Swedish Chocolate Balls (Chokladbollar)


They say that these Swedish chocolate balls, known as chokladbollar, are the first thing a Swedish child learns to make, and for good reason; they're easy to do, there's no baking required, and mixing the "dough" together makes for a fun activity. They sure beat snacking on a candy bar during the afternoon slump, as the fats and whole grain keep you satisfied much longer, while the coffee and cocoa provide the perfect pick-me-up.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
16 chokladbollar


  • 1 ½ cups quick-cooking rolled oats

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 3 ½ tablespoons cocoa powder

  • 1 pinch kosher salt

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened

  • ¼ cup coconut oil, at room temperature

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 tablespoons strong brewed coffee

  • ½ cup unsweetened grated coconut, or as needed


  1. Heat a pan over medium heat and add oats. Toss and shake until fragrant and lightly toasted, 5 to 7 minutes.

  2. Combine sugar, cocoa powder, salt, cayenne, butter, coconut oil, vanilla extract, and coffee in a bowl. Add the oats and mix until thoroughly combined.

  3. Portion dough into balls using a sorbet scoop. Roll balls in grated coconut and transfer to a parchment-lined baking pan. Let them firm up in the fridge for 15 to 20 minutes.

Chef's Notes:

Both regular coffee and espresso work here.

The sugar will add some grittiness to the overall texture. For something smoother, cream the sugar with butter first or just use powdered sugar.

You can keep these in the fridge and let them sit out a bit before eating so they're not completely firm.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

131 Calories
9g Fat
13g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 131
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 27mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 7mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 64mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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