Cranberry Apple Pie Protein Balls

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When the holidays come, our diets tend to take a hit. Between the snacks that magically show up in my teacher’s lounge to all the holiday parties and family dinners, I find myself eating things I normally avoid. I don’t know about you, but I love Christmas cookies, pies, green bean casserole, cinnamon rolls, sausage balls and basically everything else that we associate with the holidays. That’s one of the reasons I’ve been sharing some of my favorite guilt-free holiday recipes the past few weeks (you may remember my Pecan Pie Smoothie Bowl or the Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese!). And this week I’m excited to share my latest creation: Cranberry Apple Pie Protein Balls. 

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Not only are these a scrumptious snack, but they are a fun way to get all the flavors from a cranberry apple pie without the guilt. These balls are loaded with protein, dried fruits, raw nuts, dates, and the star of the show, Quaker® Simply Granola Oats, Apples, Cranberries & Almonds. I love eating these protein balls as my afternoon snack, because the protein helps keep me full, while my sweet tooth is satisfied with the maple syrup and dried fruit. The granola gives me the crunch I crave, and the almonds and cranberries in it compliment the flavors of the protein ball so well!

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I’m a huge fan of the Quaker® Simply Granola for so many reasons. It is tasty and filling, satisfying my hunger (and tastebuds) for hours. The granola clusters are crunchy and hearty, and I love love love that it has real fruit and nuts. It’s also very low  in sodium, which is always a win in my book! You betta believe I use this granola all the time. I found it at Walmart in the cereal aisle, and can’t wait to try all the other flavors they have. The Quaker® Simply Granola Oats, Honey & Almonds is definitely going to be my next purchase. Not only is it an excellent source of fiber, but it only has 9g of fat per serving and it has 34g of whole grains. It doesn’t get much better than that! 

When I was thinking of the perfect finishing touch for my protein balls, I immediately thought of this granola, and I’m so glad I did. The protein balls turned out better than I ever imagined! The granola easily stuck to the outside of the protein ball, and gave it just the right amount of crunch. I guess you could say it works as the “crust” to my Cranberry Apple Pie. ;)

Not only are these protein balls perfect  for afternoon snacks, but they would be a great dessert or appetizer to serve during the holidays. They would also be a lot of fun to make with kids, since it’s so easy and hands on. This recipe is a neat way to bring the family together during the holidays, and I can definitely see making them with future kiddos becoming a tradition in my family. 

Looking for more holiday recipe inspiration? Check out this Social Hub where you’ll be inspired to take your granola to the next level. 

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Cranberry Apple Pie Protein Balls

Cranberry Apple Pie Protein Balls
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A satisfying snack or desert that is full of protein, nuts, dried fruit and covered in Quaker® Simply Granola.
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Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup whole dates
  2. 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  3. 1 cup sliced (or whole) almonds
  4. 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  5. 2/3 cup dried apples
  6. 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  7. 1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  8. 2 cups Quaker® Simply Granola Oats, Apples, Cranberries & Almonds
Instructions
  1. Soften the dates for a few minutes in some warm water. Slice them open and remove the seed from each date. Roughly chop the dates and place in a food processor.
  2. Add the maple syrup and pulse until smooth and creamy. You may have to scrape down the sides a few times to make sure everything has been processed.
  3. Add the almonds, cranberries, apples, protein powder and pumpkin pie spice and pulse until everything is incorporated. You should be left with a sticky "dough".
  4. Grab about 2 Tbsp of the mixture and roll into a 1 inch ball.
  5. Gently press the granola around the protein ball and shape back into a ball.
  6. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks!
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Cranberry Apple Pie Protein Balls | read more at happilythehicks.com

Cranberry Apple Pie Protein Balls | read more at happilythehicks.com

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  1. Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog.

    December 14th, 2016 at 6:48 am

    I love these as a quick snack to grab and go! (I especially like that there’s no baking involved.) <—- Partially because I dropped pizza in my oven and there's sticky cheese to the bottom of it that I haven't quite cleaned up yet. So my oven is outta commission.

  2. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    December 15th, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Hahaha that’s hilarious! And yes, I’m all about quick and simple. They are perfect for snacks on the go.

