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Healthy Peanut Butter Buckeyes

These healthy peanut butter buckeyes are full of peanut buttery goodness, naturally sweetened, and dipped in dark chocolate. Snacking never tasted so good! 

Healthy Peanut Butter Buckeyes

Some days I want to punch life in face, like square in the nose (and really hard).

Other days, I want to give it a high five. If it’s a particularly good day, one of those high fives where you take a running start and leap in the air until your hands meet. The kind you see in the movies where they do a screen freeze with both parties frozen in the air with their hands together.

Healthy Peanut Butter Buckeyes

Today is definitely a high five kind of day. Here’s why: 1. I made you a healthy peanut butter treat that you’re going to obsess over, and 2. There’s a giveaway.

No punching life in the face today. Maybe you’ll get your chance tomorrow.

Healthy Peanut Butter Buckeyes | www.themessybakerblog.com

Let’s talk about these crave-worthy peanut butter buckeyes, shall we? They’re my new obsession. I tried my first ever buckeye (I know, I live under a rock) over the holidays and fell in love. I mean, peanut butter and chocolate–what’s not to love?

Being the foodie I am, the first thought that came to mind was I can totally make a healthy version of these so I can have them every day and not feel the least bit remorseful. And, here they are.

Healthy Peanut Butter Buckeyes

Here’s how they’re made:

  1. 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.
  2. Add ½ cup almond meal and 2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal to the bowl with the oats. Pulse to combine.
  3. Add peanut butter and honey to the bowl. Pulse until blended.
  4. 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.
  5. While the balls chill in the freezer, melt your chocolate over a double boiler or in the microwave in 30-second increments until smooth.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

Healthy Peanut Butter Buckeyes

These little dreamy, peanut-buttery bites are made with wholesome ingredients, and they’re naturally sweetened. You can easily turn them into a gluten-free treat if you use certified gluten-free oats. For my vegan friends out there, you can substitute maple syrup for the honey. Every body wins!

Healthy Peanut Butter Buckeyes

These healthy peanut butter buckeyes are full of peanut buttery goodness, naturally sweetened, and dipped in dark chocolate.

Yield: 30 buckeyes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.
  2. Add the oats to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until they resemble coarse sand (refer to the photo in the above post).
  3. Add almond meal and flaxseed meal to the bowl with the oats. Pulse until just combined.
  4. Add the peanut butter and honey to the bowl. Pulse until smooth.
  5. 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.
  6. While the balls are chilling, melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave in 30-second increments until smooth.
  7. 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.
  8. Layer the buckeyes in between sheets of wax paper in an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

 

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28 Responses to “Healthy Peanut Butter Buckeyes”

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — January 28, 2015 at 7:46 am

    I can’t lie. I haven’t even tried a regular Buckeye….but you KNOW how I feel about healthy and chocolate and peanut butter and rolled into one.
    I LUHVE. These sound fab! Pinned!

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    • Jennie replied February 2nd, 2015 at 9:16 am

      This year was my first buckeye experience, and it was a good one. Yeah, I’m all about making unhealthy healthy without compromising flavor. Thanks, girl!

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — January 28, 2015 at 8:18 am

    as a native Ohio-an I have always been very familiar with buckeyes and I LOOOVE how you healthified them! They look SUPER tasty and I actually think I might like this version better!

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    • Jennie replied February 2nd, 2015 at 9:17 am

      Thanks, Kayle! BTW, I love that your team name is the Buckeyes. It’s so fun!

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    Liz @ Floating Kitchen — January 28, 2015 at 8:38 am

    These look great! I have to admit I’ve never had a buckeye. So I’m the one living under a rock here. Maybe I deserve a punch in the face to wake me up!

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    • Jennie replied February 2nd, 2015 at 9:18 am

      I’m always last on the choo-choo train to trendy. I just started reading Harry Potter last year. So, yeah.

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — January 28, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Healthy pb + chocolate combo = I LOVE YOU. And thanks for not punching me in the face. ;)

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    • Jennie replied February 2nd, 2015 at 9:18 am

      It’s the best combo EVER!

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    Catherine — January 28, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Dear Jennie, Just stopping by from Cupcakes & Kale Chips. These buckeyes look so good. I wish I had some with me now. Thank you for hosting this exciting giveaway too. Have a wonderful day, Catherine

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    • Jennie replied February 2nd, 2015 at 9:19 am

      Welcome to my home on the Interwebs, Catherine. I’m so happy you took the time to stop by, and I’m so glad to hear that you love these buckeyes. Cheers!

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    Senika @ Foodie Blog Stalker — January 28, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    I, too, am a rock dweller. Never had one! Must remedy!

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    • Jennie replied February 2nd, 2015 at 9:20 am

      Hey, it happens. There’s no shame. The best way to remedy a situation like this is to get in the kitchen and make yo’self some buckeyes. Thanks for stopping by!

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    Choc Chip Uru — January 28, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    A good peanut butter buckeye is a delicious treat, want to try these! :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    • Jennie replied February 2nd, 2015 at 9:20 am

      Thanks, Uru!

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    Lisa | Sweet 2 Eat Baking — January 28, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    I tried my first PB Buckeye a coupld of years back (then made then into Reindeer poop, ha), but I haven’t had a fix since then.

    I need a guilt-free fix, so off to checkout the healthier recipe.

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    • Jennie replied February 2nd, 2015 at 9:21 am

      Lol, reindeer poop. I bet your kids loved that.

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    Ashley — January 28, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    I feel like I wouldn’t be able to stop eating these! They look sooo goood! Definitely a high-five kind of day!

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    • Jennie replied February 2nd, 2015 at 9:21 am

      Your feeling is spot on, Ashley. I ate my last ball the other day and quickly made a second batch. They’re the perfect snack.

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    Karen @ The Food Charlatan — January 29, 2015 at 1:14 am

    I would eat every single one of these that you have artfully displayed in your photos. Every.single.one.

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    • Jennie replied February 2nd, 2015 at 9:22 am

      Do it!

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    Fran — January 29, 2015 at 4:18 am

    Very Yummy

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    • Jennie replied February 2nd, 2015 at 9:22 am

      Thanks, Fran!

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    shannon @ a periodic table — January 29, 2015 at 9:43 am

    ooooo, girl, BUCKEYES! so obviously i love these because now i can stuff my face without feeing super guilty, right? HEALTH!

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    • Jennie replied February 2nd, 2015 at 9:23 am

      I love not having to feel guilty after I do what I love best: eat! So, make these and eat them all.

      Reply

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