Quick no bake Fruit and Nut Trail Mix Energy Bites Recipe are loaded with dried cranberries, oats & pistachios for a healthy breakfast or snack on the go!
Let’s talk oneeeee more time about Super Bowl.
I know. I know. I know. It’s like beating a dead horse. But it’s my last talk before the big game. So bare with me one more time. Or you can just scroll to the bottom for the recipe. You choose.
Oh good you are still here! So do you have your whole game plan sorted out? All things buffalo, wings and sweets planned out? Ready to kick back with a cocktail and probably not watch one moment of the actual game and just scout out the best commercial?
Besides the food, the commercials are thee only reason I enjoy Super Bowl! Sadly, the quality of the commercials have really taken a turn for the worse. Whether just awful all around or are boarder line inappropriate and make everyone in the room uncomfortable. I am looking at you Carl’s Jr! But being a cat lover, I still laugh years later at EDS’ cat herding commercial. Like tears. Rolling down my face. “Herding Cats. Don’t let anyone tell you it’s easy.”
Where has that kind of humor gone?
Keeping my hopes this year will have some solid commercials this year, but I am not holding my breath.
Now, I bet you thought I would throw one last healthy spin on ‘bar food’ recipe, but I thought what is a party without dessert? We already went over my need for something sweet at the end of a meal, and a party is no exception.
There is not one day that passes that I do not have an energy ball type recipe in my fridge. They are sweet, popable and completely customizable. Throw in whatever dried nuts, peanut or almond butter, chocolate chips or coconut flakes in a bowl and you have one killer sweet tooth saver! Before or after a workout? Energy ball! Bored while attempting to write a blog post? Energy ball! Just passing through the kitchen? Energy ball!
When I first tried this recipe, I was going for no bake energy bars, but my mixture was too thin and they just broke in half. But the taste was still fantastic. Good thing I don’t discriminate because they still tasted great, so they got rolled into balls rather than bars. By all means, you can press these into a 9×9 pan (lined with parchment if you want to make your life easy) and refrigerate.
The flavor reminded me of those trail mix bars from Quaker, I use to enjoy as a kid. Wholesome oats, raisins, mini chocolate chips all held together by honey. Sweet and filling!
As I indulge in snack foods galore on Sunday, I will rest assured that I will have plenty of sweet endings awaiting!
meal prep tips:
these Energy Bites Recipe are the perfect on-the-go snack! Make a batch on the weekend or evening, store in a sealed container in the fridge, then grab as needed!
Quick and healthy no bake Fruit and Nut Trail Mix Energy Balls are loaded with dried cranberries, oats and pistachios for a nutritious breakfast or snack on the go!
10 minPrep Time
10 minTotal Time
- 2 cups gluten free uncooked oats
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries (I used orange flavored)
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
- 1/3 cup shelled pistachios
- 1/2 cup honey (or maple if vegan)
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce (or pumpkin puree)
- Dry: Combine the dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Mix well.
- Wet: In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine the wet ingredients and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir, microwave on 20-second intervals until completely melted.
- Add the wet to the dry ingredients and mix well until the mixture forms a ball.
- For Bars: Line a 9x9 pan with parchment and add the mixture. Press down until it's even. Refrigerate for a 3 hours or until hard. Cut into 8 bars. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
- For Bites: Chill dough for 3 hours or until hard. Roll into 20 balls and store in an airtight container in the fridge.
*If you are having a hard time rolling into balls, add more honey until comes together. These bites are a bit lighter rather than a super dense energy bite.
*Recipe Updated 9.10.2015: Added the addition of chilling the dough as it is essential for the coconut oil and the honey to solidify, which holds the mixture together.