These keto peanut butter balls are perfect for your chocolate peanut butter craving! They are the perfect combination of sweet and salty with a bit of crunch from roasted peanuts and the decadent flavor of chocolate.
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 chocolate PB 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 keto peanut butter balls were near the top of the list. So, yes I made Healthy Peanut Butter Balls that are as delicious with just 4 ingredients.
This easy peanut butter balls recipe is also low carb, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, and Trim Healthy Mama friendly.
If you love peanut butter these are a must. And make sure to try my Keto Peanut Butter Fudge next!
These low carb keto energy balls need just 4 ingredients. No almond flour or coconut flour, no protein powder, or other expense ingredients are needed! Just peanuts, peanut butter, sweetener, and sugar free chocolate.
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 peanut butter is one that is easily found. You can use creamy peanut butter or chunky peanut butter.
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 of sugar free chocolate chips, 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.
How to Make Keto Peanut Butter Balls
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. This energy balls recipe is bound to be one of your favorite low carb snacks!
Step One: Finely grind fresh peanuts.
Step Two: Mix the peanuts with the peanut butter and sweetener. It is easy to do this in a medium bowl with a spoon.
Step Three: Form into balls. I normally scoop them with a small cookie scoop so they are the same size and then roll them in my hands to make a more uniform sphere shape.
Step Four: Coat in melted chocolate.
These have plenty of room for customization in low carb peanut butter balls. Here are some ideas:
Protein Peanut Butter Balls - Mix in a few tablespoons of collagen or peanut butter protein powder to make peanut butter protein balls. You may need to add a little more peanut butter, keto maple syrup, or regular butter to balance out the additional dry ingredients.
Coconut PB Balls - Stir in some unsweetened shredded coconut flakes.
Crunchy Peanut Butter Balls - Add in some coarsely chopped peanuts as well as the finely chopped peanuts.
Double Chocolate - Add some cocoa powder to the peanut butter mixture to make keto chocolate peanut butter balls.
Chocolate Chip PB Balls - Boost the chocolate and throw some chocolate chips into the filling.
White Chocolate Balls - Sub in some ChocZero White Chocolate Chips.
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.
What is the easiest way to form peanut butter balls?
My tip for having even peanut butter balls is to scoop with a cookie scoop. I love my set of cookie scoops. It has 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 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.
Can I use peanut flour?
You can substitute peanut flour for the freshly ground peanuts. I do this in my Keto Peanut Butter Eggs.
Are these a fat bomb?
Yup. They have enough heavy fats from the peanuts and nut butter to be fat bombs.
- 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.
More Easy Keto Recipes:
Gluten Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes
Keto Protein Bars aka Sweet & Salty Peanut Bars
Originally Published October 31, 2018. Revised and Republished March 4, 2023.