chocolate peanut butter balls

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Gluten free chocolate peanut butter balls are the perfect finger food for your healthy holiday celebration –or any time of year!

If you’re in a pinch for time, I have something just for you. Here’s a quick and easy gluten free cookie recipe that requires no baking. I really like making no bake (think no hassle) cookies during the hectic holidays. This one works equally well for Christmas and Hanukkah parties –and is a wonderfully healthy snack throughout the year.

For those of you who aren’t entirely in the mood for Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls and are looking for a chocolate covered peanut butter ball, be sure to see Nut Butter Cups recipe –it’s a delicious no bake, healthier candy recipe that is quite the crowd-pleaser. My husband and children devour them.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
  1. Place dates, peanuts, cacao powder, salt, vanilla and water in a food processor
  2. Pulse on high speed until smooth
  3. Remove mixture from food processor and roll into little balls
  4. Serve

This little dessert is my peanut-y version of the raw foods classic Fudge Babies, a recipe created by the wonderful Katie over at Chocolate Covered Katie.

If you like these peanut butter balls you will love my recent list of 10 Healthy Christmas Cookie Recipes!


  1. Lori says

    While I make the Power Balls quite often, I just tried this one for the first time and loved it! It would be pretty rolled in finely chopped peanuts, also.

  2. says

    Awesome!! I made these this week to bring in for a holiday treat after a crossfit workout. I couldn’t believe how tasty they were since they were SO easy. After I rolled them, I chilled in the fridge for a bit and then rolled them in Enjoy Life dark chocolate chips. This is a definite keeper!

  3. says

    I also feel like substituting half the dates with sour cherries and upping the cacao content by rolling them in cacao nibs would be super yummy too. I’ll try it next time and let you know how it goes. x

  4. says

    I just made these in an attempt to prove to a few of my colleagues that raw, gluten-free and vegan foods ARE delicious. I was a bit daunted about where to start but then I saw this. Thanks for the inspiration, I’m sure these will go down a storm! :) x

  5. Kate says

    Totally rocked my world! And I subbed the peanuts for half cashews, half unsweetened coconut flakes. Yummy! Can’t wait to try with a load of other nut options.

  6. Julie-Ann says

    This recipe is amazing! Made them today and snuck a baggie of them in my purse into the movies (did I just say that out loud?) I can tell that I will be addicted to these, and will be making frequent batches to send with my daughter to school and in my lunch bag too. Love your whole website and only just discovered it after Thanksgiving when I surfed the net for a recipe to use up almond flour. I’ve been a wild GF chef in the kitchen ever since, using many of your recipes already.

    Thank you for your great service Elana!


  7. Noel says

    1/2 tsp salt was too much for me —
    I’m gonna try 1/4 tsp salt next time.
    This time, to compensate, I added more cocoa and dates and some coconut oil.

  8. Valinda Holmes says

    Thanks so much as my husband loves peanut butter candy. This is a great way to satisfy him with a better choice health-wise and one that tastes yummee.
    I love shortbread cookies, especially since yours has pecans included.

    • Michael Koren says

      OK – I DID the substitutions…..


      Substitute 1/2C Walnuts and 1/4C each almonds and cashews and roast on 350 for 15 minutes till they are JUST starting to brown and lost their raw taste

      Substitute lemon juice instead of water – using deglet noor dates I need about 2 TBS lemon juice.

      I use a little more vanilla than in the receipt and add 3-4 drops of almond extract.

      IT IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!


  9. Lily S says

    I literally just made Katie’s version of these last night — she also has a chocolate peanut butter fudge baby recipe posted. They are delicious!

  10. says

    Aww Elana, your babies are beautiful!

    I just posted about chocolate peanut butter fudge babies two days ago… maybe we were making/eating them at the same time! :)

    Hope you’re having a holiday season as wonderful as you are, dear friend.

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