Chocolate Coconut Bites (gluten-free, vegan, whole grain)

These gluten-free, vegan and dairy-free chocolate coconut bites are a breeze to make and are perfect for when you just need a little sweetness!

I know a lot of people try to avoid sweets after the holidays, but I still crave dessert, although not treats as rich as this paleo chocolate cheesecake or vegan chocolate pudding.

The only problem is that after a full month of nearly constant cookie baking, I’m far too lazy to make anything involved. The simpler, the better – and if it’s kind of healthy? Bonus!

Dairy-free, Gluten-free and Vegan Chocolate Coconut Bites – perfect for when you just need a little sweetness!

These vegan and gluten-free chocolate coconut bites that I made for Food Fanatic are the perfect remedy for those of us who want something a little sweet after the holidays. They really only take 5 minutes to make and you don’t even need to turn on the oven (the same goes for these no-bake oatmeal cookies and peanut butter no-bake cookies!

I made something similar last year after the holidays, these chocolate hazelnut fudge bites, and was excited to try an almond version.

As written, the recipe yields 28 balls but I usually only make a fourth. If I made the full recipe, I’d probably eat 9 of them, get a stomachache, and then be sad for the rest of the day. I’m all for recipes with built-in portion control!

Gluten-free, Vegan and Dairy-free Chocolate Coconut Bites – perfect for when you just need a little sweetness!

And they’re pretty dietary friendly. If you use certified gluten-free oats, they’re gluten-free. They’re also dairy-free and vegan, as long as you use dairy-free chocolate.

If you’re not vegan and don’t want to use maple syrup, honey would probably work just as well (though I haven’t tried it and can’t guarantee it). And hey, they’re 100% whole grain because of the oats so you’re getting your fiber, too!

These don’t taste super coconutty, so if you want more coconut flavor, be sure to use roasted coconut. You could also roll them in it! Or add some coconut extract. And if you love coconut + chocolate, try this coconut chocolate chip vegan ice cream from Beaming Baker! I also have an amazing chocolate coconut granola recipe.

This post first appeared on Food Fanatic: vegan chocolate cookies.

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45 comments on “Chocolate Coconut Bites (gluten-free, vegan, whole grain)” — Add one!

  • Jean Choi
    June 15, 2021 @ 12:58 am

    Love how simple these are! They are great when I need a quick sweet tooth fix.

  • Lori Kauffman says
    August 3, 2016 @ 10:30 pm

    I just made these, and they were great! A nice recipe for the summer that doesn’t use the oven or stove. Thank you!

    • Erin replies to Lori Kauffman
      August 4, 2016 @ 9:14 pm

      Awesome! So happy that you liked them. :) Thanks for your comment!

  • shannon
    April 20, 2015 @ 3:52 am

    These are great!! I substituted hazelnut butter for the almond butter (it’s all I had) and added a little sprinkling of salt. Tastes a bit like coconut nutella balls!

    • Erin replies to shannon
      April 20, 2015 @ 9:16 pm

      Mmm! I love the thought of these with hazelnut flour. So happy that you liked them and thanks for the feedback. :)

  • Nikki @ NikSnacks
    January 13, 2015 @ 8:22 pm

    how fun! These look great!

  • Nutmeg Nanny says
    January 12, 2015 @ 6:40 am

    My best friend is coming for a visit this upcoming weekend and she would adore these! I’m so making them :)

    • Erin replies to Nutmeg Nanny
      January 12, 2015 @ 10:34 am

      I hope you’ll both enjoy them if you try them! :)

  • Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) says
    January 12, 2015 @ 3:18 am

    I so hear you about not wanting to make anything too involved. After this year, I was so baked out! So glad to have something quick and easy like these little bites!

  • Martha @ A Family Feast says
    January 11, 2015 @ 9:04 pm

    Chocolate and coconut are one of my favorite combinations! These look delicious!

  • Kate @ Diethood
    January 11, 2015 @ 4:37 am

    I cannot live without sweets! That is why I always nibble on healthified bites! I am adding yours to my repertoire… coconut and I are like *thiiiiis*!

