No-Bake Coconut Cookies | Coconut Delights - paleo, vegan, low carb, keto, AIP

These no bake coconut cookies are the perfect thing when you need a healthy treat in a flash. They come together super quick and are loaded with healthy ingredients.

Plus, they're grain free, keto, & sugar free too!

no bake coconut cookies with chocolate drizzle in a white bowl

These cookies are basically like a raw coconut macaroon, aka "Super Tasty Easy Peasy Low-Carb On the Fly Sweet Treat", aka Cocoroon / Hail Merry Copycat. And we love them.

I love baking.  But sometimes more than that I love not baking.

What I mean is that sometimes I want something yummy, but I don't have time for baking. I'm sure you agree.

At times like these, I really like no-bake dessert treats like these healthy chocolate truffles and the no-bake coconut cookies that I am going to share today.

You know, when you need something for yourself or your family but turning on the oven is just one more step you don't want to take?

These no bake cookies are really kind of like cookies and kind of like candies.

Not sure which category they really fit into, but they are great.

One thing that is really nice about these no bake coconut cookies is that they do not use rolled oats as one of the ingredients like most no bake cookies do. Oats are super high in phytates, which are rough on your digestion and they pull nutrients out of your body. They also are high in carbohydrates so if you are watching your carbs, oat-filled no bakes aren't going to be a treat you should be eating often.

For the phytate reason, I really recommend your staying away from no-bake oat cookies unless you soak your grains first to remove some of the phytates.

no bake coconut cookie with chocolate drizzle on a small piece of parchment paper

Two Katies and the No-Bake Coconut Cookies

The inspiration for these little cuties came from this recipe by Chocolate Covered Katie and a similare recipe by another Katie (whom, I am sad to say, isn't blogging any longer).

The other gals called these cookies "coconut crack". Well, they are something I can't get enough of, but I have never been fond of the "crack" name - basically because that stuff has created so much havoc in people's lives that I don't like to use the name.  (Yep, I can be picky about words.)

Anyway, I loved the idea.

Two Katies....2 coconut recipes.

Sorry I'm not named Katie.

Well, I had to mess around with the recipe a bit to get it to what our family calls perfect.  For some reason this reformed sugar-aholic thought the other versions were a little too sweet.

I call them Coconut Delights because they are that -- a delight.

In many ways.

And also because we just watched The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Remember Edmond's addiction to Turkish Delight?  Well, I hope these don't tempt you to that extent, but these are for sure good!

I think you are going to love these no bake coconut cookies because they sure don't stick around our kitchen very long.

These are delights because:

They are EASY

They are HEALTHY

They're Super FRUGAL

And they're DELISH!

no bake coconut cookies on small pieces of parchment paper

Recipe Notes and Substitutions for No Bake Coconut Cookies

  • Blending: These no-bake coconut cookies come together really fast but if you make them in a high speed blender you will have to take great care to not over-blend. If you do, you will get flavored, sweetened coconut butter. They will still taste great, but just so you know :)!
  • Sweetener: My Sugar Substitute would work great instead of xylitol. Subbing 4 scoops stevia extract would work as well. Or use 1/2 of one sweetener and 1/2 stevia. Coconut Sugar can be used but it will make the treats somewhat brown. Monk fruit is a great alternative as well.
  • Stevia: See this post on Stevia: What It Is and How to Use It for tips on using this super-sweet, all-natural herb.
    If you choose to use stevia in the no-bake coconut cookies, just note that 1/32 of a teaspoon equals 2 tablespoons of table sugar. These tiny measuring spoons are a HUGE help in any kitchen that uses this amazing sweetener. Oh and if you're concerned about stevia safety, you can read my post titled Is Stevia Safe?
    Stevias do vary in strength and volume so play around to see what you need.
    The 2nd smallest scoop is 1/32 of a teaspoon (the standard “stevia scoop” size) and it fits nicely in my small stevia container.
    These would be a wonderful addition to a cookie exchange or packaged prettily almost like truffles in a candy box.
    I love homemade gifts at Christmastime like this one. They cost less than most store-bought gifts and foodie gifts are easier than most to give.
Norpro Mini Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons

 

  • Vanilla: For vanilla, I recommend using an alcohol-free version since you will not be baking these.
  • Toppings: I have listed several suggestions for toppings, but there are many other things that would work great as well.
  • THM: For those on the Trim Healthy Mama plan, this recipe will fit in as an "S."
  • AIP: Use carob instead of cocoa (if using drizzle), and coconut sugar, maple syrup, or honey for the sweetener. Maple sugar will yield a lighter color as a granulated option.

