Cranberry Pistachio Holiday Ornament Bites

This antioxidant-packed dessert will satisfy both savory and sweet fans out there for the holidays.

Naturally sweetened with honey, these bites have healthier fats, fiber and protein thanks to the pistachio included in the dish. In addition, the cranberries in the bites provide a healthy variety of vitamins, including C and E.

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  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • ⅓ cup pistachios, chopped
  • ⅓ cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 Tbsp. ground flaxseed (optional)
  • ½ cup nut butter (peanut or almond are both good)
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • ⅓ cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped

Cranberry Pistachio Holiday Ornament Bites

1. Bake oatmeal, pistachios and coconut for 8-10 minutes at 350° on a baking sheet, stirring after 5 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool.
2. In a medium bowl microwave the nut butter for 20-30 seconds until runny, add the baked mix along with flaxseed, honey, chia seeds and cranberries to the bowl. Form into 1" balls and refrigerate. Store in an airtight container refrigerated for up to one week or freezer for 3 months. Enjoy!

Nutrient Info per Ball:
Nutrition Facts
Makes about 16 Servings
Amount Per Serving/Ball
Calories 94.2
Total Fat 5.3 g
Saturated Fat 1.2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.7 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.7 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 25.8 mg
Potassium 33.2 mg
Total Carbohydrate 10.4 g
Dietary Fiber 1.7 g
Sugars 4.7 g
Protein 2.7 g
Vitamin A 0.3 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 2.3 %
Vitamin C 0.2 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 2.5 %
Calcium 1.1 %
Copper 1.9 %
Folate 0.3 %
Iron 3.1 %
Magnesium 1.5 %
Manganese 2.0 %
Niacin 4.1 %
Pantothenic Acid 0.2 %
Phosphorus 1.3 %
Riboflavin 0.7 %
Selenium 0.3 %
Thiamin 1.5 %
Zinc 0.4 %
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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  1. Do you need the coconut in this? I’ve not liked coconut in anything, and this recipe sounds really good as a quick pick me up for work. Can I substitute the coconut for something else?

    1. Hi Julie, you can certainly modify the recipe and take out the coconut. You can try adding nuts like chopped macadamia or sliced almonds. Best, Taylar

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