Almond Energy Bites with Cherries

This is a variation of our energy bites base recipe. These easy almond energy bites with cherries are a great snack for any time of day. Pack a few in your backpack, diaper bag, or gym bag so that you can have a delicious, nutritious snack wherever you go!

Oatmeal Energy Bites are a Healthy Snack

A healthy, well-balanced snack should contain some form of fiber, protein, and healthy fat. The oats and nut butter are the key ingredients in this recipe that make it the perfect snack.


Oats of any variety are a good source of fiber and complex carbohydrates. Fiber is important for digestion, satiety, stable blood sugar, good cholesterol, and healthy gut bacteria. Carbohydrates are important for energy and focus. 

Nut Butter

Nut butter – almond, peanut, cashew, or whatever variety you enjoy – contains plant-based protein and healthy fats. These nutrients help you feel satisfied until your next meal. 

Culinary Tips for the Best Energy Bites

Soaking the oats in hot water first makes each energy ball taste like a little bite of oatmeal. This also creates a different taste and texture than other energy bite recipes that use nut butter as the primary binding agent. Additionally, using water as the binding agent keeps the calorie content of this recipe much lower than other oat ball recipes.

If the almond butter is too hard to mix in, microwave it for 30 seconds to make it easier to stir.

If the mixture is too sticky, add more oats 1/4 cup at a time. 

Got kids? This is a great kid-friendly recipe! Have them help you measure, mix, and roll. The ingredients in this recipe can be eaten while cooking (because we all know that kids love to “taste test”), rolling is a great way to practice fine motor skills, and kids love getting their hands dirty!

Ingredient Substitutions 

  • Oats: use old-fashioned or instant oats. Instant oats create a squishier texture and will be stickier when rolling. Do not use steel cut oats.
  • Almond butter: can substitute any nut butter that you have on hand. Choose natural varieties whenever possible. Got a nut allergy? Use a seed butter such as sunflower butter.
  • Dried cherries: if you can’t find dried cherries, feel free to substitute any dried fruit of your choosing.

Recipe Variations

Feel free to add other mix-ins of your choosing: chia seeds, flax seeds, coconut flakes, etc. Keep in mind that adding more ingredients will change the texture of the recipe, so you may have to add more water or nut butter to help the ingredients stick together. 

Need some energy bites recipe inspiration? 

Check out some of our other favorite energy ball variations!

Chocolate Hazelnut Energy Bites

Chocolate Cherry Energy Bites with Walnuts

Peanut Butter Raisin Energy Bites

Short on time or patience? You can turn this into a super quick energy bites recipe by skipping refrigerating the mixture. It will be slightly stickier, so be prepared to wash your hands a few more times. You can also skip the step of rolling the energy balls in chopped nuts. Just toss them into the mixture and roll as normal.

How to Store Almond Energy Bites

Oatmeal energy bites are a great on-the-go snack because they do not have to be cold to eat. However, for food safety reasons, avoid leaving them in your bag or purse all day. 

For optimal freshness, store the energy balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. You can also store them in the freezer for up to 3 months. 

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Check out these other delicious oat recipes!

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Almond Energy Bites with Cherries
Prep Time
20 mins
Chill Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins

These almond energy bites with cherries are easy and delicious! Oats, cherries, almond butter, vanilla, cinnamon, and honey are mixed together for a tasty snack!

Course: Snack
Yield: 20 bites
  • ½ cup hot water
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups old fashioned oats
  • cup dried cherries
  • ¼ cup almond butter
  • 2 Tablespoons honey or agave nectar
  • cup finely chopped, roasted almonds
  1. Mix hot water, cinnamon, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Add oats to the mixture. Mix until all the water is absorbed.

  2. Add cherries, almond butter, and honey and mix until well incorporated.

  3. Cover and refrigerate mixture for 30 minutes.

  4. Roll into one-inch balls and place onto a sheet of wax paper.

  5. Roll balls in chopped almonds until well coated. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If the almond butter is too hard to mix in, microwave it for 30 seconds to make it easier to stir.


If the mixture is too sticky, add more oats ¼ cup at a time. 

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