Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (2024)

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These Chickpea Buckeyes are a healthier buckeye recipe – a twist on a classic dessert! They’re full of flavor with an extra boost of fiber as well.

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*Originally published 2014. Updated 2017 & 2022*

Hi Friends!

Let’s talk dessert today, shall we? If you’re from Ohio, or even if you’re not, you’ve probably heard of the classic dessert called Buckeyes. They’re basically sweet balls of peanut butter mixed with butter and powdered sugar, dipped in chocolate to resemble the buckeye nut.

A few years ago, I shared a twist on this classic and this year I remade the recipe and decided to give it a little photo upgrade! Have you tried the healthier peanut butter cookie dough dip made with chickpeas? That’s the basic premise of these Buckeyes.

Chickpea Buckeye Recipe

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Instead of peanut butter, butter and powdered sugar, we’re replacing the butter with chickpeas! I originally made these using oat flour which is what you see in the photos. I’ve updated and improved the recipe as noted below and it no longer requires oats.

Please note I have nothing against regular Buckeyes. If you’re looking for a treat, go enjoy a few. This recipe is designed for people who are specifically looking for a version with a few more nutrients.

I even gave one to my daughter the other night as part of her dinner! Healthy fats and fiber for the win!

Here’s how you make them:

Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe

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A healthy twist on traditional Buckeyes.

  • Author: Lindsay L
  • Yield: 20 buckeyes 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinse
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 12 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp milk, if needed
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips, melted

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, blend the chickpeas.
  2. Add peanut butter and vanilla and blend again.
  3. Add powdered sugar and blend. If it looks too dry, you can add 1 Tbsp milk.
  4. Roll into balls. The dough may be a little sticky so using damp hands can help.
  5. Put the balls in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to overnight. You can also freeze them for 30 minutes.
  6. Place chocolate chips in a bowl and microwave until melted. (If you want you can mix in a little coconut oil for a thinner and harder shell but it also adds some coconut flavor which not everyone likes.
  7. Stick a toothpick into center of balls and dip in chocolate.
  8. Place back onto cookie sheet, remove the toothpick and pat hole closed.
  9. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Notes

This recipe has been updated and improved. The original recipe is as follows in case you’re interested -2 cups chickpeas, 1 cup natural peanut butter, 3 tablespoons agave nectar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract & ⅓ cup oat flour. Mix in a bowl and dip in melted chocolate.

Super simple! Do they taste exactly like the original? No. But they’re a pretty darn good substitute if you’re looking for one!

Chickpea Buckeye Balls Recipe

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Want more ways to eat chickpeas?

  • Peanut Butter Chickpea Bars
  • How To Roast Chickpeas
  • Easy Recipes Using Chickpeas

And if you want an original buckeye recipe without chickpeas, try:

Enjoy!
–Lindsay–

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About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian and new mom from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!

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  1. Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (7)GiselleR says

    You had me at amaze-balls lol. These look so amazing…definitely gonna give it a try 🙂
    Oh and happy belated Registered Dietitians Day to you both! 😀

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    • Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (8)Francesca says

      Let us know what you think. Happy RD day!

      Reply

  2. Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (9)Kim @ FITsique says

    When I first made Chick-pea based cookie bars a few years ago, I didn’t tell anybody what was in them because I didn’t want to scare them off. Within minutes they were being gobbled up and I was being asked for the recipe. I love how versatile chickpeas can be! This recipe looks great!

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    • Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (10)Francesca says

      None of my friends noticed. They taste slightly different than traditional Buckeyes-but in a good day 🙂 Let me know if you give them a try.

      Reply

  3. Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (11)Linz @ Itz Linz says

    oh my gosh AMAZING!!!!!! would love to trick the hubby with these haha

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    • Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (14)Francesca says

      Let us know if you try! Enjoy 🙂

      Reply

  4. Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (15)Tina Muir says

    Thats so cool! I love buckeyes! I cant believe I am saying that, I didnt even know what a buckeye was when I moved to America, and now I am all in with the lingo and weird names for things! Yummm!

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    • Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (16)Francesca says

      🙂 You would be missing out if you didn’t get introduced!

      Reply

  5. Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (17)LOLZ says

    I never would have guessed there were chickpeas in these. I might have to give them a try. thank you for sharing!

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    • Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (18)Francesca says

      Let us know if you do. Enjoy!

      Reply

  6. Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (19)Carla says

    ooh yay!
    this is actually one I make.
    it’s the OHIO GURL in me 🙂

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    • Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (20)Francesca says

      O-H…Enjoy!

      Reply

  7. Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (21)Jojo @ RunFastEatLots says

    Chocolate, peanut butter, AND they’re healthy?! I’m totally making these! Let’s see if I have chickpeas…

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    • Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (22)Francesca says

      Let us know how they turn out.

