Crispy Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

In honor of my love for all things peanut butter, announcing these Crispy Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls. If you love creamy peanut butter with a bit of a crispy texture dipped in chocolate, you’re in luck. But, hey, if you just prefer chocolate and peanut butter together in any shape or form, you will definitely wan to try my Easy Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie or how about Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies.

How to Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

I can remember the first time I had a chocolate covered peanut butter ball. It was better than just about anything else I’d ever had. I think the theme from Romeo and Juliet was playing in the background.

OK. Maybe I’m exaggerating a little.

What surprised me was to learn how many different variations there are on these treats. I’ve experimented with them myself and here are some different versions of chocolate covered peanut butter goodness that I’ve come up with:

As you can see, there are lots of ways to enjoy and celebrate with chocolate and peanut butter!

Crispy Vegan Peanut Butter Balls

You’ll Love Crispy Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Not only are these treats a perfect combination of flavors, they’re also gluten-free. How cool is that! I like to think these are easy to make, but I realize they’re a little bit process oriented. You make these in several steps, and the dipping in chocolate can feel cumbersome. But I’ve learned to just put on a good podcast or some music, and have fun it it.

Think about it, the joy of being in the kitchen is that you’re up, standing, and moving around. We’re all a bit too sedentary these days so the kitchen can be a break from that.

Also, I’m sure you’ve heard of the health benefits of chocolate and peanut butter. Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants and other good-for-your nutrients. And Dr. Greger on Nutrition Facts has talked about peanut butter. He points to studies showing peanut butter can actually have health benefits like reduced inflammation.

So, go ahead and add these Crispy Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls to your list of recipes to try. You’ll be glad you did!

How to Change Up This Recipe

Recipes are great and all, but it’s so much more fun to cook when you adapt recipes to meet your needs. Here are some ideas to get the ball rolling in adapting this recipe:

  • Try using almond butter instead of peanut butter
  • You can double dip these in chocolate for extra chocolatey goodness
  • Add rice crispy cereal to the peanut butter for even more crunch
  • Throw in a pinch of cinnamon to the peanut butter mix
  • Adapt the level of sweetness to meet your needs by reducing the amount of sugar

I think I learned my passion for changing recipes around from my mom. She was always changing up recipes. In fact, I think she hardly ever even used a recipe in any exact fashion.

In fact, my mom made some peanut butter balls for our recent family dinner and that’s when I had this crystal-clear moment of inspiration to make Crispy Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls. It was either that or my sister smacking me in the head. Either way, I thought it would be fun to try a gluten free, vegan version of this recipe. Sometimes I use graham cracker crumbs in this recipe, but this time I decided to try something a little different. Corn chex crumbs. Say that three times fast! Or you could use Rice Chex crumbs if you have those handy.

I love sharing these Crispy Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls on our holiday dessert table, as gifts for neighbors or friends, or even just taking to work and sharing with others.

Crispy Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

We hope you love this recipe for Crispy Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls as much as well do! If you decide to make them, snap a shot and use #namelymarly on Instagram. We love seeing your creations!

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Vegan, gluten free peanut butter balls.
Crispy Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hrs 15 mins
Delicious and Crispy Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls made with peanut butter and crispy rice cereal and dipped in chocolate.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 32
Calories: 150 kcal
Author: Namely Marly
  • 1 cup Rice or Corn Chex Cereal finely ground
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ cup dairy-free margarine softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 cups dairy free chocolate chips
  1. Place rice or corn chex in either a blender or food processor. Pulse until the mixture is finely ground.
  2. Stir together peanut butter and margarine until well blended. Add brown sugar and stir. Add finely ground chex meal and stir until well combined. Roll into bit-size balls. Refrigerate for about an hour.
  3. Use your preferred method to melt chocolate chips. I cook the chocolate over very low heat in a small saucepan because I like keeping the chocolate warm as I'm dipping the peanut butter balls. Next add the coconut oil, beginning with one tablespoon. Stir together and stir until well-blended. If you need more oil to make the chocolate smooth enough, add more here.
  4. Place a piece of wax paper on a cookie sheet. Next, dip peanut butter balls in the melted chocolate using a fork so you can tap off excess chocolate.
  5. Lay chocolate covered balls on waxed paper until chocolate coating is firm. I place the cookie sheet with peanut butter balls in the fridge to help speed up the I can begin my favorite part - the eating.
Nutrition Facts
Crispy Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 150 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 50mg 2%
Potassium 61mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 12g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 1.3%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 2.4%
Iron 5.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Whatever chocolate peanut butter balls you’re chomping on, enjoy!

