Chocolate & Coconut Bounty Bliss Balls (Healthy + Vegan)

by Alena
Sep 13, 2020
table with a small bowl of homemade chocolate and coconut bliss balls

We can probably all agree that some childhood memories stay with us forever, just like our favorite sweet treats we used to enjoy. The 4-ingredient recipe we’re about to share is reminiscent of a popular dessert brand, fully vegan and bursting with coconut: Bounty bliss balls.

They can be enjoyed as a tropical cold treat in the summer or as a snowy and healthy Christmas treat to keep you away from store-bought sugar-laden truffles — plus, our Bounty bliss balls are ridiculously easy to make.

Only calling for four accessible vegan ingredients plus some dark chocolate for your optional coating, they taste almost like the “original” but are fully plant-based and made from real food.

We love that they aren’t overly sweet and look like little snowballs! These healthy coconut Bounty bliss balls make for the perfect edible gift which we love to give out to all of our family members on Christmas, by the way.

Instead of butter, white sugar, cow’s milk and milk chocolate, our healthy coconut bliss balls are fully whole food plant-based (does that tablespoon of syrup for 8 Bounty balls even count?) without taking anything away from the deliciousness.

Sure, coconut bliss balls are still decently high in saturated fat (1 cup of coconut milk has around 40 grams of saturated fat) and despite coconuts being touted as a superfood, especially for those who are dealing with heart disease, it’s best to consume only small amounts of these foods.

Thankfully, our homemade Bounty bliss balls feature mainly whole shredded coconut instead of coconut oil or milk, which means that they are richer in fiber that can mitigate some of the saturated fat. Some people even told us, they like this texture better than the store-bought Bounty bars!

Let’s go over what exactly Bounty bliss balls are, why we love them and how easy they are to create!

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What Are Bliss Balls?

Bliss balls, sometimes also called energy balls or protein balls, are very versatile healthy treats usually made from plant-based ingredients.

They range from sticky to crumbly, nutty to sweet and often feature dried fruit, nuts, seeds, oats and a plethora of spices.

Bliss balls are perfectly portable, super nutritious, great for healthy snacking and created within a couple of minutes! Plus, they work very well for meal prep and are kid-friendly.

Healthy Coconut Bounty Balls

Our favorite bliss balls these days are these healthy coconut Bounty balls. They taste very much like the famous Bounty or Raffaello truffles which we don’t want to buy or eat because they contain animal products.

Also, our recipe is completely oil-free and only requires one tablespoon of syrup for sweetening those little Bounty balls.

They are as healthy as it gets while still being a deliciously indulgent treat! Here’s why you’re going to love them, too.

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The Best Chocolate Coconut Bliss Balls

  • Easy 4-ingredient recipe
  • Tastes just like the “original”
  • Undetectably vegan
  • Rich, decadent and intensely coconutty
  • Bite-sized portable treat
  • Perfect for meal prep
  • No-bake Christmas truffles
  • Beautiful edible gift idea
  • Allergy-friendly & gluten-free

These homemade Bounty bliss balls might just ruin store-bought truffles forever because they are not overly sweet and leave you feeling great.

You can choose whether you want to create both varieties (covered in coconut plus dark chocolate) or just stick to one of them. 

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woman in white dress standing by a table and dipping homemade coconut bliss balls into melted chocolate

How to Make Bounty Bliss Balls With Chocolate

Are you as obsessed with coconut as we are? Let’s go make super easy and secretly healthy Bounty bliss balls with a dark chocolate coating — or just coat them in more coconut for some better-than-the-original Raffaello balls.

Either way, you only need about 15 minutes of preparation time but keep in mind that the coconut mixture has to rest for about an hour in the fridge before you can begin rolling and coating the little balls.

Using a food processor, simply incorporate the four main ingredients for the coconut bliss balls to create a sticky mixture. Make sure that the canned coconut milk is nice and chilled so that it becomes really thick!

Now, you need to place your bliss ball mixture into a bowl, cover it and put in the fridge for about an hour. Meanwhile, prepare your coatings of choice!

We like to make a mixture of Raffaello and Bounty-type coconut bliss balls because that chocolate-coconut combination is just something else but it’s also lovely to have some variety.

three bowls on a table containing melted chocolate, shredded coconut and raffaello balls

Put about half a cup of shredded coconut into one bowl and melt some dark chocolate either in the microwave or a hot water bath. Depending on how thick you want your chocolate coating to be, you can increase the amount and dip each ball twice into the dark chocolate goodness.

