Make your own healthy, naturally sweetened blueberry muffin energy balls. They really do taste like blueberry muffins!

I don’t know why but I don’t make muffins too often! I love breads and muffins but I find that when I keep them in the house they disappear a liiiittle too quickly. Ha! So when I’m craving a blueberry muffin (one of my favorite flavors!) I tend to make these energy balls instead. They come together in no time at all, I don’t need to turn on my oven and every bite is packed with flavor and nutritious ingredients.

These blueberry energy balls are similar to my cherry energy balls, but with dried blueberries instead of cherries. They are a littler sweeter than the cherry version, which I like… and they really do have a flavor reminiscent of blueberry muffins or cobbler.

Bowl of blueberry energy balls.

Types of Energy Balls

As you may have guessed, there are so many different types of energy balls and they go by a variety of names too. Some names I’ve heard: energy bites, energy balls, bliss bites, oat balls and fat bombs. In my mind, there is one thing they all have in common: they’re no bake and rolled into balls. Here are some ways they can be different:

  • Protein – Some energy balls will have added protein powder to obviously amp up the protein, but also round out the snack and make it more filling and satisfying. I personally love making these protein balls.
  • Date-based – Some energy balls are made with a base of dates and nuts (like these!). They are usually grain-free and have no sugar added because the dates add a good amount of sweetness and help hold the balls together. For the date based balls, you usually need a food processor or blender to pulse the nuts and dates together.
  • Oat-based – Many energy ball recipes have a base of oats. They are packed with fiber and healthy fats and the perfect on-the-go snack. My peanut butter no bake energy balls are oat based and so yummy.

Cashews, almonds, lemon, vanilla, dates and dried blueberries on a table.

What You Need to Make These Blueberry Muffin Energy Balls

  • almonds – raw or roasted, but look for almonds without salt added.
  • cashews – raw or roasted, but look for cashews without salt added.
  • Medjool dates – You can buy medjool dates that are already pitted or pit them yourself (it’s super easy). Two brands that I like are Natural Delights and Joolies. You can find Natural Delights in the produce section of most grocery stores (near the bananas) and Joolies are offered on Amazon and Thrive Market.
  • dried blueberries
  • lemon
  • vanilla
  • sea salt

Food processor with dried blueberries, dates, almonds and cashews.

How to Make These No Bake Energy Balls

Just like all my energy ball recipes, these balls are super easy to whip up! There are two different methods to choose from:

  • Method 1: Place all the ingredients in your food processor and blend until combined. With this option, the blueberries with be totally processed and turn the energy balls a lovely blue color. This is what I did for the photos you see here.
  • Method 2: Process everything separately. You start by processing the nuts, remove those and then process the dates. Then you add everything back into the processor with the remaining ingredients and process quickly until just combined. With this method the dried blueberries stay more intact and your balls are studded with the dried blueberries, as seen in the video.

Method 1 takes a bit less effort because you can simply dump all the ingredients and blend, but either option works! It just depends on how you want the energy balls to look in the end.

Food processor with the blueberry energy ball mixture coarsely pulsed.

How to Store Energy Balls

You can store your energy balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer. They’ll last up to 1-2 weeks in the fridge and up to 3 months in the freezer. I like using glass storage containers or Stasher bags for storing energy balls.

Bird's eye view of a bowl full of blueberry energy balls.

More Energy Ball Recipes

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Bowl full of blueberry muffin energy balls.

Blueberry Muffin Energy Balls


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 25
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Make your own healthy, naturally sweetened snack bites with this recipe for blueberry energy balls. They really do taste like blueberry muffins!


Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup (about 10) medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 cup dried blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • pinch of sea salt

Instructions

Method 1:

  1. Process: Add all ingredients into your food processor and blend until combined.
  2. Form balls: Once mixture is combined, use your hands (or a small/medium cookie scoop) to form the dough into balls, using about 1 Tablespoon of dough for each ball. Enjoy right away or store for later.
  3. To store: Place balls into a sealed storage container and store in the fridge for 1-2 weeks or the freezer for 3 months.

