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Crunchy peanut butter balls covered in chocolate! Perfectly sweet, surprisingly healthy, and super easy to make. This no-bake dessert is the perfect summer treat when it’s too hot to turn on the oven!

crunchy peanut butter balls stacked on parchment paper with milk on the side.

What You’ll Need to Make Crunchy Peanut Butter Balls

Creamy Peanut Butter – Unsweetened, creamy peanut butter is the base of this easy dessert recipe. Check your peanut butter labels closely and make sure it doesn’t contain any sugar! Added sugar in the peanut butter would totally throw off the sweetness in this recipe. For unsweetened peanut butter, I love both Trader Joe’s and Teddie’s brand.

Maple Syrup – Really any liquid sweetener will work in these peanut butter balls. Maple syrup, along with honey and date syrup, are the three least processed options which is why I always use and recommend them. Though is you don’t have those, you can use agave nectar instead. Or, for a sugar-free dessert option, check the “Make it Sugar-Free” section below!

Almond Flour – This gluten-free, low-carb flour is one of my favorites! It’s healthy, super easy to find, and virtually flavorless. The almond flour is also super helpful in holding these dessert balls together, so don’t go without it.

Crispy Rice Cereal – One cup of crispy rice cereal gives these peanut butter balls their unexpected crunch! Feel free to use whichever brand you like best. Or, for an even healthier option, use one cup of puffed quinoa instead.

overhead image of crunchy peanut butter balls on an upside-down pie pan.

Tips and Tricks

  • Don’t feel like dipping in chocolate? Save major time and energy my melting the chocolate, then simply drizzling over the top of each ball!
  • For an extra salty plus sweet combo, finish off these crunchy no-bake peanut butter balls with a pinch of flaky sea salt! A bit of salt balances out the sweetness, and adds an extra layer of crunch.
  • These treats are best stored in the refrigerator! The freezer works too, but the fridge helps them hold their shape while also maintaining their crunchiness. But whatever you do, don’t store them at room-temperature, and especially not in the summertime because they will melt!
a stack of no-bake peanut butter balls, one with a bite taken out.

Adjust This Recipe To Your Dietary Needs

Make it Nut-Free: For a nut-free no-bake dessert, sub sunflower seed butter for the peanut butter and 3 tablespoons of coconut flour in place of the almond flour! Still just as delicious, and totally nut-free friendly.

Make it Sugar-Free: Replace the maple syrup in this recipe with your favorite liquid sugar-free sweetener.

Crunchy No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Samantha Course: Dessert, SnacksDifficulty: Easy
Servings

16

balls
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

0

minutes
Total time

10

minutes

Crunchy peanut butter balls covered in chocolate! Perfectly sweet, surprisingly healthy, and super easy to make. This no-bake dessert is the perfect summer treat when it’s too hot to turn on the oven!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter, unsweetened

  • 1/3 cup maple syrup

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup almond flour

  • 1 cup crispy rice cereal

  • For dipping/drizzling:
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

Directions

  • Mix together the creamy peanut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract in a large bowl.
  • Add in almond flour and crispy rice cereal, mix to combine.
  • Scoop and roll tablespoon-sized balls of the peanut butter ball mixture between the palms of your hands. Repeat this process until no more mixture remains, should make about 12 crunchy peanut butter balls.
  • Place balls in freezer for 10-15 minutes, and add chocolate chips and coconut oil to a small bowl. Microwave chocolate in 30 second increments until fully melted.
  • Once crunchy peanut butter balls are chilled, dip or drizzle with melted chocolate before placing back in the freezer. Freeze for at least 10 minutes before eating, then store in the fridge.

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Crisp, fresh, and flavorful Asian-inspired turkey lettuce wraps, topped off with a creamy, savory peanut sauce! Naturally gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and super healthy. These turkey lettuce wraps are the perfect addition to your weekly meal prep, best enjoyed as a quick and easy grab-and-go lunch!

four turkey lettuce wraps on a table, one being picked up.

