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Today we’ve partnered with King Arthur Flour to bring you these Paleo blueberry muffin energy balls! To make these, all you’ll need to do is put the ingredients into a food processor, then roll the mixture into balls and you’ve got healthy snacks for the entire week!
So far, we’ve brought you Salted Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls and Healthy Brownie Batter Energy Balls and you all have loved them! Today, we’re excited to bring you a new variety for your snacking needs – blueberry muffin. In the past, one of our most frequently asked questions about energy balls has been whether you can swap the nuts for almond flour, so we wanted to develop a variety with almond flour as the base so you could skip a step this time around.
No-Bake Energy Ball Ingredients
Many energy balls contain oats, but these are grain-free and completely Paleo-friendly! Here’s what you’ll need to make them:
- Almond Flour – We used King Arthur almond flour for the base of this recipe. This almond flour is super-finely ground so there is no gritty texture, plus it is certified gluten-free and completely Paleo-friendly. You can find it at KingArthurFlour.com, Amazon, Publix, Whole Foods, Harris Teeter, Maeijer, and more! The almond flour helps bind together the energy balls and provide a source of healthy fats and protein.
- Dates – Dates provide sweetness to the energy balls, a bit of fiber, and also helps them stick together.
- Cashew Butter – We opted to use cashew butter in this recipe because of its neutral flavor and smooth, creamy texture. It provides the perfect base for the energy balls, but if you can’t find cashew butter, almond butter will work fine!
- Dried Blueberries – Of course, it wouldn’t be a blueberry muffin energy ball without the blueberries! We recommend finding unsweetened or apple juice-sweetened blueberries if you can!
- Collagen Peptides – We love collagen peptides for their benefits for hair, skin, and gut health, plus they are tasteless and provide protein to these no-bake energy balls.
- Lemon Zest – The pop of lemon zest really makes these! It lends a bright, fresh flavor to the energy balls.
How to Make Paleo Energy Balls
These energy balls are super easy to make! You’ll just blend them up, roll them into balls, refrigerate, then eat.
- Pulse the dates – First, add the pitted Medjool dates to the food processor and pulse until they are finely chopped.
- Add the almond flour, cashew butter, lemon zest, and collagen peptides – Next, you’ll add everything but the blueberries and blend until smooth.
- Add the blueberries – Stir the dried blueberries into the batter. You’ll notice that the mixture will be a bit sticky, but it will harden after refrigeration.
- Roll into balls and refrigerate – Finally, you’ll roll the mixture into 1 1/2 inch balls, then refrigerate them for at least 30 minutes, until firm. Then, they’re ready to eat!
How do you store energy balls?
These energy balls will keep for up to one month in the refrigerator in an airtight container, or up to 5 months in the freezer.
- 8 pitted Medjool dates
- 1/2 cup 60g King Arthur Almond Flour
- 3/4 cup cashew butter may also use almond butter, if desired
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1/3 cup collagen peptides optional
- 1/3 cup dried blueberries
- Place the dates in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add the cashew butter and blend until smooth.
- Add the almond flour, lemon zest, and collagen peptides and pulse until fully combined.
- Add in the dried blueberries, then stir to mix well.
- Roll mixture into 1-inch balls and place on a parchment-lined sheet pan, and refrigerate for 30 minutes, until firm.
- Store in the fridge in an airtight container and enjoy!
Can you substitute coconut flour for almond flour? Or arrowroot or tapioca flour?
Amber Goulden says
Coconut flour is much more absorbent than almond flour and will likely cause a dry, crumbly result. Arrowroot and tapioca also behave much differently. You can substitute any other nut flour, or grind up your own nut flour in its place. Grinding up shredded coconut may also work.
These are great! So nice to have almond flour in an energy ball – very different from the overly sticky, sweet flavor of some balls.
BUT, beware! The recipe doesn’t list lemon zest in the actual directions! I had rolled half the balls before I realized it. Really frustrating!
Can fresh or frozen blueberries be used?
Amber Goulden says
No, the watery consistency of fresh berries will ruin the texture of the energy balls unfortunately!