When I like something, I really like something.
I’ll play a song on repeat until I can’t stand to listen to it anymore; I’ll wear an outfit until people probably start wondering if I own any other clothes; and I’ll eat a particular food until… well… until I polish off an entire bottle of molasses 😯
It should probably come as no surprise, then, that I’m sharing yet another white chocolate and cranberry recipe with you guys today. I fell for the combo pretty hard after featuring it in my white chocolate cranberry oatmeal cookies, but I needed a new vehicle to fuel my addiction after eating cookies all week just to get my fix. Enter no-bake energy bites…
As much as I love all the sweets and treats that come out during this time of the year, I have to admit that I’m getting a little sugared out — the other day I actually found myself craving baked chicken, roasted broccoli, and a pickle… which is a pretty good indication of how much sugar I’ve been eating lately.
Don’t get me wrong — I couldn’t imagine Christmas without all the gingerbread, snickerdoodles, and sugar cookies — but there comes a point where you start craving a little distance from the butter, and the sugar, and the flour… just for a little while.
These cookie bites have given me that distance. They satisfy my sweet tooth without overwhelming it, and they’re made with what I consider to be one of the best foodie trifectas there is — almonds, honey, and oats. As an added bonus, they don’t require any time in the oven — just a quick whir through the blender followed by a brief stint in the fridge. No fuss, no muss, and every bit as delicious as their traditional counterparts. While I wouldn’t go as far as to say they can replace real cookies, they’re a wonderful alternative for those times where you could just use a little break.
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- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats, ground into a flour
- 1/4 cup almond butter (or other nut butter)
- 5 Tbsp. honey
- 1 tsp. orange zest
- 1/2 tsp. almond extract
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 2–3 Tbsp. white chocolate chips/chunks
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- To make oat flour, place rolled oats into a blender or food process and process until they turn into a very fine powder. Set aside.
- In a small pan over medium heat, add almond butter and honey, stirring until the almond butter is melted and fully combined with the honey. Add the orange zest and almond extract.
- Remove from heat and add the oat flour. Mixuntil well combined. Add dried cranberries.
- Using a tablespoon, scoop out dough and use your hands to roll it into a ball. Place it on the baking sheet and repeat until all the dough has been used.
- Optional: place chocolate into a microwave safe bowl and nuke on high in 30 second intervals, mixing between each. When chocolate is fully melted, drizzle over the top of the bites using a spoon.
- Place baking pan into fridge and allow to cool for ~20 minutes until bites have set.
Keywords: Christmas, cookie bites, cranberry, energy bites, holiday, no bake, white chocolate
I hope you guys are keeping sane during all the last-minute holiday prep craziness! I’ll be taking the next couple of days off from blogging so that I can focus on getting ready for Christmas, but I’ll be back on Thursday to share some random holiday thoughts for Thinking Out Loud. See you then!