This versatile spice has been around for thousands of years. Turmeric has a ton of health benefits, but it is most notorious for its ability to support an overall healthy inflammatory response while offering potent antioxidant support. This herb encourages natural detoxification of the blood and offers neuroprotective support. It maintains healthy cytokine production, including the natural down-regulation of pro-inflammatory cytokines.
If you sprain your ankle, inflammation is a normal and important part of the healing process. However, the inflammatory hormones in our body need to be in balance to work properly and sadly, they’re too often out of balance due to a poor diet, stressful lifestyle, environmental toxins and more. As a result, chronic inflammation with the inability to decrease it is all too common.
Adding black pepper to the bites can support intestinal absorption of turmeric. According to a Bastyr University study, black pepper can increase absorption of curcumins by 300% or more.
I N G R E D I E N T S
- 1 cup coconut butter (also called coconut cream concentrate or coconut mana)
- ¾ cup shredded coconut + ½ tsp for topping
- 1 tbsp coconut milk (or water)
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 2 tsp turmeric
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- Pinch of black pepper
- 1 tbsp honey (optional if you want to cut down on sugar, but it really helps balance the bitter taste of the turmeric)
D I R E C T I O N S
1. Add the coconut butter and the shredded coconut to a mixing bowl and stir well to combine. You want the coconut butter to be softened (but not melted), so depending on the consistency of yours, heat it up in the microwave for about 5-10 seconds if needed.
2. Add the remaining ingredients and combine.
3. Begin rolling the dough into balls about 1–1¼ inch diameter, (or you can easily choose whichever size you’d like) and place onto a plate lined with parchment paper.
4. If desired, sprinkle about ½ tsp of shredded coconut on top of the bites.
5. Put the turmeric bites into the refrigerator and chill for a minimum of 30 minutes, or in the freezer for more of a bite.
6. Remove from the fridge and enjoy! Note that these are best enjoyed cold.
If you want more delicious turmeric recipes, here are others from our collection:
Allergy Fighting Turmeric Twist Smoothie
Turmeric Ginger Latte
Soba Noodles with Kale and Turmeric Tahini Sauce
Coconut Turmeric Bites
Golden Turmeric Tea
Recipe courtesy of Unbound Wellness.