Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites

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

Kick up your energy with these simple and healthy no-bake Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites!


  • 8 ounces (about 1 packed cup) chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon ground flax seeds
  • 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.)

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

Love my Magimix food processor!

Leave a Comment:


  1. Diane — October 18, 2013 @ 11:16 am (#)

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

  2. Becky — October 18, 2013 @ 12:44 pm (#)

    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?

  3. kathy jenkins — October 18, 2013 @ 1:43 pm (#)

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

    • cynthia — March 5, 2014 @ 2:40 am (#)

      Maple syrup or rice syrup

  4. Del's cooking twist — November 6, 2013 @ 9:20 am (#)

    Looks delicious! A must try!

  5. Del's cooking twist — November 6, 2013 @ 9:25 am (#)

    Looks delicious. A must try!

  6. Caroline — November 8, 2013 @ 8:23 am (#)

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

  7. Wendy — December 31, 2013 @ 7:51 am (#)

    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!

  8. Veena Maheshwari — February 11, 2014 @ 2:20 pm (#)

    Love nuts and dry fruits.

  9. Leigh — February 20, 2014 @ 6:34 pm (#)

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

  10. Katelyn — March 1, 2014 @ 12:39 pm (#)

    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!

  11. Kat — March 6, 2014 @ 10:02 pm (#)

    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.

  12. Cynthia — March 9, 2014 @ 6:59 pm (#)

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

  13. Emily — March 19, 2014 @ 8:18 am (#)

    Where is the nutritional data for these?

  14. Jenn — March 31, 2014 @ 11:27 am (#)

    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!

  15. Isaura — April 7, 2014 @ 2:26 pm (#)

    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

  16. Tasneem — April 23, 2014 @ 10:09 pm (#)

    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.

  17. Kendall — May 19, 2014 @ 10:07 pm (#)

    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?

    • Ali — July 20, 2014 @ 12:23 pm (#)

      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…

  18. Amy — June 1, 2014 @ 9:01 am (#)

    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???

    • Ali — June 1, 2014 @ 10:58 am (#)

      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!!)

  19. Elizabeth Nolan — July 8, 2014 @ 6:49 am (#)

    Made them just then :)

    can not wait to try them!

    great recipe!

  20. Christine — July 19, 2014 @ 10:14 pm (#)

    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!

  21. Dezarae — August 10, 2014 @ 4:39 pm (#)

    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

  22. Jane — August 11, 2014 @ 1:57 pm (#)

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

  23. Rose — August 13, 2014 @ 8:33 pm (#)

    Love these! Can’t wait to try variations.

  24. Marta — August 14, 2014 @ 2:09 am (#)

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

    • Ali — August 14, 2014 @ 8:28 am (#)

      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!

  25. Judy — August 15, 2014 @ 7:12 pm (#)

    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!

  26. Lucy — August 24, 2014 @ 9:14 am (#)

    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!!

  27. Michelle — August 25, 2014 @ 3:21 pm (#)

    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!!

  28. Jenni — September 2, 2014 @ 6:44 am (#)

    Loving the easy and quick recipes.

  29. cynthia — September 4, 2014 @ 7:02 am (#)

    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

  30. Jenny — September 9, 2014 @ 5:48 pm (#)

    These looks so uber yummy but man I hate dates!! Do have a suggestion as to what I could use to replace them?

    • Ali — October 18, 2014 @ 6:19 pm (#)

      You could use figs or prunes, or even nut butter. Enjoy!

  31. Reena — September 9, 2014 @ 10:19 pm (#)

    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.

    • Ali — October 18, 2014 @ 6:18 pm (#)

      Hi Reena,

      These will keep just fine out of the refrigerator. I just refrigerate them to help them hold their shape. Enjoy!

  32. Reena — September 9, 2014 @ 10:40 pm (#)

    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?

    • Ali — October 18, 2014 @ 6:26 pm (#)

      They can stay out however long you would like, and they probably will not lose their shape unless they are transported (like in a ziplock bag or something). Otherwise, they should generally stay together in energy ball shape. :)

  33. tammy — November 30, 2014 @ 10:52 am (#)

    Help, i cant get mine to stick together after refrigerating 1 hour


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