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Healthy Buckeye Recipe

Healthy and Tasty Buckeyes

Last week, I posted my Healthy Peanut Butter Balls recipe.  I keep a ready supply of these protein packed morsels in my fridge as I have been craving peanut butter a lot lately.  But more than just plain peanut butter, I love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate.  So when my turn came up to make treats for Care Group last Monday, I pulled out a recipe I have made in a long time. Buckeyes.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Buckeyes

What surprised me, though, was how sickeningly sweet they were to me. Loaded with butter and powdered sugar, I was well aware of how unhealthy they were.  It occurred to me how delightful it would be to take my Healthy Peanut Butter Balls recipe and simply dip them in the chocolate. I was a little nervous about how it would turn out, and my husband (who loves my peanut butter balls) stated that if I made a healthy buckeye recipe, I was going to have a lot of angry football husbands on my hands.

Not deterred, I set about making my healthy peanut butter balls, then dipped them in the chocolate. After chilling them sufficiently, Stephen and I took our first bites. His eyes lit up. “These are better than the original buckeyes!!” He exclaimed emphatically.

Score!

Here is my Healthy Buckeye Recipe for you to (hopefully!) enjoy as much as we did!

Healthy and Tasty Buckeyes

1/3 cup raw honey

1 1/4 cup natural peanut butter (crunchy or smooth)

1/3 cup ground flax

1 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1 cup Go Lean Crunch granola (I used Honey Almond Flax variety)

1/4 cup oatmeal

Roll into balls, refrigerate in sealed container for an hour.

Melt 6 oz bittersweet chocolate and 1 Tbs coconut oil. Use toothpick to dip in chocolate, refrigerate and enjoy!

Healthy Peanut Butter Balls

Peanut Butter Balls

Peanut butter and chocolate are two of my favorite combinations.  During pregnancy, I seem to really, really like peanut butter.  Since I am hypoglycemic, I need to eat little bits throughout the day to maintain my blood sugar.  I wanted to find something packed with protein that I would enjoy popping in my mouth, but I didn’t want the high sugar content that comes with a bag of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

So I asked my mom for an old family recipe for peanut butter balls, googled some more ideas, and concocted a recipe that is mouthwateringly delicious and healthy! I am still experimenting with other combinations (the possibilities are endless!), but here are the two I’ve tried so far. Enjoy!

Healthy Peanut Butter Balls

3/4 cup raw honey

1 cup natural peanut butter (no sugar added)

1 1/2 cups oatmeal

1 1/2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut

1/2 cup ground flax seed

1/2 cup chocolate chips or raisins

Roll into balls, refrigerate in sealed container.

Health(ier) Peanut Butter Balls

1/2 cup raw honey

1 1/4 cup natural peanut butter (crunchy or smooth)

1/3 cup ground flax

1 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1 cup Go Lean Crunch granola (I used Honey Almond Flax variety)

1/4 cup oatmeal

Roll into balls, refrigerate in sealed container.

Both of these were so very delicious (to ALL of us, Jeshuah included!), they taste more like a dessert than a snack, for sure!

Both recipes are very easy to tamper with, alter, and substitute for other options that sound tasty to you. The key is simply to get the consistency such that it holds together firmly and forms balls. Adding more peanut butter to a dry batch remedies the problem nicely!  So have fun editing this recipe to find variations you and your own family will enjoy!

Healthful Tips:

  • Peanut butter should be “natural” if at all possible. Most brands have added sugar and corn syrup and multiple other ingredients.  Smucker’s has an excellent natural peanut butter and can be found in the PB&J sections of stores.
  • Honey should be raw for most nutrient benefits. This is much harder to find. I get mine from Amish stores or at farmer’s markets.
  • Make sure your granola has minimal sugar content. I love GoLean Crunch because it does not contain HFCS and has minimal sugars.
  • Flax seed should be bought and stored whole, then ground immediately before use to preserve nutrients.