Lemon Turmeric Energy Balls

Lemon Turmeric Plant-Based Energy Balls


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!


Lemon Turmeric Plant-Based Energy Balls


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.


Lemon Turmeric Plant-Based Energy Balls


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

A quick and satisfying breakfast, treat, or on-the-go snack with a sweet lemony flavor that packs a powerful anti-inflammatory punch. 
4.20 from 26 votes
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Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Keyword: lemon, turmeric
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12 balls
Calories: 140kcal


  • 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. 


Yes - you'll add the entire 1/2 of a lemon to the food processor with the rest of the ingredients. The blades will disperse the juice, flesh and peel and the result will be an awesome lemon flavor. 
When stored in the refrigerator these keep for up to 2 weeks. For longer-term storage, place in the freezer. 


Calories: 140kcal
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