These antioxidant and anti-inflammatory turmeric bars are a delicious treat that requires zero baking. They're gluten-, dairy- and refined-sugar free and packed with healthy fats. Skip to the recipe here, or read more about antioxidants and the benefits of turmeric below.
The Power of Antioxidants
Antioxidants are an important Brain Food. Antioxidants are substances, such as vitamin C or E, that removes potentially damaging oxidizing agents from your cell. The oxidizing agents are called free radicals, and if not regularly cleared from the system, can cause cell damage, contribute to the development of many illnesses, and generally promote premature aging.
Illnesses associated with oxidative damage include heart disease, mental illness, cancer, arthritis, stroke, respiratory diseases, immune deficiency, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson's disease, and other inflammatory conditions.
Read more about antioxidants, the role they play in brain health and common sources of antioxidants here.
Benefits of Turmeric
Turmeric has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Turmeric has been used in India as part of Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. Curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream alone so it is best to consume with black pepper. You can take turmeric in a capsule form, use in an herbal tonic like this Golden Milk Latte, or to add nutrients to your dessert recipes.
No Bake Turmeric Bars
Why I love these no bake turmeric bars…
They feature anti-inflammatory turmeric
They’re loaded with healthy fats
They are gluten-, dairy-, and refined-sugar free
Best of all, besides melting the chocolate, they require zero baking!
crust is just a mix of coconut flour, Terra Origin Organic Turmeric Blend (Chai), cinnamon, almond butter, and maple syrup. That’s it.
The filling is just coconut oil, sugar-free chocolate and coconut flakes!
I love using the Terra Origin Turmeric Blend for this recipe because they’ve basically done the work of blending complementary spices for you! Turmeric can taste a bit bitter on its own, so this blend also contains pepper (for absorbency), cinnamon, ginger and cardamom to make the perfect tasting chai blend. This blend is great to scoop and pair with almond milk for a healing elixir, or for you to try in the No Bake Turmeric Bar recipe below.
Let me know if you make this recipe and what you think in the comments below.
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These antioxidant and anti-inflammatory turmeric bars are a delicious treat that requires zero baking. They're gluten, dairy and refined sugar free and packed with healthy fats.
3/4 cup coconut flour
3 scoops Terra Origin Organic Turmeric Blend (Chai)(plus extra for garnish)
1 tsp cinnamon (plus extra for garnish)
2 cups almond butter (note: use 100% almond butter with no added oils)
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 cups sugar-free chocolate chips (I used Santa Barbara Chocolates)
¼ cup coconut oil
¼ cup coconut flakes
Line a deep 8 x 8-inch pan with parchment paper and set aside
In a large mixing bowl, add dry ingredients for the crust, mix and set aside
In a microwave-safe bowl or on the stovetop, melt the almond butter with maple syrup until combined
Mix your wet and dry ingredients and mix until a thick batter remains
Transfer the dough to the lined pan and press firmly in place Refrigerate for 30 minutes
Once dough in refrigerated, melt your chocolate chips and coconut oil on the stovetop and pour over the bars
Top with coconut flakes and additional Terra Origin Organic Turmeric Blend and cinnamon
Freeze until firm
Store in the refrigerator or the freezer in an airtight container up to 5 days
Keywords: Turmeric, No Bake Dessert, Easy Dessert Recipes, Health Dessert, Gluten Free, Dairy Free
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