Vegan Peanut Butter Balls

Vegan Peanut Butter Balls
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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.

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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Vegan Peanut Butter Balls

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 10 min Total Time 10 mins Servings: 12 Calories: 888 cal total (74 cal per serving) Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


Indulge with our Vegan Peanut Butter Balls! These easy, no-bake treats are a wholesome blend of peanut butter, oats, and natural sweetness, offering a burst of flavor in every bite.

Recipe Ingredients


Recipe Instructions

Preparing the Mixture

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the following dry ingredients:

    • Rolled oats
    • Flax seeds
    • Shredded coconut

  2. Once the dry ingredients are well mixed, add the remaining ingredients and thoroughly combine.

Shaping the Peanut Butter Balls

  1. Using your hands, take a portion of the mixture and form it into a small ball. Aim for approximately 1 teaspoon of mixture per ball.

  2. If the mixture becomes too sticky while shaping the balls, take a moment to clean your hands. Rinse them with cold water and dry them thoroughly. You may need to repeat this step once or twice during the ball-rolling process.


  3. Adjust the mixture's consistency as needed: If it's too sticky, incorporate additional peanut butter. If it's too dry, add more oats.

Chilling the Peanut Butter Balls

  1. Place the formed energy balls on a tray or plate.

  2. Transfer the tray or plate to the refrigerator.

  3. Allow the energy balls to chill in the refrigerator until they become cool and firm.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 ball

Amount Per Serving
Calories 74kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5.4g9%
Saturated Fat 1.8g9%
Sodium 21.6mg1%
Potassium 33.2mg1%
Total Carbohydrate 5.3g2%
Dietary Fiber 1.3g6%
Sugars 1.98g
Protein 2g4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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5 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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How do you make peanut butter balls without butter?

​​To make peanut butter balls without butter, simply replace the butter with a suitable alternative, such as coconut or peanut butter substitutes like almond, cashew, sunflower or pumpkin seed butter. Use equal proportions of the alternative ingredient to maintain the desired consistency and flavor, or adjust according to personal preference. Then, follow your preferred peanut butter ball recipe while incorporating the chosen substitute, ensuring all other ingredients remain the same.

Why are my peanut butter balls too soft?

If your peanut butter balls are too soft, it's likely due to an excess of wet ingredients. To firm them up, try adding more dry ingredients like oats, or refrigerating the mixture for longer before rolling into balls. Additionally, ensure your peanut butter is not overly runny, as this can also contribute to a softer texture.

Why are my peanut butter balls dry?

Your peanut butter balls may be dry if you've used too many dry ingredients or if you've over-processed the mixture. To fix dry peanut butter balls, consider adding a bit more nut/seed butter to the mixture until it reaches the desired consistency. Note, adding a touch of coconut oil may help achieve the desired consistency.

Why are my peanut butter balls sticky?

Your peanut butter balls may be too sticky if there's an excessive amount of liquid ingredients or if they haven't been adequately chilled. To remedy this, try adding more dry ingredients like oats, coconut flour, or powdered sugar to absorb excess moisture. Additionally, make sure to refrigerate the mixture before shaping the balls to help firm up the texture.

Do peanut butter balls need to be refrigerated?

Peanut butter balls should generally be refrigerated. This helps them maintain their shape and prevents them from becoming overly soft, especially if they contain ingredients like nut butter, which can soften at room temperature. Refrigeration also extends their shelf life, keeping them fresh for a longer period. However, if you plan to consume them within a day or two, leaving them at room temperature should be fine.

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Alyssa Fontaine, RD

Meet Alyssa Fontaine. She is the Founder of Plant-Based Dietitians, a team of plant-based dietitians and nutritionists offering online consultations in Canada and the United States

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