Pineapple coconut balls are the perfect tropical snack that is quick to make. In 15 minutes, you’ll have a delicious treat featuring candied pineapple and almonds rolled into shredded coconut.
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These candied pineapple bites have the perfect texture and flavor combination. You’ll be making these bite-sized treats on repeat– they’re so easy to make and the perfect fix for a sweet tooth.
You can make these for a big party too! They're such a hit and super easy to make in large quantities.
Next time, you might need to double the recipe just for yourself!
Why I Love These Pineapple Coconut Balls
- Simple ingredients - each of these ingredients are easy to find at your local store or possibly already in your pantry.
- Tropical flavors - the nutty almond and sweet pineapple make these the perfect afternoon treat.
- Quick to make - the best part about this recipe is they're made in just 15 minutes, making them the perfect healthy snack!
Ingredients For Candied Pineapple Snacks
- Candied pineapple - The star of this recipe is the candied fruit. You can try other variations if you'd like. They're usually found in the produce section of the grocery store.
- Almonds - Adds a delicious nutty flavor alongside the pineapple. I used roasted salted almonds for that extra flavor.
- Water - Use warm water to help water down the mixture into bite-sized treats.
- Shredded coconut - You'll want the unsweetened coconut flakes, as these pineapple snacks have plenty of sweetness!
How To Make Pineapple Bites: Step-By-Step
Step 1. Add the candied pineapple, almonds, and water to a food processor and pulse until you get a mixture resembling dough.
Step 2. If needed, add more water and pulse again. You want to make sure the mixture is moist enough to roll into balls without falling apart.
Step 3. Using a cookie scoop or spoon, roll one tablespoon of dough into a ball. Place the balls on a tray and continue until you've used up all the dough.
Step 4. Add the shredded coconut to a small bowl. Roll each ball in the coconut and place them on the tray. That's it, such an easy recipe. Enjoy!
While these coconut pineapple balls aren't overly complicated, there are a couple of things you want to keep in mind as you make them.
- Add water as needed - The balls won't form easily if they are too dry. If so, add small amounts of water and try rolling them again.
- Use a cookie scoop - A cookie scoop will help you make sure each one is the same size. That said, a regular spoon works just fine, too.
Pineapple Bites Variations
These homemade pineapple bites are already awesome, but if you want to switch things up a bit, here are a few more ideas!
- Swap out the shredded coconut - try using coarse nuts, cocoa powder, or even graham cracker crumbs instead of the coconut.
- Try different nuts - macadamia nuts, cashews, or pistachios could be a delicious alternative.
- Add cinnamon or nutmeg - give these pineapple bites a spiced flavor with this simple addition.
- Add protein - give it a protein boost and make energy bites by adding your favorite protein powder.
- Add cream cheese - give it a creamier texture by mixing cream cheese softened to room temperature to the mix. Make sure this mixture is refrigerated.
- Pair with pina coladas - this Hawaiin candy recipe would pair great with pina coladas.
- Use pineapple juice - swap out the water for some natural pineapple flavoring.
Frequently Asked Questions
Fresh pineapple is too juicy, so stick with the candied pineapple for the best results.
If you store them in an airtight container in the fridge, they will be good for up to 1-2 weeks. For best results, I'd consume them within the first few days.
Yes! Freeze them on a single layer baking sheet before transferring to a freezer bag. Be sure to defrost before serving.
The leftover unsweetened coconut can be stored in an airtight container and used in other recipes. Try adding the rest of the coconut to smoothie bowls, yogurt parfaits, or using it as a topping for other desserts.
For best results, you'll want to use a food processor. It will be very difficult to get the almonds and candied pineapple small enough to roll into balls without one.
Equipment Used for Candied Pineapple Bites
I highly suggest having a few tools available for this recipe!
- Food Processor- For this recipe, you need a mini food processor, and this one gets the job done; the cleanup is super easy.
- Cookie Scoops - This one is super easy to use and great for various uses. I love using it for even cookie dough, ice cream, or even measuring meatballs.
More Candy Recipes
Try out some more sweet treat recipes:
- Try this vintage recipe for Cinnamon Rock Candy that's always perfect during the holidays, but that cinnamon lover will enjoy this candy anytime.
- You just need five ingredients to make these Cream Cheese Party Mints, and you can make them in any color you like.
- This Saltine Cracker Candy is fun to make and delicious to eat. Top with your favorite sprinkles for a tasty treat for all parties.
More To Make And Eat
Easy No-Bake Pineapple Coconut Balls
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- 1 cup Candied pineapple
- 1 cup Almond
- 2 tablespoons Warm water
- ¼ cup unsweetend coconut
- In your food processor, add the candied pineapple, almonds and warm water.
- Pulse until you get a dough-like mixture with a little bit of a texture to the ingredients. The mixture has to be rollable and moist. If necessary, add a small amount of water to ensure the mix will stay together to be rolled.
- Take approximately one tablespoon, or use a small cookie scoop of the mixture and shape it into small balls. Place the balls on a tray and repeat for the rest of the pineapple and nut mixture.
- Place the coconut in a bowl, then roll the balls in it to coat them. Then place the balls back on the tray. You will have leftover coconut that can be used for another recipe.
- You can enjoy these pineapple balls immediately at room temperature.
- Store the coconut balls in an airtight container, and they will stay fresh for one week. If refrigerated, they will remain delicious for up to two weeks, or you can freeze them for up to three months.
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