This is one of those recipes where you throw everything in and let the food processor do the work. And by everything we mean an entire half of a lemon! Including the juice, flesh and peel provides a lemony flavor that you just can’t get with plain ole lemon juice. The key is to let the dough blend long enough so no lemon bits remain and you have a smooth consistency.
The turmeric in these treats has more to offer than a beautiful color. Turmeric is one of the most studied spices because of its strong anti-inflammatory properties. Its positive effects on multiple diseases is promising and make it a MUST-HAVE in at least 1 meal or snack a day!
Dr. Greger includes turmeric in his Daily Dozen list. Because of its benefits, he recommends getting 1/4 teaspoon in your diet each and every day. By enjoying just one and a half of these lemony treats you can check turmeric off your Daily Dozen list! But, really, you might-as-well just eat 2. ?
If you’ve never used Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen list, you’re probably missing out on some powerful health-promoting nutrients! And to make things easier, there’s actually an app that allows you to track with a simple check-mark system. We love this because it’s straightforward to use and allows you to quickly track, without obsessing over calories, macros, etc.
Fruit and nut balls and bars – like these – are some of our favorites for keeping in the freezer for a quick snack. They’re made out of whole foods, they’re filling and very portable. Check out some of our other favorites: Howie Bars, Chocolate Snowballs, Key Lime Pistachio Balls, No-bake Gingerbread Balls, Almond Joy Balls and Harvey Bars.
We used this food processor to make these Lemon Turmeric Balls (Note this is an affiliate link).
Lemon Turmeric Plant-Based Energy Balls
- Food Processor
- 20 pitted deglet noor dates (approx. 1 cup), soaked in hot water for at least 20 mintes
- 1/2 lemon, washed and seeds removed, if the very end is hard, remove it as well
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup raw almond
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 2 T chia seeds
- 2 tsp tumeric
- optional coating: ground almonds or shredded coconut
- Drain soaked dates, reserving water in a small bowl. Place dates, de-seeded lemon and vanilla extract in a food processor. Process until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides as needed. If mixture is too thick to blend, add reserved soaking water, 1 T at a time. These turn out best if you keep added water to a minimum. Transfer to a mixing bowl.
- Add almonds, oats, chia seeds and turmeric to food processor and blend. Add to wet mixture and stir until combined using a wooden spoon.
- Scoop with a small spoon and roll into 1 inch balls. If desired, roll balls into ground almonds or shredded coconut. Place balls on a parchment or wax-paper lined baking sheet.
- Freeze balls until firm, for approximately 1 hour. Transfer to an air-tight container and store in the refrigerator.
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