These cranberry energy bites are the perfect easy snack. Made with just 7 simple ingredients including almonds, cashews, dates and dried cranberries.

It’s been a minute since I shared a recipe for energy bites! Energy balls are one of my favorite healthy snacks. They’re similar to granola bars but a little more fun to eat in my opinion. I like to keep them in the fridge or freezer and grab a couple any time I need an afternoon snack or a healthy breakfast.

White bowl full of cranberry energy bites.

So what’s the deal with energy balls? Why are they such popular snacks? For one, they are typically gluten free and dairy free. They are protein packed and loaded with healthy fats thanks to the nuts so they actually satisfy your hunger and keep you full for longer than a half hour.

Hand holding a cranberry energy bite with a bite taken out of it. A bowl full of cranberry energy bites is in the background.

Ingredients in Cranberry Energy Bites

  • raw almonds
  • raw cashews
  • Medjool dates 
  • dried cranberries
  • vanilla
  • lemon or orange juice
  • sea salt

I kept this recipe fairly straight forward, using my blueberry muffin energy bites for inspiration. That said, if you feel like adding in some additional flavors and/or ingredients, have at it! I think these would be delicious with shredded coconut, chia seeds and chocolate chips! You can never go wrong with berry + chocolate.

Hand holding a cranberry energy bite with a bite taken out of it. Hand is holding an energy bite above a bowl full of cranberry energy bites.

How to Make Cranberry Almond Energy Bites

You need one kitchen appliance to make these energy bites: a food processor (affiliate link). If you don’t have one yet, get one. I use mine all the time.

Place your almonds and cashews into a food processor and pulse until they are chopped into small pieces. Add in the pitted dates, dried cranberries, vanilla, lemon juice and sea salt. Pulse until everything is combined and the dough is sticking together. The dough may seem crumbly at first but should be sticky enough to form into balls. If it seems wayyy too crumbly, your dates might have been too dry. If this is the case, try adding a little water until the mixture is sticky enough to form into balls. Use your hands to form the mixture into small balls and enjoy.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 weeks or in the freezer for 1-2 months.

Bird's eye view of a bowl full of cranberry energy bites. On the table are some nuts and dries cranberries.

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Cranberry Energy Bites


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 22

Description

These cranberry energy bites are the perfect easy snack. Made with just 7 simple ingredients including almonds, cashews, dates and dried cranberries.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup pitted Medjool dates (about 12)
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon lemon or orange juice
  • pinch of sea salt

Instructions

  1. Place almonds and cashews into food processor (affiliate link) and pulse until they are chopped into small pieces.
  2. Add dates, cranberries, vanilla, lemon juice and sea salt. Pulse until everything is well combined and dough is sticking together. (See note if your dough seems too crumbly.)
  3. Scoop dough from food processor and form into small balls using your hands. Place balls into a sealed storage container and store in the fridge (for 1-2 weeks) or freezer (for 1-2 months).

Notes

  • The dough may seem a little loose or crumbly at first, but it should be sticky enough to form into balls. If it seems way too crumbly, your dates may have been too dry. Simply add a little water (starting with 1-2 teaspoons) until the mixture is sticky enough to hold together and form into balls.
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Process
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 ball
  • Calories: 84
  • Sugar: 7g
  • Sodium: 6mg
  • Fat: 4g
  • Carbohydrates: 10g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 2g

Keywords: cranberry energy bites

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    7 comments
  1. So delicious and kid-friendly! I will say that in trying to make these with 2 small children hanging off of me, I blended it all together at one time…which was fine. But when I make them again, I’ll process the nuts first to get a smaller chop.

    • Haha well I’m glad they still turned out well for you!! Sometimes you can only do so much with two small kiddos around. I’m so glad you tried this recipe and thanks for coming back to leave a review!! 🙂

  2. I wonder if I can sub goji berries? What do you think? I want to make them and I dont want to hit the store for the dried cran!

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