Healthy Peanut Butter Balls

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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 loved 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 of dough at a time 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.

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Healthier Peanut Butter Balls

4 from 40 votes
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!
Plate of healthy peanut butter balls covered in chocolate. One has bite taken out of it.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients

  • 4-5 medjool dates, I used Natural Delights
  • 2 Tablespoons gluten-free old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup natural roasted and salted peanut butter
  • ½ cup chocolate chips, I used Enjoy Life chocolate chunks
  • ½ 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: 1ball Calories: 143kcal Carbohydrates: 15g Protein: 4g Fat: 9g Saturated Fat: 3g Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g Sodium: 2mg Fiber: 2g Sugar: 6g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: peanut butter balls

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    75 comments
    1. Janice
      September 25, 2021 AT 3:31 pm

      They were very messy trying to roll the dough. Any tips. I did add the additional tablespoon of oats.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 28, 2021 AT 6:06 pm

        Mmmm.. sounds like they were too wet and might of needed even more oats maybe?

    2. Cheryl
      May 19, 2021 AT 4:39 pm

      5 stars
      I love the taste of this snack! Any suggestions for making the peanut butter balls firmer for rolling. When I scoop out the tablespoon to roll into a ball it will not hold form. Still love the taste.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 20, 2021 AT 2:36 pm

        So glad you love these, Cheryl! You could try placing the dough in the fridge to harden up a bit before rolling them into balls?

    3. 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.

    4. 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!!

    5. 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!

Parchment paper lined with protein balls.

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