Low-Fat Peanut Butter Balls covered in spicy dark chocolate are easy to make with only 5 ingredients. It’s a classic flavor combination of peanut butter and chocolate that everyone loves … without the guilt!
What are Low-Fat Peanut Butter Balls?
How can a peanut butter ball can be low in fat? The answer … Peanut Butter Powder!
Peanut butter powder has 75% less calories and fat than traditional peanut butter. It can be used to add peanut butter flavor to your recipes when you want to reduce the fat and calories. I love to use it in my Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies, as a spread on sourdough toast or even in Chocolate Almond Butter Oatmeal instead of almond butter.
Make a batch at the beginning of the week and take a couple to work for a mid-day snack or an after lunch treat. Each ball has 5 grams of protein and only 64 calories so no need to feel guilty!
How to make low-fat peanut butter balls.
- Place the peanut butter powder, powdered sugar and salt in a mixing bowl and whisk to evenly distribute the ingredients together. Add the water to create a “batter”. It will be very thick, like cookie dough.
- Scoop 1 tablespoon sized mounds of the dough onto wax paper and let it chill in the freezer for 30 minutes to firm up.
- Melt the chocolate chips and let cool to room temperature.
- Remove them from the freezer and roll into smooth balls with your hands.
- Dip each one into the melted chocolate, place on a plate or cookie sheet lined with a piece of wax paper and pop them into the fridge to set up.
Tips for making Low-Fat Peanut Butter Balls:
- Peanut butter powder is less salty than regular peanut butter, so you may want to add more salt than the recipe calls for. Once you mix the ingredients together, taste the dough and adjust the salt accordingly.
- If the dough is too loose or sticky, add more peanut butter powder, about a tablespoon at a time, until you get a stiffer dough.
- Use a cookie scoop to get 1 tablespoon portions. This will give you 16 equally sized balls.
- This recipe can be cut in half to make 8 balls.
- These low fat peanut butter balls can be made with a sugar substitute. I experimented with Swerve Sweetener, Confectioners and they tasted great. I found that more water was needed when using this type of sweetener to get the right batter consistency. Using a product like Swerve will reduce the calories to 49, and carbs to 10 per ball.
- They taste better if you let them stay in the refrigerator overnight before serving, so go ahead and make them ahead of time.
- I love chocolate infused with cayenne pepper because … well … I love all things spicy! If you’re not into it, just leave the cayenne pepper out. It will still taste delicious!
Other recipes you might like!
- Peanut Butter Energy Bites
- Flourless Chocolate Cookies
- Homemade Almond Butter
- Homemade Nutella
- No-Bake Raspberry Cheesecake Bites
Did you make these Low Fat Peanut Butter Balls? Let me know how they turned out in the comment section!
Low-Fat Peanut Butter Balls
Peanut Butter Filling
- 2 cups peanut butter powder
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 2/3 cup water
- 8 oz. dark chocolate chips
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, optional
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk the peanut butter powder, powdered sugar and salt together. Add the water and stir until well incorporated. The batter will be very stiff.
- Use a cookie scoop to measure out 1 tablespoon portions and place them on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper. Place the balls into the freezer for 30 minutes.
- Melt the chocolate in a microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until you get a smooth, shiny consistency. (Add the cayenne pepper if desired) Let the chocolate cool but not harden.
- Remove the peanut butter balls from the freezer and roll them into smooth balls with your hands.
- Dip them in the melted chocolate, transfer them back to the waxed paper and place them in the refrigerator to set up.
- Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
This recipe was originally posted in December 2014 and updated in July 2018.