These turmeric ginger energy balls are full of flavour and very healthy for you too. A super simple no bake recipe, that makes the perfect snack. Why not make a batch of these vegetarian, gluten-free and low histamine energy balls this weekend?
Energy balls are always a good quick snack. You may also like to see my cardamom pistachio energy balls for a hint of spice to perk you up mid-afternoon, or the coconut energy balls or sesame energy balls for a tasty treat.
Why you'll love this recipe
- Healthy snack: these golden turmeric energy balls are full of healthy ingredients.
- No bake energy balls: no need to switch the oven on, these don't require any cook time.
- Without dried fruit: these are energy balls without dates for those who can't tolerate dried fruit.
I know lots of recipes for energy balls have a ton of powders and other things that I struggle to pronounce, let alone find in the store, but this one is mostly pantry staples.
- Oats: always in my pantry, oats are the main 'substance' of these energy balls and make them both filling and nutritious with slow-releasing carbohydrates.
- Turmeric powder: brimming with reputed health benefits, turmeric gives the energy balls a little hint of spice. I like the Schwartz turmeric powder or Simply Organic ground turmeric root.
- Pumpkin seeds: to add a little crunch and some extra protein. The Terrasoul organic pumpkin seeds are good.
- Fresh ginger: the big kick of spice in this recipe, and full of health benefits too.
- Nut or seed butter: I use almond butter, but if you are low histamine and not able to tolerate it, then I think any nut or seed butter would work. Many get on well with macadamia nut butter.
- Honey: for sweetness, this also helps hold the balls together.
- Ground flax: full of healthy omega 3 fats, I have been incorporating flax more and more into my diet (Healthline).
- Sesame seeds: these are optional, but I like to roll a few of the balls in them as it looks pretty!
Variations on the recipe
If you don't have fresh ginger, then you can use ground ginger powder too.
While almonds score 1 on the SIGHI list, some people on a low histamine diet aren't able to tolerate, so use a nut or seed butter that works for you.
Making the energy balls a gluten-free snack
It is very simple to make these energy balls a gluten-free snack. Simply ensure that you are using certified gluten-free oats such as the Bob's Red Mill organic gluten-free rolled oats.
Step by step instructions
This is a three-step recipe, and a very simple snack to make:
Combine all the ingredients in a food processor (with the exception of the sesame seeds), and blend until it forms a ball of 'dough'. You may need to scrape the sides of the blender down a few times.
Transfer the 'dough' to a bowl, cover and place in the fridge for 15-20 minutes. Take a small spoonful of the dough and roll in your hands to form the energy balls. If you like, roll a few (or all!) in sesame seeds.
How to serve
Of course, these turmeric energy balls can be simply be eaten by themselves as a quick mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack, maybe on-the-go or in between work tasks or housework.
But sitting down to actually relax for even a few minutes is always nice, and so beneficial to our health. So why not make a tasty drink to go along with it and unwind for a moment? If you want to really go to town on the ginger and turmeric theme, then there is my iced turmeric latte for the summer months or the ginger turmeric latte for when the weather is cooler.
More energy ball recipes to enjoy
Find lots of tasty and healthy ideas on my energy balls page, including these recent recipes:
There are also some fun ginger breakfast cookies in my low histamine breakfast recipes ebook!
Turmeric ginger energy balls
- Pour the oats and flax meal into a food processor and pulse blend until it becomes a grainy texture, but not a fine flour. Then add all the other ingredients, except the sesame seeds used to coat the energy balls. Blend until it forms a thick sticky ball that holds together.
- Transfer the 'dough' to a bowl and chill in the fridge for at least 20 minutes.
- Use a cookie scoop or your hands to form around 12 small energy balls. If you wish, sprinkle some sesame seeds on a plate and roll the balls to coat.
- If you aren't a fan of pumpkin seeds then simply swap out for another nut or seed of your preference.
- I haven't tried it myself, but if you cannot tolerate almond butter then macadamia nut butter should work well.
- ginger, which scores 1. There is a note that small amounts are well tolerated.
- almonds (for the almond butter), which score 1.
- flaxmeal isn't rated on the SIGHI list.
- sesame seeds, which score 1.