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.

Recipe Summary

10 mins
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16 chokladbollar


Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


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

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

  • 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

131 calories; protein 1.5g; carbohydrates 12.8g; fat 8.8g; cholesterol 7.6mg; sodium 27.2mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
Chef John is the best. We’re working our way through some of his recipes this holiday season, and loving each one! Read More
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Chef John is the best. We’re working our way through some of his recipes this holiday season, and loving each one! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Great and easy to make recipe Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Loved the ease. Love coffee but didn't like the taste of it in this? Smell was great - taste too bitter for me. Probably just preference. Will try again without the coffee and I'm sure it will be great. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
My friends and I love these!! They are easy to make and relatively healthy! Can substitute the sugar for stevia and never know the diff except the calories! Very very good dessert! I even have a party request to whip these up for!!:) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
These taste so good. I don’t even know how to describe them. I had to use what I had on hand: salted butter, table salt, sweetened shredded coconut, & Keurig caramel flavored coffee. I took Chef Johns suggestion and used powdered sugar as an option to avoid a grittiness. I left out the cayenne and I didn’t toast the oats. (I just don’t care for pan toasted oats or nuts personally). One thing I would not substitute is rolled oats for the quick oats. I have tried that in other recipes and the texture is not good. I missed the part about rolling in coconut and I had already stirred it in the bowl. It seemed fine to me. These would be an easy and safe treat for a child to make. Except they seem to melt quickly because of the coconut oil. So, they may be a bit messy. I used a cookie scoop and got 18. Ty so much John. Read More