cranberry cashew energy bites

Cranberry Cashew Energy Bites

This energy bites recipe was inspired by the Cashew Coconut Chia Squares recipe from the Gluten-Free Family Favorites: The 75 Go-To Recipes You Need to Feed Kids and Adults All Day, Every Day cookbook. 

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword energy bites recipe, healthy snacks, no bake energy bites
Prep Time 15 minutes
chill time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 24 energy bites
Author Chrissie (thebusybaker.ca)

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups raw cashews
  • 15 dates pitted
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 1/2 cups large flake oats gluten free
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

Instructions

  1. Add the raw cashews to the bowl of the food processor fitted with the multipurpose blade.
  2. Process on high speed until the cashews become a thick, smooth, powdery mixture (about 5 minutes). It's a good idea to stop every minute or two and scrape down the sides, just to make sure the mixture is processed evenly.
  3. Add the dates and the water and process again on high until everything is evenly combined and the mixture is smooth (you may need to scrape down the sides once, just to make sure everything is incorporated).
  4. Add the cinnamon, vanilla, and salt, and process again on medium speed until they're evenly incorporated.
  5. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and add the oats, cranberries and coconut. Mix these ingredients together by hand using a rubber spatula. You'll be left with a mixture resembling a thick oatmeal cookie dough.

  6. Roll into balls using about 1 1/2 tablespoons of the mixture for each ball (This recipe makes about 24 energy bites.). Place in a fridge-safe container lined with parchment paper, to prevent the balls from sticking together as you layer them.
  7. Chill them in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before you eat them, but chilling them overnight is best.

Recipe Notes