What You’ll Need To Make Turkey Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce

Ground Turkey – Like chicken, ground turkey is a great source of lean protein. It’s a blank canvas to however you season it, and will leave you feeling full until your next meal. Though if you can’t find ground turkey for this recipe, you can easily use ground chicken instead.

Water Chestnuts – Don’t worry, I didn’t know what a water chestnut was until a few months ago. And while I’m still not exactly sure what it is, I do know that it’s some type of crunchy vegetable commonly sold in cans. You’re most likely to find these canned water chestnuts in either the canned produce aisle, or the ethnic food aisle of your local grocery store. However, if you can’t seem to track down any water chestnuts, don’t worry – this recipe will taste just as delicious without them!

Peanut Butter – The two main things your peanut butter should be for this recipe are creamy and unsweetened. Most peanut butters on the market today unfortunately come sweetened, with some kind of sugar added to them. While I never recommend buying sweetened peanut butter (it doesn’t need the added sugar!), I definitely recommend against buying it for this recipe. Any sugar in your peanut butter will definitely throw off the savory balance of flavors in this peanut sauce.

Butter Lettuce Leaves – This particular variety of leaf is perfect for filling, folding, then eating. They’re crisp, mild, and pretty much melt in your mouth. Though if you can’t find butter lettuce leaves, you can use either iceberg lettuce leaves or romaine lettuce leaves in their place. Really, any type of leaf that will cradle your filling will work here!

turkey lettuce wraps being assembled

Tips and Tricks

  • I highly recommend prepping a big batch of these turkey lettuce wraps ahead of a busy week! They’re my all-time favorite grab-and-go meal, requiring no time at all to heat up and assemble. If meal prepping, I recommend storing the turkey mixture separate from the peanut sauce, and keeping lettuce and any toppings separate as well. When ready to eat, simply reheat the turkey, then fill your lettuce wraps any way you’d like!
  • Feel free to top these wraps however you’d like! I’ve topped mine with everything from kimchi, to shredded carrots, to even simply eating them on their own. It truly doesn’t matter which way you serve these guys, they’re always going to taste delicious.
  • If you’re like me and like a little spice, go ahead and spice these babies up with a little sriracha! Add a couple teaspoons of sriracha to either the filling, as a topping, or both.

Adjust This Recipe To Your Dietary Needs

Make it Paleo: For an entirely paleo meal, use creamy almond butter instead of peanut butter in the savory sauce. Otherwise, these lettuce wraps are an entirely paleo recipe!

Make it Nut-Free: Make this recipe nut-free by swapping out the peanut butter for an equal amount of creamy sunflower seed butter (just make sure it’s unsweetened!).

Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps with Savory Peanut Sauce

5 from 2 votes
Recipe by Samantha Course: MainCuisine: AsianDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

10

minutes
Total time

15

minutes

Crisp, fresh, and flavorful Asian-inspired turkey lettuce wraps, topped off with a creamy, savory peanut sauce! Naturally gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and super healthy. These turkey lettuce wraps are the perfect addition to your weekly meal prep, best enjoyed as a quick and easy grab-and-go lunch!

Ingredients

  • For the turkey:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 pound ground turkey

  • pinch of salt

  • 8 ounces mushrooms, chopped

  • 1 (8-ounce) can chopped water chestnuts, drained

  • 3 scallions, chopped

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger

  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos, see Notes

  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar

  • For the peanut sauce:
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter, unsweetened

  • 2 tablesoons coconut aminos

  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil, optional

  • 1 garlic clove, grated

  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger

  • 2-3 tablespoons warm water, add more to thin sauce

  • For the lettuce wraps:
  • 12 butter lettuce leaves

  • shredded carrots

  • bean sprouts

  • fresh cilantro

Directions

  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add in ground turkey and a pinch of salt, cook until no longer pink.
  • While turkey cooks, whisk together all peanut sauce ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
  • Once turkey is cooked through, add in mushrooms, scallions, garlic, ginger, and water chestnuts. Cook 2-3 minutes or until mushrooms are soft.
  • Add in coconut aminos and rice vinegar, stir and cook for about 1 minute then remove from heat.
  • Fill butter lettuce leaves with ground turkey mixture and top with peanut sauce, shredded carrots, bean sprouts, and fresh cilantro.

