Healthy Buckeye Balls Recipe | refined sugar free, high protein, gluten free

Healthy Buckeye Balls

I proclaim these Healthy Buckeye Balls to be…  GUILT-FREE!

Yup, you heard me.  These sweet, soft, and fudgy, peanut buttery orbs of magic are surrounded by a luxurious layer of rich, decadent dark chocolate.  Once you have a taste, you’ll have a hard time believing these no-bake treats are refined sugar free, low carb, high protein, and gluten free!

Unlike typical Buckeye Ball recipes, this healthified version contains:

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

Instead, these flavor bombs are made with:

  • organic stevia
  • natural peanut butter
  • wholesome protein powder
  • antioxidant-rich dark chocolate

These Healthy Buckeye Balls are sweet and fudgy, peanut buttery orbs of magic surrounded by a layer of rich and decadent dark chocolate. It’s hard to believe they’re refined sugar free, low carb, high protein, and gluten free! Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Although they may taste unhealthy, these Healthy Buckeye Balls are pure goodness in a bite-sized treat.

They’re not calorie bombs or sugar bombs like the regular ol’ Buckeye Balls.  Mine are itty bitty calorie firecrackers.

These Healthy Buckeye Balls are sweet and fudgy, peanut buttery orbs of magic surrounded by a layer of rich and decadent dark chocolate. It’s hard to believe they’re refined sugar free, low carb, high protein, and gluten free! Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

These Healthy Buckeye Balls are filled with good calories, healthy fats, satiating protein, and our oh-so lovable chocolate.  Everyone adored these!

These Healthy Buckeye Balls are sweet and fudgy, peanut buttery orbs of magic surrounded by a layer of rich and decadent dark chocolate. It’s hard to believe they’re refined sugar free, low carb, high protein, and gluten free! Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Taste?  Eye-opening and addictive!

Texture?  Supremely fudgy.

Appearance?  Mini and utterly adorable.

These Healthy Buckeye Balls are sweet and fudgy, peanut buttery orbs of magic surrounded by a layer of rich and decadent dark chocolate. It’s hard to believe they’re refined sugar free, low carb, high protein, and gluten free! Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

These Healthy Buckeye Balls are sweet and fudgy, peanut buttery orbs of magic surrounded by a layer of rich and decadent dark chocolate. It’s hard to believe they’re refined sugar free, low carb, high protein, and gluten free! Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits
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Healthy Buckeye Balls

Servings: 25 balls
Prep Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
These sweet, soft, and fudgy, peanut buttery orbs of magic are surrounded by a luxurious layer of rich, decadent dark chocolate.  Once you have a taste, you'll have a hard time believing these no-bake treats are refined sugar free, low carb, high protein, and gluten free!

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the protein powder, peanut flour, and salt.
  • In a stand mixer bowl fitted with a beater attachment, add the almond milk, peanut butter, stevia extract, and vanilla extract.  Mix on low speed until completely mixed through.
  • Dump the dry ingredients into the stand mixer and mix until completely incorporated.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl if necessary.
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Use a cookie scooper to portion the mixture onto the cookie sheet.  Roll the scoops into balls and poke a toothpick into each ball.
  • Dip the balls in the chocolate, one at a time, and place back on the cookie sheet.  Refrigerate until firm.
  • Serve immediately, or store in a tightly sealed container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Recipe Notes

I originally posted a recipe for Buckeye Balls back in 2013.  Just in case you wanted to see the previous recipe, I'm providing the old recipe here:
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**Do not substitute the casein protein powder.  Whey protein powder doesn't work.
Nutrition Facts
Healthy Buckeye Balls
Amount Per Serving (2 buckeye balls)
Calories 170 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 120mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 3g
Protein 14g 28%
Calcium 25%
Iron 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Fudge
Keyword: Chocolate, Gluten Free, High Protein, Keto, Low Carb, Peanut Butter, Sugar Free

Yes, two decadent Buckeye Balls for only 170 calories, 6g carbs, and 3g sugar.  Plus, 3g of filling fiber, 14g of satiating protein, and 10g of purely healthy fats.

Compared to two typical Buckeye Balls made with powdered sugar, margarine, shortening, and unnatural peanut butter, these Healthy Buckeye Balls will save you:  238 calories, 14g fat, and a whopping 38g sugar.

That means you can have four Healthy Buckeye Balls for less calories than two typical Buckeye Balls.

Um, yeah, I’LL TAKE IT.

(Oh, and if you decide to skip the chocolate coating and make Peanut Butter Truffles instead, each truffle will have just 60 calories each.  Just thought I’d throw that out there since both my sister and dad aren’t huge fans of chocolate — SACRILEGIOUS, I know — and requested that I leave a few truffles uncoated just for them.  I ended up trying one and they’re honestly great both ways!)

These Healthy Buckeye Balls are perfect for parties and get togethers, but they’re also perfect just for YOU.

These Healthy Buckeye Balls are sweet and fudgy, peanut buttery orbs of magic surrounded by a layer of rich and decadent dark chocolate. It’s hard to believe they’re refined sugar free, low carb, high protein, and gluten free! Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Enjoy!

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– Jess

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37 comments on “Healthy Buckeye Balls”

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

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

    • 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.

    • 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

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

  4. 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!

  5. These look amazing! I don’t care what you call them! 🙂 xoxo Kathy

  6. 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!

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

  9. HOLD THE STINKING PHONE! This looks too good to be true. I seriously want to cry… these are my favorite, but I have never seen an even attempted remotely healthy recipe. THANK YOUUUUU! I can’t wait to nibble away!

  10. where do you buy peanut flour-I have looked at Trader Joe’s, Target and Cub Foods

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  12. I’m not sure what’s up but so far I’ve added an extra cup of peanut powder and extra cup of protein powder and they are still very runny and not scoopable or moldable. Are you sure these ratios are correct?

  13. Horrible recipe! Too much liquid! Ended in a sticky sloppy mess and wasted all my expensive protein powder!

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  19. I love your blog.

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