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Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Balls

Author - Alyssa Rimmer

Nuts cover these Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls. They rest on a silver tray.

A few months ago, just after Christmas, I went on this no sugar-kick. I even shared my plan and had tons of encouragement from you. First, thank you. It always helps to know you have someone rooting for you.

Second, it was really hard.

I removed all sugar from my diet, including fruit, starchy veggies and all sweeteners for almost three weeks. And yes, wine included. While I definitely felt good, it felt like something was missing. Maybe it was just my mind playing games with me, but I couldn't imagine living in a world with out sweets – let alone fruit.

I caved when I visited my parents and I remember that first bite of fruit I took. Heaven. And it was an apple…just a plain old apple. It tasted amazing.

Chocolate covered peanut butter balls on a silver tray. They are covered in nuts.


I realized that fruit, and sweets, have a place in my diet, I just need to be mindful how much I'm eating them. I'm not going to sit here and say that I can eat an entire bar of dark chocolate and feel good. Or eat three bananas a day. But as long as I'm striking a balance between what my body loves – fruit and chocolate – and what it needs – green vegetables and lean protein – then it seems to find its rhythm.

Now that I am paying more attention to the amount of sugar I'm eating, I've found that I'm satisfied with just a small bite. I don't need to eat three cookies to get my fix. I can just have a teeny square of chocolate, a raw cookie ball, or a chocolate-covered peanut butter ball.

I've professed my love for chocolate and peanut butter before, but I have to say this particular treat takes it to the next level. A healthier version of a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, these little peanut butter balls are pure bliss.

Chocolate covered peanut butter balls on a plate. One is half eaten.

But what makes them even better is the addition of quinoa cripsies. They go from just truffles into these sensation dessert/snack bites that kind of remind you of a chocolate crunch bar (or granola bar), but in candy form. Does that even make sense?

Either way…they melt in your mouth, make your taste buds sing and are  mostly healthy. I say mostly because yes, they're still chocolate and they're still peanut butter. But compare the list of ingredients here with what you buy in the check-out line at CVS, and I'd pick these peanut butter balls any day.

For today's recipe, I've taken a slight adaptation from one of my all-time favorite bloggers, Angela from Oh She Glows, and turned it into a quinoa creation. Angela is incredibly talented, so if you haven't checked out her blog, you must! She also just released a cookbook (yay!) which arrived at my doorstep yesterday and I seriously was drooling over all the recipes. We're not vegan, but I can't wait to cook everything inside!

(View Oh She Glows cookbook on Amazon)

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Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Bites

I've professed my love for chocolate and peanut butter before, but I have to say this particular treat takes it to the next level. A healthier version of a Reese's Cup, these little peanut butter balls are pure bliss.

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate, peanut butter
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 24 Bites
Calories 103 kcal
Author Alyssa



  1. Mix together peanut butter and maple syrup until fully combined and smooth. The mixture should thin out a little bit.
  2. Add coconut flour and quinoa crispies. Stir until peanut butter begins to thicken and turns into a dough.
  3. Roll 1 tablespoon of dough into small balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat until no dough remains. Set aside.
  4. Melt the chocolate and coconut oil over a double boiler until completely smooth. Using a fork, dip the peanut butter balls into the chocolate and return them to the baking sheet. Sprinkle with additional quinoa crispies for decoration.
  5. Place in the fridge for 1 - 2 hours, until chocolate has hardened.
  6. And of course, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

These are best stored in the fridge or freezer.


slightly adapted from Oh She Glows

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Bites
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 103 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 51mg2%
Potassium 103mg3%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 3g6%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. I couldn’t find Quinoa crispies anywhere so I followed internet directions to make my own…poor results. I used crushed Rice Krispies instead – still delicious, but will try again. Hoping to find crispies in Buffalo next time we visit the US.

  2. Good morning Alyssa, I just wanted to tell you that I always look forward to receiving and reading your emails. I am a big fan of quinoa and love all these different recipes to incorporate it in my day. Also, I am a HUGE fan of peanut butter, in fact, I cannot imagine my life without it, ha ha.
    I am very excited because I am pretty sure I have found quinoa crispies in my local grocery store! If, not the regular, I have definitely found a chocolate cereal version of them in a local bulk item store. So, yay for me and I would also like to add that I am VERY excited to make these and send you the verdict!
    Have a wonderful day and here’s to warm weather and hopefully the snow disappearing! We are buried in it here.
    Take care,
    Terry Lynn 🙂

  3. I was so excited when I saw this recipe ~ I’ve had such taste for homemade peanut butter cups! but have continued to keep them a thought, for months ~ but while the price of the quinoa crisps is doable! they want double that for shipping! I hate paying all that shipping, so I’m keeping it all just a thought

    • Edison Grainery does have Free Shipping with orders over $50! When I need quinoa cripsies, I just stock up on other goodies to reach $50! My kids LOVE their quinoa mac-n-cheese and one bag makes 2 batches (includes 2 cheese packets). Their other products are fabulous too!

    • Hi Nancy,

      That’s understandable. I too don’t like paying shipping costs. If you can’t get your hands on quinoa crispies, gluten-free rice crispies would also work. You can usually pick those up at any grocery store. Hope that helps!!

  4. Alyssa, I LOVE Reeses Peanut Butter Cups!!!!! So do all my 6 children. I too have gone from one extreme to another regarding fruit and sugar. I really like that you’re using honey or maple syrup in these. I’ve actually made something similar in the past and used Pure stevia extract powder and they were very tasty. I can’t wait to try these with the quinoa crisps, that will be new. I’ve never used them before. I’m wondering if there’s a way to make your own quinoa crispies…..??? Thanks for your awesome website and blog 🙂

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