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Healthy Buckeyes (Lower fat, naturally sweetened, WFPB, Vegan)

I just couldn’t get enough pictures of these cute things!

My brother-in-law has a family tradition of making buckeyes for Christmas. I’d never heard of them before he was in our family, but I soon learned that they are pure decadence to anyone who loves the delicious duo of peanut butter and chocolate. If you haven’t heard of them, they are candies that look like this, but are made of peanut butter, butter, and powdered sugar, then dipped in chocolate. They are stored in the freezer because they get soft at room temp. Buckeye trees have nuts that look just like these treats, so that’s where it gets the name.

These healthier versions have a fraction of the fat and a ton of fiber, since we’re replacing most of the peanut butter and all of the butter with chickpeas, and replacing powdered sugar with fiber-packed dates. Don’t roll your (buck) eyes. You can’t even tell there are beans in them, and they are irresistible nonetheless. They are admittedly not melt-in-your-mouth swoon-worthy buckeyes, but if you have a palatte like me, you’ll enjoy them. Anything dipped in chocolate is going to be good, right?!

If you eat protein powder, you could slip some in right here for a fiber and protein-packed treat. However, the chickpeas and peanut butter have whole-food protein as it is, countering the sugar high you’d get from traditional Christmas treats.

Is it just the food blogger in me, or are these just so cute and yummy looking?! They are the perfect addition to a cookie plate, or just a fun kitchen project making them with your kids.

Sprinkle with a little sea salt if you’re into salted chocolate.

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5 from 2 votes
Healthy Buckeyes (WFPB)
Prep Time
20 mins
Cooling time
20 mins

The healthiest buckeye candies, yet surprisingly absolutely delicious.

Course: Dessert
Keyword: buckeyes, high fiber, low-fat, vegan, wfpb
Author: Faithful Plateful
  • 1.5 cups cooked chickpeas (1 can, drained)
  • 12-15 large, soft medjool dates (or 30 deglet noor dates) (330 g)
  • 1/4 cup creamy natural peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup dairy-free dark chocolate chips
  1. In a food processor, process the dates for about 1 minute, until very smooth and they form a sticky ball.

  2. Add the remaining ingredients, except the chocolate chips. Process until smooth and fluffy. It will be very thick, so it will take a lot of stopping and scraping. Keep at it until it looks well-blended.

  3. Form balls that are about 3/4 inch thick. You can make between 25-30 depending on size. Wash your hands often to make them with the smoothest surface. It is a messy job. Put on a plate (or two) and put them in the freezer for at least 20 minutes, until they are hard enough that you can pick them up by piercing them with a toothpick.

  4. Line a tray or plate with parchment or wax paper. Melt the chocolate chips in a bowl in the microwave for 45-60 seconds. Stick a toothpick into a ball, and dip at least half way in the chocolate. Place onto the plate. Dip all the buckeyes. Use your finger to smooth over the toothpick hole. Sprinkle with a little salt if you like salted chocolate.

  5. Let the dipped buckeyes harden in the freezer or fridge. Traditional buckeyes are stored in the freezer, but we prefer these stored in the fridge so they are not quite so hard. They hold their shape well because there is no butter in them which melts easily.

Recipe Notes

For stronger peanut butter flavor, use 1/2 cup peanut butter. 

For lower fat, use peanut butter powder (like PB2 or PBFit) instead of peanut butter.

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  1. When I saw this recipe,I wondered how on earth there could be such a thing as healthy buckeyes. But it’s true; they’re delicious, easy to make, and nutritious!

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