Low Carb Peanut Butter Balls

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Low Carb Peanut Butter Balls have the delicious taste of peanut butter balls and the low carb count of a health conscious dessert. Try these tasty treats and you won’t believe they’re actually healthy! These peanut butter balls taste AMAZING and are good for you! They have a high protein, low carb count  plus they’re easy to make . You can grab all the ingredients at your local grocery store.

Some Low Carb Peanut Butter Balls that are great for a quick snack and can be made in minutes. These never fail in the taste test with friends and family who are not following a strict low carb diet. Give them a try. I’m confident you will enjoy them as much as we do–there’s never any left to bring home after they’ve been around. These easy Keto Peanut Butter Balls are perfect for a healthy dessert.

I have become enamored with baking, low-carb friendly desserts over the last couple of years. I started off a little slow and timid but have since learned to embrace the process. I’ve found some great recipes along the way and will share a few of my favorites with you today. If you love peanut butter and you’re on a low-carb diet, then this recipe is for you.  I love them because of the numerous health benefits of peanut butter.

Low Carb Peanut Butter Balls

If you like peanut butter then you’re going to love this low carb peanut butter ball recipe. If I’m honest, I’m not that keen when it comes to peanut butter – it’s my son who is. However, he doesn’t like being told he has to have These are a great, quick, and easy snack to make or grab on the go. I’ve even made these in the evening, stuck them in the fridge, and then sliced them up and put them in my lunchbox.

These no-bake, easy keto peanut butter balls with a soft, light consistency and a potent peanut butter flavor make a perfect, sugar-free and gluten-free treat. They’re low in carbs and high in healthy fats and protein keto snacks.

Eating easy keto peanut butter balls

Creamy peanut butter is my favorite nut butter, but when I made peanut butter fudge, I was like, “This is too much!” The gooiness was overwhelming and I couldn’t eat more than one piece. Apparently I’m not a peanut butter fudge person, but I wanted to make some easy-to-make sugar-free treats that will calm my sweet tooth cravings without knocking me out from ketosis. So, I made low carb peanut butter balls recipe, aka fat bombs, aka bliss balls aka energy balls – you choose what to call them. One thing is certain; they’re heavenly tasty and the texture is on point! You should give them a try. I guarantee you’ll fall in love with these keto bites.

STEP BY STEP DIRECTIONS

It’s so simple to make that you’ll be amazed! In a large mixing bowl, combine all your ingredients and mix well using a spatula (or your hands) until the dough has a crumbly consistency. Then, using your hands, form small keto balls from the dough. You should end up with 9 balls around 30g each. Lastly, roll the peanut butter fat bombs in shredded coconut, place on a tray or a plate, and refrigerate for 1-2 hours before serving them. Enjoy your low carb keto fat bombs!

Step by step how to make easy keto peanut butter balls.

IS PEANUT BUTTER KETO

It depends on what peanut butter you use. All-natural, unsweetened peanut butter is indeed a keto-friendly food. It’s a source of healthy fats and proteins and it’s also low in carbs. One tablespoon of all-natural unsalted PB provides around 2.1g of net carbs. But not all peanut butters are made equal – that’s why you want to read labels carefully. Go for PB that contains only peanut butter and sea salt and you’ll be safe.

Keto Peanut Butter Balls

These Keto Peanut Butter balls are absolutely delicious and will satisfy your sweet tooth cravings. Sometimes when you’re on a keto diet, you could crave something sweet. But since this diet prohibits sugar and flour, that means you will have to skip it. However, there is a solution for this. You can make peanut butter balls with coconut flour and stick to the diet. Here are easy instructions how to do it.

KETO PEANUT BUTTER BALLS studded with low carb chocolate chips! These delightful little treats are perfect to keep on hand in the fridge for the next time your sweet tooth hits. Just 1 carb per peanut butter ball!

a low carb peanut butter ball

I’m the type of person that could blow through an entire jar of peanut butter in a matter of days if I’m not careful.

