The Best Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites Recipe

By Alyssa Kessel, RDN, LD, Expert Dietitian

Is your menu ready for the wave of Christmas parties, gatherings, and potlucks? If not, don’t fear. I’ve pulled some of my favorite recipes to share with you this week. To get us in the baking mood, let’s start with one of my favorite recipes: Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites from Gimme Some Oven.

These energy bites are PACKED with flavor and perfect for any gathering. Not to mention they’re insanely easy to make!


  • 8 ounces (about 1 packed cup) chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon ground flax seeds
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats (dry, not cooked)
  • 1 cup shelled pistachio nuts
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate chips (optional)


Combine the dates, honey, chia seeds, flax seeds and salt in a food processor, and pulse until smooth and combined. You should be able to stir the mixture — if it is too thick, add in another tablespoon or two of honey.

Image of a white cup filled with multiple cranberry pistachio bites

Transfer the mixture to a large bowl, and stir in the oats, pistachios, dried cranberries, and white chocolate chips until evenly combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Once the mixture is cool (and easier to work with), use a spoon or cookie scoop to shape it into your desired size of energy balls. (Mine were about 1-inch in diameter.) Alternately, you can line a small baking pan with parchment paper, and press the mixture evenly into the pan, let it cool, and then cut into bars.

Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. (Storing them in the refrigerator especially helps the energy bites hold their shape.)

** Recipe is from Gimme Some Oven. For more of her recipes, check out her website by clicking here.

Stay tuned for more recipes

Need more guidance for creating a FABULOUS menu? This Thursday, I’ll share 10+ of my favorite last minute recipes that will leave your guests wondering just how you did it all. Check back here on Thursday!

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