Sometimes after I eat lunch, I crave a little sometime sweet. Or sometimes it’s when that mid-morning sweet tooth hits and I just need something to hold me over until lunch. Of course, there’s always the 3pm hanger that kicks in where I really can’t decide if I could eat dinner right then or just have a BIG snack.
Either way, these honey cinnamon almond butter energy bites are the perfect solution to all our snacking probs. They’re easy to make, only require a few ingredients and taste like TEDDY GRAHAMS. Plus they have 7g protein per serving, making them perfect for post workout refueling. I hope you love these as much as we do!
What makes these little bites special?
These amazing almond butter energy bites are packed with protein thanks to almond butter & protein powder, and also have a boost of healthy fats and omega-3’s from flaxseed meal and chia seeds.
These are truly a powerhouse snack all in one little bite! Post-workout perfection. They’re also made without oats so they’re perfect if you’re looking for a grain free and/or paleo-friendly breakfast or snack!
What are omega-3s?
Omega-3’s are a fatty acid that is essential for brain, heart & immune health, and a lot of people don’t get enough of them in their diet from things like fish and walnuts.
What you’ll need to make almond butter energy bites
These protein-packed energy almond butter bites are made with plenty of pantry staples that you might already have on hand. They just so happen to be dairy, gluten & grain free, and paleo! Here’s what you’ll need to make them:
- Almond butter: be sure to use a natural, creamy almond butter that’s made with just almond and salt. I love Wild Friends creamy almond butter. Use my discount code ‘ambitious15’ for 15% off your order at Wild Friends!
- Honey: we’re naturally sweetening these energy bites with a bit of honey, which gives them that teddy graham flavor when paired with the cinnamon! OMG.
- Cinnamon: add a little cozy flavor with some cinnamon.
- Flaxseed meal: I love using flaxseed meal in my baked goods and no bake snacks because it’s a great source of healthy fats and fiber. Please don’t skip it!
- Chia seeds: hello, little bites of extra protein and omega-3’s thanks to chia seeds!
- Protein powder: feel free to use any protein powder you’d like. I personally like using Vital Proteins collagen peptides. Options for making them without protein powder are below.
- Extras: mix in mini chocolate chips for an extra treat and sprinkle with some fancy Maldon sea salt. YUM.
Customize these energy bites
Looking to switch up ingredients? We always get questions on what can be swapped and substituted. Here’s what we recommend:
- Use a different nut butter: instead of almond butter you can also use a natural, creamy peanut butter or cashew butter. Yum!
- Make them vegan: feel free to make them vegan by using pure maple syrup instead of honey, a vegan protein powder and be sure to also use dairy free/vegan chocolate chips.
- Out of something? these energy bites will also still hold together without the chia seeds, but I would not recommend leaving out the flaxseed meal.
An easy protein powder swap
Out of protein powder? Feel free to make these almond butter energy bites with 1-2 tablespoons of coconut or oat flour, or 2-3 tablespoons of almond flour until the dough resembles cookie dough.
How to make almond butter energy balls
These easy almond butter energy balls can be made in one bowl for the perfect, quick snack!
- Mix the wet. Combine the almond butter, honey, vanilla & cinnamon in a medium bowl until smooth.
- Add the dry. Mix in the flaxseed meal, chia seeds, protein powder & mini chocolate chips. It’s easiest to do this with your hands once the “dough” starts to come together. If the dough feels too dry, simply add a little more nut butter or sweetener.
- Make the balls. Use your hands to shape the dough into 8 balls just like you would with cookie dough.
- Refrigerate & enjoy. Sprinkle these babies with a little sea salt and pop them in the fridge for about 15 minutes to let them firm up. Then enjoy!
Storing & freezing tips
To store: store these almond butter energy bites in an airtight container or a stasher bag in the fridge for up to 1 week.
To freeze: these little bites are delicious straight from the freezer as well! If they’re too hard, simply let them sit at room temp for 5-10 minutes before eating.
More no bake snacks & treats
Looking for more? Get all of our no bake snacks here!
I hope you love these honey cinnamon almond butter energy bites! If you make them be sure to leave a comment & a rating so I know how you liked them. Enjoy, xo!
Honey Cinnamon Almond Butter Energy Bites
Delicious honey cinnamon almond butter energy bites that seriously taste like a cinnamon teddy graham! These easy almond butter energy bites are made without oats and are packed with fiber & protein from creamy almond butter, flaxseed meal, chia seeds and your fav protein powder. The perfect no bake snack!
- 1/2 cup natural, creamy drippy almond butter
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup flaxseed meal
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1/4 cup protein powder of choice (we like Vital Proteins)*
- 2 tablespoons chocolate chips, dairy free if desired
- Maldon sea salt, for sprinkling
- In a medium bowl, add in almond butter, honey, vanilla and cinnamon; mix until well combined.
- Next add in flaxseed meal, chia seeds, protein powder of choice and mini chocolate chips. At this point I usually have to use my hands to mix and work with the dough and get everything mixed together well. You should be able to form balls that stick together. Because all nut butter consistencies are different and depending on what protein powder you use, you may need to add in more nut butter or sweetener to help the balls stick together.
- Roll dough into 8 balls and place on a plate; sprinkle with a little sea salt, then transfer to the bites to the fridge to firm up. Once firm (after about 15 minutes), you can transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 1 week. Makes 8 energy bites.
If you want to make these without protein powder, we suggest adding 1-2 tablespoons coconut flour or oat flour, or 2-3 tablespoons of almond flour until you can form into balls.
Recipe by: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen | Photography by: Eat Love Eats