Chokladbollar (Chocolate Balls)

In the Swedish kitchen you can never be afraid of butter. This recipe is all about butter … and a little chocolate. Although they are served at most Swedish cafés, chokladbollar are very popular for making at home because they are so easy. Because they’re so commonplace, you can almost judge an entire café based on the quality of its chokladbollar: A good one has a creamy chocolate texture, off set by the chewiness of the oats. Made with oats, they’re also gluten-free.
Photography By D. Lucas Landis | April 15, 2015


In a food processor, pulse the oats into a coarse meal. You want just a little bit of texture, so don’t grind them all the way. If you don’t have a food processor, use the smallest oats you can find, as they are better for the final texture of the chocolate balls.

In a bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Add the cocoa powder and vanilla and cream together until well blended, then add the oats and the salt. Using your hands, mix all of the ingredients together.

Roll the mixture into small balls, about a tablespoon for each one. Roll each ball in the shredded coconut until fully coated.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator, or in the freezer for longer periods.


  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • About ½ cup shredded coconut
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