Raw Wild Blueberry Snack Balls

Raw Wild Blueberry Snack Balls

Raw Wild Blueberry Snack BallsI spent a few days in Bar Harbor Maine last week to learn about wild blueberries. The trip was sponsored by the Wild Blueberry Association of North America. It was a great time! I caught up with some fun RD colleagues, saw some beautiful parts of Maine, and of course learned a ton about wild blueberries. I had never been to Maine before and I can’t wait to go back.

This was the view outside my door at the Bar Harbor Inn.

Bar Harbor Inn Maine

Gorgeous right? And the blueberry barrens were just as amazing…..fields and fields of wild blueberries as far as the eye can see.

wild blueberry barrens

This is one of my favorite pictures from the trip. It really shows the beauty and expanse of the barrens. And what a perfect Maine day! Our visit coincided with the harvest, which begins in late July and continues through August, so it was a busy place (despite this picture). We also toured Wyman’s processing plant and were able to see the whole process – from picking to freezing. I was pleased to learn that wild blueberries are frozen fresh within 24 hours of harvest, when their flavor and antioxidants are at their peak.

wild bluberries

Wild blueberries are not the same as the cultivated type you buy fresh in the grocery store. Unlike regular blueberries, wild blueberries are not planted. They literally grow “in the wild” and thrive in the harsh climates of northern Maine, Eastern Canada and Quebec. This ability to thrive in those harsh climates is the reason wild blueberries contain twice the antioxidants of regular blueberries. Another big difference is there isn’t just one kind of wild blueberry — there are 1,000’s of varieties growing all at the same time. You can see in the picture above the different shapes and sizes of the berries, each with their own unique blueberry flavor.   

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So coming back from this trip I knew I would make something using wild berries for this month’s Recipe Redux theme: Bars & Bits for Brown Bags. I wanted a strong wild blueberry flavor and I definitely got it with these delicious little bites of blueberry goodness! They are no-bake balls so you can literally whip them up in 5 minutes with your food processor. What’s different about these balls is that I used the frozen wild blueberries in the mix. So if you eat them right after you make them they’re really cold and refreshing — and if you let them thaw a bit they are melt in your mouth delicious.  You pretty much can’t go wrong either way!

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These wild blueberry snack balls are perfect for a lunch box or after-school snack, a grab-and-go breakfast or just a fun dessert. I rolled them in shredded coconut, but I bet cocoa powder or hemp seeds would also be delish. You could just eat them plain, too!

Here’s how I made them. Enjoy!

Raw Wild Blueberry Snack Balls

Raw Wild Blueberry Snack Balls

Ingredients

  • 10 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/4 cup raw almonds
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1/3 heaping cup wild blueberries
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp almond butter
  • Shredded coconut (unsweetened)

Instructions

  1. Process the nuts, dates, vanilla and almond butter in the food processor. Then add frozen (not thawed) wild blueberries and process again until well blended. Wet your hands a bit and roll mixture into balls. Freeze balls for an hour or so to harden, if needed. Then remove from freezer and roll in the coconut. I do this in a bowl. If you want them soft, store in an airtight container in the fridge. If you want them super cold, store in the freezer! Both are delicious.
  2. This recipe makes about 8 balls, double as needed.
http://foodconfidence.com/2014/08/22/raw-wild-blueberry-snack-balls/

Raw Wild Blueberry Balls

And don’t forget to click the link below to check out what my fellow reduxers made for this month’s theme!

55 replies
  1. EA-The Spicy RD
    EA-The Spicy RD says:

    Seriously can not wait to try these, they look so good! Love that view from outside your room-gorgeous! My aunt and uncle live in Union Maine {outside Camden}. Last time I was there was almost 9 years ago-would love to go back & harvest some wild blueberries of my own 🙂

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  2. Kim - Liv Life
    Kim - Liv Life says:

    I saw a few Instagrams about that trip and found myself positively envious! Our blueberry season ended nearly two months ago here in California, and I’m missing them at the markets.
    Love, love these snack balls!!! Blueberry and almonds… my love!

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  3. Min@mjandhungryman
    Min@mjandhungryman says:

    Wow! 1,000s of varieties of wild blueberries? I had no idea! I absolutely loved seeing all the photos of your trip on Instagram ;). These power balls sound incredible! I just may need to try all 3 options – coconut, cocoa powder, and hemp seeds. Great suggestions!

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  4. Carrie
    Carrie says:

    I’m allergic to all nuts (and peanuts) but I love blueberries. Are the nuts there to help bind them or for protein? Do you think I could sub in seeds of some sort or ground oatmeal? I’d hate to waste all my beautiful wild blueberries.

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  5. Cat
    Cat says:

    Oh my gosh!!!! I just whipped up my first batch. So, so, so delicious! They’re also really quick and easy to make. Definitely one for the recipe box. Thank you for sharing

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  6. Jean Claude Dore
    Jean Claude Dore says:

    I wonder if you could add about a teaspoon of Chia Seeds to this. They are packed with good stuff and a big energy boost.

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  7. Audrey Heutzenroeder
    Audrey Heutzenroeder says:

    Hi there.
    These sound fabulous.

    Quick question – are you using Medjool dates or the smaller kind? Thanks!

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  8. Julie
    Julie says:

    Love these…. they’ve become part of my regular rotation. Today I made a batch of blueberry and then experimented by making a second batch and subbing mixed frozen berries (raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, etc) and rolling part of them in crushed pecans and part of them in 85% dark chocolate. Both variations are absolutely delicious.

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