As plant-based registered dietitians, we share with you a simple recipe for Vegan Peanut Butter Balls for you to try at home. They are a satisfying snack that curbs a sweet tooth craving and prevents overindulgence in less nutritious options. Whether for post-workout recovery or a nourishing treat, Vegan Peanut Butter Balls are a smart choice.

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Plant-based diets can have various health benefits, and individuals often make this choice for a combination of ethical, environmental, and health reasons. However, they require attention to nutritional balance. That being said, Vegan Peanut Butter Balls are a nutritious addition to a balanced plant-based diet. They are delicious and nutrient-packed with:

  • Protein: These balls feature peanut butter for plant-based protein, essential for muscle maintenance and immunity.
  • Healthy Fats: Peanut butter provides heart-healthy monounsaturated fats that help lower bad cholesterol.
  • Fiber: Rolled oats in the recipe offer dietary fiber, aiding digestion, blood sugar control, and weight management.
  • Micronutrients: Ingredients like flaxseed meal and maple syrup contribute omega-3 fatty acids and minerals.
  • Antioxidants: Dark chocolate chips add antioxidants for cell protection.
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What is a substitute for nut butter?

In the context of making Vegan Peanut Butter Balls, you can substitute nut butter with a few alternative options if you have allergies or dietary preferences. Here are some suitable substitutes:

  1. Seed Butter: Sunflower seed, pumpkin seed, or hemp seed butter can be used as a substitute for peanut butter. These options offer a similar creamy texture and nutty flavor while being nut-free.
  2. Tahini: Tahini, made from ground sesame seeds, is another creamy and rich alternative. It has a unique, slightly bitter flavor that can complement the sweetness of the other ingredients in the peanut butter balls.
  3. Hummus: In a pinch, you can use plain, homemade hummus, made with chickpeas, as a substitute for nut butter. It will alter the flavor profile of your peanut butter balls, making them more savory, so consider adjusting other ingredients accordingly.

When substituting nut butter with any of these alternatives, keep in mind that the flavor and texture of your Vegan Peanut Butter Balls may vary slightly. Experiment with small batches to find the combination that suits your taste preferences best.

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