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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Charlie January 5, 2011

These almond butter chews make me think of rice krispies squares. Only better.


Kayla Bunge January 5, 2011

Thanks so much for sharing such a lovely recipe. I will try these as soon as I procure rice crisp cereal and brown rice syrup (or I can try honey and let you know how it works). Great idea!

P.S. I LOVED Nutty Bars!


Ashley @ the fit academic January 5, 2011

omg, I remember those little debbie bars! Horrified that I used to eat that crap! Your balls look amazing (that sounds weird) : )


Kat @ Cupcakekat January 5, 2011

These sound delicious and are so simple


carlee January 5, 2011

If these taste anything like nutter butters I’m on in!!


Kath January 5, 2011

Really excited about these!


Monique January 5, 2011

I’m pretty much shocked you went that long without it!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 5, 2011

me too…there is no excuse!


Hannah January 5, 2011

Oh dear heavens, I am so in love I can’t stand it! And seeing as I just bought myself a brand new baby (Vitamix), I fully intend to make some almond butter and *then* these delicious, delicious, delicious morsels :)


Traci(faithfulfoodiefashionista) January 5, 2011

Happy little balls of goodness. They are so cute!


salah@myhealthiestlifestyle January 5, 2011

those look so wonderful!!! I can’t wait to make them!


Diana @ frontyardfoodie January 5, 2011

Oh my goodness how delicious looking! Randomly I actually do have brown rice syrup. So I should definitely make these. haha


Roz January 5, 2011

I’ve bookmarked this and added brown rice syrup to my next shopping list. Thanks for this Angela!!!


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 5, 2011

Nothing makes me happier than finding recipes for treats that use only 5 ingredients since they’re simple enough to make even when my schedule gets super hectic! :D


Amber K January 5, 2011

Those look incredibly delicious! Love that you were able to make something so yummy with all of those conditions. :)


Janelle January 5, 2011

Just whipped these up in 10 minutes flat! I used organic PB, honey, and mini choc. chips, and had to use about 1.5 cups rice crispies but they turned out GREAT! I love it when you post simple recipes- thanks!


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 5, 2011

glad u liked them!


Janelle January 5, 2011

ps – I was gonna make rice crispy treats w/ the cereal but this was a MUCH healthier alternative! Thanks again : )


Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] January 5, 2011

I made a VERY similar recipe the other day with cashews and steel cut oats – yum!


Kate @ahealthypassion January 5, 2011

Oohhh those looks so yummy. I love the texture of the rice cereal!


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) January 6, 2011

Angela these looks awesome!
I am a huge fan of 5 or less ingredients, no bake, vegan, GF, portable, and easy…and you hit the nail on the head!

I also have been posting about and making Vegan GF Rice Krispy Bars w/ vegan chocolate frosting like they are going out of style for the past few months and seriously, these little balls of yours are going to give my bars a run for their money..thank you for the recipe and inspiration! :)


Lou January 6, 2011

that looks great a healthy snack :)
is brown rice syrup easy to find? well my mom would prob know where to get those :) shall try to make those soon.


LauraP January 6, 2011

great to see a recipe with rice sirup!
I’m intolerant to fructose and rice sirup is the only natural sweetener that doesn’t contain any fructose. So I bake a lot with rice sirup because I don’t like to use pure dextrose. Thank you for this recipe! :)


Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day January 6, 2011

Love this! Almond butter is such an amazing ingredient


Kristin (Cook, Bake, Nibble) January 6, 2011

These look amazing! Such a perfect little snack. Though I can see myself eating about 5 of them at once… he he. I will make them, nonetheless! :D



Lindsey Gray January 6, 2011

Sooo good! I went straight to Whole Foods after the gym to pick up the ingredients I didnt have on hand. I wasn’t able to find rice cereal but puffed wheat worked just as well. I’ll keep an eye out so I can try it both ways! I absolutely LOVE your blog and tend to check it a few times a day :) Keep up the great work!!


Sally January 6, 2011

Made these last night – sooo good! Love that recipe only made 6-8, as this kept me from eating them all at once!


Brenda Fisher January 6, 2011

I made these this morning using honey and they came out great. I could have just eaten the almond butter, vanilla and honey mixture straight from the bowl…very yummy!


Fallon January 6, 2011

I love this!!! A 5 minute snack is right up my alley.


Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather January 6, 2011

Love almond butter! I make a similar treat but with maple syrup. I still need to get my hands on some brown rice syrup. Your snacks looks so yummy!


Lana January 6, 2011

These look delicious!! I LOVED those nutty bars…I remember I used to by them for $.50 in 8th grade!!! haha


Stacy January 6, 2011

Yum I can’t wait to try these! You got my tummy growling :)


Amy @ purewellnessamy January 6, 2011

I’m making these this afternoon! And I think I’ll make the broccoli dal this weekend — keep the recipes coming!!


joyce January 6, 2011

Amaz-balls! Delish! You Are the Best!


Bobbie January 6, 2011

Just made them with raw honey and after about 5 mins they r still on the soft side but I’m giving them more time! They taste really great!


Allie (Nutty FlexitALLIEan) January 6, 2011

I made these today with chunky natural PB and chocolate chips–sooo good! I always forget about brown rice syrup but I definitely want to start using it more often!


Amanda January 7, 2011

Almond butter IS magic! I have it just about every morning for breakfast….. on waffles. Its my happy breakfast.


Nicole January 7, 2011

These are great– I had some peanut butter and molasses available. It changed the flavor profile, but they were tasty, light and perfect. I’ve been needing a ‘small bite’ on my morning commute before I have my real breakfast, and these have been perfect. So easy. Great job!


Amy @ purewellnessamy January 8, 2011

Love these! I used creamy AB and they still came out delicious! It was hard to eat just one!


Laura @ Starting Out Fit January 8, 2011

Just made these and they were so tasty!! just the right amount of sweetness :)
Can’t wait to try them pre-workout this week!


Cara Craves... January 9, 2011

I made these today and they turned out great!
They are the perfect after dinner treat.
I made mine with PB and honey, as that was what I had on hand, and
it worked fabulously. Thanks!


Catherine January 9, 2011

Angela, is storing these in the freezer a must? Or do you think they would hold up ok in the fridge?


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