OH-IO! Alright regardless if you’re a The Ohio State University Buckeye fan or not, if you like peanut butter and chocolate, you’ll love this dessert.
Theses Vegan Buckeyes are what I deem to be truly the best version of my hometown’s classic treat. With added peanut flour rich in plant-based protein, these healthy buckeyes take under 20 minutes to make and 5 ingredients!
Fun fact, Ohio’s state tree is a buckeye and buckeyes (the actual nut-like seed on the tree) are not editable, in fact, they’re toxic. As a way to celebrate the Ohio state tree and actually enjoy the buckeye, it was transformed into a treat.
I have some of the fondest memories making buckeyes not just around the holiday season, but year-round with my mother. It was such a fun process rolling the peanut butter into balls then carefully dipping them in chocolate to look like a buckeye while she told me stories of why we make them and not eat the real thing found in the backyard. Fast forward to my undergrad and graduate years at Ohio State wearing t-shirts, necklaces, and keychains with the buckeye on them, it was a right of passage to honor this nut-like seed.
Protein Boosted Vegan Buckeyes
Traditionally the buckeyes are made with pretty straight forward ingredients. For the filling, it includes peanut butter, powdered sugar, butter, and milk chocolate as the coating. To give this a Nutrition Stripped spin, I wanted to boost the protein just a bit to balance out the macronutrients so we add in a satiety factor with the protein as well and the added benefit of stabilizing blood sugars a bit more than we would if we didn’t have as much protein present. All without sacrificing the flavor!
In addition, instead of powdered sugar, I use maple syrup and a little goes a long way so you can adjust to your specific tastes. The real curveball in my recipe is using peanut flour, which is basically a process of stripping the fat from the protein in peanut butter and you’re left with something that resembled a protein powder except rich in peanut flavor while retaining the protein.
If you don’t have peanut flour, which I found at Trader Joes and Whole Foods, you can order some organic peanut flour online or just use your favorite vanilla plant-based protein powder. Enjoy these vegan Buckeyes!
Peanut allergies are believed to affect up to 8% of children and 2% of adults. While it is usually a lifelong condition, 15-22% of children outgrow their allergy before they reach their teenage years (1).
Symptoms can range in severity but can cause life-threatening complications like anaphylaxis in some cases. Additionally, although peanuts are not considered tree nuts, around 30% of those who are allergic to peanuts may also be allergic to tree nuts as well (2).
If you have a peanut allergy, instead of using peanut butter you can use cashew butter or sunflower seed butter. Instead of the peanut flour, you can use your favorite vanilla plant-based protein powder and you might need to adjust the texture by adding a little water depending on how much moisture the protein powder absorbs. Start slow and build up one teaspoon of water at a time.
Learn more about food allergies here.