Ghanaian Caramel Coconut Balls

Ghanaian Caramel Coconut Balls

Caramel coconut balls are popular in both Ghana and Nigeria and are the perfect homemade sweet treat. Here is the recipe so you can enjoy it too.
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  • Serves: 10 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    Grate the coconut flesh from the shelled pieces using the large teeth of your grater, as larger shreds will contribute a chewy texture. Do this carefully, as the oil from the coconut may make your fingers slippery. Set aside.
  3. Step 3

    Make the caramel by dissolving the sugar in the water and lemon juice in a small pot over low heat, then bring to a boil.
  4. Step 4

    Allow the caramel to boil from 5 to 10 minutes without stirring, which will prevent granules from forming. Keep an eye on the mixture, as caramel can burn quickly.
  5. Step 5

    Once the caramel is deep brown, add the shredded coconut and cook for 10 more minutes, stirring occasionally. The coconut oils and natural moisture will release, and the mixture will become easier to handle.
  6. Step 6

    When the mixture has developed a toasty coconut aroma, remove from the heat and allow it to cool slightly.
  7. Step 7

    Grease a plate with butter or margarine.
  8. Step 8

    Handling the caramel with care, form balls with your hands, 2 spoons, or a small scoop. Place on the greased plate and allow to cool completely.
  9. Step 9

    Serve at room temperature (or microwave for 5 to 10 seconds to serve warm).
  10. Step 10