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Blueberry Muffin Energy Balls

March 30, 2021

Want the taste of a  sweet and delicious blueberry muffin, in a small snack-sized ball? Make these Raw Blueberry Muffin Energy Balls for a nutritious snack that doesn’t skimp on the flavor!

Do you have certain foods that remind you of certain moments or phases in your life? Maybe it’s because I’m a foodie but I have distinct memories when it comes to food! Fresh biscuits will always remind me of our honeymoon, smoothie bowls bring me back to Grand Cayman and blueberry muffins will forever remind me of college.

At the time, I wasn’t doing much of my own cooking or recipe creation so I was a regular visitor of Starbucks to get my blueberry muffin fix. I wish I had this recipe back then because these energy balls are so dang delicious (and easy for college dorm dwellers to make)! This is another one of those, “throw everything into the food processor and you’re good to go” kind of recipes. No need to fuss around with the oven, or a list of 15 ingredients.

Since this recipe makes quite a few, they’re perfect to make ahead for quick on-the-go breakfast and snacks. Store them in your fridge or freezer until you’re ready to enjoy.

Blueberry Muffin Energy Ball Ingredients

  • Mixed nuts – I prefer cashews and almonds but you can use any combination!
  • Dried Blueberries – I can’t even tell you how many people have asked if you can use fresh blueberries… dried is best for this recipe, sorry! – see note below.
  • Medjool Dates – one of my favorite natural sweeteners.
  • Vanilla – vanilla extract works great but you can also use fresh vanilla if you’re fancy.
  • Lemon zest – don’t skimp on this. It really does add a ton of flavor!

You also need a food processor. I’m obsessed with my Cuisinart 14 cup food processor and highly recommend it! Don’t attempt to make this in your high-powered blender… I don’t want to be responsible for any broken blenders. 

Where to Buy Dried Blueberries

These blueberry muffin energy balls require one very special ingredient: dried blueberries. Please do not use either fresh blueberries or freeze-dried blueberries. Here is where to find dried blueberries:

  • Trader Joe’s – They carry dried wild blueberries in the dried fruit + nut section for a very decent price
  • Bulk Barn – for my Canadian friends! They are a bit pricey but Bulk Barn does carry them
  • Amazon – quite a few options on Amazon – I like these ones.

How to Make Homemade Energy Balls

STEP 1: Add nuts to your food processor and process until they are pea-sized.

STEP 2: Combine nuts with dates and dried blueberries and process until all ingredients have broken down and are a bit sticky.

STEP 3: Add in the lemon zest, vanilla extract and salt and  process until all ingredients have broken down to form 1 large sticky ball – about 5 minutes. You may need to scrape the sides down and break up the ball a few times before all bits have broken down.

STEP 4: Roll into small balls and enjoy!

How to Store Energy Balls

These snacks are perfect for meal prep because they store extremely well! Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 1 month. Highly doubt they’ll last that long though!

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Blueberry Muffin Energy Balls

Want the taste of a  sweet and delicious blueberry muffin, in a small snack-sized ball? Make these Raw Blueberry Muffin Energy Balls for a nutritious snack that doesn’t skimp on the flavor!

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 20-25 balls (depending on size) 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Blend
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Add nuts to food processor. Process until nuts are pea-sized.
  2. Combine nuts with dates and dried blueberries and process until all ingredients have broken down and are a bit sticky – about 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add in vanilla extract, lemon zest + salt.
  4. Process until all ingredients have broken down and form into one sticky ball – you may need to scrape down sides every minute. This should take 3-5 minutes of processing.
  5. Roll into small balls and store in fridge for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for several months.

*NOTE: your mixture may feel a bit greasy while rolling it into balls – this is normal! It is just the natural oils being released from the nuts.

**I LOVE my Cuisinart 14 cup food processor!

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  • Reply
    Ariel
    April 25, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    Can you I use a magic bullet (blender) instead of a food processor? I don’t have a food processor, unfortunately.

  • Reply
    paula
    April 2, 2018 at 12:20 am

    Hi, can it be done with natural non-dried blueberries? Thanks

  • Reply
    Elise
    March 20, 2018 at 10:35 am

    Hello! Is it possible to use almond flour or almond meal instead of grinding up nuts? And if so, would it still be one cup? Thanks so much!

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    Cheers to Health & Happiness
    February 6, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    These Blueberry Muffin Balls deliver! So simple to make & exceeded my expectations. Thank you Davidia! You are so spot on; everyone loves these balls, Loves Them! You’re the best.?

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    Jennicha House
    July 29, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Is this recipe using dry or soft dates, and the video directions is different then the written in saying to pulse the nuts to or A size then add fruit verses pulse dates to pea size then add blueberries and nuts.
    I used soft dates and followed the written directions and the consistency was so sticky, it was unmanageable to roll into balls! All it did was stick heavily to my fingers and spoon. I had to freeze the mixture for a bit just to manage it.
    Also does the recipe measure a cup if dates chopped or whole?

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    Lena
    February 19, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Hi Davidia,

    Love all the energy ball recipes. My kids and family love dates and mixing them with nuts chocolate or berries is bliss.

    Just incase you didn’t know. Middle eastern shops or supermarkets usually have date paste; either in a jar or as a date ‘brick’ if you like. No additives just pressed dates. For those without a blender this is a great option to use for the date energy balls.

    Keep enjoying all those balls! We shall also.

    Lena

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    ANDREA
    January 24, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    ANY SUGGESTIONS ON WHERE TO FIND SUGAR FREE DRIED BLUEBERRIES OR IF YOU COULD MAKE THIS WITH FRESH BLUEBERRIES? IM DOING WHOLE30 AND CANT FIND SUGAR FREE DRIED BLUEBERRIES ANYWHERE, BUT WOULD LOVE TO MAKE THIS BECAUSE IT SOUNDS DELICIOUS!!! THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!

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    Susan Taylor
    January 21, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    This is a great recipe! I added a little bit of oat powder as well to have more energy. These little energy balls helped me doing my workouts with Country Heat so that I didn’t get burned out. Read my reviews at http://www.theadventurelifestyle.com.
    Thanks for the recipe!

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    AC
    January 13, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    Shaped these into granola bars instead of balls – hommade lara bars! Way more delicious than I expected and whole30 compliant! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Reply
    Riya Ahuja
    January 3, 2017 at 5:03 am

    Oh my! Hubby would love this! Pinning now! Thanks for sharing!!

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    Maritza
    October 17, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    Hey! I can’t wait to try these! I just made them and they are in the freezer setting. It was a little bit harder for me through. I didn’t watch your video and just followed the instructions instead and first thing I did was the nuts, because it says so in the instructions. Your video says do the dates first which would make sense. First time using a processor too. Ha. Anyway thank you tons!

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    Jan
    September 28, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    These look incredible – so fruity and the color is so rich! My only problem is stopping after just 2.. or 3!

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