Now that blackberry season is finally upon us, you can expect to see a whole lot more of blackberry posts coming your way!
For me, blackberries in particular unlock so much nostalgia, reminding me of long, hot summer days spent picking berries with my nanna. After my brother and I had had our fill of fresh berries, we’d take our paper bags back to my nan’s house and help her to make blackberry vinegar.
The whole house would fill with the smell of sweet, juicy berries. And I loved it!
Thankfully, our garden is full of wild blackberries. Plump, sweet and utterly delicious! We are so overwhelmed with them that we barely know what to do with them all. A good decision to have to make, of course 😉
In fact, the boys have spent the last few days with hands and mouths permanently stained purple. They’ve had so much fun plucking them straight from the bush and devouring them on the spot.
Anyway, since we had so many, I decided to experiment a little with these Blackberry & Apple Energy Balls.
They are so fresh and fruity, and have all my favourite flavours of late summer. Plus, there’s not a date in sight!
I love these little bites and, happily, so do the boys, too. They’re created using simple, store cupboard ingredients and free from refined sugars (they are sweetened simply with the fruits).
Also…look at the colour! Isn’t it pretty?
Anyway, these are a fantastic, summery alternative for anyone looking to shake up their snacks. Lighter, fresher and oh-so-delicious!
I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
Apple & Blackberry Energy Balls
- Creates 10-12 energy balls
- 1 cup macadamia nuts or cashews
- 1/4 cup fresh blackberries
- 1/3 cup apple puree (I used Jazz apples, cooked and pureed)
- 10 dried apple rings
- Zest one lemon
- 2-3 tbsp dessicated coconut
- 1/3 cup dessicated coconut, to roll balls in (optional)
- Place the nuts into a blender and blitz until they form a coarse flour. Add the blackberries, apple puree, apple rings and lemon zest and blend until the mixture is smooth or almost smooth.
- Tip into a bowl, then stir in the coconut, a tablespoon at a time, until the mixture becomes “rollable”. Roll into balls, adding extra coconut to coat if desired, then place in the fridge to firm up.
- Store in airtight containers and enjoy, ideally within a few days – if they last that long!