      Reply

  8. Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (23)Dietitian Jess says

    These are definitely one of my favorite desserts, I’m digging the chickpea addition! Happy belated RD, loved your post yesterday introducing everyone to awesome RD blogs, I didn’t get a chance to ask you to add mine to the list, maybe next year! You definitely listed some of my favorites and I can’t wait to check out the others 🙂

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    • Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (24)Francesca says

      Happy RD day! Will definitely be checking out your blog.

      Reply

  9. Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (25)Sara @ LovingOnTheRun says

    Love buckeyes – a healthier way to make them!? EVEN better!!

    Reply

    • Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (26)Francesca says

      Just be careful with fiber overload 😉

      Reply

  10. Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (29)Jaime @ Zest & Zeal says

    Thank you for compiling this wonderful list! Thank you for including Zest & Zeal! 🙂
    In Health,
    Jaime

    Reply

  11. Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (30)Emily @ Zen & Spice says

    Thanks for the shout out! 🙂

    These looks awesome. I love chocolate and peanut butter together, way to make it healthier!

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    • Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (31)Francesca says

      Thanks, Emily! 🙂

      Reply

  12. Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (32)Tara | Treble in the Kitchen says

    OMG! I am a HUGE buckeye fan and that is always a Christmas -time favorite in my family. I am going to have to try these out to give my family a healthier option. Can’t wait!

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    • Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (33)Francesca says

      Let us know if they can even tell the difference? 🙂

      Reply

  13. Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (34)jobo says

    YUM! MUST make these!

    Reply

  14. Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (35)Cori @olivetorun says

    Can I change the name to Bucky the Badger’s eyes? 🙂

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    • Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (36)Francesca says

      You can, but they probably won’t taste as good 😉

      Reply

  15. Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (37)Helen says

    This looks delicious! I’ve never eaten buckeyes before and this makes me want to make it and try it. =) Thanks for sharing.
    By the way, thanks for the link-up!

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    • Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (38)Francesca says

      Enjoy!!

      Reply

  16. Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (39)Marcia says

    Oh wow these sound amazing! Need to try!

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    • Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (40)Francesca says

      Enjoy!!

      Reply

  17. Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (41)Emily @SinfulNutrition says

    Thanks for the love Lindsay! Can’t wait to give these bad boys a try. Is it safe to call them a health food 😉

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    • Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (42)Francesca says

      “health” ier food? Enjoy!

      Reply

  18. Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (43)Laura @ Mommy Run Fast says

    Oh my goodness! We grew up with these too- I had almost forgotten about them! I would probably cringe at the chickpea substitution except that I’ve tried it in other desserts and found it really does work! Yum!!

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    • Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (44)Francesca says

      I was a skeptic at first too. After making a “cookie dough” with them I was hooked. Enjoy!

      Reply

  19. Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (45)Thea Rudland says

    I just started following your blog yesterday after seeing/hearing about you on Twitter and I didn’t realize you were from Columbus! I’ve lived in Maryland for 5 years now, but up until then I was in Columbus, born and raised. How fitting that the 2nd post I read is about my all time favorite dessert. Only if you’ve had a homemade buckeye do you know the joy that it is. Those prepackaged store bought ones hold no candle to the homemade deliciousness. I can do some damage with a plate of buckeyes. My stomach hates me the next day, though. I can’t wait to try this version!

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    • Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (46)Francesca says

      Be careful of fiber overload with this version! Enjoy 🙂

      Reply

    • Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (47)Lindsay says

      yay! love finding other Columbus friends! Hope you like this version!

      Reply

  20. Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (48)Katie says

    I’m not going to lie, I have never heard of buckeyes! But they sound and look delicious!

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    • Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (49)Francesca says

      Enjoy!

      Reply

    • Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (51)Francesca says

      Enjoy!

      Reply

  21. Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (52)Holly says

    My son has FPIEs and will throw up within 40 minutes of eating oats. Is there something that would make a good substitute for the oat flour?

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    • Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (53)Francesca says

      Really the oat flour was an after thought ingredient when I noticed the mixture was a bit too wet to roll. Any flour will do the trick- if he can tolerate rice flour try that. You can also try PB2 powdered peanut butter. Enjoy 🙂

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      • Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (54)Holly says

        Thank you for responding so quickly! I’m bookmarking this recipe.

        Reply

  22. Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (55)Toni says

    These look awesome! Nice work, Francesca 🙂

    Reply

    • Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (56)francesca says

      Thanks, Enjoy!

      Reply

  23. Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (57)Peg Wiederholt says

    I’m doing the Fast Metabolism Diet. No peanut butter allowed. Could I substitute almond or cashew butter? These sound amazing. Thanks

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    • Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (58)Lindsay says

      yep! go for it!

      Reply

  24. Easy Chickpea Buckeye Recipe | A classic with a twist! (59)Jennifer M. Bell says

    They are really delicious! eager to taste it. Today, I’ll definitely give it a try.

    Reply

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