I’ve always seen these super white, fresh looking bliss balls over Pinterest yet i had never attempted to make them myself. Of course i have made many bliss ball recipes but not ones that are pretty in white (oh they just look so magical don’t they?!). Introducing my Coconut Lemon Balls, a very simple and tasty treat for you to make. These beauties are gluten free and no bake. They came out exactly the way i pictured them!
Now we all love bliss balls but since they are so incredibly easy, you want them to be absolutely amazing right?! Only 5 ingredients and you will have yourself a batch of beautiful, fresh, light, delicious sweet treats! There is no chocolate in sight which is very very rare for me. After making these coconut lemon balls, my mum mentioned to me that chocolate on them would be fabulous! I 100% agree because when isn’t chocolate a good idea..? So i welcome you to add chocolate to your bliss balls if you desire. Dip them in melted chocolate, drizzle them in chocolate or completely coat them in melted chocolate, the options are endless! This is such a wonderful base coconut ball recipe with a touch of fresh lemon that it’s a great on-the-go snack idea and completely versitile! Now i did use honey in mine but if you want to make them completely vegan, just switch out the honey for maple syrup, simple as that!
All done in the processor = less cleaning = more eating time
As you probably know by now if you have followed my recipes for the past 6 months, i do enjoy using coconut water when i bake particular recipes. Why? Because it’s great! Whenever you see a recipe call for a little water, try coconut water for added nutrients and flavour, you won’t be disappointed. My personal favourite coconut water is from Cocobella. Organic and straight from the coconut with no added sugar or preservatives, yasss… that is what you want! Let me know how you go with these little bites of deliciousness, enjoy!Print
Coconut Lemon Bliss Balls
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 12 1x
- 2 ¼ cups desiccated coconut
- Zest of 1 medium/large lemon
- Juice of half the lemon
- 2 Tbsp coconut cream, chilled
- 2 Tbsp coconut water or regular plain water
- 3 Tbsp maple syrup, or rice malt syrup or honey if not vegan
- Line a baking tray with parchment paper, set aside.
- Add all ingredients to a high-speed food processor.
- Pulse a couple of times to incorporate ingredients then process on high until well combined and mixture begins to stick together.
- Pick up approx. 1-2 tablespoon of mixture to create small round balls.
- Add more desiccated coconut if mixture doesn’t hold it’s shape when formed into balls.
- Place on prepared baking tray, continue with remaining mixture.
- Set in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy!
Store in an airtight container, refrigerated, for 1 week – 10 days. You may need to add more desiccated coconut to the mixture if the balls begin to fall apart and won’t stick together when forming into the balls.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
Lovely recipe.can I use vegan condensed milk instead of coconut cream and maple syrup?
Thanks Richa! Yes you can certainly try using vegan condensed milk in place of the coconut cream and maple syrup. The condensed milk is thicker so the consistency of the bliss balls im sure will turn out great still! Enjoy and I hope that helps 🙂
Thanks for sharing! Do they keep long?
Hi Vanessa, apologies for my delayed response. Yes! These bliss balls will keep in your refrigerator for a good 1 week - 10 days. Hope that helps 🙂
This looks so good! Do you use this base with any other mix ins?
Hi Suzanne, apologies for my delayed response. Thank you 🙂 You can definitely use this as a base and mix in other fun ingredients. Just be sure to keep adding enough of the liquid to help them stick together after adding in other ingredients. Hope that helps!
Can i just used shredded coconut instead of desiccated coconut?
Hi Lindsay, I haven't personally used shredded coconut before in this recipe but I do think it will work! Shredded coconut is a little dryer than the desiccated but for these bliss balls, I think you will be fine. I hope that helps! 🙂
Thank you so much for responding! I will make it tonight and will share how it turns out..
You're most welcome Lindsay, always here to help! I hope they turned out delicious! x
Hello, these look really good but I'm just wondering what the nutrition infomation is? Would be great if you could include the caleries or something. Thankyou 🙂
Hi Hailey, thank you so much! I have now added in a nutritional panel for this recipe, here's the link:
Hope that helps! 🙂
Thanks for sharing! What is coconut cream?
Thanks Vanessa! Coconut cream is a thicker and richer version of coconut milk. It's is the fat that rises to the top of the coconut milk. Perfect for a dairy free version of regular cows milk cream, hope that helps! 🙂
Hi there, I've just made some and they're delicious! How long would they keep in the freezer? Thanks!
Hi Carla, apologies for my delayed response. That's wonderful you enjoyed these bliss balls! I think they would keep in the freezer for however long you needed, no time limit! x
Lucy Fraser says
Hey, sound great, do they freeze?
