after dinner, it was soooo good! And so easy perfect for a weekday treat :)

PUL Team - Feb. 10, 2022, 11:53 p.m.

Woohoo! It means so much, Holly 😃

Kirsten - Jan. 28, 2022, 9 p.m.

The saltiness of the peanut butter goes so well with the chocolate! I love having a relatively healthy way to satisfy my sugar cravings.

PUL Team - Jan. 29, 2022, 12:45 a.m.

We're so glad it's being enjoyed, Kirsten!

Andrea - Jan. 10, 2022, 4:52 p.m.

Did use a lot more coconut and still it was extremely sticky :( but tasted good!

PUL Team - Jan. 11, 2022, 5:10 p.m.

Hi there, Andrea, we're so sorry to hear about the mixture being overly sticky! Were the portions of dates and peanut butter followed? We suspect extra dates may have been the culprit if the mixture was too sticky to form balls. Sometimes wet hands can also help do the trick aside from extra coconut. So glad the recipe tasted good in any case, and do let us know if there's anything else we can help with 😊

Clara - Jan. 9, 2022, 4:56 a.m.

Everytime I do this recipe, it is eaten so fast. My boyfriend and I are obsessed with the coconutty flavor and the crunchiness. This is perfect for my sweet tooth :3

PUL Team - Jan. 10, 2022, 2:40 a.m.

Aw it means so much they're being enjoyed, Clara 😊

Camilla - Jan. 1, 2022, 5:53 p.m.

Really really tasty! I reccomend!

Séverine - Dec. 24, 2021, 7:27 a.m.

so yummy and simple ! thank you for the quality of all your sharing !

PUL Team - Dec. 25, 2021, 5:39 p.m.

So happy they were enjoyed, Séverine!

Naomi - Dec. 24, 2021, 1:37 a.m.

Love this! Thank you for sharing.

Evelyn - Oct. 16, 2021, 10:29 p.m.

I made these this morning and they’re so good!! I feel like I just made fancy truffles :D I did have a bit of trouble with the consistency of the peanut butter filling in the beginning. The mixture was too wet to make into balls so I added a lot of extra shredded coconut, but it still wasn’t coming together. I determined that the problem was probably the kind of peanut butter I was using, which was smooth kraft peanut butter and is probably a very different consistency than the natural peanut butter Sadia was likely using. To soak up some of the moisture I added 1/2 cup almond flour and 1/4 cup coconut flour, and finally got a good consistency. After that it was smooth sailing, and they taste delicious! Next time I think I’ll use all coconut flour instead of almond. Thanks for the great recipe Sadia! :)

PUL Team - Oct. 17, 2021, 2:43 a.m.

Hey Evelyn, thank you for sharing your experience with this one! If the other ingredients were portioned as described, we anticipate it may have been the peanut butter as well. Although if your dates were on the smaller side, adding 1 - 2 more next time could help as well. Super great problem solving though! So happy the peanut butter balls were enjoyed in the end ☺️

Julie - Oct. 11, 2021, 3:07 a.m.

Just a little fiddly for me to put together at first but I got the hang of it. Flavor is wonderful and satisfying. I really enjoy the texture the coconut adds to this. They would be great for a sweet addition to a special occasion as well.

PUL Team - Oct. 11, 2021, 11 p.m.

So glad the peanut butter balls were enjoyed, Julie! They indeed get a bit easier to form with practice :)

Rudri Mankad - Oct. 6, 2021, 6:40 a.m.

I simply loveee this recipe! Can't stop eating at one! Really enjoy the texture and mixture of flavours, and they are also very easy to make. Definitely one of the staple snacks at home.

PUL Team - Oct. 6, 2021, 5:21 p.m.

Awe we're so happy to hear, Rudri, thank you for sharing the lovely review!

Alina - Oct. 4, 2021, 3:14 p.m.

Me and my husband we just loved it !

Clare - Aug. 19, 2021, 9:30 a.m.

This recipe makes for super yummy on-the-go snacks! However, I find the flavour of the vanilla extract quite dominating... Next time I will make sure to double-check the amount to make sure I did not add too much!

PUL Team - Aug. 19, 2021, 7:47 p.m.

Hey Clare, thanks for taking the time to share the review! Sometimes the artifical flavours in vanilla imitations may be stronger or different than vanilla extract, although if using vanilla extract the correct amount should help! Do let us know how it goes if you give it another try 🤗

Angie - Aug. 3, 2021, 7:03 p.m.

Are you an expat missing Reese's peanut butter cups?! Problem solved. Yum

CJ - July 25, 2021, 1:16 p.m.

These have become a family favourite in our household! Absolutely delicious, only problem is it can be hard to stop yourself from eating them.

PUL Team - July 27, 2021, 1:28 a.m.

We're so glad your family is enjoying this one, CJ, thanks a bunch for the review 🤗

Lauren - July 24, 2021, 9:24 p.m.

This recipe is honestly amazing, we love these peanut butter balls as a healthy-ish snack at any time of day!

Mimmi - July 22, 2021, 9:15 p.m.

