These no-bake healthy peanut butter truffles taste like cookie dough and are coated in a crunchy chocolate shell. They’re gluten-free, refined-sugar-free, and made with 6 simple ingredients. Best healthy dessert!
No-bake peanut butter cookie dough bites
There is no denying it: I love peanut butter. It’s honestly one of my favorite food groups… yes I said “food groups: haha. I have so many recipes that include peanut butter, like these peanut butter almond flour cookies, this healthy peanut butter bread, and these no-bake healthy peanut butter and jelly cups. I even have savory recipes like this peanut butter chicken curry.
These bite-sized salted peanut butter truffles are next-level delicious! The creamy peanut butter balls are coated in an easy-to-make chocolate shell and drizzled with even more chocolate.
The best part is that these are healthy! Yes, healthy! Why are they healthy? First, they are refined sugar-free and sweetened with maple syrup or honey. Second, they are gluten-free. Third, call for six simple, wholesome ingredients. Fourth, we use coconut oil, not butter.
This was actually one of my first (and most popular) recipes on Healthful Blondie. I just decided it was time to update the pictures and recipe tips… don’t worry, the delicious recipe is still the same! These little peanut butter cookie dough truffles are perfect for peanut butter and chocolate lovers.
Why you’ll love this healthy recipe:
- Easy Recipe: Quick and effortless to make.
- No-Bake: No baking is required; it is perfect for hot days.
- Healthy Dessert: Healthier option with natural ingredients.
- Flavorful: A delightful blend of sweet and salty flavors.
- Gluten-Free: We use coconut flour.
- Protein: There are 3 grams of protein per peanut butter bite!
- Refined Sugar-Free: No brown or white sugar! Just maple syrup or honey.
- Try these 6-ingredient peanut butter cookies next!
These homemade, healthy salted peanut butter truffles call for six simple ingredients. It’s incredible how easy they are to prepare. Here is a list of everything you need so you’re ready:
- Peanut Butter: I used salted all-natural peanut butter. Pick a brand that doesn’t have added sugar. You can use creamy or crunchy!
- Honey or Maple Syrup: Adds natural sweetness.
- Vanilla Extract: For the best flavor.
- Coconut Flour: Instead of all-purpose flour, we use coconut flour, which is healthier and gluten-free.
- Chocolate: You can use chocolate chips or a chopped-up bar top to create the decadent shell. I love dark chocolate, but you can use milk or semi-sweet, too.
- Coconut Oil: Instead of butter, we use coconut oil to make the chocolate coating smooth and glossy.
Kitchen tools needed
Here is a list of kitchen utensils for making gluten-free tater tots. You can cook them in the air fryer or bake them in the oven.
- Large mixing bowl
- Baking tray
- Parchment paper
- Microwave-safe bowl
- Forks or spoons for dipping truffles
- Measuring Tools: 1 teaspoon, 1 Tablespoon, 1/4 cup, and 1/3 cup.
How to make healthy peanut butter truffles
These peanut butter cookie dough truffles are so easy to make, and you don’t need an oven! Here are detailed step-by-step instructions with pictures for visual reference so any level baker can make them. The full recipe and ingredient measurements are at the bottom of this page in the recipe card.
First, line a baking tray (that will fit in your freezer) with parchment paper.
Combine the peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and coconut flour in a large bowl. Mix with a spatula.
Roll around ten golf-ball-sized truffles using your hands and place them in the freezer for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, make the chocolate shell by adding the chocolate chips and coconut oil to a microwave-safe bowl and melt in 20-second intervals. Stir between each interval until completely smooth. Let cool for 10 minutes until lukewarm before dipping the peanut butter balls. Alternatively, you can use the double boiler method.
When the balls are done chilling, dunk each one into the chocolate. I fish mine out using two forks or spoons and place them on the lined baking sheet. Decorate with an extra chocolate drizzle, crushed peanuts, and/or some coarse sea salt.
Freeze for another 10 – 15 minutes to set.
Store them in the fridge for three weeks for a softer texture or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Let them sit at room temperature for 5 minutes before enjoying if you store them in the freezer. Enjoy!
Expert tips and variations for peanut butter truffles
- Quality peanut butter: Choose a high-quality, all-natural peanut butter without added sugars or oils. This will ensure a rich and authentic peanut flavor.
- Crunchy or creamy peanut butter: Pick your favorite; I love both!
- Chill adequately: Don’t rush the chilling steps. Let the truffle mixture firm up in the freezer before coating it with chocolate, and give the finished truffles ample time to set. This ensures a smooth, even coating and a satisfying texture.
