These healthy no bake high protein golden milk bites are loaded with super foods, spices and a dash of turmeric for an extra nutritional boost! These quick and easy snack bites are naturally gluten free, vegan, paleo, dairy free and refined sugar free!
When it comes to foodie trends, I’ve kind of been ‘meh’ with them.
Coconut oil? For frying, sure.
Nutella? Pretty sure it was a 90’s thing, resurged in 2014….but sure.
Maple syrup, cayenne and hot water? Queen B, sure.
Kale? Kale me softly, with your voice.
Kronuts? For a rare treat, sure.
Pitaya smoothie bowls? Well, I had it once and not sure if I’d ever have it again.
One of the perks of living in Los Angeles was being introduced to many innovative and intriguing foods which, more often than not, would be mainstream several months down the track.
I had met a friend down in Santa Monica for some coffee and catch ups. We went to one of the quirky, ‘hipster’ cafes near Venice Beach. Besides the typical lattes, cappuccinos, cold brews, hot brews, medium brews and a plethora more, one particular beverage stood out- Golden milk latte.
Golden milk latte?
I had never heard of such a beverage before. The description next to it mentioned healing and nurturing properties, but I overlooked that. I was sold by the name itself. I envisioned a golden beverage, sparkling upon consumption.
…That was not the case.
“Luke, I think they gave me bone broth or curry laksa in a mug”.
I was sceptical at what was presented to me. It smelled a little earthy, and the color was NOT golden. I dipped my spoon into the foam topping, thinking perhaps the milk would come shimmying gold out of it, but I was mistaken.
Oh well, bottoms up. I took a swig….and enjoyed it.
I’m glad I took a chance and let the name sell me- The golden milk latte was warming, hearty and the perfect amount of sweetness, spice and of course, turmeric. I’ve been loving the flavor combination, but not necessary in a strict beverage form…as you’ll soon see.
I’m not new to enjoying turmeric in recipes. Growing up, many of the foods I ate contained it, and it is one of my mum’s most used ingredients. From Persian chicken casseroles, Fesenjen and the infamous Jalebi (a delicious dessert), it may be the second most used herb/condiment to salt.
Now golden milk may sound fancy, but it’s actually quite an easy and generally customizable beverage. The barista at the cafe told me it was a mix of coconut milk, turmeric, honey, cinnamon, ginger and a dash of cayenne. He advised me that typically they use pepper, but they were a little bit fancy.
For today’s recipe, I incorporated all the flavors of a classic golden milk and make it in a healthy, wholesome snack bite form. I can understand that some may be apprehensive to drink something with turmeric, cayenne/pepper and non-dairy milk, so let’s kick things off with something edible.
I present, healthy no bake GOLDEN SNITCHES.
These healthy no bake high protein golden milk bites are a flavor AND texture lovers dream- Hearty, spicy, warming and with just the right amount of sweetness! These satisfying and wholesome bites are made with good for you ingredients and take barely any time to whip up! While they are apparently known to have positive properties (balancing blood sugar, detox style qualities, reducing inflammation and a myriad of others), these are the perfect satisfying snack to enjoy between meals or even as a pre/post workout snack, thanks to the protein boost! Because of the ingredients used, these no bake golden milk bites are naturally gluten free, vegan, paleo, dairy free and refined sugar free!
HACK! The beauty of the ‘golden milk’ is how the spices, milk and sweetener can be interchanged with something similar. Swap the black pepper for cayenne pepper, swap the pure maple syrup for Manuka honey, and swap the coconut milk or almond or cashew milk. just don’t forget the turmeric….That would be awkward.
Make these healthy No Bake High Protein Golden Milk Bites and grab your broomstick.
I mean, these are pretty much golden snitches.
- 1 3/4 cups gluten-free oat flour (can sub for rolled oats, oat bran or quick oats)*
- 1/4 cup coconut flour (can sub for almond or extra oat flour)**
- 2 T granulated sweetener of choice (I used a stevia blend)***
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper OR black pepper
- 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup cashew butter (can sub for any nut butter)
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup or manuka honey (can sub for any sticky sweetener)
- 1 T + milk of choice****
- Extra granulated sweetener and turmeric, to roll bites in
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sweetener, spices and mix well.
- In a microwave safe bowl or stovetop, heat your nut butter with your sticky sweetener until combined. Mix in your vanilla extract. Pour your wet mixture and unsweetened applesauce to the dry mixture and mix well. Depending on consistency, either add dairy free milk of choice or extra flour until a firm texture is formed.
- Using your hands, form into small bite sized balls. Roll balls in optional granulated sweetener/turmeric mixture and place on a baking tray or plate. Refrigerate for at least 10 minutes to firm up.
- * For paleo option, use 1/2 cup coconut flour
- ** If you use another flour, you may need to add 2-3 tablespoons to make the batter firm
- *** I used 2 tablespoons but adjust according to your desired level of sweetness
- **** Depending on the flour combination, you may need more- Adjust accordingly
Have you used turmeric in recipes before?
Is there a food-related trend you’ve embraced? An avocado a day.