Healthy Buckeyes, just like the normal, delicious Buckeye recipe but healthier! Don't worry, you still get that rich, chocolatey flavor surrounding the creamy peanut butter inside layer. These little peanut butter balls of amazingness are gluten free, dairy free and have no added sugars! So basically you can eat a few with no guilt in order to satisfy that sweet tooth!
Peanut butter and chocolate has always been one of my favorite flavor combinations. I have always been a huge Reese's lover, it blows all of the other candies of the world away for me. I have visited the Hershey's Chocolate Factory a few times and I think I pretty much end up just living in the Reese's section the whole time, it's ridiculous.
I definitely find myself gravitating a little more towards the peanut butter aspect of all things peanut butter chocolate. That is why buckeyes are the perfect recipe for a girl like me! It is like 75% peanut butter and 25% chocolate. A.K.A. my match made in heaven (don't worry Nate, you're still my number one)!
Ingredients for Healthy Buckeyes:
The Steps to make these delicious Peanut Butter Balls:
- The first element of this recipe you want to make is the peanut butter filling layer. To do this, you want to first mix the peanut butter, coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Make sure it is combined well. Once combined, add in the coconut flour and mix well. You then want to put the mixing bowl in the fridge for about 30 minutes just to let it harden a little bit.
- Once the peanut butter mixture is ready, taking out about 1 ½ tablespoon of the mix at a time and roll in into a ball using your hands. Once all of the mixture has been rolled up, place them back in the fridge for about 30 minutes so they can harden and set even more.
- Once the peanut butter balls are ready, add the chocolate chips and honey into a small sauce pan over the stove on low heat. Constantly mix so that the bottom does not burn. If the chocolate dries out at all, add in coconut oil, 1 tablespoon at a time.
- Stick a toothpick in the top of the peanut butter ball. Roll the bottom of the ball in the chocolate and place on the parchment paper lined baking sheet. Complete this process for all of the peanut butter balls. Once done, set them back in the fridge for 30 minutes so the chocolate can set and then you can enjoy!
What if I don't like peanut butter?
You could substitute for any nut butter! Traditional buckeyes do use peanut butter, but it would be delicious either way! Changing out the nut butter will of course change the flavoring of the buckeyes though!
Why do you use coconut flour?
Coconut flour is not a very grainy flour and doesn't take away from the desired texture. At the same time, it helps to dry up the peanut butter mixture so it is not super runny. It helps you easily roll the peanut butter mixture into balls too so it doesn't stick to your hands.
What are some other recipes similar to Healthy Buckeyes?
I love my Chocolate Covered Brown Butter Peanut Butter Rice Krispie treats. They are also a no bake dessert and include the delicious chocolate peanut butter combination as well!
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- Mixing Bowl
- Baking Sheet
- small sauce pan
For the Peanut Butter Mixture
- In a mixing bowl, mix together peanut butter, coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla. Mix until completely combined.
- Place the bowl in the fridge for 30 minutes to let the mixture set.
- Take about 1 ½ tablespoon of the mixture out at a time and roll into a ball. Once all of the mixture is rolled into balls, place them on a baking sheet and place the baking sheet back in the fridge so they can set a little longer.
- In a sauce pan on low heat, melt chocolate with honey and coconut oil on low heat.
- Once the chocolate is melted, stick a toothpick into one of the peanut butter balls and roll it in the chocolate, coating about ½ to ¾ of the ball. Place the balls back on the baking sheet.
- Once all of the buckeyes are made, place the baking sheet back in the fridge for about 30 minutes so the chocolate can set.
- Once the chocolate is set you can enjoy!