Buckeyes Candy Recipe (gluten free, vegan)

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Many years ago before I knew I was allergic to so many things I went to a cookie exchange party. I made buckeye candy and brought it to share. What I didn’t realize was how much we would love them. My family loves everything chocolate and peanut butter, so I knew I would have to create a buckeyes recipe. My first questions to myself were, are buckeyes gluten free and how to make buckeyes. I pulled out my old recipe and realized how easy is would be to make vegan buckeyes that are naturally gluten free.

Buckeye Candy

buckeye candy on a plate with christmas decor

These little nuggets of peanut butter goodness are addicting. My kids are my biggest critics and these got 5 star reviews from everybody. In fact they all fought over the last one. I have also been really good about controlling myself around sweets since I started my paleoish journey, but all bets were off with these vegan buckeyes. I was slipping into the fridge and grabbing one or two a few times a day. They were totally worth it!

Vegan Buckeyes

holding a buckeye ball

What I truly love about buckeye candy is the simplicity of making them. They take only a few incredibly simple ingredients. You can also easily double these up if your making them for a crowd. They are stored in the fridge and will soften if set out, so remember to keep them chilled at all times.

What ingredients do I need for this Buckeyes recipe?

buckeye balls on a tray

  • Peanut Butter
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Vegan Butter
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Coconut Oil

That’s 5 simple ingredients. If you are not dairy free then regular butter will work perfectly in this recipe.

How to make Buckeyes Candy…

buckeye balls on a plate with a bite taken out

Start with adding the peanut butter, powdered sugar, and melted butter to a bowl. Mix it with a hand mixer, or stand mixer until it’s fluffy and well blended.

With a cookie scoop or tablespoon (its about 1 tbsp. worth of pb dough) rough the dough into a ball and drop it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze the peanut butter dough for 20 minutes.

Once there’s about 5 minutes left you can start melting the chocolate. In a microwave safe bowl add the chocolate chips and coconut oil. Melt the chocolate in 30 second intervals and stir in between each interval. It should take 2-3 intervals.

Add toothpicks to the peanut butter balls and dip them into the melted chocolate, rotating them to cover all sides. The tops will be left out and that is why they are called buckeyes. Once dipped place back on the baking sheet and place in the freezer to set about 20 minutes. You can serve after that, or store in the fridge. That’s is how to make buckeyes, so easy!

These must be stored in the fridge because they will soften very quickly.

Are buckeyes gluten free?

buckeye balls on a tray

With the simple ingredients used to make buckeyes, they should be gluten free. You need to always double check though. This particular recipe is gluten free and vegan.

buckeye balls on a plate

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Vegan Buckeye Candy

6 simple ingredients is all it takes to make these delicious peanut butter balls

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword buckeye candy, how to make buckeyes, vegan buckeyes
Servings 24 buckeyes
Calories 172 kcal

Ingredients

  • 5 tbsp vegan butter melted
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 8 oz dairy free chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Start with adding the peanut butter, powdered sugar, and melted butter to a bowl. Mix it with a hand mixer, or stand mixer until it's fluffy and well blended.
  2. With a cookie scoop or tablespoon (its about 1 tbsp. worth of pb dough) rough the dough into a ball and drop it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze the peanut butter dough for 20 minutes.
  3. Once there's about 5 minutes left you can start melting the chocolate. In a microwave safe bowl add the chocolate chips and coconut oil. Melt the chocolate in 30 second intervals and stir in between each interval. It should take 2-3 intervals.
  4. Add toothpicks to the peanut butter balls and dip them into the melted chocolate, rotating them to cover all sides. The tops will be left out and that is why they are called buckeyes. Once dipped place back on the baking sheet and place in the freezer to set about 20 minutes. You can serve after that, or store in the fridge. That's is how to make buckeyes, so easy!

Recipe Notes

These must be stored in the fridge because they will soften very quickly. 

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Nutrition Facts
Vegan Buckeye Candy
Amount Per Serving
Calories 172 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Sodium 68mg3%
Potassium 70mg2%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 111IU2%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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