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Notes

  • Coconut Aminos: If you don’t have coconut aminos, you can use soy sauce instead!

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Perfectly soft, sweet, and delicious gluten-free donuts! Finish em’ off with powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, or a simple glaze for a healthier version of a classic dessert. Made entirely with whole ingredients, these perfect gluten-free donuts are also vegan and refined sugar-free!

a stack of gluten-free donuts covered in powdered sugar.

What You’ll Need To Make Gluten-Free Donuts

Oat Flour – Oat flour bakes up beautifully in this gluten-free recipe. It’s also super cheap and easy to get your hands on! You can either buy oat flour, or make it yourself. To make it yourself, simply pulse rolled oats in a blender until very fine. Once the oats resemble the texture of flour, they’re ready to use in this recipe!

Flax Eggs – This vegan egg substitute is also very quick and easy to make yourself. To make one flax egg, combined one tablespoon of flax meal with three tablespoons of water. Whisk that mixture up and let it sit for at least 10 minutes before adding to your donuts batter. As the flax egg sits, it’ll thicken into a gel-like consistency.

Almond or Peanut Butter – Really any nut or seed butter will work here! I used peanut butter because I personally love the taste. Though almond butter will add little to no nutty flavor. And for a nut-free version, simply use sunflower seed butter instead.

Coconut Sugar – While still sugar, coconut sugar is an unrefined, slightly healthier version of white sugar. It offers up the same amount of sweetness as regular sugar, but less of a blood sugar spike. Also unlike white sugar, coconut sugar contains fiber which helps to slow down the rate at which it metabolizes in our body. If you’ve got a sweet tooth like me, you’re all too familiar with that famous energy spike, then crash from eating processed white sugar. Well, with coconut sugar, you can expect much less of that!

a gluten-free donut in a bowl of powdered sugar.

Tips and Tricks

  • Use a large cookie scoop to transfer your gluten-free donut batter to your donut pan! A cookie scoop allows for a more precise transfer of batter. Also, while I’ve never tried it myself, I’ve heard people have a lot of success with piping batter into the donut pan from a large zip-top bag (similar to how you’d pipe frosting on a cupcake)!
  • No donut pan? No problem! Simply bake these donuts into muffins instead.
  • Finish these gluten-free donuts off any way you’d like! I went this classic powdered sugar route. Though for a krispy kreme copycat, dunk them in a simple glaze.

Adjust This Recipe To Your Dietary Needs

Make it Nut-Free: For a nut-free donut recipe, replace the peanut butter with sunflower seed butter!

Healthy Gluten-Free Donuts (One-Bowl!)

0 from 0 votes
Recipe by Samantha Course: DessertDifficulty: Easy
Servings

24

donuts
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

20

minutes
Total time

25

minutes

Perfectly soft, sweet, and delicious gluten-free donuts! Finish em’ off with powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, or a simple glaze for a healthier version of a classic dessert. Made entirely with whole ingredients, these perfect gluten-free donuts are also vegan and refined sugar-free!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups oat flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 2 flax eggs, see Notes

  • 1 cup milk, I used non-dairy milk

  • 1/2 cup almond or peanut butter

  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar

  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Topping options:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 1 cup coconut sugar + 1 tablespoon cinnamon

  • 1 cup confectioners sugar + 2 tablespoons milk

Directions

  • Preheat your oven to 350F and grease a donut pan.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the oat flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  • Form a well in the center of your flour mixture and add in flax eggs, non-dairy milk, almond butter, coconut sugar, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla extract.
  • Slowly whisk the batter starting at the center, slowly moving outward until both wet and dry ingredients are incorporated.
  • Carefully fill your donut molds with the batter, then bake for 20-22 minutes. Once done, pop donuts out of the mold and onto a cooling rack.
  • Once cool, dip in either powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar to coat.

