Dark chocolate, peanut butter, and sea salt?? Yes, please! I am a huge salty-sweet fan and these treats don’t disappoint when it comes to the combination of salty & sweet. These healthy dark chocolate peanut butter balls are a cleaned up version of the popular peanut butter ball and required only 6 simple ingredients. They are easy to make, don’t require baking, and are the absolute perfect treat for your next holiday gathering!
What Keeps These Clean?
Peanut butter – look for peanut butter with just peanuts, or peanuts and salt, as the only ingredient(s). Skip the ones with added oils and sugars. My favorite is Smucker’s Organic Peanut butter. It’s smooth, creamy, and once initially stirred, the natural oil won’t separate from the butter.
Almond flour – a lot of variations of chocolate peanut butter balls call for regular butter and powdered sugar to help make the “dough” for the center of the balls. Not these guys – I use straight up almond flour to thicken the dough.
Coconut sugar –Sugar is still sugar, but if you’re going to use a sweetener it is best to stick to the natural/unrefined kinds and coconut sugar is one of those. Coconut sugar is minimally processed and does retain some nutrients though processing. I wouldn’t look to coconut sugar as a source of nutrients, but it’s a great choice for a natural sweetener!
The chocolate – I like these with dark chocolate, but you could easily use semi-sweet chocolate as well. Either way, look for chocolate that is dairy-free and has minimal ingredients. The cleanest version of packaged chocolate chips should have no more than cane sugar, chocolate liquor/chocolate/cocoa powder and cocoa butter. Brands that are Fair Trade certified and/or organic are even better! Nestle Toll House makes a great option and so does Equal Exchange Chocolates.
It is important to call-out though that the majority of chocolate chips do have refined sugar in them, so even though there are some “cleaner” versions, they still aren’t technically clean.
How Do I Make Them?
Making these healthy dark chocolate peanut butter balls is a breeze!
Start by mixing the peanut butter, almond flour, and coconut sugar in a small bowl until completed mixed. Place dough in the fridge for about 30 minutes (or freezer for 10) to help set the dough and make it easier for rolling into balls.
Once the dough has chilled, make the balls. Using about 1 tbsp. of dough, roll into individual balls and place on parchment paper. Once all balls have been rolled, place back in the fridge for about 10 minutes to set yet again (this will help to keep their shape when they are rolled into the warm chocolate). Once the dough balls have chilled, roll in melted chocolate.
Now to make them extra fancy, I place the balls rolled in chocolate back in the fridge for about 5 minutes so the chocolate can set. Then I take additional chocolate and drizzle over the top and sprinkle with coarse sea salt. If you don’t want to be extra fancy/short on time, you can simply sprinkle with the coarse sea salt right after you roll them in the dark chocolate.
This recipe makes 12 balls. Store in the refrigerator until ready to devour! Will stay for about a week in the fridge, but I guarantee one batch won’t last that long!
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Healthy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
For the Peanut Butter Dough
- 1/2 heaping cup natural peanut butter see notes
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar also known as coconut palm sugar
For the Coating
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1 tsp. coconut oil
- 1 tbsp. coarse sea salt
- In a small mixing bowl, mix the peanut butter, almond flour, and coconut sugar. This should form an almost cookie dough like consistency once fully mixed.
- Place dough in refrigerator for 30 minutes or freezer for 10. This will make it easier to roll into balls.
- Once the dough has chilled, make the balls. Using about 1 tbsp. of dough (see notes), roll into individual balls and place on a pan or dish lined with parchment paper. Once all balls have been rolled, place back in the fridge for about 15 minutes to set yet again (this will help to keep their shape when they are rolled in the warm chocolate).
- Right before dough balls are done chilling, melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil in the microwave using a microwave safe bowl. Melt for 1 minute and stir. Continue melting for 30 seconds to one minute or until chocolate is melted. Stir to ensure coconut oil is mixed in with melted chocolate.
- Take dough balls out of fridge. Using a spoon, roll balls into bowl of melted chocolate.
- Place chocolate covered balls back in parchment lined pan or dish. Once all balls have been coated in chocolate, place in fridge for 5 minutes to let the chocolate set. (if you want to skip the following step, sprinkle with sea salt before placing back in fridge).
- Removed balls from fridge and drizzle with additional chocolate and add coarse sea salt sprinkles right away so the salt sticks to chocolate.
- Store in refrigerator and enjoy!
- I recommend natural peanut butter with only peanuts or peanuts and salt as the ingredients. Peanut butter with added oils and/or sugars may result in a different consistency of dough, plus they aren’t as clean 🙂
- Dark chocolate is my favorite, but you could use semi-sweet chocolate too.
- I like to use a little less than 1 tbsp. of dough per ball – that way I get a better chocolate to peanut butter ratio, which will then make about 14-16 balls. If using a full tbsp. of dough for each ball you’ll get 12 balls.