Anti-inflammatory Coconut Turmeric Bites (AIP & Paleo)

Shockingly enough, this is my first recipe using turmeric as the star ingredient. Truthfully, it’s about time! A versatile, tasty spice with beautiful, rich color, that has been used for thousands of years as a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. There are literally tons of ways to use turmeric whether that be for a savory dish, in a drink, or in this case, as a semi-sweet treat a no bake, anti-inflammatory turmeric bites.

Though it may seem like a health trend, turmeric is on a whole other level than just another shake or powder. It’s a real food and it’s use dates back thousands of years rather than just another manmade product. Not only does it have great flavor, but it’s gaining in popularity in recent days because of it’s anti-inflammatory uses. “Inflammation” is quite the buzzword, so, let’s break it down…

What is inflammation anyway?
Inflammation is seen as a big hairy monster that needs to be avoided, killed and destroyed at all costs. However, it’s actually a normal and natural process in the body that we need to be in balance in order to heal. Ever step off a curb, roll your ankle and watch it swell? That’s inflammation. And it’s a natural process that your body uses to protect your ankle from further injury. In order to anti-inflame, we need to inflame first.

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, and more. As a result, chronic inflammation with the inability to anti inflame is all too common.


  • 1 cup coconut butter (also called coconut cream concentrate or coconut mana)
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut + 1/2 tsp for topping (I highly recommend tropical traditions for this)
  • 1 tbsp coconut milk (or water)
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of black pepper (omit for strict AIP)
  • 1 tbsp honey (optional if you want to cut down on sugar, but it really helps balance the bitter taste of the turmeric)


  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 in a double boiler over the stove if needed.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and combine.
  3. Begin rolling the dough into balls about 1″ – 1 1/4″ in 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 1/2 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.

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