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Notes

  • Flax Eggs: To make on flax egg, combine 1 tablespoon of ground flax meal with 3 tablespoons of water and let sit on the counter for 10 minutes to thicken.
  • Store these gluten-free donuts in an airtight container at room temperature where they’ll stay fresh for up to 5 days!

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This homemade vegan caramel sauce is perfectly sweet and super easy to make! It comes together in one saucepan, with just 3 ingredients, and in under 5 minutes. This vegan caramel is delicious drizzled over ice cream, apples, cake, or cookies!

vegan caramel sauce being spooned out of a jar

What You’ll Need

Coconut Cream – Coconut cream is the thick, white cream found at the top of a can of full-fat coconut milk. It’s important to note that coconut cream can only be obtained by a can of full-fat coconut milk, not low-fat or boxed coconut milk. Native Organics also sells a great canned coconut cream, which is what I used in this recipe. Also, remember to only use the coconut cream and not any of the liquid found at the bottom of the can. To do this, open your can of full-fat coconut milk or cream, then scrape and remove the cream from the top. Fill a one-cup measurer with this coconut cream, then save the liquid for use in smoothies later on!

Maple Syrup – This natural sweetener is the only sweetener in this vegan dessert recipe! Our vegan caramel is so much healthier than your standard caramel because it contains only natural ingredients, and has a lot less sugar. However, healthier doesn’t mean any less delicious. Maple syrup gives this sauce an irresistibly rich flavor.

Peanut Butter – Peanut butter is the finishing touch to this recipe, adding the perfect texture and flavor. Though if you’re not a fan of peanut butter, you can use almond butter, cashew butter, pecan butter, or sunflower seed butter in its place!

vegan caramel sauce being whisked in a saucepan

This Vegan Caramel Is….

  • Healthy
  • Plant-Based
  • Gluten-Free
  • Refined Sugar-Free
  • Paleo
  • & Delicious!

Adjust This Recipe to Your Dietary Needs

Make it Nut-Free: Replace the peanut butter in this recipe with 1/4 cup of sunflower seed butter!

Make it Paleo: Use almond butter instead of peanut butter for a delicious paleo caramel recipe.

3-Ingredient Vegan Caramel Sauce

0 from 0 votes
Recipe by Samantha Course: DessertDifficulty: Easy
Servings

8

servings
Prep time

2

minutes
Cooking time

3

minutes
Total time

5

minutes

This homemade vegan caramel sauce is perfectly sweet and super easy to make! It comes together in one saucepan, with just 3 ingredients, and in under 5 minutes. This vegan caramel is delicious drizzled over ice cream, apples, cake, or cookies!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut cream, see Notes

  • 1/2 cup maple syrup

  • 1/4 cup almond butter or peanut butter

Directions

  • Add coconut cream and maple syrup to a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir constantly until bubbling, then reduce to low heat and continue stirring for 3 minutes.
  • Remove pan from heat and stir in almond or peanut butter. Let cool, it’ll continue to thicken as it cools.

Notes

  • Coconut Cream: Coconut cream is the thick, white creamy part at the top of a can of full-fat coconut milk. You can only obtain coconut cream from either a can of full-fat coconut milk, or a can of coconut cream.

