Healthy Snack – Cranberry Pistachio Energy Balls + Giveaway *WINNER ANNOUNCED*

Cranberry Pistachio Energy Balls

Cranberry Pistachio Energy Balls

Happy Wednesday my Dearest Readers 🙂 Half way through the week! I’m not sure if I’ve told you, but I work in a very technical team with all men…there’s only one other girl in my team, but she doesn’t work in the same office as me so I haven’t even met her before. Anyhow, these middle ages men are always mindlessly munching on snacks all day long… whenever I bring any goodies in…they will generally be cleared in a couple of minutes.

Cranberry Pistachio Energy Balls

Recently, my two managers have decided to try and be healthy and opt for healthier snacks and one thing they love are pistachio nuts. They will take turns in buying a big pack and share it amongst themselves, and it’s very entertaining to see them fight over the last one in the pack! I didn’t realise until recently, that pistachios are a healthy snack which can help lower cholesterol and the fibre and fat content make them quite filling and hopefully you will eat less later ~

Wonderful Pistachio

Wonderful Pistachio

I was recently sent some Wonderful Pistachios to try and was asked if I was interested in creating a recipe for them. So I took this opportunity to make some healthy pistachio snacks for my colleagues which were also portable as they have been going on for long runs at lunch time.

Cranberry and Pistachio Energy Ball

Will provide you with the recipe now, but don’t forget to scroll down to the end for the giveaway 🙂

Recipe – Cranberry and Pistachio Energy Balls adapted from Gimme Some Oven

Yield – Approximately 20 balls (Tablespoon)

220g (1 Cup) chopped dates
1/2 Cup honey
pince of salt
1 1/2 cup of traditional oats
1 cup unshelled pistachio nuts
1 cup dried cranberries

– Fresh dates are probably better, because they’re not as hard
– More honey may be required to help the ingredients stick together
– Make sure the dates are well chopped, as my food processor had trouble combining the honey and dates together
– I use raw pistachio, meaning they were not salted. If you use salted pistachio, you can leave the pinch of salt out
– You can add additional seeds, nuts or dried fruit if you wish to

1) Place chopped dates, honey and salt into a food processor and pulse until smooth. Mixture should be slightly runny, if it is too stiff add some more honey (1 or 2 tablespoons).
2) Transfer mixture into a large bowl and the other ingredients, pistachio, oats and dried cranberries. Cover with cling wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
3) Once the mixture is cool and harder, use your hand or spoon to assist and roll them into the size you like. Place them back into the refrigerator to firm up.
When stores in an air tight container they will last up to 2 weeks.

Cranberry and Pistachios Energy Balls

Mr Bao tried these energy balls and gave them a thumbs up as they were quite sweet and really filling, he said he ate 2 in the afternoon and was full until it was dinner time again 🙂 Note these are also sugar free too, as it uses honey and dates!

Now let’s move onto the giveaway!

20141009-IMG_3279One lucky ready will win a Wonderful Pistachio pack valued at $24, pistachios in 3 flavours, Roast & Salt, Salt & Pepper and Sweet Chilli. Otherwise, you should be able to find them at your supermarket 🙂

To enter this giveaway
– Leave a comment and tell me do you like salted or raw pistachios?
– For more entries please ‘Like’ me on Facebook and Follow me on Twitter ~ If you’ve already done that please let me now! Thank you!
– Giveaway ends on the 22nd October (Wednesday) 
– You may reenter daily, one entry a day
– Winners will be chosen by me personally and announced on this blog and notified via email on the 24th October (Thursday) 
– Open only to all Australian residents (Sorry International Readers!)


Congratulations Jessica M! You are the winner for the Wonderful Pistachio pack! I will be emailing you about this today 🙂

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Thank you everyone who left a comment and participated!

Daisy@Nevertoosweet received Wonderful Pistachios as a gift 



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50 thoughts on “Healthy Snack – Cranberry Pistachio Energy Balls + Giveaway *WINNER ANNOUNCED*

  1. andy1076 October 15, 2014 at 8:23 am Reply

    I’m not a huge fan of salted pistachio, natural taste is addictive enough and it’s got that natural taste to it that’s just right 😊

  2. james310 October 15, 2014 at 8:24 am Reply

    Thank you for the chance. Love salted and I’ve liked on facebook and Twitter

  3. Linda | Brunch with Joy October 15, 2014 at 9:49 am Reply

    Yum! I love pistachio, but online the eating part. 🙂 Thanks for sharing this recipe. This is actually perfect size for snacking at work.

