No-Bake Turmeric Coconut Balls
The flavour of these no-bake turmeric coconut balls is something else. Spicy turmeric, black pepper, ginger, cinnamon, sea salt and pure maple syrup layered with coconut and cashews creates a spiced flavour explosion that you can’t get enough of. These sweet and spicy energy balls require just a few ingredients, they’re grain-free and take just minutes to make. I’m totally hooked on the spiced flavour of these simple, no-bake energy balls and I know you’ll be too!
Recipes with Turmeric
I love making recipes with turmeric and I’ve shared a couple on the blog already. My Peanut Butter Cup Protein Shake, Butternut Squash Smoothie Bowl and Turmeric Carrot Oatmeal Cookies are a good place to start with trying turmeric in sweet recipes. As for savoury recipes, you can try my Coconut Red Lentil Dahl or my Savoury Chickpeas. I like using turmeric in tofu scrambles for colour too and if used in smaller amounts, it’s the perfect amount of spice without being too overpowering.
Turmeric Health Benefits
Turmeric offers a long list of health benefits but is most known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation has long been connected to diseases like asthma, arthritis and Chrone’s disease but chronic inflammation may contribute to Alzheimer’s, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. In addition to a nutritionally-poor diet, lack of stress management, a build up of toxins and a sedentary lifestyle also contribute to chronic inflammation.
Chronic inflammation is rampant in our society today, in large part to a nutritionally-poor diet but luckily, we can prevent and reduce inflammation through our lifestyle choices. Inflammation can make it difficult to lose weight and over time we may experience everything from joint pain to loss of function both mentally and physically.
To start reducing inflammation, you should try to minimize or eliminate the following foods from your diet.
- Corn and soybean oils
- Pasteurized dairy
- Refined carbohydrates
- Processed meats
- Refined sugar
- Deep fried foods
- Trans fats
The easiest way to reduce the amount of these foods in your diet is to ditch processed foods asap. Overly processed foods typically contain modified corn and soybean oils, refined sugar often in the form of high fructose corn syrup, refined carbohydrates and trans fats. Cut those out and you’ll have a great start on reducing inflammation.
It’s easier than you think. One step at a time is the way to go.
Read my post on Small Steps for Better Nutrition for 12 weeks worth of small steps you can take to improve your health. For a throughout discussion on healing and preventing inflamamtion, read Anti-Inflammatory Living to Heal Inflammation Naturally.
An Anti-Inflammatory Diet
Once you’ve started reducing the amount of inflammation-causing food you eat, the next step is to start including more anti-inflammatory promoting foods.
This is also easier than you think! By sticking to a whole food diet, you’ll naturally be consuming foods that have anti-inflammatory properties. These No-Bake Turmeric Coconut Balls are made with turmeric, ginger, cashews and cinnamon all of which have anti-inflammatory benefits.
- dark, leafy greens like spinach
- green foods like broccoli and celery
- cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower and cabbage
- berries like blueberries, cherries and blackberries
- spices like turmeric and ginger
- omega-3 rich seeds like flax, hemp and chia
- omega-9 from macadamia nuts, olive, avocado
- nuts like walnuts and almonds
- oils like olive and coconut
- green tea
- dark chocolate
You are what you eat, literally
When you’re thinking about living an anti-inflammatory lifestyle, it helps to think of everything you eat as either anti or pro-inflammation. It’s so important to consider the power of everything you put in your mouth.
Is it supporting diversity in your gut micro-biome or destroying it?
Is it helping to balance your hormones or throw them into a tailspin?
The food you eat literally becomes a part of you, on the deepest cellular level. Continue to educate yourself on the science of nutrition so you can come to a place of deep understanding leading to peace and joy around eating.
When we eat poorly, our hormones get out of whack. Those hormones imbalances effect everything from hunger, to digestion, to stress and sleep, all of which play a role in inflammation.
It’s so important to think of your health holistically. Every lifestyle choice you make has a consequence and it’s all interrelated. Emotional eating plays a roll too and if we can get to the root cause of what’s causing emotional eating, we can start to change and heal from within. Food is not the enemy and I hope I can help you get to a place where you make good food choices, stress-free and out of pure self-love.
No Labels, No Dieting
Luckily, it’s very simple to do this. You don’t need to worry about any particular diet. Not gluten-free, not paleo, not vegan. There’s no one right or wrong way to eat, we are all so different that what works for me might not work for you.
Do away with labels and focus on quality, quality, quality.
If anything, we should move away from dieting, which can wreak havoc on our metabolism and hormones, and instead focus consuming on real food, food that your body recognizes and expects. That’s where the power lies and where you can will healthy eating success for life, without deprivation.
Coconut is magical when blended and refrigerated. Much like coconut oil and coconut butter, it solidifies when cold. It might seem like there’s nothing to hold these together but once you press the mixture into balls and place them in the fridge, they firm up into the most wonderful texture for the perfect no-bake bite.
The Perfect Topper for Healthy Bowls
My favourite thing to do with these balls is crumble them over a healthy smoothie bowl. It’s like adding little cashew coconut cookie dough bits. The texture of these is to die for. You could also add them to banana ice cream, a chia breakfast bowl, sweet potato breakfast bowl or even my carrot cake overnight protein oats. Of course, they’re just perfect on their own too and their only downside is they might be a little too addictive.
The flavour doesn’t fully hit you until after you’ve finished eating them. They have the most amazing aftertaste and that lasting sweet and spicy flavour keeps you coming back for more. Seriously, you’ll be dreaming of these after eating them.
No-Bake Turmeric Coconut Balls
These no-bake coconut balls are made with raw cashews, unsweetened coconut, turmeric and black pepper. The black pepper is a key ingredient as it improves the bioavailability of curcurmin, the active compound in turmeric.
I also added ginger, cinnamon and sea salt for layer upon layer of sweet and spicy flavour. As for all my sweet recipes that call for sea salt, please make sure you use a good quality, unrefined sea salt as table salt will not result the same flavour nor does it contain the minerals that unrefined sea salt does. I recommend this grey sea salt.
I sweetened these balls with pure maple syrup but I’ve also made them with dates. Dates and maple syrup are my favourite natural sweeteners for the minerals they provide along with their beautifully, sweet, caramel and maple flavours.
Coconut Ball Nutritional Details
If you make the recipe exactly as listed below, each ball will be 131 calories with 10 grams of fat, 7 grams of carbohydrates and 2.5 grams of protein. They’re higher in fat but it’s all good stuff from the coconut and cashews, plus with the higher fat content they won’t spike your blood sugar like a treat with refined sugar would. These balls are also antioxidant-rich and anti-inflammatory.Print
- Add the coconut to a high-speed blender or food processor and mix until it starts to get a bit oily. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until the cashews are broken down.
- Press the mixture into balls. You won’t be able to roll it so just press it into balls gently. Once they’re in the fridge they will harden.
- Let set in the fridge for a couple hours.
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 131 calories
- Fat: 10 grams
- Carbohydrates: 7 grams
- Protein: 2.5 grams