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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

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  • 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.)

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170 comments on “Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites”

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

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

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

  4. I love the cranberry pistachio combination!

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

  6. Oh my these sound wonderful yummy and festive

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

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

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

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

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

    • 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 :)

  12. 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!

  13. 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! :)

  14. 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!

  15. 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!

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

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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!

  21. Love this!

  22. 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

  23. 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,

  24. What’s the nutritional information on these

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

  26. 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!

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

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

  29. What’s the calorie and fat count?

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

  31. These are super yummy! thanks!

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

    • So, I work for a food company. Put the recipe in the system to get the facts for ya.
      A 1 ounce ball contains: 100 calories, 3.5g fat, .5g sat fat, 0g trans-fat, 0g cholesterol, 45mg sodium, 19g carbs, 2 g fiber, 16g sugars, 1g protein.
      Hope this helps 

    • Thank you I was hoping these facts were on here!

    • Thanks..

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

    • Oats are already gluten free.

    • Oats are not Gluten free, because of where they are grown, but you can purchase Gluten free ones if you look. We use Bob’s and get them online at Amazon for cheaper than the grocery.

  34. sexiest food ive ever seen

  35. 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.

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

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

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

  39. 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.

  40. 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!

  41. 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

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

    Greetings Gosia

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

    Thanks :D

  44. 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, 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.

  45. 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

  46. 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.

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