- Protein boost: Remove 1 Tablespoon of coconut flour, and add a scoop of your favorite protein powder to the mixture for a protein-packed treat.
- Crunchy fun: Roll the truffles in crushed graham crackers or cereal for an added crunch.
- Coconut delight: Mix shredded coconut into the truffle mixture or roll the truffles in it for a tropical touch.
Easy ingredient substitutions
I’ve made this recipe hundreds of times, and these are my ingredient substitution suggestions. I don’t recommend swapping more than one or two, so the whole recipe doesn’t change.
- Sweetener: Swap honey for maple syrup or vice versa.
- Peanut butter: Use almond or cashew butter instead of peanut butter.
- Coconut flour: Substitute 1/3 to 1/2 cup of almond flour for coconut flour.
- Dark Chocolate: Opt for white, milk, or flavored chocolate chips if you prefer.
- Toppings: Experiment with different toppings like crushed almonds or toffee bits.
- Vanilla Extract: try a dash of almond or mint extract for a unique flavor twist.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use any chocolate?
Yes, you can use different types of chocolate, such as dark, semi-sweet, milk, or even white chocolate, depending on your personal preference. Just keep in mind that the sweetness level and flavor will vary accordingly.
Can I use crunchy peanut butter?
Yes, you can use creamy or crunchy all-natural peanut butter. I actually prefer crunchy!
Can I add protein powder?
You can make these peanut butter truffles higher in protein by removing 1 Tablespoon of coconut flour and adding a scoop of your favorite protein powder to the mixture. I recommend vanilla or plain protein powder.
What’s the best substitute for coconut flour?
Almond flour is the best substitute for coconut flour in this recipe. To replace the 1/4 cup of coconut flour, you’ll need 1/3 to 1/2 cup of almond flour because coconut flour absorbs more liquid.
Are they gluten-free?
Yes, these healthy peanut butter truffles are naturally gluten-free.
Why are they healthy?
These peanut butter cookie dough truffles are a healthier dessert option because they’re (1) made with natural peanut butter for healthy fats and protein, (2) sweetened with honey or maple syrup, (3) made without refined sugars, and (4) naturally gluten-free.
Can you freeze peanut butter truffles?
Yes, you can freeze peanut butter truffles. They can be stored in the freezer for up to three months, and it helps them maintain their freshness. Just let them sit at room temperature briefly before enjoying if they’ve been frozen.
How to store no-bake truffles:
Place no-bake peanut butter truffles in an airtight container or sealable freezer bag to store them. You can keep them in the refrigerator for up to three weeks if you prefer a softer texture or in the freezer for up to three months for longer-term storage. If they’ve been in the freezer, allow them to sit at room temperature for a few minutes before enjoying.
If you love this recipe, try these peanut butter recipes next!
- Healthy Peanut Butter and Jelly Cups
- Air Fryer Peanut Butter Cookies
- 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Oat Balls
- Healthy Peanut Butter Bread
- Peanut Butter & Jelly Banana Muffins
- Healthy Peanut Butter Granola
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Healthy Peanut Butter Truffles
- ⅔ cup salted all-natural peanut butter, creamy or crunchy
- 2 tbsp maple syrup, or honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ cup coconut flour
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- Optional: chopped roasted peanuts and coarse sea salt
- Prepare the Tray: Line a baking tray that can fit into your freezer with parchment paper.
- Mix the Peanut Butter Filling: In a large bowl, combine the peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and coconut flour. Mix with a spatula.
- Shape + Chill The Truffles: Using your hands, roll around 12 golf-ball-sized truffles and place them in the freezer for 20 minutes.
- Prepare the Chocolate Shell: Meanwhile, make the chocolate shell by adding the chocolate chips and coconut oil to a microwave-safe bowl and melt in 20-second intervals. Stir between each interval until completely smooth. Let cool for 10 minutes until lukewarm before dipping the peanut butter balls. Alternatively, you can use the double boiler method.
- Coat the Truffles: When the balls are done chilling, dunk each one into the chocolate. I fish mine out using two forks or spoons and place them on the lined baking sheet. Decorate with an extra chocolate drizzle, crushed peanuts, and/or some coarse sea salt.
- Set the Truffles: Freeze for another 10 – 15 minutes to set.
- Store them in the fridge for up to 3 weeks for a softer texture or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Let them sit at room temperature for 5 minutes before enjoying if you store them in the freezer. Enjoy!
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