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CRANBERRY ALMOND ENERGY BITES

Naturally sweetened and so easy to make, no bake Cranberry Almond Energy Bites are a healthy, wholesome treat perfect for snacking or dessert!

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These no-bake Cranberry Almond Energy Bites (aka, energy balls) are a favorite around our home and welcome treat for my sweet tooth!

They are simple to make, gluten free, refined sugar free and contain no unwanted additives. Plus, there’s no baking time – just a little chilling!

These healthy balls of goodness are full of AMAZING flavor and perfect any time of day or season. But be warned, they are pretty addicting and you will be eating many!

Bring them along for parties, or give them as gifts, or just make them to have around the house for a guilt free sweet. They will do wonders for your palate and hit that sweet spot perfectly!

top down view of the ingredients used to make no bake cranberry almond energy bites.

Ingredients You’ll Need

In the recipe, nuts, hemp hearts, oats and spices and natural sweetener are blended into a thick dough and rolled into balls for a healthy snack or dessert.

Here is everything you will need, plus ingredient substitution ideas:

  • almonds – sub with cashews for a mild flavor, or pecans or walnuts for boldness
  • rolled oats
  • cranberries – dried (unsweetened pref.) or fresh chopped
  • coconut – shredded or large flakes
  • pure maple syrup – sub with medjool dates
  • vanilla
  • mineral salt

Just simple wholesome ingredients to keep your mind, body and spirit strong!

side by side photos showing the process of making cranberry almond energy bite dough.

How To Make Cranberry Almond Energy Bites

(Note – The full printable recipe is at the bottom of this post)

  • Make the dough. Add the almonds, oats, coconut, cranberries, vanilla, salt and pure maple syrup to the bowl of a food processor and blend until well combined, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed. Mixture should stick together when pinched.
  • Chill the dough. Place the mixture in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to chill. This will help for rolling.

top down view showing the process of rolling energy bites.

  • Scoop and roll. Using a 1 tablespoon measuring spoon, scoop up rounded mounds of and roll into 1 inch balls.

top down view showing the process of rolling cranberry energy bites in shredded coconut.

  • Add a finishing touch. For a more finished look and to keep the dough from being sticky when eating, roll the energy bites in shredded coconut or almond flour.

Enjoy these Cranberry Almond Energy Bites all to yourself, or share with friends and family!

Top Tips

  • Keep your hands clean. This mixture is somewhat loose and needs to be packed well when rolling. Keeping your hands clean will help greatly in the process. Be sure to rinse your hands after every few balls, leaving a little moisture on your hands.
  • Uniformity. Keep the mounds uniform in size by using a scooper like this 1 tablespoon measuring spoon (affiliate link), it’s super helpful and makes things easier!
  • Add a little chocolate. Try adding 1/4 cup of mini dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs for a nice change of pace.

side angle view of freshly made cranberry energy bites.

How To Store

  • Refrigerator: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  • Freezer: For longer storage, energy balls will keep in the freezer for up to 2 – 3 months. To freeze, place the balls on a baking sheet or plate, about 1 inch apart, place in the freezer for a few hours (this will help them not stick together). Once frozen you can store them in freezer safe ziplock bags or containers. Let thaw in the refrigerator a few hours before snacking.

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If you try this no bake recipe or have a question, please let me know! Leave a comment and rate it below. I love to hear what you think, or any changes you make.

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CRANBERRY ALMOND ENERGY BITES (NO BAKE)

Naturally sweetened and so easy to make, no bake Cranberry Energy Bites with almonds, cranberries and oats are a healthy, wholesome treat perfect for snacking or dessert!

  • Author: Julie | The Simple Vegansita
  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 20 1x
  • Category: Snack, Dessert, No Bake
  • Method: food processor
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup or 1 cup pitted medjool dates (11 – 12), chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

Blend: Add ingredients to the bowl of a food processor and blend until mixed well and crumbly, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed.

Chill: Place the mixture in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes to let it stiffen up a bit.

Scoop and roll: Using a 1 tablespoon measuring spoon, scoop up rounded mounds of and roll into 1 inch balls.

Add finishing touch. For a more finished look and to keep the dough from sticking to your fingers, roll the energy bites in shredded coconut or almond flour.

Makes about 20 energy bites

Store: Keep stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. To keep longer, store in the freezer for up to 2 – 3 months. Let thaw before eating.

Notes

Adding 1/4 cup of mini dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs would also be great in this recipe.

Fresh chopped cranberries are my favorite in this recipe. They add a nice light tartness that blends well with the spices and dates. If using fresh cranberries, eat within 7 days.

Updated: Cranberry Almond Energy Bites was originally published in November 2012. It has been updated with new photos and helpful tips in April 2020. Recipe name has been changed and ingredients simplified.

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5 Comments

  1. So good! Made it exactly as recipe states and it came out perfect! Almost ate half of them already

  2. Sweetened or unsweetened coconut?

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Unsweetened is preferred. And do let us know how you like the energy bites!

  3. Taste great!!! Instead of using maple syrup I used dates and some honey.

  4. They’re delicious! I’m going to make a big batch and give for presents to my family members, to show them that vegan food can be tempting. Thank you!

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