Butterbeer Energy Bites


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A delicious, no bake snack sized treat which is perfect pre workout or a snack anytime throughout the day! Made in one bowl, these are gluten free, vegan, refined sugar free, low in fat and very high in fiber- Inspired by the Harry Potter famed beverage butterbeer. 


Please tell me you’re a fan of Harry Potter fan. If so- this one’s for you

I still remember when I heard the rumour back in 2010 that there was a Harry Potter World being created at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. It was around the time that I had made the decision to do a semester abroad in New York and I may or may not have cemented the fact with this event in itself. 

I was late in getting on the Harry Potter train. I think when book four came out, I started the first and was so addicted, I finished all four within a week. Until book 5 came out, I read the previous four over and over again. So much so, I could quote ridiculous, irrelevant sections of it. 

“I like REALLY GOOD Quidditch Players”. 


See? Irrelevant. Anyway, back to Harry Potter World. I did my semester abroad in New York for the Fall semester and purposely planned the first decent holiday break (Rosh Hashanah, I believe) to be the perfect time to escape to Florida. The first two hours I think I took 200 photos in front of all things and everything then went to hunt down something I was very excited to try- A mug of Butterbeer

Friends, it was like drinking butterscotch syrup. Straight butterscotch syrup.

The first two sips were epic then…not so much. However, it was exactly as what I predicted it to taste like although with random other flavours. I tasted bits of molasses, honey, coconut, but mostly- butterscotch! I shared it with a friend and thought I’d never want to have anything sugary again. 


Cue arrival back in New York- I had the aftertaste of butterbeer still in my mouth- This time, however, I was craving it! Too bad, so sad. I’m pretty sure 7/11 did not stock canned butterbeer. I was at a loss. 

Cue four years later and being back in Australia and still having a butterbeer craving. Instead of making the drinks (which there are multiple recipes for online- usually with two ingredients- soda and butterscotch syrup)- I decided to attempt an energy bar/bite recipe which had all the flavours I tasted in the drink- butterscotch with hints of coconut, honey and molasses


These taste like the butterbeer I tasted at Universal Studios, but at a much more acceptable level of sweetness- and trust me, I have a big sweet tooth. They are naturally gluten free, high in protein (if you add the protein powder!) and lower in sugar than it’s inspiration. Well, that is stating the obvious. These are perfect before a workout for a quick energy boost or grab a couple to snack on during the day. They also make an epic dessert with vanilla ice cream (do it.). So grab a bowl, grab your ingredients and get ready to be taken to Hogsmeade and Hogwarts.

Please note- These energy bites will not give you powers to ride broomsticks or apparate to another city.

I tried. 

Butterbeer Energy Bites

5 from 3 votes
A delicious, no bake snack sized treat which is perfect pre workout or a snack anytime throughout the day! Made in one bowl, these are gluten free, low in sugar, low in fat and very high in fiber- Inspired by the Harry Potter famed beverage butterbeer.


  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 scoop unflavoured protein powder optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup cashew butter can sub for another very mild tasting nut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey can substitute for agave/brown rice syrup if vegan
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1/2 cup butterscotch chips separated (swap for unsweetened chips for vegan)


  • Line a plate with baking paper and set aside.
  • In a frying pan over medium heat, lightly toast the rolled oats and unsweetened coconut for 2-3 minutes. Allow to cool slightly and pour into a large mixing bowl with the sea salt and protein powder if using it.
  • In a microwave safe bowl, combine the cashew butter,honey and molasses and heat for 2-3 minutes, or until melted. Stir well to combine.
  • Add the liquid mixture to the dry and mix until fully incorporated. Slowly stir in the 1/4 cup of the butterscotch chips. Using your hands, form small balls with the mixture and dip them in the remaining 1/4 cup of butterscotch chips and set aside on the the covered plate. Refrigerate for at least an hour.


You could try subbing extra for the molasses but it would really detract from the taste. I'd recommend brown rice syrup.
Author: Arman
Tried this recipe?Give us a shout at @thebigmansworld or tag #thebigmansworld!


Have a great weekend folks- For those who haven’t read Harry Potter- Please do. I’ll do a vlog in an english accent with a magic wand in tow if you do. 

