Author: Hillary Pride  | Published by: Outside Online

Spiced Cranberry Energy Bites

These are just as easy to make as cookies. Whip up a batch for your New Year’s Day resolution ride. Plus, they make great gifts for your adventure buddies, too.

Once a year, you pull out that pumpkin pie spice to make, well, a pumpkin pie. But that seems like a waste, since the combo of nutmeg, allspice, ginger, and cinnamon is so festive, says Hillary Pride, a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified personal trainer based in Portland, Maine. She is always making DIY energy bars (and showing them off on Instagram). When the holidays roll around, these are her go-to.

This recipe makes about 30 bites—more than enough for sharing. And since it’s no-bake, it’s perfect for novice chefs. You just combine everything and stir. FYI: most dried cranberries are sweetened, which isn’t a big deal to most of us, especially if we’re going to be out all day, but if you’re trying to eliminate added sugars, you can omit them or try to find the unsweetened variety. 

Spiced Cranberry Energy Bites

  • Prep Time15 min
  • Total Time15 min
  • Yield30 Bites



    • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
    • 1/2 cup date puree
    • 1/2 cup peanut butter
    • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
    • 1/4 cup chia seeds
    • 1/4 cup ground flaxseeds
    • 1/4 cup honey
    • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract




    Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Measure out about two teaspoons and, using your hands, roll the mix into a ball. Refrigerate until you’re ready to eat.