10-Minute No Cook Chocolate-Cranberry Energy Balls Recipe

Got a sweet tooth and 10 minutes? You need to try these scrumptious little bite-sized cuties …

This was one of those quick and easy treat recipes I dreamed up that sounded pretty good, but when I actually made them — holy moly, the taste and texture really blew me away!

If you go with the recipe as written, you’ll be sinking your teeth into a dense little ball of goodness that’s kind of chewy and sort of crunchy at the same time.

You get the sweetness from the dates and just a little twang of tartness from the dried cranberries. And this one’s a chocolate-lover’s dream with those mini dark chocolate chips all rolled up inside.

Nothing to cook, and it’ll take you about 10 minutes to whip up.

No added sweeteners like honey or maple syrup needed either – these are plenty sweet as-is!

This is a totally legit paleo and gluten-free treat recipe, but of course there are some serious carbs in these babies. But I say what the heck, you got to let the good times roll once and awhile. Give these a try when you just have to have something sweet.

Got kids poking around for an after-school snack? They’ll go nuts over these all-natural gluten-free treats.

Slogging through the afternoon and need a tasty pick-me-up? These little balls are packed with quick energy.

Got co-workers or friends you really love? Treat them to these energy balls – they don’t taste “paleo” they just taste amazing!

And by the way, feel free to adjust the recipe any way you like. These would be awesome even without the chocolate chips. Need to skip the nuts? No problem!

If you’re playing around with the recipe and find the mixture feels a little wet, just sprinkle in a little more shredded coconut to firm them up. If your dough mix seems a little dry, just a dribble of coconut oil should do the trick.

Like I said, you’ve got to try these ! Sweet and tart, crunchy and chewy – all rolled into one!

When you make these energy balls, please leave a quick comment below – I’d love to hear what you think!

easy no cook chocolate cranberry energy balls

10-Minute No Cook Chocolate-Cranberry Energy Balls

July 24, 2017

  • Yields: Yields around 12-14 bite-sized balls
easy no cook chocolate cranberry energy balls


1/2 cup natural almond butter

1/2 cup Medjool dates, pitted

1/3 cup shredded coconut

1/4 cup cranberries, dried

1/4 cup pecans, chopped

3 tbsp dark chocolate mini-chips (I used the Enjoy Life brand)

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/4 tsp salt

Plus...extra shredded coconut to roll the balls in – about 2-3 tablespoons


1Add almond butter and pitted dates to a high-speed blender or food processor. Blend until mixture has a "crumbly -doughy" kind of consistency.

2Next scoop the blended mixture into a small bowl and add in everything else.

3Mix a little bit by hand to combine everything, then roll into small, bite-size balls.

4Finish each with a roll through a plate with 2-3 tablespoons of shredded coconut.

  • These will keep for about 2 weeks refrigerated in a sealed container or small plastic bag. Can also be frozen for about 4 months, then thawed and enjoyed.
  • If your mixture seems too wet to roll into a good ball, just add a little more shredded coconut and roll again. If the mixture feels a little dry, just add a little coconut oil and re-roll.

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