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These healthy treats taste like eating peanut butter cookie dough!


(Above, chocolate peanut butter babies)

Peanut Butter Babies
(Makes 120 grams, which is a tiny bit more than the size of two Larabars)

  • 1/4 cup roasted, salted peanuts (30g) (I use roasted-unsalted, and I add about 1/8 tsp plus 1/16th tsp salt.)
  • scant 2/3c dates (80g) (I use SunMaid, because they’re super-soft.)
  • 1/8 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Optional: chocolate chips or cocoa powder

Blend the ingredients in your food processor (I used a Magic Bullet short cup).  Smush into bars, roll into balls, or use cookie cutters!  These peanut butter fudge baby bars taste divine warmed up a little in the microwave.  Oh who am I kidding?  They taste divine ANY way you choose to eat them.

Pb’s brothers and sisters:

  1. Add dried banana for Elvis Babies
  2. Dip in chocolate for Buckeye Babies
  3. Other dried fruit for Pb&J Babies
  4. Add chocolate chips or cocoa for Chocolate PB Babies

Click to see all of my Homemade Larabar Recipes.

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. jess says:

    OMG those sound AMAZING!!!
    <3 jess

  2. Abby says:

    so easy!! NEED to make these.. they actually look just like larabars (only cheaper!!) :)

  3. YES YES YES PB babies are the new fudge babies. I know you probably love all tus bebes equally, but I’m a PB over choc chica anyday :)

  4. Jessica says:

    Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better than fudge babies…

  5. Jenny says:

    oh, pooks – if you ever need be to babysit you’re babies don’t hesitate to ask.. and if one happens to go missing, well, it wasn’t me 😉

  6. Katie says:

    Great idea! You could save tons on Larabars!

  7. HOLY YUM! Just looking at that post makes me want to jump through my screen & steal that. Amazing mind for recipes you have my dear. 😉

  8. Maria says:

    Oh my goodness, peanut butter cookie dough??? Yes please 😀 Love how yours is perfectly shaped!

  9. kyko says:

    How about add some instant coffee and make MOCHA BABIES?!

  10. I love this action Katie…wow soooo delish looking! I don’t cook (un-cook) with salted nuts very often b/c I have no idea why?! LOL but the PB cookie dough… you had me right there :)

    I posted once when I first first started my blog about making homemade larabars. My ratio was 1/2c dates to 1/3 c nuts. So your ratio of 3 to 1 dates to nuts would just make things so much more chewy and delish!

    Thanks for your touching email, I love you girl :)
    Enjoy your night and thank you again…for everything :)

  11. Great! They looks scrumptious :)

  12. Oh hell Katie – you’re killing me with all this baby love. Must make almond butter babies. Yeah.

  13. Laura E says:

    Oh wow! I need to try these asap! Would you mind telling me what 90 grams of dates is in cups and what 30 grams of peanuts is also?

  14. sisrocks1996 says:

    How are you and your green beau doing today? Frankie and I are already talking about taking up residence in his castle 😉 Your oatmeal ideas actually make me think one day I could like oats!

  15. Steph says:

    there are no words besides YUM!

  16. Emily says:

    I’m liking the Buckeye (go Bucks!) baby idea. :-) I’m glad you put the link for date advice in your post. I wasn’t sure what kind to buy. I feel like these = good study snack, muahaha.

  17. BroccoliHut says:

    Considering how much I love cookie dough ice cream, this recipe sounds fab. Oh wait–I just got an amazing idea! How about Peanut Butter Babies mixed into some vegan IC?!

  18. *Andrea* says:

    ummmm you = genius!!!!!!!

  19. Eliza says:

    so delicious!! love all your ideas Katie! the options are endless with these little fudge babies! :) and perfect for holloween, you should make scary shapes out of them 😉 haha

    love you girly

  20. mihl says:

    You are speaking my language! So simple and delicious. Awesome, Katie!

  21. fruitsveggieslife says:

    I need, need, NEED a blender! As soon as I can get one, I’m definitely going to make some of these! Let’s see – December 22 isn’t too, too, too far away, is it?

  22. Shelby says:

    Can you say PB Cookie Larabar?! But cheaper and much more fresh! Katie you are brilliant!

  23. CaSaundra says:

    I swear, your babies just keep getting better–ha ha! :-)

  24. Melinda says:

    Looks fantastic. Where do you find time to come up with all of this?

  25. Jessica says:

    Well, you know I’m down with PB! :) Once I get back from Chicago, I’m totally making a batch!

  26. onefitfoodie says:

    AMAZINGGGGG they look sooo good!!

