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These healthy peanut butter buckeyes are full on peanut buttery goodness minus the guilt. These naturally sweetened, protein-rich snacks are irresistible and highly addictive. Did I mention they’re dipped in dark chocolate? You have to make these Healthy Peanut Butter Buckeyes.
I am so excited welcome Jennie from The Messy Baker. I “met” Jennie when I joined #SundaySupper, and I have been drooling over her mix of healthy and decadent recipes from breakfast to dinner to drinks to, of course, dessert. Her photos are amazing, and, as you can see by this recipe, she shares my passion for chocolate and peanut butter, which is always a good thing. Be sure to stop by her blog and enter to win the NINJA Supra Kitchen System that she is giving away! Round out dinner by checking out Love Bakes Good Cakes for some Healthy Meals or The NY Melrose Family for some Healthy Snack Ideas in our #EatHealthy15 Series.
Healthy Peanut Butter Buckeyes
Hi everyone! My name is Jennie. I’m the mess maker, photo taker, and spatula licker over at The Messy Baker. I like diversity, so you’ll find a variety of different recipes on my site: healthy treats, indulgent desserts, soul-satisfying comfort food, lightened-up dishes, and, my favorite, cocktails.
Since we’re celebrating healthy, wholesome food, I created a guilt-free sweet treat made with my favorite combination of flavors, peanut butter and chocolate.
These healthy peanut butter buckeyes are voraciously addictive. You’ll find yourself popping one after another, after another, until there is none left.
If you have the strength to save some for your family, they’ll become equally obsessed. If you keep it a secret, they’ll never know these sweet, pop-able snacks are healthy.
This recipe only requires 6 ingredients, and I’m betting you can find all of them stocked in your pantry.
Here’s how they’re made:
- Add ½ cup of old-fashioned (or certified gluten-free old fashioned oats) to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the mixture resembles coarse sand.
- Add ½ cup almond meal and 2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal to the bowl with the oats. Pulse to combine.
- Add peanut butter and honey to the bowl. Pulse until blended.
- Roll the mixture into ½-inch balls. Place the balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Place the balls in the freezer for 30 minutes to chill. Freezing the balls will make them easier to handle when dipping them in the chocolate.
- While the balls chill in the freezer, melt your chocolate over a double boiler or in the microwave in 30-second increments until smooth.
- Dip each ball in the chocolate until the bottom half of the balls are coated. Place them back on the baking sheet after dipping. Once all of the balls are dipped, place the baking sheet back in the freezer to allow the chocolate to set, about 15 minutes.
- Layer the balls in between sheets of wax paper in an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. One batch makes about 30 buckeyes.
They’re naturally sweetened with honey, packed with protein, and rich in healthy fats. You can easily make this recipe gluten-free by replacing the old-fashioned oats with certified gluten-free old-fashioned oats and vegan by replacing the honey with maple syrup and using dairy-free chocolate chips (such as Enjoy life).
Healthy Peanut Butter Buckeyes
- ½ cup old-fashioned oats regular or gluten-free
- ½ cup almond meal
- 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- ¼ cup honey or maple syrup
- ½ cup dark chocolate chips
- Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.
- Add the oats to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until they resemble coarse sand (refer to the photo in the above post).
- Add almond meal and flaxseed meal to the bowl with the oats. Pulse until just combined.
- Add the peanut butter and honey to the bowl. Pulse until smooth.
- Shape the mixture into ½-inch round balls. Place the balls on the prepared baking sheet. Chill the balls in the freezer for 30 minutes.
- While the balls are chilling, melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave in 30-second increments until smooth.
- Dip the bottom half of the balls in the chocolate. Place the balls back on the baking sheet. Once all of the balls are dipped, place the baking sheet back in the freezer to allow the chocolate to harden, about 15 minutes.
- Layer the buckeyes in between sheets of wax paper in an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Here are some more tasty treats from Jennie:
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Blender Pudding
Sparkling Caramel Apple Sangria
Roasted Cauliflower Mac & Cheese
Plus here are a few of my healthier ways to satisfy that chocolate and peanut butter craving:
We have a family favorite recipe for these which is most definitely not healthy, so I had to try these to see how they stacked up! So as not to set expectations based on what they know and love, I just let my kids taste them without making a comparison. Both of them gave their stamp of approval and immediately grabbed a second. Thanks for passing along Jennie’s great (and guilt-free!) recipe, Brianne!
Oh yay! That’s so awesome!! Have to indulge in a family favorite sometimes, but it’s nice to have a guilt-free option!
These look great! Does there happen to be nutritional information on them? Calories, carbs, etc.?
Jennie did not calculate the calories, but perhaps for accuracy you could use an online calculator with the brands of ingredients you use.
Mmmmm I need to try these for the kiddo’s! I know this sounds like a crazy question but where in the market can you find Almond Meal and flaxseed Meal? Thanks for the new snack ladies!
I usually buy flax seed and grind it in my blender. Both can usually be found if our store has a dedicated gluten free and/or healthy/organic section or if they have a section for gluten free flours and such in the baking aisle.
Gulp! I’m all about oats and chocolate, and this recipe is calling my name!
Don’t forget peanut butter!!
My kids will love these!
They are so perfect for busy kids!
Yum! These almost look too perfect to eat!
I’ll never say No to chocolate and peanut butter!
These look really great. I love how they have very few ingredients 🙂
These treats look delicious!! I love peanut butter and would enjoy these very much.
Perfect for any peanut butter lover!
Healthy + choco pb??? I am so on board! These look amazing!
I know! 🙂
I cannot wait to make these for the kids! they are going to love t hem, and I love that they are actually healthy
I know, my little chocolate and peanut butter lover is gonna flip when I make them!
Nice recipe. Thank you and have a great day.
Being an Ohio girl, I love my buckeyes. Can’t wait to try it with almond meal. Sharing now!
Such a great healthy alternative!
How great that these are sweetened with honey instead of all that powdered sugar! I’m definitely trying them. 🙂
So great, right?!