Keto Turmeric Bars

We are loving these anti-inflammatory golden Keto Turmeric Bars! If you’ve ever toyed with the idea of making a turmeric dessert this treat is for you. It’s not only mouth-wateringly delicious, but turmeric is good for you. What more could you ask for from a dessert?!

Golden Keto Turmeric Bars Recipe

I decided I had to make Keto Turmeric Bars after seeing this healing spice used in treats ranging from golden turmeric cookies to turmeric sugar cookies. But every recipe I came across was the opposite of healthy –they all used wheat flour and lots of sugar.

Gluten-Free Keto Turmeric Bars Recipe

Since all of these incredible looking turmeric treats were not gluten-free they were not an option for my family, and since they were not grain-free, they were not an option for me.

Grain-Free Low-Carb Turmeric Health Bars

My older son, born in 1998, and now in his twenties, was diagnosed with Celiac Disease when he was three. I too have it, and on top of going gluten-free, went on a low-carb Grain-Free Diet over two decades ago. That’s why this is a gluten-free, grain-free turmeric bars recipe.

Keto Turmeric Bars Recipe

The next step after giving up high-carbohydrate, inflammatory grains, was to create easy Keto Dessert Recipes for my family made without corn-based sweeteners like erythritol.

I’ve spent decades researching the best ingredients and write about this in my article, The Best Low-Carb Sweetener for Keto. All of that knowledge goes into a seemingly simple recipe like these turmeric protein bars, which are incredibly nutrient-dense because turmeric is a very special spice.

Turmeric Dessert Recipe

Anti-Inflammatory Golden Turmeric Bars are low-carb and full of incredibly healthy fats. I’ve used cardamom in this recipe because of my background in Ayurvedic healing. Like turmeric, cardamom is another healthy spice full of anti-inflammatory properties.

Keto Turmeric To Go Bars

This turmeric dessert is made with eight ingredients total so that you can whip it up in no time flat! When the boys were younger I used to pack this in their lunches for dessert. It also travels well if you’re in need of a snack while running errands or after working out!

Golden Turmeric Bars

Print Recipe
  1. In a food processor, pulse almond flour, turmeric, and ginger
  2. Pulse in cardamom and pepper until well combined
  3. Pulse in butter, stevia, and maple syrup
  4. Press dough into a parchment paper lined 8 x 8 inch baking dish
  5. Score dough to make 16 bars
  6. Bake at 350°F for 25-30 minutes
  7. Cool one hour
  8. Serve
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Health Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric, a member of the ginger family, is one of my favorite functional foods. That’s because research shows turmeric has tremendous health benefits, due to a compound it contains called curcumin.

Turmeric Tea

Golden Turmeric Tea Benefits

Here are some of the health benefits of turmeric:

  • Reduces Inflammation
  • Natural Anti-Oxidant
  • Improves Brain Function

To learn more about turmeric benefits and its healing properties check out my post called Turmeric Tea and the NrF2 Pathway.

The Best Way to Take Turmeric

My colleague Dr. Robert Rountree, one of the founders of the Functional Medicine movement, taught me long ago to pair turmeric with black pepper to increase its absorption and bio-availability. That’s why you’ll find black pepper in this golden Keto Turmeric Bars recipe.

How Much Turmeric Should I Take Daily?

Since we’re all biochemical individuals I can’t really answer the question, how much turmeric should I take daily? Further, even if I was a doctor, I couldn’t give medical advice online. I can, however, tell you how much turmeric I take daily.

How Much Curcumin?

As mentioned above, curcumin is a potent substance found in turmeric. I take a supplement called Meriva, consuming around two capsules daily, each contains 500mg of curcumin. This supplement helps in reducing my symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis and so I take it faithfully.

In addition to supplementation, I also add turmeric liberally to my diet. From a culinary perspective, there are so many good uses for turmeric.

Good Turmeric Uses

This wonderful herb that’s used as a spice is found in a wide variety of food and drink. There are so many good turmeric uses –it’s a bit of a miracle ingredient in that it can go in almost anything.

Healthy Turmeric Recipes

I find that ground turmeric is fantastic for using in stir-fries, and I use fresh turmeric for homemade golden milk, turmeric tea, and fresh juices.

