AIP Coconut Turmeric Snack Balls Recipe
When you start prepping your meals and snacks for the week, turmeric balls might not spring to mind, but that will change after today. Make this AIP coconut turmeric snack balls recipe to help calm inflammation in your body.
Turmeric and Inflammation
As you know, there’s a fairly short list of spices that are OK on autoimmune protocol. Thankfully, turmeric is not only fine but beneficial.
Turmeric contains curcumin, which has been shown by some studies to decrease inflammation. Pretty much the point of AIP, so a great spice to add to your rotation.
The health properties of this yellow-colored spice have been recognized for centuries. Historically, it has been used to combat colds, infections, and even liver ailments.
Today, it is sometimes used to help with a wide range of maladies ranging from arthritis to stomach issues.
Balancing Spice and Sweet
Turmeric is often used in Asian cooking. You can find it in curries and mustard.
The yellow curcumin in turmeric is often used to dye food or cosmetics. Because of this, be careful when you’re handling turmeric – you don’t want to stain your clothes or anything else in your kitchen!
You’re less likely to find turmeric in sweets, as it can come across as fairly bitter. That’s why this recipe had to be artfully prepared so as to balance the pungent strength of the turmeric with sweeter and less potent counterpoints.
To achieve this balance, the ratio of ingredients was key. I used one tablespoon of turmeric to three tablespoons of raw honey.
This is necessary to make these AIP snack balls tasty – all of those anti-inflammatory benefits are useless if you won’t even eat them.
The hearty volume of unsweetened shredded coconut also helps to give these snacks some character and balance out the spice with more sweet.
Make sure you purchase unsweetened coconut. I know it’s all too easy to just grab a bag off the shelf as you fly through the aisle, but sweetened coconut flakes have been soaked in liquid sugar to give them that flavor.
You won’t be doing your autoimmune condition any favors if you make this mistake.
Finally, coconut butter acts as the glue to bind it all together.
AIP Dessert Recipes
Following autoimmune protocol, but can’t bear to part with dessert? Here are some of my favorite AIP dessert recipes.
- Melt the coconut butter and honey slightly. Stir in the unsweetened shredded coconut and turmeric powder into the mixture.
- Spoon the mixture into ice cube trays and freeze for 2 hours.
- Let the balls defrost for 10 minutes before enjoying them.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
- Calories: 413
- Sugar: 12 g
- Fat: 35 g
- Carbohydrates: 23 g
- Fiber: 9 g
- Protein: 4 g