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!

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.

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

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?

After a little recipe testing 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.

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

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! 🙂

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

Healthy Peanut Butter Ball Ingredients

  • medjool dates 
  • old fashioned oats
  • natural roasted and salted peanut butter
  • chocolate chips – I used Enjoy Life chocolate chunks.
  • coconut oil

Plate of healthy peanut butter balls coated in chocolate.

How to Make Healthy Peanut Butter Balls

Process – Start by adding the dates to your food processor and pulse until the dates are finely chopped and form a sticky ball. Add in the oats and pulse a few more times until combined. Add in the peanut butter and process until combined.

Form balls – Scoop out 1 tablespoon balls of dough and roll into balls. Place balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place the peanut butter balls in the freezer until firm – this takes several hours so I usually just let them sit overnight!

Coat with chocolate – After your peanut butter balls are firm, combine the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30 second increments until the chocolate is melted. Dip the chilled balls into the melted chocolate and roll until covered. Place back on the parchment paper and then back in the freezer until chocolate is set.

How to Store Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Store the chocolate covered peanut butter balls in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer until you’re ready to enjoy! They should last about a week in the fridge and up to a month in the freezer.

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

More Chocolate Peanut Butter Treats to Try:

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

Description

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!


Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 ball
  • Calories: 143
  • Sugar: 6g
  • Sodium: 2mg
  • Fat: 9g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 5g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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    66 comments
    1. Angela
      February 21, 2021 AT 9:37 pm

      Absolutely delicious 😋😋 I used almond butter as just my personal preference …. loved them, only problem I had was stopping at just one 🤭

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 22, 2021 AT 9:50 pm

        So glad you loved these treats!! Thanks for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    2. Sonia
      January 31, 2021 AT 3:57 pm

      Delicious! Loved equally by me, a dessert-addict, and my husband, who prefers less sweet treats.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 31, 2021 AT 9:18 pm

        Woo!! So glad these pb balls were a hit, Sonia. Thanks for the review, I so appreciate it!

    3. Myah
      January 18, 2021 AT 10:55 pm

      Hello does the recipe still work if you don’t use any oil?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 20, 2021 AT 12:15 pm

        Hey Myah – The coconut oil is used to help thin the chocolate out for dipping the pb balls. You can skip it if you prefer, but the chocolate might be thicker for dipping.

    4. Sherry
      January 12, 2021 AT 2:04 pm

      Another great sweet treat that will have a home in my freezer for the foreseeable future. YUMMY!! Thank you!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 13, 2021 AT 2:40 pm

        Yay!! So glad you loved these. Thanks for the review, Sherry. 🙂

    5. Diana
      January 2, 2021 AT 10:38 am

      Delicious! I used to love the conventional ones but once I learned how much powdered sugar was in them, I didn’t make them much. These are better tasting and I feel great knowing it’s healthy. My whole family enjoys these!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 2, 2021 AT 2:54 pm

        Yay!! That makes me so happy to hear. I’m glad these pb balls were a hit with your family. Thanks for the review, Diana. I so appreciate it!

    6. Alyse
      December 23, 2020 AT 10:51 pm

      I would eat these as a treat over Reese’s any day! These are super easy to make and sooooo good.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 29, 2020 AT 2:43 am

        Ahh, this makes me so happy to hear! Thanks for the review, Alyse.

    7. Noha
      December 23, 2020 AT 3:57 pm

      Amazing!!!

    8. B’lynne
      December 22, 2020 AT 3:52 pm

      These are fantastic! We voted them even better than traditional buckeyes. I didn’t even use the coconut oil with the chocolate and they still turned out great. Highly recommend.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 22, 2020 AT 6:32 pm

        Ahh yay!! That makes me so happy to hear. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    9. Ashley Rose Hatfield
      December 3, 2020 AT 4:22 pm

      I am always really impressed with “eating bird food” recipes and ideas. Thank you, this helps a lot!

    10. 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.

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

      Wow nice recipe… thank you

    12. 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!!

    13. 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. 🙂

    14. 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. 🙁

    15. 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! 🙂

    16. 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. 🙂

    17. 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! 🙂

    18. 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!! 💕

    19. 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?

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

      Love this recipe! I love having these on hand.

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

      These are amazing!! Thank you:)

    22. 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.

    23. 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!!

    24. 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.

    25. 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!

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