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Easy Sugar Free Buckeyes 

These Easy Sugar Free Buckeyes are the ultimate homemade sugarfree treat! Smooth peanut butter, Lakanto’s Confectioners sweetener , and chocolate come together to create a ball of deliciousness!

Makes 20 buckeyes

What are Buckeye candy?

Buckeyes are a confection made from a peanut butter fudge partially dipped in chocolate to leave a circle of peanut butter visible. Buckeyes are similar to peanut butter balls (or peanut-butter-filled chocolate balls), which are covered in chocolate. 

Named for their resemblance to the nut of the Ohio buckeye tree, the state tree of Ohio, this candy is particularly popular in Ohio and neighboring states.

Did you know?

A traditional buckeye ball recipe is made with 4 cups of sugar for 30 balls! That’s about 2 tablespoons of sugar per serving! On top of that, they are usually made with regular chocolate, which has even more sugar and are higher in carbs.

What ingredients do I need to make these Easy Sugar Free Buckeyes?

  • Light butter, melted. I like to use “Land O’ Lakes light butter made with canola oil” or “I can’t believe it’s not butter”
  • Low point peanut butter– I like to use Better’n Peanut Butter, Peanut Spread. You can get a 3 pack on Amazon HERE. It’s only 100 calories per serving and lower in points than most peanut butters. You could also use American Dream Nut Butter- “Butter my Cup” which is one of my favorite low point nut butters. You can purchase American Dream Nut Butters online HERE. Save 10% with promo code: pounddropper10
  • Zero point Confectioners (powdered)sugar-Lakanto powdered sweetener or Swerve Confectioners. I especially LOVE Lakanto powdered sweetener which is made from natural monk fruit. You can get this online HERE. SAVE 15% WITH PROMO CODE: POUND15  
  • Vanilla extract
  • No sugar added Choczero milk chocolate chips or Lily’s chocolate semi sweet or milk chocolate chips. You can get the ChocZero chocolate chips online HERE. Save 10% on your ChocZero purchases with promo code: pounddropper

How do I make these Easy Sugar Free Buckeyes?

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a medium size mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter, melted butter, powdered sugar sweetener, and vanilla extract.

Mix until all ingredients are completely incorporated. The mix should be soft, slightly sticky, and shiny.

Form balls (about 1 inch in diameter) and place on a baking sheet.

Place the baking sheet in the fridge or freeze for one hour. This will firm up the balls slightly and makes it easier to dip the balls into the melted chocolate. Be sure not to skip this step.

Add the sugar-free chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl.

You can use ChocZero Milk Chocolate Chips. You can get the ChocZero chocolate chips online:

Save 10% on your ChocZero purchases with promo code: pounddropper

Or you can use Lily’s chocolate semi sweet or milk chocolate chips.

You can find these on Amazon HERE.

Microwave by 30-second intervals, stirring between each until the chocolate is fully melted. Remove the baking sheet from fridge or freezer.

The balls should be hard on the sides, and a bit soft in the center. If too soft, keep them in the freezer for another 10 minutes.Using your hands or place a toothpick in the center of the peanut butter ball.

Dip the peanut butter ball half way into the melted chocolate using your toothpick as a tool to gently roll the ball into the chocolate. Remove any excess chocolate with the side of the bowl. 

Place peanut butter balls back on the covered baking sheet with parchment paper. Repeat the chocolate dipping steps until the buckeyes have been dipped with chocolate.

Place baking sheet in the fridge for 5 minutes to allow the chocolate to set.

Enjoy!

Ingredients: 

Directions: 

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a medium size mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter, soft light butter, powdered sugar sweetener, and vanilla extract.
  3. Mix until all ingredients are completely incorporated. The mix should be soft, slightly sticky, and shiny.
  4. Form balls (about 1 inch in diameter) and place on a baking sheet. Spread them 2 inches apart.
  5. Place the baking sheet in the fridge or freeze for one hour. This will firm up the balls slightly and makes it easier to dip the balls into the melted chocolate. Be sure not to skip this step.
  6. Add the sugar-free chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl.
  7. Microwave by 30-second intervals, stirring between each until the chocolate is fully melted. 
  8. Remove the baking sheet from fridge or freezer. The balls should be hard on the sides, and a bit soft in the center. If they are too soft, keep them in the freezer for another 10 minutes.
  9. Using your hands or place a toothpick in the center of the peanut butter ball.
  10. Dip the peanut butter ball half way into the melted chocolate using your toothpick as a tool to gently roll the ball into the chocolate. Remove any excess chocolate with the side of the bowl. 
  11. Place peanut butter balls back on the covered baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  12. Repeat the chocolate dipping steps until all the buckeyes have been dipped with chocolate.
  13. Place baking sheet in the fridge for 5 minutes to allow the chocolate to set.
  14. Enjoy!

