Make this delicious vegan Peanut Butter Balls recipe, featuring creamy peanut butter filling topped with dark chocolate. These chocolate peanut butter balls make a satisfying treat perfect for holiday parties and all-year snacking! See my tips below for making these into gluten free peanut butter balls.
This is a family favorite recipe that I veganized, because it just had to be done. I call them the best dairy-free 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.
The Best Peanut Butter Balls
This recipe for peanut butter balls 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 them around the holidays doesn’t mean you can only serve them in December. You can also have these candy balls for Super Bowl parties, Wimbledon Parties and more.
Also, you can make vegan peanut butter chocolate balls recipes in different ways. Let me explain. I’ve created different versions based on my preferred outcome.
- This recipe for homemade Peanut Butter Balls, creates a creamy and soft middle with a crispy chocolate coating
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites – this is a very healthy version of the traditional peanut butter ball
- Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups – and the healthy continues with these date-sweetened peanut butter centers. I made these into cups, but they could easily be done rolled into balls
Vegan peanut butter truffles are perfect to include in holiday baskets as gifts or even for parties!
We love this dessert so much we made a peanut butter balls video too! How fun!
How to Make Peanut Butter Balls
If you’ve been asking: how do you make peanut butter balls, well, I’ve got the answer. And it’s based upon years and years of experience!
Let’s start with the ingredients. First, you’ll need peanut butter, vegan butter, and powdered sugar.
Make Peanut Butter Filling
To make the peanut butter filling, add the peanut butter and the vegan butter in a microwave-safe mixing bowl. I like to heat it up for 30 seconds up to a minute or so to get the peanut butter a little bit softer so it’s easy to stir. Add the powdered sugar and stir to combine.
Then, place the bowl in the fridge to firm the peanut butter up. Because, you want it soft to stir, but it’s nicer for it to be firmer for shaping into balls.
Make Peanut Balls
Once the filling has firmed up, make them into balls. I was able to make around 120 balls from this recipe. It depends on the size you make them and possibly how much of the batter you eat as you’re making them. It’s very tempting!
Place the balls on the tray and return the tray to the fridge to firm them up again.
Dip them in Chocolate + Set
To make these chocolate balls, combine the dark chocolate with coconut oil and heat in 30-second increments in the microwave until the chocolate has melted. Stir to combine.
Cover a tray with waxed paper. Then use a fork to dip the no bake peanut butter balls in chocolate. Transfer dipped balls to the tray with waxed paper. Once all the balls have been dipped, place the tray in the fridge to allow the chocolate to set.
Storing Peanut Butter Balls
Once the chocolate is set, transfer the balls to an airtight container or freezer bags. These will keep in the fridge for up to 10 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Here are some ideas to help you can make this recipe the very best and even some ideas on how to adapt it too:
- Add a cup or so of graham cracker crumbs to the batter
- 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 balls if you’d like a processed sugar free version
- Add a little rum or vanilla to the dough!
Make them fast
Making peanut butter balls is a multi-step process, which can seem time-consuming, but there are ways to make them faster. Read my guide on How to Make Peanut Butter Balls.
Here are some of my favorite tips for making peanut butter balls faster:
- After you make the peanut butter batter, refrigerate it for 20 – 30 minutes to help it firm up. Then use a cookie dough scoop to create evenly sized balls. Actually, my cookie dough scoop creates approximately 1″ balls, so I divide that ball in half. I prefer my peanut butter balls smaller.
- Once you’ve rolled all the balls, transfer them to the freezer for about 20 minutes.
- When the peanut butter balls are chilled, heat up half the chocolate. I use a microwave to melt the chocolate in a pyrex measuring cup.
- Drop peanut butter balls, one at a time, in the melted chocolate and use a fork to remove the ball from the chocolate, tapping it gently to allow excess chocolate to fall back into the melted chocolate. Repeat until you’re out of melted chocolate.
- Transfer the pan to the freezer while you melt the remaining half of the chocolate.
- Follow the steps above to dip the remaining chilled peanut butter balls.
- The pan that was in the freezer should have set by now. The peanut butter balls should come off the waxed paper easily. If they don’t, then place them back in the freezer or the fridge to allow the chocolate to set.
- Transfer the finished balls to a sealed container or freezer bag.
Following these steps can help streamline the process for making your peanut butter balls. You can make the peanut butter balls and keep them in the freezer or fridge for days before dipping them.
I’m not the greatest cook so I wasn’t expecting it to be good but it turned out great. Hard to find good vegan recipes online but this is definitely one.Zee, reader comment
Reader Question: What type of peanut butter do you use?
I do not recommend natural peanut butter (the kind with the oil on the top that has to be stirred) for this recipe. This type of peanut butter is too runny. I prefer the creamy, homogenized peanut butter.
I made some for my church members and they loved it. I’m making another batch this weekend and I’m using SWERVE Confectioners substitute sugar in place of regular powdered sugar.Crystal, reader comment
Can you make Keto Peanut Butter Balls?
It’s easy to make Keto Peanut Butter Balls. Simply use Swerve or any zero calorie powdered sugar combined with the peanut butter.
How do you make the peanut butter balls round?
Make sure the dough is chilled before you start rolling the dough into balls. It helps to roll the balls twice to get those perfect shapes. The first roll go for a uniform size and roundness. Place them back in the fridge to let them firm up. The second roll is where you get that perfectly round shape.
If you’re into chocolate and peanut butter, you know, together, be sure to check out my Vegan Fluffy Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie, or how about these Vegan Peanut Butter Cups, and don’t forget these Peanut Butter Energy Balls!
I hope you love this recipe as we do! Have you tried it? Be sure and leave a comment and a rating of this recipe below and then take a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!
Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
- Stir together peanut butter and butter until well blended. Add powdered sugar. It can help to microwave the mix for 20 – 30 seconds.
- 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 the balls on a tray. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes or so.
- 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.
- Line a cookie sheet or tray with waxed paper. Dip peanut butter balls in the chocolate using a fork so you can tap off excess chocolate. Place chocolate covered balls on prepared tray. You can line them up pretty close to one another, just not touching. Once all the balls are coated, place the tray in the fridge to speed up the chocolate setting.
- Once the chocolate is fully set, transfer to an airtight container. These will keep in the fridge for up to 10 days or in the freezer up to 2 months.
The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
If you’re into vegan chocolate and peanut butter concoctions, check these out:
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Fudge by Cookie + Kate
- Look at these Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites by yours truly!