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.

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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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