I mean…it’s the perfect food. Creamy, salty, packed with protein, filling, and it can be savory or sweet, depending on your mood.

I’m obsessed with peanut butter and it’s the perfect start to fat bombs.

What’s a fat bomb? 

The name fat bomb cracks me up. We spend our whole life being taught to avoid fat and then you switch to eating low carb or keto and people start tossing around words like ‘fat bomb.’ 

They sound scary, but they really are a great food for low carb!

peanut butter fat bomb with a bite taken out of it

Fat bombs are similar to energy balls, but they are packed with fat instead of carbs to give you that energy. They also work great to keep you full, since fat is filling and satisfying.

If you’re doing keto and have already hit your protein limit for the day, but are still hungry – grab a fat bomb! These peanut butter fat bombs are the perfect snack or dessert for both keto and low carb!

Ingredients needed for peanut butter fat bombs: 

ingredients for low carb peanut butter balls in a glass bowl

This recipe calls for just a handful in ingredients: 

  • Peanut Butter
  • Butter
  • Powdered Sweetener
  • Vanilla
  • Chocolate Chips

I use and love Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener in all of my sweets. It’s a blend of monkfruit and erythritol and has ZERO net carbs and no impact on blood glucose.

What type of peanut butter to use:

For these peanut butter balls, you’ll definitely want to use a no-stir peanut butter. The oily kind will separate and get a bit funky. 

My favorite that tastes most like the peanut butter I grew up with is Skippy Natural Creamy Peanut Butter. It DOES contain a small amount of sugar and palm oil, but I’m personally willing to let that slide because the flavor is perfect and there are only 4 net carbs per serving. 

If you’re very strict on ingredients, you’ll want to look for another product. 

peanut butter fat bomb balls rolled up on a cookie sheet

Storage: 

These keto peanut butter balls will last for a couple of weeks in the fridge tightly covered.

Just roll them out, pop them in a covered container, and eat them straight from the fridge when the urge hits. 

They’re also packing in some fat so they help keep your belly full too!

chocolate peanut butter fat bomb

Substitutions: 

You may swap in no sugar sunbutter for the peanut butter if you have allergies or just want to mix things up. There are only 2 net carbs per serving in this sunbutter, so it’ll actually cut the carb count down lower. 

While I recommend Lakanto, any powdered sweetener that you personally enjoy should work well here. 

The chocolate chips can be left out entirely, if you prefer biting into smooth creamy peanut butter goodness without crunching on a chocolate chip. I personally can’t decide which way is my favorite!

rolled up peanut butter balls on a countertop

Keto Peanut Butter Balls

Smooth, creamy peanut butter balls studded with sugar free chocolate chips! We like to keep these on hand for anytime a dessert craving hits!

  • YIELD 24 balls
  • PREP TIME 10 minutes
  • CHILL TIME 1 hour
  • TOTAL TIME 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • ½ cup low carb peanut butter, see note
  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 – 2 cups powdered sweetener, see note
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup sugar free chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Add the peanut butter, butter, sweetener, and vanilla to a mixing bowl and beat on medium speed until well combined.
  2. Stir in the chocolate chip by hand.
  3. Use a small cookie scoop to scoop out 24 balls of dough. Roll the dough between your hands to shape into a ball.
  4. Place on a baking sheet in the refrigerator to firm up for one hour.
  5. Store tightly covered in the refrigerator.

Notes

I’ve received a few comments from readers that these peanut butter balls are too sweet. I recommend starting with 1/2 cup of powdered sweetener and tasting for sweetness. You may need to add peanut butter powder or coconut flour to bring the mixture together, depending on the amount of sweetener used. I use closer to 2 cups with Lakanto powdered sweetener and don’t find it too sweet, but many are finding this to be too much – I’m not sure if it’s the brand of sweetener coming into play or just different tolerances for sweetness, so start slow and adjust as needed.

