Cranberry Walnut Energy Bites

Serves: 3-6

Happy Monday! I hope you are enjoying the long weekend (if you have one)! I want to say a big ‘Congratulations’ to all of the runners from yesterday’s Chicago Marathon! Everyone seemed to have a great day and ran some really great times! For all the first time racers out there, are you ready to sign up for your next race yet??!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

In honor of the racers yesterday and those who will be running upcoming races, I have a quick recipe that is easy to make, travels well and makes the perfect energy boost before or during a race! And even if you don’t have a race planned or aren’t a runner, they make great pre-workout snacks!

Fit Ingredients

  • 1/4c (40g) dried cranberries (no sugar added/un-sulfered)
  • 5 tbs (37g) walnuts
  • 1 tbs (6g) ground flax
  • 1 large egg white
  • 2 tbs (15g) vanilla protein powder, optional
  • 1/2 tsp stevia, optional

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  • food processor

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Directions

1. Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees.

2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

3. Add your cranberries and walnuts to your food processor.

4. Pulse until walnuts are a fine meal and cranberries are chopped.

5. Transfer your cranberry/walnut mixture to a bowl.

6. Stir in your flax, protein powder and stevia (if using).

7. Add in your egg white.

8. Mix well.

9. Form mixture into bite size balls (or shape however you’d like)*

10. Bake for ~10 minutes or until slightly firm.

11. Allow to cool.

12. Pack in individual snack size ziplock bags to take with you.

*If the dough is sticking to your fingers,ย  run them under water to prevent the dough from sticking to your hands.

 

These little energy bites are small in size, making them perfect for travel, but loaded with flavor! They reminded me of these amazing Christmas cookies that my grandmother makes. They had the perfect balance of sweet from the cranberries and vanilla protein plus the walnut flavor giving them that amazing cookie like flavor! I ate a few before my workout and was good to go! Plus, how could you not enjoy eating something that tastes like a cookie in the morning before a workout?! I will take cookies any time of day! ๐Ÿ˜‰ They also taste amazing on top of some greek yogurt as an afternoon snack! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Nutrition: (per 1 out of 6)

Calories: 82.8, Protein: 3.9g, Carbs: 7.1g, Fat: 4.6g (0g Saturated), Sodium: 30mg, Fiber: 1g (Net Carbs: 6.1g)

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15 Comments
  • look great, it has been awhile since we have had walnuts...mmm thinking a trip to the store :)
    October 8, 2012
  • Ooh these look AWESOME!! So portable and convenient! I SO wanna try these with dried mango chunks in place of cranberries for a pre workout snack! I've never been a huge cranberry fan, but mango?? Yeahh you know my obsession heehee ;)
    October 8, 2012
  • Awesome nutrition facts. You are just so sweet, always thinking about others :)
    October 8, 2012
  • I may not be a runner, but yup, I'd love these! Health/"breakfast" cookies are one of my favorites--a treat that's not even a treat, because the ingredients are all good for you.
    October 8, 2012
      • You just might be on to something with that ;D They WOULD be perfect road food for the long drive to ATL...
        October 8, 2012
  • Tammy
    I just made these using diced dried plums since I couldn't find cranberries in my local grocery store that were not loaded with sugar or some other yuckiness. They were delicious with the plum! Actually a nice combo with the walnuts! They were small but they were very filling and satisfying.
    October 8, 2012
  • Yum! These look really yummy! I bet they'd be good with some white chocolate chips added in :-) Not as healthy, but good!
    October 9, 2012
      • Yum! Can't wait for Christmas cookie season to be here!
        October 9, 2012

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