While we adore eating all things pumpkin in the fall (even these recipes from around the world), let's get one thing straight: It's not the only autumnal ingredient that deserves love. Heck, dried cranberry, cinnamon, and vanilla warrant some attention. And they get it with this snack recipe.
Before you jump right into making it, though, get this: these energy bites are filled with antioxidants, fiber, healthy fat, and vitamins—all thanks to one ingredient. Almonds. Of course, there are other ingredients bringing their own nutritional punch, like the aforementioned dried cranberry, cinnamon, and vanilla, along with dates, oats, and chia seeds. It's a super versatile recipe, too. Want extra protein? Toss in a scoop of vanilla protein and a bit of water. Craving chocolate? Mix in mini dark chocolate chips and get your fix.
No matter which way you enjoy it, there are two things to know: these energy bites are super transportable (perfect for, err, everyone who's crazy busy), and they're the perfect fall treat. Whip 'em up and enjoy.
Cranberry Almond Energy Bites
Makes: 12 bites
- ¾ cup pitted dates
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- ½ cup dry oats
- ¼ cup creamy salted almond butter
- ¼ cup raw almonds
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon water
- Place the dates, cranberries, oats, almond butter, chia seeds, cinnamon, and vanilla extract in a food processor. Pulse until mostly combined and smooth.
- Add in the raw almonds and water, pulsing for 5-10 seconds, just until the water is evenly incorporated and the almonds are chopped.
- Remove the blade from the processor, and begin rolling the mixture into bites, forming 12 balls.
- Store in a covered container to have on hand as a healthy snack.
Nutrition facts per ball: 120 calories, 5g fat, 19g carbs, 3g fiber, 13g sugar, 3g protein