I used a low carb peanut butter (Skippy Naturals) with just 4 net carbs per 2 tablespoons. Your nutrition information will vary based on the products you use.

Be sure to use the no-stir type of peanut butter.

Peanut Butter Balls

These peanut butter balls are the perfect dessert to make when you have a sweet tooth. I love them because they’re easy to make, and you can adjust them by using different types of nuts and chocolate chips! I love peanut butter. I’m not going to lie; I think peanut butter is the best thing since sliced bread If you like peanut butter and chocolate, you are going to love this easy dessert recipe.

These sweet Peanut Butter Balls are the perfect no bake, low carb treat! Each peanut butter ball has about 3 net carbs making it the perfect low carb snack recipe! 

These sweet Peanut Butter Balls are the perfect no bake, low carb treat! Each peanut butter bite has about 3 net carbs making it the perfect low carb snack recipe! 

Peanut Butter Balls

When I was a kid my Mom used to make these delicious peanut butter balls that contained peanut butter, honey, dry milk and chocolate chips. It was such a treat! That old school classic was the inspiration for these low carb and keto-friendly Peanut Butter Balls! 

These sweet bites are grain and gluten free. They contain just a few ingredients and because they are no bake, you can whip these up in just a few minutes. 

Ingredients in Peanut Butter Balls

As always, this is a quick overview of the ingredients you will need for this recipe. For the complete, printable recipe just keep scrolling. To make peanut butter balls you will need:

  • Peanut butter: to keep this keto-friendly use a low carb peanut or almond butter. 
  • Liquid Sweetener: keto friends will need to use this keto caramel. Otherwise, you can use honey or maple syrup if you aren’t counting carbs. 
  • Coconut Flour: almond flour cannot be subbed in this recipe. 
  • Protein Powder: we used a vanilla protein powder, but you can use your favorite variety. 
  • For the optional chocolate coating: coconut oil and sugar free dark chocolate chips. 
These sweet Peanut Butter Balls are the perfect no bake, low carb treat! Each peanut butter bite has about 3 net carbs making it the perfect low carb snack recipe! 

Substitutions for Peanut Butter Balls

Here are a few ways you can make this recipe cater to your personal tastes a little more!

  • Peanut butter: If you want to use a different type of peanut butter besides creamy, go ahead! If peanut butter is not your preferred nut butter, use almond butter, cashew, sunflower, whatever you like!
  • Nuts: you can add up to 1/4 cup of chopped nuts (any variety) if you prefer. 
  • Chocolate: if you don’t want to go to the trouble of melting chocolate, you can simply mix in chocolate chips. 
  • Protein powder: any variety. 

What honey substitute do you use for keto?

Traditional peanut butter balls use honey as the sweetener. To keep this recipe low carb and keto-friendly I use this homemade keto caramel sauce. It is so easy to make, it only requires three ingredients and I always keep a jar in my fridge! 

These sweet Peanut Butter Balls are the perfect no bake, low carb treat! Each peanut butter bite has about 3 net carbs making it the perfect low carb snack recipe! 

How to make Peanut Butter Balls?

You don’t need a mixer to make these easy no bake protein bites! Simply combine the peanut butter, sweetener, coconut flour and protein powder until the mixture is smooth. Roll the balls into heaping tablespoons. Place in the freezer. 

In a small saucepan or microwave proof bowl heat the chocolate and coconut oil over low heat. Stir until melted. Carefully dip the chilled peanut butter balls in the melted chocolate. Place on wax paper and allow it to chill in the fridge until the balls have set. 

How do you store Peanut Butter Protein Bites?

Store your bites in an airtight container, plastic or glass is fine, in the fridge. I don’t recommend storing these on the counter as they will melt. 

LOW-CARB PEANUT BUTTER PROTEIN BALLS

Low-Carb Peanut Butter Protein Balls are delicious little sugar-free protein bites, designed for low-carb snacking. These easy keto treats require only three ingredients and are fun and easy to prepare.

top down photo of bowl of protein balls

Well, hello peanut butter bites of joy!