More Easy Healthy Treats

Silky Smooth Bean Fudge - even bean haters will love this recipe.

Almond Joy Bars - you'll love how easy and delicious these are.

Homemade "Jello" - so much better than the box.

No Bake Coconut Cookies - keto, low carb, paleo, gluten free, AIP, THM

No-Bake Coconut Cookies (Coconut Delights) (sugar, dairy, egg, and grain free)

These vegan No-Bake Coconut Cookies come together super quick and are loaded with healthy ingredients. Plus they're paleo and sugar free too!
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Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: AIP, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Keto, Low-Carb, Paleo, THM:S, Vegan
Keyword: No Bake Coconut Cookies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Resting Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 25 cookies
Calories: 103kcal

Ingredients

Optional Toppings

Instructions

  • Put all ingredients in a food processor or blender.
  • Combine until the mixture is blended and sticks together. (Note: if you are using a high-powered blender like a Vitamix, do not turn your machine on high. You will likely end up with Coconut Butter. While it will be delicious, it won't be these no-bake cookies :-)!)
  • Remove the mixture from the blender / food processor and form into desired shape. I really like the cute little shapes I was able to make with
    this little cookie scoop. I had a little trouble with the "balls" falling apart but just gently press them back into the desired shape.
  • Decorate with shredded coconut, cocoa or carob powder, crushed nuts, or melted chocolate (I used my Homemade Chocolate or Carob Chips piped from a plastic baggie with a tiny hole cut in the corner) as desired. Or leave them plain. They are great just as is (but I do think a little coconut sprinkled on top adds a nice touch.
  • Leave to firm up on a plate. They will firm up at room temperature.
  • You really don't need to store these in the fridge but I think they taste a tad bit better cold.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 39mg | Potassium: 61mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg | Net Carbs: 1g

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is merely an approximation. Optional ingredients are not included and when there is an alternative, the primary ingredient is typically used. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site. Erythritol carbs are not included in carb counts since they have been shown not to impact blood sugar. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.

The above nutrition facts are estimates only. Please read my Nutrition Disclaimer here.

I hope you love these No-Bake Coconut Cookies as much as we do!
What's your favorite treat in your home?

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  1. 5 stars
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    1. Awwww thank you! Technically we aren't supposed to have them on our site---I don't know all the ramifications but it's against Paypal's Terms of Service. Maybe there are other options? Anyhow, you can subscribe using one of the forms at the top of the site or in the sidebar....you can also join this group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/171490083677560

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  2. "Oats are super high in phytates, which are rough on your digestion and they pull nutrients out of your body."

    What scientific study substantiates this?

    Oats are actually somewhat lower in phytates than wheat and as such are not particularly high in phytates at all. Other studies into the impact of phytates on digestion suggest that the body actually responds by adjusting to the diet by releasing increased levels of an enzyme that digests phytates in the food.

    The Canadian Society of Intestinal Research cites a study that suggests that by the time phytates reach the gut, they are mostly digested anyway. Phytates apparently should therefore be considered for their antioxidant properties.

    As far as "pulling nutrients out of the body", there is no evidence of this in any food except coffee and its effect on calcium levels in the body.

    I really love your recipes but would prefer that you do a little more research before making such boldly fanciful comments about nutrition to those that you have influence over.

    References:

    Stephan Guyenet - https://www.stephanguyenet.com/two-things-ive-changed-my-mind-about-part-ii-phytic-acid/

    Lopez HW et al. Minerals and phytic acid interactions: is it a real problem for human nutrition? Food Science + Technology. 2002;37(7):727-29.

