These no-bake Amaze Balls are the perfect little bite. They're totally gluten-free and dairy-free, plus they come in 4 flavor options! |

Amaze Balls Recipe (Gluten-Free)

Amaze Balls are the perfect no-bake, gluten-free and paleo treat!

These no-bake Amaze Balls are the perfect little bite. They're totally gluten-free and dairy-free, plus they come in 4 flavor options! |

Now, before I launch into this recipe, let me say…

These are dessert. And while you’re a grown-ass adult who gets to decide what you put in your pie hole, when…

…be cool about it.

Should You Eat Protein Balls For Breakfast?

I don’t intend these to be eaten regularly as a breakfast, a post-workout meal, or any of the other nonsense I see the online clean-eating crowd promoting like, “Protein balls for breakfast!” No, grow up and eat a real meal.

Okay, we got that out of the way.

These no-bake Amaze Balls are the perfect little bite. They're totally gluten-free and dairy-free, plus they come in 4 flavor options! |

Amaze Balls are my take on a popular refrigerated treat that came on the market a few years ago. And while it’s convenient to grab a package and go, they’re pretty dang expensive.

So I broke out my recipe notebook and started fiddling around with ingredients to make my own version.

I’ve provided you the base recipe to make vanilla-flavored Amaze Balls below. They’re pretty tasty on their own, but I know vanilla isn’t all that exciting, so I created four different variations.

What’s Are the Ingredients in These Amaze Balls?

The Amaze Balls base is very simple: almond flour, shredded unsweetened coconut, honey, coconut oil, vanilla extract, and sea salt.

I haven’t tried this with any other nut flours; feel free to experiment if you can’t eat almonds or nuts in general. No promises though…you’re on your own.

These no-bake Amaze Balls are the perfect little bite. They're totally gluten-free and dairy-free, plus they come in 4 flavor options! |

For best results, I recommend finely ground, blanched almond flour. (Click here to see the one I used.) Blanched almond flour has had the almond skins removed, so the finished appearance is more aesthetically pleasing…

…and the finer grind means a more consistent texture.

Get unsweetened, shredded coconut for this Amaze Balls recipe. (Click here to see what I used.)

Skip the Sweetened Coconut Flakes

The pre-sweetened version is too sugary and has a gummier texture. If you can, look for a brand that has tiny pieces, not long strings. You could always break coconut flakes down with a food processor into smaller pieces if that’s all you can find.

I used raw local (from my yard) honey for this recipe, because it’s what I have on hand. Honey gives a nice depth of flavor that other sweeteners don’t have.

These no-bake Amaze Balls are the perfect little bite. They're totally gluten-free and dairy-free, plus they come in 4 flavor options! |

You could also use maple syrup if honey isn’t an option for you. I recommend against a dry sweetener like coconut crystals because it’ll throw off the ratio of coconut oil you need and make the balls crumbly.

How to Customize These Amaze Balls

Once you’ve made the Amaze Balls base recipe, choose one of the flavorings below. I’m guessing chocolate chip will be the most popular, but hey, who knows! For a truly dairy-free option, I used these mini chocolate chips.

Or, go out on a limb and make your own flavor combos. Just bear in mind: if you add a dry flavoring, you may need to add more coconut oil to combat crumbling.

These no-bake Amaze Balls are the perfect little bite. They're totally gluten-free and dairy-free, plus they come in 4 flavor options! |

How to Make Amaze Balls

After everything is mixed together, it’s time to rolls your balls. I used about 2 teaspoons of mixture per ball, but you can always make them bigger or smaller…whatever you’re into. (Sorry, but if you haven’t laughed by now, I don’t think we’re destined to be friends.)

If you use 2 teaspoons per ball, you’ll get about 12 balls.

Be sure to store the balls in the refrigerator so they firm up…though personally, I like to let mine soften up on the counter for a couple minutes before eating for maximum yumness.

Click below to watch the cooking video for my Amaze Balls recipe:

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These no-bake Amaze Balls are the perfect little bite. They're totally gluten-free and dairy-free, plus they come in 4 flavor options! |

Amaze Balls Base Recipe (see flavor options below)

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 96 kcal
Author: Steph Gaudreau

These no-bake Amaze Balls are the perfect paleo treat. They're totally gluten-free and dairy-free, plus they come in 4 flavor options. 



