It’s officially fall, 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!
The bulk of these Turmeric Ginger Energy Balls consist of rolled oats, hemp seeds, shredded coconut, and almond butter. If you don’t love shredded coconut, don’t worry, you’ll barely taste it with all of the other flavors going on, promise! Oats and hemp seeds add protein, while the nut butter helps the balls stick together and taste amazing. Plus, healthy fats are required for the absorption of turmeric. (Black pepper helps even further, making sure that your body absorbs as much of the turmeric’s active curcumin as possible!)
Over the years, I’ve experimented with so many brands of spices; from the cheap ones in the supermarket, to expensive ones bought online. The problem with the cheap ones (usually) is that they have no flavor and are very poor quality. Expensive ones vary in quality, but the price tags are hard to justify! I’m so glad that I’ve finally found Healthworks, a brand that is both high-quality AND affordable. I’ve also learned that (with the amount I cook) buying my spices in bulk saves me SO much money. I used to buy those 2 oz jars of organic turmeric in the store for six bucks which is crazy, because you can get an 8 oz bag (four times the amount) for just seven bucks from Healthworks! If you really want to go big, they also have 1-lb or 2-lb bags which bring the price per ounce down even further. Sure, it means have to put down more money upfront, but if you’re like me and cook a lot, these savings can really add up over the course of a year!
I find the 8 oz bag of turmeric to be enough since a little turmeric goes a long way! But lately I’ve been going for the 1 lb bags of ceylon cinnamon and ginger since I use those more regularly. Save even more with Healthworks’ current deal and get an 8 oz bag of turmeric, 1 lb bag of cinnamon, and 1 lb bag of ginger for under $27 when you use the link below!
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So go ahead and stock up on some quality spices, and give this super easy, delicious recipe a try! These Turmeric Ginger Energy Balls are the perfect morning snack, afternoon pick-me-up, or late-night dessert. They are loaded with layers of flavor and I’m sure you will love them as much as I do!
As always, let me know if you try this recipe by tagging me @hashtagvegan and using #hashtagvegan on Instagram so I can see your creations!
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- 1 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup hemp seeds shelled
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut unsweetened
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- 1-2 tablespoons water may be needed if mixture is too dry
- 2-3 tablespoons shredded coconut for rolling, if desired
- 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!