Method 2: 

  1. Process nuts: Place almonds and cashews into food processor and pulse until they are chopped into small pieces. Place nut mixture in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Process dates: Put dates into the food processor and pulse until a paste forms (the dates will probably form into a sticky ball).
  3. Add nuts and remaining ingredients: Add nuts back into the processor with the dates and add in blueberries, vanilla, lemon juice and sea salt. Pulse until everything is well combined.
  4. Form balls: Once mixture is combined, use your hands (or a small/medium cookie scoop) to form the dough into balls, using about 1 Tablespoon of dough for each ball. Enjoy right away or store for later.
  5. To store: Place balls into a sealed storage container and store in the fridge for 1-2 weeks or the freezer for 3 months.

Notes

  1. Hard/dry dates: If your dates are hard and dry, you can soak them in warm water for 10-15 minutes to soften. Just drain them well before using.
  2. Crumbly dough: If your dough seems too crumbly to stick together after processing even when squeezing it together with your hands, you can try adding a couple more dates or adding 1 teaspoon of water at a time until the mixture starts to hold together well enough to form into balls. See note above.
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 ball
  • Calories: 86
  • Sugar: 7g
  • Sodium: 10mg
  • Fat: 4g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 4g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 11g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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    34 comments
    1. Sandra
      September 3, 2020 AT 11:15 pm

      Simple and delicious

    2. Amanda
      August 31, 2020 AT 5:50 pm

      These look and sound amazing!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 31, 2020 AT 8:09 pm

        Thanks Amanda!

    3. Sally Dutton
      April 23, 2018 AT 12:39 pm

      I have made Lara bars before but needed a good Blueberry Muffin recipe and found it here. Thanks for the simple directions and puctures.A win-win for my family.

      I didnt have a full cup of blueberries so I ended up just putting more dates in to fill in the difference. It worked out fine. But next time I will make sure I have the full amount of Blueberries because I love them and want more of that bursting taste in these blueberry bites.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 23, 2018 AT 12:57 pm

        So happy to hear that you liked these blueberry muffin Larabar balls. I love the blueberry flavor. 🙂

    4. Tammy Draper
      July 9, 2017 AT 10:43 am

      I just made these but because I didn’t have any dried blueberries I used dried cranberries and they are AWESOME. I think they are even better than Larabars. Good job and I will be looking at your site for more recipes. Thank you!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 9, 2017 AT 12:42 pm

        Yay!! I’m so glad they turned out with the dried cranberries. I should post a cranberry version. Glad you found my site, Tammy!

    5. Jess
      February 4, 2017 AT 7:23 pm

      Hi! I’m new to your Pinterest board and so excited to try these. They look amazing! I was reading the part about a 4×4. I understand the walking thing all to much. I did get a 4×4 and it has saved me from walking a mile UP my driveway every time it snows. Best investment ever. Good luck and thanks for healthy food recipes

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 6, 2017 AT 3:59 pm

        Yay. I’m glad you found me on Pinterest! I hope you love the blueberry muffins larabar balls and thanks for the tips about the 4×4. I still haven’t bought one but it’s on the list. 🙂

    6. nicole @ I am a Honey Bee
      January 5, 2017 AT 6:58 am

      I want a giant Larabar Ball! ha!
      My fav larabar flavor!

    7. Taylor Kiser
      January 5, 2017 AT 12:48 am

      Love how easy it is to make these blueberry muffin larabar balls! These are my kind of snacking!

    8. Cynthia | What A Girl Eats
      January 4, 2017 AT 1:13 pm

      Nothing better than dried fruit and nuts together! Sweet and salty and oh, so healthy! <3

    9. Snapback Caps
      November 13, 2016 AT 9:45 pm

      That way you don’t need a different vehicle, you just swap out the tires for the winter season, works like a dream.

