In need of a healthy snack recipe for protein balls? Make these cherry almond butter energy balls! They’re studded with oats, coconut flakes, honey, and mini chocolate chips for maximum flavor! You’ll love having this vegetarian, no bake treat on hand.
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I’m a big fan of energy balls/protein bites/whatever you want to call them. I love having them on hand to satisfy my afternoon cravings for sweets. Plus, they’re so easy to customize!
This recipe for cherry almond butter energy balls is one of my favorite combinations of ingredients. I first made a variation of them for my sister after she gave birth to my nephew. And now that I am waiting for a baby of my own, I found myself going back to the recipe and perfecting it so I could share it with all of you!
The creamy almond butter pairs so well with dried cherries, and the flecks of coconut and mini chocolate chips round out the sweet flavor profile. I also added some oats and honey to keep everything together, plus vanilla, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt as flavor boosters.
If this sounds as delicious to you as it does to me, you have to give this recipe a try! It’s really easy to make. And did you know you can freeze energy balls? It’s true! Make a double or triple batch to set your future self up for snacking success. I have a few containers of bites in my freezer for my upcoming postpartum days.
How to Make Almond Butter Energy Balls
The process for this recipe is really easy, but here’s a preview of the steps. For the full ingredients list and instructions, scroll down to the recipe card!
- Gather ingredients.
- Combine everything in a bowl.
- Scoop out a few tablespoons of batter. Roll into a ball.
- Repeat with the rest of the batter. Enjoy!
- Almond butter consistency: Use a creamy almond butter that has a drizzly/smooth consistency. Almond butter that has only one ingredient (almonds or almonds and salt) is the best option for energy bites. It tends to be smoother than almond butters with added oils. Keep it at room temperature, instead of in the fridge, to maintain the drizzly consistency. Trader Joe’s sells almond butter without any oil. If you have a hard time finding drizzly almond butter, you can add a few splashes of warm water to the batter to make it easier to mix.
- Make vegan: To make almond butter energy balls vegan, sub maple syrup for honey.
- Decrease sugar: If you want to make these less sweet, omit the chocolate chips and cut back on the honey or maple syrup.
- Substitutions and additions: Feel free to sub dried cranberries or another dried fruit of choice for the cherries and another nut or seed butter for the almond butter. You can also add chia seeds, milled flax seed, or hemp seeds for a nutrition boost!
- How to freeze: Energy bites freeze very wall. Place them in a freezer bag in a single layer or in a containers in layers separated by parchment or wax paper. Seal tightly, label, and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge before eating or enjoy straight from the freezer!
More Healthy Snacks
Love these almond butter energy balls with dried cherries?! Check out my no bake Oatmeal Date Almond Butter Bars, Coconut Chickpea Cookie Dough Balls, and Pumpkin Peanut Butter Balls. You may also like the Carrot and White Bean Vegan Blondies.
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Cherry Almond Butter Energy Balls
- 2 cups old fashioned oats - certified gluten free if needed
- 1 cup creamy almond butter - drizzly consistency, see notes
- ½ cup dried cherries
- ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- ¼ cup honey - sub maple syrup to make vegan
- ¼ cup mini chocolate chips - I use Enjoy Life brand
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch salt
- Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Mix until everything is evenly distributed. If you need to loosen up the batter so that it's easier to mix, add a few splashes of warm water.
- Scoop out a few tablespoons of batter with your hands. Roll it into a ball. Place on a plate. Repeat with the rest of the batter. You should get about 18 to 20 balls.
- Enjoy the balls right away or place the plate in the fridge to chill for 30 or more minutes before eating.
- Leave a rating or review by tapping the stars on this recipe card (above) or in the comments section (at the end of the post)!
- Use almond butter with a drizzly consistency for best results. Almond butter made with just almonds or almonds and salt is more drizzly than almond butter with added oils. If you can’t find a drizzly almond butter, you will need to add a few splashes of water to the batter to get it to loosen up.
- To freeze energy balls, place them in a single layer in a freezer bag or in a container in layers separated by wax or parchment paper. Seal well, label, and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge before eating or just enjoy straight from the freezer.
Happy snacking! – Lizzie