No Bake Coconut Snowball Cookies

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Recipe courtesy of Diana Bauman’s Nourishing Cookies for a Healthy Holiday

We’ve been so excited to bring you this recipe. My daughter and I have been planning our week around it. No kidding!

My friend Diana from My Humble Kitchen came out with her new cookbook, Nourishing Cookies for a Healthy Holiday. It’s gorgeous and includes 10 naturally sweetened cookie recipes.


My daughter looked through the book, figuring which cookie she’d like to make first. Then Diana gave us permission to make and share the no-bake coconut snowball cookies, so we knew just what to do.

And here they are — made entirely by my daughter! So beautiful, right? And incredibly easy (no-bake). And delicious. And nourishing. Just what you want in a cookie!

A Few Notes

When you make these, you’ll notice the first step is making “coconut butter” out of shredded coconut and coconut oil. This alone is pretty cool. Because you’ve probably run into recipes (like my coconut cream frosting) calling for coconut butter and you plumb don’t have any. Well this recipe teaches you how to make it — so now you know how to do it for all those other recipes. If you already have coconut butter, use 1/2 cup for this recipe.

Secondly, the recipe has two variations — the no-bake cookie rolled in shredded coconut or the no-bake cookie dipped in chocolate then topped with coconut. I bet you can guess which option we chose. ;)

Finally, the verdict. Delicious! We love them and will make them often. Thanks, Diana!

No Bake Coconut Snowball Cookies

Shared with permission from Diana Bauman’s Nourishing Cookies for a Healthy Holiday.

Makes 15 cookies.

1. Place 1 cup shredded coconut and 3 tsp coconut oil into the bowl of a food processor. Process on high speed, scraping down the sides every once in a while, until it reaches a butter consistency. (We used the Vitamix as our food processor wasn’t yielding a smooth coconut butter. If you already have coconut butter, use 1/2 cup.)

2. Add the maple syrup, coconut milk, vanilla extract, and salt and process on high speed until all of the ingredients have combined.

3. Add 3/4 cup of additional shredded coconut and process on high speed until all of the ingredients have combined and formed a batter.

4. Shape the coconut mixture into 1” balls and coat with the additional shredded coconut. Refrigerate for at last an hour or up to a week.

5. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Variation: Chocolate Snowballs

1. If you’d like to make these extra special, omit the final coating of shredded coconut in step 4 above. Allow the shaped coconut balls to firm up in the refrigerator, preferably overnight.

2. Once the coconut balls have firmed up, melt the dark chocolate in a small saucepan over medium heat. This should only take a minute or two.

3. Once the chocolate is melted, dip the coconut balls into the melted chocolate and sprinkle them with the shredded coconut. Allow the chocolate to harden by placing the coconut balls back into the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes.

About The Book: Nourishing Cookies


Nourishing Cookies for a Healthy Holiday ($4.99) contains 10 deletable naturally sweetened cookie recipes:

  • Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
  • Mexican Orange Cookies
  • Spanish Polvorones (Almond Cookies)
  • No Bake Coconut Snowballs
  • Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Chewy Molasses Cookies
  • Buttered Cutout Cookies
  • Cherry, Almond, and Dark Chocolate Biscotti
  • Almond, Orange, Shortbread Cookies
  • Soft “Sugar” Cookies with Honeyed Buttercream Frosting
  • Plus 2 traditional bonus recipes! Turrón de Navidad and Buñuelos de Viento

If you don’t know a lot about natural sweeteners such as honey, maple syrup, or rapadura, don’t worry. Diana gives a great overview in the introduction. Plus Diana is a cookie master and she shares her best cookie tips in the book. Get more info or purchase the book here.

If you’re looking for a nourishing cookies that aren’t sweetened with white sugar or heavily sweetened, you’ll find treasures in this book. If you’re looking for easy recipes that even kids can do (with great results), you’ll love this book. Give the recipe above a try and let me know what you think!

What are your favorite holiday cookie recipes? Have you been able to convert them to lightly and naturally sweetened treats? If you make this recipe, please let me know how you like it!

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  1. Dona says

    When the recipe calls for “Coconut milk” is that in the can or in the refrigerate section???
    This sounds delicious!!! Once I have the coconut milk, I’ll be fixing these!!! :) Happy Thanksgiving

  2. says

    I’m working this season on converting our recipes. I have a few standbys like the candy cane cookies and gingerbread, but I always like to try something new. I’d love to try these. We have all the ingredients and look different than anything else we’ve tried. I like variety on my cookie tray. :)

  3. Kristen says

    Any ideas of what I could use in place of the coconut milk? We don’t use anything canned or packaged. Maybe some thick cream off the top of milk?

    • says

      Kristen — Sure, that would work. Or you can make homemade coconut milk from shredded coconut. Use 4 cups hot water (or less for a thicker milk) with 2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut and a pinch of sea salt. Blend on high for 2 to 3 minutes. Strain through cheesecloth. Chill. Have fun! :)

  4. Debi says

    These are fabulous! I would like to try them next with the chocolate! The down side of my homemade chocolate (honey, cacoa and coconut oil) is that it is messy as it softens. But I will give it a try………thanks for the snowball recipe!

  5. Angela Bergeron says

    It sounds yummy thank you! I’m thinking of adding pb to it. Do you think I could just add it to the recipe or should I omit something?

  6. says

    love finding healthy ways to use coconuts in a dessert. With coconut trees on our property we seem to have a lot around, actually giving some to friends when we end up with to many. I will be putting this recipe into the coconut file to be used as soon as possible.

  7. Misha Lentz says

    My mom used to always make a a non-vegan version of these around the holidays. Loved them! Can’t wait to make my very own. I think I might try adding a pecan in the middle.

  8. chaya says

    Hi! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!
    By any chance, can you recommend a ‘healthy’ recipe for a basic cookie dough that can be rolled out?
    I’m hoping not to use gluten..
    Many thanks!

  9. Jane Beck says

    These look awesome! Can they be frozen? I see that they will last for a week in the fridge but I wanted to do some baking ahead of time.

  10. says

    I was able to yield 8 cookies from this recipe. The rolls are fairly small, too. Not quite sure how to get 15. All came out very tasty, though !

  11. Emily says

    I was in the process of molding the coconut snowballs, when I gave one to my sibling who needed to satisfy his sweet tooth, and he LOVED it…and that was before I had the chance to dip them in chocolate! Thanks for sharing, Wardeh, I look forward to bringing them to our Thanksgiving festivities tomorrow.

  12. Heather says

    Hello :) I realized late but tried to use coupin code. stated expired. Little dissapointed…still technically Fri.


  13. Katja Moos says

    I just clicked through to buy the book and tried using the coupon gnowfglins, but got message “coupon expired” :( It’s 11:33pm ET, Nov 29

  14. Janet says

    Just wondering if it’s possible to get the nutritional values to the cookies? So important for diabetics and those that cook/bake for them.
    Thank you.

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