No-Bake Cranberry Chocolate Almond Energy Bites Recipe

Ingredients:

Base:

  • 1 cup rolled oats (use certified gluten-free for GF option)
  • 1/2 cup almond flour

Binder:

  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter (or your choice of nut/seed butter)
  • 1/4 cup honey (or maple syrup for a vegan option)

Flavor & Texture:

  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (dairy-free, if needed)
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds

Optional add-ins:

  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons shredded coconut
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

Instructions:

  • Combine the ingredients: In a large bowl, mix the rolled oats, almond flour, peanut butter, honey, vanilla extract, and salt until a thick dough forms.
  • Mix in the goodies: Stir in the dried cranberries, chocolate chips, and sliced almonds. If using optional add-ins, fold them in as well.
  • Chill: Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to help the bites set.
  • Form the bites: Using your hands or a small cookie scoop, roll the chilled mixture into 1-inch balls.
  • Store: Place the energy bites in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator for up to a week. You can also freeze them for longer storage.

Tips:

  • Adjust to your liking: The beauty of this recipe is its customizability. Don’t like cranberries? Substitute other dried fruits! Prefer a different nut? Go for it!
  • Get creative: Consider adding other flavors like a dash of cinnamon, dried coconut, or other chopped nuts.
  • Roll in toppings: For a little extra, roll the finished bites in shredded coconut, cocoa powder, or finely chopped nuts.

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