These Coconut Kahlua Balls are a perfect sweet treat for the holidays. Chocolate, coconut, and the coffee flavor of Kahlua are a delicious combination. They’re vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and so easy to make!
During the holidays there are so many treats around, many of which I cannot eat. It’s the whole dairy-free, gluten-free, egg-free thing I’ve got going on.
For Christmas this year I thought I’d make something special that myself, as well as others that have dietary restrictions, could enjoy. If you don’t have as many restrictions, check out all these fun recipes and movie favorite of my blogger friends.
My Chocolate Coconut Kahlua Balls are free of dairy, gluten, and refined sugar but are full of flavor. The Kahlua adds that hint of coffee that really makes the whole ball come together.
Easy to Make Sweet Treat
I actually made these Chocolate Coconut Kahlua Balls a number of times and forgot to take pictures so last night I needed to get them together fast. They’re so easy to make I was done them in about 15 minutes and that’s including washing the food processor after I was finished.
Basically, all you do for these Kahlua balls is mix everything up in a food processor. I do recommend processing the walnuts first but other than that, just dump it all in, process, and roll in coconut.
These look like little snowballs to me so you don’t have to limit these to Christmas. I’ll be making another batch for New Year’s Eve because…well why not? Everyone would like a little taste of Kahlua to ring in the new year right?
Healthier Option to Candy
I guess you could call these candy or truffles (though I looked up truffles and I think they need to be made with some kind of milk to be an actual truffle but I don’t know that anyone would know that unless they’re a fierce dessert maker).
I like to make my dessert a bit healthier than normal but without sacrificing flavor. In this recipe, I use maple syrup and cocoa powder instead of white sugar and chocolate. There’s still some sweetness but without refined sugars.
To make this gluten-free and add more protein, I used almond meal. It’s been my go-to for my gluten-free treats.
I also added some healthy fat with walnuts and coconut oil. The fat helps keeps me satiated so don’t need too many of these bad boys at one sitting (I’ve been known to polish off a bag of candy in my day).
And if you’re looking for another tasty yet healthy dessert, check out my Snickerdoodle Dip!
Coconut Kahlua Balls
I hope you enjoy my Kahlua balls and will share them with loved ones this holiday season. Like I said above though, Christmas is not the only time these would be tasty.
Here are are a few other occasions to make my Chocolate Coconut Kahlua Balls:
- New Year’s Eve
- holiday parties
- bachelorette parties (I know you ladies want a fun treat with some extra alcohol)
- anytime you need a sweet treat
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Coconut Kahlua Balls
Add walnuts to food processor and process until they become small pieces.
Add rest of ingredients (except the coconut) and process until ball forms.
Roll dough into 1 inch balls.
Roll in coconut.
These will keep in the fridge for 5 days.
If you'd like an alcohol free version, you could substitute the Kahlua for the same amount of strong coffee with an extra tsp of maple syrup.
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Mary Ellen Valverde MS, CNS, LDN is a licensed nutritionist and Certified Nutrition Specialist helping clients regain their energy, confidence and health through a plant-based diet. She received her master’s degree in nutrition from the University of Bridgeport and completed her nutrition residency at the functional medicine clinic of Dr. Kara Fitzgerald.