Coconut Eyeballs

Looking for a SpOoOoKy kid-friendly, healthy Halloween treat? These Coconut Eyeballs are sure to bring a smile and giggle to your little ones!

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I’m not sure who’s more excited about Halloween this year, me or my kids. Whenever October rolls around I get way jazzed to make treats like Cookie Dough Bites, Gravestone Brownies and Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts, so this year I’m adding a spooky new fun dessert to my Halloween sweets list- Coconut Eyeballs.

For the past five or so Halloweens our family has celebrated October 31st at my friend Keri’s house for her annual party. We show up on the doorstep of her "haunted" house along with tons of other families, adults and kids alike dressed up in their costumes and ready to bob for apples, create Halloween arts and crafts, get their palms read by a fortune teller and -- of course -- eat lots and lots of spooky food before setting out to walk the neighborhood in search of candy! Going to Keri's is one of those traditions that makes the holiday feel all the more special.

Coconut Eyeballs from Weelicious

There's no cooking involved with this recipe, making it an even bigger winner in my eyes (no pun intended). With only 6 ingredients these bite-size treats couldn’t be simpler to make. It's also one of those recipes you want to get your kids to help you make as they don’t need to look perfect -- they should be a bit cracked and spooky looking. All you do is take some of the coconut mixture in your hand, shape it into a circle, press in the dried cherries, refrigerate and...voila. You can make them UP TO a week in advance and keep them in the fridge (I've actually already froze a batch 2 weeks ago to get myself ahead for the holiday this year).

Coconut Eyeballs from Weelicious

For families with food allergies this treat offers the added bonuses of being gluten, nut, dairy and dye-free as well as being vegan.

Coconut Eyeballs from Weelicious

Keep things simple but fun this Halloween by making a batch of these sweet treats. You won't be disappointed -- and neither will your kids!

Coconut Eyeballs from Weelicious

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Coconut Eyeballs (makes about 2 dozen)

Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 0 mins

egg free

dairy free

gluten free

Ingredients

  • 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut, divided
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, in liquid form
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup light coconut milk
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 17 dried cherries

Preparation

1. Place all the ingredients, except cherries into a food processor and run until it forms a paste, about 1 minute.

4. Using a 1 tablespoon measure, shape the mixture into small balls. Moisten your hands to prevent sticking.

5. Lightly flatten each ball and gently press a dried cherry into the center of each one.

6. Place in the refrigerator for 30-60 minutes.

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.

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12 comments

  • Carrie N.

    I am so excited about a no-cook, allergy-friendly treat, I want to say all the curse words. @#$% @#%^ *&#@!!!!!!!!! My kids are going to freak out.

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  • Gaby

    So much fun!

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  • MC

    Any idea how to modify these to make them like snowflakes for a Frozen-themed party? I like the idea they are heavily allergen-free! Perhaps decorate with blueberries?

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    • Ashley

      I bet you could puree some fresh blueberries and mix them in to turn your coconut mixture blue. I haven't made these so I'm not 100% sure what the texture is like but I'd imagine you could press these and use a larger metal snowflake cookie cutter.

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    • McCord

      I think you could add a few blueberries to the mixture to add a tint of purplish-blue!

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  • sjgz314

    I can't tell from the recipe or video - what blade do you use for the food processor? The sharp one or the plastic one that I've never used? Will be making these for my Halloween party!

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    • McCord

      The sharp one!

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  • Lindsey

    My little guy (14 months) has all the food allergies this DOES NOT have, so I am thrilled to try this!!! Thank you!

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  • Alicia Bravo

    I made these and they would not thicken up into paste in the processor. I used finely shredded coconut. Is that why? Or should I add more honey?

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  • Emily G

    we made these tonight -- the boys loves measuring the ingredients and placing the cherries on the eyes. They are taking them to their school parties -- thank you!

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  • Anita B.

    These are soooo good! I just ate the last spoonful straight from the processor. I, too, used the finely shredded coconut and it worked out ok for me. I want these to be a winter holiday cookie too so I'll call them the snowy wreath cookie. ;)

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  • Jenn EngineerMommy

    How adorable are those coconut eyeballs! Perfect for a picky preschooler!

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