Almond butter, oats, and dried cherries combine in these no-bake bites designed to deliver a quick boost of energy and flavor any time of day.
Packed with oats, almond butter, and tart cherries, these easy energy bites are perfect for a pre- or post-workout snack, breakfast, or snack for the entire family.
I’m excited to partner with California Almonds (my client) to share heart health tips and 20 different snack ideas to keep you crunching through the month of February. These no-bake Cherry Almond Energy Bites are one of my favorites but be sure to check out others like my Smoked Paprika Almond Popcorn, Double Almond Peach Granola, and Almond Butter Coconut Sweet Potato Toast here.Got 10 minutes? Make these no-bake Cherry Almond Energy Bites! #snacking
How to make energy bites
There are many ways to make energy bites. The key is to include nutritious ingredients as a base and make sure to include something to help bind them.
Add energy-packed ingredients. Oats are the easiest, most obvious base ingredient. Instant or old-fashioned oats work great and are easy to find. Cocoa powder is a delicious addition too.
Use a binder. Almond butter works as a great binder for these energy bites. You might want to keep it somewhat cool. The firmer texture will help in the rolling process.
Sweeten it up. Yes. This is optional but most energy bites are sweet not savory. Honey or maple syrup are easy options. Keep the recipe vegan with maple or date syrup instead of honey.
But I’m a big fan of can pureed dates or dried figs to create a sticky, sweet binder for most snack bites. Simply run them through a food processor to make a paste-like in my Easy Chocolate Almond Truffles.
The best fruit for energy bites
Dried fruit is the best choice for snack bites and balls. Dried fits and dates are perfect but you can also try dried blueberries, tart cherries, and mangos. Dried apricots are also deliciously chewy.
You have to use dried fruit not fresh. Fresh fruit is wonderful but it has too much water to work in most balls like these.
Dried fruit is often high in fiber, iron and other nutrients. Yes. They are also high in calories. But that’s the point of an energy boost!
Grab the easy recipe below and watch how easy it is to make this recipe!
Cherry Almond Energy Bites
- ½ cup almond butter
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ½ cup dried cherries, chopped
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Stir all ingredients in a medium bowl to combine.
- Roll into balls - about 1 inch each. (If needed, chill the mixture to make it easier to roll.)
- Refrigerate the finished energy bites in an airtight container for up to a week.
I am making this recipe today because it looks yummy. Got it from Danielle Omar – How many balls does the mixture make? I plan to use a measuring spoon and do 1 TBSP per serving. Thoughts?
Hi Alethea! I get 16 – 2 bite balls from the mixture. I haven’t measured with a tablespoon measure but using that you’d likely get more than 16. Please let me know how it goes!
Marisa – I made them but had a hard time getting the mixture to stay together. I plan to make again today and will add some water. Any other thoughts? By the way, I love the taste.
Hmmm. I wouldn’t add water as that would make the oats too soft. Are you using old fashioned oats? That’s what I used to test the recipe.
You might try adding a bit more almond butter. Natural almond butter can sometimes be thick, other times thinner. I’d guess that’s the variable. Also, once mixed, chill the mixture for a few minutes in the fridge so that they are easier to roll. Please do let me know how this goes!