This recipe for Skinny Buckeyes was originally published in December 2011. I’ve updated and pictures and wanted to re-share this post so you can make them this football or holiday season! You don’t want to miss this healthy candy recipe. If you live in or near Ohio, you know exactly what a Buckeye is. Besides the mascot of Ohio State, it’s a beloved candy served mostly in the fall when gathering to watch football games and around Christmas time.
For everyone else, all you need to know is that it’s a peanut butter ball dipped in chocolate. And they are insanely good.One of the first Christmas holidays that Tim spent with my family he was given a box of Buckeyes. It wasn’t a small box. He tried one and was hooked. Every time I looked at him, he was grabbing another little candy from the box.Everyone was astounded when he ate the entire box in one day. He’s like a legend in my family for being able to down that entire box so quickly. See? Buckeyes are addicting.
Because Tim loves them so much, I want to make him Buckeyes. But you can see why at the same time, I don’t want to make him Buckeyes. He really can’t restrain himself when he gets around these tasty treats.
So, here is my compromise. Healthier Buckeyes. A traditional Buckeye recipe calls for peanut butter, lots of butter, lots of powdered sugar, and shortening to go with the dipping chocolate. I knew I could do better.
My inspiration were my High Protein Energy Balls I made earlier this year. As soon as I tasted those, I knew I could make Buckeyes with chickpeas in them.
Whhaaaaat? Buckeyes with chickpeas? Don’t stop reading. You can’t taste the chickpeas. I promise. I also cut out the butter all together, used (a much smaller amount of) honey instead of powdered sugar, and substituted much healthier coconut oil for the shortening. What you get is a healthy, but still really delicious, Buckeye!
Here are some step-by-step pictures showing you how easy this is in your food processor. I have this food processor and absolutely love it. I couldn’t imagine trying to live this healthy lifestyle without it!
First, add your chickpeas:
Blend them until they are as smooth as they will get:
Add the peanut butter, honey, vanilla, and salt.
Give it another whirl in the food processor until the mixture forms a ball.
Now you’re ready to form the mixture into balls.
Let them firm in the freezer for a least 15 minutes, and then you’re ready to dip them in the chocolate!
Now you’ve got a healthy Buckeye, or as we call them at this house, peanut butter ball, that everyone will love!
Whether you have a long-standing tradition of making Buckeyes at Christmas time or you’ve never heard of this delectable candy, I urge you to try this recipe.Print
Want to see that nutritional information I was talking about up there? Here are the stats for my Skinny Buckeye recipe:
Serving size: 1 ball
Fat: 6 grams
Fiber: 1 gram
Protein: 3 grams
Sugar: 5 grams
Now, here is what you get when you eat one regular Buckeye (based on this traditional recipe):
Serving Size: 1 ball
Fat: 9 grams
Fiber: 1 gram
Protein: 2 grams
Sugar: 18 grams
That’s a lot less calories and sugar! I feel much better about Tim eating a large amount of these in one day, not to mention this little one:
Meghan is a lot like her dad in her love of sweets. I feel much better about letting her eat a treat with 5 grams of sugar as opposed to 18! She doesn’t care that they are made with chickpeas. When something tastes good, she eats it. Your family will feel the same way, I’m sure of it.This post contains an affiliate link. Thank you for supporting Happy Healthy Mama!