CASHEW TURMERIC BALLS

After you guys decided to get the white energy balls first, now is time to present you my favorites!

I’ve been focusing lately on some secret projects, so I haven’t been in the kitchen much. Aside from the stuff I batch cook over the weekend for our family, these balls are regular on my table for the last couple of weeks.

I just keep on testing them out 😉

With summer hitting hard everywhere, chocolaty refreshment is just what most of us need. If you’re not in for an ice-cream, these balls, straight out of the fridge, are a wonderful substitute.

Their taste is so rich – you know how cocoa makes every dish feel like luxury. Turmeric gives them such a special touch, it’s really what makes these balls so amazing.

Turmeric belongs to my must-have in the pantry, which is pretty easy to understand once we go over its nutritional value – turmeric is incredible source of antioxidants & valuable phytonutrients. This makes it one of the most powerful spices ever.

Also, it’s gonna provide us with great amounts of iron, as well as vitamin B6, niacin, vitamin C, manganese, vitamin E & zinc. (1)

Curcumin content is turmeric is not that high, but it’s worth mentioning nevertheless. Curcumin acts anti-inflammatory. It’s a powerful antioxidant & shows benefits for blood sugar & blood fat levels. It also has a great power to prevent & fight cancer. However, if you wish to enjoy full potential of curcumin, I’d suggest taking extract, rather than only turmeric – taking turmeric supplement has so many beautiful benefits. Turmeric curcumin benefits are really making it worth  a try. 

Star of this recipe, along with turmeric, are cashew nuts. They’re one of my favorite snacks & I’m always having at least one extra pack ready to be enjoyed. I love how versatile cashews are & what everything we can do with them.

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They are, surprise surprise, super nutrient dense – providing us with tons of copper, phosphorus, zinc, manganese & magnesium. And of course, they’re high in antioxidants.

But minerals are not the only reason they’re famous – it’s their healthy fats content! Cashews contain the similar beautiful monounsaturated fatty acids like olive oil, and you guys know how much I love olive oil! This means your heart is gonna be so happy you choose these delicious bites to eat as you next snack!

Monounsaturated fatty acids help reduce triglyceride levels, which are associated with heart disease.

You can use cashews to make nut milk, vegan mayo, cheese & utterly delicious nut butters!

Speaking of butters, I opted for peanut butter in this recipe simply because I freakin’ love it.

When I buy it, it’s the only thing I snack on – some of my delicious breads & peanut butter. Or simply rice cakes (whole grain & without suspicious ingredients, please)

Now, when I say peanut butter, I mean 100% peanuts. Be mindful when buying your peanut butter, as they often contain ingredients.. that are not peanuts. You don’t need these – these kinds are often loaded with trans fatty acids & nobody wants to eat that.

Peanut butter has healthy fats & is a great source of vitamin E. It also contains niacin, which helps producing energy & hormone syntesis. It also does good to our skin, hair, eyes & liver, as well as nerves & brain.

When it comes to minerals, peanut butter provides us with magnesium & copper. Both of which are incredibly important for our enzymes, but also for healthy cell membrains & genes.

We’re also gonna be using oats. They’ll provide fiber, manganese, phosphorus, copper, magnesium, zinc, iron, vitamin B1. Beautiful!

For the sweetness we will be adding soaked dates. Dates are awesome – they’re like candy from nature. Super sweet, but also come with nutrients! Calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, potassium are some of the minerals dates will add to these balls. As far as vitamins go, dates will enhance our energy balls with a few B vitamins (riboflavin, thiamin, niacin), folate, vitamin K. Isn’t it amazing how nature has such a nutritious candies for us?

Last but not least, we’re gonna need cocoa powder. I’m not gonna go into details about why cocoa is awesome – I believe I did enough of that (2, 3).

Basically, it’s absolutely incredible & you should enjoy it every day.

As for coating, I sometimes use shredded coconut & cocoa powder, sometimes I omit shredded coconut – it’s gonna be awesome nevertheless. WIthout coconut, it tastes a bit richer, in my opinion. Adjust it to your taste – as everything else.

I hope you guys will enjoy this one, I’m totally in love with it. I really am obsessed with these recipes that serve us well, are super simple & allow us to have healthy food on the go, without spending half day in the kitchen.

Especially in the summer.

WHY YOU SHOULD EAT IT:

    • Cashew nuts: copper, phosphorus, zinc, manganese, magnesium, antioxidants, healthy fats
    • Turmeric: iron, vitamin B6, niacin, vitamin C, manganese, vitamin E, zinc, antioxidants
    • Peanut butter: magnesium, copper, healthy fats
    • Dates: magnesium, calcium, fiber, iron, zinc, vitamin K, potassium, B vitamins, folate
    • Oats: fiber, manganese, phosphorus, copper, magnesium, zinc, iron, vitamin B1
  • Cocoa: magnesium, fiber, potassium, calcium, selenium, copper, manganese, phosphotus, zinc, antioxidants

CASHEW TURMERIC BALLS

Energy balls, snack

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Vegan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup (100g) cashews soaked, at least 2 hours
  • 3/4 cup (130g) dates pitted, soaked, at least 2 hours
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter*
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • ca. 1/2 cup (80g) rolled oats
  • Shredded coconut & cocoa powder for coating*

Instructions

  1. Combine cashews, dates, turmeric, peanut butter & cocoa in the food processor, until paste is formed.

  2. Combine paste with oats, until dought is formed. If needed, add a bit more oats.

  3. Coat in shredded coconut & cocoa.

  4. Keep in fridge & enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • Sub for any nut butter
  • You can use only cocoa, that's also amazing

YOUR TURN:

Guys, try these as soon as possible, you’re gonna be amazed!

When you do, make sure to snap a pic & tag me on ‘Gram. I love seeing you guys rockin’ it!

Lots of love,

Nina

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