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How to Make Healthy Buckeye Peanut Butter Balls

Healthy Buckeye Peanut Butter Balls

Want a delicious fudge-y treat without all the guilt?

I proclaim these healthy buckeye peanut butter balls to be- Guilt Free!

One of my favorite types of candy are Reese Cups.  I have always loved all that chocolate – peanut buttery goodness.

Well, buckeyes have that same chocolate – peanut buttery goodness to them.

Growing up in Ohio, I’ve made, served, and eaten more than my share of buckeyes over the years.

I’ve also heard these called peanut butter balls in other parts of the country.  No matter what you call them, they are delicious!

I have moved away from eating as much processed sugar and have switched to natural sugars when needing a sweetener.

So, here is my compromise.  Healthier Buckeye Peanut Butter Balls!

A traditional Buckeye recipe calls for peanut butter, Lots of butter, Lots of powdered sugar, and shortening to go with the dipping chocolate.

I knew I could do better.


Healthy Buckeye Peanut Butter Balls

These buckeyes are loaded with protein rich peanut butter and are made with just FOUR ingredients.

My favorite part though? These require ZERO processed sugar, which I think is pretty awesome considering that a traditional buckeye recipe calls for about two and half cups of powdered sugar…I think you can safely say sugar coma.

  1. Natural peanut butter
  2. Honey
  3. Dark chocolate
  4. Coconut oil

That’s it!

  healthy buckeye peanut butter balls

Why use these 4 ingredients

-Natural Peanut Butter

Although natural peanut butter is best, I know there are some real Jif or Skippy lovers out there.

If you love a certain brand that you can’t do without, this recipe will still be healthier than the typical buckeye peanut butter ball recipe because this healthier version has:

  •   No sugar-coma-inducing powdered sugar
  •  No dangerous hydrogenated margarine or shortening

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I prefer using natural peanut butter that is shelf based, rather than having to keep in the refrigerator.  I do not want to have to stir my peanut butter.


-Raw Honey

Yes, the kind you buy does matter. The kind that is found in the little plastic bear bottle is not the honey you want. Most of the honey that is on the grocery store shelf has been pasteurized and filtered to make it look smoother and prettier. That strips the honey of it’s incredible nutrient value.

Raw honey is honey that is pure, unheated, unpasteurized and unprocessed. This is perhaps one of the most important characteristics and health benefits of the final product, as it preserves all the natural vitamins, enzymes, phytonutrients and other nutritional elements.

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-Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants and flavanols that help improve circulation and keep your skin hydrated.

It also contains reservatol. Reservatol is found in red wine, dark chocolate and other foods which offers protection against cellular and tissue damage.

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– Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a healthy fat. Use a small amount in this recipe to help harden the chocolate. You may omit if you do not want to use the coconut oil.

Clean Eat Recipe- Healthy Buckeyes




1. Mix peanut butter and honey together with an electric hand mixer. (Or stir vigorously by hand) The mixture will thicken.

2. Put in the freezer for 10 minutes. (It is easier to roll into balls when the mixture is cold)

3. Roll into balls and freeze for at least 45 minutes.

4. Combine chocolate chips and coconut oil and heat in microwave for 1 minute. Stir. Heat in microwave for another minute (or until melted).

5. Let chocolate/coconut oil mixture sit out for approx 10 minutes to slightly cool and harden.

6. Once balls are chilled, dip in chocolate mixture.

7. Place balls into the freezer to chill.

**I think these are best kept in the freezer.  They make a great freezer treat and become soft in 60 seconds making them a cold, delicious dessert snack!

Or – the buckeyes become soft in the refrigerator if that is what you prefer.

Note: I made mine into quarter-size balls which made approx. 30-35 balls.


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How did your healthy buckeye peanut butter balls turn out?  Do you like yours as a freezer treat also?

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