  4. Diana O October 15, 2014 at 4:09 pm Reply

    Salted, so much so I’ve been known to suck the saltiness off the shells before devouring the delicious little nut inside.

  5. Fiona October 15, 2014 at 4:31 pm Reply

    Love unsalted Pistachios! Following on twitter! @jeujeu1 🙂

  6. Jess October 15, 2014 at 5:01 pm Reply

    Salted pistachios! I follow on Twitter

  7. joe crisafulli October 15, 2014 at 5:11 pm Reply

    sweet please!

  8. hotlyspiced October 15, 2014 at 5:50 pm Reply

    I like raw pistachios because there’s so much more you can do with them. Aren’t pistachios a pretty colour! I make a lot of food that ends up going to my husband’s office and it’s always gone within minutes – you’d think they were all starving. I love the look of your energy balls and what a great recipe you have come up with for the pistachios xx

  9. Keren October 15, 2014 at 5:59 pm Reply

    Honestly, I’ve never been much of a fan of pistachios but I am quite intrigued by the flavoured ones and by seeing how they’d go in a mix like the energy balls. Will keep my eyes out for them, especially as we approach Chrissy coz basically everyone in The Sparky’s family loves them!

  10. Dumpling Love (@cscc28) October 15, 2014 at 7:06 pm Reply

    Such a hard question! I tend to go for salted cos they’re much crunchier than raw ones! Or am I just getting bad raw ones? =( haha. The Wonderful pistachios are yum!

  11. Julia October 15, 2014 at 8:50 pm Reply

    I must admit Ive only ever tried them unsalted, and love them. But now Im truly intrigued to try these amazing flavours you’ve created 🙂

  12. Ross S October 15, 2014 at 9:33 pm Reply

    Salted for me.

  13. Winston October 15, 2014 at 9:43 pm Reply

    Bringing healthy and yummy snacks definitely wins you brownie points in the office! I will keep this recipe in mind when I need to bribe for a favour from my colleagues =]

  14. karina l October 15, 2014 at 9:58 pm Reply

    Love salted pistachios! Follow on Twitter and Like on FB!

  15. james p October 15, 2014 at 10:32 pm Reply

    salted pistachios sucking the shell tasting the salt then eating the nut

  16. Curious Charlie October 16, 2014 at 3:15 am Reply

    Those look yummy! Perfect for a weekend on the go. I do love them salted. 😉 I remember last time we bought these it was on a trip to the Yarra Valley, fond memories, they even went well with chocolate!

  17. Maria P October 16, 2014 at 1:46 pm Reply

    Unsalted pistachio for me. I think the salt overpowers the delicious and delicate flavour of the pistachio.

  18. Sonya October 16, 2014 at 2:04 pm Reply

    Oooh, definitely salted pistachios! Thankfully I have discovered recently that my very underweight toddler likes pistachios, so now instead of giving him cereal for breakfast he gets a bowl of pistachios – way healthier than cereal as it’s full of protein and healthy fats. 🙂

  19. Helga Grenkowitz October 16, 2014 at 2:53 pm Reply

    Since I have to reduce my salt intake I prefer raw pistachios. I have also liked your Facebook page and followed you on Twitter 🙂

  20. Jessica M October 16, 2014 at 4:34 pm Reply

    Raw, because I made the mistake of eating salted food while severely sunburnt one day!

  21. Hannah October 16, 2014 at 6:21 pm Reply


  22. Fong Truong October 16, 2014 at 6:50 pm Reply

    Unsalted and then add my own amount of salt to the nuts.

  23. Alison Apps October 16, 2014 at 8:43 pm Reply

    Mmmmmmmm the more salt the better. A lovely snack the fight those sweet cravings.