    Graf E et al. Antioxidant functions of phytic acid. Free Radic Biol Med. 1990;8(1):61-9.

    1. Hello there - So sorry about the delay in responding to you. I was buried in so many things and then comments got terribly backed up.

      Here are some pieces to read.

      This one is very helpful--the section at the bottom talks about phytic acid issues: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/anti-nutrients/

      This is a study citing oats as being high in phytic acid: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2086207/
      I hope that helps and I will add them to the post. Thanks for asking good questions. Hope to see you around again soon!

  3. Hi, maybe it would be a good idea to mention that stevia has contraceptive qualities? For wannabe moms, this might be an important detail. Thanks!

      1. Thank you, Adrienne! This looks like extensive research and I appreciate the information. Personally, will try the recipe using dates paste though, even if not so carb friendly, as this has more added value from a mineral content pov and is also tooth friendly.

        1. You are so welcome!! I hope you like them - how are dates tooth friendly? I would think that they aren't due to their being sticky and high in sugar.

          1. It does seem counterintuitive however dates are rich in the element fluorine, which sounds like what it is -- a relative of fluoride, that enamel-friendly compound that can actually help reverse early tooth decay. Of course, oral hygiene is a must :). Other sites mention that eating high-fiber foods keeps saliva flowing, which helps create mineral defenses against tooth decay.Good sources of fiber are dried fruits such as dates, raisins and figs. This does not stand as research though, however seems more food like/ food in its natural state than stevia which is more processed in order to reach the state to be used as drops/ powder. Dates can simply be mushed with a fork and voila a natural and easy sweetener :).

            1. Super interesting about the fluorine content. I hadn't thought about that so I learned something today! I did look online after reading your comment, however, and read some interesting things. Not sure what to think...one thing I have read over and over is that taking fluoride internally doesn't help with tooth strength. Have you read about that? I would have to go over the data again, but here is one article on the topic. https://www.newsweek.com/fluoridation-may-not-prevent-cavities-huge-study-shows-348251

              As for stevia being processed, you can get the powdered green stevia and also I buy the white extract that is processed only using water. I totally agree with you on whole foods--I just can't tolerate that much sugar and more and more people cannot. But I do LOVE dates :).

  4. 5 stars
    Thank you for posting this recipe! One of our children, plus myself, are on the AIP diet. I've been putting coconut shreds in a cup with a little maple syrup for a dessert, but this recipe took it to another level! My son loves them, thank you ?

  5. Just out of curiosity, would a viable alternative be to skip putting them in a food processor and keeping the coconut in its beginning shredded state?

  6. Followed exactly but Couldn't roll into ball. Tastes great at first then a horrible after taste. Had to wash down with coconut milk.

    1. Hi Jan - First of all, thanks for reading! I'm sorry you had a bad experience with these. Let's see if I can help figure out why. I think it might take some working with the oil content. Did you use a processor or blender and what kind of sweetener did you use? Thanks!

  7. 5 stars
    If you like coconut you will love these! They were so easy to make and I was shocked there was no weird aftertaste. I used monkfruit and a whole tablespoon of vanilla (I love vanilla). I added a bit more salt and after I had them in the fridge for 5 minutes I added a little cocoa powder and sea salt (I am a sucker for the salt and sweet together)! Thank you for this recipe and I cant wait to try variations!

    1. That sounds fantastic!!! So glad you liked them -- sorry it took so long for me to approve this. I have been sooo busy and was ill until 9/19. Finally so much better. Hope to see you around again!

  8. 4 stars
    I made this and all the kids loved them! It didn’t blend too well at first because there’s little to no wet ingredients, but I got it going. I melted a dairy free chocolate bar called “Milkless” and drizzled it on top after. It was a hit, VERY coconuty!

    1. Hi Sally--Hmmm. Sounds like you might have had a problem with the recipe? We have made them every week recently and have no problems. If you would like to tell me what is going on I'm happy to help. Thanks!

