Blueberry Apple Pie Trail Mix Balls

I don’t want to act like I hated these…because I didn’t. I f*cking loved them. I ended staying strict on my 21 Day Sugar Detox to eat a couple of these. I love them. Did I say I love them? Because I figured something out. I need my sugar sometimes. It’s just what I need. If I want to keep my friendship and my relationship, I need chocolate sometimes. I’m sorry, I just do. As Sergio explained it, I’ve given up grains, then dairy, then nuts, and did a whole 21 day sugar detox to help cut out fruit, so why would I cut out one of the few things that make me happy. Which is true. Dark chocolate makes me happy. And I like being happy.

Disclaimer: I still think that everyone should do an entire 21DSD. Why? Because it’s awesome. And broke my crazy chocolate covered walnut and sunbutter and banana addiction. Do it, DO IT.

I would like to voice my opinion real quick. Ok, why the f*ck don’t we have classes that teach us how to do our taxes. How are we suppose to know? Maybe I’m just a complete tard and just starting to understand the real world since I’m 24, but my gosh, I don’t understand how we are just suppose to know this sh*t. Does it just come with time? Does it just come with hearing things from your friends? Or your parents? Or the government when they come after you? I don’t really know. I’m slowly figuring out, but not really loving the ride. It’s confusing. And stressful. And being a small business owner kind of sucks in some ways. So my opinion, and recommendation, is that schools start teaching basic tax classes. You teach us math, how to spell correctly (which has been erased with the use of spell check) and even teach us how to have a good interview…but you don’t teach us how to utilize our money correctly so the government doesn’t come after us and ruin our lives? I don’t get it. But I for one am frustrated with my college education.

Anyone else frustrated with the fact that mac computer cases don’t include a power cord pouch? I sure am.

Ok, back to positivity. I bought TWO new aprons yesterday. Both for Paleo Fx this week in Austin!! I’ll be doing a cooking demo and am lucky enough to hang out with people such as Michelle from NomNom Paleo, Diane from Balanced Bites, Melissa from The Clothes Make the Girl, Sarah Fragoso from Everyday Paleo, Robb Wolf, Hayley and Bill from Primal Palate, Stacy from Paleo Parents and a ton more other amazing people. It’s going to be intense paleo out there. Intimidating? Kind of. But I’ll still be stuffing my face either way.


Blueberry Apple Pie Trail Mix Balls




  1. Mix everything together.
  2. Shape into balls.
  3. Place in the fridge for 30+ minutes to set.
  4. Eat up!

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


50 thoughts on “Blueberry Apple Pie Trail Mix Balls”

  1. As a small business owner, I recommend paying a professional to do your taxes for you. There are so many forms and deductions that you can miss. And I always get a much higher return than I would if I tried to do it on my own.

  2. Take my word and thank me later — you need an accountant. It’s not like when you get a maid — where it’s totally something you can do yourself, but you’re opting not to. Taxes in general are complicated, and there are so many nuances, especially for a small business owner. Put it in your budget and try and find someone you can stick with long term.


    A CPA

  3. honestly, good for you for not being so strict on the detox. starting out, i was super strict and was getting crankier by the minute. it’s not like i even eat that much sugar! just like something a little sweet after my real food and i’m set. if i don’t get that then i feel dissatisfied and then grumpy. i swear it’s the simplest things. anyways, what i really meant to say is good for you for knowing what you need to make you happy and content 🙂

  4. I know this recipe calls for the Paleo crunch but is there something else that would be just as good if you do not have that ingredient?! I really want to try these!
    Also, in your blog you mention giving up nuts … did you give up nuts and sun butter and almond butter for just a short amount of time to break the “addiction” or did you completely cut them out period? I have a problem with the amount of almond butter i can eat in one sitting 🙁 ha.

    1. yes, it’s definitely needed for this recipe. when i cut out nuts, I cut them out completely for quite a while. I still ate sun butter though. now i’ll have a little bit of nuts or sunbutter from time to time, but i feel sick when i do so i don’t tend to do it very often.

  5. I’m just starting to look into the whole Paleo thingy. I’m finding it very hard to do because of all the nuts/coconut. Two out of four of my kids are allergic to those. I don’t have the time to cook two separate meals. Any thoughts/suggestions?

    1. then don’t cook two separate meals. cook one that applies to all kids so no one feels left out. and figure out ways to make treats that doesn’t have nuts or coconut.

    2. Anne Marie – I just found out my 2 year old is allergic to milk and dairy and he tends to actually eat mostly Paleo for everything. He prefers meat over crackers! I would check out vegan (gasp, I know!) recipes and add in meats. You can also use sunbutter in a lot of things that ask for almond or coconut butter, and ground pepitas or flaxseeds in recipes that call for almond/coconut flour Hope that helps!

  6. You are right on about taxes. The first year my parents didn’t do mine for me was a disaster. I also can’t stand when people talk about how easy it is. Recently I came to the realization that those people must have struggled and messed up a few years worth of returns and now that they have things more in control, they just ignore those early years.

  7. I feel that way about taxes too! And about building credit. And about winterizing things like boats and sprinkler systems… And about checking water/oil levels and basic car maintenance. Someone has to teach me this kind of stuff. It’s like flying south for the winter–I’m the bird that took a wrong turn and ended up in Canada.

  8. I am on day 8 of my Whole30 and I’m feeling good. I was craving almond like crazy but Trader Joe’s has been out for almost a month so I bought the freshly ground stuff from Whole Foods and it wasn’t bad but it wasn’t what I wanted and now I’m not craving almond butter. Win/win?

  9. 1. I wish I would have had a class on taxes, how to raise your credit score and how to take care of a car. Much more beneficial then Music Appreciation or Art History.
    2. Small Business idea….fanny pack for your mac cord.

