No bake energy balls are one of the easiest snacks you can make. This cranberry almond no bake energy ball recipe is packed with flavor and protein. These are also vegan, gluten free, dairy free and fall under the category of clean eating since we aren’t using any processed ingredients.
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Easy No Bake Energy Balls Recipe
What You Will Need (Full Printable Recipe Available Below)
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1 cup dried cranberries (try to find unsweetened)
- 3/4 cup almond butter
- 1 cup cashew flour
- 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of sea salt
Along with eating clean and trying to keep my family eating healthy I also see a nutritionist. To make a long story short he runs a full blood panel and can see where my body is lacking things or has an abundance etc. Then we take this info and use food as a sort of medicine to address any issues. For example, my thyroid was a mess, my glutamine has always been low, and my hormones are not where I’d like them to be. To keep it simple, my current diet now includes more cashews and less almonds (but not no almonds). More pork, and less chicken. No wheat, gluten, dairy, soy or refined sugars. By doing this, I am able to keep myself off of medications and fuel my body properly with a healthy diet and lifestyle.
Homemade energy balls are one of my all-time favorite healthy clean eating snacks. I keep mine in a container in the fridge for when I want something quick, easy and to curb the sweet cravings. I admit that once in a while I eat so many that it feels like I’m defeating the purpose. They are so yummy it’s hard to believe they are healthy. These cranberry almond energy balls are actually vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free making them virtually guilt free. Some days I snack on raw nuts, while other days I really want something sweet. This energy balls recipe is a family favorite in my house. Along with all of my delicious smoothie recipes, there are always healthy energy balls, muffins and/or donuts in my grab and go stash of snacks.
Clean Eating Basic
I like to mention that this is a clean eating recipe because I am all about eating healthy and clean eating. If you are new to a clean eating way of life then you need to check out Everything You Need to Know about a Clean Eating Diet. You can also see how I lost 50 lbs and am keeping it off by following a clean eating diet here: How I Lost 50 Lbs Clean Eating. I tend to try different things and mix different flavors to keep meals healthy and tasty. Snacks are also my jam. I love making homemade protein bars, muffins, and energy bites. You can never have too many snacks on hand. Just don’t eat them all at once.
How to Make No Bake Energy Balls – Cranberry Almond
As always, let’s start by gathering our ingredients.
These no bake healthy energy balls are made with all simple and clean ingredients and no added sugar. They are naturally sweet from the coconut and nut butter so you don’t need to add any sweetener. We are using unsweetened shredded coconut. This is the one I like, you can get it online here: shredded coconut. Also unsweetened cranberries can be hard to find. The ones you often find in the grocery store will work, but those do often have added sugar. If you truly want unsweetened cranberries I like these here: cranberries.
Making No Bake Protein Balls
First you will need to chop the walnuts.
Next, chop the cranberries into small pieces.
In a medium bowl combine all of the dry ingredients except the cranberries and mix to combine.
Add the almond butter and vanilla extract and stir to combine. Feel free to sub in your preferred nut butter. You can use cashew butter or peanut butter if you’d like. Lastly, fold in the cranberries.
Roll the No Bake Energy Bites
The mixture will be thick like a paste at this point. Roll the mixture into balls with your hands. If the mixture becomes too soft you can place it in the refrigerator to cool, making it easier to roll them.
You should be able to roll approximately 15 energy balls. Enjoy!
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1 cup dried cranberries (unsweetened if needed)
- ¾ cup almond butter
- 1 cup cashew flour
- ½ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Pinch of salt
- Chop walnuts and cranberries in small pieces.
- In a medium bowl, combine the dry ingredients, except cranberries and stir to combine.
- Add the almond butter and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.
- Lastly, fold in the cranberries and stir again.
- The mixture will be thick like a paste. Roll the mixture into 15 balls using your hands.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.
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- Anthony's Organic Shredded Coconut, 2lb, Unsweetened, Gluten Free, Non GMO, Vegan, Keto Friendly
- Honestly Cranberry - Unsweetened Dried Cranberries - no added sugars, juices, or oils (3 oz)
- Wellbee's Cashew Flour (1 LB.)
- Trader Joe's Almond Butter Two Pack - Crunchy + Creamy Almond Butter Two Pack Unsalted - No Salt
Nutrition Information:Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 205Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 12mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 3gSugar: 9gProtein: 5g
nutritional values are estimates and may vary depending on products/ingredients used.