November 29, 2018

Vegan Buckeyes

Chocolate and peanut butter combine in cute little balls for delicious fruit-sweetened Vegan Buckeyes -- made with only 5 plant-based ingredients!

I've lived in Ohio (almost) my entire life therefore it's inevitable that I'd create a sweet little recipe for Vegan Buckeyes. If you're not familiar with these yummy treats, Buckeyes are peanut butter covered mostly in chocolate with a hole left open to expose the peanut butter. They look like a Buckeye nut!

Traditionally, Buckeyes are filled with butter and powdered sugar. Not healthy :( When my sister decided to go to Ohio State for college, I knew I needed to create a healthy version to celebrate her decision.

These Vegan Buckeyes are so easy. They require no baking whatsoever and store well in the fridge or freezer. Perfect for making a large batch and pulling a couple out when you want a treat!

Vegan Buckeyes

How to make Vegan Buckeyes

When I first started testing this recipe, I wanted to make sure I replicated the taste and texture of traditional Buckeyes as closely as possible. After some trial and error, I found the perfect combination of a few simple ingredients.

For the peanut butter filling we'll use peanut butter (of course), peanut powder, date syrup, and date sugar. And for the chocolate layer we'll use unsweetened dark chocolate and some more date syrup.

The peanut butter filling comes together easily. Simply mix the ingredients together. If the mixture seems really dry, add a bit more date syrup. As long as you can easily roll the peanut butter filling into balls, you're fine!

Speaking of peanut butter balls, that's the next step. Roll the peanut butter filling into little balls. I like to make smaller Buckeyes, around the size of a heaping teaspoon. Traditional Buckeyes are a little bigger though, closer to 1/2-2/3 tablespoon. You can do any size you want!

Then place the peanut butter balls into the freezer to firm up while you melt the chocolate. You could use a double boiler to melt the chocolate, but I'm not super fancy around here, so I just use the microwave. Make sure you microwave on 50% power and note my detailed instructions below to ensure you don't burn the chocolate. (Trust me, it's not fun.)

Once the chocolate is completely melted, stir in some date syrup. This has two effects. First, date syrup makes the chocolate sweet. Second, it allows us to easily handle the chocolate so we don't have to use toothpicks to cover the peanut butter balls. You'll notice that once you stir in the date syrup, the chocolate will lose its shine and will become less sticky. This is good!

Now, the fun part! Roll each peanut butter ball in the chocolate. You may want to roll the ball in your hands to smooth out the chocolate and create an even look.

Then, place the Vegan Buckeyes in the freezer for at least an hour to firm up. When you're ready to eat one just pull it out of the freezer and let it sit for 10 minutes (so you don't break your teeth!)

Vegan Buckeyes store well in the freezer and can be kept for several months. Or you can store them in the fridge for up to two weeks. Pull one out whenever you're feeling like a treat! Enjoy!

Recipe Prayer

Jesus thank you for the state of Ohio and our yummy nut-themed treats. Help us celebrate the little things in life with these healthy Vegan Buckeyes.

Vegan Buckeyes

Chocolate and peanut butter combine in cute little balls for delicious fruit-sweetened Vegan Buckeyes -- made with only 5 plant-based ingredients!















For the Peanut Butter Filling:

  • 1/4 Cup Peanut Butter make sure the only ingredients are peanuts and salt
  • 1/4 Cup Peanut Powder make sure the only ingredient is peanuts
  • 1 Tablespoon Date Syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon Date Sugar

For the Chocolate Covering:

  • 2 oz Unsweetened Dark Chocolate
  • 1 Teaspoon Date Syrup


  1. In a medium sized bowl, mix all the peanut butter filling ingredients until the mixture comes together. If it is too dry add a little date syrup to help it stick.
  2. Roll the peanut butter filling into 1/2 tablespoon sized balls. Place in freezer while you prepare the chocolate.
  3. Break up the chocolate into chunks and add to a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on 50% power for 1 1/2 minutes. Remove and stir for at least a minute -- this is what helps melt all the chocolate. If the chocolate isn't completely melted after extensive stirring (it should be), place in the microwave again at 50% power for 30 seconds. Stir again for at least a minute, repeating until the chocolate is completely melted.
  4. Stir the date syrup into the melted chocolate. (This will make the chocolate easy to handle and not sticky -- if your chocolate is still sticky, add more date syrup.)
  5. Coat the peanut butter balls in chocolate -- you can use your hands because the chocolate will not be sticky. To make the traditional buckeye design, leave a small opening of peanut butter on one side. Or just coat entirely in chocolate.
  6. Freeze for at least an hour. When ready to serve, remove from the freezer and let thaw for 10 minutes. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Vegan Buckeyes can be kept in the freezer for several months and the fridge for two weeks.

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September 23, 2021
Tracy Henry
Hi Elizabeth, LOVE you recipes. Please keep them coming. :)I was wondering, can you share what is the vegan chocolate bar you used in this recipe?
August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography