These paleo almond butter energy balls are dates, almond butter and raw almonds blended together, then formed into soft and chewy bite-sized balls. The ultimate whole30, gluten-free, and vegan snack!
We love snacking on energy balls and bites around here, such as oatmeal peanut butter balls, brownie batter balls, and these almond butter energy balls. Everyone loves the soft and chewy cookie dough texture!
Almond butter energy balls are the perfect quick and easy snack. You only need 3 ingredients and 5 minutes to whip them up, and they last a VERY long time! Not only are they paleo-friendly (no grains, no sugar and no dairy!), they are also vegan, gluten-free and whole30 approved.
You know I love my whole30 friendly snacks!
Perfect for snacking between meals, packing into lunch boxes or enjoying as a pre-workout snack, these almond butter balls have your name on them!
Almond Butter Energy Balls Ingredients
You only need 3 ingredients to make these almond butter paleo energy balls
- Almond Butter- Use a smooth and drippy almond butter. Crunchy or natural almond butter can be difficult to blend properly if you don’t have a powerful blender.
- Salted almonds- Raw, salted almonds are great, as you won’t need to add a pinch of salt (which brings out the natural sweetness of the balls). If you only have raw almonds, add a 1/4 teaspoon of salt.
- Medjool dates- Gooey and caramel-like, Medjool dates don’t require any soaking and can be thrown straight into your blender/food processor. You can use packaged dates, provided you soak them in hot water for 30 minutes prior.
How to make paleo almond butter energy balls
Step 1- Add your dates, almonds and almond butter in a high-speed blender or food processor. Blend well, until combined. Be sure to regularly scrape down the sides, to ensure the batter is fully incorporated. The batter is ready when it resembles cookie dough.
Step 2- Transfer the almond butter energy ball mixture into a large mixing bowl. Line a large plate with parchment paper.
Step 3- Lightly wet your hands. Now, you’ll form 20 small balls with the dough. Place the almond butter balls on the lined plate and refrigerate for 30 minutes, or until firm.
Tips for perfect almond butter energy balls
- Be sure that you use either a high-speed blender or good quality food processor. Generally, I recommend using one which has ice blending capabilities.
- Ensure your almond butter is smooth and drippy. This will help move the batter and produce a smooth and thick dough. If the batter is too thick, you can add a little liquid (water or milk) to thin out.
- You can also use a cookie scoop to shape into balls, instead of using your hands.
- If your almonds are unsalted (raw), add 1/4 teaspoon of salt. This brings out the sweetness.
- If you don’t use Medjool dates, add the dates to the blender/food processor first, as this will help keep the batter moving easily.
- Feel free to add a handful of chocolate chips, for a more cookie dough taste!
Almond Butter energy ball variations
- Peanut Butter- Swap out the almond butter for smooth peanut butter. Please note, this will no longer be paleo-friendly.
- Sunflower seed butter- Swap out the almond butter for smooth sunflower seed butter.
- Tahini- Another nut-free substitute, tahini can replace the almond butter.
- Cashews- Instead of the raw almonds, you can use raw cashews. The energy balls will be lighter in color.
Storing almond butter energy balls
Almond butter energy balls should be stored in the fridge, in a sealed container or completely covered. This ensures the energy balls are still chewy, yet remain soft.
If you keep them at room temperature, they will have a more ‘fudge’ like texture.
Refrigerated almond butter energy balls will keep fresh for up to 2 months.
Can you freeze almond butter energy balls?
These paleo almond butter protein balls are freezer friendly and can be stored in the freezer.
Simply place all the balls in a large ziplock bag and enjoy it as it is.
More fantastic snack recipes
- No Bake Cookie Dough Protein Bars
- Cashew Coconut No Bake Bars
- Whole30 Energy Balls
- Homemade Brownie Larabars
Almond Butter Energy Balls
- In a high-speed blender or food processor, add all your ingredients and blend well, until fully incorporated and a thick dough remains. Ensure you regularly scrape down the sides.
- Transfer the almond butter energy ball batter into a large mixing bowl. Line a large plate with parchment paper.
- Lightly wet your hands and form 20 small balls with the dough, and place on the lined plate. Refrigerate until firm.