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I know we’ve all been on our own dieting adventures, and it can be frustrating. But these Healthy Low Calorie Energy Bites are a game-changer. They have just 43 calories each, and trust me, they taste amazing. They’re made with cranberries and pistachios, which give them a lovely sweet and nutty flavor.

I’ve been on quite a journey with dieting over the years, and I’ve tried many things. But I’ve always felt like I was missing out on the joy of delicious snacks. So, I decided to take matters into my own hands and create something that’s not only healthy but also incredibly tasty.

The best part is that you can enjoy these guilt-free, and they’re perfect for satisfying those mid-afternoon cravings or when you need a quick energy boost. I’ve been having them as a part of my daily routine, and they’ve helped me maintain a healthier lifestyle without feeling like I’m missing out on indulgent treats.

I’d love for you all to try them and let me know what you think. I’m hoping that these Energy Bites can be a small but significant step towards our collective journey to better health. Enjoy!”

Why Cranberry and Pistachio Energy Bites?

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In the last 7 months I have been way more open to trying new things. There are a lot of things I like that I never tried before. Like tuna steak and Greek yogurt. Not together of course! yum!

I know the internet is packed with amazing ideas too but sometimes I just don’t want to look at a screen. Flipping through a magazine under my heated blanket is my jam.

So I grabbed the Cooking Light Mediterranean Diet book and magazine and the Real Simple magazine at Target and started flipping.

Cranberry and Pistachio Energy Bites Recipe

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I marked a bunch of recipes to try and decided to give the Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bars (on page 96) a try.

Packed with whole grains like oats, quinoa and flax seed meal they are super tasty and have a ton of different textures and flavors – and they are perfect for that midday snack when I need a pick-me-up.

The only change I made is using PB2 instead of peanut butter to cut down the calories a tiny bit more. (P.S. have you tried this stuff? It is most definitely going to my make my March fave list).

I also made them into bites instead of bars. I found that when I cut them they would crumble so making them bite size was better for me.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of uncooked old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 3/4 uncooked quinoa
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal
  • 3/4 cup chopped dry-roasted & salted pistachios
  • 6 tablespoons of agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup of prepared PB2
  • 1 cup sweetened dried chopped cranberries
  • 1 ounce of bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/3 cup of flaked unsweetened coconut
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Cooking spray

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Mix the oats and the quinoa and spread on a baking sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until slightly brown.

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Step 2

Meanwhile chop and mix the pistachios, cranberries, chocolate, flaxseed meal and coconut in a large bowl.

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Step 3

On the stovetop mix prepared PB2, agave nectar, salt and canola oil.

Bring to a boil and then stir continuously for one minute.

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Step 4

Remove oats and quinoa from the oven and cool. Mix with the rest of the dry ingredients.

Step 5

Then stir in the wet ingredients and mix well.

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Step 6

With wet hands press the mixture into a cooking sprayed 8″ x 8″ pan.

Or roll them into 64 small balls.

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Step 7

Bake for 13 minutes at 350 degrees. If you made them as bars – let cool and cut into 1″ x 4″ pieces.

Store in an airtight container.

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If you made the bars they are 170 calories each.

The ball are 43 calories. These are a great on-the-go snack packed with flavor and texture.

I had about 15 people try them and not one adult said they didn’t like them.

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If you want to hear more about my tips and tricks check out this post where I talk about the things that have helped me.

Check my other low calorie posts:

Low Calorie Strawberry Shortcake

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350 Calorie Chicken & Basil Pizza

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Any who back the subject of the post. Healthy snacks are hard for me.  I usually just want to grab something quick because I am usually snacking when the kids are home and we are working on homework, doing chores, etc.

Meal planning is huge for me.

Without a plan I fail every.single.time.

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