Healthy No-Bake Buckeye Balls

By Rena |

Healthy No-Bake Buckeye Balls are super delicious, paleo-friendly, gluten-free snacks that are very easy to make. They have a smooth creamy peanut butter texture with a chocolate base. They make a perfect treat around the holiday season.

Buckeye Balls on platter

Make these Healthy No-bake Buckeye Balls for your family and friends to enjoy over the holiday season. They are fun and easy to make with a creamy peanut butter texture and a chocolate base.

If you are craving more sweet snacks, try these No-Bake Chocolate Filled Oat Bars or these delicious Healthy Pumpkin Muffins.

Why these Buckeye Balls are so good

  • Easy: These sweet treats are so simple to make, an easy no-bake recipe with only a handful of ingredients.
  • Healthy: Natural flavors and gluten-free!
  •  Customizable: Add sprinkles, crushed nuts or white chocolate, have fun, and get creative!

Ingredients

  • Peanut Butter: I went for natural, creamy peanut butter, so a wonderfully smooth bite!
  • Almond Flour: This lends a sweet nutty aroma to the balls.
  • Granulated Erythritol: A great sweetener that adds a subtle sweetness.
  • Vanilla Extract: You could use almond extract but it is stronger so use sparingly.
  • Coconut Oil
  • Salt
  • Flake Sea Salt: For the topping.
  • Dark Chocolate: Curls for topping.

How to make these Buckeye Balls

  • Mix: Stir together peanut butter, almond flour, erythritol, vanilla, and salt-forming a dough.
  • Shape: Separate the dough into evenly sized balls.
  • Chill: Place the ball on a baking tray and freeze for 30 mins.
  • Dip: Melt chocolate with coconut oil and dip the balls.

Buckeye ball with bite taken out

Why are the called Buckeye Balls?

Buckeyes are similar to peanut butter balls (or peanut-butter-filled chocolate balls), which are completely covered in chocolate. Named for their resemblance to the nut of the Ohio buckeye tree, the state tree of Ohio, this candy is particularly popular in Ohio and neighboring states.

Best way to melt chocolate

Also, as for melting the chocolate, you can use a stovetop or you can use an instant pot to melt the chocolate. I love using the instant pot because it keeps the chocolate melted at a perfect consistency. This way you don’t have to worry about the chocolate going hard while dipping the balls into the melted chocolate.

Storing Buckeye Balls

You can store these Buckeye balls in an airtight container for about a week or they can be stored in the freezer in a container for about 2 months. If you want to leave these outside for a day or so that’s fine but I prefer keeping mine in a container in the fridge.

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • If the consistency of these Buckeye Balls is crumbly or sticky you can add more almond flour and the granulated sugar to get a perfect consistency.
  • Make sure you line your cookie sheet with parchment paper or the balls will stick to the sheet.
  • When you’re rolling out the peanut butter balls, rub a small amount of butter between your hands, to avoid sticking.
  • Add sprinkles for a colorful finishing touch!
peanut butter bites

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No-Bake Buckeye Balls

Healthy No-Bake Buckeye Balls

These no-bake traditional buckeye balls are made with peanut butter and almond flour, then dipped in a chocolate base.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 16 balls
Calories: 151kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Natural Peanut Butter
  • 3/4 Cup Almond Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Granulated Erythritol
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/8 Tsp Salt
  • 1/3 Cup Dark Chocolate
  • 2 Tsp Coconut Oil
  • Flaked sea salt for topping
  • Dark chocolate curls for topping

Instructions

  • In a mixing bowl, stir together the peanut butter, almond flour, erythritol, vanilla, and salt until a dough forms.
  • Separate the dough into 16 evenly sized balls and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Chill in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  • Melt the chocolate and coconut oil together until smooth. Dip each chilled peanut butter ball into the chocolate until it's about 3/4 covered.
  • Use a fork to remove the ball from the chocolate, letting the excess drip. Return to the parchment paper.
  • Repeat until you have covered all the balls. Top with flaked sea salt and chocolate curls.

Notes

If the consistency of these Buckeye Balls is crumbly or sticky you can add more almond flour and the granulated sugar to get a perfect consistency.
Make sure you line your cookie sheet with parchment paper or the balls will stick to the sheet.
When you’re rolling out the peanut butter balls, rub a small amount of butter between your hands, to avoid sticking.
Add sprinkles for a colorful finishing touch!
 
Storage Instructions:
*Store in the refrigerator or freezer

Nutrition

Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 92mg | Potassium: 130mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 0.9mg
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