Anti-Inflammatory Golden Protein Bars

By Ashley | Breakfast

Mar 24

Have you guys hear about the soothing turmeric and black pepper infused beverage that is all the rage. appropriately called Golden Milk. It’s easy to make at home but now it’s popping up in trendy restaurants as well!

Yay? Nay?

Personally, I have an aversion to all things turmeric. The color, the flavor, the scent. It’s sad to hate something SO HEALTHY and I wish it wasn’t the truth, but it’s seriously one of my least favorite things everrrr.

I know that it is the #1 anti-inflammatory food and can reverse cancer, and so on . . . That’s why I have tried it in so many different applications, hoping that I would find a way to love turmeric.

Unfortunately, that has yet to happen, but I made progress the other day when I created these Anti-Inflammatory Golden Protein Bars.

The texture is AMAZING. And the sweetness from the dates and indulgent texture and nutty flavor from the nut butter almost disguise the turmeric. And mixing in nuts and hemp for extra healthy fat and protein, cacao nibs for a bitter crunch, and raisins for some chew make these babies perfect!

Anti-Inflammatory Golden Protein Bars


10-12 dates, pitted and soaked

Heaping 1/2 c nut butter, or coconut butter

2 tbsp maple syrup

1/2 c oats*

1/2 c buckwheat

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 c Himalayan sea salt

1/3 c Thorne MediClear Plus protein powder, or protein powder of choice plus 2 tsp ground turmeric

Suggested mix-ins: cacao nibs, raisins, hemp seeds, chopped nuts


In a high speed blender, grind the buckwheat and oats into a flour. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the cinnamon, sea salt, and protein powder. Set aside.

Add the dates and a couple tablespoons of the soaking water to the blender, along with the nut butter and maple syrup. Blend until a paste is formed.

Mix the paste into the dry ingredients. Stir in the mix-ins.

Press the mixture into a parchment lined glass dish, such as a 6×4 inch shallow Pyrex dish. Refrigerate until firm then cut into bars.

These bars hold up well at room temperature so they are ideal for travel.

*For a grain free option, replace the oats with more buckwheat

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