  3. Candy Kage

    December 14th, 2016 at 8:06 am

    Protein balls are always a hit around our house. These cranberry and apple pie protein balls would be another great treat to make.

  4. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    December 15th, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Definitely! They are easy to make, and I love the flavors the granola adds to the protein balls. So good!

  5. Emily Bendler

    December 14th, 2016 at 9:55 am

    We love protein balls around here!! Will def have to try these out!!

  6. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    December 15th, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    Me too! They are my go-to for quick and easy snacks. And you should! They are sooo good.

  7. Krissie Aguilar

    December 14th, 2016 at 10:24 am

    WOW these sound delicious!!!! I love that they are easy to make and healthy. These would even be great for holiday parties :).

  8. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    December 15th, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    oooh yes! You could even make them smaller to be more of a party snack. Great idea, Krissie!

  9. Lisa McDermott

    December 14th, 2016 at 11:40 am

    These look super yummy! I need to make some for the office gals!

  10. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    December 15th, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Awesome! Let me know how they turn out if you do! :)

  11. Ayanna

    December 14th, 2016 at 11:59 am

    Yum! One of the things I want to do as I go into the new year, is to find better snack options. These look like a great option and easy to make. Pinned!

  12. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    December 15th, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    Thanks for pinning, Ayanna! You will love these protein balls. They are SO yummy!

  13. Erica Nicole

    December 14th, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    These look absolutely incredible! How creative to use the granola for this recipe! Love it.

  14. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    December 15th, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Thanks Erica! The granola really brought these protein balls up a notch, that’s for sure. Definitely a recipe I’ll make again and again.

  15. Dawn - Our Food Fix

    December 14th, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    This is a great idea to utilize something many people pay already have in their home, and spice it up with some healthy homemade additions. Plus, they are super festive for the season :)

  16. Dawn - Our Food Fix

    December 14th, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    This is a great idea to utilize something many people may already have in their home, and spice it up with some healthy additions. Plus, they are super festive for the season :)

  17. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    December 15th, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Definitely! And isn’t that cranberry color just gorgeous?! I’m all about the cranberry red this holiday season.

  18. Neely

    December 14th, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Well these sound perfect! Need to try!

  19. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    December 15th, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Thanks Neely! You should! They’re amazing.

  20. Jessica Bradshaw

    December 14th, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    This looks so good! Your photos are beautiful!!

  21. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    December 15th, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    Thank you Jessica! I’ve been really working on my photography… Slowly but surely! haha

  22. Katie Arnold

    December 14th, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    Yum!! If you just want to toss some of these in the mail, I’d be so grateful! ;)

  23. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    December 15th, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    Sure thing ;) But seriously, you need to give this recipe a try! They are my favorite protein balls I’ve ever made.

  24. Kristin C

    December 14th, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    I am trying to get back onto the healthy eating train and these would be a great addition as a snack! Thanks for sharing!

  25. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    December 15th, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    Oh yes!! They are sweet, but not too much, and full of healthy goodies you’ll love.

  26. Patricia Conte

    December 14th, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    These look great! What a nice snack to keep from going over the edge this time of year!

  27. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    December 15th, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    I agree! They give me the sweetness I crave without feeling guilty about it. Win-win!

  28. Suzanne

    December 15th, 2016 at 7:43 am

    Yum! Pinning this for when I’m done eating chocolate and all the bad things ;)

  29. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    December 15th, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    Hahha yes!! I just ate like 5 snack sized bags of M&Ms. They’re my kryptonite!

  30. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    December 15th, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    They really are great for the summer! And these protein balls are especially delicious. Probably my favorite that I’ve made before!

  31. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    December 15th, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Thanks Emmy!!

  32. Jazzmine Woodard

    December 15th, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    These look so yummy and simple to make. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  33. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    December 20th, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Thanks for stopping by! They are SO yummy. I just ate one for my afternoon snack.

  34. Amy Smith

    December 15th, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    These look amazing. Pinning this so I have something healthy to grab on the go.

  35. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    December 20th, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Awesome! I know you’ll love it. They are SO good and great for taking along with you.

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