The concept behind these easy low-carb peanut butter protein balls is a mashup between my Ketogenic Fat Balls and my Keto Peanut Butter Buckeyes. 

We’re aiming for an easy small snack or treat that’s jam packed with peanut butter goodness for a sweet treat with no added sugar.

And these quick and simple peanut butter protein balls are a bullseye! 

Guaranteed to be one of those favorite healthy snacks for peanut butter lovers.

Speedy quick to prepare and just an explosion of peanut butter with a protein backer to kick up the nutrient quality, this healthier snack is just a dream for the taste buds.

Let’s discuss the ingredients for these homemade protein balls!

Ingredients for Peanut Butter Energy Balls:

  • Peanut Butter: The star of the show here! Use unsweetened creamy peanut butter for a mouth-watering delicious protein ball. I go with natural peanut butter that is well stirred before using.
  • If you prefer almond butter, sunflower seed butter, or cashew butter, you can easily make the switch.
  • Protein Powder: In order to give these energy balls a kick of healthy protein, we must add some protein powder.
  • Use sugar-free protein powder to keep it low-carb, and bear in mind any added flavors in the protein powder as the flavor will shine through.
  • I use unflavored unsweetened goat whey protein powder, but you can use the protein powder you regularly use and love. Vanilla protein powder goes great with these balls, and hemp protein powder is an excellent dairy-free plant-based option!
  • The addition of protein powder is also crucial for getting the right texture, as it absorbs some of the stickiness and liquid from the peanut butter to make the balls easy to form.
  • Sugar-Free Confectioners Sweetener: In order to sweeten the peanut butter protein balls while keeping them low carb and sugar free, we use sugar-free confectioners sweetener.
  • Use your favorite brand of sugar free powdered sugar for an energy bite recipe that won’t spike blood sugar.
  • The reason the recipe calls for a powdered sweetener versus a standard granulated sweetener is powdered sweetener will easily dissolve into the bites, whereas a granulated sweetener gives the balls a grainy texture instead of a smooth texture.
  • Vanilla Extract: Adding depth of flavor and warmth to the peanut butter balls, a little vanilla extract adds something special. If you don’t have it on hand, you can skip it.
  • Sea Salt: A pinch of salt brings out the delicious peanut butter flavor in this tasty snack and levels up the experience. 
protein balls recently drizzled with chocolate

Optional Additions:

This simple 5-ingredient recipe can be customized by adding more pantry ingredients. If you want to infuse this protein ball recipe with additional goodies, consider adding chia seeds or flax seed for healthy fats, mini chocolate chips, or cocoa powder for chocolate peanut butter protein balls.

Optional Chocolate Drizzle or Dip:

As an option, you can melt sugar-free chocolate chips and coconut oil (or butter) for a silky smooth delicious chocolate addition to the balls.

If you love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate, I highly recommend the simple chocolate drizzle and use it for dipping or drizzling on the balls.

The chocolate will dry as it cools and will create a lovely little coating. Use dark chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips or even sugar-free butterscotch chips.

If you have flaky sea salt or coarse sea salt, you can also sprinkle it on the chocolate if you’d like.

Now that we’ve covered the nutrient dense ingredients, let’s whip up a batch of these peanut butter bliss balls!

No-Bake peanut butter balls on a baking sheet

How to Make Keto No Bake Peanut Butter Protein Balls:

