Medically reviewed by Shahzadi Devje, Registered Dietitian (RD) & Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)
You just can’t beat convenient no-fuss recipes, that taste mmm, mmm delish. These 4-ingredient no-bake cranberry energy bites pack a protein punch. They're gluten-free, taste heavenly, and make an ideal snack before dinner, post-workout or as an elegant holiday dessert.
My friend, Richard Narayansingh sponsored this post. As always, all opinions are my own.
I was on a mission to create an easy sweet treat, using wholesome ingredients. Like most mammas, with three cheeky monkeys at home, I'm often strapped for time and need (desperately!) a stash of healthy snacks. Not to mention, these serve me so well after my workout, and are perfect as an elegant holiday dessert!
I realize I'm long overdue for a new energizing snack recipe. You may recall my 5-minute pistachio balls recipe. And since cranberries seem to be on everyone’s minds this month, I thought it might be nice to have a super-simple recipe that you could lean on for snack time, and yes — dessert too!
This recipe is practically invented for busy families — not only is it whipped up in no time, but it showcases an antioxidant-powerhouse - dried cranberries! Often referred to as a "superfood," the nutrients in cranberries have been commonly linked to a lower risk of urinary tract infections.
You can learn more about the health benefits of cranberries here.
Now the thing I love most about these cranberry energy bites is that they have the perfect amount of natural sweetness - coupled with the tanginess from the cranberries. The addition of almonds offers a lovely crunch and texture, together with a boost of protein and healthy fats. The best part? You never have to turn on the oven.
How To Make Cranberry Energy Bites - Step By Step
These cranberry energy bites recipe is made with only *4 ingredients* which you can add to, omit, or change to your heart's content:
- Dried apple
- Dried cranberries
The prep work couldn't be easier; combine all the ingredients in a food processor, shape into balls, and chill (you can chill-axe too!). Store covered in the refrigerator or freeze. Better yet, grab one and dig in!
Guide to making the best no-bake energy bites
I rely on rolled oats if I'm looking for a more substantial snack bite. Oats is a top-notch choice; it’s filling, inexpensive, and so versatile.
Nuts or nut butters
You're pretty spoilt for choice with nuts and nut butters, like peanut, almond, and cashew butter. They help add a boost of protein and healthy fats, can serve as great binders, along with providing a lush texture.
I use dried fruits the most; they offer the perfect amount of natural sweetness and heaps of nutritional benefits. Not to mention, the incredible flavour and colour profiles you can whip up. Some of my favourites are dates, cranberries, prunes, apricots, raisins and more. Remember to always opt for unsweetened dried fruits.
Experiment with bonus ingredients, like seeds, adaptogens (maca, ashwagandha) and dark chocolate. Yes, I did mention chocolate.You just can’t beat convenient no-fuss #recipes, that taste mmm, mmm delish. These 4-ingredient no-bake #cranberry bites pack a protein punch and are also #glutenfree. Click To Tweet
Got a sweet tooth? Here are some more snacks you may like:
- Creamy Lemon Raspberry Bars
- Chocolate Mint Chia Seed Pudding
- 2-ingredient Blueberry Slush Papaya Boat
- Quick and Easy Blueberry Muffins
- Strawberry Kiwi Banana Nice Cream
Will you be making a batch of my cranberry energy bites over the weekend? Tell me, what's your favourite snack to stay energized during the day? Leave me a comment below!
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No-Bake Cranberry Energy Bites
- 1 cup dried apple unsweetened
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- 2 cups almonds plain
- 2 cups dried cranberries
- Combine all the ingredients in a blender or food processor, until you achieve a granular texture (see above image)
- Shape into 30 medium-sized balls
- Store covered in the refrigerator or freeze.
Please note the nutritional analysis values are estimates and suggestions. This nutrition facts table does not know your life - your body, including your hunger and satiety cues, change daily. It's okay to eat more or less. Say no to food guilt and instead embrace mindful eating.
Shahzadi is an award-winning registered dietitian (RD) regulated by the College of Dietitians of Ontario and certified diabetes educator (CDE), approved by the Canadian Diabetes Educator Certification Board. A YouTuber and notorious foodie, she's dedicated to helping you end your cooking wars, transform your health, and be the best version of yourself! Shahzadi is an on-air nutrition expert for CTV Your Morning and a regular contributor for Global News and other national media outlets.