Notes:

  • You can seal the toothpick hole up once they have chilled by rubbing in some peanut butter filling into the hole.
  • Store the balls in an airtight container in the fridge, don’t overlap to prevent them from sticking together. 
  • These can be stored for up to 2 weeks. I don’t recommend not storing them at room temperature, they can get really soft.
  • Freeze in a ziplock bag or airtight container and defrost at room temperature 3-4 hours before eating.
  • To prevent them from freezing into a big clump, you should freeze them on a cooking sheet in a single layer first. After they are completely frozen, you can store them in a sealable freezer bag or a freezer-safe container

Makes 20 Buckeyes 

3 Points® per buckeye 

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Yield: 20

Easy Sugar Free Buckeyes

Easy Sugar Free Buckeyes

These Easy Sugar Free Buckeyes are the ultimate homemade sugar-free treat! Smooth peanut butter, Lakanto's Confectioners sweetener, and chocolate come together to create a ball of deliciousness!

Author: thepounddropper.com

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp light butter, soft. I use Land O' Lakes light butter or I can't believe it's not butter
  • 1/2 cups low point peanut butter such as American Dream Nut Butter "Butter my Cup" or Better'n Peanut Butter, Peanut Spread
  • 1 cup or Lakanto Powered sugar or Swerve Confectioners 
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 7 oz. or 3/4 cup No sugar added Choczero milk chocolate chips or Lily’s chocolate semi sweet or milk chocolate chips

Instructions

    1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
    2. In a medium size mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter, soft butter, powdered sugar sweetener, and vanilla extract.
    3. Mix until all ingredients are completely incorporated. The mix should be soft, slightly sticky, and shiny.
    4. Form balls (about 1-inch in diameter) and place on a baking sheet. Spread them 2 inches apart.
    5. Place the baking sheet in the fridge or freeze for at least one hour. This will firm up the balls slightly and makes it easier to dip the balls into the melted chocolate. Be sure not to skip this step.
    6. Add the sugar-free chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl.
    7. Microwave by 30-second intervals, stirring between each until the chocolate is fully melted. 
    8. Remove the baking sheet from fridge or freezer. The balls should be hard on the sides, and a bit soft in the center. If they are too soft, keep them in the freezer for another 10 minutes.
    9. Using your hands or place a toothpick in the center of the peanut butter ball.
    10. Dip the peanut butter ball half way into the melted chocolate using your toothpick as a tool to gently roll the ball into the chocolate. Remove any excess chocolate with the side of the bowl. 
    11. Place peanut butter balls back on the covered baking sheet with parchment paper. 
    12. Repeat the chocolate dipping steps until all the buckeyes have been dipped with chocolate.
    13. Place baking sheet in the fridge for 5 minutes to allow the chocolate to set.
    14. Enjoy!

    Makes 20 buckeyes

    3 Points® per buckeye

Notes

  • You can seal the toothpick hole up once they have chilled by rubbing in some peanut butter filling into the hole.
  • Store the buckeyes in an airtight container in the fridge, don't overlap to prevent them from sticking together. 
  • These can be stored for up to 2 weeks. I don't recommend not storing them at room temperature, they can get really soft.
  • Freeze in a ziplock bag or airtight container and defrost at room temperature 3-4 hours before eating.
  • To prevent them from freezing into a big clump, you should freeze them on a cooking sheet in a single layer first. After they are completely frozen, you can store them in a sealable freezer bag or a freezer-safe container.

Smartpoints: GREEN/BLUE/PURPLE: 3 Smartpoints per buckeye

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

20

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 108Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 68mgCarbohydrates: 20gNet Carbohydrates: 16gFiber: 4gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g

Do not use the WW nutritional calculator to calculate points. The nutritional calculator does take zero point food ingredients into consideration and will not be accurate. Personal Point values and nutritional information is estimated and calculated using the brand of ingredients listed in the recipe. PersonalPoints values may vary depending on the brand of ingredients used and depending on your customized zero point foods list.

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