Chokladbollar (Swedish Chocolate Balls)

chokladbollar Swedish chocolate balls1

I adore Sweden. I started to take a keen interest in this country when they set up a Chinese site promoting their culture. Sweden emphasizes its progress on human rights, equality and sustainability and I am really interested in those aspects. I immediately fell in love with it and wanted to learn more.

In Chinese we have a saying – 爱屋及乌 — which means, when you love the house, you even find the ravens on the roof of the house lovely. So my love for Sweden not only led me to learning the language in order to better understand their culture, but also an interest in their people, customs and food.

The first Swedish food that I learned to make is probably also what every Swedish child learns to make when they start their adventures in kitchen. It is called chokladbollar, which means chocolate balls. It’s made of very simple ingredients, and is very easy to make; you don’t even need an oven; a mixing bowl and your hands would be enough. Of course, since it’s a hot summer right now, I prefer not to use my hands.

chokladbollar mix

Health Index: ⅘ (4 to 5 times a week)
Kitchen Gadgets: Food processor
Serves: 24 balls

2 cups rolled oats
½ cup raw sugar (cane sugar)
¼ cup cocoa powder
½ cup vegan butter
1 tbsp strong coffee
½ tsp vanilla
30g dark cooking chocolate
¼ cup coconut flakes

1. Add the rolled oats, sugar and cocoa powder into the food processor and mix lightly.
2. Soften the vegan butter, but don’t let it melt, add it to mixture and mix for a few seconds.
3. Add the coffee and vanilla and mix again.
4. Melt the chocolate and add it to the mixture and mix for a few seconds. By this time the mixture should form a ball. Don’t mix too much as the heat might melt the butter, then it would be difficult to form the ball. If that’s the case, put the mixture into fridge to cool for a while.
5. Put the coconut flakes in a small bowl and using a small ice-cream scoop make a firm ball out of the mixture, then use two small spoons to scoop it out carefully, and roll it in the coconut flakes, at the same time use the spoon to adjust the ball’s roundness if it’s not perfect.
6. Put the finished chocolate balls into fridge and cool for one hour. Enjoy!

  • Meiling Yang

    Hi Ann, is there any replacement of vegan butter here coz as i heard the vegan butter is not the healthy ingredient, thank you.

  • Annie Taylor Chen

    Hey Meiling, vegan butter is quite healthy compared to traditional dairy butter, it’s mixed of several types of plant oil and fat. Please don’t confuse it with traditional margarine which contains hydrogenated fat, which is indeed unhealthy. They’re two different products. If you can’t find vegan butter where you live, you might try coconut oil or cocoa butter (though even more difficult to find normally), which freezes under cold temperature. But I am afraid it might not be enough to form everything into nice balls. The butter and chocolate are the only things that hold the ingredients together.

  • Débora Balibrea Sánchez

    Hi, Can I change the vegan butter with olive oil?

  • Hey there,
    vegan butter keeps them together and provides a creamy mouth feel so I advise you not to change that. Otherwise you might try canola oil which is milder than olive oil if you have to liquid oil. Another option is coconut oil as it tends to solidify a bit when it’s cold too. Let us know if those works. ;) Good luck!

  • Débora Balibrea Sánchez

    Thank you. And what about using margarine? Because i’m going to make a huge amount of them and I need them to be as cheaper as possible.

  • I see. Yes margarine could work in this case too. If you want to keep it vegan, check the ingredients as some margarine contains whey. Try one small batch to test how they hold together before you make a lot. ;)

  • Débora Balibrea Sánchez

    Of course, I’m vegan ^_^ I always use the same margarine for that reason. Thank you so much for all your advice.