Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

Meal prep always includes a batch of our favorite No bake, Gluten-Free, Vegan Energy Bites

Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

Just 5 ingredients, yummy and a fan favorite of everyone in our house!

If you’ve followed the Healthy Gluten-Free Family a while, you know that we are big fans of energy bites, or “bliss balls” as many call them.

They are our go-to snack, any time of day.

These Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Energy Bites are a hands down favorite, loved by everyone in the family.  Literally, someone is always reaching one whether as breakfast, a snack or dessert.

So we keep a close eye on the stock in the freezer and fridge.  (Some of us like them in the refrigerator, others eat them straight out of the freezer).

They are made with just 5 ingredients, are gluten-free and vegan and so yummy!

They are made with Barney Butter almond butter,  gluten-free rolled oats, maple syrup, mini chips (we use Enjoy Life Foods mini chips), and shredded coconut.

And they couldn’t be easier to make.  You literally just mix all the ingredients together in a big bowl and roll into balls. They are what people refer to as “no bake”.

You can eat them right away or store them in the refrigerator or freezer.  I like to store most of them in the freezer and keep a few in the refrigerator at all times for easy access.

They are the perfect energy boost and we’ve been known to eat them at breakfast, on the go, for snacks or dessert… see why they disappear so quickly?!

Some of us like them as the original recipe was developed… rolled in coconut.

Some of us like them not rolled in coconut.  So we always have two types in the house.

No matter who you enjoy them or when you eat them, they are packed with nutrients and yummy!

The original recipe was from my friend Carissa who used to run The Stand Juice in Fairfield CT. We’ve since adjusted quantities to taste but always think of her as we enjoy them!

Hope you love them as much as we do!

Also, in case you don’t know I am Barney Butter Ambassador!  Barney Butter is the only almond butter we use.  And we’ve been using Barney Butter as long as we’ve been making these Energy Bites (which is a l o n g time!) … It’s Certified Gluten-Free, peanut-free, non-gmo and vegan and it’s the best flavor & texture.  I’m convinced that the Barney Butter texture is what makes these almond balls hold their form so well.

A note about oats: Oats are a naturally gluten-free grain but they are contaminated via cross contact with wheat, barley and rye during the growing and processing process.  So definitely look for gluten free oats, preferably certified gluten free oats.

But there’s more…. back when my son was first diagnosed with celiac disease, gluten-free oats were mostly grown via a process known as purity protocol.  In recent years, gluten-free oats have also been processed through a manufacturing process known as “sorting”.  There is much controversy about sorting versus purity protocol oats.  For more information I’m linking articles by GF Jules and by Gluten-Free Watchdog.

Also, some people with celiac don’t tolerate oats so please do what ‘s best for you and your health.

For those interested, we use gluten-free oats from GF Harvest (amazon affiliate link), grown through purity protocol.

Hope you love them as much as we do!

Scroll down to see the recipe and leave a comment if you try.


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Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Energy Bites
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Just 5 ingredients, gluten-free, vegan and no bake, these energy bites are packed with nutrients and so yummy! Perfect anytime of day you need a quick on-the-go energy boost or treat -- breakfast, snack or dessert!
Recipe type: Breakfast, Dessert, Snacks
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan, No Bake
Serves: 18-24 bites
  • 1 16oz jar Almond Butter (we use Barney Butter)
  • 1¼ cup Gluten-Free old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup shredded coconut + extra for rolling
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ¾ cup mini semi sweet chocolate chips (approximately ½ bag Enjoy Life Foods mini-chips)
  • ½ cup cranberries
  • ½ cup finely chopped walnuts
  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Roll mixture into balls of any size (I usually go with 1¼ to 1½ inch diameter).
  3. Add extra oats if mixture too wet.
  4. Roll in coconut. (optional but recommended)
  5. Store in refrigerator or freezer.
  6. I usually store some in fridge at all times & keep the rest frozen until needed.

13 thoughts on “Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

  1. A perfect snack for young chefs to prepare! My daughter loved making these on this snowy no-school day; I loved the no-need-for-baking in case we lost power, and everyone else loved eating them!

  2. Looks delish and we love Barney butter at our house!

    We are currently off of oats… is there another substitute for them?


    1. We love Barney Butter too! Unfortunately, I’ve never made these without the oats. But have you tried the Walnut Date Bliss Bites? They are made with Barney Butter too but the oats are optional — I’ve made them both with and without, and both ways taste great!

    1. Great question! I tend to keep most of them in the freezer (for up to 3 months though they never last that long in my house!) and transfer a small amount (5 or 6 at a time) into a container in the refrigerator as needed. In the refrigerator, I think they are best eaten within a week. So happy you like them!

  3. Very easy to prepare and everyone liked it. They taste like a cookie! We took them while traveling this Summer and it was a lifesaver! Thanks for sharing delicious recipes.

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