No Bake Cranberry Energy Balls

October 30, 2020

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two no bake cranberry energy balls on a plate.

Tis the season of cranberries and pumpkins and sweaters and hot chocolate. Except we're in southern Baja where it's sunny and in the 80s every day. But that doesn't mean we can't kind of get into the spirit. These No Bake Cranberry Energy Balls are dead simple and got us in the spirit a little bit.

Usually I make energy balls that are made completely of whole foods like dates and nuts. But the minor compromises in this recipe mean an easier cleanup. You can even skip grinding up the oats to make this an appliance-free recipe but like like the way the broken up oats combine with the sunflower seed butter better. BUTTER BETTER! 

cranberry energy balls close up on a plate.

We keep these in the fridge if we're just going to eat them at home, but if you want to take them on a hike or along for a picnic go ahead and freeze them. That will help keep the nut butter in the cranberry energy balls from softening too much.

We really like the sunflower seed butter in these but use whatever nut butter you have on hand. Our favorite cranberries to use are the fruit sweetened ones but they aren't always easy to find. Natural Grocers usually has them, though. We used up all of ours and had to use the standard sugar sweetened ones we found at Costco here in Baja.

ingredients for cranberry energy balls.

If you're looking for a healthier snack that's fast to make and will still satisfy your sweet tooth, you've gotta try these!


No Bake Cranberry Energy Balls

Keep these little balls on hand for when you need a sweet treat
Prep Time5 minutes
30 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 12 balls
Calories: 103kcal


  • 3/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup sunflower butter or almond butter
  • 1/3 cup almonds sliced or chopped
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries fruit sweetened if you can find them
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup or agave
  • 1 pinch salt


  • Roughly grind up half the oats in a food processor or blender. They don't need to be flour consistency, just chopped up a bit. This part is optional but I like the consistency I get when part of the oats are ground up.
  • Add all ingredients to a medium bowl and stir until well combined.
  • Using food service gloves or wet hands, grab about a tablespoon of the mixture and roll it into a ball. Repeat to use up the mixture. You should have about 12 balls.
  • Put the balls in a covered container in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Enjoy!



These are gluten-free if you use gluten-free oats.

Do you ever make no bake energy balls? What's your favorite flavor combination?

Laura Nunemaker

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Laura Nunemaker

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