Cranberry & Pistachio No Bake Energy Balls

These cranberry and pistachio energy balls are my second venture into making my own energy bites, which I sometimes like as a healthy snack. Best part, these are also no bake, which means no oven. Which is super welcome now in summer, where it is just hot, hot and hot in the med!  This recipe has 2 parts where you first make the date mixture and then add on the, well…, add ons, but over it’s still pretty straight forward.

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Ingredients

Date mixture

  • about 10 dates, pitted and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, optional
  • pinch of sea salt

Add ons

  • 100gr unsalted pistachios, chopped
  • 120gr dried cranberries, chopped
  • 100gr Chocolate chips, optional

 

Method

Place dates, honey, chia seeds, cinnamon and salt in a blender or cutter and process until it turns into a paste type consistency. This means that you may be blending for a bit.  Not to burn out your cutter or blender, you may want to pulse the mixture rather than keeping it on full strength.

In a medium size bowl, combine the pistachios and cranberries, add in the date paste and mix well. Now place this mixture in fridge for about 30 minutes so it hardens up. This will make it easier to roll balls. Once done, roll into bite size balls. It helps to rinse your hands after every few balls to remove any excess date paste and to get it to stick less to your hands.

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