Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites

November 21, 2012 by Ali

The no-bake energy bite love continues!

After so many of you readers ate up (ha – literally!) the recipes for classic No Bake Energy Bites and Pumpkin No Bake Energy Bites, I thought it would be fun to make a red and green “holiday” edition of the favorite with these Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites!

Like the others, these quick and easy little balls are packed with great flavor and nutrition. But there is no baking required! You just need the quick pulse of a food processor (which I happen to be giving one away right now!), or the willingness to do some chopping and stirring to whip these up. And the final result will be delish! I loved the sweet and slightly salty combination of the fruit and nuts. And for fun, I also threw in a few white chocolate chips to brighten things up.

Feel free to play around with the recipe and include what works for you. And hopefully these can provide some extra delicious energy to make it through the holidays!

Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: About 30 1-inch balls


  • 8 oz. (about 1 packed cup) chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp. ground flax seeds or wheat germ
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats (dry, not cooked)
  • 1 cup shelled pistachio nuts
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate chips (optional)


Combine the dates, honey, chia seeds, flax seeds and salt in a food processor, and pulse until smooth and combined. You should be able to stir the mixture -- if it is too thick, add in another tablespoon or two of honey.

Transfer the mixture to a large bowl, and stir in the oats, pistachios, dried cranberries, and white chocolate chips until evenly combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Once the mixture is cool (and easier to work with), use a spoon or cookie scoop to shape it into your desired size of energy balls. (Mine were about 1-inch in diameter.) Alternately, you can line a small baking pan with parchment paper, and press the mixture evenly into the pan, let it cool, and then cut into bars.

Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. (Storing them in the refrigerator especially helps the energy bites hold their shape.)

Love my Magimix food processor!

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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131 thoughts on “Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites

  1. Just made these like 10 minutes ago and it taste absolutely amazing. Had one question though – how long can it stay out for (once it is out of the fridge)without losing it’s round shape?

    - Reena

  2. I just tried making them just now and they do taste really great. I was just wondering how long can they stay out in those round shapes without them falling apart? Do they need to be continuously refrigerated? I plan to make them at one of our family events in the coming weeks and just wanted to know how long it can stay out for.

    - Reena

    • They can stay out of the refrigerator for up to a week. Keeping them refrigerated just helps them stay a bit firmer so that they are easier to roll, but they’re completely edible otherwise. And they will retain their shape unless they get smooshed. :)

      - Ali

  3. OMG!!! these were amazing, I could not keep my hands off these as well as my family. I am making these again today. I made them when I went home to Chicago and all the family members dug in… delicious!!!! Also, I used agave in place of honey

    - cynthia

  4. Loving the easy and quick recipes.

    - Jenni

  5. I made these and took on a fishing trip to Alaska. They were amazing. I did roll them in ground almonds so they didn’t stick together, but they traveled well, and kept me from eating junk while enjoying the great outdoors. Thanks so much!!

    - Michelle

  6. Made these yesterday and they are DELICIOUS! I added ground almonds (suggested by someone in comments below) – it definitely helped to keep them from sticking together. It added a nice flavor too!!

    - Lucy

  7. I made these the other day to take on a bike ride with my boyfriend, and holy snap! So freaking delicious! I used cranberries, walnuts and dark chocolate chips, with an extra couple tablespoons of maple syrup. Will for sure be making these again. My question is, is there anything you could roll them in to make them a little less sticky? Thanks for the awesome recipe!

    - Ashlee

  8. I made these and everybody went wild! So delicious! One, with a cup of coffee or tea, and breakfast was handled. Or popped one inbetween meals to curb the hungriest …. I will always keep these on hand!

    Thank you for this amazing recipe!

    - Judy

  9. They’re lovely! :)
    Do you think I can use dried apricots instead of dates? I don’t like them so much.
    Thank you!

    - Marta

    • Thanks! And yes, you can, although the apricots will not be quite as sticky/binding as the dates. Still, I imagine they would work fairly well. Good luck!

      - Ali

  10. Love these! Can’t wait to try variations.

    - Rose

  11. I go to weight watchers and was wondering if anyone knows the points on these. I would appreciate your feedback:)

    - Jane

  12. Holy smokes Wonder Woman, My daughter is such a picky eater, & loves to eat healthy. Which leaves the options limited, but this recipe is a score! You can only eat so much trail mix, Almonds, etc. when your on the go consistently. Can’t wait to get to the store for ingredients. <3

    - Dezarae

  13. I’ve made these several times and they are perfect for snacking! Easy to make … But it takes more than the 15 minutes prep time. Though they are worth the time. I mix the oates, pistachios and cranberries separately first before mixing in the dates honey mixture. Great recipe, thanks for sharing!

    - Christine

  14. Made them just then :)

    can not wait to try them!

    great recipe!

    - Elizabeth Nolan

  15. I just went to make these and “someone” has eaten almost all of my pistachios! Grrrrr!!! Any idea what I can substitute to make these right now???

    - Amy

    • You can use any other nuts — almonds, peanuts, pistachios, any will work! :)

      (If I were in your home, I’d probably be the guilty pistachio eater. They’re my favorite!!)

