Cranberry-Oat Energy Balls

Craisins and dried figs do double duty as sweeteners and binders to make these easy energy balls both tasty and practical. These portable snacks mix in sunflower butter for plenty of protein. They're ready in just 25 minutes and can be stored in your freezer for easy snacking.

Cranberry-Oat Energy Balls
Prep Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
32 balls


  • 1 cup rolled oats

  • ¾ cup dried cranberries

  • ¾ cup dried figs

  • ½ cup sunflower seed butter

  • 3 tablespoons hemp seed (see Tip)

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

  • Pinch of salt


  1. Combine oats, cranberries, figs, sunflower seed butter, hemp seed, honey, vanilla and salt in a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped, 10 to 20 times, then process for about 1 minute, scraping down the sides as necessary, until the mixture is crumbly but can be pressed to form a cohesive ball.

  2. With wet hands (to prevent the mixture from sticking to them), squeeze about 1 tablespoon of the mixture tightly between your hands and roll into a ball. Place in a storage container. Repeat with the remaining mixture.


To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.

Tip: Hemp seeds are sold either raw (sometimes labeled hemp hearts) or toasted. Both will work in this recipe; the latter will add a bit of crunch.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

64 Calories
3g Fat
9g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 32
Serving Size 1 ball
Calories 64
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 6g
Added Sugars 1g 3%
Protein 1g 3%
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Vitamin A 4IU 0%
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Folate 12mcg 3%
Sodium 18mg 1%
Calcium 11mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Magnesium 24mg 6%
Potassium 70mg 1%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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