Mix up an easy and delicious no bake energy balls recipe
Almond butter energy bites are the perfect, healthy snack! Each bite has just the right amount of sweetness, a bit of fiber, and some protein to keep you full. With each bite, you'll enjoy a creamy, rich bite with a little crunch from the coconut flakes. These almond butter balls can also be eaten for breakfast or a light dessert to fulfill your sweet tooth.
I'm always craving snacks! Honestly, snacks are what keep me going throughout the day.
I should probably learn how to survive without eating every two hours. Or, I could just make these almond butter energy bites and everything will be right in my world.
These energy bites are a great option for an easy snack time after school or at work! The bites are made with healthy ingredients (you can see the nutrition information below), so you can always feel good about eating them.
And, even better, they take almost no time to make if you are in a pinch.
I like to make a double batch for the week, and slowly eat them for snacks, or maybe even a sweet treat after lunch. The almond energy bites only take 15 minutes (or less) to come together. Plus, they can last in the fridge for the whole week.
What You'll Learn In This Recipe
By making these no bake almond energy balls, you'll learn some new skills in the kitchen:
- Some healthy recipe swaps
- Ways to customize these snack bites to make them for your own personal taste and dietary needs
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Ingredients You'll Need
This recipe is a great way to incorporate whole foods into your diet. You'll need a few simple ingredients for this easy recipe including:
- Medjool dates: Instead of using refined sugar, we're swapping things up for dates. This is a great plant-based sweetener that tastes delicious!
- Old fashioned oats: I love making recipes with oats. If you don't have old fashioned oats, feel free to swap for quick-cooking oats.
- Unsweetened shredded coconut: I love the flavor and texture that coconut adds to the recipe. Feel free to omit if you're not a fan of coconut.
- Almond butter: I prefer using creamy almond butter for this recipe. It incorporates really nicely with the other ingredients.
- Ground flaxseed: A great source of fiber that packs in so much nutritional value!
- Almond milk: This is an essential ingredient that helps the energy balls stick together. Don't skip this!
- Ground cinnamon: This ingredient provides a great way to add in additional flavor.
- Vanilla extract: Another great flavor enhancer.
- Fine sea salt: Salt is a must-add ingredient in every recipe. It helps enhance the flavor of the other ingredients in these energy balls.
How To Customize Your Energy Balls
You can make this recipe to fit your personal taste and health goals. Here are a few of my favorite ways to customize the recipe:
- Make it gluten free with certified gluten free oats.
- Swap out for a different type of nut butter. These almond butter balls would be delicious with peanut butter, sunflower butter, or even cashew butter. This is an easy way to add different flavors to the recipe.
- Add a scoop of protein powder. To bulk up the protein content to keep you full longer, you could add a scoop of your favorite protein powder. If you make this swap, you may need to add additional almond milk in order to hold the energy bites together (see note below).
- For a sweet treat, add dark chocolate chips. This would be a great option if you're hoping to eat these for dessert. You could also use vegan chocolate chips.
Tools & Equpiment
The great thing about this recipe is that you can make it all in one piece of kitchen equipment. This makes clean-up a breeze! You'll need a food processor to help blend up the Medjool dates and achieve the perfect consistency for the healthy energy balls.
You may also want a silicone spatula to scrape down the sides of the food processor.
Once you're ready to roll the balls together, grab a baking sheet lined with some parchment paper. Then, using a small cookie scoop (about 2 tablespoons), grab some of the dough and form the mixture into a ball.
Recipe Frequently Asked Questions
If your energy balls don't seem to be holding together, add an additional 1 tablespoon of almond milk and pulse ingredients together again in the food processor. Repeat this process until the balls stick together when rolled.
Yes, you can swap the almond butter for peanut butter, sunflower seed butter, or cashew butter. They will all result in delicious snack bites.
If you store the energy balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator, they should last for up to 7 days. This is the perfect snack for meal prep!
No Bake Almond Butter Balls
- Add dates, oats, ½ cup shredded coconut, almond butter, flaxseed, almond milk, ground cinnamon, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt into a high-powered food processor. Pulse until ingredients are finely ground and fully combined.
- Roll 2 tablespoons of the mixture into a bite-sized ball. Place the remaining ½ cup of shredded coconut on a plate. Roll the outside of the almond butter balls in the coconut.
- Eat immediately, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.