We’re here to prove that sweet treats can also be (mostly) healthy. These nine portable snacks are packed with good-for-you ingredients, including bananas, oats, almonds, chia seeds, and cacao powder. But the star, of course, is almond butter. Whip up a smoothie, bake muffins, or roll some tasty energy bites—there’s so much you can do!
1. Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Oatmeal Cookies
This recipe is hiding some good-for-you nutrients (oats lend fiber and almond butter provides a dose of protein). The dough is so gooey, thanks to the almond butter and maple syrup, that it needs some time to chill before baking.
2. Chocolate Almond Butter Superfood Seed Bars
These bars taste like dessert and only take 10 minutes to prepare. How can you beat that? The chocolate-covered wonders are gluten-free and can be made vegan by swapping maple syrup for honey. If you have trouble tracking down hemp seends, substitute the same amount of chia or sunflower seeds.
3. No-Bake Dark Chocolate Coconut Almond Butter Energy Bites
No bake time here! That’s right: Just throw the ingredients in a bowl, mix, and roll into little balls. They do need some time to chill in the refrigerator, but that doesn’t mean you can’t sneak a few bites beforehand. The recipe makes 17; keep them around for a great on-the-go snack or breakfast!
4. Chocolate Almond Frozen Banana Bites
Start by gluing two slices of banana together with a sliver of almond butter (the best kind of surprise filling). Roll the banana sandwich in melted chocolate and crushed almonds, and you’re done. Make this for a special occasion when you need a beautiful snack or dessert—they’re adorable!
5. Paleo Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins
Unbelievably, these gooey, delicious, taste-like-mom’s-banana-chocolate-chip muffins have no added sugar. The sweetness comes from super-ripe bananas. And the muffins won’t take you too much time: They can be on the table in 35 minutes.
6. Almond Butter Cup Smoothie
If you’re not already putting cacao in your smoothie, this silky smooth beverage will change your mind. All you need is five minutes and five ingredients to whip up a nuritious, portable snack or breakfast.
7. Almond Butter Hemp Seed Banana Sushi
Bananas and almond butter is a combination that really can’t be beat. Try this variation for cute frozen bites during the dog days of summer. Cover a banana in almond butter, roll it in hemp seeds, chill in the freezer, and voilà, banana sushi. It really is that easy.
8. Almond Butter Banana Popsicles
A dairy-free, creamy popsicle you can feel good about eating? We couldn’t believe it either. Keep some of these vegan, gluten-free popsicles in your freezer for the busiest summer days. Add cacao to the recipe for a chocolate popsicle variation—or don’t. Your call.
9. Maple Walnut Bark
Another great dairy-free option to satisfy your sweet tooth. Plus, it’s full of healthy fats from the almond butter, coconut oil, and walnuts. Try using a high-quality maple syrup—nature’s sweetener—to give a bolder flavor.