Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites

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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!

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Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 30 1-inch balls 1x


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)


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!

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  3. Hi Ali.
    I just recently discovered your blog and I’m very thankful for the great work you do and share. I tried and love your original no bake bite recipe with the peanut butter and chocolate chips and the whole family loved the energy bites. My wife asked me if I could make them a little less sweet. I saw on your recipe page that you had a pistachios and cranberries recipe. I bought the ingredients but I wonder if the bites would taste better if I toasted the pistachio nuts first. I find them a little blahhh in their raw state. Would that ruin the recipe?

    • Thank you for your sweet words, Michael — we’re so happy you enjoyed the no bake energy bites! And yes, we think you could definitely toast the pistachios a little bit first — that won’t ruin the recipe at all! :)

    • Nutrition information?

    • Hi Tina! We’re sorry but we are unsure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!

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  10. This looks delicious, but I don’t like dates :( any ideas for a substitution? Thanks!

    • Thanks, Amanda — we hope you enjoy these! As for the dates, we haven’t tried a substitute with this recipe, but we think you could experiment with raisins, dried prunes, or dried figs. We think any one of those three (or even a combo) might work just fine. We hope this helps!

  11. Can you use anything besides dates in this recipe? Not a big fan of them.

  12. Hi am on a kto diet how do v substitute th honey n th dates as v r not allowed both these

    • Hi there! Hmmm, we’re sorry, but we’re not familiar with that diet. Since we haven’t tried these without honey or dates, we’re really not sure.

  13. This just burnt out the motor on my Cuisinart food processor that I’ve had for 19 years!!!
    Maybe if I would have heated/melted the honey it would have helped, but I’m NOT happy!

  14. 5 stars
    I have made this recipe several times. These energy bites are delicious!!!

  15. 5 stars
    I didn’t think I cared for dates. This recipe has changed that for me. I love these scrumptious little bites!!!

  16. 5 stars
    Love these energy bites! Great flavor.

  17. Looks gorgeous…well done

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  19. 5 stars
    My grandkids like it! Got them hooked.

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  29. These do not work. They crumble apart when I try to ball them. No amount of re-cooling fixes this. Do you actually test the recipes? Adding more honey doesn’t help. There is too little moisture. Bad recipe, frustrating and annoying. Not even a good taste. Bah.

  30. Sorry most chia recipes ask for the chia seeds to be soaked and I looked and looked and no mention of it. Even in the comments? Sorry. So did you soak the chia seeds?

  31. The recipe was really easy to put together and it tasted very good, however we could not make them stay in a ball, was very disappointed, because I wanted to be able to just grab and go, not going to happen we ate with a spoon

  32. I made the Cranberry Pistachio Energy bars and everyone loved them. This is the best recipe for
    a great snack. Thanks

  33. So read where a lot of people want to reduce the sugar or carb load from the honey & dates..

    The only thing I came up with requires baking for 8-10 minutes on 350. Substitute 1 banana or 1/2 to 1 cup natural unsweetened apple sauce

    – obviously not the same consistency but way less calories and sugar

    My last suggestion is if you don’t mind added fat use a 1/2 c of a nut butter ( 1 cup oats, 1/2 c nut butter(almond,peanut,etc), 1/4 cup honey and this usually works in leu of the dates)

  34. My little one is hooked on these but the daycare is nut-free. Have you done any successful substitutions for the pistachios?

  35. Delicious!!!! The best snack ever!

  36. These came out delicious.. I soaked my dates for a few minutes in couple tbl spoons of very hot water to soften up the dates as I thought that they would be too thick to process them and that worked out fine. Added a extra 1/4 cup of oats to soak up the juices dates. Used dried cherries as I did not have the cranberries

  37. Really love how easy these are to make. Perfect for an afternoon pick me up at work. However, they are that little bit too sweet for me (I know, I know, is there even such a thing?! Hehe). I think it’s the combination of dates + honey. Next time, I am going to substitute the dates for peanut butter, and the honey for maple syrup (but reduce it to half). Otherwise, these are wonderful!