Healthy Peanut Butter Balls

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.

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peanut butter chocolate balls with bite out
Healthy Peanut Butter Balls
Prep Time
15 mins
Cool time:
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

These HEALTHY PEANUT BUTTER BALLS are sweetened with honey instead of powdered sugar, and are quick & easy to make with just 5 ingredients!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, dessert, healthy, peanut butter
Servings: 20
Calories: 112 kcal
Ingredients
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)
Instructions
  1. 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.
  2. 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.

  3. 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.)

  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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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Comments

Julie

Can you use PB2 powder/water in place of the peanut butter in this recipe?

Catie

Just made these using the almond flour suggestion in your notes– WOW, they are so good! I totally don’t miss the powdered sugar version my mom used to make. Even my kids loved them, and they are picky. Thank you for sharing!

C

These look delish. I am trying to incorporate more honey instead of sugar and this sounds like a great way to do it. I’ve read that some local raw honey everyday may help allergy sufferers. This sounds like a perfect way to help get that honey in!

Annie

Can’t wait to try these! Could I use oat flour? Also- what kind of chocolate chips? Will vegan ones work?

    Megan Gilmore

    I haven’t tried it with oat flour yet, but it’s worth a shot! I used vegan chocolate chips– Enjoy Life brand. They work great!

Beth

Thanks so much for this recipe! I love the texture the coconut flour gives to the nut butter and am experimenting with a stevia//honey combo to reduce sugar. Yum!

Amy

Was just talking to my mom about all the childhood cookie recipes… literally STARED for a good minute when she mentioned her peanut butter ball recipe called for paraffin wax!!! (Insert horrified emoji here). Excited to give these a try!

Kim

MAKE THESE!!!! You will not regret it. The coconut flour is a wonderful touch. This will be the only recipe I ever use from now on.

Mayga

Can I use almond flour instead of coconut?

John P DeConti

My mother always made peanut butter balls, and I just made some today after searching for a healthy version, low in sugar. I did not use your recipe exactly, but it was close, used oats instead of coconut flour.One tip for you from how my mother used to do it – use tooth picks to lift the balls, not your fingers The chocolate flows over the spots where the tooth picks were, no need to touch up with a spoon.

Maria

This was delicious! I substituted maple syrup for the honey, and if you do this, definitely use a less amount! I also mixed peanut butter and almond butter, superb. Thanks for the recipe!

S

These look so yummy I have to try them! I will be substituting chocolate protein powder for the flour & maybe adding some flax, maca powder & a fibre blend

Colleen

These are so good and easy! I did need to use a bit less coconut flour, I love your peanut butter eggs even more!

potato

AWESOME

Natasha

I made these using crunchy Sunbutter. We have a peanut allergy. I also used the Enjoy Life Dark chocolate morsels. I followed the rest of the recipe exactly. They were delicious!

mallory

So glad for this recipe b/c it sounds like you replaced the exact recipe I grew up on too! Can’t believe how unhealthy our recipe was growing up! Happy Holidays!

Rebecca

Use a toothpick to dip the balls into the chocolate so that you don’t get your fingers on them.

Kelly

Hi Megan, This recipe looks Awesome. For easy coating of chocolate I would in cert tooth picks before freezing. Then once frozen dip balls in chocolate and re-freeze,remove tooth picks before serving 🙂

Corrie

In all my years of making Buckeyes, that’s what we call them in Ohio, I’ve never heard of adding wax. That’s so gross
I’m a huge fan of coconut everything and use both coconut flour and coconut oil regularly. Thanks for a new twist on a old favorite recipe, regular buckeye candies are loaded with powdered sugar but then again they’re irresistibly delicious as well! ♡

Lalita

Hi, Thank you so much for sharing this. I have been making a version every Christmas for years and recently decided to go of all grains. I was only thinking this week i wonder if there is a healthy version and voila!!
To coat the balls in chocolate, I use a plastic splade and take out the prongs in the middle. The balls fit perfectly on there and you can dip in the chocolate and let the drips fall away.

Alecia

If you use stevia instead of honey, how much stevia should you use? I would really like to make these sugar free.

pam

I’m always confused when a recipe calls for chocolate cos we only have raw cacao powder. 🙂 I read you get yours from whole foods; Is the chocolate you’re using this recipe Baking and/or non-sweetened chocolate, or a pre-sweetened chocolate? Thank you for enlightening me! 🙂

Erica

WOW! I absolutely LOVE that these are a good healthy alternative. Fiber and protein even in the coconut flour! AND they taste amazing. Made these for my boyfriend’s family yesterday and my family today for Thanksgiving. SUCH a big hit. Thank you so much for caring about what ingredients goes into these. They are much appreciated.

Nancy Josue

I made these with wheat flour since that was all I had at the moment and they still turned out soooooo delicious. I’ve already made three or four of your other recipes and each time I’m so happy. I also like things that call for few ingredients and take a small amount of time and your recipes are perfect for that! Thank you for sharing!!!

Chloe Diego

Mmmm I just made these. They were so delicious and easy to make!! Thank you!

Bekh

Just a tip for the chocolate dipping process, if you put the balls in the freezer to firm up and then dip them in the chocolate using a skewer, keeps the chocolate off your hands (but licking them is half the fun!) and its less messy in general. Can’t wait make these!

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