  • Beate says
    January 10, 2015 @ 10:19 pm

    These not only sound fantastic but also are so super cute. Love that they are dairy free plus easy to make. Pinning it to make later :) ~ Thank you, Erin and Happy New Year to you and yours :)

    • Erin replies to Beate
      January 12, 2015 @ 11:33 am

      Thanks so much, Beate! And thanks for pinning and I hope you’re enjoying the new year. :)

  • Angela {Mind Over Batter} says
    January 10, 2015 @ 8:01 pm

    There’s truly nothing like the combination of coconut and chocolate. I’m feeling a bit post-holiday lazy as well. I need to whip up a batch of these!

  • Cookin Canuck says
    January 10, 2015 @ 5:20 pm

    There is nothing better than the combo of chocolate and coconut, and these look like the perfect treat when the sweet tooth comes a-callin’.

  • Paula - bell'alimento says
    January 10, 2015 @ 3:46 pm

    Talk about a perfect bite! Love coconut and chocolate together.

  • candace says
    January 10, 2015 @ 1:56 am

    Definitely making these this weekend!

    ps- I’ve been loving all the chocolate I won from your giveaway, thanks again!

    • Erin replies to candace
      January 12, 2015 @ 11:46 am

      I hope you like them! And so happy that you’re enjoying the chocolate. :)

  • Lana | Never Enough Thyme says
    January 9, 2015 @ 11:18 pm

    I always enjoy a bite of something sweet after a meal. These look so delicious and easy, too!

  • Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes says
    January 9, 2015 @ 11:11 pm

    These would great! I think I would add the extra coconut, too! I love me some coconut :)

    • Erin replies to Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes
      January 12, 2015 @ 11:47 am

      I know! I always think of this stuff after I take the pictures. Rolling them in coconut would’ve been smart!

  • The Food Hunter says
    January 9, 2015 @ 10:12 pm

    I want to try these ASAP

  • Sara
    January 9, 2015 @ 9:49 pm

    These look super yummy! Any idea how many calories per ball?

    • Erin replies to Sara
      January 9, 2015 @ 10:31 pm

      Thanks, Sara! I don’t have that info but you can copy and paste the recipe here for that info, if you like. I hope you’ll enjoy them if you try them! :)

      • Sara
        replies to Erin
        January 9, 2015 @ 11:10 pm

        Thank you so much! I had no idea that website existed. How cool! :)

        • Erin replies to Sara
          January 12, 2015 @ 11:48 am

          No problem! It is pretty neat. :)

  • Charlotte Moore
    January 9, 2015 @ 4:47 pm

    These look very tasty and love the easy part.

  • Jennifer Farley says
    January 9, 2015 @ 4:37 pm

    This is one of my favorite types of desserts, I love the portions. Delicious!

    • Erin replies to Jennifer Farley
      January 9, 2015 @ 10:32 pm

      Really?! That’s good to hear. I almost didn’t want to post them because I thought people would find them super boring. So thanks for your comment. :)

  • Carla says
    January 9, 2015 @ 9:54 am

    You nailed it with this one! Fast, easy and made with everything I already have in the pantry. Thanks!

    • Erin replies to Carla
      January 9, 2015 @ 10:38 pm

      Thanks, Carla! I hope you’ll enjoy them if you try them. :)

  • Jess says
    January 9, 2015 @ 4:01 am

    What a great, healthy snack! These look so good, I’d probably eat way too many at once too – great idea to just make a fourth of the recipe at a time.

    • Erin replies to Jess
      January 9, 2015 @ 10:39 pm

      Thanks! And right?! I don’t need so many sweets, especially now. :)

  • Nora (A Clean Bake) says
    January 8, 2015 @ 9:24 pm

    I’m totally with you: I still want dessert (especially chocolate) but in lighter/faster/effortless form, if possible. Yep, these are definitely making it possible :)

    • Erin replies to Nora (A Clean Bake)
      January 9, 2015 @ 10:45 pm

      Haha. Yes! Dessert needs to be super quick and easy at this point. :)

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen says
    January 8, 2015 @ 8:50 pm

    Chocolate coconut bites are such a staple at our house. Completely irresistible yet so nutritious! Cannot wait to try your recipe, Erin. Thanks for sharing!

    • Erin replies to Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen
      January 9, 2015 @ 10:52 pm

      I hope you’ll enjoy them if you try them out! And that’s great that they’re a staple at your house. :) So much better than chips and other processed snacks!


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