      - Ali

  16. Are dates necessary, if so is there an alternative? What if they are not sticking together very well after being in the fridge for an hour, Is there something I can add at that point?

    - Kendall

    • Yes, the dates are what help hold this recipe together. And if it’s not sticking, it might need more dates. You could alternately make these balls with peanut butter to help as the “glue” instead of dates…

      - Ali

  17. Love the photos! I am going to try this recipe as this is the first one I have picked of all the bars recipes out there!

    Thanks for sharing.

    - Tasneem

  18. Very good. I used maple syrup instead of honey. I also heated the pistachios to increase the flavour first.
    I may roll them next time in ground almond to keep the little balls from sticking

    - Isaura

  19. I just made these, using whole pitted dates and wildflower honey, and wow are they sweet. I am hoping that mellows, because for me it really takes away from the recipe. Next time I’ll use the weird little chopped dates and a milder honey and see if that helps. I bet using semisweet mini chips would help, too!

    - Jenn

  20. Where is the nutritional data for these?

    - Emily

  21. I added pumpkins seeds and coconut oil to this also. Made this tonight. Delicious!

    - Cynthia

  22. What a first time flop this was! Folks if you love your blender, add the Chia seeds last. If you add the honey and the dates and the flax seed and you ground the chia seed with it, it’s going to make it an unholy mess. It will overheat your blender, and it will hate you. Take a lesson from me. This recipe could use that warning.

    - Kat

  23. these were the first energy bites I had ever made — wow, did I pick the right recipe to start with! I think they’re my new favorite! there’s something about the contrasting flavors of the cranberry and white chocolate that make these divine! thanks for sharing!

    - Katelyn

  24. wow, thanks…I have lots of dietary limitations, but this recipe gives me lots of yummy options.

    - Leigh

  25. Love nuts and dry fruits.

    - Veena Maheshwari

  26. I just made them. They look beautiful! I didn’t add the choc chips but am letting them set up first. If I think they need any more sweetening, I am going to drizzle choc over them but I think the dates and the honey add enough sweet hints. Thanks for the recipe!

    - Wendy

  27. These little bites are so beautiful! I’m pinning to make them this weekend! I can’t wait!

    - Caroline

  28. Looks delicious. A must try!

    - Del's cooking twist

  29. Looks delicious! A must try!

    - Del's cooking twist

  30. Is there something that can be used besides honey? I am allergic to honey.

    - kathy jenkins

  31. I’m sorry if this was already mentioned. I can see the nutritional information but am not sure how big a 1 oz. ball is. How many balls did this recipe make?

    - Becky

  32. I’m running out now to pick up what I need for this!!
    Are the cranberries sweet?
    Thanks, Diane

    - Diane

  33. Ali, I made these and they are awesome! My favorite of your Energy Bites. YUMMMMMMM. :-)

    - Monica @ TheYummyLife

  34. I love this recipe and photographs. And I am so glad to see that they are just as healthy as I hoped they’d be. I love that it has both flax and chia.

    - Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes

  35. Looks amazing!

    - Casey

  36. These are delicious! Wow! I just made a batch today. I would love to do a feature of this recipe, on my blog, with your permission – of course. Let me know if that would be okay. I will link back to your post and recipe and can use my photos or yours. I will also send you a preview for your approval before publishing. Thanks for sharing. I’m glad I found your blog :) I’m your newest follower

    - Nicole

  37. I hope I’m not being a dummy. But am I missing a step? Why am I letting it cool if I’m not putting anything in the oven? Thanks

    - Jen

    • Jen, This mixture consists of Chia seeds and dry oatmeal, so it needs time to absorb the honey which will cause the Chia seeds to expand 3x in volume as well as softening the oatmeal. Cooling also helps to firm up the mixture, so it can be rolled into energy balls and not fall apart.

      - cynthia

  38. Ideal for a fast snack. I’m not a baker and they turned out gummy!!!

    Thanks :D

    - veronica

  39. Nice recipe!And easy to make! I like it !

    Greetings Gosia


  40. thanks for providing such a wonderful nutritional snack idea. . I work in a child care center I will definitely introduce this to my kids. thanks t

    - Maria Balcorta

  41. Super yummy, but a question: what kind of dates did you use? I got bulk whole dates and chopped them up and my food processor was not going for it when I tried to blend them with the honey, flax, & salt. I ended up microwaving the honey to make it more liquidy, and moving the whole shebang to the miniprep so it would have to stay closer to the blade, that worked better but still very sticky, not super blend-y. The finished product though is very very yummy!

    - Betsy

  42. This are delish!!! I used fresh dates which may have been a mistake. It was a ball of glue so I added hot water to loosen it and then it was fine. Next time I guess I should try dates already chopped in a can/bag. Recipe didn’t specify. This is a definate winner!! Figured up the calories to be 154 per serving.

    - Mary

  43. Delicious! And perfect for grabbing before a 5am workout!!

    - Holley

  44. Do you have a nutritional value on these….very good

    - Patsy

  45. Ali,
    Do you have the nutritional info on this. It looks really healthy but am wondering about carbs and calories.

