5 Minute + 5 Ingredient No Bake Almond Butter Chews



Last week, I finally replenished my Almond Butter stash after being without it for a few months. I really don’t know how I survived that long! I actually need to start making my own again too.

But the good news is, Almond Butter (crunchy, all-natural) is now back in my life and I can return to a normal human being.

Well, I guess that’s relative.

Anyways, I am willing to turn a new leaf in 2011 where I shall not be without my dear Almond Butter for this long.

This is a promise to myself.


For this recipe idea I challenged myself with several requirements:

  • Portable
  • Less than 5 minutes to prepare
  • 5 Ingredients or less
  • Around 100 calories
  • No-Bake
  • Vegan
  • 1 Bowl
  • Easily adapted to wheat/gluten-free


It was a tall order, but I was willing to take the challenge!

Amazingly, I was satisfied with the first trial. That rarely happens! It must be the magic of the Almond Butter.

I’m telling you, 2011 is going to be a lucky year…


5 Minute + 5 Ingredient No Bake Vegan Almond Butter Chews

These Almond Butter Chews could not be any easier and they make a simple pre-workout snack for about 100 calories each. They take 5 minutes to whip up, use just 1 bowl, and do not require an oven! You could even make them gluten-free quite easily too. I use the Nature’s Path Rice Crisp cereal that just happens to also be Gluten-Free.

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Yield: 7 golf-ball sized chews


  • 1/4 cup chunky all-natural almond butter
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup rice crisp cereal (I use GF Nature’s Path)
  • 3 tbsp organic brown rice syrup (honey might work, but I’m not sure how it will hold together)
  • 1 tbsp cacao nibs (or chopped chocolate)


Directions: Line a plate with parchment paper. In a medium sized bowl, stir together the almond butter, brown rice syrup, and vanilla. Microwave on high for 35-45 seconds. Stir well and immediately add in the rice crisp cereal and cacao nibs (or chopped chocolate). Stir very well until fully mixed.

Wet hands thoroughly and shape the mixture into ‘golf-balls’. Press mixture together firmly so it will hold. Wet hands after each ball is formed so the mixture will not stick to your hands. Place the balls onto parchment paper and freeze for 5 minutes. You can keep these chews in the freezer in a sealed container. I really enjoy them straight from the freezer. They remain nice and chewy.

Makes 7 golf-ball sized chews.

Nutritional info: (per large ball, not including the cacao nibs): 105 kcals, 5 grams fat, 12 grams carbs, 6 grams sugar, 2 grams protein.

For nut-free option, use sweetened sunflower seed butter.



I have been using this Nature’s Path Rice Crisp for a few years now and it never lets me down!


It also happens to be Gluten-Free to boot.


Gather up the 5 ingredients…


Mix the wet ingredients together (Almond butter, vanilla, and brown rice syrup)


I’m always asked where to find Brown Rice Syrup. You can find it at Whole Foods and at Loblaws/Superstore in the natural food aisle near the honey. I use Lundberg’s organic Brown Rice Syrup.

Brown Rice Syrup is made from brown rice and is thus a great alternative to refined sugar because it has a lower glycemic index and it also does not produce spikes in blood sugar like simple sugar. As a result, brown rice syrup delivers a steady and consistent energy supply. I fueled a half marathon using brown rice syrup once!

Stir well.


Heat in microwave on high for 35-45 seconds. Stir.

Now mix in the dry ingredients (rice crisp and cacao nibs or chocolate)


Make sure to stir very well so that you coat all of the rice crispies!


Now wet your hands very well and form into balls. You will have to keep wetting your hands after you make each ball so the mixture won’t stick.

I made 7 large chews.


Freeze for 5-10 minutes.


and enjoy!

Eric and I absolutely went wild over these Almond Butter Chews. I love them straight from the freezer. They are chewy, sweet (but not too sweet!), crunchy, and they pack a wonderful Almond Butter Flavour.


It is a great pre-workout snack when you just need something small and you don’t need a large snack or meal. I popped one in my bag and enjoyed it before a Body Pump class and it was just enough fuel to carry me through until I had a post-workout snack.


You might also be interested in my Chocolate PB Chew recipe too!

