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Pistachio & Cranberry Energy Balls

20 min

Snack

Make-ahead

On-the-go

10 ingredients or less

Freezer-friendly

Energy balls are a favourite fast snack. They're easily tossed together using a chewy base of dates, oats, and maple syrup. This combination of pistachios, cashews, cranberries and chocolate is exceptionally delicious. Enjoy as an on-the-go snack, or with a cup of tea at home!

energy balls

Total

20 min

Prep

10 min

Cook

10 min

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Ingredients

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Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Roast the rolled oats and whole nuts (if not pre-roasted) on the middle rack of the oven for 8 - 10 minutes, or until lightly golden, stirring once halfway. This is optional and can be skipped if you’d prefer to speed it up.
  3. In a large bowl, add the ground flaxseeds and water. Let sit to gel.
  4. On a plate, mash the dates with a fork until smooth. Alternatively, you could use a food processor.
  5. Add the mashed dates, maple syrup, and vanilla to the bowl with the flaxseed. Mix to combine.
  6. Then add the remaining ingredients and gently toss until evenly coated. Roll into bite-sized balls. Best if let to refrigerate for 30 minutes. Enjoy!

Storage

  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week, or in the freezer for up to 2 months.

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Nutrition info

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Andie - Jan. 18, 2022, 2:02 a.m.

This is the Pick Up Limes recipe I make on regular basis. I, and my husband, highly recommend! It is nice to have something on hand for a quick snack that feels like a dessert. Once you have made it a few times, it gets faster to put together. I press it all into a pan and cut it into squares/bars instead of rolling it into balls.

PUL Team - Jan. 19, 2022, 5:07 p.m.

Aw we appreciate this so much, Andie! A lovely idea to make bars too 😃


Rukhsana - Jan. 16, 2022, 2:07 p.m.

Love this recipe.Easy.Quick.Delicious.Healthy.

PUL Team - Jan. 16, 2022, 8:24 p.m.

So glad they're being enjoyed, Rukhsana!


SS - Dec. 23, 2021, 11:41 a.m.

Hi! Can the ground flax seeds be omitted with affecting the recipe? Thanks!

PUL Team - Dec. 23, 2021, 9:25 p.m.

Hi there, SS, thanks for the question! The flaxseed and water gel helps the balls stick together. Ground chia seeds would work well as a substitute if that's accessible.

If it's desired to omit flax or chia seeds, we'd recommend playing around with adding nut or seed butter, more syrup, or pureed dried fruit (such as dates) to add some stickiness and limit the balls from crumbling apart. We hope this helps for now 🙂


Jessica - Oct. 25, 2021, 9:06 p.m.

super delicious! also love how easy it is to just swap out for different nuts/fruit.


Cath - Sept. 15, 2021, 3:36 p.m.

Very yummy energy balls, I'm a huge fan of pistachios, so they never last long in my fridge :3


Stacey H - Aug. 9, 2021, 12:47 a.m.

My husband and two-year old LOVE these! I made half into energy balls and then put some of the ingredients back into the food processor and pulsed them a little to make bars, too. They're like candy! I keep some frozen because I like putting a few into everyone's lunches throughout the month.

PUL Team - Aug. 9, 2021, 3:49 a.m.

Hey there, Stacey! Love the idea to make granola bars. Thanks for taking the time to share 😊


Jackie - July 24, 2021, 4:20 a.m.

These are one of my favorite snacks! I make a ton and freeze them. Then when I’m hungry I pop them out of the freezer and they are so good chilled! And with tea or coffee, delicious! Definitely toast the nuts yourself and if you are batch making these, try date paste which is essentially already mashed dates. (Great time saver). Thank you for the amazing recipes!

PUL Team - July 25, 2021, 9:18 p.m.

A lovely idea to use date paste, Jackie, so glad you're enjoying the energy balls 😊


AlexandraP - July 23, 2021, 7:47 a.m.

Really easy and amazing. Everyone vegan or not, love this one!!


Riley - July 10, 2021, 4:42 p.m.

My all time favourite snack! I've been making these for years. A great way to use up assorted nuts and dried fruit if you mix it up as well. Thanks Sadia (& PUL team).

PUL Team - July 15, 2021, 3:23 p.m.

Thank you, Riley! We're so happy your enjoying the recipe :)

Dylan - Aug. 18, 2021, 6:44 p.m.

I agree. I have tried different nuts (pecans, almonds, cashews, walnuts, sunflower seeds etc.) all good combinations. Putting the coconut flakes inside has also been a good option. Ver customizable. This has been a staple for me. Great recipe. Cheers.


Vanshika - June 12, 2021, 9:05 p.m.

Hi Sadia
I tried this recipe and it turned out too delicious. I love your videos and your recipes.
Your videos motivate me to live a healthy lifestyle.
Thank you so much for this incredible recipe.
Love from India

PUL Team - June 13, 2021, midnight

So glad you enjoyed the recipe, Vanshika! Hugs to India 🤗


Meshki - May 11, 2021, 9:17 a.m.

Hey! ❤️
Can i grind them all to a chunky flour consistency? My mother can't eat crunchy things at the moments and i'm planing on making it for her

PUL Team - May 12, 2021, 4:43 a.m.

Hi there, Meshki! Thanks for the question 😃 We haven't tested it out, but you could grind the nuts and oats down to reduce the crunchiness. You may find that you need to add more nuts and oats to the mixture to help it stick together.

Alternatively, our fudge brownie bites (pickuplimes.com/recipe/chocol…) or savoury muffins (pickuplimes.com/recipe/savour…) may be two other recipes to try that are less crunchy 🤗

Meshki - May 12, 2021, 5:37 a.m.

Thank you so much for the reply!
I will try them out.i actually have made the brownie bites and we have them with tea in the afternoons.
I really appreciate your recipes and the effort you put into them❤️

PUL Team - May 12, 2021, 6:26 a.m.

Aww love that you enjoy the brownie bites with tea! Thank you for helping make our PUL family so special, Meshki 🥰


Louise Magnusson🇸🇪 - April 12, 2021, 5:16 p.m.

I absolutely love this snack, and it was easy to make. The extra time in the oven was worth it, as the oats also got a nice crunch! I like the idea to add oats in energy balls to gain additional fibres during the day. I used raisins instead of cranberries, which became a perfect combo with the chocolate and distinct pistachio flavour. I’m so happy to have your collection of snacks for variation between fresh fruits and vegetables 🤩

PUL Team - April 14, 2021, 2:08 a.m.

Thank you, Louise! Mmm raisins sound like a delicious substitute. Your review and support mean so much 🙂❤️