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Cranberry Orange Energy Date Balls

posted by Julie Evink on December 17, 2014

These cranberry orange date balls are packed with protein and energy! They’re easy and made in 5 minutes, so they’re perfect for a quick and healthy snack!

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This post is brought to you by “I’m not sure how I survived on this earth for 24 years.”

Are you confused? Let me explain.

I have recently learned a few, VERY BASIC things that I am pretty sure the whole world knew since, well, the existence of the world…..but, not me.

  1. You can’t scrape the frost off a car with a spoon. A credit card does the job SOMUCH better.
  2. “Hamster” is not spelled “Hampster.” I can thank spell check, and not thank my Kindergarten teacher for that one.
  3. Cranberry and orange? They are LIKETHIS. *insert an image of me crossing my fingers into your brain here.*

I’m not ready to talk about the events that lead me to the discovery of the first two, as I’m still getting over them, but I am SOSOSO ready to discuss point number 3.

So. Did you know this? I bet ya’ll added all sorts of orange goodness to your cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving, while I ate boring, PLAIN sauce.

Cry for me.


The other day, I didn’t know what to eat for snack.  I wanted something healthy, but was getting sick of eating my skinny Almond Joy Cheesecake…considering I have eaten it over 1000 times in my life.

So…I went to raid my cupboard. BUT there was nothing already made to eat.  You know that feeling when you’re hungry RIGHT NOW and GIMME ALL THE FOOD….But you don’t want to put ANY effort in?

Ya. The hangry monster was coming right out.

You know what the best thing to do in that scenario is?  Let your kitchen tools do the work for ya.  This is why I love my food processor.  If I wasn’t already married, and if it wasn’t totally weird, I would marry it.

You think I’m strange.  Whatever. It was bound to happen one day.

I didn’t quite know WHAT to put in my little, blade-clad processor of joy (Taylor speak for “food processor) so, whatever I could find went in it.

And then I saw the orange.

Hangry monster took over logical brain and decided to get a little zesty in the kitchen.

I was leary about what was mixin’ around the food processor. BUT, it was food.

And that’s all that mattered at that moment.


Cranberry and orange where the HECK have you been ALL my life?  Why have you not being gracing my face with your presence for the past 24 YEARS.

And, since the day, I have been eating all the (insanely EASY!) Cranberry Orange bites, packed with energy and protein goodness.

I suggest that you do the same.

5 reviews

Cranberry Orange Energy Date Balls

Prep Time 10 minutes Serves 17-19 bites     adjust servings
Cranberry Orange Energy Bites - Packed with protein and energy! They're easy and made in 5 minutes, so they're perfect for a quick and healthy snack!


  • 1 1/2 Cups Dates, roughly chopped (240 g)
  • 1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries (70g)
  • 1/4 Cup Whey Vanilla Protein powder + additional for rolling (Grass-Fed for Paleo option)
  • 1/4 Cup + 2 Tbsp Slivered almonds
  • 1 – 1 1/2 tsp Orange zest *
  • 2 tsp Coconut oil, melted


  1. Place the chopped dates and the craisins into a food process and process until broken down and crumbly.
  2. Add in the ¼ cup of protein powder, almond and orange zest. Process until well combined.
  3. With the blender running, slowly stream in the melted coconut oil and process until the mixture comes together into a sticky ball. Depending on the strength of your food processor, this could take a few minutes.
  4. Pour some vanilla protein powder onto a shallow plate. Roll the date mixture into 1 Tbsp sized balls (or bigger if you want) and roll around in the protein powder, gently shaking off to eliminate any excess.
  5. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use. **


Recipe Notes

*I liked the recipe with 1 ½ tsp Orange zest, as I love a bright, orangey flavour. My husband thought it was a little too bold, and preferred them with only 1 tsp. So start with 1 tsp and then blend in more if needed. ** The coconut oil will slightly harden in the refrigerator, so leave the balls at room temperature for a few minutes before eating if you want them soft.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 81kcal Calories from fat 16
% Daily Value
Total Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Transfat 0g
Sodium 0mg0%
Carbohydrate 16g5%
Dietary Fiber 2g8%
Sugars 13g
Protein 3g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g

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  • Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    Thanks so much for letting me share girl! 😀

  • Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    yes to Cranberry + orange and love the “how you survived on this earth for 24 years.” 😛 energy balls are like my new fave thing. . love love love these!!!

  • heather+@french+press

    I hate that feeling when you want something right NOW, and you have to make that something! but man these would do the trick


    My sister is going to love these. I love healthy food that makes you feel like you’re eating dessert!

  • Carol at Wild Goose Tea

    I agree with Tori, I love eating healthy foods that make me think I am eating dessert. These fall in that category. Classic flavor combo too.

  • Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    I am a huge fan of date balls! Love the cranberry and orange flavors. Great recipe, Taylor!

  • Crystal

    I’ve only recently started using dates. Can’t wait to try this recipe! Thanks so much 🙂

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