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!

Ingredients:

  • 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)

Directions:

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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269 comments on “Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites”

  1. Oh I know the meaning of DATES now ,
    I find only this word DATES, so I know it. 

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  6. Made these, very good, steamed the dates a little to softened an make them easier to blend, works for me.

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  10. These look like the perfect snack on the go! Definitely putting this on my Pinterest for future use. Can’t wait to try it!

  11. what is the amount of protein each ball provides?

    • Hi Patty! 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!

  12. Omg I just made these and they are FANTASTIC!!!!! I added  raw unsalted pumpkin seeds and mini chocolate chips !

  13. Fantastic! Omg yummy I just made these!!

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  15. I would  really like to know the nutrition facts of these if it is possible  for you to work it out?

    • Hi Ema! 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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  25. Will these hold together without the honey, or will I need to sub another liquid? Trying to make them compliant for Whole30 (so no agave, maple, rice syrup, etc). Thanks!

    • Hmmm, that’s a good question Navah, we haven’t tried these without one of those liquids. But, we think you could add some mashed banana, a little apple sauce, or some pureed dates (maybe two)? We hope that helps!

  26. I can’t get them to stick together to form a ball.. ideas? 

    • Hi Tracy! You might need to add a little extra honey. You could also try adding just the tiniest amount of water. We hope this helps!

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  31. I don’t like dates, figs, raisins or anything along those lines. What can I use to substitute?

    • Hmmm, we’re guessing you don’t like tart dried cherries or apricots either? Your best bet might just be to leave the dried fruit out and add extra oats and nuts. We hope you enjoy these!

  32. Actually I do like dried cherries and dried apricots. Thx for the suggestions.

  33. I didn’t see where you listed the nutritional value to the recipes.

    Per serving – how many calories / fat / carb, etc. Thanks.

    • Hi Kim! 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!

  34. I made these energy bites over the weekend and they were FABULOUS! The only change I made was using the Agave instead of honey because I thought they may too sweet. It was the perfect mix with everything else. My dates were room temp so they were easy to cut and they minced up just fine in the food processor. Once everything was mixed, I placed in a 8×8 pan w/parchment paper and left overs I made into little balls. Stick them in the frig for 30 and then I wrapped up in wax paper. Will definitely make these again!

    • Thanks for sharing Valerie — we’re glad to hear you enjoyed these! :)

  35. These were fantastic! I substituted apple butter for honey since I am vegan, subbed raisins for cranberries (because that is what I had on hand), and subbed sesame seeds for flax seeds (also what I had). Otherwise I followed the recipe and these turned out fantastic! Thank you SO much!!

  36. Hi, do you have the nutrition info for this recipe?

    Thank

    • Hi Elizabeth! 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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  39. I’ve made these twice. I find it easier to mix ingredients in the food processor as indicated and then add all the other ingredients except the oats so that those items are well blended. Then, add the oats.

    If the mix is too thick, I’ve thinned it with water so it’s not over the top sweet.

    I’ve added mixed dried fruit instead of only cranberries and have rolled them in a bit of coconut to finish.

    Nice recipe!

    • Thanks for sharing your tips with us Christine! We’re glad you enjoy these! :)

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  48. These are absolutely fantastic. However, I must mention, my Ninja Bullet did not appreciate it. It actually started smoking when I tried to blend the first part of the recipe, so I ended up having to transfer the date mixture before it was completely smooth. My recommendation: Blend the dates and seeds before adding the honey. I think the honey grinded my gears and it could hardly move, thus, blowing out the motor. Or you know, don’t use a Ninja Bullet. ;-)
    I added a little dark chocolate instead of the white chocolate and it’s fantastic. The recipe is a big hit in my house right now. Thank you!

    • We’re so glad you enjoyed these! And as for your Ninja Bullet — yikes, that’s no good! We’re glad these still worked out for you, considering. :)

  49. Silly question: Are we using dried dates or fresh?!

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