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These Healthy Peanut Butter Balls are made with just a handful of ingredients that you might already have on hand, and remind me of the “buckeyes” my family makes around the holidays.

healthy chocolate peanut butter balls

Crunchy Peanut Butter Balls

The peanut butter balls I grew up eating were made with crisp rice cereal for an addictive crunchy center, but when I first made this recipe my family was eating grain-free, so we used crunchy peanut butter instead, for a similar crunch.

peanut butter balls with honey

You can use smooth peanut butter if you’d prefer that. These are delicious either way!

peanut butter balls in chocolate

Healthy Peanut Butter Balls

Honey replaces the powdered sugar called for in traditional recipes, and fiber-rich coconut flour helps to balance blood sugar for a healthier dessert option. If you’d prefer to use almond flour, be sure to check the notes below the recipe.

peanut butter balls with melted chocolate

I like to add a little coarse sea salt on top of these peanut butter balls to boost their flavor, but be sure to add it quickly when you dip the balls into the melted chocolate, as it will harden quickly. (The salt will only stick to melted chocolate.)

peanut butter chocolate balls with bite out

Dark Chocolate Coating

There is still a bit of refined sugar in the chocolate used for the coating, but if you use a dark chocolate (70% or darker) it’s pretty minimal. You can make a homemade chocolate coating, if you prefer, just keep in mind that a homemade chocolate will melt much faster at room temperature.

peanut butter chocolate balls with bite out

Healthy Peanut Butter Balls

4.92 from 24 votes
These HEALTHY PEANUT BUTTER BALLS are sweetened with honey instead of powdered sugar, and are quick & easy to make with just 5 ingredients!
prep15 mins Cool time:30 mins total45 mins


Peanut Butter Balls:

  • 3/4 cup natural peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
  • 1/4 cup honey (or maple syrup for vegans)
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • pinch of sea salt

Chocolate Coating:

  • 4 ounces dark chocolate (about 1 heaping cup of dark chocolate chips)
  • coarse sea salt , for topping (optional)


  • In a medium bowl, mix together the peanut butter, honey, coconut flour, and salt. Stir until a dough forms that is easy to handle and roll into balls. You can add another tablespoon of coconut flour to the mixture, if needed to get the right texture for rolling.
  • Scoop the dough by tablespoons and roll the dough between your hands to make balls. Place the balls on a pan lined with parchment paper, then put them in the freezer to set until firm, about 20 minutes.
  • When the peanut butter balls feel firm to the touch, melt the chocolate. (I use a double boiler to do this on my stove, but you can use the microwave if you prefer in 30 second intervals.)
  • Remove the peanut butter balls from the freezer, and dip each one into the melted chocolate mixture, coating each one thoroughly. Top the chocolate with a sprinkle of coarse sea salt, if desired. (Work quickly, as the chocolate will harden soon.) Return the chocolate-covered balls to the parchment paper. The chocolate should start to harden right away, but you can place them in the fridge or freezer to set completely.
  • Serve cold, from the fridge to keep the chocolate firm. These should keep well in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.



Calories: 112kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 49mg | Potassium: 105mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.9mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, dessert, healthy, peanut butter
Per Serving: Calories: 112, Fat: 7g, Carbohydrates: 9g, Fiber: 1g, Protein: 3g

Recipe Notes:

  • You can make this recipe using almond butter or sunflower seed butter instead of peanut butter, if you prefer.
  • If you don’t want to use coconut flour in the recipes, I’ve successfully used 3/4 cup blanched almond flour in its place.
  • For a vegan dessert, swap the honey for maple syrup instead.

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Megan Gilmore

Hi, I’m Megan. A former fast food junkie turned best-selling cookbook author. I create healthy recipes made with simple ingredients to make your life easier.

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  1. These look delicious! I’d love to try them with almond butter. I don’t have any coconut flour, and I’m a new baker, do you think I could sub for coconut flour with something else?

    1. Coconut flour is pretty unique in its absorbent qualities, so I’m not sure if it can be substituted and yield the same results. However, I think almond flour or meal might be worth a shot!

      If it works for you, please come back and let us know! 🙂

  2. Yes Erin these are close to what we also call BUCKEYES, not sure if it’s regional or what (here in SE Michigan close to Ohio border). I use a toothpick to pick up and dip the balls in the chocolate and dip them about 3/4 of the way, leaving a small circle open at the top, then you don’t touch them and use less chocolate, and its a bit decorative with the peanut butter showing through the top. That style of “dipping” makes it look like a “buckeye” which is a nut that grows on a buckeye tree 🙂 (my buckeye recipe doesn’t include wax, but a WHOLE lot of powdered sugar)

  3. There can never be too many pb/chocolate desserts…and buckeyes are one of my favorites (buckeyes…that is what they are called here in Ohio). Yours sound so much healthier, and I’ve been trying to figure out uses for the bag of coconut flour I have.

    1. I think “Buckeyes” is a cuter name for them!! I can’t believe how well these turned out… I’m in love with coconut flour now. 🙂

  4. Are you kidding, that’s one of my favorite combinations..if not my favorite!! Love your are definitely in your it! xo

  5. I don’t think that I could ever get sick of the peanut butter/chocolate combo! You could post 50 more and I’d still be drooling. 🙂

  6. Wow these look awesome! I can’t believe the original recipe called for wax – that’s gross!! In my mind, wax is ok in 3 places: on cars, candles, and for personal grooming. Not food! Definitely keeping this recipe tucked aside for my next potluck!