No Bake Butterbeer Energy Bites- A delicious, no bake snack sized treat which is perfect pre workout or a snack anytime throughout the day! Made in one bowl and ready in under 10 minutes, these are gluten free, vegan, refined sugar free, low in fat and very high in fiber- Inspired by the Harry Potter famed beverage butterbeer! @thebigmansworld - thebigmansworld.com

Are you a fan of Harry Potter?

Have you ever been to Universal Studios? 

Are you a butterscotch fan? If you are try a butterbeer from there. It’s like straight syrup. 

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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. You are a legend for making these. I love Harry Potter and actually thought I was Hermione when I was 11… Shame these can’t make me apparate 😉

  2. Oooh YUMMMY can’t wait!! Big Harry Potter fan over here & I’ve never been to universal studios. I hope one day tho lol!! You’re on a serious roll with all your yummy recipes lately hehe 😉

  3. Magical. (hahaha I just realized the funny). Omg these sound fantastic! I love cashew butter (thanks for switching it up from Almond butter)! Also, when I lived in NYC, they had the “Quidditch World Championships”. No joke.

    1. Thanks buddy! I opted for cashew butter because it’s mild tasting!

      And NO WAY .1. You lived in NYC and 2. Quidditch?

  4. GAH! My hubs is obsessed with HP. Like we dressed up like them for Halloween AND he has the movies taped and watches them weekly.
    I am totally getting brownie (err..energy bite?) points for making these! Pinned!

  5. So I have a confession. I’ve never read any Harry Potter books. I’ve never watched any Harry Potter movies, either. Can we still be friends? I actually thought these energy bites were made out of butter and beer…but now that I’ve seen the actual recipe, I think butterscotch is a much more acceptable flavor. I mean who wants butter in their beer anyways? Haha!

  6. I’m so happy you made these! This is seriously a huge day maker for me. Hopefully Snape and I will have some time to make them this weekend. And I agree with what you said about butterbeer at Harry Potter World. So much sugar! It’s hard to get through a whole glass.

    You might be surprised to learn that I started my HP obsession later on as well. I went to the first movie at the suggestion of a friend. Okay, she begged me to go, but that’s irrelevant. I don’t remember if the fourth book was out yet or not, but this was in 2001 (I think). Either way, I became quickly obsessed. Oliver Wood may have had something to do with it. MAYBE.

    1. Oliver Wood haha? Oh Jenna! I hope you and Snape do end up making them- Otherwise I may have to try making pumpkin pasties. 😉

  7. I miss the Harry Potter movies! So sad it was all over. Thanks for this yummy recipe though! Happy Friday.

  8. Oh man, I was so hoping that these would give me the ability to ride broomsticks 😉 I’ll settle for them just being a tasty treat! They look great, and healthy enough that I may share with my kid. Maybe.

  9. Well these look fun! Probably because I’m obsessed with anything that has any type of cashew FUN in it 😉
    I’ve only seen (most?) of the Harry Potter movies. Never read the books…but I have no interest in them anyway, haha! Not my “style” 😉

  10. I was always asking myself what the heck butter beer was! Beer made from butter? Melted butter stirred into beer? But without alcohol of course. ?? I think I don’t want to try that concoction they sell at Universal Studios 😀 I can imagine these bites to taste amazing though, although I’ve never had butterscotch anything I think. And those butterscotch chips aren’t available here. Sometimes I feel like there isn’t anything available here!!!

  11. I think I’m the only person our age in the world who has never cared for Harry Potter. I guess I missed out on a real childhood gem! Haha. But anything that tastes like butterscotch syrup sounds freaking incredible and I’d definitely give it a shot. Butterscotch is one of those flavors I don’t ever crave or think I love but the minute someone bakes something with it in it I just can’t get enough!

  12. I am a huge Harry Potter fan, so when I saw “Butterbeer” you had my attention. These look and sound delicious, and I happen to have all of the ingredients, so if I’ve got a few minutes today, I might whip up a batch. I completely appreciate someone’s ability to come up with a clever and tasty recipe.

  13. Ah I’ve always wanted to try butterbeer, but I have suspected (apparently correctly) that it would be way too sweet for me.

    Oh, I tried your Gingerbread Latte- doubled up on the instant coffee and it was perfect for me!