Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

Gluten-free and vegan, these energy bites are my family's favorite anytime snack! They're nourishing, satisfying and so yummy! Perfect for meal prep, they are just 5 ingredients, No Bake, come together quickly and make a large quantity.

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Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

Easy, Nourishing, Satisfying and Yummy!

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Hope you love them as much as we do!

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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.

And of all the ones we make, 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.

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

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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).

How to Make Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

You will need the following ingredients:

Almond butter (we love Barney Butter – used to be a brand ambassador)

gluten-free rolled oats (see notes below about gluten-free oats and celiac)

maple syrup

mini chips (we use Enjoy Life Foods mini chips)

and unsweetened shredded coconut (we like Let’s Do Organic).

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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.  And some oats that were thought to be “safe” were recently tested to show gluten… For more information I’m linking to articles byGluten-Free Watchdog from January 2023 and April 2023.

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

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For those interested, we used to use gluten-free oats from GF Harvest but they are no longer grown through purity protocol, so lately we have been using oats from Bob’s Red Mill as they are a company we have always trusted, but please do what you are comfortable with.

And a note on Barney Butter... We used to be ambassadors for Barney Butter because it is our favorite for energy bites!  It’s Certified Gluten-Free, peanut-free, non-gmo and vegan and it’s the best flavor & texture.

Enough background! Let’s make the Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Energy Bites!

They couldn’t be easier to make!

You literally just mix all the ingredients together in a big bowl and roll into balls.

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They are what people refer to as “no bake”.

almond butter chocolate chip energy bite gluten free most made recipe #glutenfreerecipes www.healthygffamily.comYou 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?!

Additional option...

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

Almond Butter Chocoalte Chip Energy Bites gluten free vegan

Some of us like them not rolled in coconut. Sometimes I’ll roll with a few extra oats.

So we always have two types in the house.

Almond Butter Chocoalte Chip Energy Bites gluten free vegan


No matter who you enjoy them or when you eat them, they are a nourishing, satisfying and yummy snack!

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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!

For more No Bake Snack and Energy Bites, try:

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

Gingerbread Bliss Bites

Trail Mix Energy Bites

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Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

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!
Celiac friends, be sure so read latest article by Gluten-free Watchdog to make sure you are purchasing and enjoying safe gluten-free oats.
Prep Time20 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snacks
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan, No Bake
Keyword: gluten-free energy bites, almond butter chocolate chip energy bites, no bake gluten-free snacks, gluten-free grab and go snack
Servings: 18 -24 bites
Author: Healthy Gluten-free Family



  • 1 16 oz jar Almond Butter we use Barney Butter
  • 1 ¼ cup Gluten-Free old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut + extra for rolling we like Let's Do Organic
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ¾ cup mini semi sweet chocolate chips approximately 1/2 bag Enjoy Life Foods mini-chips


  • 1-2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1-2 tablespoons flax seeds


  • Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.
  • Roll mixture into balls of any size (I usually go with 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inch diameter).
  • Add extra oats if mixture too wet.
  • Roll in coconut. (alternatively, roll in extra oats or enjoy as is)
  • Store in refrigerator or freezer.
  • I usually store some in fridge at all times & keep the rest frozen until needed.
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44 thoughts on “Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

  1. 5 stars
    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!

  3. These are absolutely delicious. Exactly what I needed. I substituted date paste for the syrup. Still amazing. Thanks!

    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!

  4. 5 stars
    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.

  5. I made these with my daughter yesterday! So yummy. We replaced peanut butter with cashew butter. I added chia seeds and a little flax in half for my post-workout snacks 😉

  6. Thanks again for all your recipes. I am new at this, so I am busy collecting. Thanks again for sharing, I have never tryed Barney Butter, so this will be another first. I also might add chopped dates

  7. 5 stars
    I love these and can’t stop eating them! So easy to make & have at work for the 3pm pick me up. Just too delicious to have one. Thanks for the recipe!

  8. 5 stars
    These are delicious! I use unsalted almond butter but have to add just a dash of salt for a little kick. ? I look forward to that time of day I have these! Helps with chocolate cravings too!

  9. 5 stars
    My kids and I LOVED these! Any tips on getting a tight ball? The more i tried I felt the more they fell apart and stuck to my hands.

    1. Happy you loved them! I’m haven’t had that problem… one thought is to maybe mix it all together more before rolling into balls? My only other thought is that perhaps the almond butter was too dry to begin with? With Barney Butter, the oil doesn’t usually separate but with some brands it does and if you pour off too much oil rather than mixing it in, the almond butter could be dry so the bites does hold together….

      1. 5 stars
        Yep I had it all mixed before starting to roll them up and my almond butter had oil on top. IDK but I am definitely making them again! Ugly or not they were delicious!

    2. 5 stars
      I found mine too dry as I used less liquid, I used coconut syrup instead of maple syrup and only 1/4 cup as I can’t do much sugar, so I used 2 tb. of coconut oil to moisten them enough to roll into a ball. Very good.

  10. 5 stars
    These are amazing and super easy to make. I’ve been having one of these along with a banana right before my hikes and I’m really enjoying them. They provide just the right amount of sweetness and are quite satiating. Thank you for all the great recipes!

  11. 5 stars
    These are AMAZING. Honestly, I have looked at these every time you have posted them and thought “I should try these” but hesitated because my son (celiac) doesn’t like nut butters. Well, guess who LOVED them? He did. Total win for taste, ease of recipe, and versatility. Thank you!!

  12. 5 stars
    I was hesitant to make these, as I’m not a huge fan of oats. However, these are delicious, minus the coconut – and added the walnuts.

    Does anyone have the calorie count on this?

  13. 5 stars
    These are a staple in our household! My whole family loves them and asks for the daily! We use dates instead of chocolate chips but love them just the same!

  14. 5 stars
    Delicious and so easy! I like to store them in the freezer and then let them sit out a bit before eating! Awesome!

  15. Thank you for your great recipes. The amazon link provided for the gf oats lists the product as unavailable and unknown if it will be restocked. Any other available options?


    1. Hi! Happy you are enjoying our recipes. I recently removed GF Oats from our Amazon shop and tried to remove all the links… must have missed this one! The gf oats we had been using are no longer purity protocal oats and we have recently been using Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-free Oats because I have always trusted the company.

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