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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Vegan Peanut Butter Balls
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.
Preparing the Mixture
In a mixing bowl, combine the following dry ingredients:
- Rolled oats
- Flax seeds
- Shredded coconut
Once the dry ingredients are well mixed, add the remaining ingredients and thoroughly combine.
Shaping the Peanut Butter Balls
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.
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.
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
Place the formed energy balls on a tray or plate.
Transfer the tray or plate to the refrigerator.
Allow the energy balls to chill in the refrigerator until they become cool and firm.
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.