  • 3/4 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 2 tbsp raw honey or maple syrup
  • 6 tsp coconut oil melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Combine the almond flour, shredded coconut, and sea salt in a food processor. Pulse about 5 times until the dry ingredients are well mixed. (If you don't have a food processor, you can mix everything in a large bowl by hand.)
  2. Then, add the coconut oil, honey, and vanilla extract. Pulse about 15 times until the wet ingredients are evenly distributed.
  3. Check the consistency of the mixture. It'll look a bit crumbly, but should hold together when you try to form it into a ball. If it's too dry to form into a ball, add another tablespoon of coconut oil and mix again.
  4. If you're adding any of the flavorings below (strawberry, matcha, or mocha), add them to the dry ingredients, then proceed. If you're making chocolate chip, just gently mix them in by hand at the end.
  5. Form the final mixture into balls...I used about 2 teaspoons per ball. But hey, do what makes you happy, whether that means making them bigger or smaller.
  6. Store covered in the refrigerator until you're ready to eat.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

For Chocolate Chip Sea Salt, mix in:

  • 1.5 tbsp mini chocolate chips
  • Extra pinch coarse sea salt

For Strawberry, mix in:

  • 3 tbsp freeze dried strawberry powder (grind down freeze dried strawberries in a food processor or powerful blender
  • 2 extra tsp coconut oil

For Matcha, mix in:

  • 3/4 tsp matcha powder

For Mocha, mix in:

  • 2 tbsp cocoa or cacao
  • 1 tsp finely ground coffee
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
Nutrition Facts
Amaze Balls Base Recipe (see flavor options below)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 96 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 21mg1%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 1g2%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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29 Responses

  1. Hi my question to you is what to substitute
    For the coconut ? I like coconut water , milk or oil just not a fan of actual coconut ! Thanks

    1. Someone on Instagram suggested dates, but again, as per the comments above, you’ll probably have to change the amount of oil you use, likely less. Dates can be quite moist and adding the standard amount of oil might be too much. You guys are always welcome to try substitutions but I can’t promise the same result…in other words, don’t blame me if it tastes weird 😉

        1. Hi Jan…you could but they would have to be chopped very very small or else the chunks will make the balls fall apart.

    1. Sure you could try that. You will probably have to increase the honey and / or coconut oil though because you’re working in a dry ingredient. Collagen is an incomplete protein, however, so I don’t recommend you use it as your main meal protein source.

  2. Would using Ghee, or some other oil work for this recipe as I feel ill with coconut oil, milk or cream (which makes paleo challenging).

    1. In lieu of the almond flour? Oh no, that will dramatically change the texture. The almond flour gives it body. You could add protein powder TO the mixture but again, that will require adding more liquid from either the honey or the coconut oil. Still not a breakfast though 😉

      1. Oh, definitely not a meal replacement! I just like getting extra protein where I can. I think I’ll try it per your recipe and toss in a scoop or two of powder.

  3. I tried making this with coconut flour, it looks good, tastes good, but it is so dry it’s hard to swallow. I used 6 tablespoons of coconut flour, 3 tablespoons cacao powder, a teaspoon cinnamon, 5 tablespoons of coconut oil, 2 tablespoons of honey an a dash of salt.
    Does anyone have tips on a luquid that would make it less dry?

    1. That’s because coconut flour is soooo absorbent. You cannot use coconut flour as a 1:1 swap for almond flour. Also, the recipe is for 6 teaspoons coconut oil, not 6 tablespoons.

  4. OMG CAN I GET AN AMEN! I’ve never been one to eat amazeballs or protein balls for a snacks. Like, how is that a snack? Something the size of a quarter is never going to fill me up? that’s a treat and you said it well!!!!! Then you get my husband who will regularly eat stuff like this as a snack and be fine…. I guess to each their own!

  5. I made the strawberry version this week and added chocolate chips to half of them for a ‘chocolate covered strawberry’ version. My husband loved them, and I can’t wait to make them again when I’m not Whole30’ing so that I can try them too. Thanks! 🙂

  6. I use craisins, no additional sweetener and a pinch of Himalayan sea salt crystals. In between meals I am no longer hungry.

  7. I just made them (chocolate chips version) for Easter and OMG! It reminds me one of my favourite dessert at the Chinese restaurant! But with quality ingredients. Thanks a lot for the recipe!

  8. I found these way too sweet, I made the coffee version, just too much honey for me, has anyone subbed put some of the honey for something else for a less overly sweet outcome? I make variations of protein balls every week and was happy to come accross these for a change from my usual prune based or black bean based ones but too too sweet.

    1. Hey Joey…if you’re used to a protein ball with prunes or black beans, I’m not surprised you’d find this recipe very different. I write in the blog post that these are a dessert, hence they are sweeter and they have no added protein. I probably would find a new recipe in all honesty because these are definitely a dessert.

  9. Thanks for creating this recipe! I love the store-bought version and am looking forward to making these at home. I was wondering what the serving size is for the Nutritional Facts information?

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