Turmeric, ginger, and lemon: the three most nutritious and healthy ingredients out there. But are they really as tasty and appetizing as their benefits? The answer is yes! By incorporating these turmeric energy balls into your daily routine, you are taking an effort towards boosting your immune system and infusing your body with powerful antioxidants. Vegan, gluten-free, and easy to make, the turmeric energy balls will become your favorite way to fuel the day.
So let’s get started with unfolding a quick recipe to help you enjoy this delicious snack — all without switching on the oven.
Turmeric Energy Balls Ingredients
Our turmeric energy balls recipe includes simple ingredients (listed below) to ensure you don’t have to make a trip to the grocery store.
- Almonds (raw) for a sweet but mild flavor.
- Dates. Use Medjool dates, as they are soft, large, and packed with a deliciously sweet taste.
- Turmeric powder. You can also use freshly grated turmeric.
- Ginger powder (or grated ginger) to balance the flavor and boost curcumin's bioavailability.
- Coconut (shredded) for texture.
- Lemon juice to adda fresh twist and enhance the flavor
- Lemon zest.
How To Make Lemon Turmeric Energy Balls
Collect the ingredients and bring out your food processors to get ready to make the easy lemon turmeric energy balls in 20 minutes!
- Step 1 – Peel the ginger and turmeric. Remember to wear gloves to avoid yellow staining from turmeric. Tip: This step is only required for fresh turmeric. Grate the lemon, ginger, and turmeric.
- Step 2 – Blend the almonds in a food processor or blender. Tip: The nuts do not have to have a flour-like consistency. A few nut chunks are okay.
- Step 3 – Add the shredded coconut and blend again. Place the mixture in a bowl.
- Step 4 – Toss in the dates, turmeric, ginger, and lemon (both zest and juice) in the blender or food processor. Blend until you achieve a thick paste.
- Step 5 – Add the nut mixture and blend until all ingredients are thoroughly combined. Tip: Use a spatula to scrape the sides if required.
- Step 6 – Test the mixture by scooping out a few tablespoons and rolling them into balls. If the mixture doesn’t stay together, add in a few more Medjool dates and blend again.
- Step 7 – Once you’ve got a thick and sticky mixture, roll it into balls. Tip: Use gloves at this step again to avoid staining.
- Step 8 – Coat the balls into shredded coconut shavings and shift them into the freezer for around 10 minutes to make them more firm.
- Step 9 – Sprinkle over shredded coconut or sliced nuts, and enjoy your snacks!
Tips To Remember
- Blend in steps to enjoy the best results.
- Chop the almonds and dates to make blending easier.
- Soak the dates in water for 10 minutes if they seem too dry.
- Cover the countertop or cutting board to prevent turmeric stains.
- Use a mixture of baking soda and water if a surface or your hands get stained.
What can I use instead of almonds?
In case you don’t like the taste of almonds, you can replace them with other options like cashews, hazelnuts, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, pistachio, peanuts, and macadamia nuts.
How to store or freeze turmeric energy balls?
Our recipe for turmeric energy balls serves 12 people. So if you don’t have many people to share with, you can simply add the remaining balls to an airtight container (lined with parchment paper) or a transparent bag and store them in the freezer for up to 7 days.
Turmeric Health Benefits
Turmeric (whether powdered or fresh) contains an active ingredient called curcumin which offers incredible benefits for the body, including:
- Reduces cholesterol levels
- Regulates blood pressure and improves the function of blood vessels.
- Decreases inflammation
- Improves memory
- Reduces pain
Turmeric energy balls have become our favorite snack, and we can’t wait for you to try them and rate our recipe. You can even pair them with an iced turmeric latte to double the joy and enhance the taste!
Anti-inflammatory turmeric energy balls
- 1/2 cup almonds
- 1 cup medjool dates (around 10 dates)
- juice from 1 lemon
- zest from 1 lemon
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 1/2 tsp ginger powder
- 3 tbsp shredded coconut (optional for coating)
- Add all ingredients except shredded coconut to a food processor. Pulse until the mixture holds its shape.
- Roll mixture into 12 walnut-sized balls. Coat with shredded coconut, extra turmeric powder or crushed almonds.
- Store in an airtight container inside the fridge for up to seven days.