Golden Turmeric Energy Balls (No-bake)

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These Turmeric no-bake energy balls are a wonderfully nutritious, delicious snack providing healthy fats, nutrition, and a handful of health benefits. A simple turmeric energy balls recipe, great for meal-prepping. 

And so my turmeric obsession continues with these delicious turmeric energy balls. These no-bake energy balls are filled with healthy fats, including coconut and nuts as well as the powerhouse ingredient that is turmeric powder.

Turmeric Energy Balls

Turmeric has become an ingredient that I now include daily into my diet. Most recently, I posted my DIY for a homemade turmeric tincture. However, I also love to meal-prep a week’s worth of turmeric ginger energy shots. This time, I decided to step away from the liquids and make something more snack-like- welcome the turmeric balls.

I’m a massive fan of all sorts of bite-sized/ portioned snacks – from no-bake energy balls, bliss balls, energy bites, bars, etc. I have a couple of other recipes on the blog for those who also love these snacks. This includes some Healthy Cacao & Almond Protein Balls and 3-Ingredient coconut bliss balls.

The reason I love these recipes so much is that I’m always on the go. It’s wonderful to be able to make a grab-and-go snack to last me throughout the week. These energy balls not only give you an energy boost, but they also help keep you full for longer – to get you through to lunch/dinner time.

Close up of Turmeric Energy Ball

I’ve already spoken, in detail, about the benefits of turmeric on my Juicer Recipe for Ginger Turmeric Immune-boosting energy shots recipe. I also talk about some of the top turmeric benefits on my  5-ingredient Golden Milk. I don’t want to repeat myself too much, so if you want to check out the benefits, then check out either of those pages.

A couple Turmeric Energy Balls

I’ll sum up just by saying that it’s an excellent ingredient that I love to add into my diet for its MANY many health benefits, which include heart health, brain health, even mental health benefits. These turmeric energy balls are a super simple way of adding turmeric powder into your diet more, in delicious and simple ways.

Half of Turmeric Energy Ball

Golden Energy Balls with Turmeric, Coconut, and Nuts

the ingredients for turmeric energy balls recipe

These no-bake energy balls are completely gluten-free and provide you with healthy fats and a variety of health benefits. Plus, they’re made up of just a few ingredients:

Raw Almonds: Almonds are highly nutritious, being a good source of healthy fats, fiber, protein, antioxidants, and a variety of vitamins. They not only help keep you sustained for longer, but they also work at reducing cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

Raw Walnuts: A good source for healthy fats, as well as a vegan source of omega-3. They are higher in antioxidants than the majority of nuts as well as containing anti-inflammatory and gut health benefits.

Shredded Coconut: For taste, texture, and healthy fats. I love adding homemade shredded coconut to my healthy snack recipes.

Dried Cranberries: This is useful for adding sweetness, a slight tart taste and also adding to the stickiness of the mixture.

Turmeric Powder: The wonder ingredient and king of the recipe, this is used for all its bountiful health benefits.

Salt & Black Pepper: Black pepper is needed to help your body absorb the curcumin from the turmeric powder, which is basically where the majority of its health benefits originate. You shouldn’t be able to taste it within the recipe. Meanwhile, salt really evens out all the flavors.

Medjool Dates: These are required to make the mixture sticky and mouldable, so you don’t have to add any coconut oil to the recipe. They are also the main ‘sweet’ elements to this recipe as it’s completely refined sugar-free. More than that they’re also full of antioxidants are high in fiber, contain various vitamins and minerals (including iron and magnesium) and promote good brain health.

Turmeric Energy Balls and an open one

Possible Energy Balls Recipe Variations

There are a few substitutions you could make for this recipe. Obviously, each variation will change the overall taste of the final no-bake energy balls. However, it does allow you to experiment a little. For example:

  • Feel free to swap out the almonds and walnuts for other nuts such as pistachios or your favorites. Some energy balls recipe variants use almond butter and nut butters – to help create a sticky mix. However, I like chunky bits of raw nuts in mine.
  • Dried cranberries work for their stickiness and their flavor. However, these could be swapped out with other dried fruit such as apricot or peaches.
  • Medjool dates can also be swapped out for other soft dried fruits like the apricots. However, it’s worth noting that they are the primary source of sweetness for this recipe and also help bind it. So different ingredients will change the overall final results.
  • You can add some flax seeds or chia seeds (or even protein powder), to the mix for a higher protein snack.
  • To flavor them further, feel free to add a bit of homemade vanilla extract or raw cacao powder.
  • To make the turmeric energy balls even sweetener then feel free to drizzle in some maple syrup to the mixture. Just be careful not to make it too ‘wet’.
  • Want a more dessert-like snack, then feel free to add in some chocolate chips. They taste amazing with the nuts and coconut and dates.

Steps for making the turmeric  energy balls

Begin by putting the nuts in a blender or a food processor and blitzing them to little pieces. They don’t need to become too powdery as the thicker texture is nice for your energy balls.

the step-by-step of how to make turmeric energy balls

Next, add the rest of the ingredients and blend again to combine well. Make sure the dates and cranberries are well incorporated into the mixture.

Note* If your dates are feeling a little dry then feel free to soak them in hot water for 10 minutes before adding them to the blender. This can help you avoid having to add additional dates/coconut oil to the energy balls recipe.

With a spoon, scoop out a bit of the mixture and try rolling it in a ball. If it sticks, great – if the ball falls apart easily, you might need to add an extra Medjool date and blend again. Alternatively, you could add 1 tBsp coconut oil.

