Nora's Kitchen Vegan Gluten-Free Turmeric Bars

We are so thrilled to share this recipe from one of our customers and friends Aubrey Janelle. Not only is Aubrey a photographer here in Portland, but she is an all around badass boss lady and she killed it on this newest recipe post.

Today’s recipe features one of our favorite spices, turmeric! Turmeric is known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties and something we use quite often in our household for that purpose. 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? Amen to that.

Aubrey was able to put together her very own Nora’s Kitchen vegan gluten-free turmeric bars using her granola at home. Her inspiration for these bars came from Unbound Wellness. Want to try them for yourself? Let’s dive in…


YOU WILL NEED:
  • For the crust: 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2.5-3 cups granola depending on pan size
  • 6 dates, pitted
  • 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 maple syrup
MAKES:
15-20 (depending on size of bars you decide to cut out)
TIME:
5 hours (including hardening period)
DIRECTIONS
  1. Crust: 1. Using a food processor (or mortar and pestle/hands if you don't have one!), pulse granola, coconut oil (or butter), salt, and chopped dates. 2. Firmly press the granola and date dough into the foil-lined pan. 3. Place in fridge to harden for 1 hour
  2. Filling: 1. 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. 2. Once the coconut butter is mostly melted, stir in the coconut oil until the mixture is entirely liquid 3. Remove the mixture from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes 4. Stir in the cinnamon, turmeric, black pepper and honey into the filling mixture 5. Pour the filling over the crust and evenly spread out with a spoon
  3. Place in the fridge to harden overnight or for 3-4 hours
  4. Once hardened, remove the pan from the fridge and let it sit on the counter for 5-10 minutes
  5. Using a sharp kitchen knife, carefully slice into 16 squares some may break a bit, but that’s okay!

These Nora’s Kitchen vegan gluten-free turmeric bars will be a hit for any household. Whether your guests at your next potluck are actually vegan or not and you want to surprise your gluten eating friends when you admit these are actually gluten-free, these bars will be a hit with anyone. Can’t wait for you to try it in your own home.

Cheers!