Nora’s Kitchen Granola: Vegan Gluten-Free Turmeric Bars

Nora's Kitchen

Recipe from Nora’s Kitchen

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.

Makes: 15-20 (depending on size of bars you decide to cut out)
Time: 5 hours (including hardening period)

Ingredients

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

Steps

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

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

Place in the fridge to harden overnight or for 3-4 hours

Once hardened, remove the pan from the fridge and let it sit on the counter for 5-10 minutes

Using a sharp kitchen knife, carefully slice into 16 squares some may break a bit, but that’s okay!