Almond Butter Health Balls

May 17th, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Almond Butter Snack Balls - gluten-free + dairy-free

If a person could buy stock in almond butter, I’d say sign me up.

It’s my go-to dip for apples, celery and carrot sticks, crackers, and more. One of my favorite ways to enjoy creamy raw almond butter is in these chewy and gooey snack balls. Packed with plant-based protein and healthy fats, just one will really stick with you. But heads up: they can be very addicting, especially for almond-lovers like me. You’ve been warned!

I feel all the more virtuous about eating almonds and almond butter every day because they’re a super food! Almonds are packed with monounsaturated fats (the same ones you’ll find in olive oil), which have been linked with a lowered risk of heart disease. These super nuts may also aid in balancing blood sugar. Some studies have shown that eating almonds with higher glycemic index foods (like carbohydrates) can prevent your blood sugar from spiking after the meal. Pretty cool, huh? If you want to know more about almonds and their superpowers, head over to WH Foods, one of my favorite nutrition data websites.

So what else can you do with almond butter besides eat it straight from the jar with a spoon? (Yes, I do this. Frequently.) Look no further than the list of fabulous almond butter recipes below gathered from around the web. You’re guaranteed to find something you’ll love.

15 Way to Use Almond Butter

Monster Cookies from The Spunky Coconut

Cranberry Almond Loaf from Elana’s Pantry

Banana Pumpkin Chai Muffins from Daily Bites

Sea Salt & Honey Almond Butter from Two Peas & Their Pod

Superwoman Green Smoothie from Healthful Pursuit

High Protein 5-Minute Muffins from Tessa the Domestic Diva

Chocolate Almond Butter from Diet, Dessert and Dogs

Zucchini Nut Bread from Simply…Gluten-Free

Almond Butter Freezer Fudge from The Detoxinista

Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter with Hemp, Flax, & Chia Seed from Oh She Glows

Almond Chickpea Cookies from Family Fresh Cooking

Vanilla Almond Flax Butter from Healthful Pursuit

Chocolate Almond Butter Cake from The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen

Apple Coconut Snack Balls from Daily Bites

Almond Butter Blondies from Elana’s Pantry

What is your favorite way to use almond butter? Leave a comment to share.

Almond Butter Health Balls
Makes 20-25 rich and gooey balls

1 cup creamy raw almond butter
scant 1/3 cup honey
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/3 cup (packed) pitted Medjool dates, chopped (about 5 dates)
1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/3 – 1/2 cup raw sesame seeds, for rolling

In a large bowl, mix the almond butter, honey, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and salt to combine. Stir in the shredded coconut, dates, and sunflower seeds.

Form the dough into 1 1/2-inch balls, handling them as little as possible to avoid melting the almond butter too much. Roll the balls in the sesame seeds to coat. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. (The balls taste best after they have had a chance to firm up in the refrigerator for several hours.)

P.S. I was really touched by all of the kind comments left on my Raw Power Salad post earlier this week. If you commented or just sent me some “virtual good vibes,” thank you! They’re working. This week is miles better than the past few have been.

Find more healthy recipes at Slightly Indulgent Tuesday.


  1. What a great snack!

  2. These look FANTASTIC, Hallie!! I agree with Maria–what a great snack! And what is it sitting on? Is it my chocoholic brain that thinks it looks like a chocolate cookie. . . ?? :D

  3. I’m with Ricki – what is it sitting on? That looks cool. I also thought at first it was a cookie. LOL These look so tasty. Addictively so.

  4. Yum!!! I really like almond butter too (and LOVE making raw bites like these). Since my husband has an issue with almonds, I don’t use it regularly, but my favorite by far is in smoothies. This is my almond butter smoothie – – usually w/out the protein almond beverage though. I like the almonds alone for protein and fat!

  5. Maria: Thanks!

    Ricki & Alta: Not a cookie. It’s a coaster. :)

    Alisa: That smoothie looks fab! Thanks for sharing.

  6. I’m guessing it’s a coaster? Do I win something if I’m right :) Yummy little balls of health!

  7. These look like they will melt in my mouth. Definitely have to make them soon. Thank you. (And, like everyone else, I love the “chocolate” coaster.)

  8. it must be destiny…I finally got to be first in the library wait list and got your book to preview…I am a kid in a candy store!! I was so excited, and I am enjoying pouring over it…and then I noticed i was getting hits from your blog! thanks for including little ole me in your round up! My whole family is in Seattle, so maybe we’ll get to meet one day! Thanks Hallie!

  9. I am cracking up here. I totally thought it was a chocolate cookie at first. How funny!! And this recipe looks wonderful. What a perfect little pick-me-up snack. My boys would love these!

  10. These sound wonderful! I too cannot get enough almond butter :)

  11. These look great and I agree with Kim, the perfect little pick me up snack!

  12. Ooh these look yummy! Loove almond butter!

  13. Hi! I just found your website while perusing recipes for homemade granola bars–clearly I got side tracked, lol!

    These sound amazing! I’ve been experimenting with a reduced gluten diet (simply because that’s what my body has been craving–seriously, my stomach suddenly started getting all pissy at me any time I ate bread!) and have been craving almonds and almond butter like crazy. Though, it makes sense now after reading that almonds can help in balancing your blood sugar–I think mine’s been very confused since I dramatically cut out most of my wheat intake a few days ago (wheat was my primary source of carbohydrates).

    Thanks for this, I look forward to discovering more gluten free recipes!

    • Tara: Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy the almond butter balls. They are one of my favorite snacks and so addicting! :)

  14. These look very delicious. I’m starting to count calories currently and was wondering if your had an idea of how many calories are in one of these health balls?

  15. Jessie: I don’t count calories so I’m not sure how many would be in each ball, but it would be simple to figure out. Sites like or allow you to enter recipes and divide them by the servings to yield an approximate count. Hope that helps! :)

  16. Your site is my favourite “go to place” whenever I’m looking to cook. However, I hate, hate, hate coconut! Is it absolutely essential in the recipes that you have included it in. Does it needed to be substituted with something else, if so what? Or can I just leave it out and forget it?

  17. Sue: In this recipe, you could replace it with another ground nut or seed and I think it would work fine. In other recipes (like ones that have coconut oil), it is often necessary for firming them up. Most of the time, though, with shredded coconut in baked goods you can just replace it with something else dry and “crumby” or flaky. Hope that helps. :)

  18. Hello, I just stumbled upon these and made them – fantastic little balls of goodness and health! And like you said, highly addictive! Fabulous! :)

  19. Yum! Just made these for my daughter for Valentine’s Day. Can’t beat almond butter and chocolate. Didn’t have sunflower seeds so I subbed hemp seeds. Thanks for sharing!

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