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29 Responses to Crispy Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

  1. Wow, nice design. I like the colors. Very soothing and professional at the same time. Nice to have that hubby handy eh? 🙂

    • So glad you like it. Yes, he’s handy to have around. I think he’s just trying to encourage me to keep making these goodies…

  2. Love the new look! Rather wish I had a hubby who had a clue about web design.

    Funny about the PB balls, I actually just made some (GF, low carb, made with peanut flour) which I will be posting in a few days. I swear they look exactly like yours!

    • I can’t wait to see them! You know what they say about great minds? They make peanut butter balls!

  3. OMG!…those look so wonderful! Love love love choccie! Lovely new design!

  4. LOVE LOVE LOVE the new design Marly – congrats to you AND that hubby of yours!! as for these peanut butter balls . . . what can i say but that we would love these!!

    • Thanks, Debra! We’re a hubby/wife team just like you and professor!

  5. I “know” for a fact…these are delicious!!!

  6. Love the new design. So jealous, my husband nor I, have a clue about web design! You can never go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate!

  7. Looks delicious! Cant wait to try them!

  8. Congrats on the new look!!

  9. Love your new design! You’re so lucky to have such a talented hubby who knows web design and photography.

  10. What exactly are rice/corn chex?
    I have never heard of it.

  11. oh wow! I want to taste these now!!!

  12. The new design is so swish! Love it, especially accompanied with pb rice crispy chocolate balls 🙂

  13. These sound delicious! I love that they use brown sugar and not powdered sugar. It sounds like it would give them a great crunch.
    And your blog looks terrific!

  14. Marly, love your new design…and like the idea of new start for 2011 🙂 The peanut balls look delicious, and I absolutely love the idea of adding chex…what a great treat!

  15. Great new look, if your hubby is free can he fix up my blog? It needs a makeover.

  16. Oh your new site looks just beautiful! Isn’t it great to have husbands that enjoy tinkering with things like this? Ryan is working on a new site for me too! I love this recipe that you shared. I have a friend who is both lactose and gluten intolerant. These little balls would be perfect for her! Thank you for sharing with me. Stay warm and safe during the rest of the week!

  17. Loving the new look! And PB and chocolate never falls to cheer me up. Great recipe!

  18. You gonna kill me with the peanut butter recipes 😀
    I gotta try them one of these day 😉

    And the new Design looks awesome!

  19. Hey Marly! This is great. I love the way the screen looks so wide, open, and very warm & happy-quite nice! You and Shawn did a great job. Oh, and these bites look delicious! I love that you used something besides graham crackers to keep them gluten-free. I bet they would be really pretty in a candy box with those white paper cups too…

  20. Nice design Marly! I like the clean and modern look to it. It’s simple and easy to read. The peanut butter balls aren’t too hard on the eyes either;-)

  21. mmmm I love peanut butter balls! Actually peanut butter anything!

  22. A great dessert for a crowd with gluten-free and vegan diets. Thanks!

  23. Tell your hubby I love the new design! At one time, I had a blog header with similar white swirls on red. Your hubby has a better sense of graphic design & layout than I do, of course, since it’s part of his job.

    After being absent from my computer for a long time due to too much work stress, I am actually home from work today and sitting at my computer to come up with a different Blogger template, just for the remaining winter months. It’s refreshing to see a new template on your site. I’ll try not to get discouraged by your raising the template bar with your new design. 🙂

  24. I really love your new design 🙂 And I am loving these peanut butter balls…
    Love chocolate and peanut butter 🙂


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