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, 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

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.
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Author: Arman @ thebigmansworld


  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 scoop unflavoured protein powder optional
  • 1/2 tsp 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 T 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.

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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107 thoughts on “Butterbeer Energy Bites

  1. OMFG! This is crazy! Who’s that Harry Potter guy? (Might I get away with pretending that I’ve never heared of Harry Potter just to get to watch that vlog?)

  2. Funny, I got into Harry Potter a little later too – around when Book 3 came out and had the same experience. I have to go back and re-read them. I haven’t gotten to the park yet but have heard the same thing about the Butterbeer – waaaaaaay too sweet. Can’t wait to try these babies out.

  3. I was just finishing book 3 when book 4 came out, I still remember buying it and non stop reading it! Got some fab HP memories actually – like queuing at 12 midnight to get the last book and then staying up all night to read it – I finished at 5.30am! Worth it though, could never have slept anyway!
    But because I love the books so much I could never watch the films, I didn’t want it to spoil the image I have in my head – so HP world is a bit of a no no!

  4. 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 😉

  5. 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.

  6. First, I am not a Harry Potter fan (must I run and hide now?!), but I HAVE been to Universal Studios and love it! Fun times. And I LOVE butterscotch. LOVE. Probably a little too much. 🙂 These really do sound amazing.

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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” 😉

  11. 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!!!

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

  15. Oh man the butterbeer in Universal is frankly disgustingly amazing. You know you’re just drinking straight sugar, basically like flat cream soda with foam on top, but it’s so bad that it’s good. I’m glad you’re as obsessed with HP as I am. These look great!

  16. I’ve never read/watched Harry Potter anything. But I know I’d like these weird sounding balls because they have butterscotch. I’m going to add them to my next batch of protein ballzzzzz.

    Happy Friday!!!! 🙂 (Or Saturday, to you. Weirdo)

  17. You’re just nailing my favorite flavors lately….gingerbread and butterscotch though not sure if they would taste good together. Probably not but maybe worth an experiment?

    Loved the first two Harry Potter books and ditto for the first movie…the rest not so much. Wish the whole flying part of Quidditch was real though (:

  18. Butterbeer is like butterscotch??? Now I feel like I need to hunt some down and try it. I guess if I can’t do that I could try your recipe (except I’m far too lazy to make these). Do you ship?

  19. One of my friends tried to make butterbeer over the holidays a few years ago, but she literally just melted butter and butterscotch and tried to combine it with beer. it was AWFUL! haha but it was pretty funny to watch her taste it!

    These look delicious, Arman!

  20. What a perfect idea! I always wanted to try the pumpkin pasties…and the mulled wine…I never made the pasties, but 1 out of 2 isn’t bad 😉 I can’t wait to make these!

  21. Hey there!!!!!!
    We love this! Man, do I miss butterscotch chips..used to be able to get the Nestle ones in Singapore but I don’t seem to be able to find a good alternative here in Melbourne!!!! We’ve tried the “Caramel Bits” from Woolies by Nestle but they don’t seem to be the same as the American ones! 😮

    Love your photos! Absolutely stunning with so much clarity and great light….we’re suckers for awesome pics 🙂


  22. confession –> i’ve only seen the 1st harry potter. Confession –> i had no idea what butterbeer was till now. Confession —> I might be drooling all over my computer and i’m okay with that

  23. The Harry Potter association totally ruins these — just saying 😛 The butterscotch saves it though. And the molasses. Did I ever tell you that I finished an entire bottle of molasses last year in December? The craving struck so I went with it… which might have included eating it straight off the spoon 😉

  24. hahaha you are hilarious!! Now I get the Harry Potter question. So I like Harry Potter just fine – I read all the books and I’ve seen all the movies…but I definitely wouldn’t say I’m obsessed or even remotely close to that. They’re fun, but I think there’s better series out there (do you hate me now?)

  25. Isn’t that the worst when you go somewhere on vacation and then crave what you had… and well, you can’t have it?? That happens to me with Montreal! They have THE.BEST. dark chocolate honey sorbet ever!! SO good! I’ve got it both times I visited, but haven’t had it/ found it here 🙁 But at least you have created a wonderful recipe to satisfy your craving…so something good came out of it. Not me brawwhhh… I’m left sans sorbet and sad 🙁 haha!! I could reallllly use one of these energy bites right about now #exhausted

  26. I’ve never tried butter beer, but I love butterscotch and I love coconut, and I bet they’d be delicious. together! I’ve never tried making energy bites but I’ve seen lots of recipes for them popping up. They look like raw chocolate chip oatmeal cookie dough which is obviously awesome! I’m going to try making these soon 🙂

      1. Oops. I feel like butterscotch and caramel are practically the same thing. A little bit anyways. Alright fine busted. I caught up on your posts while waiting in line for Chipotle yesterday. It’s possible I was slightly distracted, although considering our dining choices in Toronto, it was also perfectly fitting.

  27. So, I’m totally late to the show here, but you know that I’m in love with these butterbeer bites. First of all, I couldn’t agree with you more that Universal’s butterbeer is WAAAAAY too sweet! I got really excited about buying it, took a sip, and I just wanted to throw it straight into the trash. Straight up sugar. Quintessential American junk food in a cup.

    Also, I love HP, but book 5 was too long. I think the editors could have cut out a third of that book, which was really just Harry whining about growing into his adolescence.

    Anywho….LOVE these butterbeer bites!

  28. Hi Arman! You are funny! That’s awesome you lived in NYC for a bit. I used to live in Orlando and NEVER went to Harry Potter world. I even worked at Disney, but I’m really into the Potter series. Although I do love butterscotch. 🙂 Good recipe!

  29. Loved reading your post! You have a gift for words…as well as food. Sorry, I am NOT a Harry Potter fan, but these energy bites sound superb. You’re so good to share your deliciousness with us at Weekend Potluck. Happy New Year to my far away friend!!

  30. I’m a HUGE HP fan, so I absolutely had to make these! What kind of molasses did you use? I used blackstrap because it’s what I had (an abundant resource in the deep south US) and it was way overpowering – it was the only thing you could taste! So disappointed! Mine are also much, much darker in color than yours from the molasses. They’re ok but will be amazing if I can get the molasses issue straightened out. I also used toffee bits rather than butterscotch chips, which worked perfectly.

    1. Laurie! Thank you SO much for the feedback! that is the downside of being in Australia- The molasses I used I (later found out) was one of the very light versions they sell here which is similar in colour to corn syrup and much less over powering!

      I recreated them a while back specifically for those who use standard molasses and it has been amended. You’ll still have the taste but nowhere near as much. I highly recommend brown rice syrup if you can find that- It’s milder than honey too!

  31. *sigh* I know nothing about this Harry Potter character you speak of. nothing at all. I *do* know that he drinks butterbeer. and that I need to make these (anything that looks like this, with the oats, I can already imagine the chewy goodness…)

  32. Hi Arman! I found your recipe through pinterest. My sister & I (“The Pal Gals” as we call ourselves) are doing a Harry Potter marathon for charity on Friday so I’ve been looking for Butterbeer recipes and stumbled on yours here!

    I LOVED it!! I made a few substitutions (allergic to nuts and I didn’t have molasses), but WOW. I feel like this’ll become a regular snack staple for me!

    Thanks for the idea! (I made sure I linked to your blog post to give you credit on my own blog post about our marathon. 🙂 )

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