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pretzel reindeer bites on a white tray next to Santa cutout
Course Appetizer, Snack

Pretzel Reindeer Bites

By: Elysia
Servings 16 reindeer bites
These Pretzel Reindeer Bites make a fun and healthy Christmas treat that are low in sugar! Prep these cute reindeer in advance for an easy snack to serve to the kids or guests during the holiday season. {Vegetarian, dairy-free & gluten-free-friendly}
Prep Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins


For the reindeer heads:

To decorate:

  • Pretzels for antlers (can use gluten-free pretzels if necessary)
  • Pomegranate arils for nose
  • Candy eyeballs for eyes (or sub in puffed brown rice cereal)


  • Soak the dates in boiling water for 5 minutes to soften.
  • Combine the almonds, cashews, cocoa, cinnamon and salt in the food processor. Process until crumbly.
  • Add the soaked dates, vanilla and coconut oil. Process until mixture is combined. If mixture still seems dry, add one tablespoon of water at a time until mixture adheres together, but isn’t overly sticky. Place in the fridge for about 10 minutes to harden up slightly.
  • Meanwhile, break the pretzels into pieces that resemble antlers.
  • Once the energy ball mixture has firmed up a bit, remove from the fridge and form into approximately sixteen 1-1/2 inch balls. Place the balls on a large plate.
  • Carefully poke the pretzels into each side of the reindeers’ head. Next, stick on the candy eyes and the pomegranate aril underneath for the nose.
  • Place balls in fridge to allow chocolate to harden slightly. Store in fridge for one week or freezer for up to 3 months.


  • If the energy ball mixture isn’t sticking together after processing it for several minutes, add 1-2 tablespoons of water to the mixture until it starts to adhere. It should be sticky enough to roll into balls.
  • Place the energy ball mixture in the fridge for several minutes to firm up slightly so that it won’t be as sticky before rolling into balls.
  • The pretzel antlers don’t have to be perfect, since it gives each reindeer character. I usually break a pretzel in half so that it resembles an antler that you can poke into the reindeers' head. If one pretzel breaks in a weird place, just get another one and try again. This part can be a little tricky, but once you’ve done a few, you start to get the hang of it. 
  • For the eyes, you can use candy eyeballs, or I’ve also had success using puffed brown rice cereal or dark chocolate chips for a healthier option.
  • Be careful when sticking the pomegranate arils on for the reindeer nose. If you squeeze it too hard, the aril may burst and the juice will squirt right back at you. If preferred, you can also use a goji berry or a red candy such as a smartie or m&m.


Calories: 128kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 4gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 204mgFiber: 3gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 33mgIron: 1mg
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