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Raw Cacao Balls

Brenda Janschek
Gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free
Total Time 15 mins


  • 2.5 cups desiccated coconut
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup of raw honey or pure maple syrup or rice malt syrup add up to 1/3 cup of sweetener if needed
  • ½ cup cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • Put all the ingredients into a food processor and whiz them together well (If you don’t have a food processor try mixing all by hand)
  • Mixture should be wet but not soaked. If you find it too wet just add extra coconut and mix; too dry, add more oil
  • Roll the mixture into tablespoons size balls with your hands then roll the ball into shredded coconut and place them on a cookie tray
  • Pop them in the freezer for approx 20 mins or until they set (doesn’t take long)
  • Either store in the freezer (where they become firm, but not frozen) or the fridge


If popping into lunchbox, ensure you do so with an ice-brick otherwise they will 'melt' due to the coconut oil