Protein Buckeyes is an OG Fit Foodie holiday dessert recipe. Made with protein powder, honey, and dark chocolate chips, these are such a fun and festive dessert recipe!
If you’re looking for a protein-packed dessert for the holidays, you’ve come to the right recipe. We’ve been making these protein buckeyes since the mid-2010s and they get better and better every year.
It’s basically a version of our protein balls turned into a buckeye ball! You are welcome.
What do you need for protein buckeyes?
- Peanut butter
- Protein powder
- Chocolate pieces
- Coconut oil
We tested this recipe with our favorite protein powder, Garden of Life Whey along with our favorite collagen, Vital Proteins Collagen, and they both turned out great.
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Top ideas for Protein Buckeyes
While you can keep these buckeyes looking like regular buckeye balls, we liked to top them off with something special. Here are some ideas:
- It sprays
- Grated coconut
- Crushed peanuts
- Grated chocolate
- Mini chocolate chips
We recommend keeping them in the freezer for best results. And, bonus! they will last up to 3 months.
- Chopped unsweetened coconut
- It sprays
Combine the peanut butter, vanilla, protein powder, honey, and 1.5 tablespoons of water in a medium bowl. Mix until the texture is like cookie dough. You may need to add more water to get a cookie dough texture.
Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Using a 1 tablespoon cookie dough scoop, scoop the dough into your hands and roll into a ball. Place them on parchment paper and repeat.
Freeze the balls for about 30 minutes.
While your balls are cooling, melt the chocolate. Place the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a small bowl. You want it to be big enough to fit the chocolate chips, but small enough to dip the balls in. Microwave in 20-second increments, stirring between each increment, until glossy and melted.
If you want to add toppings to your protein shakes, prepare small bowls of them for dipping.
Place a ball on the tip of a fork. Dip the ball into the chocolate, leaving a ring on the edge. Hold your fork with your left and use your right hand to tap your wrist so that any extra chocolate drips off. Finally, use a toothpick to slide the ball off the fork into your toppings.
Once coated, transfer the balls back to the parchment-lined baking sheet and refrigerate to speed the drying process.
Tips & Notes
- How thick and chalky the peanut butter portion of the buckeye will vary depending on the protein powder used, how drippy your peanut butter is, and how much water was used. If the dough tastes chalky, add 1 teaspoon of water to the mixture at a time until it is no longer chalky.
Calories: 153kcal Carbohydrates: 12G Protein: 6G Fat: 11G Fiber: 2G Sugar: 8G