I’m always looking for ways to squeeze in more nutrient dense foods! Adding bone broth to sauces (like this garlic cream sauce) , or disguising veggies as basically tater tots (like these veggie nuggets) is one of my favorite things to do! It makes being healthy so much more fun, and easier to get others on board. Turmeric is one of those ingredients that can be tricky. Sure, golden milk is great, but if there are any other ways to incorporate anti-inflammatory turmeric into my weekly diet that feels like a treat, sign me up! These Anti-inflammatory turmeric bars are just the thing!
I was only introduced to turmeric once I stepped into the holistic health world. Before then, I had never heard of this powerful anti-inflammatory spice that was surprisingly delicious. Turmeric is known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties, which is what makes it so popular in the autoimmune community. However, sneaking more turmeric into your diet is a plus regardless of your health status! We live in such an inflammatory environment in our modern world, that we could all use some natural, drug free ways to get in some nutrient density and anti inflammatory love. And what better way to do it than with a snack bar?
Why I Love These Turmeric Bars…
They feature anti-inflammatory turmeric.
Turmeric has been used for thousands of years as a completely natural healing spice. You’ll find more this article about how it can be helpful in arthritis management, skin conditions, and more.
They’re Paleo and AIP
They’re nut free, grain free, and totally AIP and paleo.
They’re loaded with healthy fats
Coconut buter and coconut oil to keep you satisfied!
They’re sweetened with dates and a bit of honey.
No weird sweeteners here.
Grain free recipes with crusts can be harder to come by, but are that much more amazing!
The Main Ingredients for The Turmeric Bars…
This is different from coconut oil.You can find this online or in stores near the nut butters. It’s also called coconut cream concentrate or coconut mana.
This is in both the crust and the filling.
Turmeric, cinnamon and black pepper
Black pepper increases the bioavailabity of turmeric, however just omit it if you’re AIP.
Shredded coconut and dates
These are the main ingredients in the crust.
- FOR THE CRUST
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 10 dates, pitted (soak in water for 10 minutes if hard)
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- FOR THE FILLING
- 1 1/4 cup coconut butter
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon plus extra for garnish
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- 2 tsp honey (omit or sub maple syrup if vegan)
- Prepare an 8x8" pan and line it with parchment paper
- Add the shredded coconut and dates to a food processor and pulse several times until well incorporated. Add in the coconut oil and cinnamon and quickly blend.
- Spoon out the crust mixture and add it to the pan. Press it down into the pan until it's evenly flattened. Place the crust in the fridge to chill for 2-3 hours.
- To make the filling, make a double boiler by filling a medium sauce pot half way with water and bring it to a low boil. place a stainless steel bowl over top the pot to create a double boiler. Spoon the coconut butter into the bowl and stir to allow it to melt. Do not use a microwave to melt the coconut butter, or it will burn.
- Once the coconut butter is mostly melted, stir in the coconut oil until the mixture is entirely liquid
- Remove the mixture from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes
- Stir in the cinnamon, turmeric, black pepper (omit for AIP) and honey into the filling mixture
- Pour the filling over the crust and evenly spread out with a spoon
- Place in the fridge to harden overnight or for 3-4 hours
- Once hardened, remove the pan from the fridge and let it sit on the counter for 5-10 minutes
- Using a sharp kitchen knife, carefully slice into 16 squares some may break a bit, but that's okay!
- Top the finished bars with a sprinkle of cinnamon
- Store in the fridge and eat chilled... with a napkin! Turmeric does easily stain.
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