Clean Snacks/ Gluten-Free

Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter Balls

45 degree close-up view of stacked chocolate coconut peanut butter balls on white plate

This variation of peanut butter balls is one of my all time favorites! The cocao and coconut gives this favorite snack of ours a nice change! There isn’t an overwhelming coconut flavor, so if coconut isn’t your thing, I would say to give them a try anyway and see what you think. I wasn’t so sure about the coconut at first and how my girls would react, but to my surprise they loved the slight coconut flavor these offer… and let’s be honest, they just look pretty being rolled in coconut.

These start with a base of peanut butter, but then I added in cacao powder, which helps to thicken the peanut butter and create a thicker/stickier base for the balls. Make sure you are using cacao as opposed to cocoa powder too! Wait, what… there is a difference between those you may be asking!? Yes, there is a huge difference between cocao and cocoa, and it’s not just the spelling. I’ll keep it high level, but essentially they are both derived from the same place, the cocao bean, however how they are processed is very different. Cocao is made from cold-pressing the bean (think less processing), which keeps the enzymes and higher antioxidant content. Cocoa is treated with high temperatures, which diminishes the nutritional value and reduces the enzyme content. Cocao is a true superfood (one of the many reasons I love cocao) which is high in minerals like magnesium, iron, zinc, and calcium. I recommend you buy certified organic raw cocao to ensure you are getting purest, most antioxidant rich form and the greatest health benefits.

So, these little balls of joy are packed with protein (peanut butter & chia seeds), fiber (oats & chia seeds), antioxidants and minerals (cocao), and contain just the right amount of sweetness to make this a little treat, the perfect snack, or a great addition to my kids’ lunches!

Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter Balls

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Serves: 24 Cooking Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup cocao powder
  • 2 1/4 cups gluten-free oats
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut; divided



Mix the peanut butter, honey, and cocao powder in small bowl.


Mix the oats, chia seeds, and 1/4 cup of the shredded coconut in large bowl.


Combine the peanut butter mix with oat mix in large bowl and mix until all of the oats are coated and the mixture is well blended.


Place the remaining 1/4 cup coconut in small bowl. Roll the oat mixture into approximately 1" balls and roll in shredded coconut.


Store in the refrigerator.




These are best stored in the refrigerator and will stay fresh for up to 5 days. Recommend using organic ingredients wherever possible.

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