Peanut butter sesame balls are a quick dessert you can whip up in just 5 minutes. They’re vegan, low in sugar, inexpensive and make the perfect after-dinner treat.
- Why You'll Love These Peanut Butter Sesame Balls
- Ingredients For Your Shopping List
- Let's Make Them
- Tips + FAQs
- Quality peanut butter is key
- Can You Make A Paleo Version?
- Should You Chill Your Dough?
- Is This Recipe High In Sugar?
- Do You Need To Toast The Sesame Seeds?
- What About Alternatives To Sesame Seeds
- Can They Be Made Vegan?
- Other no-bake desserts:
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I don’t have many weaknesses. Just kidding, I have too many to list, but one of the biggest has got to be peanut butter.
Peanut butter is one of the foods that takes a reasonable woman in her late 30s and turns her into something animal-like with little to no self-control. If you want a more colorful picture, think of standing in the pantry, hiding from everyone, and eating peanut butter (the only true and proper way), with my finger - because peanut butter makes me forget my manners, my willpower and my surroundings.
When I’m eventually discovered by one of my children, I distract them by wildly gesturing with my peanut butter-covered fingers, because I’m incapable of speaking due to my sticky peanut butter mouth. So that’s generally when I realize that I’ve gone too far and need to put whatever is left of the peanut butter back in its place and move on with my day (half embarrassed, but mostly satisfied).
So that settles it, I like peanut butter…a lot.
But what makes peanut butter even better? Honey! So I wanted to create a simple dessert that centers around peanut butter and honey. Because everyone in my house feels much like I do about peanut butter (though probably not as excessively obsessed) it was an obvious choice. Keep things simple, without too many ingredients, and make it delicious.
So I’ve created these little treats for my family, but selfishly for me too. They have just the right constituency for a satisfying after-dinner indulgence. (Sorry chocolate, I’ll get back to you soon - promise)
So let’s get to some tips on how to make the best peanut butter sesame balls.
Why You'll Love These Peanut Butter Sesame Balls
- You only need 5 pantry ingredients
- They're a delicious and easy snack
- They're gluten-free, dairy-free and grain-free
- You can replace the honey with maple syrup and make them vegan
- Ready in 15 minutes
Ingredients For Your Shopping List
Let's Make Them
Step 1. Combine all ingredients besides sesame seed in a medium bowl and mix well.
Step 2. Freeze the prepared mixture for 10 minutes (as this makes it easier to roll the balls)
Step 3. Form into 1" balls and roll in sesame seeds.
Step 4. Store peanut butter sesame balls in an airtight container in either the refrigerator or freezer.
Tips + FAQs
Quality peanut butter is key
Because this recipe uses so few ingredients, it’s important that you source the best possible ones. Since peanut butter is our main ingredient, look for a quality brand that requires stirring and doesn’t contain much besides peanuts and salt. This peanut butter is my all-time favorite and works perfectly every time for this recipe. If you can’t find this brand, seek out a one that requires stirring. Pre-stirred peanut butters will not work as well in this recipe.
Can You Make A Paleo Version?
If you’re following a paleo lifestyle or just simply want to experiment with other nut butters, go for it! Cashew and almond butters are ideal substitutes. As is sun butter, though I think cashew will give you the closest taste and consistency to peanut butter.
Should You Chill Your Dough?
That’s a must. The balls do have to be refrigerated in order to keep their shape. Otherwise, you will end up with a mushy pile of peanut butter. I’ve also stored them in the freezer if you want an extra hard treat. If you’re looking to make a big batch, you can store them in an airtight container in the freezer for several months. Otherwise, they will be fine in the refrigerator for a few weeks.
Is This Recipe High In Sugar?
They are not and that’s the beauty of them. The whole recipe is using just 2 tablespoon of honey, giving them just the right amount of sweetness. Alternatively, you can use maple syrup.
Do You Need To Toast The Sesame Seeds?
You don’t have to but I find they add more flavors to the peanut butter balls. You can find already toasted sesame seeds or you can just toast your own in the oven for 5 minutes.
What About Alternatives To Sesame Seeds
If you’re not a fan of sesame seeds, you can use the same basic recipe and roll the balls in finely shredded coconut, or cacao or even grind your own nut of choice and use that as an option.
I hope you will enjoy these little bites as much as I do. They make for a perfect little treat anytime you’re craving something sweet!
Can They Be Made Vegan?
Yes, simply replace the honey with 2 tablespoon maple syrup.
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- Almond Butter Bars with Salted Chocolate
- Vanilla Collagen Coconut Bites
- 5 Ingredient Chocolate Hazelnut Bites
- Almond Crusted Chocolate Truffles
- ¾ cup peanut butter
- ¼ cup coconut flour
- 2 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup sesame seeds
- pinch of salt (optional)
- Combine all ingredients besides sesame seed in a medium bowl and mix well.
- Freeze prepared mixture for 10 minutes (as this makes it easier to roll the balls)
- Form into 1" balls and roll in sesame seeds.
- Store peanut butter sesame balls in an airtight container in either the refrigerator or freezer.
1. Be sure to chill the mixture as this will make it much easier to roll.
2. Maple syrup is a good alternative to honey to keep this recipe vegan.
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