Fall might be gone and winter is in full bloom, but healthy snacks are always in order. Especially when you’re prepping for a flight. And guys, dried cranberry, cinnamon, and vanilla are the key ingredients for this tasty, healthy snack.
Before we get started on the recipe, here’s what you should know: these Cranberry Almond bites are loaded with antioxidants, fiber, healthy fat, and vitamins. And we can just ~one~ ingredient to thank for that — almonds. While other ingredients provide their nutritional punch too, such as aforementioned dried cranberry, cinnamon, and vanilla, but also dates, oats, and chia seeds. This is an incredibly versatile recipe, so if you want more protein – add a scoop of vanilla protein and some water. Need a chocolate fix? Just mix in some mini dark chocolate chips and job done.
Now the next time you’re packing for your trip, make sure these Cranberry Almond Energy Bites are in your carry on!
Cranberry Almond Energy Bites:
**Makes 12 bites**
¾ cup pitted dates
½ cup dried cranberries
½ cup dry oats
¼ cup creamy salted almond butter
¼ cup raw almonds
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon chia seeds
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon water
To get started, add the dates, cranberries, oats, almond butter, chia seeds, cinnamon, and vanilla extract in a food processor. Then pulse until all is mostly combined and smooth.
Next add in the raw almonds and water, pulse for 5-10 seconds, or just until the water evenly incorporates and the almonds are fully chopped.
Remove the blade, and begin to roll the mixture into small bites, forming 12 balls.
Store the balls into a covered container so you can have them as a healthy snack for your next flight!