These are very similar to what is called a buckeye ball or reese’s peanut
butter cups. Instead of loading it with sugar to thicken it, you use powdered
oatmeal. The beauty of this is that you cannot tell that oatmeal is in it and
it is a very healthy alternative to your favorite treat. In addition, it gives
the chocolate balls the texture that we love in our traditional peanut butter
2 cups of natural peanut butter at room temperature
¼ cup of softened butter
¼ teaspoon of sea salt
½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
2-2.5 cups of powdered sugar
1 cup of blended oatmeal (see note)
Tempered chocolate (see note)
Course sea salt for garnish
Crushed pecans for garnish
Note: place oatmeal in a blender and blend until it turns into a flour. It
is possible to whip up a small batch of tempered chocolate in your microwave
and the internet offers several instructions on how to do this. However, if you
do not want to do this, dip the peanut butter balls and then keep them chilled
so that they will remain firm.
Add peanut butter, butter, salt, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar.
Add the oatmeal flour and mix using your hands.
Roll into small balls, no bigger than a ping pong ball, and set on wax or parchment paper.
Chill until the balls are cold and firm; about 2 hours minimum.
Dip the balls in the melted chocolate.
While the chocolate is still moist, garnish with pecans and sea salt if you prefer.