These chocolate covered peanut butter balls are homemade, easy and PERFECT for Valentine's Day. You will love these and so will everyone you offer these to!
They're peanut butter balls dipped in tempered silky chocolate, then sprinkled with Kosher salt on top. These are so easy to make and SO perfect for Valentine's Day.
Homemade chocolates are the best because they taste better than store bought, and much they're much cheaper! Like WAY cheaper.
Ingredients you'll need for these 3 ingredient peanut butter balls
Here is what you need for this no bake recipe:
- Chocolate - Any type of gluten free chocolate is fine for this recipe. Just be sure it is labeled gluten free. Even Toll House is labeled gluten free now. Endangered Species gives proceeds back to conservation organizations, and Enjoy Life is allergen friendly and free from all major allergens.
- Powdered Sugar - Also known as 'confectioners' sugar. Great Value is a Walmart brand that labels their powdered sugar gluten free, and Wholesome Organic from Thrive Market is labeled gluten free as well.
- Peanut Butter - Lots to choose from here! You can make your own homemade peanut butter by grinding up peanuts! But note, you DO NOT want to buy raw peanuts in bulk at the grocery store! You know those big barrels and bins? Where you can scoop up nuts, put them in a bag and they weigh and price them at the checkout line? Those are usually never gluten free and alway cross contaminated. You will want to look for brands that have labeled their product 'gluten free'. Blue Diamond is know for offering gluten free labeled peanuts and if you order from Nuts.com, you're bound to find gluten free peanuts for sure. Just be sure to search around! As far as gluten free peanut butter, there are so many peanut butters now labeled gluten free, from Jif to organic and natural peanut butters.
How to make easy peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate
- Mix - In a bowl, begin mixing the powdered sugar with your peanut butter one tablespoon at a time. You can add more powdered sugar if your hands are still sticking to the peanut butter, but you'll know when it's done once nothing sticks.
- Shape - Roll into balls with the palm of your hands and set aside on a tray lined with parchment paper.
- Temper - You will want to read the recipe below for How To Temper Chocolate Chips. This method is MUCH easier than tempering over the stovetop, and much faster. Once your chocolate is melted and tempered in a microwave safe bowl, move onto step 4.
- Dip - Once chocolate is melted, roll peanut butter balls until thoroughly coated and thick, then lay back down onto your parchment paper lined baking sheet. You can use two spoons to roll the peanut butter balls around in the melted chocolate.
- Sprinkle the tops with Kosher salt and let them dry completely. These can be stored in the fridge, freezer or in an air tight container on the countertop. To quickly harden the chocolate, you can freeze temporarily as well.
Alternative ingredients for chocolate covered peanut butter balls
- Almond butter works with these as well! You can use the same ratios with the confectioners' sugar. If you use almond butter in the center with this recipe, I highly suggest buying gluten free pretzels, crushing them, and sprinkling them all over the tops while still the chocolate is still wet. This adds great flavor to the chocolates! Snyder's of Hanover makes gluten free pretzels.
- Dark chocolate can definitely be used for this recipe to coat the chocolates. I would suggest mixing a half and half portion of dark to semi-sweet chocolate for an outstanding flavor. For a gluten and dairy free treat, you can use Enjoy Life chocolates.
Ok, now go make these incredible chocolates for Valentine's Day, stat! Seriously, you will love them and your Valentine will be in awe of these. These are the BEST Valentine's Day chocolates AND they're gluten free! What's not to love?!
Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls
- 4 tablespoons peanut butter
- 4 tablespoons confectioners sugar more if needed
- 1 cup gluten-free chocolate tempered
- Kosher salt for topping
- Combine peanut butter and powdered sugar in a large bowl. You are looking for a 1 to 1 ratio.
- Stir together slowly with a fork or fold with hands until both ingredients form into one. Use more confectioners' sugar to make the ball more sturdy if needed. Also, the humidity of the room can vary, so this plays a role as well.
- Make approximately 8 balls total, rolling each one in the palms of your hands to form a perfectly shaped circle.
- Place them on parchment paper and set aside in fridge or freezer while tempering chocolate.
- HOW TO TEMPER CHOCOLATE CHIPS IN THE MICROWAVE: You can easily temper your chocolate by microwaving for 30 seconds in a microwave safe kitchen bowl, then stir. Microwaving again for 30 seconds, then stir. Doing this total of about 3-4 times should temper it beautifully. When you are finished, only very few tiny clumps will remain. DO NOT microwave again when you see these tiny clumps! They will melt away with the heated chocolate. Add a small handful of morsels into the bowl and stir until smooth and velvety. Adding a few morsels back into the heat brings the temperature of the chocolate back down. This is the final step in tempering.
- When ready, take peanut butter balls and carefully dip them into the melted chocolate. Coat on all sides with a spoon, pick up the covered chocolate ball, let chocolate drizzle off a bit, then place on a clean sheet of parchment paper. Repeat this process with every piece until finished.
- Once all are coated, quickly sprinkle Kosher salt on the tops of each chocolate ball while still wet.
- Let them rest to harden, then place in fridge or freezer to harden more and get cold.
- When ready to eat them, remove from fridge and serve or remove from freezer and wait about 10 minutes to serve.