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Coconut and Almond Butter Energy Balls – No Added Sugar

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I’ve been on a quest to master the art of eating before exercising. I kinda just used to do the old cuppa coffee route but, after some serious light headed-ness during a workout, I decided to start investigating alternatives. I like to workout in the AM and get it out of the way, which is why coffee was my usual choice. It’s quick and effective and I don’t need a lot of time to prepare it. I don’t want to sacrifice precious sleep time to spend an hour in the kitchen making something complicated.

On Monday, I saw fellow Burlington blogger, Chelsea post an energy ball featuring a fig butter. It sounded amazing, only I don’t have any fig butter. Curses! I rooted around to see what would work and, voila, these Energy Balls were born. Using the protein power of almond butter, the slow releasing energy from the oats (use certified gluten free oats if you are celiac), fibre boost courtesy of some ground flax, and the creamy loveliness of the coconut butter. No added sugar make these ideal for kids as well. No sugar spike or crash.

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Melt together the coconut butter, almond butter and vanilla until silky.

Meanwhile stir together the dry ingredients.

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Combine the the mixtures, stir well and roll into golf ball sized balls. Obviously this is hard to photograph without either a hand model or photography assistant and since I currently have neither ( hand model applications accepted ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) there is no shot of the balls being rolled. To achieve a nice, round texture, I pressed each ball in my hand, very firmly, then rolled it into a round ball by rotating it around in the palm of my hand.

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Then I popped them into a glass container and stored them in the fridge. I will also stop saying balls.

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These take 10 minutes to roll together and are stored in the fridge. Pop one in your mouth an hour before you hit the gym and you will be fueled for your session. I’m going to be honest, I ate two of them. #bigappetite

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Coconut & Almond Butter Energy Balls

Sharon Rhodes
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Chill 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 7
Calories 141 kcal



  • In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the oats, flax seed, cinnamon and sea salt. Set aside
  • In a small saucepan, over low heat, melt together coconut butter, almond butter and vanilla
  • Pour the almond butter mixture over the oat mixture and stir well
  • Roll in the palm of your hand to form a golf ball sized energy ball
  • Store in the fridge for at least an hour to set
  • Keep refrigerated in a sealed glass container


Calories: 141kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 3gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 4mgPotassium: 123mgFiber: 3gVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 47mgIron: 1mg
Keyword coconut almond butter balls, homemade energy balls
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  1. These were great. Most of the no sugar energy balls are made with a ton of honey or agave. Hello sugar! I did add some sugar to these in the form of a few tablespoons of maple syrup and mini chocolate chips, but they were still way lower in sugar than the other recipes. They were delicious.

    1. Thanks so much! I’m glad you enjoyed them. I actually haven’t made these in a awhile so I think I should be revisiting these soon. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks again!

  2. I’m in the middle of a cleanse, so I can’t have any sugar or flour. This is the first recipe I found that doesn’t have honey or figs! I rolled mine in coconut for kicks… YUM! Thank you.

  3. Sharon!

    Have I mentioned that I love your website? And that I’m new to healthy? Please answer my stupid questions with as little judgement as you can muster. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Could I use coconut oil instead of coconut butter? I’ve never used coconut butter…is it a totally different consistency?
    2. In general, can I substitute ground chia where your recipes say ground flax? Perhaps we should talka bout this on the weekend….I’m sure you have much wisdom to share. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Amanda!

      You are cute. ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. For these, it has to be a butter. If you don’t have the coconut butter use the equivalent of either more almond butter or add peanut butter.
      2. I’m pretty sure ground chia would be an excellent sub!

      Still up for sharing more wisdom this weekend though! Have missed your face. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. When you say “coconut butter” do you mean Earth Balance Organic Coconut Flavour Spread? If not, can you tell me where I can find coconut butter and I will let you know how the flavour spread works out as I am trying these right now!

    1. Hey Wendy! I used a brand called Artisana. It’s made from 100% coconut. I bought my jar at Goodness Me on sale. I think the spread would also work though? Let me know how it goes. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I am new to coconut butter and just read up on how to make it, but that probably won’t happen real soon…..so I’m wondering what a decent substitute (that is at least somewhat healthy) would be. I would love to make these soon! I need a quick shot of food in my stomach before my morning runs and I think these would work. I normally just do a small bunch of almonds, but feel like some carbs may be good too. Maybe I just add a bit more almond butter?

    1. I would definitely try using more almond butter. I only wonder if the coconut butter helps to keep them from being super crumbly? Let me know how they turn out! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Haha, Im another ball lover ๐Ÿ˜‰ These sound like the perfect little pre (or post) gym snack… or anytime snack, really!

  7. Ball lover here too! ๐Ÿ˜‰ These look perfect! Coconut and almond are a match made in heaven.

  8. I’ve been meaning to make energy balls with coconut butter at some point. These look fantastic! I usually need to eat something before my a.m. workouts as well, otherwise my grumbling stomach and low energy make for a crappy workout.

    And thanks for the shout out! ๐Ÿ™‚ If you ever want to buy fig jam. you can get it at Fortino’s near the cheeses.

  9. I love these balls! lolz, had to!! These look great plus I love how easy they are – add ingreds together, roll & fridge – this is the perfect recipe for me. I also workout in the mornings but I do always get breakfast in before I go, otherwise I don’t feel I have enough energy to lift heavy…these will do!! ๐Ÿ™‚
    p.s. is it bad that I would probably eat more than two? lolz!

    1. Thanks Karen! I’m trying out your breakfast muffins this week for pre workout also. I’m determined to get this eating before exercising down to a science. The balls are great but I do like variety. Maybe a variety of balls? Didn’t I promise to stop saying balls? Balls, balls, balls! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Hey Sharon
    Purรฉed dates work in lieu of figs too….high in sugar , but some good micro nutrients and a real food:)

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