Cranberry Almond Energy Bites are a protein packed recipe that you can store in your freezer for a healthy and convenient snack or breakfast. Loaded with wholesome foods like chia seeds, ground flaxseed, peanut butter and almonds, they have plenty of protein, fiber and healthy fats to fill you up and give you the energy you need to conquer your day!
I am not a big breakfast person, in the sense that I am not going to wake up early to go cook some eggs and bacon before work. I usually grab a pre-packaged breakfast bar or muffin at the store before I head into work. I wanted to make a healthier option without all the preservatives so I made a batch of these Cranberry Almond Energy Bites. I bagged up these little nuggets of goodness in storage bags and popped them in the freezer.
How to Make Cranberry Energy Balls
I love that these protein packed balls are so easy to make. Toast up your coconut and almonds in the oven and toss them with everything else in a large bowl. If you are short on time, you can skip the toasting step, but it does add a better flavor to the final recipe.
When everything is mixed up well, scoop these out into one inch balls and roll them together between your hands. You will want to work while the mixture is still warm because once it starts to cool, the mixture will dry and be more difficult to work with. If you find that the mixture is a little too dry to start with, just microwave a little bit more peanut butter and add it to the mix.
Healthy Snack Recipe
As I am rushing out the door before work I grab a couple of these from the freezer and by the time I get to my desk they are thawed and ready for me to enjoy! If I am in a pinch for a quick snack or want a couple for breakfast on the weekend, I can just pop them in the microwave for 20 seconds. These are also great at the end of the work day so I have the energy to get through my workout at the gym.
I am putting more effort into planning ahead with my food for the week. I find that if I have healthy and delicious options like this already prepped and on hand, I am much more likely to make smart choices throughout the hectic work week. What are some of your best tips for staying on track?
Cranberry Almond Energy Bites
- 1 c. oatmeal
- 1/3 c. almonds chopped
- 1/3 c. sweetened shredded coconut
- 1 Tbsp. ground flaxseed optional
- 1/2 c. nut butter peanut or almond are both good
- 1/4 c. honey
- 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
- 1/3 c. dried cranberries roughly chopped
- Bake oatmeal, almonds and coconut for 8-10 minutes at 350°, stirring after 5 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool.
- In a medium bowl microwave the nut butter for 20-30 seconds until runny, add the baked mix along with flaxseed, honey, chia seeds and cranberries to the bowl. Form into 1.5" balls and refrigerate. Store in an airtight container refrigerated for up to one week or freezer for 3 months.