Healthy Buckeyes

The dessert of my blog’s namesake! Only, this version is PALEO friendly!

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If you’re not from Ohio, you may be wondering, why is this significant? Buckeye is the state tree, the Ohio state mascot, the Ohio state candy… and if you’re a college football fan you know that today is the national championship. Now, for any big game involving The Buckeyes, buckeye candies are made in celebration. Well, they normally involve peanut butter balls that contain a lot of butter and powdered sugar. So, I went on the hunt and found a healthier, Paleo version here. I made a few adjustments according to the ingredients I had at home.

Its a good way to stick to whatever healthy resolution you made while also being able to partake in the fanfare! Also, its been freezing cold outside lately and I needed a project to keep me busy and distract me from the imminent cabin fever that should be setting in soon.

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What you’ll need:

  • 5 tablespoons sunflower seed butter (a.k.a. sunbutter)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips (I use the ‘enjoy life’ brand, its vegan, and hardens when cool)

Instructions

  1. add sunflower seed butter, coconut oil, honey, vanilla, almond flour, flaxseed meal and salt to a large bowl.
  2. using a mixer with paddle attachment, mix until all ingredients are incorporated, then put mixing bowl in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, so the mixture hardens like a dough.
  3. roll the dough into 1-inch balls and place them on a sheet of parchment paper or use a silicone mate (this recipe makes about 12 buckeyes)
  4. melt the chocolate chips in the microwave 30 seconds at a time.
  5. dip the sunflower balls into the chocolate, using a toothpick, but leave a circle of the ball visible, as to achieve the “buckeye” look.
  6. Refrigerate again, until the chocolate hardens.
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