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Vegan Peanut Butter Bon Bons

You never want to be called one of those people who “sits around all day eating bon bons.” –However,Β  I came up with a recipe to redeem this usually fattening dessert into a guilt-free snack!

I’ve been wanting to make these for a while now. Coming up with the recipe was quite simple. It was a matter of, do I want to add vegan butter, or not? Do I just want to make a peanut butter ball and coat it? Can I make it raw? What can I add to give it SOME type of nutritional value? Can I make them taste good with very little sugar? Well, I put them through Laury’s test kitchen and think I did pretty well πŸ™‚

Vegan Peanut Butter Bon Bons

yields 6-7

ingredients:

  • 3/4 Cup Natural Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Rolled Oats (or 1 Tablespoon coconut flour plus 1/2 Tablespoon coconut oil)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of Maple Syrup or 1/4-1/2 teaspoon Nu Naturals liquid stevia, divided
  • 1 Tablespoon Nutritional Yeast
  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil

Method-

Place 1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup (or 1/4 teaspoon stevia) and the other firstΒ  four ingredientsΒ  in a bowl (excluding coconut oil and chocolate):

I used a jar of FRESH all natural peanut butter. It was nice and soft. If your PB is hard, you may want to melt it for a few seconds to soften it up.

Take a small cookie scooper and scoop PB balls onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper & place in the FREEZER for at least 30 minutes:

After you confirm they are nice and firm. Leave them in the freezer while you prepare your chocolate.

If you are impatient, you can sneak one of the PB balls. I won’t tell πŸ˜‰

This batch made 7…but I ended up with an even 6 bon bons for good measure

If you do not have a double boiler (like me), place a metal bowl on top of a pan of boiling water and fill with chocolate chips:

When they start melting a little, add coconut oil so the chocolate is not TOO thick. Sweeten the chocolate with either another Tablespoon maple syrup or 10-15 drops of stevia.Β  Remove from heat, stirring vigorously.

take your PB balls out of the freezer and carefully dip each in the chocolate to coat. Then place them back onto the wax paper & into the refrigerator:

Let the chocolate harden in the fridge for about a half hour or so.

They actually tasted best when they were softer at room temp. However,Β  the chocolate does need to harden in the fridge.

Enjoy!!!

I made this recipe so there are not too many to eat. However, if you want you can double, triple, quadruple, etc if you want to share with friends πŸ™‚

(recipe has been updated and improved!!!)

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This recipe is very low in sugar, the peanut butter is a great source of protein, and the nutritional yeast makes them a snacky source of B12 and other B vitamins! Check out this great article my girl Alisa wrote on the benefits Nutritional Yeast (aka “noosh”).

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What’s more scrumptious than a Bon Bon, you ask….

A throwback Munchkin picture, of course πŸ˜‰

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Enjoy the rest of your day!!!

I am off to work all morning. Stopping at the farmers market…maybe have them make me a green lemonade…then hopefully a decent workout before my evening clients!

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Question of the Day:

What goes into it when you create or re-create new recipes? How do you find inspiration?

The inspiration behind the bon bons was a craving, andΒ  I all of a sudden remembered how delicious they were last time I had them, in home ec, like 15 years ago. And my love for chocolate and PB & how many recipes I can come up with for that combo πŸ™‚

xxoo

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48 Comments

  • Reply Keri

    Oooh they look so good! Jealous of them and your green lemonade. I will have to make at least one of those today. I love that this is an easy vegan recipe to make and that I already have all the ingredients. Sometimes vegan recipes can be intimidating because I feel like I have to restock my pantry to make anything!

    January 26, 2011 at 7:31 am
  • Reply Kat

    these look so delish! I want to make some right now… shame I’m at work πŸ˜‰

    January 26, 2011 at 9:19 am
  • Reply Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

    You have been cranking out some AMAZING recipes these days girl!! These ones look delicious. When I’m creating new recipes, I’m usually inspired by new ingredients I find and want to try, photos that I see in magazines and online, the Food Network (haha!!) and other blogs.

    January 26, 2011 at 9:23 am
  • Reply Tina

    You can never go wrong with chocolate + PB! Great job on coming up with a clean dessert recipe! No HFCS in those puppies! πŸ˜‰

    January 26, 2011 at 9:48 am
  • Reply Kat

    First off, how the heck did you dip them so perfectly! They are flawless! Second, there is no way I could not eat the entire batch. Peanut butter + chocolate = weakness!!