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Here are the 5 smoothie recipes I make constantly! They’re SUPER healthy, incredibly delicious, and come together in only a few minutes. These healthy smoothies are the perfect quick, easy, and portable breakfast or snack!

all 5 smoothies lined up in glasses with toppings on each

How to Make a (Delicious) Smoothie

  • Pick your frozen fruits. Every smoothie recipe starts with a curated selection of frozen fruit. The frozen fruit is what you’ll taste the most of in your smoothie, so make sure it’s a combination you’ll love!
  • Add in some healthy fats. Now that you have your fruit, it’s time to round the nutrition out with a bit of healthy fats. Healthy fats will slow the digestion of the naturally occurring sugar in fruit, which will stabilize your blood sugar and provide you with a long-term source of energy to get you through the morning! My favorite healthy fats for smoothies are unsweetened almond butter, avocado, or hemp seeds.
  • Consider adding fresh or frozen vegetables. Depending on which vegetable you choose to add to your smoothie, you most likely won’t be able to taste it at all! Spinach is always a great addition, yielding very little flavor yet TONS of nutrients. Or, steamed then frozen cauliflower is a perfect way to not only add nutrients to a smoothie, but helps to thicken it up as well.
  • Give it a boost with protein and/or powdered superfoods. I prefer unsweetened, unflavored, and plant-based protein in my smoothie recipes. However, feel free to use whichever protein powder is your favorite! Though in my chocolate peanut butter protein smoothie recipe, I highly recommend the Aloha Chocolate Protein Powder – it’s so darn good.
  • Select a liquid to blend. Any liquid will work! Water or milk will yield the least flavor, allowing the fruit to shine. Or, you can use juice for an even sweeter and fruitier smoothie if you’d like.
all 5 smoothies in cups with ice, blueberries, and almond milk on the side

Blenders 101

I’ve owned many blenders in my day, though these two have stood out the most:

  • Vitamix: I know …she’s expensive, but boy is she incredible! I purchase a refurbished Vitamix a few years ago after saving up for one. And let me tell ya, it was worth EVERY penny. There’s nothing the Vitamix can’t blend, it’s truly the most powerful blender on the market. So if you’re looking to splurge, the Vitamix is definitely the blender for you!
  • Nutribullet: The nutribullet is great for everyday use! It takes up very little counter space, and is super easy to clean. I had my first nutribullet for almost 10 years before it eventually died on me. And that was after daily use in a four-person household! Also, the larger cup is enough to blend up to two serving sizes. I really can’t recommend the nutribullet enough, it’s fairly priced and comes with a one year warranty.

Turn Any Smoothie Into a Smoothie Bowl

Turn any of the below smoothie recipes into a smoothie bowl! It’s seriously so easy, all you’ll need to do is start with half the amount of liquid listed in the recipe. Then, continue to add more liquid as needed or until it’s perfectly thick and smooth. Once smooth, transfer your smoothie to a bowl and top with some fresh fruit, a handful of granola, and maybe even a scoop of almond or peanut butter!

5 Healthy and DELICIOUS Smoothie Recipes

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Samantha Course: Breakfast, Snacks, DrinksDifficulty: Easy
Servings

1

serving
Total time

5

minutes

Here are the 5 smoothie recipes I make constantly! They’re SUPER healthy, incredibly delicious, and come together in only a few minutes. These healthy smoothies are the perfect quick, easy, and portable breakfast or snack!

Ingredients

  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie
  • 1 1/2 frozen bananas

  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder or 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter

  • 1 cup almond milk, or regular milk

  • Strawberry Banana Smoothie
  • 1 frozen banana

  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries

  • 1 tablespoon almond or peanut butter, optional

  • 1 cup milk, I used almond milk

  • Glowing Green Smoothie
  • 1 cup frozen mango

  • 1/2 cup frozen peaches

  • 1 cup fresh spinach

  • 1/2 avocado

  • 1 cup water or milk

  • Tropical Smoothie
  • 1 cup frozen mango

  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple

  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt, unsweetened

  • 1 cup coconut milk

  • Very Berry Smoothie
  • 1/2 cup frozen cherries

  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries

  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt, unsweetened

  • 1 cup water or milk

Directions

  • Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.

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