Recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Yep, it exists...gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar free peanut butter balls that are not only delicious, but are super easy to make!  Peanut butter balls remind me of middle school because they used to serve them as dessert at my cafeteria.  I've been trying to find something like those PB balls for a long time and I have finally done it!  This twist is healthier (and in my opinion, tastier) as it uses all natural peanut butter and does not require any other sweetener other than the dried dates.  

Here are the ingredients and instructions:  Yields ~15 balls

  • 1 cup of dried dates (I used honey dates, but Medjool dates should work too)
  • 3/4 cup of all-natural, unsweetened peanut butter (I do half crunchy and half smooth but either one should be ok on its own)
  • 1/2 cup of shredded coconut
  • 3 tbsp cocoa/cacao powder
  • Pinch of salt
  1. Put everything into a food processor and mix until incorporated.
  2. Roll/smush into balls, about 1 inch in diameter
  3. Freeze until you want to eat
  4. Let sit for a few minutes before eating, or eat cold--both are good!
Note:  I know peanut butter isn't the ideal choice of nut butter for many people, but I have yet to try it with almond butter or another substitute. If you have, please comment below and let us know if it worked!


All the best,

Dr. Cho, ND is a naturopathic doctor based in Pickering, Ontario and Richmond Hill, Ontario.  She maintains a private practice focused in pain management and sports nutrition, in addition to a general family practice at Durham Natural Health Centre.  To learn more about Dr. Cho, book a complimentary 15 minute consult by clicking here.  Not in the Durham Region?  Contact her through to learn about more options.


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