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Swedish Chocolate Balls (Chokladbollar)

Rated as 4.8 out of 5 Stars

"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."
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30 m servings 130
Original recipe yields 16 servings (16 chokladbollar)


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  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: 130 calories; 8.8 12.8 1.5 8 27 Full nutrition

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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!

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 b...

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 ...