I created these mini cranberry balls because I’m feeling super duper sweet this week.
Yes, it’s the New Year and the holidays are long gone but I’ve been hearing from many of you that you’re looking for healthy snack ideas and finger food recipes… along with alternatives to desserts and processed bars.
So, I listened.
Yup, I’m good like that.
And I created something amazing- that won’t involve your oven!
Want to know something?
Biting into these cranberry balls is like a little bit of heaven.
There’s something about the combo of almonds, sunflower seeds, oats n’ cranberries.
I don’t know quite what it is but they make a pretty gosh darn fabulous combination.
It’s a tiny party in your mouth.
Or a big party if you want to make these balls really big… but I rolled ’em nice and tiny so I could pop them into my mouth all day long.
I’m smooth like that.
These cranberry balls are my go-to when I’m traveling… they’re perfect for airplane rides and road trips… so make a note of that, k?
I’ve made a few variations of this recipe with dried chopped cherries and toasted pecans but this is the combo I like the most.
You can roll them in shredded coconut, too if you wanna. I toasted my coconut for an extra flavor boost!
Whatever floats your boat.
Whatever you do – make an extra batch so you can enjoy these babies all week long. They’re so fun to eat sliced in half with almond butter on top or chopped and tossed into your oatmeal or yogurt parfait. Now we’re talkin’.
Get your nuts n’ seeds n’ oats lined up and get rollin’
These balls are going to have you smiling all winter long. And no oven needed! Just roll, toss in your fridge to chill and enjoy!
- 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
- 2 Tbsp. dried cranberries
- 4 Tbsp. sunflower seeds
- 2 Tbs. slivered almonds
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut flakes toasted
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup or honey
- 1 1/2 tsp. pure almond extract or vanilla extract
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Mix well to combine. If these are too dry, add more honey or maple syrup. If these are too wet, add in more ground flax seeds or nuts.
Place in the fridge for at least an hour, then remove from fridge and roll into 1 inch balls. Serve. Store leftovers (if there are any!) in the fridge for up to 7 days.
Try to buy everything organic. Here’s why: The Benefits of Eating Organic.