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Justeen @ Blissful Baking January 5, 2011

ohh these almond butter chews look fantastic! i have been looking for a a pre-workout snack like this. thanks so much!! :)


laura January 5, 2011

So cute! Perfect for snacking. LOVE almondbuttah


Maddie (Healthy Maddie) January 5, 2011

I love almond butter too! These look fantastic.


Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat January 5, 2011

These sound perfect for a morning snack or a pre-workout pick-me up! I’ll have to make these ASAP!


thefruitpursuit (Sabine) January 5, 2011

These look delicious! I can’t live without almond butter either and make a new batch about every two weeks (together with peanut and hazelnut butter haha, nutbutters go very fast between me and the boyfriend!).

Now I just need to get a hold of brown rice syrup and rice crispies…


Lindsey@ Enjoying Healthy Foods January 5, 2011

Delicious!!! I would what I can replace the rice crisp cereal with to make it grain free. I have an intolerance to grains.

Any ideas??? Those look amazing!


Megan (Braise The Roof) January 5, 2011

Yes! Those nutty bars were awesome! I’ll have to give these a try- especially since I tend to do better with no-bake baked goods anyway. ;)


suki @ [Super Duper Fantastic] January 5, 2011

These look great. I’m going to try these at home! :) And hooray for being quick. I have this almond butter in the fridge that I’ve yet to use… I think it’s raw almond butter. Does that work the exact same way?


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 5, 2011

yup it should!


Becky January 5, 2011

OH YES I remember Little Debbie Nutty Bars! They were my fav – especially right out the freezer. If these balls taste anything like a Little Debbie, I’m sold!


Corey @ the runner's cookie January 5, 2011

I do remember those!! I so want to try making these…I think whole foods sells that cereal in bulk! Love your easy, healthy recipes Angela :)


Katie @ Healthy Heddleston January 5, 2011

Those look fantastic Angela! I love Nature’s Path rice puff by the way!


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 5, 2011

I will have to try that too :)


VeggieGirl January 5, 2011

Oooh, I especially love that cereal in this recipe – great ingredients, as always!! Love your recipes :)


Amalfi Girl (EatRunHaveFun!) January 5, 2011

I love this recipe–and I really appreciate the explanation of brown rice syrup. I’ve been wondering how that might be better than maple syrup or honey–so thanks!


Gwen~healthymamma January 5, 2011

Good luck huh? You must have eaten your Hoppin John for New Years? ;)
Those do look perfect! Very simple snack. I have almond butter in my fridge, I use it to flavour soups sometimes. I made a similar recipe to these a while back but used peanut butter and puffed millet. I can’t wait to try them w the almond butter, so yummy!


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 5, 2011

I cant wait to try them with different nut butters too :)


Kathryn January 5, 2011

I’ve got everything but the cereal at home, but I do have puffed millet! YAY! I’m going to try!


Darcy @ She Sings at the Table January 5, 2011

Oh my…I don’t have brown rice syrup, but if these taste like Nutty Bars I will go to the ends of the earth to find it. (Or maybe I’ll just try honey) Little Debbie will always have a piece of my heart :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 5, 2011

haha…I know same here. I used to BEG my mom to buy little debbie snack cakes!
They dont taste just like them or anything, but the texture and taste def. reminded me of them. Im sure that would be even more so, if I had used PB + chocolate too.


Healthy Chocoholic January 5, 2011

Awesome! Thanks for the recipe!!!!


Gwen~healthymamma January 5, 2011

P.S. I used honey in mine a while back and they held together perfectly, I think it’s the nut butter that acts as a ‘glue’, so agave would work I’m guessing also.


Stefanie January 5, 2011

Those are cute. It looks like the perfect snack.


Therese January 5, 2011

Oh dear! Someone’s having Foodbuzz Contest withdrawal symptoms! Now you’re making up your own challenges! Ha ha ha

These look SUPER tasty. These will go on my post-January bake list for sure (I promised my boyfriend that January is a no-baking zone to recover from Christmas)!


Dorry January 5, 2011

My husband and I are both big fans of anything based with crispy rice! I need to replenish my almond butter stash and these will be made. :)


Ella January 5, 2011

Those look fantastic! Now I just need to find me some brown rice syrup..