  10. If it makes you feel better, I’m a tax auditor with a state agency and I had to take classes for FOUR MONTHS to learn how people are supposed to file taxes correctly. This was in addition to an income tax class I took as part of my Master’s degree – in Accounting. For the record, I still think it’s confusing. My motto is “know when to NOT do it yourself.” Also, if you’re really stuck, the IRS and your state will have taxpayer assistance help and you can call with quesitons, for free. Good luck, and keep up the awesome recipes.

  11. Just found your blog a few weeks ago! First time commenting…

    I have to agree with you about taxes. I am 24, in graduate school and can do most things on my own…expect for taxes. My dad still has to help me fill out all of the forms. Seems like there should be an easier way!

    Delicious-looking recipe! I may have to experiment with some dried cranberries too.

  12. Do you need a roomie for paleofx? Is that creepy? Lol. I’m planning to go but was trying to get work to pay so I didn’t book anything yet. And all the good hotels are booked! Looks like I’m staying at hojo!

  13. I have been trying your recipes for a couple of weeks now and yep, they are freaking amazing. I’m two weeks into paleo eating and I’m dying for a piece of toast with almond butter. Please tell me these cravings go away or get less annoying!

    PS. I manage a law firm in DTC with an awesome tax attorney who is a CPA. Feel free to e-mail me if you want his info. Taxes are such a pain in the ass. Seriously. Get’s even crazier with kids and childcare deductions…bleck.

    1. try making the little coconut “tortillas” that juli made with the shredded pork a couple of weeks ago and top with some almond butter

  14. taxes shmaxes…instead i think you should spend your time changing the “about me” section of your blog that says “..ramblings of my single life…” 😉

  15. I only lasted a few days on the sugar detox. :(. Oh well. But I’ve been eating pretty well. I just made your meat sauce and turkey artichoke meatballs and they were delicious! I’m new to trying to eat mostly paleo and your blog makes it so much easier. Oh and I failed the detox because I had a glass of wine.. Or two. 🙂

  16. Looking forward to meeting my favorite paleo blogger at PaleoFx this week! I totally have a girl crush on you! And I’m old enough to be your mother. Can I adopt you?

  17. A-freakin’-MEN!!! It’s always baffled me what useless crap they force us to learn growing up but the stuff that ACTUALLY matters…eh! And I swear, every year I wait until the absolute last minute to do my taxes! :-/

  18. Oh my goodness! Found your blog a few weeks back and I Absolutely LOVE it and appreciate all the time and effort you put into it! It made my foray into the crossfit/paleo world soooo much easier!!! Seriously… I’m pretty much handicapped in the kitchen.

    Random question for you though? What are some of your favorite restaurants and places to go in Denver. I get to take a business trip up there this week and my boss set it up so I get to spend the weekend having fun too! <3 it! lol. Thanks again Juli!

    PS: You're awesome!

  19. I so agree with you on the taxes thing. Like, instead of teaching us trigonometry in high school math, it would have been much more useful to learn how to do our taxes, balance a budget, etc. Real world skills!

  20. That is what I teach!! I teach basic things such as taxes that kids need to know but no one will ever teach them! We also do insurance,banking, credit, renting, etc

  21. Macs SOO need power cord space in their little pouches! I hate having to stuff the stupid thing in there when I travel and letting it get all bendy and ruined. I’ve determined that since their computers last so long they have to make their money somehow. and its on their power cords.

    Can’t wait to use up some of my paleo krunch on this!

    1. These were great for bringing along to Easter brunch. Only thing I would change is more nut butter and less honey! Also, if I could, I would change the calorie value per treat since I ended up eating about 800 cals worth. whoops.

  22. I completely agree with the tax thing. We learn about “economics” and american government and all that so why not taxes?!?!? As a 22 year old, I feel you here. Sooo frustrated with what electives we are required to take in college.

  23. which raw honey brand do you prefer? oh and coconut butter? my food processor is a little bitch and wouldn’t turn it to butter lol LOVE your site

  24. HECK YES, this is my kind of recipe! Super easy and with those ingredients, there’s no way it’s anything less than amazing. Can’t wait to make these!

  25. Love your blog and your recipes!!! I just started CrossFit recently (still doing on-ramp sessions), and I love it.

    Is there any way to figure out how to do the 21DSD without buying the book?

  26. I decided to do the 21-Day Sugar Detox with you and so far so good, but I am super tired. I don’t know why. I am getting good sleep at night. I am actually sleeping way better! In the morning I have two eggs with some meat and veggie, mid morning I have a veggie with some protein, lunch is usually left over dinner and sometimes in the afternoon I have another veggie/protein type snack. Dinner is any variation of meat and veggie. I am drinking water and tea and sometimes Kombucha. Days 1 and 2 I felt great, now I can’t shake the yawns all day long. I Crossfit M-W-Sa.

  27. Hi! Thank you for all of your posts! I come here often to scan your recipes and get great ideas. I am curious what kind of baking soda you use? I am gluten/dairy/soy free and concerned about cross reactional foods causing reactions…I’d love to know what you use! Thank you!

    1. i just use regular stuff i see in the store but i’m sure you could find something else online to make sure you don’t get the cross reaction

  28. This recipe looks so yummy!! By the way, you got jipped, I spent a few weeks practicing tax returns at the wee age of 14 in some class… I even got to watch videos made in the 80s about the wonderful world of tax returns. It wasn’t accounting… hmm… it was called “Life Economics” I think. Yay, my school did something right! (Trust me, it isn’t a given)

  29. Is this cereal available at grocery stores? I live in Kingston, Ontario and was wondering where I might purchase this as I really want to try this recipe 🙂

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