Cranberry oat balls
These no-bake oat snacks are packed with healthy fats, protein, and are so easy to make. (Photo: Getty Images/ Lauri Patterson)

No-Bake Cranberry Oat Energy Bites

Getty Images/ Lauri Patterson
Jessica Case

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This easy, no-bake snack is made with natural sweeteners, healthy fats, and whole proteins. We recommend using nut butters with little to no additives, like Crazy Richard’s, Justin’s, and 365 by Whole Foods.

Prep Time
20 minutes min


  • ½ cup creamy nut butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ⅔ cup toasted shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • ¼ cup ground flaxseed
  • ½ cup dried unsweetened cranberries or cherries


1. In a large bowl, stir together the warm nut butter, vanilla extract, and honey until thoroughly combined. Stir in the shredded coconut and oats until mixture comes together. Fold in the dried cranberries or cherries. (Alternatively, you can pulse the mixture in a food processor, just don’t overdo it.)

2. Using your hands, form dough firmly into 1- to 1.5-inch balls or use a small ice cream scoop. If the balls aren’t sticking together, chill the oat mixture for about 30 minutes to make it easier to roll and handle. 

3. Enjoy immediately or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 1 week, or freeze for up to 3 months.

Tip: You could replace the cranberries or cherries with mini dark chocolate chips—or do half and half.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 20 energy bites
Lead Photo: Getty Images/ Lauri Patterson