    2. Sally, what went wrong for you? To me, the recipe definitely looks like it's worth it. What didn't you like?

  9. 5 stars
    Loved the recipe! Just finished making them and they were so easy! I like how you left the nutritional info at the bottom, but I’m wondering how many cookies is a serving? And is the nutritional info for one serving? Or per cookie?

    1. Hi there - the nutrition information has been updated. Sorry it took so long! I was chronically ill 'til 9/19 and have been trying to catch up! Hope this is helpful and so glad you liked them!!

  10. Hello
    I added all the ingredients to MyFitnessPal but it’s showing 18g net carb. Is the carbs correct? I was really interested on making it because super low carbs.

    1. Hi there so sorry for the delay--we've been swamped here! I think it's not removing the sugar alcohols so try that and see what you get--let me know and hope they can work for you!

  11. I found this recipe and was looking forward to making them.

    The mixture was like sand and it didn't stick together at all. I added in another 3/4 cup of coconut oil and it was still dry.

    I ended up pressing the mixture into a pie plate and am hoping by some miracle they will be able to be cut and consumed.

    Where did I go wrong? Other than adding in the extra oil I followed the directions. Help!

    1. Hi there. Did you blend the coconut enough? It needs to be blended enough so that it sticks together, but not so much that you end up with coconut butter. Did you let the mixture sit out too long after blending before trying to mold them? Hope this helps! I was actually just eating some :).

      1. mine was the same didnt form a dough or come together
        .. added more oil blended fkr ages.. now i have cups if this mixture ??

        1. Hi there. This is very confusing for me. So did you make it in a food processor or blender? Hopefully we'll figure this out!

    2. I did the exact measurements and found the recipe too dry to clump. I added one more table spoon of coconut oil and voila!!!
      It may be worth noting that I swapped out then xylitol for Stevia confectioners sugar, it is much finer so that could have contributed to the recipe clumping more.

      They were literally perfection - like store bought.

      The only thing I would change is the salt - I would add 2/8 salt instead as salt is meant to enhance only, whereas I could at times taste the salt.

      I would definitely make again.

      1. So glad they worked well for you and yes different sweeteners will affect the outcome--what stevia did you use?

  12. 5 stars
    Love these! They turned out great. Thanks. But I don't see the calorie count in the nutrition facts. Do you have that? New to Keto and trying to keep strict track of all Macros!

  13. Hi - i wanted to try your coconut treats but the nutrician info says 21 carbs. Is this per ball? Or for the whole batch of 8? 21 carbs per treat is a lot for a low carb dessert! Thanks for clarifying.

    1. Hi Eliza,

      So sorry for the confusion. Some people count the sugar alcohol carbs but turns out it seems it is best not to so we redid the calculations. We have since updated the nutrition so that there are 6.8 grams carbs per serving, and there are eight servings per batch. Hope you enjoy the recipe!

  14. 5 stars
    These little delights are AMAZING!
    At every party we are invited to, I am asked to bring my “coconut balls” ?
    Simply delish. I have had no need to make variations because this works perfect as is. Decorating the tops with melted Lily’s chocolate chips is a fun treat but definitely not required. Thanks for a “signature” dish

    1. Hi there! So sorry getting back to you so late. I was chronically ill until 9/19. Finally going through and tackling all these older comments. The information is in the post now - best wishes and sorry again!

  15. Hi, I am gluten free, dairy free and getting remarried. Many of my family is gluten free as well and I think these would be great to have as a treat at my wedding. My question is can I make them a head of time and freeze them? If I can freeze them, how long can they sit out before melting. I am having an outdoor wedding Aug 24th.

    1. Hi there. I don't know but coconut oil softens at about 73 - 75 degrees so not that long. I don't know about freezing to melting time. You could maybe try melted cocoa butter which will keep them hard longer but not sure. Congrats!

  16. 5 stars
    I’m two weeks into my THM journey and was craving something sweet and easy to make. These satisfied my sweet tooth, guilt-free! Thank you so much for this recipe! I didn’t have alcohol-free vanilla extract but it still turned out delish!

    1. Hi there! So glad you liked them! I haven't made them in awhile for some reason so I need to remedy that!