Almond Butter Oat Balls

By Maria Lichty

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Almond Butter Oat Balls-easy, healthy, no-bake almond butter energy bites that are great for breakfast on the go, snack time, or even dessert. 

Almond Butter Oat Balls Recipe

I am currently crushing on almond butter, like a big time junior high crush. I am especially loving Justin’s Vanilla Almond Butter. Have you tried it? Oh man, it will have you crushing too. It is so good! I love eating it by the spoonful, with apple slices, or on toast. I also can’t stop making these Almond Butter Oat Balls. They are my new favorite treat!

Almond Butter Oat Balls Recipe

The recipe comes from Justin’s new cookbook, Justin My Kitchen. The book is full of fabulous nut butter recipes. I can’t wait to try them all, but right now I am stuck on the Almond Butter Oat Balls. I have been making them a couple times a week. I love them and my boys love them. I have to fight them for them:)

Almond Butter Energy Bites Recipe

The balls are super simple to make. The recipe only calls for five ingredients: almond butter, coconut oil, oats, coconut, and honey. I splurged a little and added chocolate chips, so my recipe has six ingredients. Worth it! And I love using Justin’s Vanilla Almond Butter for this recipe. The vanilla just makes them extra special!

The almond butter oat balls take 10 minutes tops to make and there is no baking involved. You do have to chill them, but you can eat one before they go in the fridge. I always do!

They are the perfect size for grabbing on the go! They make a great breakfast, snack, or dessert. They will keep for up to two weeks in the refrigerator or up to a month in the freezer. I REALLY like them frozen. I am going to be popping these frozen almond butter balls into my mouth all summer long. And feel free to change them up a little, you could add dried cranberries, white chocolate chips, chia seeds, or even use regular almond butter or peanut butter! The options are endless!

The next time you get a craving for a sweet treat, try these Almond Butter Oat Balls. They are a great healthy treat, but they don’t taste healthy, they just taste amaze-BALLS! Ha!

Almond Butter Oat Balls Recipe

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Almond Butter Oat Balls

These easy no-bake healthy almond butter oat balls are great for snacking, dessert, or breakfast on the go!
4.23 from 9 votes


  • 1 cup almond butter I used Justin's Vanilla Almond Butter
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats can use gluten-free oats
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate chips if desired


  • Melt almond butter and coconut oil in the microwave to soften, about 20 seconds.
  • Mix in oats, coconut, honey, and chocolate chips, if using.
  • Shape into 1-inch balls and refrigerate.

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. I love, love, love Justin’s! These balls look delicious, and they certainly wouldn’t last long in my kitchen!

  2. Almond butter energy bites are da bomb, and these look and sound delicious! You HAD to add the chocolate chips; the recipe was totally asking for them. 🙂

  3. I’m going to have to try these. I’m always looking for something sweet and healthy.

  4. I tried mixing up the ingredients for this, and there is absolutely nothing “formable” about the mixture. It taste great, but it’s just like eating oatmeal sludge. What do you think I did wrong?

    1. The consistency should be similar to cookie dough, a little wetter. You have to roll the mixture into balls and chill them. They will firm up.

  5. These cannot be rolled. Added a full cup more of oats and still not able to roll.

    Flopped on cookie sheet and threw in freezer.

    1. The mixture is a little sticky, but I have made them a dozen times and have never had a problem. I do wash my hands about half way through so my hands are less sticky.

  6. These will not form into balls. With one cup of oats, the mixture doesn’t resemble what you show (not nutty, the oats take over). I will try  using more nut butter which will make them a more expensive treat

    1. I just checked the cookbook again to be safe and it is 1 cup of oats. That is how I have been making them. If they are too runny, add another 1/4 cup of oats.

  7. Made these a few days ago… already gone! Might just be my new favorite snack, yum! Couldn’t find the Vanilla flavor of Justin’s almond butter so I got Maple and it was delish!! I kept them in the freezer and they reminded me of these ice box cookies my mom used to make when I was a kid…

  8. These look great, but I’m not a fan of coconut. Any suggestions on what you could use to replace it? You think this recipe would work by just omitting the shredded coconut all together?

  9. I used cashew butter and used mini chocolate chips (which all melted into the warm mixture so I will used regular chocolate chips next time). My mixture was not “roll able” either so mine ended up looking like no bake cookies however the flavor is amazing! I love these and they make a perfect not too sweet breakfast item for me!

  10. These were okay….i think the people having trouble getting them to roll need to put the batter in the fridge for a few minutes to give the melted nut butter and coconut oil a chance to harden slightly. They roll much easier like that. My BF really likes them. A very expensive little treat, at least in California with Justin’s almond butter costing 12 bucks a jar.

  11. My son has a dairy, egg and nut allergy so we are always looking for new foods for him to eat. I would love to try these with sunflower butter and see if they work!

  12. Made these on Monday and now they’re gone! My two girls and I ate them for breakfast all week and we LOVED them. Thanks for sharing the recipe! I’m making more this weekend!

  13. 4 stars
    I kept mine sugar-free, used minimal ingredients, and still really liked these treats.  They must be great with chocolate chips!  Here’s what I used:

    Justin’s Original Almond Butter
    2 tablespoons coconut oil
    Old-fashioned, gluten-free oats
    Liquid stevia (sweetened to taste)

    The mixture was extremely runny , so I refrigerated it for 15 minutes before attempting to make the balls.  It still would not form balls, so the shape of mine looked like no-bake cookies.  No complaints here!  I popped the tray in the freezer and they firmed up beautifully.  They are so tasty frozen.  My version reminds me of the peanut butter/corn syrup/cornflakes no-bake cookies that my mom used to make in the 80s.  Just as tasty and so much healthier.   Thanks for the great idea.  

  14. 2 stars
    These are impossible to roll. I was grabbing a small amount and plopped on the parchment paper. What is the recommendation for this?

    1. I used Kirkland almond butter. It did turn out runny so next time I will cut the coconut oil by half. I added coconut flakes, raisins, and sunflower seeds as well as chocolate chips. I used a small ice cream scoop and dropped onto a silicone cookie sheet, refrigerated and then boxed into the freezer. They do resemble no bake cookies but that is not a problem for me. Delicious healthy summer treat straight from the freezer!

  15. 5 stars
    My whole family loves these! They are hard to stop at just one. My daughter can’t have dairy so I add vegan chocolate chips and they are perfect!

  16. 5 stars
    I haven’t tried the recipe yet but everyone who’s saying they’re not able to roll them what you would try is taking a mini muffin pan and lining them with parchment paper and making little bites that way

  17. These taste really good, but I had no success rolling them, no matter what I tried. Eventually I gave up on rolling them and pressed them into a container, froze them and cut them into squares.