Healthy Peanut Butter Balls with just 4 ingredients! Yes, I did! These are perfect for your chocolate peanut butter craving!
Healthy Peanut Butter Balls – Low Carb, Keto, Sugar-Free, Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, THM S
Oh, peanut butter balls. These are one of my Christmas favorites. Almost every year my friends Joy and Mel host a cookie exchange at one of their houses. Mel is known for making peanut butter balls. Last year she made something else and when I got home the first thing my husband said was, “where are the peanut butter balls?” Sorry, honey, Mel didn’t make peanut butter balls this year. The look on his face was priceless.
I decided a few weeks ago when I began planning all the delicious Christmasy things I wanted to make this year that healthy peanut butter balls were near the top of the list.
Natural light hitting melted chocolate and making it glow has to be one of the most beautiful things ever. It’s not quite as shiny when it sets so I love taking some shots right after I dip my healthy peanut butter balls in the sugar-free chocolate.
Healthy Peanut Butter Balls Ingredients
I make my easy peanut butter balls with just 4 ingredients:
No Sugar Added Peanut Butter – I buy the two packs of organic peanut butter from Costco but any peanut butter that is only peanuts and salt is fine. Smuckers Natural is one that is easily found.
Finely Chopped Roasted Salted Peanuts – Using roasted salted peanuts in place of the rice crispy cereal in the original version gives these a nice texture and kicks up the peanut flavor.
Powdered Sugar-Free Sweetener – I’ve been taking the shortcut method and using powdered swerve when a recipe needs a powdered sweetener but you can grind your own erythritol or xylitol in a food processor or blender.
Sugar-Free Chocolate – This recipe calls for a full 8-ounce bag, such as Lily’s Chocolate Chips, if you’d like to completely cover the healthy peanut butter balls in chocolate. I know good sugar-free chocolate is not cheap so you alternatively you could roll these in cocoa powder and just do a drizzle of chocolate or roll them in coconut.
My tip for having even peanut butter balls is to scoop with a cookie scoop. I love my set of cookie scoops. I have 3 different sizes and use them for everything from cookies and cupcakes to meatballs and chicken nuggets.
I used the medium scoop and made 18 peanut butter balls from this recipe. You can make more and make them smaller but you might need additional chocolate to be able to coat them all.
How to Make Peanut Butter Balls Healthy
By swapping in a sugar-free sweetener for the powdered sugar and chopped peanuts for the rice crispy cereal I make the filling for these much healthier than the original. Just coat with a sugar-free chocolate and no one will ever know you converted this recipe to be sugar-free and low carb.
These Healthy Peanut Butter Balls have plenty of room for customization. Here are some ideas:
Protein Peanut Butter Balls – Mix in a few tablespoons of collagen.
Coconut Peanut Butter Balls – Stir in some coconut flakes.
Crunchy Peanut Butter Balls – Add in some coarsely chopped peanut as well as the finely chopped peanuts.
Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Balls – Boost the chocolate and throw some chocolate chips into the filling.
These do flatten a little from the ball shape as they chill. If you really want round peanut butter balls I think adding a mixin would help.
I hope you enjoy my Healthy Peanut Butter Balls!
Mix together the chopped peanuts, peanut butter, and sweetener. Divide the dough into 18 pieces and shape into balls. Place on a wax paper lined baking sheet. Refrigerate until cold.
Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave or on top of a double boiler. I microwave chocolate chips, stirring every 30 seconds until they are 75% melted. Then I just stir until the rest melt.
Dip each peanut butter ball in the chocolate and place back on the wax paper. Refrigerate until the chocolate sets.
Notes on Sweeteners:
To sub in Swerve use 1.5 to 2 times the amount of sweetener called for.