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old fashioned peanut butter balls stacked on parchment paper with some cut in half
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Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls (5-ingredients & healthy)

These updated and healthier old fashioned peanut butter balls are delicious crunchy bites of everyone's favorite pairing: peanut butter and chocolate! An easy-to-make, no-bake, gluten-free snack made with just 5 simple ingredients.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 26 balls
Calories: 103kcal
Author: MaryAnne


  • 2 cups brown rice cakes, broken into crumbs
  • 1 ½ cups crunchy (all-natural, unsweetened) peanut butter (if using sweetened, omit the maple syrup)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
  • 16 ounces 60% dark chocolate chips


  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place brown rice cake crumbs, peanut butter, vanilla extract, and maple syrup in medium-sized bowl and mix thoroughly using a rubber spatula.
  • Using a 1-inch cookie scoop, scoop mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Set aside. Place balls in refrigerator to firm up a bit while you prepare your chocolate.
  • Place chocolate chips in a medium-sized bowl and microwave for 30 seconds on high. Give it a good stir. Repeat and stir again. The chocolate should be almost melted at this point. Be very careful not to overheat the chocolate chips. The chocolate should feel neutral in temperature. Stir for several minutes to ensure chocolate is completely melted but also not too warm. If it feels too warm, continue to stir. The chocolate mixture will thicken as it cools.
  • Using a fork, dip balls into chocolate. Lightly tap fork against side of bowl to get rid of any excess chocolate. Place on parchment-lined baking sheets until chocolate is completely set. This usually takes several minutes. (You can also place baking sheet in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to help set the chocolate).


  • This recipe calls for brown rice cakes, but you can substitute crisped rice cereal (Rice Krispies) if you prefer.
  • Storage: Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.
  • How to freeze: Place balls in a freezer bag and store for up to 3 months. To thaw, place in the refrigerator overnight or on the counter for 1 hour.
  • Refrigerating for at least 15 minutes before dipping in chocolate will help your chocolate set up, so don't skip this step.
  • If your melted chocolate starts to thicken up, stick back in the microwave for 15 seconds.
  • If mixture is crumbly and not sticking together when rolling into balls, add more peanut butter (1 tablespoon at a time) until a sticky consistency is reached.
  • Makes an excellent homemade gift! Place in a cellophane bag and tie with a pretty ribbon, or add them to your holiday cookie platter, gift tins, or gift baskets.


Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 87mg | Potassium: 249mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 1mg