  • Add all of the ingredients for the peanut butter balls to a food processor. Process until completely smooth and a thick dough forms.
  • Note: you may need to stop your food processor a couple of times to scrape the sides to help it along.
  • If you don’t own a food processor, you can use a large bowl or medium bowl to make these balls. The mixing process will require some elbow grease, but you can always add a little bit of almond milk to help mix the ingredients if need be.
  • Refrigerate the peanut butter mixture for 15 minutes before rolling into balls. Note: depending on the consistency of your ball mixture, you may need to refrigerate (or freeze) for longer. Results will vary depending on how oily your peanut butter is and how absorbent your protein powder is.
peanut butter protein ball mixture in a food processor
  • If desired, make the chocolate drizzle by transferring the chocolate chips and coconut oil (or butter) to a small bowl and microwave for 20 second intervals, stirring well in between, until melted, about 60 seconds total.
  • Drizzle or dip the balls in chocolate and either serve immediately or transfer to a plate and refrigerate until the chocolate has set up.
  • Store the peanut butter protein bites in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. You can also freeze the energy bites by storing them in a zip lock bag in the freezer.
  • That’s it! A fun and delicious low-carb peanut butter protein balls recipe that you’ll want to put on repeat!
close up photo of peanut butter protein balls drizzled with chocolate

Nutrition Facts:

When making 16 balls, each ball contains 110 calories, 8 grams of fat, 3 net carbs, and 6 grams of protein. Note that these numbers may vary depending on the type of protein powder you use and the type of sweetener.

Health Benefits Of Peanut Butter

If you’ve ever wanted to know what are the health benefits of peanut butter, then this article is for you. It’s also one of the latest articles on our site, and a top article according to Google. Most of you are probably here because you’re interested in the health benefits of peanut butter. After doing some research for this article, we found out that peanut butter can do a whole lot more than we previously thought.

  1. Improved Heart Health

One of the main fats in peanut butter is oleic acid. When substituted for other fats in your diet, oleic acid is shown to help maintain good cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure. Managing these levels in your body can lower the risk of heart disease. 

Peanut butter also contains omega-6. This fatty acid lowers bad (LDL) cholesterol and increases protective (HDL) cholesterol. In addition, peanuts are a natural source of arginine, an amino acid that may prevent heart and vascular disease by promoting good blood vessel function. 

2. Reduced Risk of Diabetes

Oleic acid also been shown to reduce the body’s insulin resistance, a condition that raises your blood sugar and leads to diabetes. Research shows that peanut butter’s omega-6 content may have this same effect as well. 

3. Anticancer Properties

Peanuts are a great source of antioxidants like manganese, vitamin E, and B vitamins. These compounds act to prevent and repair cell damage in your body, and this effect can reduce your risk of chronic diseases like cancer.

One of peanut butter’s most powerful antioxidants is coumaric acid — and research found that its activity is boosted by 22% if you roast peanuts before whipping them into a butter. 

It also contains resveratrol, an antioxidant that’s been shown to have anti-cancer effects and may lower the risk of obesity, heart disease, and cognitive decline. 

4. Aid in Weight Management

The healthy fats in peanut butter are called monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids. These fats are associated with a lower risk of weight gain and obesity when consumed as part of a healthy diet. 

Foods high in healthy fats, proteins, and fiber — like peanut butter — also take longer for our bodies to digest, which can keep us feel fuller for longer and reduce the risk of overeating. 

While weight loss and management depend on a healthy diet and lifestyle, the research suggests that peanuts can assist with these goals.  

Potential Risks of Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is rich in a variety of nutrients — but it’s also rich in calories and fat. While the healthy fats in peanut butter are nutritious, you should consume them in moderation to avoid unwanted weight gain or potential health problems.

Commercial peanut butter brands often have added sugars, oils, and fats. For the best health benefits from peanut butter, look for all-natural products without these added ingredients.

Peanut butter can be a great addition to your diet if you limit your portions to the recommended amount. Some possible health risks of peanut butter include: 

  1. Peanut Allergy

Some people have peanut allergies, which can be fatal in some cases. Avoid all peanut products if you have a peanut allergy. 

2. High in Calories

Peanut butter contains a high amount of calories per serving. Make sure to moderate your portions to avoid unwanted weight gain. 

3. High in Fat

While most of the fat in peanut butter is relatively healthy, peanuts also contain some saturated fat, which can lead to heart problems when consumed in excess over time. 

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