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Surprise… these purple-coloured, nutrient-rich balls have a fresh blueberry in the middle to give each one a burst of juicy freshness when bitten into. Purple foods are all the rage thanks to their immune boosting abundance of antioxidants, particularly anthocyanins that play a protective role in the body.


  • 40 g/1½ oz. almonds

  • 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds

  • 60 g/2¼ oz. unsweetened muesli base

  • 1 small raw beetroot/beet, about

  • 40 g/1½ oz., peeled and roughly chopped

  • 60 g/2¼ oz. dried cranberries

  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice

  • finely grated zest of ¼ unwaxed orange, plus extra to decorate

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 2 teaspoons acai powder

  • 8 fresh blueberries


Put the almonds, sunflower seeds and muesli in a food processor and process for 2 minutes until very finely chopped. Add the beetroot, cranberries, orange juice, orange zest, cinnamon and acai powder, and blitz to a thick, smooth-ish paste, occasionally scraping down the mixture from the sides when needed.


With damp hands, take 1 tablespoon of the beetroot mixture and form into a round disc, then place a blueberry in the centre. Shape the mixture around the blueberry to make a ball about the size of a large walnut. Repeat to make 8 balls in total. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 1 week. Decorate with a little extra orange zest to serve.

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From Superfood Energy Balls & Bites

Ryland Peters & Small, 2018