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Pistachio & Cranberry Energy Balls

20 min




10 ingredients or less


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!

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  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!


  • 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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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 :)

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 (…) or savoury muffins (…) 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 🙂❤️