My Great Aunt Dot was the baker in the family. Before she passed, I made sure that she passed down all of her family favorite recipes to me. Her Buckeyes were always a special treat. If you don’t know what a Buckeye is… it’s like a chocolate and peanut butter ball or truffle. After eliminating pretty much everything from my diet, I finally found a way to make her Buckeyes… with… wait for it… no gluten, no dairy, no sugar, and no peanuts. And they still taste surprisingly the same!
This is Aunt Dot. She passed quite a few years ago at the age of 89. I have so many happy memories of her cooking and baking.
Aunt Dot’s Buckeyes were one of my favorite treats. Aunt Dot used paraffin wax to harden the outer shell. I know that no one really uses wax to cook with these days, let alone it being petroleum based, but it’s an old recipe and that is just how it was. It’s actually not needed at all. You can throw in a smidge of coconut oil if you want, but I like the pureness of the vegan chocolate so it’s just chocolate on the outer shell. My favorite vegan chocolate is Enjoy Life, but there are quite a few other ones out there.
For her original recipe, you would add peanut butter, but for this recipe, I used Sunbutter. I’m sure any kind of peanut butter alternative that you like will work, as long as it has the same consistency. It still has that Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup inspired taste.
A word of caution – some marshmallow cremes contain egg. If your dietary needs require egg-free marshmallows or creme, please check your labels. Dandies are my favorite!
And in case you ever wanted to know… Factoid #572 about me… when I was in college, I interned at the Reese’s plant in Hershey, PA. Oooooohhhhh yeah BABY! That was the BEST.JOB.EVER!!!!!
Aunt Dot’s recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar. Did you know that Arrow Root has the consistency of powdered sugar, but no taste – it pretty much just takes on the taste of the flavors it’s hanging out with. If you want a little more of that traditional sweet sugary taste, why not use half powdered sugar and half arrow root? I’m not a nutrition ogre. I have my own needs, and want to share all kinds of awesome options with you!
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While I love Aunt Dot’s traditional Buckeyes, I love these clean Buckeyes even more. Why? Because I can eat them!!!
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Love, hugs, and honoring Great Aunt Dot’s legacy – just a little cleaner.
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