Best Vegan Peanut Butter Balls Recipe

This is a family favorite recipe that I veganized, because it just had to be done. I call them the best vegan peanut butter balls because, well, they are the best! This recipe is definitely a holiday favorite. Not only can you serve them on your dessert table, but these make wonderful addition to treat bags to share with friends, family, neighbors, work mates, etc. If you’re into chocolate and peanut butter, you know, together, be sure to check out my Vegan Fluffy Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie and Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups.

Celebrate your special occasions with these Vegan Peanut Butter Balls. They're relatively easy to make and a real crowd pleaser! A perfect snack, dessert, or gift basket for friends and family!

It must be sacrilege to post about something so sinfully sweet as Peanut Butter Balls in January. This is the month where we’re supposed to be getting healthier! And to make matters worse, I don’t even have an interesting name connection for this recipe. But my family loves peanut butter balls (what’s not to love in combining peanut butter and chocolate?).

And the thing is, I didn’t like most of the recipes I found for these bite-size, delicious treats; they were too sweet. Don’t get me wrong, I like my fair share of sweetness, but you can definitely have too much of a good thing. So here’s what I came up with. It’s a twist on the recipe we’ve used in our family for years.

You’ll Love Vegan Peanut Butter Balls

This recipe has a higher peanut butter to powdered sugar ratio or HPBPSR (it’s an important ratio so it needs an acronym). It’s still sweet; just not as much as other recipes call for.

Just because we usually see these delights around the holidays doesn’t mean you can only serve them in December. You can also have Vegan Peanut Butter Balls for Super Bowl parties, Wimbledon Parties and more.

Also, you can make these vegan peanut butter balls in different ways. Let me explain. I’ve created different versions based on my preferred outcome.

Vegan Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls

Why You Shouldn’t Follow This Recipe

I’m a big advocate for changing up a recipe. It’s kind of a passion of mine. Also, it’s one of the benefits of making things yourself. Right? Otherwise, you can just go to the store and buy chocolate covered peanut butter balls. But that’s not what we want. We want to make these chocolate covered peanut butter morsels ourselves. Mold them to our own will. So, here’s some ideas on how you can make this recipe your very own:

  • Add a cup or so of graham cracker crumbs
  • My friend adds rice crispies to the dough for a crispy crunchy touch
  • Try using chunky peanut butter
  • Reduce the powdered sugar for a less sweet version
  • I’ve even made fig-sweetened peanut butter balls if you’d like a processed sugar free version
  • Add a little rum or vanilla to the dough
  • Can you imagine adding a little orange zest to the dough? OMG!

As you can see I can go on and on. This recipe just has so much potential!

Vegan Peanut Butter Balls

If you decide to make these Vegan Peanut Butter Balls, be sure to snap a photo and share it with #namelymarly on Instagram. We love seeing your creations!

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 12 dozen

Ingredients

  • 3 cups peanut butter, softened
  • 1 cup dairy-free margarine, softened
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 cups dairy-free chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
 

Instructions

  1. Stir together peanut butter and margarine until well blended. Add powdered sugar. It can help to microwave the mix for 20 - 30 seconds.
  2. Refrigerate the peanut butter mix until it's firm enough to roll into balls. Remove from the fridge and roll into bite-size balls. Place on a tray. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes or so.
  3. Stir chocolate chips and coconut oil together in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute. Place a lid on it and set aside for a minute. The chocolate should be melted. Stir  until well blended and smooth.
  4. Dip peanut butter balls in the chocolate using a fork so you can tap off excess chocolate. 

Lay chocolate covered balls on tray covered with waxed paper. Set aside until chocolate coating is firm. You can refrigerate at this point to speed up the chocolate setting.
  5. Store in an airtight container.

If you’re into vegan chocolate and peanut butter concoctions, check these out:

Whatever chocolate peanut butter bites you’re partying with, enjoy!

We recently took some new photos for this post. If you’re curious, here’s one of the old shots.

vegan peanut butter balls

Posted 7 years ago by Marly on Friday, January 15th, 2010 · Permalink

7 Responses to Best Vegan Peanut Butter Balls Recipe

  1. I love peanut butter balls! I’m not kidding. I ate so many of them at a baby shower my family threw for me that I literally couldn’t even smell peanut butter without feeling nauseous for a good year afterward. But now? Not a problem. Will be making them. Soon. Very soon. =)
    Mindy
    http://www.thesuburbanlife.com

  2. Oh yum! Yeah, I greatly prefer desserts that are flavorful rather than just sweet. And thanks for commenting on my blog!

    • Hi Mimi. I think sweet is one of those that you can adjust your taste buds about. For example, after I became vegan I gave up milk chocolate. I didn’t really like dark chocolate then, but now I love it. Hope you like the recipe!

  3. Hmmmm… peanut butter and chocolate, you can’t go wrong!

    • I agree so much. I think you can’t hardly go wrong with the two together. Well, actually, chocolate goes with just about everything. Yesterday I made chocolate covered pomegranate seeds. Interesting, eh? I may have to put that on the site as well.

  4. Try adding a handful of rice krispies to the peanut butter. It gives them a lovely crunch!