Indulge in sweet white chocolate goodness with Healthy Peanut Butter Snowballs. This 6-ingredient dessert comes together in less than 40 minutes and is the ultimate holiday treat!
The most delish peanut butter snowballs… ever
Peanut butter balls, also referred to as buckeyes, are delicious treats made of peanut butter and flour and dipped in chocolate. They’re a holiday staple in my family, and a treat that I like to save until the festivities begin (it keeps them extra special!).
This year, I’m mixing things up a bit. Instead of dipping them in chocolate, I’m dipping them in white chocolate to create the most delicious healthy peanut butter snowballs.
These little treats are made with healthier ingredients (which we’ll get into in a bit) and are perfect for your cookie exchanges or for post holiday meal dessert!
And I’m warning you now… you won’t be able to eat just one.
Ingredients in healthy peanut butter snowballs
If you’ve ever made buckeyes, snowball peanut butter balls will feel similar. We’ll start with a mix of peanut butter, flour, maple syrup, and vanilla, followed by the white chocolate and oil combo for dipping.
- Peanut butter: Peanut butter is the most important ingredient in these treats! We’ll be using 1/2 cup. I like to go for a natural, salted version to keep it as preservative-free as possible.
- Flour: For flour, you have two options! Use whichever you prefer, either 1/4 cup of coconut flour, OR 3/4 cup of almond flour. Note that the measurements are different depending on which one you choose!
- Maple syrup: For a touch of sweetness, include 2 tbsp of maple syrup.
- Vanilla: Next up, you have to have the vanilla! 1/2 tsp will taste great.
- White chocolate chips: Set aside 1 cup of white chocolate chips for melting.
- Coconut oil: By mixing the chocolate with 1 tsp of oil, it melts down to a great texture that’s perfect for dipping.
- Sprinkles: Finally, feel free to add sprinkles! You could even make them red or green to keep things festive.
Tools needed to make this recipe
Are you ready for the simplest list of kitchen items ever? All you need for this recipe is a large mixing bowl, a microwave-safe bowl (or a double broiler), and measuring cups. A fork may also be useful for dipping, or you can use toothpicks.
As for the measuring, you’ll need the following sizes: 1/2 tsp, 1 tsp, 1 tbsp, 1/4 cup, 1/2 cup, 3/4 cup, and 1 cup.
How to make healthy peanut butter snowballs
Get ready to indulge in these delicious treats, because healthy peanut butter snowballs are only 4 steps away. Start by mixing the ingredients, then form the mix into balls. Refrigerate, melt the chocolate, and dip!
Then, roll this mixture into balls and place them in the freezer for at least 30 minutes.
When the balls are done chilling, dip them in the white chocolate and then add the sprinkles.
Healthy snowballs… how?
Wondering what makes these snowballs healthier than regular buckeye or snowball recipes?
First up, I use coconut (or almond!) flour in place of traditional all-purpose flour. This provides extra nutrients and is a better option health-wise.
Next, I use maple syrup as a sweetener, rather than confectioner’s sugar. It’s an all natural, lower-glycemic alternative!
I recommend keeping snowballs in the refrigerator to keep them from melting at room temp.
If you liked this recipe, you’ll want to try these!
Here are some more equally festive and delicious sweets to enjoy!
- Easy Gingerbread Truffles (Paleo, Gluten-Free)
- Mini Pecan Pies (Healthy)
- Healthy Apple Cobbler Recipe
- Easy Snowball Cookies Recipe
- Healthy Gingerbread Men (Gluten-Free)
Recipe by Erin Morrissey + Photography by Moriah Sawtelle
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