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No Bake Turmeric Balls

by Capri Lilly

Turmeric Balls are delicious plant-based energy balls filled with antioxidant-rich, anti-inflammatory, fiber-dense ingredients that offer numerous health benefits. These tasty energy balls are the perfect nutritious snack that you can enjoy completely guilt-free! This easy turmeric ball recipe is completely gluten-free, vegan, and refined sugar-free.

If nourishing, healthy gluten-free snacks are your thing, you’ll definitely want to check out our High Protein Carrot Baked Oats, Grain-Free Granola Bars, or Pumpkin Energy Balls next!

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These turmeric balls are insanely good! It’s a healthy snack filled with incredible nutrients. They are perfect for enjoying with tea in the morning, or munching on for an afternoon snack!

What Do Turmeric Balls Taste Like?

Depending on the ingredients used, turmeric balls generally taste sweet and slightly nutty. The turmeric taste is not overpowering. Instead, the energy balls are filled with warm flavors from the combination of cinnamon, ginger, and turmeric.

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Reasons You’ll Love These Golden Turmeric Energy Balls:

  • Healthy: They are an energizing snack packed with nutrients!
  • Delicious: This is a snack that is good for you AND tastes good!
  • Easy No-Bake Recipe: No need to turn on the oven. Simply blend the ingredients together and form balls with the mixture!
  • Naturally Sweetened: Skip the processed sugars. These turmeric balls are perfectly sweetened with Medjool dates and dried apricot.
  • Vegan and Gluten-Free: This recipe is vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, egg-free, grain-free, paleo, and Whole30!
ingredients to make turmeric balls shown are unsweetened coconut shavings in a small ramekin and a large white place with medjool dates raw almonds dried apricots raw walnuts and spices

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Raw Walnuts and Almonds: Both are rich sources of omega-3s and antioxidants that help to improve heart health, gut health, and brain health. (source)
  • Medjool Dates and Dried Apricots: Dates are considered nature’s candy. Not only are they sweet, but they’re high in fiber, potassium, and B vitamins — all of which help improve gut health, heart health, and metabolism. (source) Dried Apricots are also sweet, low calorie, and full of antioxidants, Vitamin A, and iron! (source)
  • Ground Turmeric Powder (curcumin): You will need a tablespoon of ground turmeric powder or you can use 2 inches of fresh organic turmeric peeled and grated. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce inflammation in the body, lessen pain, and improve heart health. (source)
  • Ground Cinnamon: Cinnamon is a nutrient powerhouse on its own. It has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral properties and helps improve gut health. (source) Mixed with the additional spices it adds increased nutritional benefits and gives the energy balls a warm flavor.
  • Ground Ginger: You can use fresh ginger if you prefer. Just be sure to peel and grate it first.
  • Black Pepper: Black pepper is essential because it activates the turmeric so that your body is better able to absorb it. (source) Only a pinch is needed and it does not impact the taste of the energy balls at all.
  • Shredded Unsweetened Coconut Shavings: The sweetness of the coconut compliments the turmeric and other spices. The balls are also rolled in coconut shavings to create a beautiful finish to this treat. Desiccated coconut work best.
  • Coconut Oil: Just a tablespoon is needed to help bind the mixture.

Kitchen Tools You’ll Need

  • Food Processor: A food processor is easiest to use because it has a large cavity and flat base. You can add all the ingredients to the blender and easily scrape the bottom and sides to ensure the mixture is fully incorporated.
  • High Powdered Blender: If you do not have a food processor, you can use a high-powered blender. If using a blender, it is best to blend the ingredients in steps for the best results.
  • Spatula and Tablespoon: A rubber spatula is needed to handle the mixture and the tablespoon helps to scoop the mixture for making balls.
  • Gloves: Not required, but we highly recommend them. Turmeric can easily stain your hands and clothes. It is best to wear gloves when forming the turmeric balls.
image steps of how to make turmeric balls compilation of shots of ingredients in the blender and turmeric balls
*Image overview of How To Make Turmeric Balls (detailed instructions are below)

How To Make Turmeric Balls

  1. In a food processor or blender, blend the nuts into small pieces. Some chunks are okay. The nuts do not have to have a flour-like consistency.
  2. Add the spices and shredded coconut. Blend to combine. Pour the mixture into a bowl and set it aside.
  3. Add the dates, dried apricots, and coconut oil to the blender (or food processor). Blend until a thick paste is formed. (Some chunks are okay)
  4. Add the nut mixture back into the blender (or food processor) and blend until the ingredients are well incorporated. Use a spatula to scrape the sides if necessary.
  5. The mixture should be thick and sticky. Use a spoon to scoop out a couple of tablespoons of the mixture and roll the mixture into a ball. If the balls fall apart easily, try blending in 1-2 more Medjool dates into the mixture.
  6. Roll the mixture into 10-12 balls. (use gloves to prevent hands from staining). Then, roll each ball into shredded coconut shavings.
  7. Transfer the turmeric balls to the freezer for 15 minutes to firm.
  8. Enjoy! Store the energy balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Tips And Variations

  • Blend in steps for the best results. Blend the nuts first. Then, blend the dates and dried apricots.
  • Chop the dates and dried apricots into smaller pieces to make blending them easier.
  • If your dates seem dry, soak them in warm water for 10 minutes before using them.
  • Use gloves when forming the turmeric balls
  • Place the turmeric balls in the freezer for at least 15 minutes to firm.
  • Store the energy balls in an air-tight container lined with parchment paper in the fridge for up to five days.

