Orange cranberry energy balls

It’s getting down to crunch time. Just one week away from Christmas – can you believe it? Wasn’t I just celebrating my internship graduation and stuffing my face in London like yesterday? Apparently 5 months have passed since then, but it sure doesn’t feel like it.

Anyways, I’m sure you guys – like myself – are up to your ears in Christmas preparations right now. Between shopping for gifts, decorating, baking cookies, and going to parties, it sure is a busy month. Which is why having snacks on hand is key. Because the only thing worse than being stressed and busy is being stressed, busy and hungry!

These orange cranberry energy balls are a healthy  dairy, egg, and peanut free snack! Gluten free and vegan options included in recipe. //

One of my favourite snacks for busy times is energy balls, since they’re great for eating on-the-go. And you can stuff them with tons of healthy ingredients like oats, nut butter, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, etc to make them nutrient dense and filling. My latest version is a seasonal adaptation of these energy balls with orange zest and dried cranberries in place of the blueberry vanilla flavours.

Orange cranberry energy balls

I also used Manitoba Harvest hemp hearts, which I received a few weeks (okay, like 7) ago from Goodness Me. Back in October I was invited with several other local bloggers to attend a dinner put on by the natural food store, where we were invited to become brand ambassadors. I was stoked because they are my favourite grocery store in the GTA (and they now have an online store that ships Canada wide)!

What I love about Goodness Me is that they really embody the idea of food as medicine, which is exactly what I like to promote. Eating well is one of the best ways to stay healthy and feel our best. So whip up these energy balls and stay nourished this hectic holiday season!

Orange cranberry energy balls

Orange cranberry energy balls
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These orange cranberry energy balls made with oats, hemp seeds, flax, and almond butter are a fast and healthy snack when you're on the go. Dairy free, egg free, and peanut free with gluten free and vegan options.
Yield: 14-16 balls
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup hemp hearts
  • ¼ cup ground flaxseed
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • A pinch or two of salt
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 1 tbsp orange or clementine zest
  1. In a large bow combine the oats, hemp hearts, ground flaxseed, dried cranberries, and salt. Mix together well.
  2. In a smaller bowl stir together the almond butter, honey, and orange zest. Mix well then pour into the dry ingredients.
  3. Stir everything until it is well mixed. Then use wet fingers to shape into balls. Store in the fridge for up to two weeks.
Use certified gluten free oats to make recipe gluten free.
Replace honey with agave nectar or brown rice syrup to make recipe vegan.

Orange cranberry energy balls

What’s your go-to snack lately?

Disclaimer: Goodness Me provided me with the Manitoba Hemp Hearts free of charge as a part of their brand ambassador program. However, I was not otherwise compensated for writing this post. All opinions are my own.


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29 Responses to Orange cranberry energy balls

  1. Yumm twist on your energy balls, Chelsea and these photos are gorgeous! I always keep my freezer stocked with energy balls for those unexpected busy bouts. Although lately my snacks have really gone back to the basics i.e. fruit & nuts.

    Hope holiday preps are coming along well :)!

  2. Yum! These look delicious!! (And great pictures too!) :) I too can’t believe it’s almost Christmas – this year (like they all seem to do) flew by!! I’ve been all about the dried figs lately – can’t get enough!

  3. These look great Chelsea!! I love energy balls. They are so easy to make (I throw whatever I have handy into them) and such a healthy treat.

  4. I LOVE orange cranberry flavored things! I’ve been having fun making balls and bites lately too. These look great!

  5. I also enjoy snacking on the balls. Right now, I will snack on just about anything. ;) I love Christmas!

  6. dude, your photography is on point these days! It definitely looks like you’ve been practicing. I need to get better at making snacks to have on hands, especially when I’m at work for long shifts!

  7. Love, love, LOVE the combination of orange and cranberry — one of the best Christmas flavours for sure. And I bet these would taste amazing covered in chocolate. Ermagherd! What have I been snacking on lately. Uhm…. lots of bars and trail mix. I feel like you can never go wrong with the oat, nut, and dried fruit combo.

  8. I’ve never tried the orange and cranberry combination- You’ve spruced my interest.

    Question. I have fat thumbs. Will my pinches of salt be too salty?

  9. These look so good.. I’ll definitely need to try these soon! I have a busy few days ahead of me with last minute gift shopping and making an assortment of chocolates… These might come in handy!

  10. I love making my own energy balls to snack on. You definitely can consider I will be making these orange and cranberry balls, they look delicious and I bet they taste even better!

  11. Hemp + Flax Seed = YUM :) :) Super addicting for me though! ha ha!

  12. Looks amazing Chelsea! Hope you’re all set for the holidays now and can just enjoy them :)

  13. There is something magical that happens when oranges and cranberries collide, especially this time of year. I’d love to actually do a winter salad with these two, along with some cheese, seeds and maybe green onions.
    I’ve been snacking on banana chips and apples like crazy.

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