  27. Ricki says:

    These might be my favorite babies yet!

  28. Marianne says:

    Uh yeah, so if you have an extra of these lying around, I’d be more than happy to take them off your hands.

  29. Vanilla says:

    Hum, is this the secret recipe of the mysterious picture?

    Guess #7

  30. Christine says:

    This fudge baby sounds best to me, but I think the first thing I would make in the vitamix would be some carrot ginger soup!

  31. Amanda says:

    I’ve always been sucka for peanut butta so this fudge baby is tops for me. The first think I would make in the Vitamix is almond milk. None of my other blenders have been able to handle blending almonds.

  32. CatMS916 says:

    I actually just made these today and added in some oats for extra texture and they are ah-mazing!!! My fiance has been all over these, thanks!! Would looove to make these in a vita mix though…. :)

  33. Karen says:

    This ‘baby’ sounds the best to me! I would add chocolate chips . . . watch out Reeses!

  34. Karen says:

    I forgot to mention in my above comment that the first thing I would make would be THICK smoothies. I like to eat my smoothies with a spoon, but my current blender cannot handle that level of thickness, so I have to add more liquid than I would like.

  35. Brooke says:

    these sound amaaaazing, i would make soup first!

  36. Katie M says:

    I LOVE PEANUT BUTTER!!!!! oh and almond butter.. and my blender cannot make peanut butter OR almond butter! So i would make both if i got a vitamix! AHHH VITAMIXES ARE FABULOUS

  37. Dandi says:

    Hey Katie! I love all things peanut butter so this sounds completely amazing! I would probably make a green smoothie first with a vita-mix because i tried it with my wimpy blender and there were a bunch of chunky pieces…bleh

  38. Lori says:

    I don’t know how I would decide what to make first in a VitaMix! Either kabocha soup, a nut butter or ice cream!

  39. Trisha says:

    These sound delicious. Except I would make the chocolate chip mandatory instead of optional! :) I can’t wait to try them all!

  40. Michelle says:

    I would definitely make nut butters- every kind possible! Then I would eat it with chocolate. :) Amazing giveaway!!

  41. Andrea says:

    The first I would most definitely make my own almond butter with a vita mix!!!! I’ve always wanted to make my own nut butters, but I don’t have a blender to do so! :)

  42. Samantha says:

    Yum! These sound amazing! I would love to get my hands on a vita mix to try these out. I’m also dying to make some great green monsters!

  43. Jordan says:

    I would make these in the Vita Mix!! Along with smoothies and soups and loooots of other stuff!

  44. Laura says:

    I would first make a smoothie with my vita-mix!!

  45. Kristen says:

    If I won a vitamix, this recipe would be the first I would make. The person who first thought to combine chocolate and peanut butter changed the world for the better. : )

  46. Laura T. says:

    these would DEF be the first thing I make in the vitamix!!

  47. Nicci says:

    I would make banana soft serve! And real smoothies with leafy greens and no bits. And nut butters…the list goes on.

  48. Julia says:

    These would so be first on my list! I adore peanut butter and these look delicious.

  49. jane says:

    i’d make banana soft serve without risking the life of my food processor (today i swear i could smell it breaking down) and NUT BUTTER!

  50. Brynn says:

    I would make hummus in the Vita-Mix. I use a food processor but I read you can get it a lot creamier in a blender.

  51. Rachel says:

    I would love to make chocolate almond butter in a Vita-mix!

  52. Jenna says:

    These fudge babies would definitely be the first thing I made in my vitamix! :)

  53. Charlotte says:

    I would probably make these- and dip them in dark chocolate, which looked amazing.

  54. Catherine says:

    I would make these first in my vitamix! yummm :)

  55. Claire says:

    I would make banana soft-serve, my food processor just broke so I’m going through withdrawls!!

  56. shannon says:

    I would make these! Chocolate + peanut butter= one of the best flavor combos on the planet!

  57. Ellen says:

    i would probably make a smoothie first! but these would be right behind.

  58. Janet says:

    These sound *AMAZING* ~ especially the buckeye version! If I won the VitaMix, the first thing I would make would be a nut butter…mmmm :)

  59. Lora says:

    Yum-O!!! I’m definitely excited to try making these with a Vita Mix and then it would be my own almond butter.

    Great giveaway!

  60. Linda says:

    I would definately make a smoothie with my new Vita-Mix.

  61. Kelly says:

    if I were to win a vita-mix I would definitely be making these bad boys! And smoothies every day!

  62. Sarah says:

    I would either make a Green Monster or these yummy sounding babies first if I won the Vita Mix!

