Peanut butter balls are a tasty treat that are incredibly easy to make. They’re light and fluffy with just a touch of sweetness and a little kick at the end. You can use them as party appetizers or make them when there’s time for a snack, but you still don’t feel like cooking! All the goodness of chocolate, peanuts, and peanut butter in one easy ball.
Peanut Butter Energy Balls
When you need a little push, these nutritious peanut butter and chocolate energy balls provide a combination of simple and complex carbohydrates. They are simple to make and require just items you likely already have on hand, including oats and nut butter. You can experiment with substituting other ingredients for the chocolate chips and coconut, such as chopped almonds or dried fruit.
- 2 cups rolled oats (see Tip)
- 1 cup natural peanut butter or other nut butter
- ½ cup honey
- ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
- ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- Step 1Combine oats, peanut butter (or other nut butter), honey, chocolate chips and coconut in a medium bowl; stir well. Using a 1-tablespoon measure, roll the mixture into balls. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Oats are frequently contaminated with wheat and barley, thus anyone with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity should only use oats that are marked as “gluten-free.”
Making ahead: For up to 5 days in the refrigerator or three months in the freezer, keep in an airtight container.
Serving Size: 2 balls
Per serving: 174 calories; protein 4.4g; carbohydrates 18.2g; dietary fiber 2.1g; sugars 9.7g; fat 9.2g; saturated fat 2.3g; vitamin C 0.1mg; folate 4.9mcg; calcium 6.1mg; iron 0.6mg; magnesium 12.8mg; potassium 53mg; sodium 47.7mg; added sugar 9g.
Exchanges: 2 fat, 1/2 other carbohydrate, 1/2 starch
PEANUT BUTTER BALLS
These chocolate-covered peanut butter balls have a creamy and smooth peanut butter interior that is covered in chocolate. With only five basic ingredients, it’s really simple to make!
Is there a better pairing than chocolate and peanut butter? It’s quite clear how much I enjoy the two flavors together if you look at my collection of no-bake treats, which includes these traditional no-bake cookies, no-bake chocolate peanut butter bars, and no-bake chocolate peanut butter cupcakes. So I wanted to offer this recipe for homemade peanut butter balls, one of my favorite chocolate and peanut butter sweets.
Because they require no baking at all, you can make these peanut butter balls any time of year without worrying about turning on your oven. They just require five ingredients, which includes salt and a small amount of vanilla extract.
You can easily cut this recipe in half to make fewer peanut butter balls—it makes approximately 3 dozen. These are an excellent recipe to prepare ahead of time because they store well for several months.
INGREDIENTS FOR THIS RECIPE
To make these no-bake peanut butter balls, you’ll start with some simple ingredients. Let’s break down each one!
- Unsalted Butter: Since the peanut butter will have a little bit of salt in it, I suggest sticking with unsalted butter. Make sure to set your butter out ahead of time so that it can come to room temperature.
- Peanut Butter: You’ll want to stick with a no-stir peanut butter like Jif or Skippy so that these set up properly.
- Powdered Sugar: The powdered sugar helps to sweeten the peanut butter filling and firms it up so it’s easier to roll into balls.
- Vanilla Extract & Salt: The vanilla adds a little flavor.
- Semi-Sweet Chocolate: The chocolate comes after you’ve mixed up the filling. I used semi-sweet chocolate bars for this recipe, but feel free to swap the semi-sweet chocolate for your favorite kind.
HOW TO MAKE PEANUT BUTTER BALLS
The butter and peanut butter should first be thoroughly mixed. Salt, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar are then combined. To make sure everything is thoroughly blended, I advise pausing periodically to scrape the bowl’s sides.
After combining the filling, scoop the mixture and shape it into balls. For this step, I prefer to use a cookie scoop or measuring spoon that holds one tablespoon because it produces the ideal-sized peanut butter balls.
You’ll need to freeze these before coating them in chocolate, so I advise rolling them and setting them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. It takes them around 20 minutes to firm up and become easier to dip, in my experience.
You’ll cover the balls in chocolate after they’ve been frozen. Due to its balance between sweetness and bitterness, I chose semi-sweet chocolate for this recipe. Feel free to use white chocolate or dark chocolate if you want!
If you don’t have any dipping implements, a fork and toothpick can be used to quickly dip the peanut butter balls in chocolate. Simply dip each one in the chocolate until completely covered, take them from the bowl using a fork, tap the fork on the edge of the bowl to remove any extra chocolate, and then transfer them to a baking sheet covered with parchment paper using a toothpick.
After covering them all with chocolate, place them in the refrigerator for 45 to 60 minutes to let the chocolate to set. When they’re prepared, you can either eat them right away or store them in the freezer or refrigerator until you’re ready to serve.
