Better Peanut Butter Balls

Gluten Free Cookies | 2 comments

I have been working on a healthier version of this recipe for quite a while. This is about my fifth batch, and I have finally gotten it right! (My husband didn’t complain about eating all the previous experiments!) These are grain free and (mostly) refined sugar free (regular chocolate contain sugar to make them “semi-sweet”, and unless you use an unsweetened peanut butter that will have some sugar in it too).

Better Peanut Butter Balls

Joan Donogh
Prep Time 40 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 40 -45 balls


  • 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup skim milk powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup butter


  • Add peanut butter, butter and maple syrup to food processor bowl. Process to combine.
  • Add salt, almond flour, skim milk powder and coconut flour and process until it is all combined and smooth.
  • Place dough in the fridge or freezer until it is firm enough to roll into balls.
  • Roll dough into small balls (I use my small cookie scoop to portion out the dough) and place on wax paper or parchment lined baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for about an hour until they are cold and firm.
  • Melt chocolate chips and butter together - I do this in the microwave on medium power).
  • Place a chilled ball on a fork and dip it in the melted chocolate. Remove and shake gently to remove excess chocolate. Use a second fork to push the ball off he first fork onto a wax paper or parchment lined baking sheet. Return the coated balls to the freezer for a few minutes to harden the chocolate, and then store in the fridge in a covered container. They can also be frozen.



  1. Jen lindsay

    In Oz we can get unsugared peanut butter easily. But to make this recipe have a much lower sugar count (diabetic friendly) what will u substitute for maple syrup / honey. Perhaps stevia if so in what quantity would u suggest?

    • joan

      I have not used other types of sweeteners, so I don’t know what quantity to suggest. I don’t like things super sweet, so I don’t use a lot of sweetener. I would suggest checking online guides for substituting stevia (or maybe your stevia package will have some guidelines). You can always add more to get to the sweetness you like.


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