  63. Marie says:

    These fudge babies are definitely worthy of the first thing I would make in my new vitamix! You can’t go wrong with Chocolate and Peanut butter.

  64. Sarah says:

    I would make a green smoothie first in my Vitamix!

  65. Tiffany says:

    These fudge babies are my fave flavor! I love nut butter and chocolate anything! With the Vitamix, the first thing I would make is homemade hazelnut milk. I havent tasted it before but I heard it is richer that almond milk. My blender is so low powered that it would probably break if I attempted :)

  66. Leigh says:

    I definitely have to try these!

    Banana ice cream is the first thing I would make in my vita mix!

  67. Sarah A says:

    I would DEFINITELY make these PB babies first with the Vita-mix. My poor old blender sounds like it’s dying every time I use it to mix up a batch of my favorite PB (& choc chip) babies.

  68. Christin says:

    I would make protein ice cream first in my VitaMix! I’ve been dying to do this!!

  69. jamie says:

    The first thing I would make in a vitamix is soup!

  70. jillian says:

    mmm….peanut butterrrr..this might actually be better than my favorite way to eat PB, straight from the jar of course :)

  71. Linda says:

    Oh, yummy! The first thing I would make in my new Vita-Mix would be Peanut Butter Babies. And maybe the second and third and fourth and…………………..

  72. Joni says:

    I would make lots of baby food quicker than I do now with my old blender :)

  73. Sally says:

    These sound delicious! If I had a vitamix I’d make these because I love peanut butter and dark chocolate. I’d also make lots smoothies :)

  74. Amy says:

    I would make fresh strawberry ice cream with my Vitamix!

  75. Eileen says:

    These look so amazing. I definitely plan to make several variations!!! If I had a Vitamix I would make rasberry icecream in it first thing.

  76. Melissa says:

    these are my favorite of the babies! there are so many things i would make with a vita-mix it’s hard to choose! i think i would make a smoothie first though, just cuz i love them so much.

  77. ikkinlala says:

    If I had a Vitamix the first thing I’d make in it would be roasted cauliflower soup.

  78. Lia says:

    I can’t wait to make this baby at home! Peanut butter is my LIFE.

    The first thing I’d make with my Vitamix would be a frozen banana-peanut butter-choc chip ice cream!
    I already had great results just blending frozen bananas but with a Vitamix it would be easier, quicker and possibly even creamier!
    I’d add some agave or maple syrup to sweeten, the chips can be added afterwards. 😀

  79. Heather A says:

    Wow these would be my favorite flavor!!! The first thing I would make if I had a vitamix would be my raw pina colada shake. My blender leaves it so chunky!! Then I think I would make some nut butters then some banana softserve…I want a vitamix soooo bad!

  80. Kelly says:

    these are my favorite babies. i would definitely make a smoothie!

  81. Lisa says:

    These are my favorite babies!

    The first thing I’d make in my VitaMix is a nutrient-packed green smoothie – I’d pack that thing with all the veggies my regular blenders can’t handle, and let it whirl!

  82. Bernie says:

    Thanks for the recipe, even better than a Lara Bar!!

    The first thing I would make in the Vita Mix is some delicious chocolate covered strawberry ice cream. My wife and I have been drooling over this recipe but don’t have a blender quite powerful enough to pull it off.

    Thanks for running this contest, best of luck to everyone!

  83. roya says:

    These are my favorite babies! I love any chocolate + PB combo!

    The first thing I’d make in my Vita Mix is homemade nut butter! And then soup, and shakes, any everything else imaginable!

  84. Chelsea says:

    Yumm! The first thing I would make would be nut butters for sure! I only have a magic bullet and am too scared it will break if I try!!! Plus, definitely make some peanut butter babies!

  85. Amy says:

    My first vita-mix creation would definitely be freshly ground peanut butter! I love my Maranatha as much as the next person but there’s nothing like homemade =)

  86. AB says:

    A VITAMIX??!! Whoa! I would definitely make an exotic nut butter first! Maybe a pineapple-coconut macadamia nut butter or caramel-apple walnut butter — or better yet, white-chocolate pumpkin pecan butter. Yum!

  87. Samantha says:

    If I won the vitamix the first thing I would make is hummus. I ate a lot of hummus every week and when I tried to make my own, I broke the blender :( Of course the second thing I would make is peanut butter babies. yum!

  88. Jen says:

    These are the best ones!! I add chocolate, of course!

  89. Heather says:

    i love babies but would not make them in a vitamix, choc covered pb babies… youre talking!!!!

