Healthy(er) Desserts: 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Balls

You’ve been sooooo good all week eating clean and avoiding sugar, and then out of nowhere — BAM!  You get hit with a killer sugar craving that could rival a drug addict looking for a fix.  (More on sugar cravings here.)

That’s exactly what happened to me this week, and I was not gonna rest until I got something sweet.  (And it’s because of times like these that I don’t keep sweets in the house.)  

Sometimes fruit is enough to get me through the craving, but I didn’t even have any fruit on hand.  

I scavenged my pantry and refrigerator like a crazed person in search of something I could concoct into a (reasonably healthy) sweet treat.  I checked out a few recipes and, of course, I was short one ingredient for all of them.  

So, I had to wing it with what I had on hand.  This generally doesn’t end well for me, but the stars were aligned and I actually came up with a pretty delicious sweet treat that falls into my healthy(er) dessert category — Peanut Butter Balls!

These peanut butter balls have some good things going for them — they’re made from all whole foods (just 3 ingredients!), dairy-free, gluten-free, relatively low in sugar, and super easy to make.

Even though I preach this pretty regularly, I don’t want to mislead you and therefore will remind you that sugar is sugar is sugar.  There is no sugar that’s good for you.  The best you can do, unless you’re gonna give up sugar completely (which would make you my hero), is to limit it as much as possible, and use natural sugars instead of refined.


Healthy(er) Peanut Butter Balls

1 cup almond meal (aka almond flour)

½ cup creamy or chunky natural peanut butter (no added sugar)

3 tablespoons pure maple syrup (Grade B if you can find it)

Combine all ingredients in a bowl until thoroughly mixed.  Using your hands, roll  into small, one-inch balls.  Place on a cookie sheet or plate covered with a silicone baking mat, wax paper, or parchment paper.  Refrigerate for 2 hours.

To dress them up, roll in shredded coconut or raw cacao before placing in the refrigerator.

Makes 10-12 balls.  


The healthy fats from the nuts make these very filling, so a little goes a long way — one or two balls should do the trick to satisfy your sugar craving without getting carried away.

For other healthy(er) sweet treat recipes, enter your name and email below to download my Low-Sugar Desserts Recipe Guide. 


If you enjoy these peanut butter balls as much as I did, be sure to spread the love by sharing on Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram!


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