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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Meagan January 5, 2011

These look and sound fantastic! I love almond butter, especially homemade! And I was looking through your recipes the other day and I had NO IDEA coconut butter was so easy to make! Thanks for all your amazing recipes… look forward to trying many of them :)


Junia @ Mis Pensamientos January 5, 2011

oh my, this is crazy, but i made the exact same recipe! my picture isn’t as beautiful as your photography, but mine is here!! http://juniakk.blogspot.com/2010/09/snap-crackle-pop.html – i might try to decrease my brown syrup in mine next time, so it won’t as sticky! i love keeping them in the freezer to eat as a dessert :D.


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 5, 2011

heeh that’s funny…great minds think alike!
I tried a second batch with just 2 tbsp (instead of 3) of brown rice syrup and they did not hold together at all


Junia January 5, 2011

agreed! thanks for all of your posts. you inspire me to make yummy food and blog more!


Kathryn January 5, 2011

I wonder what would happen if I added some vegan marshmallows into the mix…..oh dear.


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 5, 2011

I was thinking the same thing!


Kathryn January 6, 2011

I’ll tell you what happens…awesomeness. I made these in literally 5 minutes and I cut 1 T of rice syrup, added a handfull of dandies marshmallows along with a bit of flax meal and maca powder. I also used puffed millet because that is what I had, but I think they would be even better with puffed rice. Either way they were great, I ate one as I headed out the door for a short run and it was fantastic.


Sarah (Sarah Learns) January 5, 2011

i’m not very good in the kitchen, but i think even i could handle this recipe! i can’t wait to make these! thanks angela.


Lia January 5, 2011

I just wanted to let you know that I asked for your glo bars for x mas, got them, and they have been my savior when I’m running between classes with an empty tummy. THANKS!! I got Endure and Classic, but now I NEED to try the others. Good thing, now I know what to ask for for my bday!


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 5, 2011

Thanks Lia!


Heather (Heather's Dish) January 5, 2011

it’s like the most perfect bite that’s ever been created! love this…and i love that you could adapt to different nut butters too!


Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) January 5, 2011

They look really good, but most importaly they look easy!


Lauren at KeepItSweet January 5, 2011

This is such a fantastic looking easy recipe! I will definitely be saving it:-)


Cathy Breit January 5, 2011

as much as I love baking……I love your no bake recipes!!!
cathy b. @ brightbakes


Sruthi @ Exercise, Food & Beyond January 5, 2011

These look delicious, I am going to make them today.


Alaina @ The Jogging Concierge January 5, 2011

You never cease to amaze me Angela. You take a challenge and go for it head on. And you come up with the most delicious results! :-)


Lisa (bakebikeblog) January 5, 2011

THese are so aweomely cute! Hmmm is ‘awesomely’ a word? If not, it should be ;)


Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter January 5, 2011

Those look absolutely perfect to carry me through a workout class! Great job on getting it on the first trial :)


chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 5, 2011

Will you move in with me for the remainder of the year? Seriously, these look amazing.


Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) January 5, 2011

Those are cute!! They appear to hold together really well too, which is good!


megan @ the oatmeal diaries January 5, 2011

Thank you for yet another FABULOUS recipe!
P.S. I have a few of your Pecan Pie Truffles left over from the holidays and have been having one each night! They are the perfect bedtime snack :)


Marie-Journey to Body Zen January 5, 2011

i love how quick and simple these are…oh and the fact i can use chocolate chips in them! perrrrfffeecccttt!


Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) January 5, 2011

Looks AMAZING! And only 5 ingredients too? Win! Although these seriously wouldn’t last 3 minutes around me! :P


Christine (The Raw Project) January 5, 2011

Holy smokes, these look amazing! I need to surprise hubby with these in his lunch on day. Thanks!


Katie January 5, 2011

These look so good!! I am not a fan of almond butter, but I bet they’d be great with sunflower seed butter.


Lauren January 5, 2011

YUM this looks like the perfect 2:00pm pick-me-up snack at the office. I don’t have brown rice syrup though…how do you think agave would hold up??


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 5, 2011

I’m not sure…worth a shot! I think someone above said they have had success in another recipe with agave


Lauren January 6, 2011

Great. I’ll let you know how it goes!


Madeleine@ Stepping to the Brightside January 5, 2011

I trust that these are even BETTER than Little Debbie nutty bars… and that’s saying a lot! YAY for easy and fast munchies


Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 5, 2011

These are so cute!! Snack success!


Laura @ Starting Out Fit January 5, 2011

What an amazing looking recipe! I’ve just added brown rice syrup to the grocery list for this coming weekend! ;)


Moni'sMeals January 5, 2011

Sweet! I love them all ready, they are totally like Lil Debbies, minus the nasty chemical taste of course. ;)


Em January 5, 2011

Those look super good! I made something simliar, except my chocolate melted all over the place and I didn’t roll them into cute little balls: http://alifetobraggabout.blogspot.com/search/label/Brown%20Rice%20Krispie%20Treats

See? haha!

I’ll definitely have to try your version ASAP! :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 5, 2011

yours look awesome!
PS-I want your mug in a huge way haha


Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine January 5, 2011

These look delicious and SO easy!! I have a box of brown rice cereal in the pantry I’ve been trying to get rid of…looks like the perfect recipe!!


Andrea January 5, 2011

These look super yum! I’ll be making them soon for sure :)


Teresa @ Teresa Tastes & Travels January 5, 2011

These sound too good to be true!


Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen January 5, 2011

Ohhh, these remind me of those Little Debbie Star Crunch cookie things…I don’t even know how to describe them. These look 250% better!!


Kate@andwhenshesays January 5, 2011

Nom nom nom. I don’t know what I would do without almond butter – this looks like a fabulous way to fuel my addiction. ;)


Catherine January 5, 2011

These look awesome! Once I buy some brown rice syrup, I think I will double or triple this recipe! I’m always looking for easy, quick snacks to make myself.


kell January 5, 2011

yum!! so excited to try making these!
. . . and thanks so much for including the nutritional info, that’s awesome!


Alexandra (Veggin' Out in the Kitchen) January 5, 2011

Those truly look out of this world delicious! All I need is the rice crisp cereal (and I think I might try adding some cinnamon as well :) ).


courtney January 5, 2011

Hey Angela, fellow Canadian here and I was wondering where you buy your brown rice syrup from? I would love to make these! (and other yummy looking rice treats.)


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 5, 2011

I mentioned in my post that you can find it at Whole Foods and Loblaws/Superstore (in their organic/natural fooods section). Hope this helps! :)


eatingRD January 5, 2011

These look like they would be awesome on a long bike ride, yum! I used to love those little debbie nutty bars as a kid, now I’d much rather eat your almond butter chews :)


Freya January 5, 2011

Do you think maple syrup would work? Or does the brown rice syrup have better ‘binding’ consistency?


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 5, 2011

BRS has a much better binding consistency than maple syrup, so Im not sure if it would hold together or not. Let me know if you do try it!


Katy (The Singing Runner) January 5, 2011

They look delicious and GREAT for a quick snack! :)


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Tyrah January 5, 2011

ooo, these look great! I hardly ever buy cereal, but may have to for these, yum.
I really like using brown rice syrup, but each time I have a hell of a time opening the jar again, does this happen to you?


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 5, 2011

I buy brown rice syrup by the pail for the bakery…hehe…but I think that used to happen to me with jars!


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