Good afternoon, guys! I’d like you all to meet my Cranberry Oat Crunch Balls (that doesn’t sound weird at all, right?). These babies are my new HANGRY solution. Ten minutes is literally all the time it takes to throw these together, and they are SO. GOOD.
I developed these last week in a pinch when my toddler needed a snack, and I was out of any quick, healthy options. These manifested out of what I had on hand and, man, what a winner they turned out to be! Oli LOVES them. We’ve already gone through two batches! Ok, make that three.
These balls are dairy free, vegan and don’t contain any added sugars. The dates and cranberries supply plenty of sweetness and could totally pass for a healthy dessert or post-dinner snack. I’ve also tested them out as a pre- and post-workout snack, and they passed with flying colors 🙂
In the last batch I made, I tried adding some protein powder. Those turned out well, too. But, they were noticeably drier than the original batch, so I’ll keep working on a higher-protein version.
I’ve been storing these Cranberry Oat Crunch balls in a sealed container on the counter. They have all disappeared by the next day, but I would think they’d be good for three days on the counter and up to five days in the fridge. I haven’t tried freezing them yet, but I will do an update when I do to let you know how they hold up in there.
Hopefully the weather it getting warmer wherever you are. Winter is still having a hard time letting go of us up here in Alaska. *Sigh* It’s gotta relent soon, right? Enjoy the rest of your week, guys! Make these. Let me know how it goes. I have another great grab-n-go recipe coming up for ya next week that I can’t wait to share with you 🙂 So, stay tuned.
Cranberry Oat Crunch Balls
A healthy, kid friendly, grab-n-go snack ready in 10 minutes.
- 5 medjool dates
- 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup Nutty Nuggets cereal (Grape Nuts)
- 1/4 cup 50% less sugar Craisins
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
Add dates, water, peanut butter and vanilla to a small food processor and blend until smooth.
Mix remaining ingredients together in a bowl medium-sized bowl.
Scoop the date-peanut butter mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until mixed.
Form into balls and store in a container at room temperature for up to 3 days, or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.