Apple-Coconut Bites

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Apple Coconut Bites @diethood | | #apples #coconut #truffles #holidays #christmas #dessert #recipe
An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
I try to eat one apple a day, every day, whether the phrase holds true or not.
But…there’s always a but… there is one kind of apple that I can’t eat:
Red Delicious.
Red Delicious, in their raw state, will not make it anywhere near me. I just don’t like the meaty texture. But the emphasis here is on the word,”raw”.
When my dad brings apples to me, he always, and I mean always, brings me batches of Red Delicious apples, knowing that I don’t like them. I am going to make an assumption here and say that the reason why he continues to buy these for me is because he likes what I end up doing with them. He will never admit to this, but I can’t come up with any other reason as to why he persists with these apples.
Apple Coconut Bites @diethood | | #apples #coconut #truffles #holidays #christmas #dessert #recipe
When I saw the basket in front of my garage door the other day, I knew that dad was most likely craving an Apple Pie or Apple Cake, but since I just made that for us not too long ago, I looked through my recipes for apples and picked out one that I had not made in ages. This recipe was featured in one of the many Macedonian Cookbooks that I have, and it was part of their Lenten Series Recipes.
These Apple-Coconut Bites are very sweet, a bit crunchy, and extremely refreshing and delicious.
Apple Coconut Bites @diethood | | #apples #coconut #truffles #holidays #christmas #dessert #recipe

***If mixture is too wet, add more ground graham crackers***

Apple-Coconut Bites

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WW Freestyle: 4
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time2 hrs 30 mins
Apple Coconut Bites
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: Macedonian
Servings: 30 cookies
Calories: 109
Author: Katerina | Diethood


  • 4 Apples , peeled, cored and grated.
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 Orange , zested and juiced
  • 1/2 cup of almonds (or any other nut that you prefer), chopped
  • 3 cups crushed graham crackers
  • 1 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • In a 2 quart saucepan combine water and sugar and bring to a boil.
  • Cook for a minute longer and add in the grated apples.
  • Mix in the orange zest, orange juice and the chopped nuts.
  • Continue to cook over medium heat until the syrup has been absorbed by the apple mixture. This might take around 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let the mixture cool down a bit.
  • Mix in the graham crackers before putting it in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
  • In the meantime, mix together the coconut and cinnamon, and put in a shallow dish.
  • Pinch off a bit of the apple mixture and shape into balls by rolling between the palms of your hands. This will be a sticky situation, so if you prefer, you can use powder-free vinyl or latex gloves.
  • Put the apple bites into the coconut mixture and roll around until coated.
  • Place all the apple bites into a plastic container, cover, and allow to set in the refrigerator for 2 hours, or over night.
Nutrition Facts
Apple-Coconut Bites
Amount Per Serving
Calories 109 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Sodium 57mg2%
Potassium 81mg2%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 23IU0%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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63 Responses
  1. mjskit

    I could really bite into one of these! πŸ™‚ Sound like little sweet apple chews. Love the recipe and so easy!

  2. Mina @ Angellove's Cooking

    Kate, your apple coconut bites are gorgeous!! I adore them!! We love apples so much at home so I definitely will give these a try πŸ™‚

  3. agirlandhercarrot

    OMG I can’t believe we both made ball shaped snacks! Love your idea Kate! Dunno that I’d use a sugar substitute but an alternative syrup to respond to Carla: Rice syrup, maybe you could get away with using less? Just a thought.

    1. Kate @

      You think I can make a simple syrup with a sugar substitute? That would be great if I can… I’ve never tried it.

  4. Nancy/SpicieFoodie

    Oh am I love these apple coconut bites! What a fabulous recipe, thank you for sharing it. Can’t wait to try it πŸ™‚

  5. My

    But those apples looked so yummy… LOL.
    You should see my grand-dad’s apples of the year before when you have to finish the stock, they are wrinkled like shar pei dogs and inside, that’s semolina.
    The sweets look really great. And there are always apples to “use” for some reason. Thanks for the recipe.

  6. Melissa@EyesBigger

    These sound tasty! and Red Delicious are the one kind of apple I don’t like raw either. They make my lips pucker up. Not sure why!

  7. MarmandeintheKitchen

    I never thought to combine apples and coconut, but it seems like a great combination. These look delicious!

  8. Laurie@Food is Love

    Wonderful Idea! You are a genius! I ave apples and dont know what I want to do with them.. guess now I know! Thanks!