When the mixture is sticky enough, roll it into balls. Feel free to use gloves so that your hands don’t stain – because turmeric WILL stain everything.

These Turmeric no-bake energy balls are a wonderfully nutritious, delicious snack providing healthy fats, nutrition and a handful of health benefits. A simple turmeric energy balls recipe, great for meal-prepping.

I rolled 20 energy bites. Each of them is about as big as a tablespoon. You can, of course, make them smaller (bite-size) or a little bigger depending on personal preference.

These Turmeric no-bake energy balls are a wonderfully nutritious, delicious snack providing healthy fats, nutrition and a handful of health benefits. A simple turmeric energy balls recipe, great for meal-prepping.

Store in an air-tight container and consume within five days. Alternatively, they can be frozen for up to 6 months.

Half a Turmeric Energy Ball

Optionally, you can roll the balls in a mix of shredded coconut and turmeric powder.

Topping options for Turmeric Energy Balls

Just add a teaspoon of turmeric powder to a cup of shredded coconut and mix well.

Topping and Turmeric Energy Balls

Then roll the balls in mix. If the energy balls are too dry, you can brush them with some melted coconut oil (or quickly dip them). This will help the shredded coconut stick to the surface of the balls.

A bowl of Turmeric Energy Ball

Other Healthy Vegan Snack Recipes You Might Like

I’ve already mentioned a few turmeric and energy ball recipes above in the blog post. However, if you’re looking for something a bit different but still want a delicious vegan snack then look no further. You might like these healthier chocolate digestive biscuits.

For another bite-sized treat then these simple 4-ingredient stuffed dates (with homemade almond butter and chocolate – yummy) could be the way to go. Alternatively, For something a little bit more decadent then how about these healthier, vegan Twix bars.

If you give this Turmeric Energy Balls Recipe a try, then I’d really appreciate a recipe rating. I also really love seeing your recreations, so feel free to continue tagging me on Instagram @AlphaFoodie

Golden Turmeric Energy Balls

5 from 15 votes
By: Samira
These Turmeric no-bake energy balls are a wonderfully nutritious, delicious snack providing healthy fats, nutrition, and a handful of health benefits. A simple turmeric energy balls recipe, great for meal-prepping. 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 25 small balls

Ingredients 
 

  • 1 cup almonds raw
  • 1 cup walnuts raw
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tbsp ground turmeric powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 5 dates medjool

Instructions 

  • Begin by putting the nuts in a blender or a food processor and blitzing them to little pieces. They don't need to become too powdery as the thicker texture is nice for your energy balls. 
  • Next, add the rest of the ingredients and blend again to combine well. Make sure the dates and cranberries are well incorporated into the mixture.*
  • With a spoon, scoop out a bit of the mixture and try rolling it in a ball. If it sticks, great - if the ball falls apart easily, you might need to add an extra Medjool date and blend again. Alternatively, you could add 1 tBsp coconut oil.
  • When the mixture is sticky enough, roll it into balls. Feel free to use gloves so that your hands don't stain- because turmeric WILL stain everything. 
  • These energy balls can then be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 5 days or frozen for up to six months.

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Notes

* If your dates are feeling a little dry then feel free to soak them in hot water for 10 minutes before adding them to the blender. This can help you avoid having to add additional dates/coconut oil to the energy balls recipe.

Possible Energy Balls Recipe Variations:

There are a few substitutions you could make for this recipe. Obviously each variation will change the overall taste of the final no bake energy balls. However, it does allow you to experiment a little. For example:
  • Feel free to swap out the almonds and walnuts for other nuts such as pistachios or your own favourites. Some energy balls recipe variants use almond butter and nut butters - to help create a sticky mix. However, I like chunky bits of raw nuts in mine. 
  • Dried cranberries work for their stickiness and their flavour. However, these could be swapped out with other dried fruit such as apricot or peaches
  • Medjool dates can also be swapped out for other soft dried fruits like the apricots. However, it's worth noting that they are the main source of sweetness for this recipe and also help bind it. So different ingredients will definitely change the overall final results
  • You can add some flax seeds or chia seeds ( or even protein powder), to the mix for a higher protein snack.
  • To flavour them further, feel free to add a bit of homemade vanilla extract or raw cacao powder. 
  • To make the turmeric energy balls even sweetener then feel free to drizzle in some maple syrup to the mixture. Just be careful not to make it too 'wet'.
  • More a more dessert-like snack then feel free to add in some chocolate chips. They actually taste amazing with the nuts and coconut and dates. 
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Middle Eastern

Nutrition

Serving: 1ball, Calories: 94kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 21mg, Potassium: 89mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 21mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

 

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4 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Hello Samira,
    Thank you so much for this delicious recipe!
    I also LOVE TURMERIC
    I drink turmeric tea every night and wanna try this recipe as replacement for daytime.
    There is any way to using raw honey in this recipe for example instead of Medjool Dates?

    1. Hi Hasan,
      Thank you so much for your comment.
      Feel free to use honey instead, just keep in mind that it could change the overall final result and you may need to use less honey as it is more runny than dates. Maybe start with 1/2 Tbsp and mix with the nuts and increase from there
      I hope this helps. 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    Really easy and adaptable recipe for no bake energy balls. All the family love them and really helps when you want to reach for a sweet treat and you have the balls made so quickly to hand!