No-Bake Energy Balls

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These no-bake energy balls are a nutritious and delicious breakfast or snack. Made with almonds, walnuts, and dates, these turmeric energy bites are easy to make and great for meal prep.

A half-eaten energy bite rolled into turmeric and coconut mix

I’m a fan of all sorts of bite-sized/portioned snacks, including no-bake energy balls, bliss balls, energy bites, bars, and others. I love these recipes because I’m always on the go, so it’s wonderful to be able to make a grab-and-go snack to last me throughout the week.

These no-bake turmeric balls are no different – not only do they give you an energy boost, but they also help keep you full for longer to get you through to lunch/dinner time. Plus, they are made with just a few ingredients, are completely gluten-free, and provide you with healthy fats and a variety of health benefits.

Ingredients

Ingredients for no-bake energy bites with turmeric
  • Raw Almonds: Almonds are highly nutritious and keep you sustained for longer. I use almonds with the skin on, but you can use blanched almonds if you want.
  • Raw Walnuts: A good source of healthy fats and omega-3.
  • Shredded Coconut: It is great for taste, texture, and healthy fats. I love adding homemade shredded coconut, but store-bought works well, too (make sure it’s unsweetened).
  • Medjool Dates: They make the mixture sticky and mouldable, so you don’t have to add coconut oil. They are also the main “sweet” element that brings more health benefits.
  • Dried Cranberries: They add sweetness and a slightly tart taste and also make the mixture stickier.
  • Turmeric Powder: This wonder ingredient is used for all its bountiful health benefits.
  • Sea Salt & Black Pepper: Black pepper helps the body absorb the curcumin from the turmeric powder; you won’t taste it. A pinch of salt to balance the flavors.

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How to make no bake energy balls

Prepare the nut mixture: Put the almonds and walnuts in a blender or a food processor and blitz them into 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 (Shredded coconut, mejdool dates, dried cranberries, turmeric powder, sea salt, and black pepper) and blend again to combine well. Make sure the dates and cranberries are well incorporated into the mixture. Then, scoop out a bit of the mixture and try rolling it into 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 tablespoon of coconut oil to help the mixture become stickier.

Steps to prepare nut mixture for energy balls

Roll into balls: When the mixture is sticky enough, roll it into balls. Use a cookie scoop or 1-2 tablespoons worth for each ball and roll into shape with your hands. I rolled 20 energy bites. Alternatively, you can make them smaller or a little bigger, depending on personal preference.

I recommend using gloves so your hands don’t stain—turmeric WILL stain everything. Once done, check out my top tips on how to clean the blender from the turmeric.

Rolling nut and coconut mixture into bite-sized balls

Coat with turmeric-coconut mix: Optionally, you can roll the balls in a mix of shredded coconut and turmeric powder. In a shallow bowl, mix turmeric powder with shredded coconut. Then, roll the balls in the mix. If the turmeric balls are too dry, you can brush them with melted coconut oil. This will help the shredded coconut stick to the surface of the balls.

Steps for rolling energy balls into turmeric and coconut mix

Finally, these little energy bites are ready to enjoy or store. They can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days! Enjoy them for breakfast, as a snack, or whenever you need a pick-me-up.

Energy balls customization ideas

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:

  • Nuts: Swap the almonds and walnuts for other nuts, such as pistachios, peanuts, or your favorites. You can also use almond butter, peanut butter, sunflower seed butter, and other nut/seed butter to help create a sticky mix.
  • Dried fruit: For their stickiness and flavor, add dried cranberries to the Medjool dates, adjusting the quantity as needed. You can also use dried apricots or peaches. However, Medjool dates are the main source of sweetness and binding in this recipe, so substituting them will change the final result.
  • Seeds: For a higher-protein snack, add ground flax seed or chia seeds (or even protein powder) to the mix.
  • Extra flavor: To enhance their flavor, add a bit of vanilla extract, cinnamon, raw cacao powder, or cocoa powder. For added sweetness, drizzle some maple syrup or honey into the mixture.
  • Chocolate: Add mini chocolate chips or shredded chocolate for a dessert-like snack. It tastes amazing with nuts, coconut, and dates.
No-baked energy balls rolled into turmeric and coconut mix

If you try this turmeric energy balls recipe, let me know how it goes in the comments below. I’d appreciate a recipe card rating and would love to see your recipe recreations – tag me on Instagram @Alphafoodie!

No-Bake Energy Balls

5 from 15 votes
By: Samira
These no-bake energy balls are a nutritious and delicious breakfast or snack. Made with almonds, walnuts, and dates, these turmeric energy bites are easy to make and great for meal prep.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 20

Ingredients 
 

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

Coating (optional)

Instructions 

  • If the dates are too dry, soak them in hot water for 10 minutes.
  • Place the almonds and walnuts in a food processor or blender and blitz them into little pieces.
  • Add the shredded coconut, dates (pitted), cranberries, turmeric powder, salt, and pepper, and blend until well incorporated into the mixture.
  • Using a spoon, scoop a bit of the mixture and try rolling it into a ball. If the ball falls apart easily, add an extra Medjool date or 1 Tbsp coconut oil and blend again.
  • Form balls with the mixture. Roll them into shape with your hands (wear gloves!). You can use 1-2 Tbsp of the mixture for medium-sized bites or make them bigger or smaller as wanted.
  • For the coating (optional), mix the shredded coconut and turmeric powder into a shallow bowl and roll the balls in the mix.
    Enjoy!

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Notes

To store: Keep the energy balls in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days
Check the blog post for customization ideas.
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Freezer friendly: 6 Months
Shelf life: 5 Days

Nutrition

Serving: 1ball, Calories: 128kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 0.001g, Sodium: 17mg, Potassium: 127mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 2IU, Vitamin C: 0.3mg, Calcium: 28mg, Iron: 1mg

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

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4 Comments

  1. Hasan says:

    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. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      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. šŸ™‚

  2. imsen says:

    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!

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Thank you so much for your comment. Glad you like the recipe.