  90. Cara says:

    Hi Katie, I just discovered your blog recently and tried these last night. I found I needed to add a couple drops of water to get everything to come together in my food processor, but maybe my dates were just extra dry… but nonetheless, thanks for sharing a great treat! My husband and I each ate half the recipe prior to our run, and it was a great little energy boost that even kept me satisfied for a little while after our workout. I think next time I will make German-chocolate-cake babies using pecans and toasted coconut flakes!

  91. Melissa says:

    OMG! I just made these and they are fantastic! I’ve had them 3 days in a row now. Have you tried freezing them? The dates won’t ever actually freeze, they just get CHEWY and wonderful!!! I use Bahri dates since they are sweeter and softer than even Medjools. They make perfect babies. :)

    I’m going to be trying to contribute to the Worldwide Vegan Bakesale in April and I’m thinking of making babies and selling those instead of baked goods. :) Would you mind such a thing? I think you’re the creator and I’d hate to make money (even if it’s for charity) without your permission.

    I’m not able to get to the official sale in MN due to doing my big art sale of the year (I crochet stuffed animals and cutesie stuff!) but I want to sell at my table on the day and donate the proceeds.

    Also, if someone wanted to send you a gift – do you ever give out a mailing address/PO box? I think you are very sweet and I’d love to send you a handmade little something for all your kindness and AWESOME recipes that have made my life happier! 😀

    Yes, exclamation point happy today. 😉

  92. Lorin says:

    Is there any replacement for dates? Can you use something else or is it necessary to have?

  93. Lorin,
    Some people have told me they’ve had success with prunes, raisins, or even dried figs. If you try something, let me know what you tried and how it turned out :). One of these days, I’d really like to try dried figs in place of the dates!

  94. erinsloves says:

    I plan on making the peanut butter babies buckeye version later tonight! Im so excited, Buckeyes were my bf fav treat growing up so im going to surprise him with a new variation!! thanks for the recipe girl!

  95. Andrea says:

    SOO good – I love all of your –babies 😉 haha! I just came across this recipe (they emailed it to me)…my jaw dropped at how fatteningly unhealthy they were making almost-babies…if that makes sense.

    1. 1 whole cup butter? I’m with you; that doesn’t sound like a good kids’ treat to me!

  96. Laura says:

    i have been following your blog for awhile now and I love most of your recipes, but I have to say, these are BRILLIANT! We’ve (my kiddos and myself) have tried several variations (peanut butter, macaroon, hot cocoa) and love them! I was inspired to try them with nutella and that was yummy, too! Thanks for your awesome blog!

  97. Nicole says:

    Oh my gosh. I just discovered your website a couple of days ago and just tried making these! I am IN LOVE! Who would have thought a few simple ingredients could taste so incredibly decadent and (dare I say it!) unhealthy!

  98. nikki says:

    Just made the sex bombs, and while they didnt turn out as pretty as yours ( I was impatient) they taste like friggin reeses peanut butter cups! OMG, thank you for coming up with such inventive recipes, it really saves my body from torture when I’m eating clean!

  99. Leslie Paquette says:

    I’ve been in a major dessert making mood lately and have been trying out quite a few of your recipes. I’ve been eating Blondie Cookie Dough by the spoonful all week! I just made a batch of babies and they are delish. I went for the chocolate peanut butter baby version and made them into balls. They definitely taste better than a Larabar! I see myself making many different versions of these. The nut to date ratio is perfect. I have a minor Larabar addiction so I’m thrilled to find this recipe. I LOVE your blog :) Thanks so much! ~Leslie

    1. Aww thank YOU for such a sweet comment!

  100. Anonymous says:

    i think i can make these

  101. Christine says:

    YUM! I made these with 2 T cocoa powder and 1 oz unsweetened chocolate. They are soooo good! Thanks for the recipe! :-)

  102. Erin says:

    Hi Katie,
    I got the ingredients to make these but I’m wondering about the addition of chocolate… you say that cocoa powder or chocolate chips can be added to make it chocolatey, but how do you think it would turn out with hot chocolate mix?
    Thanks for all your awesome recipes. :)

    1. I think that sounds awesome!!!

      1. Erin says:

        I tried it out with hot chocolate powder. It worked really well and tasted delicious!

