No bake peanut butter cup energy balls that only require 5 ingredients and they’re gluten-free, oil-free, and refined sugar-free. They’re also super easy easy to make and delicious! We’re all about homemade food over here, and if you like our peanut butter energy balls, you’ll love our Raw Apple Cinnamon Energy Bites, Vegan Carrot Cake Energy Bites, and our Healthy Chocolate Energy Bites.
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VEGAN CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BALLS
Before I went vegan one of my favorite candy bars was a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.
Every Halloween the PBCs that my kids hauled home after hours of begging and mayhem—I was on to them—mysteriously disappeared overnight.
They never guessed that I was the culprit, because I was the food Nazi of the house, so it wouldn’t make sense that I’d loot from their stash. Boy did I have them fooled!
Even though I don’t buy peanut butter cups anymore, the craving didn’t go away, so I learned how to make my own.
They’re so easy to make, and they satisfy my need for the ultimate combination of peanut butter and chocolate.
This healthy energy ball recipe is for all of you who yearn for peanut butter and chocolate dessert cups.
HOW TO MAKE GLUTEN FREE CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BALLS
It took me a couple of tries to get the filling just right.
The first round was too creamy and sticky. Imagine watching a dog eat a spoonful of peanut butter, you get the picture.
For the second attempt, I added more ground oats and they were much better.
The ground oats and flax seed make the natural peanut butter less wet, so they’re more dense and easier to eat.
In a food processor, grind the oats into a fine flour.
Add the peanut butter and remaining ingredients to the food processor and process until the mixture is firm and sticky.
Roll the peanut butter mixture into balls and place on a cookie sheet that’s lined with parchment paper.
Pour the melted chocolate (we melt Enjoy Life chocolate chips) over the peanut butter balls and refrigerate for 30 minutes until the chocolate sets.
If you can’t eat peanut butter, you can substitute with the following nut butters:
- Almond butter
- Cashew butter
- Sunflower seed butter
My no bake chocolate peanut butter energy balls are so much better than store bought.
They make a great post workout snack or a healthier dessert for school lunches.
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- 1 cup of rolled oats use gluten-free if necessary
- 1 tbsp ground flax seed
- 1/2 cup of natural peanut butter
- 2 medjool dates – pitted if the dates are dry, soak in water for twenty minutes to plump up
- A pinch of ground sea salt
- 1 cup of vegan (I use Enjoy Life branchocolate chips – melted
Grind the oats in a food processor until it resembles flour. Add the flax seed and process until blended. Add the peanut butter, dates, and sea salt and process until it forms a ball.
Melt the chocolate chips until the chocolate is thin and pourable.
Roll the dough into one inch balls and cover with the chocolate. Freeze for thirty minutes.
Keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to one week.