A Buckeyes Recipe Packed with Protein! These Vegan Peanut Butter Protein Buckeyes are super easy to make and coated in dairy free dark chocolate. Gluten free with a Paleo and Lower Sugar option. A classic Buckeyes Recipe with a healthy boost! No baking required so make as many as you can, mmm k?
I’m going to be completely honest with you. I yet to make a real Buckeye Recipe … Buckeye Ball err… bite… candy? And I mean, that’s kinda shameful since I make a TON OF NO BAKE BITES (aka Healthy Bites)! But you wanna know what’s worse? Even with all the Healthy Bites and Balls I make, I managed to totally butcher these bites by trying to make them look like legit buckeyes. Man, people who make buckeyes got SKILLZ! How do they make the chocolate coating go on so evenly? So I apologize for my imperfections shining, but hey, that’s what good Friday’s are for, right? Honesty and forgiveness? YES!
Speaking of GOOD FRIDAY…. segue time.
This Vegan Peanut Butter Protein Buckeyes Recipe is brought to you by my GOOD friend Arman. But you all may know him as THE BIG MAN’S WORLD! And ya’ll, I am so thankful to know this dude! He’s super talented, supportive, and just plain awesome! I’m pretty sure our blogging friendship began when we chatted about vegemite, hokey pokey, afghan cookies, and all things FOOD from that my Kiwi Husband adores from New Zealand. Being that Arman is from Australia, he could relate and joke. Love it! Okay total tangent there, you get the gist. I have super talented awesome blogging buddies & friends. Friends that make amazing healthy food and put it in an EPIC cookbook!!
His Clean Sweet Cookbook is 100% gluten free and packed with d, and option for the majority of his recipes. That Arman, he’s so clever.
There are 50 NEW recipes in his Clean Sweets Cookbook. Um, that’s 50 different HEALTHY recipes! Including breakfasts, cakes, crumbles, mug cakes, cookies, muffins, no bake recipes, frozen desserts/treats, and small batch snacks like PROTEIN BUCKEYES yo!).
I honestly had the hardest time trying to decide what to make first. The Buckeyes recipe stood out to me because it’s a no bake recipe! You know me and no bake snack bites. LOVE THEM! But also, as mentioned above, I had never tried making Buckeyes. That had to change! Arman mentions in his this recipe that he had never tried a buckeye before either. That was until he spent time living in Ohio, obviously!
This version of Buckeyes recipe is protein packed, gluten free, vegan, and even has a paleo option. Yes, dietary friendly to boot! Not to mention HOLY MOLY CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER YUM! I actually used a coconut peanut butter in this recipe, which made it even more to my liking. Can’t go wrong with that combo, right?
So here we go, let’s get the “ball” rolling on this buckeyes recipe. Haha!Print
A Buckeyes Recipe with Protein! These Peanut Butter Protein Buckeyes are a no bake treat. Dairy free, vegan, gluten free and a Paleo option.
- 1/4 cup natural peanut butter (almond butter if paleo)
- 1 scoop protein powder (32 grams) can substitute with 2 tablespoons of powered peanut butter or peanut flour. (See notes for paleo protein choices)
- Almond or coconut milk of choice, as needed
- 1/4 c cup chocolate chips of choice (dairy-free/sugar-free, if necessary). We use Enjoy Life Vegan Dark Chocolate. Unsweetened chocolate for lower sugar.
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- In a small mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter with the protein powder and mix very well. The mixture should be incredibly crumbly. Using a tablespoon at a time, add your milk of choice until a very thick batter remains. Form the batter into small balls and immediately place them in the freezer to firm up.
- In a small microwave-safe bowl or on the stovetop, melt your chocolate chips together with the coconut oil. Allow the mixture to sit for 2 to 3 minutes to cool slightly. Remove the balls from the freezer and, using a spoon, dip half of each ball in the chocolate mixture until each buckeye has a half-moon chocolate coating. Refrigerate for 15 to 20 minutes more, until the chocolate has hardened.
- You will most likely not need to use the full amount of the chocolate coating. If desired, feel free to coat each ball entirely in it.
- (Paleo option) Swap out the peanut butter for smooth almond butter or cashew butter.
- NUTRITION is based on type of protein powder and chocolate used. Approx. 100- 118 calories per bite.
- You can easily double ingredients to make 14-15 small buckeyes.
- For Paleo friendly protein powder, check out [Primal Fuel by Primal Kitchen
- Category: dessert
- Method: no bake
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 bite
- Calories: 103
- Sugar: 2g
- Sodium: 86.4mg
- Fat: 6.7g
- Saturated Fat: 2.6g
- Carbohydrates: 5.8g
- Fiber: 0.7g
- Protein: 5.7g
- Cholesterol: 2.5mg
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These Buckeye Balls make a great dessert option for Easter weekend ya’ll! Easy to make paleo and a whole lot healthier that those Chocolate Peanut Butter eggs. But I won’t judge you if you eat those too. Just sayin..
Oh and P.S I kinda sorta think this Clean Sweets cookbook would make a great Easter present, yes? So “hop” on over and check it out! Gosh I really need to stop with the puns.
P.P.S Somebody tell me how to roll the buckeyes perfectly in chocolate coating. Obviously I need help. LOL!
Cheers and have a great Easter weekend!
Have you ever made Buckeyes?