As a runner I’m big on anti-inflammatory foods because they help me to recover quicker. That’s just as important as the training itself. That’s why things like broccoli, berries, avocado, pineapple and other whole foods are always on my plate. One of my favorite things to prevent inflammation, though, is the spice turmeric. I’ll put it into rice, smoothies, golden milk and anywhere else I can.
These turmeric oat bars came about because Laura and I are planning a thru-hike of Harriman State Park in New York and I was looking for some snacks to helps us along on the trails. Since most granola bars have nuts in them I thought I’d put together my own and make them healthy. Our hike will take a few days, so preventing inflammation is a good idea. Plus, they’re just really tasty: dates and agave provide a sweetness that balances out the savory taste of the turmeric and black pepper.
These chewy turmeric oat bars don’t require baking, so all you have to do is mix the ingredients together, press them into an 8” x 8” pan and pop them into the freezer for about 20 minutes. The flax egg and dates will hold them together pretty well, but they could start to break apart after a day—I’m expecting day two of our trip will see turmeric granola bowls for breakfast. So it’s best to eat them sooner rather than later. Though even if they break apart they’re still just as delicious!
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As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts on these turmeric oat bars if you make them. So drop me a comment below, and be sure to tag @nutfreevegan on social media if you’re posting photos. Plus, it’s always super fun to see these dishes out in the wild!
Turmeric Oat Bars
- 1 cup dates packed tightly
- 2 cups oats
- 2 Tbsp. turmeric
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 flax egg
- 1 Tbsp. agave or maple syrup
- Add dates to a food processor or blender and pulse until they're paste-like
- In a large bowl, mix all ingredients thoroughly.
- Line an 8" x 8" baking pan (or something similar) with parchment paper. Place mixture into pan and pack firmly, covering the area evenly.
- Place in freezer for at least 20 minutes. Remove and cut into even bars.