    January 26, 2011 at 10:21 am
    • Reply laury

      Very carefully πŸ˜‰

      I was really proud of myself for only eating half the batch, lol

      January 26, 2011 at 10:26 am
  • Reply Sophia @ Raven Waves

    These look so so delicious!! Usually my recipes or meals are inspired by cravings too! If I really want an ingredient, I’ll find some way to get in the recipe! Have a great Wednesday!

    January 26, 2011 at 10:41 am
  • Reply Laura

    Those look so yummy! So does Munchkin, what an adorable picture.

    I’m so safe in the kitchen, I always stick to recipes and don’t really come up with my own. Maybe it’s time to change that!

    January 26, 2011 at 11:09 am
  • Reply Joslyn @ missfitbliss

    I love these! I just made the real deal buckeye balls for the holidays and they were loaded with sugar and fat. I felt almost guilty handing them out. What a wonderful alternative. Thank you so much for sharing Laury:)

    January 26, 2011 at 11:24 am
  • Reply Jenny

    haha, I always joke about bon bons. I love the nutritious idea of one! Thank you for posting:)

    January 26, 2011 at 11:51 am
  • Reply Morgan

    YUMMY girl! Not only do your bon bons look perfect and cute, but Im sure they are amazing, you just cant go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate IMO. I love the addition of the oats in there!
    When I am developing a recipe or creating something new for the blog, I get infpiration from all over the place. I sometimes think of something from my childhood, and want to recreate, or a craving. Actually MOST of the time I would say I create out of wantings and cravings for certain foods. Not a specific food, but just a general food, like pasta, burgers, salad, soup. Then I take that and hit the stores and see what is fresh and looking good. A lot of the time I just get inspired out of nowhere looking at ingredients. I go to the store with NOTHING in my brain, and leave with a week full of new recipe ideas and ingredients. πŸ™‚ And dalso my readers request for oldies done up vegan little house of veggies style. πŸ™‚ Keep coming up with your awesome recipes! You are a great cook and I love seeing your potions you are coming up with in the kitchen!

    January 26, 2011 at 12:04 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, girl!! It means so much coming from a culinary genius such as yourself πŸ™‚ So glad you let me in on your recipe creation process!! xxoo

      January 26, 2011 at 12:26 pm
  • Reply thehealthyapron

    I’m just like you! I try to make my desserty recipes so that it makes just enough for maybe one each day of the week! This is the perfect recipe for when I get a choc/PB craving and I love that it has some nutritional value! I still havent found nutritional yeast though…

    Have a great day Laury!

    January 26, 2011 at 12:43 pm
  • Reply Julie (A Case of the Runs)

    Wow, nutritional yeast with chocolate? Do they change the flavor at all? I like nutritional yeast a lot… to give cheesy flavor….

    January 26, 2011 at 1:21 pm
    • Reply laury

      It was more with the peanut butter, and no. It doesn’t taste cheesy at all. I like the savory flavor and nutritional value it added to the dessert!

      January 26, 2011 at 1:35 pm
  • Reply susan

    The recipe looks wonderful Laury, thanks so much for posting it, I can’t wait to try it. You’re like myself, I like to adapt recipes and cut the sugar content. Yum yum peanut butter.

    January 26, 2011 at 2:07 pm
    • Reply laury

      Let me know if you try them!

      January 26, 2011 at 3:17 pm
  • Reply Holly @ couchpotatoathlete

    Laury these look so good! I agree with the above comment about “how did you dip them so nicely?” I’ve made cake balls before and they looked like a mess!

    If I am going to adapt a recipe I try to use what I already have in the house and make changes as needed (no dairy and lower sugar) — that is what I prefer!

    January 26, 2011 at 2:11 pm
    • Reply laury

      Haha, it was skillz I did not know I had. It was a little bit of a mess, but I redeemed them somehow πŸ™‚

      January 26, 2011 at 5:16 pm
  • Reply Jennifer @ Evolving Well

    Mmmmm…these look good. I just have one question for you…why do you add nutritional yeast to the recipe? Just curious as it would be a natural option for me to reach for for something sweet.

    January 26, 2011 at 3:09 pm
    • Reply laury

      I made peanut butter cups a while back that I adapted from Love Veggies and Yoga. She used noosh in the PB mix, and I thought it was a good way to sneak in some nutritional value! I like my PB savory, and the noosh added that for me. Even though you really don’t taste it!

