Chocolate Chickpea Buckeyes



Plant-Based Chocolate Chickpea Buckeyes

This popular dessert is packed full of fiber from the chickpeas, dates, and natural peanut butter.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: Buckeyes, chocolate, Peanut Butter
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Freeze Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 35 Buckeyes


  • 1 15.5 oz. can Chickpeas
  • 1 cup Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 cup Date Paste
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/3 cup Oat Flour or Quinoa Flour
  • 1 cup Chocolate melted


  • Strain chickpeas. Pour onto paper towels and pat dry. 
  • Process the chickpeas, peanut butter, date paste and vanilla extract in a high powered food processor. The mixture will be thick. Add almond milk, 1 tablespoon at a time if it becomes too thick. 
  • Place mixture into a large mixing bowl. Stir in oat flour a bit at a time with a sturdy spoon until the mixture is stiff but does not crumble. You may not need the entire 1/3 cup. 
  • Roll into balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Large marble size to 1" diameter according to your preference. 
  • Place balls in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  • In the meantime, place the chocolate in the top of a double boiler with water in the bottom. Melt over medium, heat stirring until smooth. Reduce heat to low once chocolate has melted. 
  • To dip balls, stick a toothpick into the center and dip into the melted chocolate. For an authentic buckeye do not dip all the way. 
  • Let the excess chocolate run off the ball before placing on a peace of parchment paper or wax paper. 
  • Recommendation: If toothpick is not staying in the ball while dipping in chocolate, place the balls back in the freezer for 10 minutes. I find it best to remove 5 at a time from the freezer while dipping in chocolate.
  • Hide well in the refrigerator or freezer until ready to serve (or they will come up missing!)


Follow this link for date paste instructions. 
We recommend using natural peanut butter
If you don't have oat flour/quinoa flour, any flour can be used in place of these. You just may need more or less to reach the desired consistency. 
When melting chocolate for your Christmas treats we recommend 100% Cacao Baker’s baking chocolate.
If you are looking for something sweeter then its best to find a dairy-free brand and the higher percent of cocoa the better. Here are some dairy-free brands, although depending on the percentage, many will still have sugar.
  • Green & Black's
  • Trader Joe's semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Enjoy Life semi-sweet chocolate
  • 70% and up of Lindt products (70%, 85%, 90% and 99% bars)
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Recipe modified from The Lean Green Bean.

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