Nut-Free Turmeric Balls

Want To Make These Turmeric Balls Nut-Free? Skip the almond and walnuts and use a mixture of Gluten-Free Rolled Oats and seeds instead. Use a mixture of 1 cup Gluten-Free Rolled Oats, 1/2 cup Pumpkin Seeds, 1/2 cup Sunflower Seeds, and 1/4 cup flax seeds.

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Want To Use Fresh Ginger? Instead of using powdered ginger, use freshly grated ginger. You’ll need about 2 teaspoons of freshly grated ginger. Keep in mind, that if you use fresh ginger the flavor of the ginger in the turmeric balls will be stronger.

Want To Make These Oil-Free? If you would like your turmeric balls oil-free, simply omit the oil and add 1-2 more Medjool dates to the mixture.

Optional Add-ins (add when blending all the ingredients together:

  • Maple Syrup or Honey: Add 1-2 tablespoons
  • Dried Cranberries: Add 1/3 cup
  • Chia Seeds or Hemp Seeds: Add 2-3 tablespoons
  • Vanilla Extract or Almond Extract: Add 1 teaspoon
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I hope you enjoy this No-Bake Turmeric Balls Recipe! 

If you try the recipe, don’t forget to rate the recipe, and let me know what you think in the comments below! Take pictures, tag #goodfoodbaddie, and share them with me on Instagram and Pinterest! I love seeing my recipes come to life in your kitchen.

nine Turmeric Balls on a small white plate sitting on a wooden board with a slice of raw turmeric root in the front of the plate

No-Bake Turmeric Balls (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Turmeric Balls are delicious plant-based energy balls filled with antioxidant-rich, anti-inflammatory, fiber-dense ingredients that offer numerous health benefits. These tasty energy balls are the perfect nutritious snack that you can enjoy completely guilt-free! This easy turmeric ball recipe is completely gluten-free, vegan, and refined sugar-free.
5 from 16 votes
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Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American, Healthy Options
Prep Time: 10 minutes
15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 10 Turmeric Balls
Calories: 181kcal
Author: Capri Lilly

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup Raw Walnuts
  • 1 cup Raw Almonds
  • 7 Large Medjool Dates, pits removed plus more as needed
  • 1/2 cup Dried Apricots, packed
  • 1 cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut (Desiccated coconut)
  • 1 tbsp Organic Turmeric Powder or 2" Fresh Turmeric peeled and grated
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Ground Ginger or 1" Fresh Ginger peeled and grated
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/8 tsp Sea Salt optional

Toppings

  • 2 tbsp Unsweetened Shredded Coconut (Desiccated coconut)
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder, optional

Instructions

  • In a food processor or blender, blend the nuts into small pieces. Some chunks are okay. The nuts do not have to have a flour-like consistency. Add the spices and shredded coconut. Blend to combine. Pour the mixture into a bowl and set it aside.
  • Add the dates, dried apricots, and coconut oil to the blender (or food processor). Blend until a thick paste is formed. (Some chunks are okay)
  • Add the nut mixture back into the blender (or food processor) and blend until the ingredients are well incorporated. Use a spatula to scrape the sides if necessary. The mixture should be thick and sticky.
  • Use a spoon to scoop out a couple of tablespoons of the mixture and roll the mixture into a ball. If the balls fall apart easily, try blending in 1-2 more Medjool dates into the mixture.
  • Roll the mixture into 10-12 balls. (use gloves to prevent hands from staining). Then, roll each ball into shredded coconut shavings.
  • Transfer the turmeric balls to the freezer for 15 minutes to firm.
  • Enjoy! Store the energy balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Notes

Tips:
  • Blend in steps for the best results. Blend the nuts first. Then, blend the dates and dried apricots.
  • Chop the dates and dried apricots into smaller pieces to make blending them easier.
  • If your dates seem dry, soak them in warm water for 10 minutes before using them.
  • Use gloves when forming the turmeric balls
  • Place the turmeric balls in the freezer for at least 15 minutes to firm. 
Store the energy balls in an air-tight container lined with parchment paper in the fridge for up to five days.
For variations and substitutions, see the details listed above in the post. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 181kcal | Carbohydrates: 12.4g | Protein: 3.8g | Fat: 14.1g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 165mg | Fiber: 4.1g | Sugar: 7.2g | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg

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6 comments

Alyssa September 6, 2022 - 2:00 pm

5 stars
Excited to try these. They sound really yummy!

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Capri Lilly September 7, 2022 - 12:17 am

HI Alyssa! I hope you enjoy them!! 🙂

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Charlotte September 12, 2022 - 5:30 pm

MY NEW FAVORITE!! I love making energy balls and I’ve been looking for a new recipe to try. I saw you posted this on Instagram and I was excited to try. I am so happy with the result! Its just the right amount of sweetness and I feel good knowing these are made with such great ingredients! Thank you for sharing!!

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Capri Lilly September 12, 2022 - 5:31 pm

Hi Charlotte! I am happy you liked the energy balls! There are my favorite too. 🙂

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Debbie September 24, 2022 - 8:47 pm

5 stars
Can you make a double batch and keep these frozen until ready to eat?

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Capri Lilly September 25, 2022 - 9:05 am

Hi Debbie! Yes, you certainly can. Just make sure to let the frozen turmeric balls thaw overnight in the fridge before enjoying.

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