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.

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

Healthier Peanut Butter Balls

Brittany Mullins
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!
4.95 from 18 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 143 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4-5 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
 

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1ballCalories: 143kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 4gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 2mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6g
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    71 comments
    1. Maura
      April 11, 2021 AT 1:12 pm

      Loving this recipe. Can I sub sun butter for the peanut butter? I’m making these for someone with a tree nut allergy?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 12, 2021 AT 9:07 am

        Totally sun butter will work great as a sub for the peanut butter.

    2. Cynthia
      April 3, 2021 AT 5:05 am

      I noticed you responded to another commenter saying that Zahidi dates could be substituted if one didn’t have medjool. I was wondering what you think of the Noor date as a substitute? From what I’ve been reading about it it’s drier than the medjool, but do you think it would still work?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 3, 2021 AT 11:44 pm

        That should still work! Noor dates are smaller, so you’ll likely need to use more and also if the dates seem dry, just soak them in water for 10 minutes before to soften them up. Let me know how these turn out for you!!

    3. Iselchyresse
      March 12, 2021 AT 4:01 pm

      5 stars
      It looks like I’m gonna have to do some major shopping 😃 so I can start busting out all these GF goodies for my husband! Carnelian ginger indeed!

    4. Angela
      February 21, 2021 AT 9:37 pm

      5 stars
      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. 🙂

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

      5 stars
      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!

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