Super delicious! I put the dough on a plate and cut then into squares with chocolate on, works great.

Mallory - July 21, 2021, 8:50 a.m.

Absolutely love those balls for summer 😍

Huda kashif - July 18, 2021, 3:37 a.m.

My family devoured these in one day :OOOO

Laurence - July 17, 2021, 1:50 p.m.

I love those balls. I make them regularly and froze half of it to enjoy later in the month. I love having one with my mid-morning coffee or as a treat in the evening.

PUL Team - July 18, 2021, 2:43 a.m.

So glad you're enjoying the recipe, Laurence, we love freezing these ones too!

Aboli - July 10, 2021, 3:31 p.m.

These are dangerously good!! Omg! Make a double batch if you can, because you're going to be eating like 2 a day.
A trick that I tried was, put an entire toasted almond in the centre of the ball when rolling it... it's like a special surprise!
Sadia kills it as usual!

Eva - July 12, 2021, 5:46 p.m.

That is a great idea! I have made them before and they were already phenomenal, but this might take it to the next level… will definitely try this next time I make them!

PUL Team - July 15, 2021, 7:52 a.m.

We totally agree, Eva! Thank you so much for sharing the lovely idea, Aboli 🤤 Can't wait to give it a try!

Gabriela - July 8, 2021, 8:59 p.m.

Okay, I made these 2 weeks ago but am coming back now to give my opinion on them. They are soo good, the perfect end of every meal. I kept them in my freezer so that I didn't have to worry about them spoiling or melting and they were delish!!

PUL Team - July 11, 2021, 4:58 a.m.

We appreciate this so much, Gabriela! So glad they were enjoyed✨

Aimee - July 8, 2021, 7:51 p.m.

These are so amazing I've had to stop making them because we just eat these instead of making dinner. I've made them with almond butter and have also left out the coconut because I ran out, and that makes them even more like truffles. These would make a great gift I'm sure.

PUL Team - July 10, 2021, 9:27 p.m.

Love the idea to gift them, Aimee, thanks for sharing!

Aysha - June 30, 2021, 7:16 p.m.

How much calorie does this contain.
I love to eat
But I’m on diet

PUL Team - July 1, 2021, 7:22 p.m.

Hey there, Aysha. You can find the nutritional information by clicking on the "show nutrition info" button. Kindly note that as the disclaimer mentions, this is just an estimate and if you need specific nutrition information due to a medical condition, please consult with a dietitian or physician 🙂

Sheila Verghis - June 20, 2021, 7:41 a.m.

Easy to make and totally delectable

Dahlia - May 30, 2021, 10:40 p.m.

These are absolutely DIVINE! Made these twice already and it's a great semi-healthier sweet tooth alternative. I love popping these into my morning oatmeal if I want some peanut buttery, chocolate goodness in it

PUL Team - June 2, 2021, 3:24 p.m.

Thank you for the glowing review, Dahlia! So glad you're enjoying them :)

Candice - May 14, 2021, 6:02 p.m.

Is there anything that the coconut can be substituted with?

PUL Team - May 15, 2021, 10:31 p.m.

Hello Candice! We haven't tested it out, but perhaps some finely chopped nuts (such as almonds or pecans) or another dried fruit would work well. Let us know if you give either a try 😃

Andreea - July 25, 2021, 9 a.m.

I substituted with ground almonds and they taste so good :)

Karolina - April 28, 2021, 3:25 p.m.

You huuge inspiration :) thanks!

Dorothy - March 31, 2021, 10:16 p.m.

Simple and simply delicious!

PUL Team - April 3, 2021, 1:05 a.m.

Some of our favorite things! Thanks, Dorothy :)

Indra - March 30, 2021, 1:04 a.m.

Can't wait to make these for my boyfriend <3 and introduce healthy non commercial snacking :)))
Also, lovely website!

PUL Team - April 2, 2021, 11:56 p.m.

We hope you enjoy them, Indra! Thank you 🙂

Eveliina - March 29, 2021, 10:13 a.m.

These balls are wonderful! Very easy to make. Highly recommend!

PUL Team - April 2, 2021, 11:27 p.m.

Thank you, Eveliina :D

Daphni - March 29, 2021, 9:12 a.m.

Oh, my.... these are one of the most delicious thing I have eaten!! Be careful, it is impossible to stop after you start ;)
Thank you for one more amazing recipe beautifully written and filmed PUL team!
Lots of love from Berlin

PUL Team - April 2, 2021, 10:45 p.m.

Thank YOU, Daphni, for the glowing review! Sending lots of love to Berlin 😍

Kim - March 22, 2021, 9:23 a.m.

H, I would love to make something like these, but I'm sorry, I can't stand coconut! Do you have a recomendation of something else that would work in it's place?

PUL Team - April 2, 2021, 2:24 a.m.

Hey there, Kim! We can't say for certain as we haven't tried it, but crushed nuts (such as almonds, walnuts, pistachios or pecans) may be a nice sub. Alternatively, you could try our Chocolate Fudge Brownie Bites for a similar styled recipe. If you're interested, you can search for this recipe on the blog. Let us know if you give either a try 😁