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Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites

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Like the others, these quick and easy little balls are packed with great flavor and nutrition. But there is no baking required! You just need the quick pulse of a food processor, or the willingness to do some chopping and stirring to whip these up. And the final result will be delish! I loved the sweet and slightly salty combination of the fruit and nuts. And for fun, I also threw in a few white chocolate chips to brighten things up. Feel free to play around with the recipe
and include what works for you. And hopefully these can provide some extra delicious energy to all day! 
YIELD: ABOUT 30 1-INCH BALLS
CRANBERRY PISTACHIO ENERGY BITES
Kick up your energy with these simple and healthy no-bake Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites!

PREP: 15 MINS TOTAL: 15 MINS

INGREDIENTS:
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)

DIRECTIONS:
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.

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.)

DIFFICULTY: EASY INGREDIENTS: CHIA SEEDS, DATES, DRIED CRANBERRIES, GROUND FLAX, HONEY, OATS, PISTACHIOS, WHEAT GERM, WHITE CHOCOLATE CHIPS

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