- Make sure to stick with a peanut butter like Jif or Skippy for this recipe so that the filling will set up properly.
- Once you scoop the peanut butter filling and roll it into balls, freeze it for at least 20 minutes. This will make it much easier to dip them in the chocolate.
- Feel free to swap out the semi-sweet chocolate for white chocolate, dark chocolate, or even almond bark.
OLD FASHIONED PEANUT BUTTER BALLS
It’s SO EASY to create this traditional recipe for a holiday treat! These Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls are simple to make, require no baking, and only 4 ingredients. The simplicity of using butter, peanut butter, and powdered sugar is unmatched! Ideal for gift-giving or trading during a holiday cookie exchange. Although there are directions for adding a chocolate covering if preferred, this version is entirely plain.
Since I live with two peanut butter connoisseurs, peanut butter balls are in high demand here. We keep every variety you can think of in the cupboard and go through several pounds of it each week! Even though I don’t consume a lot of peanut butter, I prefer natural.
The most common type of peanut butter in the home is used in this recipe for Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls: creamy peanut butter.
For this recipe, you shouldn’t use natural ingredients because the oils could affect how well the balls hold together.
You’ll need your standard, everyday creamy peanut butter.
THE REASON WHY THESE PEANUT BUTTER BALLS ARE OUT OF DATE
To achieve a firm texture, cereal or graham cracker crumbs are often added to modern peanut butter ball recipes, but they weren’t in earlier versions.
Just 4 basic components make up this traditional recipe, which is more softer than the ones used today.
It is a straightforward and affordable dessert because these basic ingredients could be found in almost any cupboard in the middle of the last century.
These Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls, which are especially well-liked throughout the Christmas and holiday seasons, make wonderful gifts or additions to an authentic Christmas cookie exchange.
- Peanut butter: You’ll want to use a creamy peanut butter for this recipe. Natural peanut butter is not recommended, as it is a little too oily to hold together with the other ingredients.
- Butter: I used salted butter for this recipe, since the salty flavor really helps elevate the peanut butter experience! You can use unsalted if that is what you have on hand; just add a few generous pinches of salt!
- Powdered sugar: Also known as confectioners sugar or icing sugar. This can be found in the baking aisle of your local grocery store, or you can make your own if you’re in a pinch.
- Vanilla: Just a touch of vanilla gives these simple peanut butter balls the gentle flavoring they need.
Add the butter to a large mixing bowl, and use a hand mixer to beat it until soft and fluffy.
Add in the peanut butter and beat until fully combined with the butter and smooth. Pour in the vanilla extract, and blend again to combine.
Add 2 cups of the powdered sugar and mix on medium speed until fully incorporated.
Add the remaining powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, until the mixture is smooth and stiff. If your mixture is still very sticky, add a little more powdered sugar.
Form the batter into a cohesive ball and cover with plastic wrap.
Place in the fridge for 1 to 3 hours to firm up.
Once the batter has chilled, prepare a cookie sheet by lining it with parchment or waxed paper. Use a cookie scoop or tablespoon to portion out golf ball sized amounts, and roll them between your hands to form a smooth ball. Place on the prepared baking sheet.
Repeat with the remaining batter, until all of it has been used and formed into peanut butter balls.
Chill until firm, and then transfer to an airtight container lined with parchment paper.
Keep in a covered container lined with parchment paper in the fridge for up to 3 days, or in the freezer for up to 1 month.
TIPS FOR SUCCESS
- You might need to occasionally sprinkle your hands with powdered sugar to prevent the peanut butter balls from sticking.
- To keep your surfaces clean and stop the peanut butter balls from sticking, use parchment paper or waxed paper.
- To achieve the firmest results, chill your prepared peanut butter balls for as long as you can. This traditional recipe needs enough cooling time to firm up because it is a little more sticky and soft than contemporary variants.
- Your peanut butter balls should be kept in airtight containers in the freezer or refrigerator. They must be kept cold at all times because if they are kept at room temperature for an extended period of time, they will start to melt and become soft.
- You can enjoy these delectable frozen dessert bites right out of the freezer! They will stay soft enough to consume so store them there for a fast sweet hunger cure!
IS NATURAL PEANUT BUTTER PERMITTED?
No, you should use a classic no-stir peanut butter like Jif or Skippy to make these chocolate peanut butter balls.
IS ANOTHER NUT BUTTER PERMITTED?
Maybe, if it’s creamy and thick like regular peanut butter without stirring. The filling might not set up properly and you won’t be able to make balls if it’s runnier.
ARE THESE FREEZABLE?
Yes! Chocolate-dipped peanut butter balls keep well for up to three months in a freezer bag or container. In the refrigerator, thaw over night.