    - Marion

  46. These look so yummy and have all my husband’s favorite ingredients. I am definitely going to make this recipe. I have all the ingredients. I’ll let you know how they turn out.

    - LindaLouise

  47. sexiest food ive ever seen

    - Kelly

  48. Any suggestion for something gluten free to replace the oats?

    - Stephanie

  49. what is the stats on this? sugars, protein, fats, calories, etc.

    - Cindy Meyer

  50. These look outstanding!!!

    - Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

  51. These are super yummy! thanks!

    - angie

  52. These look delicious and perfect for a healthy treat! x

    - Katie Brigstock

  53. What’s the calorie and fat count?

    - Maria

  54. These look so tasty! I’ve been on a bit of a pistachio kick lately, so they’re perfect my current cravings!

    - Shannon @

  55. Can the flax seed and wheat germ be omitted or are they essential to the recipe? Thanks!

    - Vanessa

  56. Beautiful idea and flavors! For those having trouble burning up their food processors while blitzing the dates, might I recommend date paste? Pureed dates are used widely in Middle Eastern cooking, so any Middle Eastern store will carry them in a sealed packet. Hope that helps!

    - Yasmeen @ Wandering Spice

  57. I tried these with scoop of whey, walnuts and almond butter, used dark chocolate. Turned out amazing.

    - amanda

  58. What’s the nutritional information on these

    - Wendy

  59. Dear Ali,

    I am making these Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites as part of my holiday baking (omit the oven here). Just wanted to thank you because I am just introducing raw into my families meal plans and this is something my kids and even husband wants to try. I found you through my FB like to Raw Fusion Living.

    Happiest of Holidays,

    - Joy Towse

  60. I’ve always wanted a food processer. I’m an avid cook and love to bake. I was recently diagnosed with colitis and I think this recipe would be great to try and healthy for me. Thanks

    - Joyce Friesen

  61. Love this!

    - ashley

  62. These are delish and I absolutely addicted, however be warned that I I burned up my cuisinart food processor trying to purée the dates and honey. :( I guess I wasn’t supposed to use dried dates! I did not have the problem of the not sticking together that others did, so I wouldn’t change it, The taste and consistency of the recipe was perfect the way I made it! I’ll just make sure to find another way to combine the dates and honey next time!

    - Jessica

  63. I really like the ingredients and that they are healthy. They are a little too sweet for me with so much honey. Is there anything you would suggest replacing part of the honey with? I was thinking maybe some peanut/almond butter.

    - Kellie

  64. Just made these, look great, followed your recipe to the t , had a issue making the balls , kept falling apart.. made the bar instead. hope that stays together. good favor , very rich.

    - Lori

  65. These look so good! And I actually have all of the ingredients- yay! Can’t wait to try them…

    - Cate

  66. Love! Will definitely be making these! Thanks for sharing!

    - Priscilla P

  67. i personally can never get enough of your energy bites Ali! Even though I ADORE pumpkin, these have got to be my favorite of the bunch! I love white chocolate and cranberries together. I just love your site makeover Ali!

    - sally @ sallys baking addiction

  68. These look delicious! I love finding ways to sneak stuff like chia and flax into my food. Mixing it into yogurt and oatmeal gets old!

    - Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen

  69. They look so healthy and delish! And I say this I swear with every comment I leave you, but I love love love your site makeover. Email me – have a couple questions for you! :)

    - Averie @ Averie Cooks

  70. Looks so festive and yummy! I’m thinking of making these as an appetizer for Thanksgiving. Something to help us get through the long day. ;o) I don’t have dates on hand but I do have dried plums (prunes) or dried apricots– would either of those work as a substitute? Any suggestions would be appreciated!

    - Mel Kaplan

  71. I am always looking for calorie and nutrition values. It would be great if you could include them

    - Sherry

    • I just made these and calculated the calories. If 30 balls are made from the recipe, they have approximately 162 calories each. The entire recipe has 4856 (counting the white chocolate chips, which have 373 calories for the entire recipe–about 12-1/2 per serving). I hope that’s helpful :)

      - Ginger

  72. I tried dates for the first time tonight and fell in love. I can’t wait to try them in a recipe.

    - Laura Dembowski

  73. Perfect snack to help me be good during the holiday!

    - Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamily

  74. These are so perfect for the holidays! And healthy too!

    - Laura (Tutti Dolci)

  75. Fantastic! I love the raw factor and they look chewylicious :)

    - Gerry @ Foodness Gracious

  76. Oh my these sound wonderful yummy and festive

    - Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie

  77. I love the flavors in this one. Amazing!!

    - Cassie | Bake Your Day

  78. I love the cranberry pistachio combination!

    - Jessica@AKitchenAddiction

  79. Oh these are so pretty! I love the green and red, so festive ;)

    - Kathryn

  80. I think you just solved my Lara Bar habit.

    - Sarah M.

  81. I am loving the red and green color combo. So festive and definitely an energy booster. I could use one right now actually!

    - Mandie @ Oh So Decadent