Make ahead and freeze these easy No-Bake Chocolate Almond Snowballs. These chocolate coconut snowball cookies are gluten-free with a sugar-free option! They make a pretty addition to a holiday dessert tray. No oven needed!
Say hello to No-Bake Chocolate Almond Snowballs, ready to add to a holiday dessert platter!
Don't you love getting a head start on preparing for holiday entertaining?
Plan your cookie baking now to get ready for happy celebrations with friends and family, so you can relax and enjoy this special time of the year later!
❤️ Why you'll love this recipe
- Make ahead. This make-ahead chocolate snowball recipe is an ideal one to prepare, as you can freeze these little coconut snowballs for up to three months in advance.
- Gluten-free. Not only that, these snowball cookies are gluten-free. They're also easy to make sugar-free for your friends with allergies or special diets. You now have that problem solved!
- Choices. Make them with your choice of almond butter or peanut butter (in which case they would be chocolate peanut snowballs!)
- These are easy to make in stages! Got 15 minutes to make the dough? Mix it together today, then if you like you can leave it in the fridge for two to three days before rolling it into balls.
- So delicious. Bet you can't stop at just one!
- Gift them! These snowball cookies make a great hostess or neighbour gift. Scroll to the bottom of this post to download your free printable gift tags!
Coconut cookies are always on my holiday dessert trays. I make these Crispy Salted Coconut Cookies and these Cranberry White Chocolate Macaroons every year, along with our favourite recipe for Nana's butter tarts, Zebra cookies and Gingerbread Cut-Out Cookies.
Ready to get a head start and make a batch of these chocolate almond snowballs? You'll only need 15 minutes or so to make the dough. After that, you can leave it in the fridge for 2-3 days before you're ready to make them.
How convenient is that?
Here's a list of what you'll need to make these family-favourite chocolate coconut balls:
- rolled oats: also known as old-fashioned oats (use certified gluten-free oats if necessary)
- coconut: I use unsweetened, but sweetened will work too.
- almond butter: or peanut butter. Both optional. If you don't use them, double the amount of butter.
- milk: any type will do. I use a plant-based milk, like almond milk, cashew milk, soy or oat milk.
- cocoa powder
- sweetener: I use 0-calorie Lacanto Monkfruit with erythritol. Granulated sugar works perfectly, too.
- sea salt
- almond extract: pure
- dried cherries: or dried cranberries, optional but good.
You'll find complete directions below. In a nutshell, all you have to do is heat the chocolate mixture in a saucepan, pour it over the oats and coconut, and roll balls into the coconut. That's it!
- Combine the rolled oats and 1 cup of coconut in a large bowl.
- In a medium saucepan, combine the butter, almond butter, milk, sweetener, cocoa, and salt. Whisk until smooth, then bring to a boil. Continue to boil for 1 minute without whisking, then remove from the heat and stir in the almond extract.
- Pour this chocolate mixture over the rolled oats and coconut and stir to combine thoroughly. Stir in the chopped dried cherries, if using.
- Cover and refrigerate for 45 minutes or up to 3 days.
- Using a cookie scoop or a tablespoon, form the mixture into balls about 1 inch in diameter, pressing them together firmly. Roll in coconut, pressing it into the balls, then place them on lined baking sheets. Refrigerate for 45 - 60 minutes to firm up.
👍🏼 Helpful Tips
Using long-shred coconut? I'd suggest pulsing it in a food processor so that it will adhere to the snowballs.
If the mixture does not hold together when you press it together firmly in a ball, it may be too dry. If it is too dry at this stage, the snowballs will taste too dry. You can easily fix this by adding a little more melted butter and/or milk and stirring to combine thoroughly.
Rolling the balls can get a little boring, but if you turn on some music or a podcast, it makes the time go faster. It can almost become Zen-like!
Scoop, squeeze together firmly, roll in the palm of your hand, roll in coconut, pressing the coconut into the ball . . . . and repeat!
Adding dried cherries or cranberries is optional but they add sweetness.
❓Frequently asked questions
These chocolate almond snowballs will stay fresh for up to 3 days covered on the counter, for up to a week in the fridge or up to 3 months or so in the freezer. They won't last long once you serve them!
A perfect make-ahead cookie for a dessert platter!
🗒 More gluten-free no-bake treats
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Squares
- Grain-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Swirl Bars
- No-Bake Coconut Date Logs
- Chocolate Cherry Almond Energy Bites
- Grain-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Pumpkin Energy Balls
🗒 More recipes for gluten-free cookies and bars
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No-Bake Chocolate Almond Snowballs
- 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 3 cups coconut, unsweetened shredded
- ½ cup butter
- ½ cup almond butter, or peanut butter
- 1 cup Lacanto Monkfruit granulated sweetener, or granulated sugar
- ¾ cup milk, plant-based or dairy
- 6 tablespoon cocoa powder, unsweetened natural
- ½ teaspoon pure almond extract
- pinch sea salt
- In a large bowl, combine 3 cups rolled oats and 1 cup of the coconut.
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine butter, almond butter, sweetener, milk, cocoa and salt. Whisk until smooth, then bring to a boil. Allow it to boil for 1 minute without stirring, then remove from heat and stir in almond extract.
- Pour over the rolled oats-coconut mixture and stir to combine. Stir in ½ cup chopped dried cherries or cranberries, if desired. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a lid and refrigerate for 45 minutes. At this point, you can leave it for up to 3 days if you want to make it in advance.
- Line 2 cookie sheets with silpat baking sheets or parchment paper.
- Using a cookie scoop or a spoon, form the mixture into balls 1 inch in diameter. Roll in coconut and place on the baking sheets. Refrigerate.
- These will stay fresh in a covered container at room temperature for 3 days, or in the refrigerator for a week. They also freeze beautifully.
Easy, turned out perfectly, kids love them. Will be a regular at Christmas time from now on!
I love these too! I've made them every holiday season for years. Happy to hear they'll be a regular in your home, too!
Kim - The Puffy Biscuit
We used to have something similar to these when I was growing up, so seeing these is so nostalgic for me! Pinning to try for the holidays this year!
Flavour & Savour
Thanks for pinning, Kim! Yes--these snowballs are a classic holiday treat, now updated to make them allergen-friendly! Enjoy.
These will be such a lovely addition to my holiday treats platters! Thank you!
Flavour & Savour
Love treats like this that work for a snack, breakfast and dessert!
Luna will love them, especially because she can help me make them.
Flavour & Savour
Thanks Kristen! It's always fun to have kids in the kitchen!
Snowballs are always on my Christmas cookie list. I love that you can make ahead and freeze them. These look delicious Elaine. I'm all about coconut cookies and desserts! Pinned!
Flavour & Savour
My mom used to make a version of these snowballs when I was growing up. I love that this recipe is gluten, dairy, and sugar free, so that everyone gets to be included in the treats. Thanks for a great recipe, Elaine!
Flavour & Savour
Thanks Colleen! Yes, it's hard to find sweet treats that are allergen-friendly! This one works for us!
Dawn - Girl Heart Food
I doubt these would last 3 days in our home 😉 They look absolutely delicious and love that they're no bake! Bet these would make for a lovely homemade gift too for the holidays 🙂
Flavour & Savour
Thanks Dawn! Yes, I had to hide them in the freezer to save them! Addictive.