No Bake Vanilla Cranberry Energy Bites (Gluten Free & AIP)

Quick no bake snacks that you can bring with you are hard to come across on a gluten free allergy free diet. So many energy bites are made with nuts, oats and flour but not these! These energy bites are gluten free, flour-less, allergy friendly and refined sugar free. They're quick to assemble and are rich enough that one is plenty. It's nice to have a small treat with a hot cup of tea, especially on these cold fall days. Enjoy!

Vanilla Cranberry Energy Bites (Gluten Free, Nut Free, AIP)
Makes 12 balls

1 3/4 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
2 1/2 teaspoons melted coconut oil
2 1/2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup (Add more if needed to hold the shape)
2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (Alcohol Free if AIP like this recipe here)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
4 Tbsp dried cranberries

1. Place 1 cup of shredded coconut in a food processor along with the coconut oil. Process on high speed, scraping down the sides periodically, until it reaches a paste-like consistency. (It does not have to be completely smooth like butter; some coconut texture is good.)

2. Add the honey, coconut milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and and salt and process until well combined. Add 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons of shredded coconut and pulse until just combined. Then add 4 tbsp dried cranberries and pulse until combined.

3. Shape the mixture into 12 (1-inch) balls and coat with the remaining shredded coconut. Refrigerate for at least an hour and up to 5 days. Bring to room temperature before eating.