Almond Butter and Oats Energy Ball Recipe

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Energy Balls are an easy, no-bake snack that can be assembled in mere minutes. They are packed with wholesome ingredients and serve as convenient options for on-the-go breakfasts and snacks.

white rectangular platter with a dozen oatmeal energy balls
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These vegan energy balls are full of fiber and protein to help get you through the day or to the next meal. They are healthy, sticky, and sweet which means everyone is going to love them, even the kids! If you love healthy protein snacks, also try these gluten-free granola bars or even our chocolate balls.

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These almond butter and oatmeal energy balls are

  • Plant-based/Vegan
  • No-bake
  • Easy
  • Quick–10 minutes
  • Perfect make-ahead recipe for out-the-door breakfasts
  • Travel well
  • Great to keep on hand for a healthy snack
  • Kid Approved
  • Budget-friendly
  • Irresistible delicious’ness

Types of energy balls

No matter what name we’re calling them by, they are all the rage now…and with good reason!  Energy balls, Protein Balls, and Power Balls are all basically the same concept with a myriad of different ingredients and the possibilities are endless.  

They’re a whole-food healthy snack that’s super easy to make with simple ingredients that I almost always already have on hand AND they’re irresistibly delicious!  Trust me, you’re going to want to make a double batch!

Ingredients

  • Quick oats
  • Chopped walnuts
  • Dried blueberries
  • Dried craisins
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds aka pepitas
  • Flax seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Almond butter
  • Honey (Maple syrup or Agave)
  • Vanilla
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg

The recipe card at the bottom of the page has the full list of ingredients with measurements and instructions.

Energy bite variations

These power energy balls are delicious as is, but you can always add in other ingredients like vegan chocolate chips, unsweetened shredded coconut, an endless variety of nut butters, dried fruit, nuts, and seeds.

Other nut kinds of nut butter might include peanut butter or cashew butter. Really, it just depends on your preference.

How to make energy balls

Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir until well combined. The mixture should be sticky but not wet. Add more nut butter or honey if the mixture is too dry and more oats if the mixture is too wet.

Once it is mixed thoroughly, roll into balls. I make mine about the size of a ping pong ball because they’re bite-sized!

oat energy ball batter in wooden bowl being stirred with wooden spoon
PHOTO CREDIT: Drenda-Michell Brennan

Ways to serve

Ball-shaped is a super convenient way to eat, store, and take them on the go. But no fear that’s not the only way to enjoy them; you still have options!

To save time and not have to roll the balls, you can also press the mixture into a parchment-covered baking dish, chill it for about 30 minutes, and then cut them into energy bars.

white platter of vegan energy balls with wooden cutting boad with more balls and ingredients in background
PHOTO CREDIT: Drenda-Michell Brennan

Storage Tips

I store my energy balls in a plastic container and layer them with parchment paper between the layers. 

Keep in the fridge in an airtight container for up to two weeks or freeze for longer storage. Haven’t had to freeze any here yet, they don’t make it that long!

The balls will firm up more as they chill in the refrigerator, but no need to wait. Enjoy immediately!

Drenda-Michell Brennan

About the Chef

Drenda-Michell Brennan lived in Japan in the 1990s and learned many traditional Asian cooking methods. She is the mother of 3 Japanese-American grown children and grandmother (HuneyGram) to 8 grandchildren. She also happens to be the sister of Terri Edwards, of EatPlant-Based. Read more about her story in this article, From Veggie Hater to Plant-Based.

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white rectangular platter with a dozen oatmeal energy balls
5 from 8 votes

Oatmeal Energy Balls

These vegan energy balls are full of fiber and protein to help get you through the day or to the next meal. They are healthy, sticky, and sweet which means everyone is going to love them, even the kids!
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 12 servings

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup quick oats
  • ¼ cup walnuts chopped
  • ¼ cup dried blueberries
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoon sunflower seeds
  • 2 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tablespoon flax seeds
  • 2 tablespoon chia seeds
  • ¾ cup almond butter
  • ¼ cup honey maple syrup or agave
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir until well combined. The mixture should be sticky but not wet.
  • Add more nut butter or honey if the mixture is too dry and more oats if the mixture is too wet. Once it is mixed thoroughly, roll into balls. I make mine about the size of a ping pong ball because they’re bite size!
  • Ball-shaped is a super convenient way to eat, store, and take them on-the-go. But no fear that’s not the only way to enjoy them; you still have options!
  • To save time and not have to roll the balls, you can also press the mixture into a parchment-covered baking dish, chill it for about 30 minutes, and then cut them into energy bars.

Video

Notes

Variations
These power energy balls are delicious as is, but you can always add in other ingredients like vegan chocolate chips, unsweetened shredded coconut, an endless variety of nut butters, dried fruit, nuts, and seeds.
Other nut kinds of nut butter might include peanut butter or cashew butter. Really, it just depends on your preference.
Storage
I store my energy balls in a plastic container and layer them with parchment paper between the layers. 
Keep in the fridge in an airtight container for up to two weeks or freeze for longer storage. Haven’t had to freeze any here yet, they don’t make it that long!
About the Chef
Drenda-Michell Brennan joined EatPlant-Based in January 2023 as a recipe developer and has continued to expand her skills into photography, SEO, technical assistance, and writing. She is a valued member of our team that continually impresses! Our EatPlant-Based community knows her as Chelbo from our Facebook Tuesday LIVES.

Nutrition

Serving: 2balls | Calories: 217kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 14g | Sodium: 101mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g

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