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No-Bake Hazelnut Cranberry Energy Bites - this quick and easy recipe offers a great alternative to traditional holiday cookies! | VeggiePrimer.com

No-Bake Hazelnut Cranberry Energy Bites

This quick and easy vegan and gluten-free recipe offers a great alternative to traditional holiday cookies!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 9

Ingredients

  • 1 cup hazelnuts
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats dry, gluten-free
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup mini dairy-free chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1-2 Tbsp. water if needed

Instructions

  1. Add hazelnuts to a food processor fitted with the S blade and pulse to coarsely chop.
  2. Add cranberries, oats, coconut, almond butter, ground flax seeds, chocolate chips, maple syrup and vanilla extract and pulse until ingredients are well mixed and begin to clump.
  3. If mixture appears too dry, add 1-2 tbsp. of water and pulse until mixture begins to clump.
  4. Scrape ingredients into a mixing bowl and then form into walnut sized balls by scooping dough with a spoon and rolling it between your hands. (I find it helpful to squeeze the dough first to make it clump together then roll it into a ball.) You may need to wash your hands every so often for easier rolling – your hands tend to get sticky after rolling 4-6 balls.
  5. Enjoy immediately or store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week.

Recipe Notes

Recipe makes approximately 2 dozen energy bites.

I use pre-ground flax seed. If you grind your own flax seed you may wish to reduce the quantity. I’m told freshly ground flax seed may have a stronger flavor. You could try swapping out ½ of the ground flax seeds with some chia seeds.