Happy Thursday, and Christmas Eve Eve friends! I am wrapping up my Christmas cookie content today with these classic Christmas treats! Vegan Peanut butter balls, or vegan Buckeye's, whatever you choose to call them have always been a classic Christmas treat for me. Growing up (and still to this day) my Mom made peanut butter balls every year. Although her Peanut Butter ball recipe was absolutely delicious, it was in no way healthy. I am so proud of her, because although she still makes the recipe with refined sugar, she has switched over to natural peanut butter (100% peanuts), dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate, and vegan butter instead of regular butter. It's the little changes!
I've put in a lot of work to create delicious healthy Christmas cookie recipes just like this vegan Buckeye's recipe, and I couldn't be more proud of my work! I love all of these recipes so much, and am so happy I have the chance to share them with you guys. If you want to check out some of those recipes, here they are:
- Plant Based Gingerbread Cookies
- Samoa Truffles
- Chocolate Pecan Pretzel Cookies
- Vegan Thumbprint Cookies
- Healthy Vegan Snickerdoodle's
- Vegan Candy Cane Cookies
What makes this vegan buckeye's recipe so healthy:
These vegan peanut butter balls aren't just any vegan peanut butter balls. This recipe is made using: simple unrefined whole foods plant based ingredients. All of my recipes using unrefined plant based ingredients to create all natural recipes! However, these recipes aren't just healthy, but also delicious! This vegan buckeye's recipe is so good that when I served it to my non vegan friends and family they had no idea that it was vegan/healthy!
Can I make these peanut butter balls low-fat?
As much as I love peanut butter, it is by no means a low-fat food. This vegan peanut butter ball recipe is full of healthy plant based fats, but if you are looking to cut back on fat there's a little trick you can do. Try and sub out half the amount of peanut butter for peanut butter powder! Make sure that the peanut butter powder you go for is natural, and doesn't have any added sugar. You will also need to use some date syrup (or any plant based sweetener) to help bind the filling.
How to make these Vegan Peanut Butter Balls:
This vegan buckeye's recipe may be one of the easiest and minimal recipes I have ever created. I love creating simple recipes, because the way I see it is the more simple the recipe is the easier it is to eat healthy. At the end of the day that is my mission here at The All Natural Vegan: creating an abundance of healthy recipes for you to choose from so that you never have to worry about food again!
To make these vegan peanut butter balls all you have to do is combine all ingredients except the chocolate into a food processor, and blend until smooth! Coat in the melted chocolate and freeze. it's that simple! The best part is: when you make this recipe for other people they will think you put so much work into it, when in reality it took maybe 15 minutes total!
Can I freeze this Vegan buckeye's recipe?
Absolutely! This is one of those recipes that I adore eating cold. I don't know what it is about frozen peanut butter, but I swear it tastes even better that way (which is saying something). This Vegan Buckeye's recipe stores super well in the freezer. I love freezing recipes like this vegan peanut butter ball recipe, because I can eat Christmas cookies throughout the year instead of binging on them all at one time during the Holiday's. I also love freezing these and then using them as a topping on my Healthiest Vegan Ice Cream, talk about an upgrade!
Ingredients for these Vegan Peanut Butter Balls:
Vegan Peanut Butter Balls
- Begin by soaking your dates. If you are in a hurry, you can boil them and it will have the same effect.
- Add the dates and the peanut butter to a food processor and blend until smooth. Stir in the almond flour and set aside.
- Melt the chocolate chips with a double boiler.
- Roll the peanut mixture into balls and dip in the chocolate. Top with salt and place on a baking sheet with parchment paper and set in the fridge until chocolate becomes solid. Enjoy!