Once your coconut mixture has set in the fridge, start to scoop it with a spoon or ice cream scoop and then form little balls by rolling them in your hands. Coat half of them in the prepared shredded coconut and dip the other half into your melted chocolate.

Put all of your Raffaello and Bounty bliss balls next to each other on a plate lined with some parchment paper and place them in the fridge for another hour before serving.

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white parchment paper on a table with a dozen homemade bounty and raffaello bliss balls

Ingredients for This Recipe

  • Shredded Coconut — this creates our beautifully textured coconut bliss ball base.
  • Coconut Milk — use the canned variety and make sure that it’s refrigerated so that it’s nice and thick!
  • Vanilla Extract — a must to support the subtle sweetness and it definitely adds to the truffle experience.
  • Rice Syrup — any liquid vegan sweetener will do here; for a super low-carb and syrup-free version, you can use stevia! 
  • Dark Chocolate — for the delicious Bounty-style coating! Feel free to double for an extra rich treat.

That’s pretty much it! Most of these ingredients are staples in any foodie’s kitchen and should be easy to find at most stores.

For an extra authentic truffle taste, you can add a few drops of almond extract or rum flavoring to your coconut bliss ball mixture!

To recreate traditional Raffaello balls, just hide a hazelnut for a crunchy filling in the coconut-coated variety.

As you can see, these ingredients make for low-carb coconut bliss balls, especially when swapping the syrup for no-calorie sweeteners and choosing dark chocolate.

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How to Store Coconut Bliss Balls

Once you’ve rolled your Bounty balls, you need to place them on a plate or in a container in the fridge to set. After about one hour, they are chilled and ready to eat — but you can also store them in the refrigerator for up to a week when making them ahead of time for a convenient and healthy treat.

As mentioned before, these pretty little Bounty bliss balls make for a great DIY edible gift when you put them in glass jars or individual bags, right before handing them over.

More Healthy Vegan Treats

Snacks and desserts can be both indulgent and healthy! Our fully vegan treats are usually whole food plant-based, easy to make and true crowd-pleasers. Try these next!

Did you make our Bounty bliss balls? Let us know how you liked them in the comments below and don’t forget to rate! You can also Pin it for later or tag us on Instagram – we’d love to see your creations.

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Coconut Bounty Bliss Balls Recipe

Yield: 12 balls
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Secretly healthy 4-ingredient coconut Bounty bliss balls that take only 15 minutes to make and taste just like the original truffles! Fully vegan, low-carb, portable and meal prep-friendly, they are great during Summer or Christmas and make for lovely edible gifts.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded coconut (160 g)
  • 1 cup coconut milk, refrigerated (240 g)
  • 1 tbsp rice or agave syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Coating

  • ⅔ cup dark chocolate, melted (100 g)
  • Shredded coconut (about ½ cup)

Optional

  • Hazelnut for filling
  • Almond or rum extract

Instructions

  1. Add the four ingredients for the balls to a food processor and pulse two or three times to incorporate everything. You should be left with a rather firm texture.
  2. Transfer the mixture into a bowl, cover with some foil and refrigerate for an hour to let it thicken. 
  3. Remove from the refrigerator and use an ice-cream scoop or a spoon to scoop the mixture and form little balls using your hands.
  4. Add shredded coconut into a bowl and melted chocolate into another.
  5. Roll half of the balls in shredded coconut to create the Raffaello bliss balls.
  6. For the bounty bliss balls, dip the other half of the refrigerated balls into the melted dark chocolate to create a coating. Decorate with some sprinkled coconut shreds if you like.
  7. Line all of the bliss balls on a plate with some parchment paper and refrigerate for another hour to let them set.
  8. Serve chilled or keep them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.

Notes

  • You can melt the chocolate either in the microwave or a hot water bath before coating your coconut bliss balls.
  • For a super-duper bounty bliss ball experience, increase the amount of chocolate for the coating and make two layers!
  • Instead of bliss balls, you can create bar-shaped bounty treats, too!
  • For a deeper flavor, add some almond or rum extract. To create a crunchy surprise, fill your coconut-coated bliss balls with a hazelnut.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 ball
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 208Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 66mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 3gSugar: 14gProtein: 2g

Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed. Just focus on whole plant-based foods and eat until satiety!

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Alena Schowalter is a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with her husband, she founded nutriciously in 2015 and has been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages towards a healthy plant-based diet. She’s received training in the fields of nutrition, music therapy and social work. Alena enjoys discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature and creating new recipes.
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