Cranberry Peanut Energy Bites (Vegan + Gluten Free)

Looking for a mid-morning or afternoon pick-me-up? These energy bites are here to save the day! Vegan, gluten free, and made from only whole foods, this is a delicious treat that you can feel great about.

One of the hallmarks of my childhood was definitely snack time.

Whether this was a school-designated time period to use to mix and mingle over Dunkaroos and Teddy Grahams, the middle of a soccer game where we were fed orange slices and almonds, or high school, when I would come home after school and devour a giant bowl of steamed vegetables (#orthorexia), snack time has always held a special space in my heart.

As I’ve gotten older and taken on multiple full-time jobs, I have sadly come to realize that the art of snack time has been all but lost. Adults are simply too focused on their work to take a break, enjoy a healthy snack, and relax. But today, this comes to an end. SNACK LIVES MATTER!

And, while those donuts on the break room counter can be tempting, and Martha in Accounting always smiles so sweetly when you grab a handful of M&M’s from her desk, what we really need to power us through those long afternoons at work is realm, clean, nutrient-rich food. Enter these energy balls!

With just 5 ingredients, one step, and no baking, these could not be easier. Plus, they’re loaded with:
– Fiber from the oatmeal and peanut butter
– Protein and Healthy Fats from the peanut butter
– Antioxidants from the cranberries and cinnamon
– Anti-allergens from the honey
…and more!

Make snack time great again.

Cranberry Peanut Energy Bites

To make these energy bites, you will need:
– 1 cup old-fashioned oats
– 1/2 cup natural creamy peanut butter
– 1/2 cup dried cranberries (I used Craisins)
– 1/4 cup honey (for a 100% vegan recipe, substitute for agave)
– 1 t cinnamon

When I said one step, I meant it – all there is to do here is combine the ingredients in a food processor and puree until well-combined! I added the cranberries after the rest of the ingredients had mostly come together so that they would be in larger chunks.

Then, just roll and chill! If you’re going to eat them within a week (you will) then you’re good to keep them in the refrigerator, otherwise you can wrap them tightly and store them in the fridge for a convenient and healthy snack whenever you need it. Which is always. Duh.

XOXO,
Jess