Healthy Peanut Butter Balls

Make healthy peanut butter balls with only 5 simple ingredients: peanut butter, oats, dates, chocolate and coconut oil! No powdered sugar or butter needed. These peanut butter balls are dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan!

Plate of healthy peanut butter balls covered in chocolate. One has bite taken out of it.

We’re all about the holidays this weekend. Wrapping, baking, family and celebrating… that pretty much sums it up. We’ve been jamming out to Christmas tunes, traveling to visit family and overall just enjoying the season. Yesterday I spent the afternoon baking Christmas cookies with my nanny, sister and her girls. It’s a tradition and it’s something I look forward to every year. We baked and then took the goodies to our family Christmas party at my aunt and uncle’s house, which is always a good time.

Since I was young my favorite holiday treats have always been nanny’s crescent cookies, no bake cookies and peanut butter balls. <– Can you tell I love all things peanut butter and chocolate?

Food processor with the ingredients for healthy peanut butter balls-- peanut butter, dates, and oatmeal.

Over the years I’ve made a couple different healthy no bake cookies recipes, so this year I decided to test out making a healthy version of the classic peanut butter balls we used to make every year only without the butter or powered sugar.

After a little recipe testing (and one batch of peanut butter balls turned peanut butter energy balls) I finally perfected a recipe for healthy chocolate peanut butter balls. They taste just like the ones I used to love growing up, only they’re vegan, gluten-free, sweetened with dates and require only five ingredients! They’re basically just like my peanut butter eggs, but in the shape of a ball instead of an egg.

Healthy peanut butter balls on a plate before getting dipped in chocolate.

Plate of healthy peanut butter balls coated in chocolate.

Everyone who has tried them has loved them, including Isaac who said, “Oh yum! They’re like peanut butter cups.”

So if you’re in need of another holiday treat recipe, these balls should be added to your list. And if you’re taking them to a party, I highly recommend doubling the recipe because they’ll go fast, trust me! 🙂

Hand holding a healthy peanut butter ball covered in chocolate with a bite taken out of it.

If you make these healthier peanut butter balls be sure to leave a comment and star rating letting me know how they turn out. Your feedback is so helpful for me and other EBF readers who are thinking about making the recipe.

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Plate of healthy peanut butter balls covered in chocolate. One has bite taken out of it.

Healthier Peanut Butter Balls

  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12


Make healthier peanut butter balls with only 5 simple ingredients: peanut butter, oats, dates, chocolate and coconut oil! No powdered sugar or butter needed. These peanut butter balls are dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan!


  • 45 medjool dates (I used Natural Delights)
  • 2 Tablespoons gluten-free old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup natural roasted and salted peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life chocolate chunks)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon coconut oil


  1. Add dates to food processor or mini chopper and pulse until dates are finely chopped and form a sticky ball. Add in oats and pulse a few more times until combined.
  2. Add peanut butter and process until combined. If the mixture seems too oily, add another Tablespoon of oats. Scoop out peanut butter dough by the tablespoon and roll into balls. Place balls on parchment paper. Place peanut butter balls in the freezer until firm (several hours or overnight). This step makes it easier to dip the balls into the chocolate.
  3. A couple minutes before taking the balls out of the freezer, combine your chocolate chips with the coconut oil and melt the mixture. Use a double boiler or microwave in 30 second increments (stirring after every 30 seconds) until the chocolate is melted.
  4. Dip chilled balls into the melted chocolate and roll until covered. Place back on parchment paper. Once all balls are covered, place back in freezer until hard. Store in freezer or fridge until ready to enjoy.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 ball
  • Calories: 107
  • Sugar: 10g
  • Fat: 6g
  • Carbohydrates: 13g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 2g

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    1. dawn
      November 12, 2020 AT 8:31 am

      do I have to use chocolate chips or can I just use the wafers for melting , I used them in a different recipe. without the oil. Ghirdelli’s has some nice dark chocolate ones.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 12, 2020 AT 1:16 pm

        Hi Dawn! I think you’re fine to use the chocolate wafers instead of chocolate chips. And I agree, I don’t think you’ll need the oil with the wafers.

    2. Sera
      October 10, 2020 AT 10:39 pm

      Wow nice recipe… thank you

    3. Aileen Bluhm
      September 7, 2020 AT 5:53 pm

      Hi! I can’t wait to try these! I bought Zahidi dates and theyre not Medjool dates.Will that work?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 7, 2020 AT 5:55 pm

        That should work just fine, you might just need to use more dates since Medjool dates are bigger. Let me know how they turn out for you!!

