No Bake Cranberry Almond Energy Bites for those sweet cravings! Made with oats, peanut butter, coconut, cranberries and almond these energy bites are vegan!
New year and new week but I am totally drained out. Sometimes life puts you in spot which totally sucks out all your energy, physically and mentally. When I am stressed I eat a lot of junk and chocolate. I guess that’s what you call stress eating and I am a total victim of it. My brother has figured out that I have this problem and he’s not helping me one bit! I mean he’s sweet and wants to help but in order to help me, he gets these chocolates everyday from the nearby store and I finish them all up in few hours! The amount of chocolates and junk I have eaten in the last few days is unbelievable. I am almost ashamed of myself. But what to do, chocolate lowers my stress level and I feel better after having one.
But yesterday I felt like I have had enough and I need to get a grip of the situation and substitute my sweet craving with something else. I made these No Bake Cranberry Almond Energy Bites few months back and I made them again yesterday because one, they are really easy to make and taste good and two, these are the perfect way to control your sweet cravings.
These Cranberry Almond Energy Bites are made with oats, coconut, cranberry, almond and are naturally sweetened with dates. They are also vegan. One thing which I would like to mention here is that I have used instant oats in this recipe. I know a lot of people don’t like the texture of instant oats in energy bites. But I like to pulse them in my food processor and then use in the recipe. If you are not a fan, use rolled oats in place of the instant ones. They definitely have more texture.
To make these cranberry almond energy bites is really easy. All you have to do is pulse everything together (except cranberries) and make round shaped bites out of it. It only takes 15 minutes of prep time, including the time taken to shape the mixture into round balls. I like to keep these energy bites refrigerated. It’s quite cold these days so they should be okay at room temperature too.
You can add a lot of things here. To make these energy bites more nutritious, you can add 1-2 tablespoons of your favorite protein powder. You can add raisins, any nuts of your choice, basically whatever you fancy. These Coconut Almond Energy Bites are perfect for those 4 pm cravings, which I know happens with most of us. So rather than going for that chips or chocolate, go for these bites, they will energize you and keep you full. Hope you guys give this a try!
* Use gluten-free oats to make these energy bites gluten-free.
Serves: 12-14 balls
- ⅓ cup almonds
- ⅓ cup dried cranberries
- ¼ cup coconut flakes
- 1 cup instant oats
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder
- ½ cup peanut butter
- 10 dates, pitted
- Pulse the almonds in a food processor till roughly chopped. Don't crush them too much. Take them out of the processor and set aside.
- Now to the same processor add peanut butter, cinnamon powder, oats, coconut flakes and dates and pulse to combine.
- Add cranberries and roughly chopped almonds and pulse once to combine.
- Transfer mixture to a bowl. Take a pinch and shape it into round ball. Repeat till entire mixture is finished.
- Keep the energy bites refrigerated.
No-Bake Cranberry Almond Energy Bites