Chocolate Balls (Refined-Sugar Free)

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These easy chocolate balls are a simple-to-make, no-bake, treat! They are naturally sweetened with raisins and will satisfy that sweet brownie craving in under 10 minutes!

Chocolate balls in a bowl and served with strawberries.

If you’re in the mood for brownies but don’t feel like turning on the oven, you’ll love these simple no-bake bites! You’ll only need 4 ingredients for the base of these chocolatey bites and you can feel free to roll them in your favorite toppings for added texture and crunch!

If you’re looking for some other tasty no-bake treats, try out these these no-bake cake bites, coconut balls, and these apple pie bliss balls! Have a big chocolate craving? You’ll love these homemade cocoa puffs and creamy oatmeal chocolate pudding too!

What You’ll Need

Here is what you’ll need to make these chocolate balls:

Ingredients to make chocolate balls.
  • Almond Flour: Used to add a slight nutty flavor to these balls. This may be replaced with more oats for a nut-free option. I always use the Kirkland brand almond flour from Costco.
  • Almond Butter: For added moisture, flavor, and to help hold the chocolate balls together. Use a natural almond butter that contains only almonds (or almonds and salt) as the ingredients.
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder: To give the balls that main chocolatey taste. Be sure to use an unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • Raisins: Main source of sweetness for these bliss balls.
  • Chocolate Chips: Optional add-in for added sweetness. I like to use mini chocolate chips so that the chunks aren’t too large in these small bites.

See the recipe card below for full information on ingredients and quantities.

Recipe Substitutions & Additions

  • Almond Flour: You may replace the almond flour with another type of ground or finely chopped nuts.
  • Almond Butter: The almond butter may be replaced with any other nut or seed-based butter.
  • Raisins: You may substitute the raisins with dates or maple syrup. If you are using maple syrup, your mixture may be a little sticky, so you may have to add in more almond flour to balance out the stickiness.
  • Optional Coatings: Finely crushed nuts, crushed freeze-dried strawberries, and desiccated coconut are great refined-sugar-free options to roll the chocolate balls into!

Step By Step Instructions

Steps to make chocolate balls.

STEP 1: Add the almond flour, almond butter, cocoa powder, and raisins to a food processor and pulse until it forms a thick dough. You will want to pulse until the bits of raisins are no longer visible and the dough mixture is smooth (Images 1 & 2).

STEP 2: If you are adding in chocolate chips, use a spoon to mix them into the dough until combined (Images 3 & 4).

Steps to make chocolate balls.

STEP 3: Scoop out tablespoon-sized portions of the mixture and roll it into a ball (Image 5). If needed, use your hands to press the mixture together as you roll it into a ball.

STEP 4: Place the balls on a parchment paper-lined plate or pan (Image 6). If desired, roll the balls into your favorite coatings.

Storage Instructions

You may store these balls in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. They will harden a bit in the fridge, so you can let them sit out at room temperature for a few minutes before serving. They may also be frozen in a freezer-safe airtight container for up to 3 months.

Chocolate balls in a bowl and served with strawberries.

Tips For Success

  • I love using this mini kitchen aid food processor to make these bites. It does a great job of blending up all of the ingredients into a smooth mixture. Make sure to pulse the mixture until it is smooth and no bits of raisins remain.
  • If your mixture seems dry, add in a little more almond butter, but be careful not to add too much so that the mixture doesn’t become too sticky.
  • If you are choosing to add in chocolate chips, opt for mini chocolate chips so that there aren’t large chunks in each bite.
Chocolate balls in a bowl and served with strawberries.

Recipe FAQs

Can I make these chocolate balls in a blender?

I don’t recommend making these balls in a blender because it likely isn’t as powerful enough to mix the ingredients into a smooth mixture given that most of the ingredients are dry. I recommend using a mini food processor like this powerful chopper from kitchen aid.

What age are these balls suitable for?

Because of the added cocoa powder, I would recommend serving these chocolate balls to children over age 2.

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Chocolate Balls

These easy chocolate balls are a simple-to-make, no-bake, treat! They are naturally sweetened with raisins and will satisfy that sweet brownie craving in under 10 minutes!
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 12 balls

Ingredients 

  • cup almond flour
  • cup almond butter
  • cup raisins
  • 2 tbsp unsweetenend cocoa powder

Optional Add-ins/Coatings

  • 2 – 3 tbsp mini chocolate chips
  • crushed freeze dried strawberries
  • finely crushed chopped nuts

Instructions 

  • Add the almond flour, almond butter, cocoa powder, and raisins to a food processor and pulse until it forms a thick dough. You will want to pulse until the bits of raisins are no longer visible and the dough mixture is smooth.
  • If you are adding in chocolate chips, use a spoon to mix them into the dough until combined.
  • Scoop out tablespoon-sized portions of the mixture and roll it into a ball. If needed, use your hands to press the mixture together as you roll it into a ball
  • Place the balls on a parchment paper-lined plate or pan. If desired, roll the balls into your favorite coatings.

Nutrition

Calories: 92kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 2mg, Potassium: 98mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 0.1IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 39mg, Iron: 1mg
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About Lily Payen

Hi, I’m Lily! The mama behind Feeding Tiny Bellies. I’m here to help you take some of the stress out of meal times for your little ones. My goal is to create simple recipes with baby in mind that can easily be adapted for the entire family.

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