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Turmeric Mango Golden Balls

These beautiful golden balls are yellow from one of the most popular and potent superfoods in the world - turmeric! They are sweet, taste a bit like a macaroon but you can enjoy it like an energy ball!
Jul 4, 2019 | Joy McCarthy

After I posted these on Instagram, someone suggested I name them Joyous Sunshine Balls – which I love! I haven't renamed them but they sure do look like sunshine and they will feel joyous in your belly, too. Yellow is one of my favourite colours so I was delighted with how bright and sunny these look.

The ingredients in these balls are super simple. I added oats, shredded coconut and hemp hearts as the main ingredients along with turmeric, lemon juice and dried mango, which give the recipe its gorgeous colour! 

Coconut flakes, oats, mango

They taste like a cross between a macaroon and your favourite energy ball.

Soft on the inside and meaty in the way a macaroon is. They remind me of an energy ball because, well, they're energizing, thanks to the oats, which are rich in fibre and blood sugar-balancing!

Adding maple syrup for extra sweetness is completely optional, but it is necessary to process all the ingredients in a high-powered food processor so they stick well. You want to process all the ingredients until they start to stick together.


Ingredients for golden balls

I would suggest you store them in the fridge for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 3 months. If you want to make them grain-free you can simply omit the oats and add more shredded coconut. 

Oh and if you don't want to stain your hands yellow, it might be worthwhile to put on gloves, which I did not do!

These Turmeric Mango Golden Balls are:

  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free
  • Nut-free
  • Kid-friendly
  • Detox-friendly
  • Digestion-friendly
  • Totally plant-based (vegan)
  • Raw – no need to turn on your oven!


I've talked about the health benefits of turmeric on the blog many times and I have so many recipes with this incredible superfood ingredient. So rather than repeat those details, let's gets my delicious recipe!

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  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/4 cup hemp hearts
  • 1/2 cup cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup dried chopped mango*
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric**
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2-4 tbsp water***
  • Optional: 1-2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
  1. Place all ingredients into a food processor and blitz until it forms a texture that you can roll into balls.
  2. Roll into 1.5 inch balls. Refrigerate for up to one week or store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.


Makes 15 medium size balls.

*I chopped the mango up before measuring and measured 1/2 cup chopped.
**I used New Chapter's Fermented Organic turmeric.
***Add water slowly to food processor. You may not need the full amount.

It's worth repeating that these yummy balls are kid-friendly because they're nut-free. The perfect lunch box treats for you and your little one! Toss one in your bag for a post-workout quick snack – they offer a perfect boost of clean energy and are super blood sugar balancing.

Since posting these on Instagram, quite a few of you have been asking me if you can use fresh mango instead of dried mango. The answer is yes, but note that you'll have to increase the dry ingredients, adding either more shredded coconut or rolled oats.

Before I go and munch on one, I wanted to share with you some of my favourite turmeric-starring recipes:

Have a joyous rest of your week!

Joy xo

R R.   •   July 9, 2019

Thank you for another interesting recipe. I am allergic to coconut, should I just leave it out or can you recommend a substitute? Many thanks.

Joy McCarthy   •   July 9, 2019

R.R.   •   July 9, 2019

Thank you so much for the quick response. I will let you know how it works out.

Joy McCarthy   •   July 10, 2019

Eileen Hartman   •   July 9, 2019

Thanks for the recipe. Can I use soaked oats, or just straight out of the bag? Thanks

Joy McCarthy   •   July 10, 2019

Michelle L. Truitt   •   July 10, 2019

Hi, Joy! I so love all that you share. I am wanting to try the Turmeric Mango Golden Balls. My question: since we follow a low lectin diet at our house, what would you suggest to replace the 1/2 cup rolled oats? Would millet or sorghum work, maybe puffed millet? Thanks, Michelle

Joy McCarthy   •   July 11, 2019

Liesje Van Zwol   •   August 6, 2019

These golden balls are amazing!!! Easy to make and healthy and delicious to eat for breakfast this Fall!! When I made the second batch today I added the zest of the organic lemon I used. Also delicious! Thanks so much Joy!

Joy McCarthy   •   August 6, 2019

Samantha Parker   •   October 21, 2019

Any idea of approximate calories? I am not a calorie -counter usually but for the time being I need to be and would love to try these!


Samantha P.   •   October 21, 2019

Any idea of the calorie is in each one approximately? I'm not usually a calorie counter but need to be for now and would love to try these!!

Joy McCarthy   •   October 21, 2019

Samantha P.   •   October 21, 2019

Thanks! I appreciate your response - an approximation works for me!


Elaine   •   December 27, 2019

What could replace the 1/2 cup of mango ? I’m not a fan of mango but the rest of this recipe seems so good ! I needed a healthy recipe like that. TY so much !

Joy McCarthy   •   December 27, 2019

Elaine   •   December 27, 2019

Pineapple would be great, thanks !

Joy McCarthy   •   December 27, 2019

Lisa   •   February 2, 2020

Hi Joy. This recipe looks so great. I am preparing to make them. I noticed in the above message that you said maple syrup is optional but necessary to blend the ingredients in the high powered processor. How much maple syrup do you recommend? It’s not in the ingredients list. Thanks so much. I am looking forward to eating some of these sunny bites.

Joy McCarthy   •   February 2, 2020

Lisa   •   February 3, 2020

Thank you! Made a batch and they were wonderful. I love these easy bites and they will make a regular appearance in my kitchen. Thanks

Joy McCarthy   •   February 3, 2020

Jackie Orlando   •   July 8, 2020

I tried these today in my Vitamix, they didn't come together quite well. Any thought on why? Did it not get blended well enough? I found having to wet my hands quite a bit. Thanks! Will see how they maintain shape after some time in the fridge!

Joy McCarthy   •   July 13, 2020

Sandra O.   •   March 9, 2021

I would like to try these they look delicious! Do you think one or two dates could replace the maple syrup?

Joy McCarthy   •   March 9, 2021

Melissa Potvin   •   May 22, 2022

These are flipping delicious! Thanks Joy!

Joy McCarthy   •   May 24, 2022

Alexandra Alexopoulo   •   February 11, 2023

Could I use fresh Mango and up the oats to balance the moisture?

Joy McCarthy   •   February 13, 2023

Debra   •   April 17, 2023

Can't wait to try the Tumeric Smoothie

Joy McCarthy   •   April 18, 2023

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