Old fashioned peanut butter balls are a fun no bake treat that’s great to have on hand for a quick grab-and-go snack. They might just become your favorite snack ball recipe.
These plain peanut butter balls are easy to make and only require 4 ingredients! They’re gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and delicious!
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I put a healthy spin on these old fashioned peanut butter balls by leaving out some common ingredients.
These easy peanut butter balls are free from:
Instead, I like to sweeten these plain peanut butter balls with pure maple syrup. But you can substitute honey if you’d prefer.
These no bake peanut butter balls are perfect for an afternoon snack or a simple sweet dessert.
They’re perfect for the holiday season time of year. Especially the month of December when treat making is at an all time high.
These old fashioned peanut butter balls would even make great neighbor gifts!
I love eating these peanut butter balls plain, but if you want to jazz them up, you can coat them in chocolate. I’ll never say no to chocolate peanut butter balls!
You’re going to love this easy recipe!
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Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls – Ingredients
- Organic creamy peanut butter (salted)
- Pure maple syrup
- Coconut flour
- Vanilla extract (optional)
Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls – How To Make
First, mix together the peanut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract if using.
Once well combined, mix in the coconut flour. Scoop out the dough and use your hands to roll it into a ball. Place the plain peanut butter balls onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
Once you’ve formed all of the peanut butter mixture into balls, place the baking sheet into the fridge to set for about 20 minutes to an hour. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
You can eat these old fashioned peanut butter balls at room temperature, they’ll just soften up a bit. I prefer eating them straight from the fridge so they stay nice and firm.
I’ve never made these gluten free peanut butter balls with crunchy peanut butter – but I’m thinking it’d be delicious!
Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls – Chocolate Version
If you’re looking for a way to take these old fashioned peanut butter balls to the next level, why not dunk them in chocolate? I mean, isn’t chocolate the answer to making everything better? 🙂
To do this, heat some semi sweet chocolate chips, or dark chocolate chips over a double boiler. Stir occasionally to melt chocolate completely. When it’s nice and smooth, it’s ready to get dunking.
Take the refrigerated plain peanut butter balls and dunk them into the chocolate. You can do this with your hands, or by sticking a toothpick into the top of the plain peanut butter ball, and using it as a handle to hold onto the ball while rolling it around in the melted chocolate.
Or you can use two forks to gently roll the plain peanut butter balls around, and then scoop it out while letting the extra chocolate drip through the prongs of the fork.
Place the chocolate covered peanut butter balls onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and place them into the fridge until the chocolate has set.
And in no time at all you’ve turned ordinary snack balls into chocolate covered goodness. Also called buckeye peanut butter balls. Such an easy food to make!
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Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls
- 1/2 cup organic creamy peanut butter (salted)
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1 1/2 tablespoons coconut flour (can sub 2 tablespoons all purpose flour)
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. I like using a half sheet pan for this recipe.
- Combine the peanut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla in a bowl and mix until well combined.
- Stir in the coconut flour until a dough like ball is formed.
- Using a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop out the dough and use your hands to form them into a ball.
- Place the peanut butter balls onto a parchment lined baking sheet, and chill in the fridge for 1-2 hours or until the balls have firmed up.
- Store in an airtight container for up to a week in the fridge.
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These couldn’t be easier! So fast and so yummy! I’ve made these three times now with and without dipping them in chocolate. I like them both ways. Super satisfying. My kids had a lot of fun helping out with this one too. Thanks for a tasty and fun recipe. 🙂
You’re welcome! Thank you so much for the review, Casey! So glad you love them 🙂
I ate peanut butter balls in elementary school and loved them. I have been looking for something similar to what I had in elementary school for the past few months. This recipe was easy and tasty! My husband never had them in school and he didn’t believe that they were good until he tried these. I have tried other recipes and neither of us were too impressed, but when he tried this one, he ate them all and left me with none! Thanks for the recipe.
Haha! Sounds like you better make another batch! Don’t you love how easy they are? Thanks for the review, An Li!
I have to ask, Where did you get the marble/wood serving slab. These look delicious !
Thanks Sadie! It’s from Target 🙂
Hi! How much does this make!? I may have missed it! Sorry!
Hey Kacie! This recipe will make about 8 balls. Enjoy!