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No Bake Sugar Free Peanut Butter Balls

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No bake sugar free peanut butter balls are a classic Christmas treat made keto and paleo! Only 3 net carbs each, these little treats are a guilt-free way to enjoy the holidays!

An easy no bake and sugar free peanut butter balls that are keto and paleo friendly. 7g of protein and only 3 net carbs in each one.

I’m proud to partner with Further Food to bring you this easy, no bake, Christmas treat!

As an adult now raising my own family, one thing I look forward to year after year is passing down traditions to my kids. 

The sweet smell of nostalgia that permeates the house is my most favorite. 

When I was a child, my mom would make homemade peanut butter balls every Christmas, and only at Christmas. 

They weren’t anything fancy, quite the contrary, but oh were they scrumptious. 

I remember asking my mom for that recipe one year and I was shocked to learn that you had to use edible wax to make them (this was before keto, by the way). 

Wax? Really? That little revelation ruined them for me.

As an aside, I’m sure there are things in many of the foods I used to enjoy that would shock me today but that is neither here nor there.

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Now I live in the northern portion of Kentucky, very close to Ohio, the Buckeye state. 

Do you know what a buckeye is? Me either. Well actually, I think it’s some kind of nut that falls from a tree, similar to an acorn. 

Folks up this way like to leave a little opening in their peanut butter balls and call them Buckeyes, to resemble the state nut. 

I think that is preposterous but for the sake of nostalgia, I’ll let them have their missing chocolate peanut butter ball.

When Further Food launched their chocolate collagen earlier this year, I knew the recipe creations would be endless.

So far, I’ve made cookies, brownies, and hot cocoa. Today I’m bringing you these no bake peanut butter balls! 

They’re so stinkin’ simple to make, you could even let your kids help you with this one and start a tradition of your own!

So, whether you fully dip them for peanut butter balls or leave a small opening for buckeyes, you’re going to adore these no bake sugar free peanut butter balls!

These Are The Best Keto Peanut Butter Balls

And here’s why:

  • Only 5 ingredients required 
  • 7 grams of protein in every bite
  • Just 3 net carbs each
  • Your food processor does all of the work
  • Easy enough for your kids to help make
  • Chocolate and peanut butter…enough said

Making Your Own Sugar Free Peanut Butter Balls

These no bake keto peanut butter balls couldn’t be any easier to whip up. 

I love any recipe that doesn’t require an oven or stove, don’t you?

In fact, this recipe is so easy that you could include your kids in the process! It’s a great way to teach them about measuring.

You’ll need a food processor, some parchment or wax paper, a spatula, a spoon or cookie scoop, and a small bowl.

Let your food processor mix everything together, except the butter and chocolate chips, then use your spoon or cookie scoop to round out the balls. 

Flash freeze them so they’re easy to dip in the chocolate, refrigerate, and enjoy!

Dip them in melted {sugar free} chocolate chips, all the way around of course. I love ChocZero milk chocolate chips the best. They melt smoothly, have clean ingredients, and taste phenomenal!

(you can also save 10% off these chocolate chips with code ketoinpearls)

Keep these little keto protein balls in the refrigerator because they are best served cold.


Why Should You Use Further Food Chocolate Collagen Peptides Instead of Cocoa Powder In These No Bake Peanut Butter Balls?

I’ve talked about collagen quite a bit this year. If you’re not familiar with collagen and it’s benefits, read these posts

When I was developing this recipe, I knew I wanted to keep the carbs low which meant I needed to be careful of what thickeners (flours, starches, etc.) I used to bind the ingredients. 

Cocoa powder, coconut flour, arrowroot powder, and almond flour all have excess carbs. And they each have their own reasoning as to why they wouldn’t be the best choice for these no bake keto peanut butter balls.

Plus, too much cocoa powder would mean you’d need extra sweetener. If you’ve worked much with low carb sweeteners, you know that more is not always better.

Too much erythritol or monkfruit and you’ll have a funky after taste and nobody wants that. 

Further Food released a chocolate collagen powder earlier this year and it is just divine!

Have you tried my keto hot cocoa yet? It’s drool worthy!

I knew the chocolate collagen would be the perfect way to make a peanut butter ball that was low carb, sugar free, and chewy!

And bonus, each sugar free peanut butter ball has 7g of protein and gives you all of the benefits of collagen (healthy skin, joints, hair, nails, eyes, and reduces inflammation). 

Collagen naturally ads bite or chew to anything it is mixed with, no heat required, so this was a recipe match made in heaven!

An easy no bake and sugar free peanut butter balls that are keto and paleo friendly. 7g of protein and only 3 net carbs in each one.

Tips For a Successful Sugar Free Peanut Butter Ball:

Here are few things that will help you make the best no bake peanut butter balls ever!

  • Keep your hands cold while rolling out the balls. Run them under cold water and dry them with a paper towel if you start to feel clammy.
  • Use a thick and creamy peanut butter. Personally, I like Skippy Natural the best (the macros are the same as natural) but I’ve also made these with a natural (non-oily) peanut butter. Both work fine.
  • Flash freeze the rolled out balls so they’re easier to dip in the melted chocolate.
  • Keep them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to eat one. The chocolate will soften pretty quickly at room temperature.
  • If you want them a bit more crumbly or dry, try adding a tablespoon or two of coconut flour, chopped peanuts, or unsweetened cocoa powder. You’ll need to recalculate the macros if you do this (but you should anyway because brands vary widely) 
  • Make these paleo friendly by swapping the butter for ghee!

No Bake Sugar Free Peanut Butter Balls

Anna Hunley | Keto In Pearls
An easy no bake and sugar free peanut butter balls that are keto and paleo friendly. 7g of protein and only 3 net carbs in each one.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Desserts
Servings 20 to 22 balls
Calories 162 kcal



  • In a food processor, combine peanut butter, sweetener, and chocoalte collagen peptides. Use a spatula to scrape the sides/bottom of the bowl, if necessary. The "dough" will come together in a large ball when it is done.
  • Use a small cookie scoop or 1/2 tablespoon measuring spoon to measure out the balls. Roll in between your hands and lay on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. You should get around 20 to 22 balls.
  • Put the cookie sheet in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes to flash freeze the peanut butter balls.
  • Put the chocoalte chips and butter in a small bowl. Microwave for 15-30 seconds. Stir with a fork until it is completely melted.
  • Dip each peanut butter ball into the melted chocoalte, making sure to coat it entirely, and return to the baking sheet.
  • Place them into the rerigerator to harden.
  • Transfer to a bowl or platter. Keep in the refrigerator until ready to eat.


See blog post for tips or troubleshooting.


Serving: 1peanut butter ballCalories: 162kcalCarbohydrates: 5.9gProtein: 7.2gFat: 13.3gFiber: 2.9g
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