Christmas Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites


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My kids love bliss balls, so this week we played around with one of their favourite recipes to add a Christmas twist, and this is what we ended up with Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites.

Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites

Making Christmas Energy Bites

To make these energy bites have a festive flavour the kids and I essentially just popped on our thinking cap to come up with Red, Green and White Ingredients that we could substitute into my Apricot Chocolate Chia Energy Bite Recipe. What we came up with was Cranberries, Pistachios, and White chocolate. They worked well, tasted good, although a little sweeter than the original recipe (I always find white chocolate a little sweeter than dark chocolate)  they certainly looked the part!

This is a food processor recipe, although it should also work just with a bowl and a wooden spoon. But today so that there was no chopping involved I just did it all in the food processor.

Cranberry Pistachio Energy bites ingredients in a food processor

Cranberry Pistachio Energy bites ingredients ready to roll into balls

Bowl of cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites

Christmas treats don't always need to be sugar-laden, my cranberry pistachio biscotti, gingerbread nice cream, low sugar Christmas cookies and Christmas rice salad are all great options to make with and for the kids.

Christmas Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites

Christmas Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites

Yield: 20 energy bites
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes

No-bake bites with Cranberry, Pistachio, White Chocolate and Chia Seeds, perfect for Christmas.  These energy balls make a healthy easy snack for kids and adults alike


  • 1 Cup rolled oats
  • 3 tablespoon white chia seeds
  • 3 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ¾ Cup nut butter (almond, cashew, peanut)
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ Cup white chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup pistachio nuts


  1. Place the rolled oats, maple syrup. nut butter and chia seeds in the food processor. Blitz quickly until  combined
  2. Add the cranberries, nuts, and chocolate chips, pulse until they are distributed  evenly in the mix
  3. Set the mix aside for 20 mins, this allows the chia seeds to gel a little and will mean the mix is easier to roll into balls
  4. Scoop out tablespoonfuls and roll into balls (my tablespoons hold 15ml)
  5. Refrigerate


  • Any nut butter can be used, in this recipe I find almond or cashew better as peanut butter is a little strong in flavour, but if you love peanut butter it still works
  • Refrigerate for up to 5 days or store in the freezer
  • In this recipe I have specified white chia seeds as they look a little prettier with the light coloured ingredients, but black chia seeds will work just as well

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 100Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 28mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 2g

Please know this nutrition analysis is based on the ingredients only, this recipe has not been sent to a laboratory for independent testing

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