Turmeric Root Milk

Easy Turmeric Milk Recipe

My Golden Milk recipe, otherwise known as Turmeric Root Milk, is a homemade almond milk that has fresh turmeric root, along with fresh ginger root pureed into it. This healthy golden milk is one of my favorite fresh turmeric recipes.

Turmeric Mint Lemonade

Turmeric Mint Lemonade Recipe

Keto Lemonade? Yes! A sugar-free lemonade spiked with anti-inflammatory turmeric benefits, just for you. This Turmeric Mint Lemonade is a ground turmeric recipe and a fantastic mocktail for children.

Spiked with a bit of vodka, Turmeric Lemonade could be the perfect healthy cocktail recipe for you and your adult friends. If you’re looking for other keto-friendly, sugar-free drink recipes check out my family favorite sugar-free Keto Margarita.

Golden Turmeric Latte

Keto Golden Milk Latte Recipe

My Keto Golden Turmeric Latte is a great way to kick off your day. This ground turmeric recipe is made with a coconut milk base infused with my favorite bright yellow spice along with cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, and black pepper. Add a bit of vanilla stevia, and it will be your favorite healthy keto dessert.

Your Favorite Turmeric Recipes?

What are your favorite turmeric uses in recipes? Leave a comment and let me know. And, if you’d like me to create other recipes that use turmeric I’d love to hear your requests! I haven’t heard from many of my regular readers lately, so if you’re out there let me know how you’re doing!

This post is an oldie but goodie from the archives, I first shared it in 2019.

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103 responses to “Keto Turmeric Bars”

    • Susan, thanks so much for your comment and for letting me know! Feel free to experiment and I hope you’ll stop back by to let us know what works :-)

  1. Elana,

    These are delicious. How did you get the top of the bars to be so smooth? My mix was a mixture of dry moist and I spent a few minutes smoothing out the top, but after baking it still doesn’t look as smooth as yours. Also, have you made a larger batch and freezing?


    • Wendi, thanks for your comment! I used almond flour, not almond meal, and pressed the top down just a bit to smooth it out. I haven’t tried freezing these, but I would bet that works :-)

  2. I’d love to try these but I can’t do dairy. Is there a substitute you could recommend for the butter?

  3. Hi hope all is well and everyone is staying healthy at home with this virus. Loved the tumeric bars. I couldn’t leave the house, so substituted with orange peel, nutmeg and cinnamon with the turmeric. They were great! Thanks for your recipes.

  4. These are DELICIOUS!! I dislike Stevia so I used what was recommended in a previous comment: 1 tsp vanilla and 3 tb maple syrup.

  5. These were absolutely delicious! I baked a batch and shared with my daughter-in-law.
    Next time we will try not to eat them all at once! Thanks for such a good recipe!

  6. Hi Elana
    We have loved your recipes for years! Thank you for creating them!
    Unfortunately, we don’t like stevia. I’d like to try this recipe. What would you suggest as a replacement for the stevia?
    Thank you:)

    • Eva, I haven’t tried that so not sure. Thanks so much for letting me know you have been enjoying my recipes!

    • Hi Eva,

      I dislike stevia (intensely!) as well but I did make this recipe as instructed using dried stevia (green) and the maple syrup. I added some vanilla extract as my stevia wasn’t vanilla flavoured and I was surprised that the stevia didn’t bother me at all. Couldn’t tell it was in there. I’d give it a try. I suspect the maple syrup helps eradicate the awful aluminium taste of the stevia (for me). Otherwise, try dried monkfruit powder but you will need to research the conversion of stevia to sugar, monkfruit to sugar and then figure it out from there to get the stevia to monkfruit conversion. Google will help :-) Good luck x

    • I just made these! The house smells amazing! Instead of stevia, I used 3 tablespoons maple syrup and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla, and they tasted amazing! (I should add that I don’t like desserts too sweet.) What a delightful fall treat. Thanks, Elana.

    • Instead of Vanilla Stevia, I used Vanilla. Doubled what the recipe called for. Mine bars were great.

  7. Please can you help I have a nut allergy so would need to substitute almond flour to make the golden turmeric bars what would you suggest regards. Christine

    • Shira, I let them cool on the counter overnight and then wrap in a paper towel, put in a ziploc bag and keep in the fridge for up to one week :-)

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