  103. Lena says:

    Hi Katie!
    I came across your blog ages ago but lost the link, and came across it again recently and I just wanted to say… I’m in love. I’m not vegan nor is anyone in my family, but I love your recipes! I’ve always been pretty open-minded about what kind of recipes I make so it wasn’t too hard to win me over, but I’ve actually gotten my father, who is definitely harder to persuade to try vegan/more “unusual” ways, to love your blog too. I’ve already made the deep dish cookie pie to great success (making it again this weekend), and I just made these chocolate peanut butter balls and they’re just… amazing. I haven’t yet decided whether I like them more warm or cold (I know, serious business) but either way they’re soooo good. And the fact I’ve converted my dad as well is just more proof. 😉 (He’s actually willing to go out and buy tofu for the chocolate fudge pie! Big deal considering tofu is not something often seen in this household…)
    Anyway, just wanted to say thank you! I’ve already started using the voluminous oatmeal every day (admittedly it doesn’t work as well for me as it does for you – for some reason it’s still somewhat liquidy in the morning – but it’s still tasty and more filling than any other breakfast I typically eat!) and I’ve bookmarked plenty of other recipes I intend to try soon. :)

    1. Aww, Lena, your comment meant SO much to me!

      And lol about the tofu… that pie is actually how I got one of my ex-boyfriends to finally stop dissing tofu. He tried the pie and said it was awesome… then I told him it had tofu. He refused to believe me. 😉

  104. Yvonne McCord says:

    I just made these for the first time. THANK YOU SO MUCH! I LOVE them and they are so easy. I so appreciate your sharing your love of baking and doing healthily so people like me can make what you create and share it with my friends and family. THANK YOU!!!

  105. Liz says:

    Just made these- soooooo good!!!!

  106. Lily says:

    I also just made these and wanted to tell you they are amazing!! I was going to make the samoa version, but realized too late that I didn’t have coconut on hand. But these were perfect because I am a choco-peanut fanatic! Good job on these awesome recipes. I can’t wait to try new varieties.

  107. Jessy says:

    I decided to make these and cover them in coconut – how much cocoa powder should I use?

    1. Depends on how chocolatey you want them to be lol. Just keep taste testing til you get the dough to your liking :).

  108. JennyBatman says:

    OMG! Just made these…amazing. I also threw in a few T’s of oatmeal. PB Oatmeal cookies?! Soooo goood. 😉

  109. Kayla says:

    mmm I’ve had these 2 times now. They are so good! I added a little stevia though, b/c I have a major sweet tooth. :)

  110. LaNita says:

    Another hit! used PB and added walnuts and 2 t of cocoa powder yummy they are just what I wanted! :)

    continued thanks Katie!

  111. Karyn says:

    I just sold both kids on these!!! Thank you!!!! We are trying to ditch sugar and starch, and my kids are programmed for an after dinner treat. They just snarfed these, and how EASY they were to make! Both begged for seconds and for them to appear in lunches tomorrow! I am thrilled!!

  112. Julia says:

    Hi Katie,
    Just thought you would like to know that your recipe has made its way to India and the locals approve :) I have a teaching job here, and this is my go-to dessert since dates and peanuts are cheap and I don’t have an oven. An Indian coolie delivered something to my house today, and it’s customary to give water and a treat instead of a monetary tip. I didn’t think I had any snacky stuff to give him… but wait! I went to the freezer and popped out some fudge babies. He looked at them questionably and gestured to his mouth to make sure they were actually food… and he LOVED them! Big smile, wanted more. Thanks for the internationally-enjoyed recipe :)

  113. Jamie says:

    I am having the hardest time finding sun maid dates! Also what coco powder do you use they look so dark and chocolatier than mine. Btw your no sugar added sweets has helped my junk food junkie Gf detox off sugar!!! I’m hoping a pure eating lifestyle will slow her lupus.

    1. It doesn’t have to be sunmaid. I think Sunsweet makes them too, or sometimes generic brands. Look in a regular grocery store (near the raisins) as opposed to a fancier place like Whole Foods.

  114. Allie says:

    uh oh! the wee little food processor spun and spun and squealed and broke. oops…. any recommendations on an acceptable cheap one?

  115. MOna Sigler says:

    In Canada, wed can get pitted, pressed dates in a package that is almost like carmel when youtake it out. Sooooo easy and less expensive than buying dates. I make fudge babies and now squares all the time!!!!

  116. Makayla says:

    What brand of chocolate chips do you use??

    1. Unofficial CCK Helper says:

      I know she’s said before that she uses Whole Foods brand or Enjoy Life. Ghirardelli gold packages are good as well.

  117. Javonni says:

    Just tried these. Loved them. I was just going to eat a part, ended up eating the whole thing. Need to go exercise now.

  118. Capt. ManPants says:

    Katie, i’m going to have to be honest with you..

    I’m having your babies.

    The tests came back, and the results were definitive.


  119. Randalyn Kiltz says:

    Love these and the fudge babies. They are great for trips and for that chocolate craving without eating too much. How many calories in each. Can’t find the info here.