Healthy Buckeye Bars

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Healthy buckeye bars are just as tasty as the traditional but with feel-good ingredients. They are no bake, easy to make and a huge favorite of mine, they remind me of Reese’s.

Bars on a white plate with a sprinkle of salt.
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Why Make This Recipe

These buckeye bars will be your favorite dessert or mid day snack. Made with wholesome ingredients and don’t need to be baked like my Peanut Butter Cheerio bars. They are basically a melt in your mouth peanut butter chocolate bar. My husbands favorite sweet treat. Your family will love this one.

Ingredients Needed

Ingredients needed to make the recipe in large mixing bowls.

Almond Flour. Almond flour is so tasty and safe to enjoy raw, it’s moist so it’s easy to sink your teeth through and it has a lot of protein.

Peanut Butter. I like to use a creamy, natural peanut butter. It’s a little more drippy than other options but either will work. Cashew cutter will also work.

Maple Syrup. This is the sweetener in these bars. Traditional buckeye bars call for powdered sugar, maple syrup it much healthier and has a nutty flavor.

Vanilla Extract. Adds flavor and deepens the sweetness to the bars.

Salt. Salt and chocolate are a match made in heaven. Personally, I like to use Maldron salt.

Chocolate Melts. You can use chocolate chips or melts, I use semi sweet, dark or milk chocolate.

Coconut Oil. This is to help melt the chocolate it also gives a silky texture to spread it easier.

Recipe Variations

Almond Flour. Coconut flour will also work.

Coconut Oil. Butter or plant based will also work well.

Maple Syrup. Honey would be a good substitute.

Chocolate Melts. I use these exact melts but any will work! Chocolate chips will also work.

How To Make This Recipe

Steps to make the recipe in a white baking dish with parchment paper.

Step One. In a large bowl, mix almond flour, maple syrup, peanut butter, vanilla extract together. This will take a little patience to really get the peanut butter mixed well into the flour.

Step Two. In a parchment lined 9×5 or similar in size bread loaf dish add the peanut butter mix. Press it down with your hands and make sure it is evenly layered. Set in the freezer for about 30 – 40 min.

White bowl with melted chocolate and a spoon.

Step Three. Once the peanut butter mix is close to being done, add chocolate melts and oil to a medium sized, microwave bowl. Microwave this on medium heat for about 2 minutes. Check the chocolate mix after one minute and stir then cook for another minute until chocolate is fully melted and smooth.

Step Four. Pour the chocolate over the peanut butter mix. Smooth it out with a spoon or spatula. Place in the fridge or freezer for about 30 minutes.

Step Five. Once chocolate has hardened, pull from the fridge/freezer. Take out with parchment paper let it sit for about 10 minutes and carefully slice with a sharpe knife into squares. Store in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to 7 days. Freeze up to 3 months.

Bars on a white plate with a sprinkle of salt.

Tips & FAQ’s

What is a buckeye?

Buckeyes are a dessert made from a peanut butter fudge dipped in chocolate to leave a circle of peanut butter visible. These are similar to peanut butter balls.

Are these dairy free?

This recipe is dairy free, if you use dairy free chocolate. Traditional buckeyes have a lot of butter in them.

Are buckeye bars gluten free?

Yes, this buckeye bar recipe is gluten free.

Storage Tips

These bars are great to make ahead for the week. The bars can be stored in an airtight container, in the fridge for up to 7 days or freeze them for up to 3 months in an airtight ziplock or container.

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White plate with bars on them, chocolate and peanut butter.
5 from 2 votes

Healthy Buckeye Bars


Healthy buckeye bars are just as tasty as the traditional but with feel-good ingredients. They are no bake, easy to make and a huge favorite of mine, they remind me of Reese’s.
Prep: 10 minutes
Freeze Time: 30 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 10

Equipment

  • 1 8×6 or 9×5 bread loaf dish

Ingredients 

  • 1⅓ cup almond flour
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • + 2 Tbsp peanut butter, *both measurements yes. 1 cup + 2 Tbsp
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chocolate chips or melts
  • 1 tsp coconut oil , *see notes
  • ¼ tsp course sea salt, for topping

Instructions 

  • In a large bowl, mix almond flour, maple syrup, peanut butter, vanilla extract together. This will take a little patience to really get the peanut butter mixed well into the flour. 
  • In a parchment lined 8×6 or similar in size bread loaf dish add the peanut butter mix. Press it down with your hands and make sure it is evenly layered. Set in the freezer for about 30 – 40 min.
  • When the peanut butter mix is close to being done, add chocolate melts and oil to a medium sized, microwave bowl. Microwave on medium heat for about 2 minutes. Check after one minuter and stir then cook for another minute until chocolate is fully melted and smooth.
  • Pour the chocolate over the peanut butter mix. Smooth it out with a spoon or spatula, sprinkle with the course salt. Place in the fridge or freezer for about 30 minutes.
  • Once chocolate has hardened, pull from the fridge/freezer. Take out with parchment paper let it sit for about 5 minutes and carefully slice with a sharp knife into squares. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Notes

*butter will also work
Store in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to 7 days. Freeze up to 3 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1square | Calories: 381kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 0.2mg | Sodium: 203mg | Potassium: 296mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 109mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Bailey
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Freeze Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10
Calories: 381
Keyword: chocolate, dessert, no bake
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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    These just melt in your mouth they are so good. They reminded me of a homemade Reese’s! Will make again.

  2. 5 stars
    These were so tasty! We loved the texture and they didn’t last long.