Holiday Coconut Snowballs

Well, my harvest wreath has come down…and I am making that transition from everything in my house smelling like pumpkin to making sure it is glittery and red.  Ooooh yay!  I had a wonderful childhood when it came to holidays.  Decorating the tree, listening to Christmas carols, and wrapping presents were pretty much the funnest things on the planet.  Oooh did I mention baking?  That was always a big part of it.  My mom has recipes that continue to be called for by family during the holiday season.  Problem now is that I try to create sweets that are a tad more nutritious, and some of those old-fashioned favorites just aren’t.

This is a very special post.  Not only is it about my first post-autumn baked thing — but these feature the ingredient that my dear pen pal sent to me.  Coconut!  Here in the paleo world we love our coconut, and for good reason.  Coconut has been used for its nutritional value and its medicinal properties for a very long time.  Full of fiber, minerals and vitamins — it makes the perfect addition to any dish.  Nice thing is it is useful in not only savory dishes, but sweet things as well.  My fondest memory of using coconut as a kid was when we would create those bunny cakes at Easter.  The cakes were smothered with white frosting and sweetened coconut to mimic fur.  Back in the day coconut got such a bad wrap for being high in fat, but sub it with the unsweetened variety and you have a very good thing.  Read some more about the benefits of coconut here.

In this case I decided to create a classic holiday dessert…snowballs!  My pen pal, Jessica Chandler – also known as the Paleo Professional, decided to send me an ingredient that represented their very first snow fall this year.  Once I read her note…I knew they had to be snowballs.  🙂

These snow balls have a light coating of coconut and the cranberries I chose truly make them a seasonal treat.  The bright shiny read cranberry almost makes them look like little decorated ornaments.

Hope you enjoy!


  • 2 c. almond meal
  • 1.5 tbsp. arrowroot powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp. palm shortening
  • 1/4 c. coconut sap
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 c. unsweetened cranberries, I used frozen
  • 1/2 c. unsweetened shredded coconut
  • small bowl of water


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine all dry ingredients.
  3. With a hand mixer beat wet ingredients in a smaller bowl.
  4. Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients, and continue with your hand mixer until mixture is well blended.
  5. Fold in cranberries.
  6. Using a tablespoon as measure, scoop up some dough and roll into a ball.  Dip ball into water and then roll in shredded coconut.
  7. Place each coconut covered ball onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  8. Bake for ~15 minutes.
  9. Let cool on a wire rack, and enjoy!

Interested in getting a pen pal of your own?  Visit the Paleo Pen Pals Facebook page and sign up!  It’s not too late to get an assignment for December, and I for one have truly enjoyed the experience.  Joining will help you connect with others that share the same sort of sentiment about living a Paleo/Primal lifestyle and that kind of support is always appreciated!


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2 Responses to “Holiday Coconut Snowballs”

  1. It was so great to get to know you over the course of this month. I hope we’ll keep in touch! Your snowballs are so beautiful – loving how the cranberries look like ornaments. Yum!

    • jennifer says:

      Jessica – likewise! You were an excellent first pen pal and I loved getting to know you! I guarantee that I will be stopping by the Paleo Professional to check up on ya 😉

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