Could you use a snack with some substance? This Cranberry No Bake Energy Bites recipe is the perfect pre or post-work out snack or a great snack to enjoy with an afternoon cup of tea. Made with only good-for-you ingredients and without refined sugar, this energy bites recipe is simple to make and tastes amazing!
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If you look forward to a sweet snack but don’t want the extra refined sugar, these cranberry no bake energy bites are for you! Made with wholesome ingredients, this energy bites recipe uses ingredients that taste just as good as they are good for you.
These cranberry energy bites don’t need baking and can be made and frozen for whenever you need a portable snack or something you can pack in your lunch for the day.
Here’s everything you need to make these delicious, healthy no bake energy bites!
What you’ll need to make these cranberry energy bites:
- Raw almonds – look for almonds that don’t contain any extra oils.
- Rolled Old Fashioned Oats
- Almond Butter – look for a quality nut butter that doesn’t contain any extra oils or added sugar. (Ingredients should just be almonds and salt.)
- Sugar Free Maple Flavored Syrup – I like Lakanto Maple Flavored Syrup.
- Sugar Free Dried Cranberries – check out my super-easy recipe for How to Make Dried Cranberries
- No Sugar Added White Chocolate Chips – I like Lily’s No Sugar Added White Chocolate Chips
- Vanilla Extract
- Almond Extract – optional
For exact ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions scroll down to reference the recipe at the bottom of this post.
How do I make ground almonds?
Using a blender or food processor, add the raw almond. Pulse on medium speed until the almonds reach a grainy sand-like consistency. This should take 30 seconds or less.
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Want to make your own sugar-free dried cranberries?
Making your own dried cranberries is actually quite simple to do. No dehydrator is need and just three ingredients is all that is necessary.
These homemade dried cranberries are fantastic in salads, wraps, cookies, granola, and stirred into yogurt and granola!
Looking for more ways to use fresh or dried cranberries? Check out these recipes:
- Healthy Cranberry Orange Muffins
- Cranberry Citrus Salad with Pecans
- Slow Cooker Turkey Breast
- Thanksgiving Turkey Casserole
- Cranberry Moscow Mule
- Saint Nickarita Christmas Margarita
- Cranberry Coffee Cake
How do I make energy bites?
Start by grinding the almonds into a coarse, sand-like consistency. You can do this in a blender or food processor, by pulsing for 30-60 seconds. To the ground almonds, you’ll then add all the remaining ingredients to the mixing bowl. Stir together until all the ingredients become well incorporated.
This cranberry energy bites recipe is really simple to make. There is no baking necessary, and the ingredients all come together in one bowl.
How do I roll energy bites?
Once the dough is mixed together completely, begin rolling each bite into small balls. You’ll need about 1 tablespoon of dough per bite.
The dough sticks together well, so just pressing or rolling together with your hands works the best.
FAQ’s all about energy bites:
Yes, if they are made with good quality ingredients. Make sure to look for nut butters that contain no added sugars or oils – they should just contain nuts and salt. If adding chocolate chips or dried fruits, make sure they contain little to no added sugars.
This entirely depends on the ingredients they are made with. These cranberry no bake energy bites contain 51 calories per bite.
Yes. You can safely eat raw/dry, uncooked oats in energy balls and energy bites. When combined with other ingredients the oats soften and are easy to eat.
Yes, but choose a good quality almond butter. Look for nut butters that contain no added sugars or oils. The only ingredients listed on a good quality nut butter should be the nut (peanuts, almonds, cashews, seeds) and sometimes salt.
Technically, nut butters are best classified as healthy fats. Nut butter is not necessarily a good source of protein or carbohydrates.
How do I store energy bites?
Energy bites are best stored in the refrigerator or freezer. I like to store mine in one large resealable container in my freezer. I separate the layers of bites with a sheet of parchment paper so they don’t stick together.
You can also refrigerate or freeze in individual servings (2 bites) using plastic containers or freezer bags. Refrigerated, these energy bites will keep for up to 2 weeks. When frozen, they will keep for up to 6 months.
These bites make a great pre or post workout snack, perfect for re-fueling after a run or your favorite gym class.
- 1 1/2 c. raw almonds, ground
- 1 1/2 c. old fashioned rolled oats
- 2/3 c. good quality almond butter
- 2/3 c. sugar free maple flavored syrup, like Lakanto
- 1/2 c. sugar free dried cranberries
- 1/2 c. No sugar added White Chocolate Chips, like Lily's
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp. almond extract (optional)
- To a blender or food processor, grind the raw almonds by pulsing until they reach a coarse, sand-like consistency. This should take approximately 30 seconds. Pour the ground almonds into a mixing bowl.
- To the mixing bowl with the ground almonds, add the remaining ingredients: oats, almond butter, maple flavored syrup, sugar free dried cranberries, white chocolate chips, vanilla and almond extracts. Stir together until well combined.
- Using a tablespoon or medium ice cream scoop, spoon out individual bites and roll together using your hands. Place rolled bites onto a piece of parchment or waxed paper.
- Bites can be enjoyed right away. You can also refrigerate or freeze, storing in an airtight container.
Each bite is 51 calories, using these specific ingredients. Should you make ingredient changes, the calorie content will change.
Refrigerated, the bites will keep for up to 2 weeks when kept in an airtight container.
Frozen, the bites will keep for up to 6 months when kept in an airtight container.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 36 Serving Size: 1 bite
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 51 caloriesTotal Fat: 3.7 gramsgCarbohydrates: 4.8 gramsgProtein: 1.5 gramsg