No-Bake Almond Cranberry Energy Balls

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Need some pop and some zing to get you going in the morning or before a workout? Tired of the same old energy bar du jour? Well, sigh no more because SkinnyMs. has got a treat for you! Our super easy, no bake almond and cranberry energy balls will knock your tired socks off, and will give you some dancing shoes to put in their place.

And even better than the natural kick in the pants these no bake energy balls will provide? We just said it. They’re NO BAKE! That’s right. There’s no need to work up a sweat with oven mitts in the hot, hot summertime. All you need is a sturdy mixing bowl, a few tasty ingredients, and your hands. Then put the balls in the fridge until you’re ready to pop’ em in your mouth. Because there are only six ingredients in these almond cranberry energy balls, they are super easy to prep as well as no bake to boot!

Want the kids to eat a more healthy diet, too? Let them help you mix the ingredients and roll it into balls. They’ll be excited to eat something they were able to help make with their own hands. And believe it or not, so will you! The crunch of the almonds and the sweet and tart, eye-opening flavor of the cranberries will have kids and adults like clamoring for these energy snacks!

No-Bake Almond Cranberry Energy Balls

These no-bake bite-sized energy balls will give you a kick and help you over that mid-afternoon slump!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Universal
Keyword: Budget-Friendly, Quick and Easy, Vegetarian
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 276kcal
Author: SkinnyMs.


  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup almonds crushed
  • 1/3 cup pistachios crushed


  • In a medium mixing bowl combine all ingredients. Shape dough into 1 1/2-inch balls. Store in the fridge until ready to eat.


If the energy balls are not holding together when forming, had a few teaspoons to a tablespoon of water too allow the mixture to become more wet and sticky. This will help the balls to adhere together.


Serving: 2each | Calories: 276kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 260mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 21IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 2mg
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 10

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15 Comments on "No-Bake Almond Cranberry Energy Balls"

  1. Cindy  September 14, 2016

    I would like to know how to be able to eat something like these cranberry energy balls, granola with real maple syrup, honey or even the cranberries without gaining weight. My husband and I are in the 65-70 yr age group and we have changed our eating habits a lot eating healthier. Fresh fruits, very little flour products, and it seems that when we try to add these little grains, we tend to gain weight. I don’t understand. Please help.

    • Gale Compton  September 15, 2016

      Cindy, Portion control! Enjoy one of the treats you mentioned daily and stop at there. 🙂

  2. Jackie McCandless  May 7, 2017

    I had question about a lifestyle of eating & excercise for female in 40’s with a disabling lower back & legs nerve injury and pain. 2 years now & I’m trying desperately to not let it beat me. I’ve gained 50 lbs. I’m unhappy & need help with excercise & eating habits for a lifetime! I have always been active until now but I have to change everything now. Please help if you have any input. Thanks

  3. Jennifer  October 10, 2017

    Hi, how long are these good for if you keep them in the fridge?

  4. Margaret  December 30, 2017

    Can you freeze then

    • Gale Compton  December 31, 2017

      Margaret, Yes, just be sure to defrost in the fridge. 🙂

  5. JUDY ANDERSEN  January 9, 2018

    What can be substituted for the pistachios.. they are a bit expensive

    • Nichole Furlong  January 9, 2018

      Great question, Judy! You can substitute any type of nut. Or you can double the amount of almonds. Which ever you prefer!

  6. Roberta Lawlor  May 27, 2018

    We made this recipe, but really had difficulty forming the balls. They seemed to dry and crumbled. Definitely did not look as nice and round as your picture. We added some extra almond butter to moisten the mixture.

  7. Channing  October 10, 2018

    I love how these turned out! I did substitute dark chocolate peanut butter for almond butter and it was great!

  8. Lacey  June 27, 2019

    How do you “crush” almonds/pistachios? Why not just chopped? I’ve never come across a recipe calling for “crushed” almonds etc. Do you pulse in food processor or….?

    • Nichole Furlong  June 29, 2019

      A crushed nut is typically more finely chopped than giving them a regular “chop”. a food processor will work great.


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