Wednesday, December 4, 2013

No Bake Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Balls (vegan, gluten-free)

It's day three of Christmas Cookie Week and I have consumed quite a few vegan cookies in the name of taste testing. Do you really need to taste test cookies at breakfast? Let's just say yes. It's for quality control purposes after all.

On day one of Christmas Cookie Week, we celebrated Coconut Pecan Chocolate Chunk Cookies. Day two was Vegan Toffee Squares. Today's featured cookie is No Bake Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Balls. They are so tasty and easy to make that you should definitely make them right now. Go. Now. Seriously.The added bonus is that these yummy chocolate dipped peanut butter treats are gluten free without even trying to be. Just make sure to double check that the ingredients you purchase are free of gluten. I think a lot of people make variations of this recipe. It's a classic combination of crispy rice cereal, peanut butter and chocolate. You can't go wrong. I have veganized these peanut butter balls by way of vegan margarine. You may also wish to check that the icing sugar (or powdered sugar, depending what country you live in) is vegan-friendly (not filtered using animal bone char).

Get the kids involved!

This is a great recipe to get the kids involved with. The four main ingredients are all added in 1-cup measures, so you can hand your kiddos the 1-cup measure and tell them to dump each of the four ingredients in a bowl. The peanut butter will be the most complicated part of that scenario! Then the kids can help stir it all up and roll the batter into balls.

Mom can melt the chocolate in the meantime and everybody can get to dipping - dip a little or a lot depending on your preference!

Another Christmas recipe to try:

Vegan Candy Cane Fudge

No Bake Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Balls

by Joann MacDonald
Keywords: no bake dessert gluten-free vegan chocolate chips peanut butter ball

Ingredients (30 1-inch balls)
  • 1 cup crispy rice cereal
  • 1 cup icing sugar (confectioner's sugar, powdered sugar)
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp vegan margarine
For dipping
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 Tbsp soy milk or other non-dairy milk


In a large bowl, stir all ingredients together. (If you are impatient like me, mix it with your hands!)

Roll mixture into 1-inch balls. Lay each ball on a wax paper-lined cookie sheet.

For dipping
Using a double boiler or a stainless steel bowl placed over a pot of boiling water, melt chocolate chips with non-dairy milk. Stir until smooth.

Dip each peanut butter ball halfway or all the way in the chocolate depending on your preference.

Lay each ball back on the wax paper. Put the cookie sheet in the fridge and cool until chocolate sets.

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  1. Replies
    1. I keep stealing them out of the freezer! I will just have to make more. :)

  2. I love the simplicity of these. Have you ever tried substituting the peanut butter for a date mash? I bet it would be good.

  3. These look so good! I have a similar recipe going up these! I love the addition of coconut to yours!

    1. Can't wait to see your recipe! Yes, the coconut is nice. I really should have mentioned that in the intro! :)

  4. Jo Jo
    These are defiantly in first place so far by me, anything with peanut butter mmm mm good.
    PS Save some for me not Mom just kidding. MAYBE?

    1. I think these are my favourite so far too! I will have to make another batch because I keep eating them out of the freezer! You and Mom can both have some. :)

  5. Gluten free vegan with chocolate and peanut it's no bake???


    Ding ding ding ding YOU win the PRIZE!!! Wowsers.....

    1. And delicious too! I humbly accept my prize. ;)

  6. Oh! I love these and I haven't made them in a few years. You have just reminded me to make them again! Thanks so much! Angie xo

    1. Yes, make them! I'm about to make more Angie. :)

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