Wendy (Healthy Girl's Kitchen) January 5, 2011

OMG! These are so cute! If only I had the time to keep up with all of the interesting recipes you post. Oh well, in another life!


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 5, 2011

Nutty Bars were my favorite growing up! I’ll defintiely try these out, but using agave since that’s what I keep in my pantry.

This may also be just the thing to use up all the cereal sample boxes I get from races… just last night I was looking in horror at my growing collection. :)


Tiffany @ Conor & Bella January 5, 2011

Oh man, I loved those Nutty Bars!! I for sure want to try making these now! lol


Felicia (a taste of health with balance) January 5, 2011

this is so funny that you posted these! i just made no bake granola bars the other day and theres one left (hmm howd that happen? anyway..) so i was looking at the empty glass container that they were in and was like hmm i need to make something quick and similar! so i think I’ll be making these :) i used puffed millet in my bars and i’ll probably do it for these, its so delicious!


Sharon January 5, 2011

Hahaha, oh no! I was just giving up my almond butter for awhile too. It’s an expensive addiction when you go through a jar in about 2 days. I’ll have to try this!


Katy @ A Healthy Shot January 5, 2011

Oh my… in high school I lived off of a bag of vinegar chips, lemonade and a nutty bar for lunch. Every day. My habits have changed a bit since my metabolism doesn’t work quite like it did freshman year ;-)
I can’t wait to try these… I’ll have to try some substitutions for the brown rice syrup!


Rebecca Kane January 5, 2011

These look delicious! I bet they wouldn’t last two minutes in my house.
Do you think rough choped nuts would work instead of the puffed rice?


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 5, 2011



Jessica Engel January 5, 2011

I LOVE that they are Gluten-Free- yay! I’m excited to try them and give them to my husband and 11-month old- neither of whom can have gluten. When I was pregnant last year I used to crave Little Debbie’s nutter butter bars like crazy!!


Leah @ Why Deprive? January 5, 2011

These look SO good!! I’ve been severely lacking in the snacks dept. at home lately. I may need to make these tonight.


Erin January 5, 2011

These look great! I am always looking for recipes for home-made school snacks, and these would be perfect except that we’re not allowed to use nut products. Makes it a challenge! I usually manage to get around this by replacing nuts with seeds in baking. Do you think tahini or pea butter would work in this recipe? Pea butter is sweetened, so I imagine you might be able to reduce the amount of brown rice syrup?

Thanks again for all your amazing recipes and inspiring photos – I look forward to opening your blog every morning :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 5, 2011

I think sweetened sunflower seed butter might work (TJ’s is great if you are in the US)


Devon January 5, 2011

These look great!! I’m afraid to try them, though, because I’ll probably eat them all in one sitting!

Do the cacao nibs melt at all?


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 5, 2011

Nope they do not melt :)


Leanne (For Health's Sake) January 5, 2011

Ahh these looks amazing! You seriously need to get a cookbook.

If you ever do a cookbook please incorporate step-by-step (ooo baby…NKOTB ;) ) photo instructions because it helps us beginner bakers learn!

Your husband is a lucky man, he must love being the guinea pig for taste testing!


Tamara January 5, 2011

Wow, if I can make my husband a healthy version of Nutty Bars, I will be quite a hero! Thanks so much!


Amy January 5, 2011

How did you go so long without almond butter??? I have all the ingredients at home, can’t wait to try these tonight!


Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} January 5, 2011

I have made something very similar to these with honey and it does stick together fine. Very yummy!


Lisa @Thrive Style January 5, 2011

I love them already :)

Thanks for the recipe—I can’t wait to try!



Allison @ Food For Healing January 5, 2011

Oh those look delish! Too bad i dont have any for tonight before my first bodypump class lol

how did you like the class?! any pointers for my first time tonight?


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 5, 2011

I used to do Body Pump for a few years back in university and I loved it (or loved to hate it???) My best tip is to start off with VERY low weights….even with low weights you will still be sore the next day. Have fun!


Picky Nicky January 5, 2011

These look like a perfect pre-workout snack, wow! I bet all my gym buddies would be jealous of me if I brought some ;)


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 5, 2011

I LOVE the Nature’s Path crispy rice and have made rice crispy squares with it before – so tasty! These look so cute, and now I have a huge craving for almond butter!


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