Healthy Buckeye Balls Recipe - Desserts with Benefits

I proclaim these Healthy Buckeye Balls to be guilt-free…  Yup!  You heard it.

No powdered sugar.
No partially-hydrogenated peanut butter.
No sugar-coma-inducing milk chocolate.

But instead:

Natural protein powder.
Wholesome peanut butter.
Antioxidant-rich dark chocolate.

Healthy Buckeye Balls Recipe - Desserts with Benefits

Although they taste like it, these are nothing like any ol’ regular Buckeye Balls, for those are calorie bombs.  Mine, oh, they’re just itty bitty calorie firecrackers.  These are filled with good calories… healthy fats, satiating protein, lovable chocolate.  Everyone adored these!

Taste = eye-opening, sweet and delicious
Texture = supremely chewy with a melt-in-the-mouth effect
Appearance = mini and adorable

Healthy Buckeye Balls Recipe - Desserts with Benefits
Healthy Buckeye Balls

Yield: 8-12 balls, depending on size

Healthy Buckeye Balls



  1. Make the protein balls and refrigerate until firm (10 minutes it's fine)
  2. Melt the chocolate in the microwave at thirty-second intervals, stirring in between each one, until melted (use more chocolate if you want to coat nearly the entire buckeye ball. Just poke with a toothpick and dip into the chocolate). Dip the protein ball into the chocolate and set on a piece of parchment paper. Once done with the rest of the balls, refrigerate until firm. Take out 10 minutes before serving to soften up.


This recipe is: no bake, high protein, gluten free!
Healthy Buckeye Balls Recipe - Desserts with Benefits
Perfect for parties, or perfect for just yourself.  Enjoy!

Labels: 5-Ingredients-or-Less, Agave, Bite-Sized-Treats, Chocolate, Gluten-Free, High-Protein, Honey, No-Bake, Peanut-Butter, Protein-Powder, Single-Serving

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Comments (12)

  1. Anonymous: February 18, 2012

    im sure they are wonderful but you need to rename them, they aren’t buckeyes.

  2. Andrea: February 18, 2012

    I make something similar, but instead of protein powder, I use ground flax seeds (flax meal). And instead of melting dark (70%) chocolate, I chop up some of a dark chocolate bar, and throw it in the bowl when Im mixing the PB with the flax meal. Then I roll them and refrigerate. It’s one way I get my omega 3s and antioxidants.

  3. Andrea, that sounds delicious! I have to try that soon, so it’s just flaxseed meal + PB + chopped chocolate? Sounds great :)

  4. Anonymous: February 18, 2012

    If you dip them in the chocolate, they would be. Not sure why that bothers you, lol.

  5. Julie: February 19, 2012

    This sounds great, I am going to try it with almond butter this afternoon.

  6. Anonymous: February 19, 2012

    I agree. I’m tired of seeing people change an entire recipe into something unrecogizable and then calling it something it isn’t. I’m sure these are good, but they aren’t buckeyes.

  7. Hey Julie, just be sure to note that almond butter has much less flavor than peanut butter. Maybe try coating the entire buckeye with chocolate to get rid of the blandness? Anyways, good luck and I hope they taste good!

  8. Andrea: February 19, 2012

    Jessica, I usually add about 1/4 cup of powdered sugar to the peanut butter and flax meal. (my recipe is: 1/4 cup powdered sugar, 1/2 cup of peanut butter, and 3/4 cup of flax meal, and then a handful of chopped dark chocolate). It makes about 12-14 balls.

    The powdered sugar helps because my peanut butter isnt very sweet. Also, the powdered sugar helps to absorb some of the moisture/oil from PB, so they roll well. good luck!

  9. Kathy: February 21, 2012

    These look amazing! I don’t care what you call them! :) xoxo Kathy

  10. Anonymous: July 4, 2012

    Thanks for the recipe, can’t wait to try it! As a buckeye state resident AND OSU alumni, I say call them buckeyes if you want to!

  11. Anonymous: July 15, 2012

    My mom’s version of real buckeyes look like this b/c they always fall off the toothpick……. we just call them reverse buckeyes–problem solved

  12. Asa: June 26, 2014

    Hi :) I was wondering if you knew how many calories these would be? And or nutritional facts? They look sooo good!

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