Easy Low-Carb Peanut Butter Truffles (Only 4 Ingredients)

Updated on April 4, 2018
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I love traveling the world, but sometimes you just want the things you liked at home. So I learn how to make them and share them with you!

An absolutely scrumptious, guilt-free treat that's a breeze to put together!
An absolutely scrumptious, guilt-free treat that's a breeze to put together!

Guilt-free chocolate treats

Recently I have been trying to cut down on the amount of sugar and refined carbs that I eat. As with most new habits, it’s not that bad once you get into it, but I still find there are certain foods I really miss. If I have some kind of sweet, indulgent treat I can substitute, I know it is far less likely that I will fall into the temptation of eating something that doesn’t align with my current goals.

Enter Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles. They are delicious, satisfying, and so incredibly easy to make. They only require four ingredients, and because you’re making them yourself you can alter the recipe to suit your nutritional and taste needs.

Chocolate chunks, peanut butter, coconut oil, and butter.
Chocolate chunks, peanut butter, coconut oil, and butter.

All you need is four ingredients

All you need is coconut oil, butter, peanut butter, and chocolate chips. If you want to make it even simpler you could replace the butter with more coconut oil or vice versa. By using dairy-free chips and coconut oil you can make these truffles completely vegan! If you wish they were a little bit sweeter you can increase the amount of chocolate or add a sugar-free sweetener like stevia. If you’d like a little more protein and less fat you can increase the amount of peanut butter and decrease the amount of oil and butter. Obviously if you change the ingredients the nutrition information included with this recipe will not be accurate for your truffles.

As you can see, the possibilities are quite numerous! This is also a great way to make an all-natural fancy treat without doling out the big bucks. If you already buy natural or organic versions of these ingredients then you can mix up your truffles with the peace of mind that no one is sneaking in any additives. Though these are low in sugar, they were still sweet enough for my dear husband who is definitely not willing to compromise flavor for a healthier option! Every time I pull one out, he asks if he can have one too.

Peanut-buttery, chocolatey, melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness.
Peanut-buttery, chocolatey, melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness.

Low-carb diets

I first came across the idea for this dessert while looking through a website with ketogenic recipes. In case you don’t know, a ketogenic diet is one that prioritizes fat consumption and cuts carbohydrates down to a minimum. This diet has been proven to have a positive impact on conditions like epilepsy. Many other people have found the ketogenic diet helps them lose weight or regulate their hormones. I personally don’t subscribe to the ketogenic diet, but I have found that increasing my fat consumption and decreasing my carbohydrate consumption sometimes helps decrease acne breakouts on my face.

Eating a higher amount of fat in my diet also helps me feel fuller, and so I am less prone to mindless snacking or over-eating. If you are increasing the amount of fat you eat I recommend you still stay mindful of how many calories you are consuming, since foods high in fat are more calorie-dense than low-fat foods. It’s also good to make sure you go for enriching, natural sources, like avocados, coconut oil, fish oils, or nuts.

But really, you've got to try these!
But really, you've got to try these!

The benefits of a higher-fat diet

Eating a higher amount of fat in my diet also helps me feel fuller, and so I am less prone to mindless snacking or over-eating. If you are increasing the amount of fat you eat I recommend you still stay mindful of how many calories you are consuming, since foods high in fat are more calorie-dense than low-fat foods. It’s also good to make sure you go for enriching, natural sources, like avocados, coconut oil, fish oils, or nuts.

Using the right equipment

This time also went much better because I had molds to make the truffles in! I had previously let the mixture cool a little and then dropped a spoonful at a time onto a tray covered in aluminum. It didn’t alter the flavor at all but obviously they weren’t as uniform in size or shape. Being able to pour the mixture into a mold while it is still warm and then allow it to harden in the fridge or freezer is so much easier.

So it’s not impossible to make these if you don’t have a silicone mold, but it certainly streamlines the process. Even an ice cube tray will probably work! Still, don’t let lacking that little bit of equipment keep you from diving into these decadent morsels.

These silicone ice cube trays made it a lot easier!
These silicone ice cube trays made it a lot easier!

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: 18

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup creamy all-natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup 72% dark chocolate chunks

Recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles

These all-natural treats would be fun to make (and eat) with family and friends.
These all-natural treats would be fun to make (and eat) with family and friends.

Instructions

  1. Heat a non-stick pan on low.
  2. Add butter, coconut oil, and peanut butter to the pan.
  3. As the previous ingredients begin to melt, stir in the chocolate chunks with a silicone spatula.
  4. As the previous ingredients begin to melt, stir in the chocolate chunks with a silicone spatula.
  5. Once all of the ingredients have melted and combined, turn off burner and allow mixture to cool for a few minutes.
  6. Pour mixture into silicone molds and place in the freezer or refrigerator.
  7. When the mixture has hardened, pop the truffles out. If using an ice-cube tray, you may need to insert a butter knife around the edges to loosen them.
  8. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 98
Calories from Fat81
% Daily Value *
Fat 9 g14%
Carbohydrates 3 g1%
Sugar 1 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 2 g4%
Sodium 27 mg1%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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      • BethanyHalbert profile imageAUTHOR

        Bethany Halbert 

        3 months ago from West Virginia, USA

        I'm so glad they worked out well! Yeah, in the ice cube mold I used they came out a little big, but I just tried not to overfill them so they wouldn't be huge.

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        Janisa 

        3 months ago from Earth

        Your recipe didn't lie; made these in literally 10 minutes (not including the time to let them harden). I added a few tablespoons of honey to make them sweeter without ruining the healthy aspect. The only thing I'd change next time would be to use some special chocolate molds to make them more bite-sized.

      • BethanyHalbert profile imageAUTHOR

        Bethany Halbert 

        3 months ago from West Virginia, USA

        Thanks Janisa! They really are that easy and that delicious. Plus you can get as creative as you like with the shapes. I don't know how they'll turn out with unsweetened chocolate... though if your peanut butter is sweetened that will probably balance it out a little bit.

        Thanks for the comment and I hope they turn out great!!

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        Janisa 

        3 months ago from Earth

        Wow! these look too simple to be true, but I just happen to have all the ingredients available... so why not! And I love anything that includes peanut butter and chocolate. My problem is that I only have unsweetened chocolate chunks... may need to improvise with something sweet to balance it out.

      • BethanyHalbert profile imageAUTHOR

        Bethany Halbert 

        3 months ago from West Virginia, USA

        You're welcome Lisa! They really are delicious. Please let me know how they turn out for you!

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        Lisa Chronister 

        3 months ago from Florida

        This looks delicious! I am definitely going to try it. Thank you for sharing!

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