Anti-Inflammatory Diet – Turmeric Ginger Energy Balls


It’s officially falling, and here on Long Island, we’ve already had some days that have felt more like winter! Now that the temperatures are starting to drop, I’m reminded of the two-part process it takes to keep warm in my little drafty house. Step one includes my cozy fleece robe and ugly slippers that I wear around the house 24/7; step two includes eating ALL of the warming foods and spices to heat up from the inside out. My favorite warming spices include turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon, and luckily, these three flavors go perfectly together! I’ve combined those three (and a few more healthy, energizing ingredients) to make these Turmeric Ginger Energy Balls, and you are going to LOVE them!

I love energy balls for two reasons! One, they are a great way to pack a punch nutritionally. You can hide all sorts of superfoods in there, but as long as you have some healthy fats (nuts and seeds!) and sugars (maple syrup!), they are going to taste great. Two, they are so easy to make because you don’t even have to turn the oven on. Simply choose your ingredients, blend them all up in a food processor, form them into balls, and refrigerate to harden! No risk of burnt bottoms, smoky kitchens, and frustration. The perfect alternative to a sweet baked good for those of you (ahem, us) who don’t do so well with actual baking. Seriously, these are pretty darn foolproof!

Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup hemp seedsshelled
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconutunsweetened
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper

OPTIONAL:

  • 1-2 tablespoons watermay be needed if the mixture is too dry
  • 2-3 tablespoons shredded coconutfor rolling, if desired

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until a dough-like consistency is reached. If the mixture is too dry, slowly add 1-2 tablespoons of water.
  • Wet your hands to reduce sticking, and form the batter into 1-inch balls. Don’t worry if they aren’t holding their shape; they will harden once refrigerated.
  • If desired, pour an extra few tablespoons of shredded coconut onto a plate and roll some or all of the balls for an extra layer of flavor!
  • Lay balls onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and place in refrigerate for at least two hours to harden.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer, and enjoy!

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