These energy balls are the perfect make-ahead snack. Filled with cranberries, almonds, oats and dates, these energy balls come together in minutes. Maple syrup and tahini help bind everything together while adding a touch of sweetness and bitterness.
- ¾ cup raw whole almonds
- ½ cup sweetened dried cranberries
- ¼ cup pitted dates
- ¾ cup old-fashioned rolled oats (see Recipe Notes)
- 2 tablespoons tahini
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
Add almonds, cranberries and dates to a large food processor; process on High until the ingredients are broken into smaller pieces, 10 to 15 seconds. Add oats, tahini, lemon juice and maple syrup. Continue processing until a thick paste forms, 40 to 60 seconds. With your hands, roll the mixture into 25 balls, about 1 tablespoon per ball.
People with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity should use oats that are labeled "gluten-free," as oats are often cross-contaminated with wheat and barley.
You can find more details about this recipe at eatingwell.com: Cranberry-Almond Energy Bites