As a proud Indian, I’m used to adding turmeric in many savoury dishes, but this easy-to-prep dessert that contains turmeric requires virtually no cooking or fuss, so give it a try.
The pungent yellow spice is ubiquitous in our part of the world, and is becoming increasingly popular worldwide thanks to its proven cancer-defying properties.
From North to South India, this classic ingredient is universally used in traditional Indian kitchens. Some of our grandmothers often prepared homemade skin creams laden with turmeric extracts to help with pimples and dullness
I know turmeric sounds like an odd ingredient to add to desserts but once you’ve tasted these creamy cups of sweetness, you’ll want to keep making them over and over again! Also, last but not least because I don’t use sugar, the overall glycaemic level of the dish is much lower – which is great news for diabetics and sugar addicts.
- 1.5 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1⁄2 cup coconut butter
- 1⁄2 cup coconut oil
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 cup grass-fed butter or ghee
- Pinch of black pepper
- 20-25 drops Stevia extract (optional). Can also use 2 tablespoons of raw, local honey or grade B maple syrup or 1 tbsp of xylitol if you don’t want to use stevia. Honey and maple syrup do contain sugar.
- Melt butter or ghee on low and mix in the turmeric and black pepper and stir until well combined.
- Place shredded coconut, coconut butter, coconut oil, lemon juice and stevia into a food processor and blend until well mixed.
- Use a spoon to scoop out about 2 tbsps. worth of coconut mixture and place into silicone or regular muffin liners.
- Once all your muffins liners are filled, melt butter or ghee and mix in spices.
- Use a spoon again to scoop out about 1 tablespoon of turmeric liquid and pour onto your coconut cups until the coconut is completely covered. Repeat on all your coconut cups.
- Place in freezer for about 20 minutes or until frozen.
- Store in fridge.
Give this recipe a go, if like me; you want to boost your diet with this wonder root that heals everything from cold sores to skin infections. The benefits of turmeric are so manifold that I wouldn’t even know how to begin enumerating them – Turmeric and especially its most active compound curcumin is a well-known anti-carcinogen and cancer deterrent. Research says it even has the potential to prevent heart disease, Alzheimer’s and diabetes. It’s a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant and may also help improve symptoms of depression and arthritis. Turmeric can contribute to healthy digestion. It’s used in ayurvedic medicine as a digestive healing agent and is even being explored as a treatment for irritable bowel syndrome.
Last but not least, if you are planning to party on Friday night and you wake up Thursday morning with a pimple on your face, all you have to do is pop a turmeric pill containing concentrated curcumin (or place it topically as a paste) to see your face clear up swiftly.