  9. Magic of Spice

    What a delightful use of these apples…maybe your dad has a lot of fabulous treats in mind πŸ™‚

  10. zerrin

    I can say that I eat two apples a day! And I think that proverb is true for me. Lucky me!
    These apple bites are perfect snacks! I can eat dozens of them!

  11. Sprinkled With Flour

    These apple bites sound amazing! I love the filling and the coconut topping:) Your dad knew what he was doing when he brought you those Red Delicious:)

  12. Vicki @ Wilde in the Kitchen

    Wow, these look great! I don’t think I’ve ever heard of something like this before. Recipe bookmarked!

  13. Cheryl and Adam @

    Agreed about Red Delicious. Adam devours apples but while he doesn’t completely shun the Red, definitely has a low opinion of it!. We so love your blog… delicious recipes and delightful stories of your father and family and your Macedonian back ground… we are passing the One Lovely Blog Award to you!

    Thanks for all your lovely thoughts and foods!

  14. Scarletta Bakes

    Wow this looks great – so simple but so tasty!

    I love coconut and agree with the comment above in that I never considered blending apple with coconut.

    I can’t wait to try these.

    As an aside, I love your photography – what camera do you use (apologies if you have talked about this before :))?

    1. Kate @

      Oh I’m so glad to hear you say that you like my photos! Thank You! I use a Sony Cybershot DSC-H10 … here’s a link to it

      And my other “secret” is my kitchen window… I don’t have any special lighting… I have to make sure to be done with my food by 3 pm so I can take a good picture. But that’s only if it’s a nice, bright day… if it’s gloomy, then I don’t even bother with it most of the time.

  15. Trix

    I can’t stand those apples raw either! This is a great way to use them. And by the way – thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog the other day, it means a lot!!

  16. Tes

    Wow this apple and coconut team-up looks so amazing. It looks really simple to make and sounds so delicious πŸ™‚

  17. Cakewhiz

    They look like a fruity version of cakeballs…hehhe. Plus, it’s a very smart yet sneaky way of getting apples into our diets. Awesome work!

  18. A little bit of everything

    red delicious are my favorite apples :))) and i don’t think apples stops the chocolate craving. have to test it.

    your apple coconut bites sound so good. i’m going to make some soon. thanks for sharing Kate

  19. sanyaliving

    I just found your blog and was thinking how great these looked and then found you too grew up on Eurocream and Tolombi!
    Can’t wait to get a bit more time and have a leisurely look.

  20. Gillian

    Mmmm yum! These look so delish! I love everything with coconut..I’ll definitely have to try these out! πŸ™‚

  21. Lori

    Yup, the same reason the boys won’t eat bananas….they want me to bake with them…..sigh…..The bites look and sound wonderful!! i do love coconut!Looks great Kate!

  22. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    Ooo, these sound good and they are pretty easy to make too! I’m overrun with apples at the moment so this is perfect for me.

  23. Claudia

    Oh how sweet this is! Red Delicious are solely for baking in my home! (And I usually don’t even bake with them). Love the crunch with the delicious.

  24. fooddreamer

    Red delicious truly are the least interesting of all apples, but you’ve found a way to use them up and make them so interesting!

  25. Shea

    Fa.Bu.Lous. They kind of remind me of those chewy coconut candies that you can get in drug stores. My mom always bought those when I was growing up!

  26. Firefly

    That looks so good πŸ™‚ I have some apples in the kitchen just perfect for this. Do you think yellow ones will do? They are not so sweet. Or does it have to be red kind?

    1. Kate @

      You can definitely make these with any apples that you have. I think the Granny Smith’s would be the only ones that won’t be sweet enough…all others are fine.

  27. Lauren @ L-Mo Cooks

    Holy wow! I hate Red Delicious raw as well, but I think I could handle these pretty easily. I think I’ll make these for my next playdate.

  28. freshandfoodie

    Cool recipe! Anything with coconut is a win in my book…plus these look like donut holes which is an added bonus. πŸ™‚

  29. ronda kornfeld

    These look great, can’t wait to try after I buy some apples. Thank you so much for explaining the last of red delicious apples, it finally makes sense why I avoided them at all costs.

  30. Sandra@ Sandra's Easy Cooking

    hahha..I only eat Gala apples, and sometimes golden delicious..others no no..don’t like them at all..but in the recipes I can use any!
    Your little bits look incredible, and so tasty.. truly one perfect bite!!!

  31. Becky

    Your little apple coconut bites look so good. i never thought to pair apple and coconut together, nicely done.

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