Peanut Butter Buckeye Energy Balls

There’s a dessert that is kinda like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup but in ball form. They’re called buckeyes because they resemble deer eyes in a way. Sorta, if you squint a bit and use your imagination. LOL. Basically it’s a ball of smooth and thick peanut butter fudge, dipped in chocolate so that a little bit of the PB shows on one end and makes it eyeball like.

They’re good FYI. Very good. If you’ve been here a while, you know my love of all things peanut butter so I decided to play around a bit and come up with a fun version. I like a little bit of crunch so I added in millet since the texture of it reminds me of rice krispies.

In case you don’t know, millet is a grain that is similar to quinoa but a little bit crunchier. Shhh, it’s also the stuff that birds eat and you’ll see it in your bag of winter bird seed. Just go with it, but buy your millet at the grocery store. Don’t steal it from your birdseed bag.

Peanut Butter Buckeye Energy Balls PB Buckeye Energy Balls

  • 4 Tbsp (64g) peanut butter
  • 1 Tbsp (7g) all purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp (15g) powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp (25g) uncooked millet
  • Water, if needed

Mix all of the ingredients in a small bowl. You want it thick enough to roll into balls, but not too dry. If needed, just add a tiny bit of water until you get ball-rolling consistency. Not too runny though! Once mixed, roll by level tablespoons into balls.

Makes approximately 10 balls at 59 calories each – 2g protein, 6 g carbs, 3g fat.

I decided not to dip mine in chocolate since I wanted to eat them on the go and keep my fingers and purse clean. You can melt a few chocolate chips and dip them for a look close to the real thing. You could also dust them with a little bit of unsweetened cocoa for a chocolate flavor and less mess.

Add other ingredients for flavor like a different extract or roll them in coconut flakes. They’re perfect to drop in a baggie and take them on a run with you. No fuss, no muss, lots of PB flavor and crunch. Since millet is pretty close to quinoa, you could probably use that in a pinch. If you try a different grain, let me know what you think and how they turn out.

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