America's Test Kitchen - Cranberry almond no-bake energy bites

Here’s how Molly Birnbaum, the editor-in-chief of America’s Test Kitchen Kids, describes this dish: “This is actually the simplest recipe you could possibly make, and you don’t even need to turn on the oven.” Sounds pretty good, don’t you think?!

In this video tutorial, Molly starts off by explaining that one of the most important steps of this recipe—and, really, any recipe at all—is getting yourself super organized from the start. So go ahead and gather all of your ingredients and the other tools you’ll need, like a mixing bowl and rubber spatula. By doing this first, the recipe will go smoothly and quickly, and you won’t be running around your kitchen the whole time, looking for things you need.

Then, all you have to do is combine all of the ingredients in a bowl, give the oats, dried cranberries, sliced almonds, peanut butter, and salt a good stir, and then roll the batter into about a dozen balls. If the dough gets stuck to your fingers, just give your hands a good rinse—the water will keep it from sticking.

Finally, chill the balled-up bites in the fridge for about 30 minutes until they firm up. In no time, you’ll have a snack that’s as healthy and energizing as it is delicious. In fact, this batch was so yummy, the cameraman couldn’t keep his hands off the plate. As you watch the video, be on the lookout for his sticky fingers!

This recipe is from America's Test Kitchen Kids' upcoming workbook, Kitchen Explorers. You can get the recipe here: cranberry-almond no-bake energy bites

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