    10. Julia
      October 2, 2016 AT 7:43 pm

      These are SO so good! And they’re super quick, with only one thing to wash. Even my boyfriend (a self-proclaimed larabar hater) LOVED these. I planned to make a big batch of these as snacks throughout the week but somehow I ended up with less for the week than I expected… 😉 So tasty!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 2, 2016 AT 9:47 pm

        YAY!! So glad that you like them. Next time make a double batch. 😉

    11. Chaussures Supra
      March 16, 2016 AT 11:26 pm

      My favorite Larabar is definitely the peanut butter and jelly. I bet just swapping out the almonds for peanuts in this recipe would be similar.

    12. amillennialgirl
      February 3, 2016 AT 10:33 am

      These were SO GOOD. Thank you so much!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 3, 2016 AT 10:36 am

        Yay! So glad that you liked them!!!

    13. Liz @ I Heart Vegetables
      January 28, 2016 AT 7:48 am

      These look amazing and I also LOVE your nail polish!!

    14. Emilie @ Emilie Eats
      January 26, 2016 AT 10:55 pm

      These just look so irresistible! I love Larabars, but maybe balls are just more fun to eat. NEED these.

    15. Jess @hellotofit
      January 26, 2016 AT 10:36 am

      Love the SIMPLICITY of this recipe. YUM.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 26, 2016 AT 12:48 pm

        Thanks Jess! I’m all about simple recipes lately. 🙂

    16. Les @ The Balanced Berry
      January 26, 2016 AT 12:40 am

      I’m on the west coast (Seattle) and we haven’t had any snow this year! I saw some snaps from my friends on the east coast and got a little jealous – but if I am around snow for more than a day I start complaining so I’m probably better off without it haha. I love how simple this ingredient list is! I’m a sucker for a good energy ball, and definitely need to try blueberry to get out of my cranberry rut 🙂

    17. Olivia @CraveBalance
      January 25, 2016 AT 7:56 pm

      These look amazing! I love larabars so I definitely need to try making them myself.

    18. Cara’s Healthy Cravings
      January 25, 2016 AT 7:39 pm

      We up north of the border in Canada just use snow tires. That way you don’t need a different vehicle, you just swap out the tires for the winter season, works like a dream 🙂
      Thanks for the delicious snack.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 26, 2016 AT 12:41 pm

        Oh, I never thought of having specific snow tires!! I’ll have to look into that.

    19. Amanda
      January 25, 2016 AT 6:08 pm

      Great idea! I wish you could find dried blueberries with no added sugar more often. My favorite Larabar is definitely the peanut butter and jelly. I bet just swapping out the almonds for peanuts in this recipe would be similar.

    20. Sara @ Oats & Rows
      January 25, 2016 AT 4:40 pm

      These look so tasty! Blueberry is one of my favorite flavors and I’ve got all the ingredients on hand, so it looks like these beauties will be made soon 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 25, 2016 AT 5:24 pm

        Woot woot! Enjoy them, Sara. 🙂

    21. Heidi Kokborg
      January 25, 2016 AT 4:29 pm

      These muffin balls look so good, Brittany! I didn’t even know that you could get dried blueberries. I hope I can find them in a health store near me so I can make these! They would make the perfect snack or dessert 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 25, 2016 AT 5:23 pm

        Yes! You should be able to find them at your local health food store. I also found them at Target and Trader Joes’s. 🙂

    22. Stephanie | mrsteaandmrcoffee
      January 25, 2016 AT 12:40 pm

      These look so good! And you can’t beat how easy they are. I’m always looking for new, healthy and gluten free snacks. Can’t wait to try these!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 25, 2016 AT 5:24 pm

        Thanks Stephanie. I love how quick and easy they are too!

    23. taramdeal
      January 25, 2016 AT 11:27 am

      I love having snacks like this on hand!! Such a great way to get something quick with loads of healthy fats 🙂

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