These Healthy Peanut Butter Buckeyes are easy to make and taste like a chocolate peanut butter cup! This recipe is no-bake and comes together in just 20 minutes!

peanut butter balls drizzled with dark chocolate

What is a buckeye?

A Buckeye is basically a peanut butter ball that is dipped in chocolate. They’re called “buckeyes” because they resemble a nut from a buckeye tree.

Peanut butter buckeyes are particularly popular around Christmas, but honestly these make an amazing healthy treat any time of year.

Classic buckeye’s are made with peanut butter, buter and lots of powdered sugar. But these Healthy Peanut Butter Buckeyes are made with much healthier ingredients like natural peanut butter, almond flour and maple syrup.

Why you’ll love these healthier buckeyes

  • This recipe is made with healthy ingredients and is no-bake.
  • These buckeyes come together in under 20 minutes and are easy to make
  • This recipe is naturally vegan, gluten-free, grain-free and refined sugar-free.

How to make this recipe

Mix the peanut butter in a bowl with the coconut flour or almond flour, vanilla extract, maple syrup and salt until it forms a dough. The dough should be sticky enough that it can be easily rolled into balls.

Roll out 1 tbsp sized balls of dough and place them on a baking sheet. If you’re dough feels too soft, you can also place it in the fridge for 15-30 minutes to firm up before rolling. Next melt some chocolate and dip each ball 3/4 of the way into the chocolate

You can also optionally drizzle more chocolate on top of each peanut butter ball if you like.

Peanut butter buckeyes on a baking sheet with dark chocolate drizzled on top of them

Tips for making this recipe perfectly

  • You can use a classic smooth or natural peanut butter for this recipe. Both will work fine. If using natural peanut butter, make sure to mix it well before using it. (Natural peanut butter has a tendency to separate.)
  • The peanut butter dough should be sticky enough to roll into balls but firm enough that they hold their shape nicely. If your dough feels too sticky, you can add some extra coconut or almond flour.
  • If your dough feels like the right texture but you’re having trouble rolling it into balls, you can place the dough in the fridge for 15-30 minutes. This will firm up the dough and make it easier to work with.
  • Use a toothpick to dip the peanut butter balls into the melted chocolate.
  • If you’d like to cover up the little holes made by the toothpick, you can use a small knife and gently scrape the top of each ball. This will push the dough into the hole to cover it up.

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peanut butter balls drizzled with dark chocolate

Healthy Peanut Butter Buckeyes

  • Author: Jessica Hoffman
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 15 balls 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

These Healthy Peanut Butter Buckeyes are easy to make and taste like a chocolate peanut butter cup! This recipe is no-bake and comes together in just 20 minutes!


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Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Mix the peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, coconut flour and almond flour together in a bowl until it forms a dough. If your mixture is too runny, add some extra almond flour. If it’s too thick, add a bit more peanut butter. 
  2. Roll into balls, about 1 tbsp of dough per ball and place on a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  3. Place in the fridge to set for 10 minutes while you prepare the chocolate.
  4. Use a toothpick to dip each ball into the melted chocolate, covering about 3/4 of the way. You can optionally use any leftover chocolate to drizzle on top.
  5. Place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to set. 
  6. Store in the fridge. 

Notes

Depending on the brand of peanut butter you use, you may need to add a bit more or less coconut/almond flour. (Some peanut butter can be more liquidy and others can be thicker.) Adjust as needed. ‘

You can use a classic smooth or natural peanut butter for this recipe. Both will work fine. If using natural peanut butter, make sure to mix it well before using it. (Natural peanut butter has a tendency to separate.)

The peanut butter dough should be sticky enough to roll into balls but firm enough that they hold their shape nicely. If your dough feels too sticky, you can add some extra coconut or almond flour.

If your dough feels like the right texture but you’re having trouble rolling it into balls, you can place the dough in the fridge for 15-30 minutes. This will firm up the dough and make it easier to work with.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 ball
  • Calories: 110
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Fat: 8g
  • Carbohydrates: 8g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 2g

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