Peanut Butter Bonbons

  • Yield : 25 Balls
  • Prep Time : 20m
  • Ready In : 50m

Total Cost (minus sundries): I had everything in my cupboard so this was a cheap quick one for me.

My grandmother would make these around the holidays and you could never stop eating them.  Since we were promised an 80 degree day here in San Francisco and got one in the 50’s, I decided to go with some comfort food.  These are quick, easy, bite-sized, and something you can just keep in your fridge for a quick dose of sugar.

This recipe requires a small scoop (i used a melon baller, like a mini-ice cream scoop) and a double boiler.  If you’re like me, you don’t have a double boiler.  In which case you can improvise by putting a small pot inside of a bigger pot with water, on medium heat.  This will allow you to melt the chocolate without burning it.

“Two Pot” Double Boiler


  • 3/4 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 Cup Puffed Rice/Rice Krispies
  • 2 Tablespoons Powdered Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Non Dairy (Semi-Sweet) Chocolate Chips


Step 1

Combine the peanut butter, sugar and rice krispies in a bowl.

Step 2

Using a small scoop (I used a melon baller), scoop the mixture into small balls and put on a cookie tray lined with wax or parchment paper. Put the tray in the freezer until the balls harden, about 15 minutes.

Step 3

Using a double boiler, or the "two-pot" method, melt the chocolate chips until smooth. You may need to add a little splash of water to help smooth it out.

Step 4

Dip the frozen peanut butter bonbons into the melted chocolate and put back onto the wax paper and return to the freezer. Allow to freeze, about another 15 minutes. Put in tupperware or a bag and leave in the fridge.

Jake switched to a plant based diet in 1996 and quickly realized he had no idea how to cook. All these years later and he's still trying to figure it out...

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Comments (19)

  1. posted by KellyKat on September 29, 2012

    These look excellent! I can’t wait to try them out. For my double boiler I always use a pot and metal bowl. I have a large metal mixing bowl and I sit it on top of the pot with water. Of course it gets hot, so with this method an oven mitt needs to be used when stirring.

    • posted by Jake on September 29, 2012

      That’s a great idea too. Thanks for sharing!

  2. posted by berealyoga on October 1, 2012

    I LOVE how easy this is –and how little sugar is involved! PB gets me EVERY TIME! Keep up the great work here!

    • posted by Jake on October 1, 2012

      Glad you like it! To be honest, I’m a sugar fiend. You could halve the amount of sugar, or even go without it and it would still taste great.

  3. posted by Jocelyn on January 16, 2013

    Did you use a regular peanut butter that has added sugar? I only buy 100% nut butters and wonder if I will need to add more sugar?

    • posted by Jake on January 16, 2013

      I used “regular” peanut butter, but the real thing would work great too. You can boost or decrease the sweetness of the recipe by subtracting or increasing the powdered sugar.

      • posted by olive baker on October 15, 2017

        Would the crunchy P B be suitable instead of the smooth??? I think so?

      • posted by Dawn on December 3, 2017

        Which kind do you consider “regular” as opposed to “the real thing”?”

        For me natural peanut butter without additive is both “regular”and “the real thing.” The stuff with added oil and sugars, well, something else entirely. ;O)

  4. posted by Crystal on January 16, 2013

    These are soooo good and easy to make! I used crispy brown rice cereal, and added a little coconut oil to the chocolate to loosen it up a bit, instead of water. Also topped them with a little chia seed and some shredded coconut. Thanks for the great recipe!

    • posted by Jake on January 16, 2013

      Daaang! You made the deluxe version! Sounds super good!

  5. posted by anna@stuffedveggies on January 20, 2013

    I don’t have a double boiler, but I find it easy to melt chocolate in a glass bowl in the microwave. Do 30 seconds at a time, and stir each time you stop. It usually takes 1 1/2 to 2 minutes total. Chocolate chips might not LOOK melted when the microwave stops, but when you stir them you find out if they are or not. It’s super easy & no special equipment : )

    • posted by Jake on January 22, 2013

      Thanks for the tip, Anna. A microwave is the easiest and most convenient way. I had to scramble when making this after mine broke and I didn’t have a double boiler.

  6. posted by Chad on September 20, 2013

    This is amazing. Do you know how many calories are in each bonbon? Thanks!

  7. posted by Marie Roxanne on September 20, 2013

    I was wondering if I can make these balls with oatmeal instead of Rice Krispies and no powdered sugar… Probably not?

    • posted by keri on September 20, 2013

      Marie Roxanne, I would try it w/oatmeal! Also, it would probably work well with toasted almond meal (the kind that is left over from making almond milk, and then toasted)

    • posted by Jake on September 23, 2013

      The Rice Krispies add a great crunch and texture to the bon bons that I don’t think oatmeal would achieve, although it would still work. Same with the powdered sugar – it boosts the sweetness, but isn’t required.


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