Skill Level: Beginner
Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 cup Cashews, raw
  • 1 cup Blanched slivered almonds
  • 1 cup Dates, without the pit
  • ¾ cup Cranberries, dried and unsweetened
  • ¼ cup Rolled oats, optional and gluten-free if needed
  • 1 T. Honey or pure maple syrup
  • 2 T. Water, if needing to bind mixture
  • ¼ cup Bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1/8 tsp. Kosher salt, optional


  • Add nuts, dried fruit, oats and natural sweetener (e.g., honey) to a food processor. Puree or pulse until well combined. You may need to scrape down the sides once or twice with a spatula then continue to puree.
  • If the mixture does not stick together well then add 2 T. of water, 1-2 T. of additional honey OR an extra ¼ cup of dates to allow the hike bites to come together.
  • Add chocolate chips and pinch of salt to the mixture and pulse 4-5 times, just until chopped up.
  • Form hike bites into balls or press mixture into a baking sheet and cut into squares. You may need to refrigerate the hike bites for 10-15 minutes if you want to cut them into squares.
  • Keep hike bites in the fridge in an airtight container up to 2 weeks. These freeze well.


Servings: 12-16
Serving Size: 1-2 heaping T. size bites (can form into desired shape/size)
Nutrition Information: Provides antioxidant Vitamin E, heart and brain healthy monounsaturated fat, dietary fiber, and magnesium.