Turmeric Balls (Turmeric Energy Balls) are an easy-to-make, healthy snack that will give you a boost of energy throughout the day. These little bites are so small that they pack nicely in a lunch bag so you can take them with you to work! Made with turmeric powder, Medjool dates, walnuts, coconut, dried cranberries, and black pepper, they’re loaded with nutrients. So, get ready because we’re not only going to show you How to Make Turmeric Balls, but talk about some of the amazing Turmeric Balls Benefits!
Turmeric Balls are one of my go-to recipes for a healthy morning or afternoon snack. I especially love these because they’re small and you can pack them into a bag and take them with you to work!
Turmeric Energy Balls are something of a well-balanced meal rolled (no pun) into one little ball; they’re loaded with good protein, fiber, and healthy fats. And, I’ve noticed that Turmeric Energy Balls live up to their name because I find myself with a little boost of energy throughout the day when I eat these. This is just one of the many Turmeric Balls Benefits!
This is one of the easiest and quickest recipes to make. You’re working with only 6 ingredients and all preparation is done in a food processor, making cleanup minimal! Also, I love buying ingredients for this recipe in bulk (because they’re dried ingredients) so I have extra to make throughout the upcoming weeks.
Now, let’s talk about the ingredients and How to Make Turmeric Balls!
Turmeric Balls Recipe
- Dates – A main ingredient providing not only the sweetness but the “glue” holding these balls together. Dates are also very nutritious; they’re loaded with antioxidants and are high in fiber.
- Walnuts – Use raw walnuts for this recipe. Walnuts are a great source of healthy protein and fats. They’re one of the healthiest nuts you can eat. I also love the earthy depth they add to the flavor of this recipe.
- Shredded Coconut – The coconut in this recipe doesn’t just add to the flavor but it helps hold these bites together so they don’t fall apart.
- Dried Cranberries – You can use either sweetened or unsweetened. Cranberries work really well here because they add a slight tart flavor which balances out the sweetness of the dates.
- Powdered Turmeric – While the flavor of turmeric is barely noticeable in this recipe, it provides a whole host of nutritional benefits.
- Black Pepper – This ingredient is essential because it helps the body absorb the healthy plant compounds found in turmeric.
How To Make Turmeric Balls
- Chop Walnuts. Place walnuts into a food processor and use the pulse feature to roughly chop walnuts into small pieces.
- Blend Remaining Ingredients in Processor. Add coconut, cranberries, dates, turmeric powder, and black pepper to the food processor and blend until they are broken down and thoroughly mixed together.
- Form Mixture Into Balls. Using a spoon, scoop out some of the mixture and form it into a ball using your hands; repeat process for remaining mixture. If balls don’t hold together, blend more dates into the mixture. Adding more coconut also helps.
I told you this was an easy recipe! One quick tip though (especially if you’re a hand model) you may want to wear gloves when rolling the balls because the turmeric will most definitely stain your hands.
- Substitute almonds for walnuts.
- If you’re not a fan of cranberries you can use dried cherries.
- Add flax or chia seeds to make your energy balls even healthier.
- For extra protein, add your favorite protein powder.
- Make it sweeter by adding chocolate chips.
Turmeric Balls Benefits
Turmeric is the spice responsible for making curry yellow. It has a history dating back thousands of years and is known for it’s many health benefits. Let’s take a brief look at just a few. The plant compound curcumin, found in turmeric, is what makes it so healthy. Curcumin has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which help combat variety of diseases. Finally, curcumin is also believed to enhance brain function. (1)
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- 5 Medjool dates
- 1 1/2 Cups raw walnuts
- 1 Cup shredded coconut
- 1/2 Cup dried cranberries
- 1 Tablespoon turmeric powder
- 1/8 Teaspoon black pepper
- Place walnuts into a food processor and, using pulse, break them down into small pieces. Do not process them until they become powder.
- Add shredded coconut, dates, dried cranberries, turmeric powder, and black pepper into the food processor and blend until all ingredients are broken down and well combined.
- Use a spoon to scoop out the mixture and then roll each scoop into a ball. If the balls don't hold together easily, add a couple more Medjool dates to the processor and blend a second time. If necessary, repeat the processes until energy balls hold together firmly.
- Make your energy balls even healthier by adding chia seeds or flax seeds.
- For added protein, add a scoop of your favorite vegan protein powder.
- Substitute almonds for walnuts.
- For added sweetness, add some chocolate chips.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 81Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 1g
The Vegan Plate attempts to provide accurate information. However, this nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. The nutritional information provided comes from online sources and calculations.