    4. Monique
      July 11, 2020 AT 6:43 am

      SO easy and delicious! Taste just like peanut butter cups! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 13, 2020 AT 12:41 pm

        You’re so welcome, Monique! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    5. Megan
      April 18, 2020 AT 10:43 am

      Hi! Just wondering if I can make these without dates or if there’s a substitute? I don’t have them on-hand right now.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 20, 2020 AT 1:59 pm

        Hey Megan! The dates are a pretty big component to this recipe and I’m not sure what would be a good substitute. 🙁

    6. Heather
      November 24, 2019 AT 8:56 am

      How long will these stay good in the fridge? Thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 25, 2019 AT 7:52 pm

        They should stay good in the fridge for at least a week and then in the freezer for a few months! 🙂

    7. Dalia
      November 8, 2019 AT 3:06 am

      This recipe sounds so delicious! I will definitely give it a try! It’s so quick and easy, and such a perfect fix when you have kids and want to give them a snack.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 8, 2019 AT 11:29 pm

        Yes, these are definitely kid-approved! Let me know if you end up making these pb balls and how they turn out for you. 🙂

    8. Heather Hennen
      September 18, 2019 AT 9:28 pm

      I made these and I was pleasantly surprised! They are delicious, and will be my favorite go to when I get a craving for peanut butter and chocolate.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 19, 2019 AT 12:38 am

        Hi Heather, I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed these. Thank you for coming back to leave a comment and star rating, it means the world to me! 🙂

    9. jhone
      August 26, 2019 AT 1:58 am

      thank you for sharing this great content thank you so much

      1. Kim
        June 10, 2020 AT 9:24 pm

        Next time I’m doubling the recipe!! 💕

    10. Carol McCollum
      April 19, 2019 AT 2:51 pm

      What can these be covered with instead of chocolate?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 19, 2019 AT 3:05 pm

        Hmmm… what type of coating are you looking for?

    11. Ariana
      April 3, 2019 AT 6:16 pm

      Love this recipe! I love having these on hand.

    12. Erica
      April 2, 2019 AT 9:15 pm

      These are amazing!! Thank you:)

    13. Helene
      December 10, 2018 AT 1:19 pm

      Hello. I’d love to make these; however, I am also intolerant to oats. Can you recommend a substitute ingredient?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 10, 2018 AT 9:47 pm

        Almond flour should work, you might just need to add a little extra. Maybe 3 Tablespoons instead of 2.

        1. Shannon Pöllmann
          January 25, 2019 AT 3:05 am

          Love the almond flour idea! Thanks.

    14. Brittany Audra @ Audra’s Appetite
      November 30, 2018 AT 9:51 pm

      I’m excited you linked to that no bake cookie recipe! I’ve made your protein no bake cookie recipe before, but can’t wait to make the more classic version!!

    15. Lindsey
      March 7, 2017 AT 1:55 pm

      These are so good. Tried them and now they are a new favorite!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 7, 2017 AT 2:53 pm

        Yay!!! So glad you love them.

    16. Taylor Kiser
      December 14, 2016 AT 11:31 pm

      I love everything about these treats! Wish I had some to snack on right now! They’d be the perfect ending to my day!

    17. Sandi G
      December 14, 2016 AT 11:39 am

      My family is all about peanut butter. I love your healthier version of their favorite treat.

    18. Sarah Jane @ The Fit Cookie
      December 9, 2015 AT 9:14 am

      These look delicious! My kids have peanut allergies so I would sub in SunButter, but I definitely should make these 🙂

    19. Sandra Ericson
      July 16, 2015 AT 8:34 pm


      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 17, 2015 AT 1:19 pm

        Hi Sandra. I realize that oats are inherently gluten-free, but unless the package or bulk bin says “gluten-free certified” the oats could be grown in the same field with other (gluten containing) grains or processed with these other grains. While this isn’t a big deal for most folks that have gluten sensitivity issues, it can be problematic for those with celiac disease. That’s why I pointed this out in the recipe. 🙂

    20. balancedberry
      December 28, 2014 AT 1:59 pm

      So, I made these for my younger brother for Christmas and he LOVED them. Of course I didn’t tell him they were actually a lot healthier than they tasted 😉 Thanks for the great recipe Brittany!

    21. Amanda @ Fit and the Fork
      December 23, 2014 AT 12:06 am

      Yum, these look like a delicious snack! I’m all about anything peanut butter and chocolate.

      Happy holidays!

    22. Kristi Rimkus
      December 22, 2014 AT 2:20 pm

      These look terrific. I love the idea off using dates as the base.

    23. Alyssa @ Life of bLyss
      December 22, 2014 AT 12:35 pm

      ANDDDD I’m really excited to have some frozen ones when I get home tonight.

      Because, you know, I really need those right now. 😉

    24. Liz @ I Heart Vegetables
      December 22, 2014 AT 10:51 am

      I’m such a peanut butter and chocolate fan! I would loooove these 🙂

      Great seeing you last night!

    25. Laina Turner
      December 22, 2014 AT 7:21 am

      Love this combination and because it’s so heavy in calories I rarely make them. This is a great recipe.

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