Hi Lucy, you sure can freeze these! x
Josephine B says
Hi, I've just come across your recipe and found that you're using "cocobella coconut water". I live in Australia and have never heard of this product, so where am I liking to find it. In a supermarket, Asian store or health shop. Would love to try these for Christmas and I'm a real lemon lover.
Hi Josephine! You can find Cocobella's coconut water in Woolworths, Coles and IGA Supermarkets. Usually in the aisle where they carry bottled water. Hope you're able to give this recipe a go. If you still can't find the coconut water, you can also use regular water. Hope this helps! x
Hi there cocobella water can be found at IGA stores. I live in Melbourne and my local store stocks it all year round.
I was a bit worried that these wouldn't hold together (even though I didn't try!) I melted a small chunk of cocoa butter and added that to the mix. They were really easy to work and held shape perfectly. Thanks for the recipe it is awesome!
Hi Kerry, wonderful to hear! I find with this recipe, the longer you beat the mixture in the processor, the better it will hold it's shape because the desiccated coconut almost turns into a coconut butter (if processed for long enough of course). I'm happy to hear your's still work out though, enjoy! x
I am not vegan, but so you are aware if these have honey in them they are not vegan.
Hi Ashley, yes I'm aware that honey is not vegan, that is why I stated in my blog post to sub it with maple syrup for a vegan version. Otherwise this recipe isn't promoted as being a vegan recipe as I did use honey 🙂
Jasmine Overton says
Hi I’m a new girl, my name is Jasmine
I have never used coconut cream or coconut butter, where can I find them?
Also I’m on very strict diet, and lost 14 kilos, are these these beautiful looking coconut balls low in fat, it doesn’t sound like it is...
But they look so delicious
Hi Jasmine! Congratulations on the weight loss!
There is more desiccated coconut in these balls than coconut cream, but coconut is a good fat, a healthy fat. I would recommend you take a look at this article (link below) it's really informative about coconut and it's myths surrounding fat:
You can find coconut cream, coconut butter, coconut milk etc. from any health food store. Regular supermarkets also sell these products, mostly in the Asian food aisle. I prefer to purchase organic so that is why I get mine from my organic health food store.
So these delicious bliss balls are absolutely fine for you to enjoy as a sweet healthy treat :). I hope this helps Jasmine and thanks for stopping by! xx
Christina Muscat says
Hi, I made these 3 times in 3 days cause I love them so much! instead of shaping into balls, I pressed the mixture firmly in a rectangular plastic box, leaving an inch of space so to pull them effortlessly and froze them for an hour. Amazing! I wonder if I can make them with oranges instead of lemons?
Hi Christina! That's wonderful! So happy to hear you're enjoying the recipe, they're so delicious! You can definitely use oranges in place of the lemon, I think that would be a great new flavour for this recipe. I think I actually might try that myself! Enjoy and let me know how you go! xx
Can I use coconut butter in place of coconut cream? Dying to make these.
Hi Rachel! Yes I think using coconut butter would work. Because it's thicker in consistency, it will help hold the balls together. If they're still struggling to hold their shape, just keep adding a little more honey (or maple syrup/rice malt syrup if vegan) until they balls hold together. I think the coconut butter will had a lovely flavour too, hope this helps, enjoy! xx
Hi. Have just tried making these but with no success. They wouldn't come together. I added more coconut cream then tried coconut oil but nothing worked???
Hi Victoria, try adding more of the desiccated coconut instead. This will help them hold their shape where as the liquid will make them more sloppy if too much is added. Alternatively, add more of the honey, one tablespoon at a time, if the additions of the coconut still aren't working. Hope this helps!
in my recipe at home, I use 1 to 1 coconut cream(manna) and dried coconut flakes. It creates a nice creamy treat.
Deb Cole says
These look amazing! I want to make for the kids lunches do you think they will melt if not refrigerated?
Hi Deb, thanks so much! No, they won't melt during the day when not refrigerated. I would recommend though, when you first make them, to refrigerate them for a few hours or overnight just so they have had time to set. Then they should be all good to go for the day in the kids lunches! x
Fantastic they will love them. I was just about to make them and realised I have loads of coconut milk but no cream. Back to the shops I go!
Oh no! Well I hope when you get your coconut cream you will be able to make many batches! Hope everyone enjoys! xx
Noelle Parton says
Love the use of coconut water in these! I've got some leftover coconut from making coconut milk that I'm thinking are going to end up as these.
Hi Noelle, that sounds like a fabulous idea! I think you will enjoy them with your homemade coconut water! Hope you enjoy! xx