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!

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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.)

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  3. 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!

  4. 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

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

    Greetings Gosia

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

    Thanks :D

  8. 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.

  9. 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

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  13. 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.

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

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

  17. 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?

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

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  20. Looks delicious! A must try!

  21. Looks delicious. A must try!

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

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  25. 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!

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  29. Love nuts and dry fruits.

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

  31. 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!

  32. 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.

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

  35. Where is the nutritional data for these?

  36. 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!

  37. 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

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  39. 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.

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  42. 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?

    • 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…

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  44. 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???

    • 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!!)

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  46. Made them just then :)

    can not wait to try them!

    great recipe!

  47. 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!

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