      January 26, 2011 at 3:17 pm
  • Reply Sβ˜€S

    MmM girl these look fantastic!! I’ve been on the lookout for a recipe to replace my (chemical-filled) beloved Reeses. This could be the ticket πŸ˜€ Glad I found your blog!

    January 26, 2011 at 3:22 pm
  • Reply Jess@atasteofconfidence

    My recipe creations usually come from combing 2 recipes, or adding a favorite ingredient- like PB! I also like to try to make traditional ones a bit healthier.

    January 26, 2011 at 5:05 pm
  • Reply Angela (the diet book junkie)

    hey girl!!! how were your holidays?? i finally have internet again (yay!) lookin’ forward to catching up! πŸ™‚

    (p.s. thanks for sharing the recipe. anything with chocolate is good with me. ;))

    January 26, 2011 at 7:16 pm
    • Reply laury

      Hey!!! Welcome back! I have missed you πŸ™‚ Holidays were good! Def gotta catch up!

      January 26, 2011 at 7:42 pm
  • Reply Katie

    what’s wrong with sitting around all day eating bon bons? πŸ˜‰

    How does one apply to be a taste tester in Laury’s test kitchen? If this is what the product is like, I want in!

    January 26, 2011 at 7:47 pm
    • Reply laury

      Ha! You know what….let me move in with you over there on the West Coast and the job is yours πŸ˜‰

      January 26, 2011 at 7:49 pm
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  • Reply Tiffany @ Simply Shaka

    Please tell me when you were making these you sang “Make the bon bon, make the bon bon, make the bon bons!!!” No?? Ok. I don’t know why I turn everything into a song.

    I need to make these soon. And I adore the pic of Munch-llok at him being all saucy and winking, you’re a little minx Munch!

    January 26, 2011 at 8:43 pm
    • Reply laury

      LOL, I don’t think I know that one? Or do I? I make songs out of EVERYTHING! If there were hidden cameras around here, I would be committed :/

      Munchkin is so sassy πŸ™‚

      January 26, 2011 at 10:17 pm
  • Reply Mary @ Bites and Bliss

    You’d THINK you’d never want to be one of those people sitting around all day eating bon bons. πŸ˜‰ But these are just too good not to!

    January 26, 2011 at 9:16 pm
    • Reply laury

      couldn’t have said it better myself πŸ™‚

      January 26, 2011 at 9:21 pm
  • Reply Leashieloo

    OMG!!! These look absolutely amazing. I just want to dive into the photos and eat them all. Would the addition of coconut flakes work in this?

    January 26, 2011 at 9:18 pm
    • Reply laury

      The addition of coconut flakes would be fantastic πŸ™‚

      January 26, 2011 at 9:21 pm
  • Reply Jennifer (She's a Fit Chick)

    I don’t think I will ever get over how photogenic Munchkin is!! What a great recipe idea. I have gotten pretty good with cooking but I still have plenty of fails when it comes to creating my own recipes lol!

    January 26, 2011 at 9:55 pm
  • Reply Nicole @ Of Cookies & Carrots

    I’m pretty new to your blog, but you may have lured me in for LIFE with these bonbons… ohhhh my gosh I’m dying!

    January 26, 2011 at 10:10 pm
    • Reply laury

      HA! So glad you decided to stop by today then πŸ™‚

      January 26, 2011 at 10:15 pm
  • Reply Maryann

    Those look soo good! I love that oats are in them!

    January 26, 2011 at 11:47 pm
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  • Reply Alisa Fleming

    I loooove how thick you make the chocolate coating! So please do tell, what does the nooch do for the recipe? I’ve seen it in a lot of vegan pb cup recipes, but am still leary.

    Inspiration? Cravings and what’s in the cupboard! All these blogs help too πŸ™‚

    January 27, 2011 at 1:56 pm
  • Reply Mama Kelly aka Jia

    Oh these look so yummy!!! These are top of the list of vegan treats I plan to make with my girls.

    January 28, 2011 at 11:22 pm
    • Reply laury

      Great! I hope you enjoy it πŸ™‚

      January 29, 2011 at 8:05 pm
  • Reply Melissa @ TryingToHeal

    oh, those look delicious! def bookmarking it for when i finally get my hands on some nutritional yeast! it’s impossible to find where i am!

    February 19, 2011 at 5:56 pm
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    Ooh those look so good! I’ve been craving some bon-bons lately and I’ll be sure to make those next week.

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