I have to be honest and tell you that I never actually had buckeye balls (a.k.a. buckeye candy, a.k.a. buckeyes) growing up. I had heard they were essentially peanut butter and chocolate—the very best dessert combination in my eyes.
Until I made this recipe, I had only had buckeye balls once a long time ago. And now that I have this recipe I’ve already made them three times! They’re the perfect bite-sized dessert to keep in the fridge or freezer and they take just 7 ingredients, which makes them exceptionally easy!
I even made them semi-healthy. There is quite a bit of fat from the peanut butter, but they’re made with almond flour and unsweetened shredded coconut and honey. Then I dip them in dark chocolate. So I can justify making these every once in a while!
Technically, buckeye balls are peanut butter fudge balls dipped in chocolate leaving a little spot where the peanut butter ball shows through at the top. The dessert originated in Ohio and was named after, and resembles, the nut from Ohio’s state tree, the buckeye.
My peanut butter buckeyes are only half covered in chocolate, but you get the idea. They’re irresistible and that’s all that matters to me!
How to Make Buckeye Balls
- 1 cup crunchy peanut butter*
- ¾ cup almond flour
- ¼ cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
- ¼ cup honey**
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- ¾ cup dark chocolate chips***
- 2 tsp. coconut oil
- Mix together first 5 ingredients in a bowl with an electric beater. Refrigerate while you melt the chocolate and coconut oil.
- Combine chocolate chips and coconut oil in a bowl and microwave in 15 second increments—stirring in between—until melted. OR melt in a double boiler or in a metal or glass bowl over a pan of simmering water. Stir till melted and then turn off the heat.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a 1-inch cookie scoop, roll peanut butter batter into balls and place on the parchment. When they're all complete, spoon 1 tsp. chocolate on top of each peanut butter ball. Refrigerate at least one hour. DEVOUR.
- Store in a covered container in the refrigerator.
**Use maple syrup or agave if vegan.
***To ensure it's vegan and paleo, buy dark chocolate chips that do not contain milk. I used Trader Joe's. Costco also has a great option.