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healthy Buckeye peanut butter balls

Healthy Buckeye Peanut Butter Balls

These Healthy Buckeye Peanut Butter Balls are the best healthy makeover ever! They are sweetened with honey and semi-sweet chocolate, so you won’t even miss the powdered sugar! They have a creamy peanut butter center and a delicious chocolate coating! These buckeyes are way healthier than your regular buckeye candies, but they still have the wonderful chocolate and peanut butter flavors we all love.

Buckeye Ball Recipe Inspiration

Buckeyes are a classic candy that I remember having every single year for Christmas. Living in the midwest, of course, my family called them buckeyes. They originated from Ohio and are a traditional Christmas treat, and we lived in Michigan. To everyone besides midwesterners, I think they are actually known as Peanut Butter Balls. But whatever you may call them, they are delicious!

Even though we made buckeyes every year, I have always thought they were a little too sweet. I would choose other desserts over them because I didn’t like how overpowering the powdered sugar and peanut butter filling was. But I love the flavor combo of chocolate and peanut butter, so I figured I could give them a makeover! Just like my Healthy No-bakes!

Healthy Peanut Butter Balls dough

Healthy Buckeye Peanut Butter Balls Ingredients

The ingredients for this recipe are very minimal!

Ingredient Substitutions

There are a few easy swaps you can make in this recipe to suit different diets or whatever you may have in your kitchen.

The coconut oil can be replaced with butter and will produce the same results. Also, the honey can be swapped out for Natural Maple Syrup for anyone that is vegan or has that on hand!

For anyone that has a dairy issue, make sure to use dairy-free chocolate chips, like the Enjoy Life Brand.

Also, anyone that has a peanut allergy or prefers almond butter can certainly use that instead! You can even replace the oat flour with almond flour.

Recipe Notes

  • Use natural peanut butter that is unsweetened.
  • If the peanut butter filling is too wet to handle, place the mixing bowl in the freezer for 10-15 minutes to firm it up.
  • When you melt the chocolate, make sure to heat it at 30-second intervals in the microwave or a double boiler, so it does not overheat.
  • Make your own oat flour by grinding the oats in a blender to a flour texture.
  • Store the buckeyes in a container in the fridge for up to a week, 
  • The buckeyes can also be frozen for up to 3 months. Wrap them in wax paper and place them in a ziplock freezer bag or container. Defrost in the fridge whenever you’re ready to eat them.

Buckeye Recipe Equipment

If you have never made oat flour before, I promise it is easy! I use my Ninja Blender with a small smoothie attachment and grind it for about 10-15 seconds. Of course, you can use any blender you choose. That’s just the brand that I have and love. Oat flour can easily be used instead of grinding oats in a blender if you prefer.

I make sure to line my Wilton baking sheet with parchment paper to make it easier to remove the balls, and it also makes the clean up easier.

Healthy Buckeyes Peanut Butter Balls
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If you like this healthier version of a peanut butter ball, you will probably like my Peanut Butter Energy Bites and Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies!

Healthy Buckeye Peanut Butter Balls

Alyssa
These Healthy Buckeye Peanut Butter Balls are the best healthy makeover ever! They are sweetened with honey and semi-sweet chocolate, so you won’t even miss the powdered sugar! They have a slightly sweet peanut butter center, and a delicious chocolate coating!
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Chilling Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Appetizer, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 24
Calories 114 kcal

Equipment

  • Blender
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Spatula
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Microwave safe bowl
  • Small spoons

Ingredients
  

Peanut Filling:

  • 1 Cup Creamy natural peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut oil softened or unsalted butter
  • 1/4 Cup + 2 Tbsp Raw honey
  • 1 Cup Oatmeal finely ground or oat flour
  • 2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp Fine sea salt

Chocolate coating:

  • 1/2 Cup + 2 Tbsp Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp Coconut oil

Instructions
 

  • Grind the oats in a blender into a fine flour texture.
  • Stir together the peanut butter and softened coconut oil in a mixing bowl.
  • Measure in the honey, ground oats, vanilla extract, and salt. Stir to combine.
  • If the filling is too messy to handle, place the bowl in the freezer for 10-15 minutes and it should harden enough to roll.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop out small portions of the peanut butter mixture and roll into 1-inch sized balls, then place each one on the baking sheet.
  • Place the baking sheet back in the freezer for 30 minutes so the balls are firm when dipped into the chocolate.
  • In the last 5-10 minutes of freezing time, combine the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a bowl and melt in the microwave at 30 seconds intervals, stirring until it becomes smooth.
  • Dip the balls one at a time in the melted chocolate with a spoon or a toothpick inserted in the top.
  • Flip them around to make sure they’re covered, except for a small circle on the top.
  • Then use a spoon to remove them from the chocolate and shake off any excess that drips off.
  • Place each ball back on the parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Continue this process until all the peanut butter balls are dipped.
  • Put the sheet back into the freezer to let chocolate coating harden up.
  • Store the finished peanut butter balls in an airtight container in the freezer or fridge until ready to eat.
  • Frozen is better in my opinion!

Notes

  • Use natural peanut butter that is unsweetened.
  • If the peanut butter filling is too wet to handle, place the mixing bowl in the freezer for 10-15 minutes to firm it up.
  • When you melt the chocolate, make sure to heat it at 30-second intervals in the microwave or a double boiler, so it does not overheat.
  • Make your own oat flour by grinding the oats in a blender to a flour texture.
  • Store the buckeyes in a container in the fridge for up to a week. 
  • The buckeyes can also be frozen for up to 3 months. Wrap them in wax paper and place them in a ziplock freezer bag or container. 
Keyword Buckeyes, Healthy Buckeyes, Holiday Cookies, Peanut Butter Balls

54 thoughts on “Healthy Buckeye Peanut Butter Balls”

  1. 5 stars
    These sound great! I also find buckeyes to be just a little too sweet, but this healthier version definitely sounds like a winner. I’ll have to try these at Christmas!

  2. I have to BEG my aunt every year to make peanut butter balls. LOL Now I see they aren’t so bad and I can make them myself. Thanks so much! Adding to my holiday cookie making list

  3. OMG I can’t wait to try this! I’ve been meaning to find a recipe for years, but never got around to it. When I was at OSU, they used to always have Buckeyes at the student store – they are heavenly!

  4. Yum! Can’t go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter! I have never had buck eyes before but they sure look amazing! These will be perfect snacks!

  5. Peanut butter balls are usually the first treat that I go for on the holiday goodie platters that friends and family make for our get together. With the restrictions in place this year, I’m not going to have the opportunity to dig into the sweets at our family holiday events BUT I can make some myself! Thank you for sharing!

  6. 5 stars
    I love how guilt free yet decadent these are and so easy to veganize or adapt to any lifestyle. I swear your recipes are just so good.

  7. Who doesn’t love buckeyes?! I’m loving that you’ve put a healthy twist to these amazing little desserts! Snacks maybe? I’m going with snacks because peanut butter has protein 😉

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