4 Ingredient Vegan Buckeyes

Healthy Vegan Buckeyes

In honor of my recent move to Columbus, Ohio, I find it only fitting to share my super easy recipe for vegan Buckeyes! I came up with the idea to make a healthier version of the traditional recipe for a health coaching client of mine. He expressed to me buckeyes were his weakness and during the holidays he was having a hard time resisting them. As a health coach, I always suggest finding a healthier way to enjoy your favorite foods instead of depriving yourself of what you actually enjoy. Deprivation = Binging!!! Besides, peanut butter and chocolate is pretty much the most perfect combination ever, so why should anyone have to give it up?! With just a few substitutions (Medjool dates for sugar) and omissions  (vegetable shortening..yuck) I gave the old unhealthy Buckeye a complete make-over!

Make a batch of these on a Sunday to have on stand by during the week; they make a great pre work out snack or a little treat to enjoy after dinner! They will stay fresh in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks. Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:

6 Medjool dates (pits removed)

1 C of Natural Peanut butter

½ C Almond Flour

½ C vegan chocolate chips

 Instructions:

  1. In a food processor pulse the medjool dates until smooth and a ball forms.
  2. Add the natural peanut butter and almond flour and continue to process together until well combined.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll one-inch balls of the peanut butter mixture in your hands and place on baking sheet. You will roll approximately 24 balls. Place baking sheet in the freezer for about 4 hours.
  4. After peanut butter balls have set, melt the vegan chocolate chips over a double boiler. One by one, take a toothpick and pick up a peanut ball from the center and dip ¾ of the way in the melted chocolate. Return to the baking tray. Continue for remaining peanut butter balls.
  5. Optional –if you’re a neat freak like me, take your thumb and index finger and pinch the hole from the toothpick closed.
  6. Place the baking tray with Buckeyes into the fridge to allow chocolate to set.  Approximately 1 hour. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator.
I like this brand of vegan chocolate chips.
I like this brand of vegan chocolate chips.

 

 

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