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No-Bake Reindeer Energy Bites

These No-Bake Reindeer Energy Bites make a fun and healthy treat for the holidays and contain no added sugar! Prep them in advance for an easy snack to serve to guests during the Christmas season. Great for both kids and adults! {Gluten-free, dairy-free, & vegan}
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Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 32 reindeer
Calories: 88kcal
Author: Elysia


For the reindeer heads:

  • 20 large pitted dates soaked in hot water for at least 20 minutes to soften
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1/4 cup large flake oats can use gluten-free, if necessary
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup water or more if necessary

To decorate:

  • Pretzels for antlers can use gluten-free pretzels if necessary
  • Goji berries for nose**
  • Puffed quinoa for eyes


  • Combine almonds, cashews, oats, cocoa and cinnamon in food processor. Process until crumbly.
  • Add vanilla, dates, coconut oil and water. Process until mixture is combined. If mixture is still dry, continue to add a teaspoon or so of water until the texture is firm and sticky. At this point, you may wish to put the mixture in the fridge for a few minutes to harden up slightly, making it easier to handle.
  • Next, remove mixture from processor and form into approximately 1-inch balls. Place the balls on a large plate or piece of parchment paper.
  • Break pieces of pretzel up so that they resemble antlers. Poke two antlers into the top of each ball. Next, dip a goji berry in a bit of water to make it more pliable and roll into a little red nose. Place on the reindeer's face. Place two puffed quinoa pieces right above the nose to form eyes. Repeat for each reindeer.
  • Store in the fridge for up to one week or in the freezer for up to one month.


Calories: 88kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 99mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg
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