These no bake coconut balls with condensed milk have a deep, rich flavor that is so satisfying! You make it with just a couple of simple ingredients, and you wind up with a sweet treat that’s worthy of any special occasion. This is a delicious recipe that you can pull out any time of the year that you need a special treat.
Coconut Balls AKA Coconut Truffles
Another name for these delicious coconut balls is coconut truffles. Add almonds and chocolate, and each one is a little almond joy candy bar. But more on that later.
I love no bake desserts, especially when I have to use my oven for other things. This is a great addition to any dessert table, and no one has to know how easy they are to make.
Since it’s such an easy dessert recipe, you’ll want to make these often. Make them for parties, potlucks, or whatever … but don’t forget to keep some for yourself and your family.
This is not only a delicious treat, but it’s also budget friendly using a couple of simple ingredients that you can find on the baking aisle at any grocery store. And when I say a couple, I mean that literally! There are only 2 ingredients!
Here they are:
- Desiccated coconut (also shredded coconut or coconut flakes)
- Sweetened condensed milk
However, if you would like to make these even better or offer a variety of flavors, here are some add-ons you might want to try:
- Dark chocolate (using semi-sweet chocolate chips)
- White chocolate
- Milk chocolate
- Vanilla extract
- Almond extract
For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.
*Note: You can make the holidays or any special occasion even more festive by adding a few drops of food coloring to the coconut. I like these any time of year, and it’s fun to add color to brighten the day.
For Christmas time, add a few green and red coconut balls to the ones without the food coloring. For Halloween or even Thanksgiving, you can use yellow and orange. If you want to serve these for a baby shower, you can do a gender reveal by coloring them pink or blue.
How to Make No Bake Coconut Balls with Condensed Milk
Before you begin mixing any of the ingredients, put about 1/2 cup of coconut flakes in a small bowl and set it aside. If you want more coconut on them, you can add more flakes to this bowl.
Just remember that a little coconut goes a long way when you’re just coating the balls.
Pour the remaining coconut flakes and the entire can of sweetened condensed milk into a large mixing bowl.
Stir them together until well mixed.
You can use either a small cookie scoop or tablespoon to scoop out the coconut mixture. Form the mixture into 1-inch balls.
In order to keep the coconut mixture from sticking to your hands, lightly coat your hands with oil.
Roll each ball into the coconut flakes that you set aside. Place them on a baking pan or cookie sheet in a single layer. You can cover the pan with waxed paper, parchment paper, aluminum foil … or don’t cover it at all.
Put the pan of coconut balls in the refrigerator and chill for at least an hour. I prefer to leave them longer so they have a chance to dry out a bit and get really firm.
More Tips for Making the Best Coconut Balls
Follow the instructions to make delicious coconut balls, and they’ll turn out great! Here are some extra tips:
- Start with the freshest and best ingredients you can afford.
- Mix the ingredients well for even distribution. But don’t over-mix because that may cause the coconut balls to be too dense.
- Add some of your favorite flavors to vary the taste. A small amount of lemon extract will delight people who enjoy the balance of sweet and tart.
- Make sure the mixture is well chilled to help roll it into balls.
- Use a scoop or measuring spoon to get consistency in the size of the coconut balls.
- For an elegant presentation, place each coconut ball in a small cupcake liner. Foil liners add a festive touch.
- Drizzle a little bit of chocolate or fruit sauce over the coconut balls.
Next Level Coconut Truffles
That’s all you need to do for coconut balls. However, if you’re a chocolate lover, you can add a little bit of cocoa powder to the mixture for chocolate coconut truffles.
You can also add mini chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, or even sprinkles to the coconut mixture. I’ve even put almonds in the center of each ball.
If you want, you can even coat the coconut balls in chocolate. Melt chocolate chips or a chocolate bar in a double boiler or a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave. Then gently lower each ball into the melted chocolate to coat them. Place them on a waxed paper, parchment paper, or aluminum foil covered pan.
This no bake recipe is extremely flexible. That’s why it’s one of my favorite things to add to the dessert table.
How to Keep Coconut Balls
These coconut balls will be good for at least a week if you refrigerate them. You can either put them in an airtight container or seal them in plastic. I usually use a ziplock bag.
If you want to keep them longer, put them in an airtight container and freeze them for up to a couple of months. If you freeze them, thaw before serving.
Make these ahead of the holiday season and freeze them. That way, if you need an extra dessert or treat, you’ll have one at the ready. All you have to do is set them out and let them thaw at room temperature for about an hour, and they’re ready to enjoy!
Are No Bake Coconut Balls Vegan?
When made with sweetened condensed milk, these coconut balls are not vegan. However, if you substitute coconut milk, sugar, and vanilla, they are.
More Delicious Treats
I love making yummy desserts, especially those that require very little effort. Here are some that we enjoy:
Coconut Macaroons – Coconut lovers won’t be able to resist these super easy-to-make macaroons!
Lemon Bars – With only 3 ingredients, you’ll be able to whip up these lemon bars in a flash!
Peanut Butter Cup Brownies – There’s a reason the chocolate and peanut butter combination is so popular. These brownies are rich and wonderful!
No Bake Peanut Butter Marshmallow Bars – Here is a favorite treat for anyone who loves peanut butter desserts! It’s a fun snack for both kids and adults!
Microwave Scotcheroos – Make this traditional treat by using your microwave to keep the process super simple!
Chocolate Covered Pecans – Bet you can’t eat just one! And you don’t have to because you can make as many as you want!
Cherry Coconut Pecan Bars – These delightful bars from Southern Bite add lots of color and flavor to your dessert table!
Easy Pumpkin Bars – These pumpkin bars are a delicious treat during the holidays … or any time of year!
Mini Pumpkin Pies – Better stock up on pumpkin because these mini pumpkin pies are addictive.
Chewy Pumpkin Cookies – You won’t believe how easy these cookies are to make. And they are absolutely delicious!
Pineapple Dump Cake – When you need a quick and easy dessert that everyone will love, make this pineapple dump cake. It’s good with whipped cream, ice cream, or all by itself.
Lemon Lush Pie – This delicious layered zesty lemon lush pie satisfies the most ardent sweets lovers. Serve it and watch how quickly it disappears!
Easy but Delicious Coconut Balls
Yummy desserts and sweet treats don’t have to be complicated to taste good. Try these amazing coconut balls, and you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about!
- 14 ounces unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 ounces)
- Set aside about 1/2 cup of the coconut flakes in a small bowl. If you want more coconut on them, you can add more flakes to this bowl.
- In a large bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk and the rest of the coconut flakes.
- Stir until well mixed.
- Form tablespoon-sized balls and roll in the coconut flakes that you set aside.
- Place the balls on a flat surface in a single layer.
- Refrigerate for at least an hour or until they’re chilled before serving.
You can dress these coconut balls up according to taste. Here are some ideas:
- Form each ball around an almond and dip in melted chocolate chips. After the chocolate sets, they taste like Almond Joy candy bars.
- Add mini chocolate chips to the mixture.
- Toast the coconut that you roll the balls into.
- Make them festive for any holiday or special occasion by adding a few drops of food coloring to the coconut.
Nutrition InformationYield 10 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 274Total Fat 26gSaturated Fat 23gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 1mgSodium 20mgCarbohydrates 11gFiber 6gSugar 5gProtein 3g
The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.