5 Ingredient Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites

Five simple ingredients and a food processor is all that you need to make these Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites – perfect for a healthy dessert or snack!

5 Ingredient Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites | Hungry by Nature

Okay don’t be mad at me. If you look at the recipe, there are *technically* 6 ingredients in these cranberry pistachio energy bites – but salt doesn’t count! We all have salt in the pantry so I’m not going to count it as an ingredient.

Got it? Good.

And for future reference, pepper and olive oil don’t count either.

5 Ingredient Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites | hungrybynature.com

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, we can talk about real things. Good things. More exciting things than whether or not salt should be counted in my five ingredients. Things like my brother-in-law’s graduation from DePaul this past weekend!! Congrats Joe – I am so incredibly proud of you! And these cranberry pistachio energy bites which have been getting me past my 3 o’clock slump all week.

5 Ingredient Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites | Hungry by Nature

We spent last weekend celebrating and definitely overindulging. By Monday by body was craving greens, lots of fruit, lean protein, and healthy fats. It’s amazing what your body tells you if you actually listen to it!

5 Ingredient Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites | Hungry by Nature

But it’s not always easy for me to listen to what my body is telling me – especially during the summer when I’m attending graduation parties and weddings. Plus it’s patio season! And all I really want to do is sip margs and eat guac outside. Indulging every once in a while doesn’t completely throw me off; but I have a few tricks to help me make better decisions and get back on track.

5 Ingredient Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites | hungrybynature.com

The best and easiest way for me to get back on track is to always have healthy snacks around. Energy bites have been my go-to snack for some time now.  They are infinitely customizable, bite-size, and portable. I love having one in the morning before my workout; I can’t workout with much of anything in my stomach, but it’s nice to have a little energy boost before I hit the gym. And I love having one for a mid-afternoon pick me up.

These 5 Ingredient Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites might be favorite energy bite recipe to date! Make some this weekend and be snacking happy all week long! Don’t forget to post a picture social media and use the hashtag #imhungrybynature for a chance to be featured!

Facebook | Instagram | Bloglovin’ | Pinterest

clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon
5 Ingredient Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites | Hungry by Nature

5 Ingredient Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 12 large bites 1x


  • 1/2 cup pitted dates, soaked and drained
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pistachios
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips


  1. Place dates in the bowl of your food processor and process until the dates are broken down into rice-sized pieces, scraping down the sides as needed. Add cranberries and continue to process.
  2. Add the pistachios, cashews, and salt to the bowl, pulsing to break up the nuts.
  3. Add the chocolate chips and continue to pulse to break up the chips and the ingredients come together and form a dough.
  4. Roll into 12 equal sized balls and place in the freezer to set for 1 hour.
  5. Store in the fridge and enjoy!

5 Ingredient Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites | hungrybynature.com

Get your copy of One Bite Might Kill Me

Get my top 3 tried and true ways I deal with friends and family who question my food choices and recipes you can bring to the table that everyone will love!

We won't send you spam. Unsubscribe at any time. Powered by ConvertKit

13 thoughts on “5 Ingredient Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites

  1. Beverley @ Born to Sweat

    hahaha YOU LIEEEE. i can’t make these now cause there are six ingredients!!!!!
    i kid, i kid. salt is literally $0.10 anyway.
    these sound amazing, and it’s been a while since i’ve made energy bites. thank you for the reminder! gonna make these this weekend 🙂

    1. Ellie | Hungry by Nature Post author

      hahah that was my fear! Seriously, a recipe title with 5 ingredients just sounds so much better than 6. I have no idea why that is! Please do – there are actually my favorite flavor I’ve ever made. I hope you love them!

  2. Kristy from Southern In Law

    I don’t think salt counts as an ingredient (I mean, who doesn’t have salt?) so I’m gonna let you have these as five ingredients 😉

    These sound increeeeeeeeedible! <3

  3. Anna @ Anna Can Do It!

    You had me at pistachio! These energy bites looks amazing and must be divine because of the cranberry and pistachio! Great recipe and I’m with the girls, salt doesn’t even count as an ingredient! 🙂 – Love, Anna

    1. Ellie | Hungry by Nature Post author

      Right?! Cranberry and pistachio together are some of my favorite flavors. And I’m glad you agree with me!!

  4. Bethany @ athletic avocado

    Cranberry and pistachio sounds like an amazing combo in these little bites! Perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up after all those grad parties 🙂

    1. Ellie | Hungry by Nature Post author

      Exactly Bethany! It’s my favorite way to indulge my sweet tooth without feeling guilty!

  5. Pingback: 50+ Gluten Free Recipes That Are 5 Ingredients Or Less - The Fit Foodie Mama

  6. Pingback: Peanut Butter Protein Bliss Bites - Hungry by Nature

  7. Pingback: Holiday Gift Guide: For the Chef - Hungry by Nature

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.