10 Healthy Recipes Using Turmeric

Use the nutritious spice in everything from cupcakes to "fries."

Turmeric recipes

Turmeric photo via istock.com/eskaylim

Turmeric has been a health world darling for a while, and the golden spice trend doesn’t seem to be disappearing. Praised by foodies and health nuts alike, turmeric is said to reduce inflammation, improve digestion, and pack in a big dose of antioxidants. Some research, though inconclusive, even suggests it may help ward off chronic disease.

Turmeric isn’t just a nutrition powerhouse—with its spicy, earthy flavor, it’s a great addition to any meal or snack. Start with these 10 healthy recipes using turmeric.

1. Turmeric Coconut Flour Muffins
via Megan Olson

Thanks to coconut flour, this paleo-friendly turmeric recipe is loaded with fiber. The muffins are perfect for meal prep, as they can be stored in the fridge for up to one week or in the freezer for up to a month.

2. Pineapple Turmeric Smoothie
via Jar of Lemons

For a taste of the tropics, get your morning started with this simple smoothie. It only takes four ingredients: pineapple, banana, coconut milk, and turmeric.

3. Turmeric Oatmeal
via Body by Asia

This recipe uses turmeric and cinnamon for a twist on your typical morning oatmeal. If you’re strapped for time, turn the recipe into overnight oats by swapping the water for almond milk, mixing everything in a mason jar, and letting it sit in the fridge overnight.

4. Lemon Turmeric Energy Balls
via Natalie’s Food & Health

Made with Medjool dates, coconut, turmeric, and other healthy ingredients, these energy balls are an easy breakfast or afternoon snack. If you don’t have a food processor, you can make these in a blender.

5. Baked Honey Garlic Turmeric Chicken
via Food Lovin’ Family

When you’re craving fried chicken but want a healthier option, turn to this recipe. Garlic, turmeric, and honey give the chicken its flavor, while Panko breadcrumbs provide a satisfying crunch.

6. Turmeric Quinoa with Pomegranates and Walnuts
via Wendy Polisi

This turmeric quinoa is a healthy side dish option. Pomegranate seeds, walnuts, and scallions complement the spicy flavor of turmeric.

7. Vegetable Turmeric Soup
via Emilie Eats

If you’re on a health kick, try this turmeric soup with ginger and cayenne pepper. A variety of vegetables add an extra boost of nutrients, while shirataki noodles make the dish a little heartier.

8. Turmeric Parsnip Fries
via Bucket List Tummy

If there’s such a thing as a nutritious “fry,” this is it. Parsnips, a root vegetable similar to carrots, are high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Plus, these babies are mixed with avocado oil, turmeric, and other spices, then baked—not fried.

9. Turmeric Chickpea Salad Sandwich
via The Crunchy Chronicles

Say goodbye to your sad desk lunch. This recipe uses chickpeas, vegan mayo, turmeric, and other spices to create a mashed chickpea salad. Sandwich it between a couple slices of your favorite bread, and you’re good to go.

10. Mango and Turmeric Raw Cupcakes
via Nirvana Cakery

These raw cupcakes are made with coconut butter, turmeric, mango, and maple syrup. The raw crust adds some healthy fats, thanks to almonds, coconut oil, and sunflower seeds. The best part? No baking involved.