  24. Cathy October 16, 2014 at 11:35 pm Reply

    Raw for me!! Trying to limit salt in my diet 🙂 Must try your energy balls – they look great!
    Liked on Facebook and follow on Twitter

  25. Amber Boyce October 17, 2014 at 12:33 am Reply

    Salted are SOOO good 🙂

  26. anastasiastarz October 17, 2014 at 6:21 am Reply

    I like them salted with caramel and apple pie!

    Liked/following on fb/twitter – same name.

  27. Melissa Jones October 17, 2014 at 5:08 pm Reply

    I prefer raw pistachios. I tried salted one before, and am not very into it.
    FB: Melissa Jones
    Twitter: @lindtar

  28. Fiona October 18, 2014 at 3:23 pm Reply

    Thank-you for the chance! 🙂 Salted or unsalted pistachios would not last long in this house!

  29. Phillip Cunningham October 18, 2014 at 5:26 pm Reply

    Salted as I have even been known to lick the salt off of the shells itself, the nut is not enough.

  30. Calli October 19, 2014 at 9:48 am Reply

    I like salted pistachios!

  31. Cheryl Moulton October 19, 2014 at 4:32 pm Reply

    I love them salted, or without if that is what is offering LOL

  32. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella October 19, 2014 at 5:29 pm Reply

    I love both kinds of pistachios-they give such a pretty colour to things, especially when paired with cranberries 😀

  33. Val C. October 19, 2014 at 9:30 pm Reply

    In my house there is a person to suit every sort of pistachio, I like unsalted but it doesn’t stop me chomping into the salted ones! Yum! Also liked and shared on Facebook and a follower on Twitter!

  34. Angela October 19, 2014 at 11:49 pm Reply

    Definitely salted! But I wouldn’t say no to raw either 🙂

  35. mandachic October 20, 2014 at 12:15 am Reply

    I love pistachios raw! They are an especially delicious and gourmet addition to vanilla ice-cream or white chocolate

  36. mandachic October 20, 2014 at 12:16 am Reply

    sorry following on Facebook and Twitter

  37. Miss A October 20, 2014 at 1:49 am Reply

    Love salted for eating and raw for cooking

    Liked on facebook and twitter (stars1969)

  38. lara morello October 20, 2014 at 2:02 pm Reply

    unsalted…………….and liked you on facebook

  39. CocoaLoco October 20, 2014 at 3:26 pm Reply

    I prefer salted BUT raw, roasted or salted they can’t be faulted. Simply delicious and very nutritious, an all day snack which I don’t need to cut back. YUM!

  40. Amber Boyce October 20, 2014 at 8:42 pm Reply

    yum!! salted is delicious 🙂

  41. Dumpling Love (@cscc28) October 20, 2014 at 11:17 pm Reply

    salted ftw! Though sometimes they’re too salty =S

  42. CHRISTINA DUTRA October 21, 2014 at 12:52 pm Reply

    I love raw pistachios!!!

  43. CHRISTINA DUTRA October 21, 2014 at 12:53 pm Reply

    I liked on FB : Christina Dutra

  44. Helen Jacobson October 22, 2014 at 10:46 am Reply

    Unsalted for snacking, salted for cooking as I often use them in savoury dishes, like chicken or pork terrines, sprinkled over salads or pasta dishes. I usually don’t add any more salt after that.

  45. Donna Dwyer October 22, 2014 at 12:51 pm Reply

    Raw – and straight from the shell – they taste amazing!! I recently heard that you can also eat them fresh (within a week from being on the tree) and the taste experience is totally different!! Follow on facebook!!

  46. Sharon Fawcett October 22, 2014 at 2:09 pm Reply

    salted for me!

  47. melanie w October 22, 2014 at 4:02 pm Reply

    I love salted pistachios they are my favorite snack

  48. jbmarigold October 22, 2014 at 6:18 pm Reply

    Mine’s ALWAYS SALTED! Shhh… Don’t tell my doctor!

  49. jbmarigold October 22, 2014 at 6:20 pm Reply

    Liked on Facebook – Jennifer Bush

  50. jbmarigold October 22, 2014 at 6:20 pm Reply

    Happily following on Twitter too! – Jennifer B.

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