Chocolate Peanut Butter Buckeyes Recipe without Shortening
Homemade Buckeye Peanut Butter Balls with Chocolate Coating
This irresistibly indulgent chocolate peanut butter buckeyes recipe is made with just 5 simple ingredients! Learn how to make buckeye peanut butter balls with a luscious chocolate coating. A favorite during the holidays, and one of my favorite treats for any season.
If you’ve never tried buckeye peanut butter balls before, NOW is the time. Sweet, rich, creamy balls of peanut butter nestled in a cool chocolaty coating. Plus, this peanut butter buckeyes recipe is SO easy to make—but they’re hard to resist!
With only 5 ingredients, a few minutes of prep work, and some time to chill in the fridge, you can whip up delicious homemade buckeyes in a jiffy. No oven or baking required! The perfect easy dessert or party treat that you can prepare quickly, and they’re even fun to make with kids. I highly recommend making these for a group because you’re gonna want to eat ‘em all…
I’ve kept this peanut butter buckeyes recipe indulgent in all of the ways that I love, for a rich, buttery, chocolaty bite. But, I’ve lightened things up just a bit by using a new powdered sweetener that I’m obsessed with—Truvia® Confectioners. It’s perfectly sweet and fluffy, but without any sugar and 0 calories per serving.
Ingredients for Peanut Butter Buckeyes Recipe
I’ve made healthy vegan buckeyes in the past—with no butter, no dairy, and the option to use a sugar free sweetener—and they’ve always turned out tasty. But, when I’m wanting to indulge in a treat, I tend to prefer the real deal. I want all of the indulgence and sweetness and scrumptious flavors!
That being said, I also value my health and want to keep in mind what I’m putting into my body. I have to find the healthy substitutions and compromises that I’m willing to make, without sacrificing the flavor or my enjoyment of the treat. And, since this buckeye peanut butter balls recipe is one of my all-time favorites, I’ve made sure to find the middle ground that works for me.
My belief is that, if you’re doing what feels right for you and for your body, then you’re doing wellness “right!” For me, that means making this chocolate peanut butter buckeyes recipe with actual butter as well as milk chocolate instead of dark. I love the luscious texture and rich flavor from the real butter, and I just enjoy milk chocolate WAY more than the bitterness of dark!
But, I’ve adjusted this peanut butter buckeyes recipe by replacing the standard powdered sugar with Truvia® Confectioners! It adds the fluffy texture and sweetness that I crave, but it lowers the calories and sugar in my peanut butter buckeye balls overall. And, most importantly to me, it tastes amazing.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Buckeyes Ingredients
¾ cup peanut butter (or nut butter of choice)
½ cup butter, softened
¼ tsp vanilla extract
2½ cups of Truvia® Confectioners (add more as needed to adjust consistency)
2 cups chocolate chips (milk or dark)
How to Make Buckeye Peanut Butter Balls with Milk Chocolate Coating
With your 5 ingredients at the ready, this peanut butter buckeyes recipe couldn’t be easier. And it’s pretty fun! Start by adding peanut butter (or almond butter, or cashew butter) to a large bowl. Combine that with softened butter, vanilla extract, and Truvia® Confectioners. Mix it all together well, until combined.
Next, use a small cookie scoop to portion out your buckeye peanut butter balls and then roll in your hands. Place those onto a lined baking sheet and add a toothpick into the top of each. Pop that entire tray into the freezer and freeze your peanut butter buckeyes for 30-60 minutes.
Once they’ve hardened up a bit, melt down chocolate chips in the microwave or over a double boiler. Take the firmed buckeye peanut butter balls out of the freezer and dip each of them into the melted chocolate, swirling them around to leave just a small bit exposed at the top.
Then, transfer onto a prepared baking sheet and remove the toothpicks. (You can smudge over the hole with your finger if you want, but it’s not necessary.) Finally, place the tray of dipped chocolate peanut butter buckeyes into the fridge until you’re ready to serve.
And just like that, this peanut butter buckeyes recipe is done—after just a few minutes of work and some time to chill! Serve on a tray to share with others, or package them up in an airtight container to keep in the fridge. Beware—they’ll disappear before you know it…