Simple to make with all wholesome ingredients, these No Bake Cranberry Almond Balls make the perfect nutritious and delicious snack or breakfast! Kids and adults both love them.
How many of you are sticking with your resolutions (if you made any) so far this year now that we are in the 3rd week of January?
I always tell people to create short-term small goals instead unrealistic resolutions. One of mine was to continue doing my weekly meal prep.
It is something I have always done each week but with the craziness of the holidays I kind of let it slide a bit. And by kind of let it slide a bit, I mean I just completely stopped.
Being that it's something I have been doing for so long I am totally used to the preparation and organization of meal prep and boy oh boy, I needed to get back.
Many of you ask me what it is that I meal prep for the week. I always prep some ingredients for dinners I make for my family.
It could be chopping vegetables, making a big batch of quinoa or brown rice, grilling chicken for salads and sandwiches, making baked oatmeal or muffins for my kids as well as making some type of healthy snack for my kids. It just makes life so much easier for all of us when my kids have readily available for my kids to grab when they are hungry.
And now that my kids are home all the time, they are eating ALL THE TIME.
Like endless amount of food.
Non stop. 24/7.
So it helps when I am prepared with healthy options.
All you need are 5 simple ingredients to make these yummy snacks. My kids sometimes eat these as an easy, convenient breakfast when they don't have the time to make a full meal.
But lately, I just keep these in the refrigerator for my kids to eat as they please. And with three hungry boys and a husband, they definitely don't last long in my house.
I typically make a double batch so they don't eat them in one day. Which they have definitely done before.
See how easy they are to make? There are no excuses not to make these little bites.
If you want to mix it up a little bit, get creative with these energy balls. You can use chopped pecans, pistachios or almonds instead of the almonds, other unsweetened dried fruit, seeds or chocolate chips, all kinds of nut butters or seed butters...
The possibilities are endless. And if you are like me and you decide last minute to make these then I suggest using whatever you have in your house already.
This combination is definitely my favorite but I also just made them with chopped pistachios and sunflower seed butter and they were super delicious!
Oooh I think the next one I am going to try is crunchy almond butter! Doesn't that sound incredible?
If you try different combinations, please come back and let me know what you think. I love trying new things and you guys always have great suggestions.
- 1 cup chopped almonds, or other chopped nuts
- 1 cup unsweetened dried cranberries
- 1 cup almond flour
- ¾ cup natural almond butter, or nut or seed butter of your choice
- ¼ cup liquid Monk Frut, optional
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- pinch salt
- In a medium bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients, except cranberries and stir well.
- Add peanut butter and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.
- Fold in cranberries and stir again.
- Roll the mixture into 15 balls.
- Store in airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
If you are having trouble rolling them into balls then I suggest refrigerating the "dough" for at least 30 minutes to allow it to come together. It's funny, it only happens some times for me but when it does, I simply place it back in the fridge.
This recipe makes between 10 and 12 balls, depending on the size.
Here are some more energy ball recipes I thought that you might like:
No Bake Mint Chocolate Chip Balls from Lauren Kelly Nutrition
Cherry Chocolate Chip Energy Balls from Cupcakes and Kale Chips
No Bake Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Balls from Lauren Kelly Nutrition
No Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls from Well Plated
No Bake Coconut Almond Butter Cacao Balls from Lauren Kelly Nutrition
No Bake Energy Bites from Gimme Some Oven
No Bake Apple Pie Bites from Lauren Kelly Nutrition
No Bake Energy Balls from Fit Foodie Finds
No Bake Peanut Butter Oat Flax Bites from Lauren Kelly Nutrition
No Bake Apricot Bites from Lexi's Clean Kitchen
So many options, you can make a different energy ball recipe each week. That's what I do to prevent boredom.
If you made these Cranberry Almond Energy Balls or any of the other recipes I have shared with you, please come back and let me know. You guys know that I love to hear from you!
Thank you for stopping by and please come back again soon!