The best coconut balls with only 3 simple ingredients. My homemade no-bake coconut truffles are vegan, gluten-free, healthy, paleo-friendly, and easy to make. These homemade Raffaello are ready in 15 minutes and the recipe will fix all coconut cravings.
No-Bake Raffaello Coconut Balls
Yes I know, I am posting another dessert with coconut. But if you adore coconuts as much as I do, you will understand me! 😀 When I was a kid I loved eating Bounty and Raffaello candy! If you never heard of the latter before, it’s a popular coconut candy from the Italian manufacturer Ferrero. Each Raffaello praline contains a white milk cream, a spherical wafer, and one almond in the middle. It’s seriously SO delicious!
Of course, I had to make my own homemade version which is vegan! And here they are, my favorite coconut truffles. I was working on this recipe for quite a while, as I was never 100% satisfied, but now I am very happy with the result! Hopefully, you will love it as much as I do.
I tried to make the recipe as easy as possible for you (therefore, my version doesn’t contain a wafer), yet it’s super delicious! You don’t even need a blender or food processor to make these Raffaello balls, just one bowl.
If you have a craving for coconut, simply eat one of these coconut bliss balls, and you’ll feel instantly happier! They are the perfect snack on the go and I always make sure to also keep many of them in the refrigerator and/or freezer!
3 Simple Ingredients
Did you know that coconuts contain healthy fiber and lauric acid which is so beneficial for our health? Yes, they also contain a lot of fat, but it’s a healthy fat that won’t make you fat. To learn more about lauric acid and its health benefits, check out this article.
The three ingredients used in these coconut truffles are:
- Coconut Butter – It’s also known as coconut manna! Made from desiccated coconut (also known as shredded unsweetened coconut). I often make my own coconut butter. Read below how it can be done. You could also replace a part of the coconut butter with cashew butter.
- Shredded unsweetened coconut – You could also use coconut flakes and process them in a food processor or blender for a few seconds.
- Maple Syrup – Any other liquid sweetener like agave syrup, brown rice syrup, date syrup, etc. is fine. If you use 100% pure maple syrup, the coconut balls will be paleo-friendly!
You can put an almond inside each coconut ball (optional) if you want a similar taste to Raffaello candy.
If you make your own coconut butter, you actually just need two (2!!) ingredients for this recipe. Can it be easier and less complicated? I don’t think so!
All ingredients with measurements and nutrition facts are in the printable recipe card below.
Homemade Coconut Butter
It’s not necessary to make your own coconut butter for this recipe, but I often get asked how I make coconut butter. So, here are my instructions:
Simply process about 3 cups of shredded unsweetened coconut in a food processor until it turns into coconut butter and has a creamy texture. Scrape down the sides of your food processor from time to time.
You can add a little coconut oil to make the process easier and faster! It takes about 20 minutes to make your own coconut butter, therefore, I would recommend using store-bought coconut butter for this simple recipe.
How To Make Coconut Balls?
It’s seriously so easy to make this simple dessert. Check the step-by-step photos below:
- Put the melted coconut butter (you can melt it in a double boiler or in a microwave) into a bowl. Add maple syrup, the shredded unsweetened coconut, and stir with a spoon.
- Place the bowl in the freezer for about 5-10 minutes so that the mixture gets firmer. Then shape 8 coconut balls with your hands. You can also add one almond in the center of each ball (optional).
- Finally, roll the coconut truffles in shredded unsweetened coconut and store them in the fridge. Enjoy!
These Homemade Coconut Truffles Are:
- Vegan (dairy-free)
- Refined sugar-free
- No-Bake (no oven required)
- Paleo-friendly (if using 100% pure maple syrup)
- Healthier than most coconut candy
- Easy to make
- Ready in 15 minutes
If you try these coconut balls, please leave a comment below and/or tag me in your Instagram or Facebook post with @elavegan #elavegan so that I can see your homemade coconut candy!
Make sure to also check out my other vegan coconut recipes:
- Vegan Coconut Cake
- Homemade Vegan Bounty Bars
- No-Bake Vegan Coconut Cups
- Strawberry Coconut Cheesecake Bars
- Lemon Coconut Balls
- Homemade Coconut Milk
Coconut Balls (Raffaello)
- Put the melted coconut butter (you can melt it in a double boiler or in a microwave), maple syrup, and the shredded unsweetened coconut into a small bowl, stir with a spoon.
- Place the bowl in the freezer for about 5-10 minutes so that the mixture gets firmer. Shape 8 coconut balls with your hands. You can add one almond in the center of each ball (optional).
- Roll the balls in shredded unsweetened coconut and store leftovers in the fridge or freezer. Enjoy!
- Coconut Butter - Coconut butter is also known as coconut manna! It's made from desiccated coconut (also known as shredded unsweetened coconut). I often make my own coconut butter. Read the blog post above to find out how to make homemade coconut butter. You could also replace a part of the coconut butter with cashew butter.
- Shredded unsweetened coconut - Same as desiccated coconut. You could also use coconut flakes and process them in a food processor for a few seconds.
- Maple Syrup - Any other liquid sweetener is fine.
- Nutrition facts are for one coconut bliss ball.
Nutrition information is an estimate and has been calculated automatically
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