These Healthy Peanut Butter Bon Bons, aka “Copycat Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs”, are perfect when you want a little bite sized treat.
I love them because not only do they have chocolate and peanut butter, but also contain coconut oil which I try to get in a serving each day.
If you want to try another chocolate peanut butter treat, make sure you check out my Healthy Peanut Butter Cups recipe!
Both recipes would be great to use with my homemade peanut butter recipe if you have never made your own peanut butter.
The organic coconut flour I use is from Tropical Traditions and comes in a 2 lb bag and is one of my favorite gluten-free flours to use.
Never used coconut flour before? Here’s some information about it from their website:
“Tropical Traditions organic coconut flour is fiber from the coconut meat after most of the oil has been extracted to make Virgin Coconut Oil. It is certified organic, unsweetened, and has not been treated with sulfites. Tropical Traditions organic coconut flour is high in dietary fiber and protein, and is gluten-free. It has more fiber than gluten-based grains. Tropical Traditions organic coconut flour can be added to standard wheat-based recipes to add extra fiber, by substituting 10-30% of the grain-based flour with our coconut flour. Some recipes, such as muffins and quick breads, can be accomplished with 100% Tropical Traditions organic coconut flour and therefore be 100% gluten-free! Since organic coconut flour contains natural sugar from the coconut meat, baked goods need less sugar added. The organic coconut flour has a mildly sweet coconut taste!
Tropical Traditions organic coconut flour also contains over 19% non-gluten protein! Therefore, it makes an excellent addition to shakes and smoothies where fiber and protein are needed. Or simply dissolve a spoonful in water as a high-fiber drink with a coconut flavor! This organic coconut flour is very versatile and very tasty. Sprinkle it over your favorite dishes to add a wonderful coconut flavor, use it as a thickener in soups and sauces – the possibilities are endless!”
Now that we know how good coconut flour is, let’s look at how bad a commercialized version of this treat is:
Here’s the ingredient label for a similar product, Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs:
Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs
Ingredients: PEANUTS, MILK CHOCOLATE (SUGAR, COCOA BUTTER, CHOCOLATE, NON-FAT MILK, MILK FAT, LACTOSE, SOY LECITHIN, PGPR, EMULSIFIER), SUGAR, DEXTROSE, CHOCOLATE, NON-FAT MILK, CONTAINS 2% OF LESS OF: VEGETABLE OIL (COCOA BUTTER, PALM, SHEA, SUNFLOWER AND/OR SAFFLOWER OIL), SALT, WHEY (MILK), MILK FAT, SOY LECITHIN, TBHQ (PRESERVATIVE), VANILLIN, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR (source)
It’s nothing but GMO dairy, refined sugar and salt, and GMO soy.
And even some of the homemade versions aren’t much better with lots of highly processed powdered sugar.
I’ve even seen some versions with butter, cream cheese, milk and even shortening.
This healthier version is vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and contains no refined sugar.
Want more healthy truffle and ball recipes? Check out Cacao Nib Superfood Truffles, Pistachio Sesame Seed Balls, Crispy Cashew Butter Energy Balls or my Clean Eating eCookbook with an entire chapter of 20 healthy, clean eating truffle and balls recipes you will love!
5 Fast Facts About Peanuts (Peanut Butter):*
- excellent source of vitamin E
- high in folate
- contains tryptophan which helps fight depression
- good source of fiber
- excellent source of protein
5 Fast Facts About Coconut Flour:*
- highest dietary fiber found in any flour at 58%
- contains 14% coconut oil
- contains 19% vegan protein
- helps promote blood sugar health
5 Fast Facts About Raw Cacao Powder:*
- contains over 300 compounds including protein, calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc and iron
- detoxifies the liver
- acts as an anti-depressant and balances the mood
- contains essential fats
- super high in anti-oxidants
5 Fast Facts About Coconut Oil:*
- super high in lauric acid
- rich in anti-0xidants
- contains natural microbial and anti-bacterial agents
- improves metabolism and prevents fatigue
- helps to improve cholesterol
5 Fast Facts About Maple Syrup:*
- contains manganese and zinc
- super high in anti-oxidants
- helps with inflammation
- 1/4 cup contains more calcium than the same amount of milk
- 1/4 cup contains more potassium than a banana
*These statements have not been evaluated by Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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Tip #1: I always start with a 1/4 cup of coconut flour. Coconut flour is very dense and too much is not good. But you also need enough to make the balls firm, so it’s kind of tricky to get just the right amount. If you look at the photo above with the three naked balls, you can see the difference just a little extra coconut flour makes. The last ball is very moist and didn’t hold it’s shape very well. So I added a little bit more and it became a little firmer and then added a little more. The amount you need to add will also depend on the type of peanut butter you use and/or the type of sweetener you use. My suggestion would be to start with 1/4 and add 1 tablespoon at a time until they are firm and hold together well.
If you want to make these in an “egg” shape, just roll them into an “egg” shape instead of a ball shape.
Tip #2: I found the easiest was to coat the balls is to drop each ball into the bowl of chocolate and roll it around until it is completely covered.
Tip #3: Put the balls on some wax paper or parchment paper to make them easier to remove after they have hardened.
Tip #4: I’ve used raw organic honey (not vegan) and also maple syrup to make these, but feel free to use your favorite liquid sweetener.
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