2 Ways Instant Chocolate Coconut Ladoo

In just 5 minutes, these chocolate coconut ladoos with condensed milk is ready. No cooking is required for this easy recipe!
Chocolate coconut ladoos in a white bowl.

In just 5 minutes, these chocolate coconut ladoos with condensed milk is ready. No cooking is required for this easy recipe!

Chocolate coconut ladoos or chocolate nariyal ladoo are one of the easiest Indian sweet recipes. It was one of the first dessert recipes I made as a kid because it was so easy.

Chocolate coconut ladoos in a white bowl.

These chocolate coconut balls are vegetarian, gluten-free and

They are great to make during the festive season and add to your Diwali recipe rotation for the festival season. While many traditional Indian sweets can take time to make, this is very simple.

You can make so many varieties such as Rose Coconut Ladoo Recipe, Vanilla Coconut Ladoo, Strawberry Coconut Ladoo, Cardamom Coconut Ladoo, or just plain coconut ones.

Stores well in an airtight container so you can make ahead for a party or for giving as a Diwali sweet.

Why you’ll love this recipe

Quick, rich, scrumptious treat: Chocolate ladoo is ready in a few minutes! Perfect for coconut lovers.

No cook: Just measure and mix the ingredients.

Ingredient notes

The main ingredients are coconut and condensed milk.  Then, dependent on what you have on hand use either cocoa powder or milk chocolate chips for this chocolate coconut ladoo recipe.

Chocolate Coconut Ladoo ingredients on marble top.

Desiccated coconut: I use medium-fine desiccated coconut.  I would avoid fine dry coconut powder.

Condensed milk: Sweetened condensed milk is used for rose coconut ladoos.  Since it is sweetened, no additional regular sugar is needed.

Cocoa powder or chocolate chips: Cocoa powder gives a deeper chocolatey taste.  Chocolate chips give a milkier taste.  Both are good in their own way.

Note: I used milk chocolate chips, but you could also use dark chocolate or chop up any chocolate bar.

Cardamom powder (optional):  Chocolate and cardamom pair well together so you can optionally add this.

Pink:

Make your own little twist by using different types of chocolate and making different flavors.  Any chocolate of your choice can work including dark chocolate and white chocolate. They all taste great in coconut laddu.

You can even place a toasted almond in the center of each ball.

Step-by-step instructions

Option #1 Cocoa Powder Chocolate Coconut Ladoos

Measure out the ingredients into a bowl.  Image 1

Mix well to combine and form coconut mixture. Image 2

Roll round ladoo shapes with your hands into a smooth ball.  If it feels like a sticky mix to you, you can optionally put a little ghee or coconut oil on the palm of your hands first to reduce stickiness.

Roll the sweet ball of chocolate laddus in some desiccated coconut powder. Optionally garnish with nuts for a crunch.

Option #2 Chocolate Chips or Chocolate Bar Coconut Ladoo

Place chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl.  Microwave in 15 second intervals twice and mix.  Chocolate should have melted, if not do it one more time for 15 seconds. (If using chocolate bar, cut the bar into shards first). Image 1 below

Note: You can also use the double boiler method.  Especially useful if you are making this in a larger quantity

Add melted chocolate to condensed milk and desiccated coconut in a bowl. Mix well to combine. Image 2

Roll round ladoo shapes with your hands into a smooth ball.  If it feels like a sticky mix to you, you can optionally put a little ghee or coconut oil on the palm of your hands first to reduce stickiness.

Roll the sweet ball of chocolate laddus in some desiccated coconut powder. Optionally garnish with nuts for a crunch.

Pro Tips

Place the ladoos on parchment paper and place them in the fridge to help them set quicker.

If you put too much desiccated coconut, you will get a dry ladoo.  This results in a choking-type feeling when eating them.  So, adjust to your liking but be careful not to add too much coconut.

Making it vegan

To make vegan coconut ladoos, just replace the condensed milk with dairy-free condensed milk.  I recommend oat condensed milk for a delicious treat.

Can I use fresh coconut?

Yes, you can use fresh coconut to make coconut ladoos.  The fresh coconut should be grated.  You would then dry roast the grated coconut to reduce the amount of moisture. It should only take a few minutes and you will notice a nice aroma once lightly toasted.

Chocolate coconut ladoos in a white bowl.

2 Ways Instant, No Cook Chocolate Coconut Ladoo

Shilpa Joshi
In just 5 minutes, these chocolate coconut ladoos with condensed milk is ready. No cooking is required for this easy recipe!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6 ladoo
Calories 102 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Mixing bowl
  • 1 spoon

Ingredients
  

Option #1 Chocolate Coconut Ladoo With Cocoa Powder

  • ½ cup desiccated coconut powder
  • 5-6 tbsp condensed milk
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp cardamom powder optional

Option #2 Chocolate Coconut Ladoo With Cocoa Powder

  • ½ cup desiccated coconut powder
  • 5-6 tbsp condensed milk
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips or chocolate shards from a chocolate bar
  • ¼ tsp cardamom powder optional

Instructions
 

Option #1 Chocolate Coconut Ladoo With Cocoa Powder

  • Measure out the ingredients into a bowl. 
    Mix well to combine.
  • Roll round ladoo shapes with your hands into a smooth ball.  If it feels sticky to you, you can optionally put a little ghee or coconut oil on the palm of your hands first to reduce stickiness.
  • Roll the sweet ball of coconut ladoos in some desiccated coconut powder. Optionally refrigerate if you like a firm consistency.

Option #2 Chocolate Coconut Ladoo With Chocolate Chips

  • Place chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl.  Microwave in 15 second intervals twice and mix.  Chocolate should have melted, if not do it one more time for 15 seconds.
  • Add melted chocolate to condensed milk and desiccated coconut in a bowl. Mix well to combine.
  • Roll round ladoo shapes with your hands into a smooth ball.  If it feels like a sticky mix to you, you can optionally put a little ghee or coconut oil on the palm of your hands first to reduce stickiness.
  • Roll the sweet ball of chocolate laddus in some desiccated coconut powder. Optionally garnish with nuts for a crunch.

Notes

Note: the process is the same for both. Just substitute cocoa powder for chocolate chips in 2nd option.
Make your own little twist by using different types of chocolate and making different flavors.  Any chocolate of your choice can work including dark chocolate and white chocolate. They all taste great in coconut laddu.
Making it vegan
To make vegan coconut ladoos, just replace the condensed milk with dairy-free condensed milk.  I recommend oat condensed milk.
Pro Tips
Place the ladoos on parchment paper and place them in the fridge to help them set quicker.
If you put too much desiccated coconut, you will get a dry ladoo.  This results in a choking-type feeling when eating them.  So, adjust to your liking but be careful not to add too much coconut.
How to use dry coconut flakes?
If you have bigger coconut flakes you can just blend a few times to make a coarse, medium desiccated coconut consistency.

Nutrition

Calories: 102kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 2gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 26mgPotassium: 104mgFiber: 1gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 45IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 51mgIron: 0.3mg
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