These No-Sugar Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls Will Satisfy All Your Sweet Cravings
Sometimes, you just want something that feels like a sweet treat, a little night nosh to close out dinner and signal to your body: "Okay, I'm satisfied now." That's where healthy fat comes in. According to Dr. Ellen Vora, fat is a powerful weapon in satiating sugar cravings, and particular types of fat can help with that even more. The flavor of coconut, for instance, is perceived as sweetness by your palate, enhancing that dessert-like feeling. Cinnamon is another spice that's associated with sweetness, despite not containing any sugar (and it, in fact, speeds up your metabolism and helps to balance blood sugar1).
These no-bake chocolate peanut butter balls, invented by healthy-dessert queen Rachel Mansfield, are the perfect sugar-free sweet. "They satisfy my endless sweet-tooth cravings despite having no dates, no maple syrup, no added sweetener of any kind!" she says. "Since I crave sweet over savory pretty much all day, I like to always have these on hand. They keep me full, and never leave me with a hangry blood-sugar crash." (Want to see her make 'em live and talk you through more no sugar tips? She's taking over our Instagram all day long!)
Rachel Mansfield's No-Sugar Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
- 1 cup raw cashews
- ½ cup oats (quick or rolled)
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter (or creamy nut butter of choice)
- ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅓ cup cacao nibs
- Combine all ingredients except cacao nibs in food processor or blender.
- Pulse/blend until creamy and well combined.
- Add in cacao nibs and pulse to break to distribute evenly.
- Using a spoon or cookie-dough scooper, form dough into balls and line across a lined baking tray or in a Tupperware.
- Pop in freezer for 30 minutes to set and enjoy!
- You can store in fridge or freezer. Thaw out for a few minutes before eating if in freezer.
Want more no-sugar-dessert inspo? We love this orange almond cake, which is gluten-free and tastes amazing, sans sugar. And if you missed any of our no-sugar week, head over here to get our best sugar quitting tips, a meal plan to balance blood sugar, a doctor's guide to managing sugar withdrawal (it's worse than a lot of hard drugs!), and much, much more.
Liz Moody is an author, blogger and recipe developer living in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated with a creative writing and psychology degree from The University of California, Berkeley. Moody has written two cookbooks: Healthier Together: Recipes for Two—Nourish Your Body, Nourish Your Relationships and Glow Pops: Super-Easy Superfood Recipes to Help You Look and Feel Your Best. She also hosts the Healthier Together Podcast, where she chats with notable chefs, nutritionists, and best-selling authors about their paths to success. Her work has been featured in Vogue, Glamour, Food & Wine & Women’s Health.