Who doesn’t love the classic combination of peanut butter and chocolate? Have you ever met anyone who didn’t? It’s a delicious match made in sweet, sweet peanut butter heaven and this vegan chocolate covered peanut butter balls recipe is the perfect way to pair the two. 

A stack of 3 chocolate-covered peanut butter balls. The one on top has a bite out of it.
8 chocolate-coated balls sitting on a small baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

A Healthier Peanut Butter Ball Recipe

Traditional peanut butter balls are made with a ton of butter and powdered sugar, on the other hand, these sweet little balls dipped in chocolate have no refined sugar. Instead, they’re sweetened with just 2 tbsp of maple syrup and coated in rich, dark dairy-free chocolate.

I also used a small amount of coconut oil and nutritional yeast for flavour and texture. The nutritional yeast actually makes them taste like a Reese Peanut Butter Cup! Yes, you heard right! A healthy Reese Peanut Butter Cup in melt-in-your-mouth vegan format.

A chocolate peanut butter ball with a bite out of it on a cooking rack.

Ingredient Notes

To make the peanut butter filling, make sure you use natural peanut butter and not a processed variety. There are plenty of good brands in stores or you can always make your own at home.

The ingredients listed should be peanuts or peanuts and salt and there should be no sugar or oil listed as an ingredient. You can also use almond butter or another nut butter of choice if you can’t do peanut butter. These are amazing with almond butter too.

For the delicious, simple chocolate coating for these balls, you’ll want to get your hands on some quality dark chocolate or vegan chocolate chips. I like Green & Blacks Organic Dark Chocolate or Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips.

Other than the chocolate and peanut butter, you’ll just need a little maple syrup, coconut oil and nutritional yeast (not sure what nutritional yeast is? Read this post.) to finish these up. Once the balls have been dipped in chocolate and set, they’re ready to enjoy.

Peanut butter and nutritional yeast in a small bowl.
Balls of peanut butter dough on a baking tray lined with parchment.
A creamy peanut butter mixture in a bowl with a spoon.
A peanut butter ball being dipped in a bowl of melted chocolate.
3 chocolate covered peanut butter balls on a baking tray.

Kitchen Tools

As for tools, you’ll need a mixing spoon, a medium or large mixing bowl for the peanut butter filling, a double boiler, a baking tray and some parchment paper.

If you don’t have a double boiler, simply place a glass or metal bowl over a small pot of boiling water, place the chocolate in the bowl and stir until smooth and melted. The chocolate can also be melted in the microwave 10-30 seconds at a time, mixing in between, until smooth and creamy.

A stack of 3 chocolate peanut butter balls with one on top with a bite out of it.

Mmmm…chocolate peanut butter balls. These simple vegan treats are crunchy on the outside and melt-in-your-mouth on the inside with the perfect balance of sweet and salty.

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Vegan Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls - Running on Real Food

Vegan Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls

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  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 18 balls
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No-Bake
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan
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These delicious chocolate-covered PB balls taste like Reese’s Peanut Butter cups. These are very easy to make and are always a hit with everyone who tries them. If you can’t do peanut butter, go ahead and use almond butter or another nut or seed butter of choice.


For the Peanut Butter Filling

For the Chocolate Coating


  1. Vigorously mix together everything except the chocolate in a large bowl for about 60 seconds. It should begin to thicken up a little.
  2. Place the bowl in the freezer until it firms up enough to roll into balls. Approximately 20 minutes.
  3. Once it’s ready, roll the peanut butter mixture into 18-20 approximately 1.5 inch balls and place back in the freezer.
  4. Melt the dark chocolate or chocolate chips in a double boiler or bowl placed over a pot of boiling water.
  5. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or wax paper.
  6. Once the chocolate is totally melted, roll each peanut butter ball in the melted chocolate using a fork or toothpick until it’s completely covered.
  7. Tap any excess chocolate off on the side of the bowl before placing on the cookie sheet.
  8. Once you’ve covered them all, place in the freezer to set for at least 30 minutes.
  9. They will melt at room temperature, so store in the fridge or freezer until you’re ready to eat.