No Bake Lemon Coconut Balls

Thursday 14 July 2022

No Bake Lemon Coconut Balls


My sister and I are always on the hunt for healthier snacks to indulge in. When I was over at her place at the weekend, she had made these No Bake Lemon Coconut Balls. For me it was love at first bite!

Two of my favorite things are lemon and coconut!  To have them both combined in one delicious snack is just great.  For them to be as quick and easy to make as these are is just the icing on the cake!

No bake. No fuss. No muss. Fairly healthy, and  using only a few simple ingredients?  Where do I sign up!!!!

No Bake Lemon Coconut Balls 

My sister has been making these for years apparently. They are so delicious, I just had to have the recipe so that I could make some for myself! 

They were really simple to make. If you can use an electric mixer and beat things together and a cookie scoop, then you can make these no bake lemon coconut balls!

No Bake Lemon Coconut Balls 


Just a few simple ingredients makes these very affordable.

  • 1 cup coconut cream 
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 1 tsp finely grated lemon zest
  • the juice of one lemon
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla
  • unsweetened coconut flakes to roll the balls in

No Bake Lemon Coconut Balls 


Thick, creamy and filled with rich coconut flavor, coconut cream is something you will want to keep in your store-cupboard, as it is a really useful ingredient.  I always have a couple of cans of it in mine. 

Its great in curries and stir fries and in tasty snacks and desserts such as this recipe I am sharing today. You can also whip it just like real cream.

Coconut cream is a type of thick cream made from coconut milk. Although canned versions are widely available, you can also make your own coconut cream at home. Simply refrigerate good quality, full fat,  coconut milk for a few hours. A thick layer of cream should float to the top and separates from the thin, watery liquid below. 

 This very versatile ingredient has a distinct, coconut-like flavor with a rich, creamy texture that makes it a great addition to a range of recipes, including soups, smoothies, and desserts. It’s also widely used in many types of cuisine.

Because it’s unsweetened, low in carbs, and also dairy-free, it’s also frequently featured in many vegan and ketogenic recipes.  Do let it be noted that this recipe I am sharing today is neither vegan or ketogenic due to the use of honey.

No Bake Lemon Coconut Balls 

The use of lemon zest gives these a lovely lemon flavor, along with the lemon juice. The lemon juice also serves to help thicken the cream even further so that you can roll the mixture into balls.

The coconut for rolling the finished balls in is un-sweetened. These are plenty sweet enough with the honey! 

No Bake Lemon Coconut Balls



Nothing could be easier to make than these delicious no bake treats.  Just mix, shape, roll and chill. Easy peasy! 

Mix the coconut cream together in a bowl with the honey, lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla until well combined.

Have ready a bowl of coconut flakes.

Using a small cookie scoop scoop out balls and drop them into the coconut flakes, rolling the balls into the flakes to coat them completely. Place into a small paper cups and then into a covered container for storage. Store covered in the refrigerator.

No Bake Lemon Coconut Balls 


Chill full fat canned coconut milk in the refrigerator overnight. This will make the milk fat separate and solidify on top. 

Use a spoon to skim the solidified coconut cream from the top of the can and put it in a glass bowl. 
(You can reserve the liquid coconut milk for other uses. It makes excellent ice cubes.) 

Whisk the solidified cream in a circular motion until it develops a cream-like consistency.

It does have a relatively short shelf life, so you need to keep it refrigerated and use it up within five days. You can however freeze it for much longer, up to two months.

No Bake Lemon Coconut Balls 

Just look at how rich and creamy these are. They fairly melt in the mouth.  They are not low in calories  as coconut cream is relatively calorie dense as is honey, but you will find that eating one of these or even just half of one of these really  satisfies that sweet tooth of yours! 

And its nice to know that when you are satisfying it, you are eating healthy, natural ingredients. These make great snacks for the children as well. Must healthier than a candy bar! 

No Bake Lemon Coconut Balls

Some other healthy snacks that you might enjoy from my recipe catalogue are:

ALL DRESSED HUMMUS - Smooth, rich and creamy and topped with all sorts of crunchy bits. Chopped fresh veggies and toasted chick peas. Yummy!

GINGERBREAD ROASTED CHICKPEAS - Crisp and crunchy and sweetly spiced with all of the spices that make gingerbread such a wonderful treat!  Deliciously moreish!

GARDEN HERB DIPI am betting you have everything in your house right now to make it also . . .  cream cheese, thick plain yogurt, mayonnaise, a bit of Dijon mustard and a splash of hot sauce, along with some chopped spring onions (scallions), chives and seasonings.

No Bake Lemon Coconut Balls

No Bake Lemon Coconut Balls

Yield: makes about 16
Author: Marie Rayner
Prep time: 10 MinTotal time: 10 Min
A recipe I got from my sister for the most delicious little no bake coconut balls. Almost like a truffle!


  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 1 tsp finely grated lemon zest
  • the juice of one lemon
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla
  • unsweetened coconut flakes to roll the balls in


  1. Mix the coconut cream together in a bowl with the honey, lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla until well combined.
  2. Have ready a bowl of coconut flakes.
  3. Using a small cookie scoop scoop out balls and drop them into the coconut flakes, rolling the balls into the flakes to coat them completely.
  4. Place into a small paper cups and then into a covered container for storage.
  5. Store covered in the refrigerator.
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No Bake Lemon Coconut Balls 
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  1. I was wondering which brand of coconut cream you use? Also, I am thinking of adding coconut sugar to the recipe. Is there any reason a granulated type of sugar would be bad for this recipe? I was thinking the granules might be off putting in terms of texture, but I cannot think of any other reason. I think a little water to liquify the coconut sugar would provide additional coconut taste and in liquid form replace the honey.

    1. I use the cream skimmed off the top of my canned coconut milk. My sister makes her own coconut cream by blitzing unsweetened coconut in her food processor until it is smooth like butter. I cannot say for sure if coconut sugar would work well in these as I haven't done that myself and am really a newby when it comes to making them at all! I would think you need to take into consideration that honey has a certain viscosity to it that coconut sugar and water would not have unless you heated it to make a thick syrup. Just my thoughts!

  2. I use the Nutiva coconut manna, or make my own using the unsweetened coconut shreds. I don't know that the coconut sugar would be a good replacement, but maple syrup can be used instead of the honey. I would try the sugar, but not add water to the recipe.

  3. Hi, I've just come across your recipe and happen to have all the ingredients listed, yeah! Alas, upon combining all the ingredients together I'm left with a lot of delicious tasting liquid. Should there be another ingredient, maybe almond meal or something? Please help.

    1. Make sure you use Coconut Cream, not Coconut milk, they are not the same thing. The mixture will be a bit soft, but refrigerating it for half an hour or so should take care of that and they are relatively easy to roll then. I hope this helps!

    2. Happy to try again. Thanks

    3. I hope they work for you this time!

  4. These look good. Wanted to make them but allergic to honey. Is there something that can be substituted for it

    1. You could try agave or brown rice syrup. I can't say with any certainty that these will work however, never having used them myself.

    2. Date syrup would probably work as well.


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