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Healthy Peanut Butter Crunch Balls

These peanut butter crunch balls are made with only 5 wholesome ingredients. Dates, peanuts, peanut butter and vanilla are processed in a food processor, then stirred in rice crispies for a crunchy treat. Drizzle with unsweetened chocolate or dip them in dark chocolate for a delicious holiday treat. Omit the rice cereal for a non-crunchy peanut butter ball.
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine vegan, vegetarian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12


  • 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 cup dry roasted, unsalted peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup crispy rice cereal (optional)
  • Unsweetened or dark chocolate (for drizzling)


  • In a food processor, process the peanuts until they are broken down into fine crumbs.
  • Add the dates, peanut butter and vanilla and process until the mixture sticks together when pressed.
  • Remove the blade from the food processor and stir in the crispy rice cereal.
  • Using the palm of your hands, roll the mixture into 12 balls. Place on a plate or cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and store them in the refrigerator or freezer until you're ready to drizzle with chocolate.
  • Melt the chocolate using a double boiler or microwave. Drizzle each ball with chocolate or dip in chocolate. Place again on the parchment paper and freeze or refrigerate until the chocolate has set.
  • Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.


I use natural, salted peanut butter. If using unsalted peanut butter, add 1/8 teaspoon of salt.