Delicious & Nutritious Turmeric Carrot Muffins

By: Michael Lam, MD, MPH; Justin Lam, ABAAHP, FMNM


Turmeric carrot muffins that are healthy and deliciousOur turmeric carrot muffins are not only the color of summer, they are also delicious and very nutritious. Packed with energy, vitamins, and minerals, they are simple and fun to bake. The carrots and turmeric are what gives them that sunny color; the chia seeds, coconut and fresh ginger give them a refreshing taste.

These delicious muffins are vegan friendly and are also sugar free, gluten free, soy free and nut free. They are filled with energy and nutrition in just one bite. Turmeric is known to be a little bit bitter, but don’t let this put you off. When fresh turmeric is mixed with maple syrup and other sweet ingredients like coconut and carrots, the bitterness is masked.

Ingredients A: Dry ingredients

  • 1½ cup oat flour
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup chopped dates
  • ⅓ cup chopped dried apricots
  • ½ cup shredded coconut

Ingredients B: Wet ingredients

Healthy ingredients of turmeric carrot muffins

  • 1½ cups chopped carrots
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup coconut milk

Ingredients C: Other ingredients

  • Muffin casings

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 365 degrees F.
  2. Set up your muffin casings on a tray or take out your muffin tray.
  3. Take a bowl and mix together all the Ingredients A: dry ingredients. Put the dates and apricots in last and then mix again.
  4. In a blender or bar mix add all Ingredients B: wet ingredients together and blend well.
  5. Transfer Ingredients B: wet ingredients into the dry ingredients bowl.
    Note: If the blender or bar mix still contains some carrot shreds, add some coconut milk and pour leftovers into the dry ingredients bowl. If the mixture is looking a little dry, add a more coconut milk to your liking.
  6. Combine and mix all ingredients A and B together in the bowl.
    Note: If the mixture is too runny then add some more oat flour. The texture should be slightly sticky.
  7. Then take a wet tablespoon and spoon the mixture into Ingredients C: muffin casings evenly.
  8. If you like, you can also sprinkle some more chia seeds or coconut on top.
  9. Place the tray in the oven for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out dry. If it comes out wet, keep baking.
  10. Take out your turmeric carrot muffins and let the tray cool for 5 minutes, and then serve.
  11. If you wish to store the muffins then let them cool completely and then place them in a sealed storage contains and pop them in the fridge for no more than 5 days.

What is Turmeric?

Turmeric is often found in Indian, African and Asian dishes. It is a root plant of the ginger family, and has an orange yellow color with a slightly bitter taste. It is also known as Indian saffron. In many countries, turmeric is dried and ground into powder for medicinal purposes. It is also used to dye clothing and color foods, such as cheese and mustard.

Benefits of Turmeric Carrot Muffins

It might be worth noting why one should be adding turmeric to carrot muffins. Turmeric has many natural health benefits that are known and used in various countries instead of medication. Research shows that turmeric can help disease prevention as well as other conditions such as inflammation, depression, pain and so on. Below are just a few of the amazing and numerous benefits of turmeric.

Works as an anti-inflammatory:

The Arthritis Foundation has conducted many studies on how turmeric affects arthritis. It found that turmeric has the ability to reduce inflammation in arthritic patients. The results were so concrete that the Arthritic Foundation recommends arthritic patients to take 400 to 600 mg of turmeric three times a day.

Works to relieve pain:

Relieving pain with turmeric carrot muffinsDoctors note that turmeric relieves pain in their patients. Headache and premenstrual cycle pain is reduced when 800 mg is ingested.

Work to improve digestion:

Turmeric is always found in curry powders because it is delicious, and has the added benefit in that it will aid digestion. It helps to calm reflux, relieve gas, reduce gut inflammation and lessen the effects of irritable bowel syndrome.

Works to improve liver function:

Turmeric carrot muffins have been shown to improve liver function because of its powerful antioxidants. This discovery could help those who have liver damage from long term strong drug use,such as chemotherapy or diabetes medication.

Works to fight cancer:

Turmeric has natural nutrients which could help to combat the development of cancer. Curcumin, which is found in turmeric, has been specifically linked in ceasing cancer progression. Diferuloyl methane is the ingredient found in curcumin, which laboratory studies demonstrate to have anticancer effects on cancer cells.

Work to relieve adrenal fatigue and NEM response:

Turmeric has many benefits, including boosting the immune system, reducing inflammation and healing the liver. Turmeric is also packed with antioxidants. All these properties help to relieve adrenal fatigue symptoms and improve stress levels.

Drawbacks of turmeric:

Despite the roots many positive aspects, certain side effects should be noted. Even though turmeric can aid in digestion, too much of it can actually cause stomach irritation. Turmeric has shown to thin the blood causing easy bleeding; therefore, those who take a blood thinning medication should not take large doses of turmeric. If you are pregnant you should also be aware of turmeric, due to it’s ability to bring about labor and contractions. It is also not recommended to give turmeric as medication to children. Consulting with one’s doctor before embarking on a turmeric supplementation is highly advised.

What is Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome?

Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome, also known as AFS, occurs when the adrenal glands are not functioning properly due to stress. The glands begin to produce less cortisol and aldosterone, which are key players in fighting stress and producing adrenaline. Suffers experience fatigue-like symptoms.

What is NEM Stress Response?

Stress and turmeric carrot muffinsStress is a huge problem in society today. It causes many of the health problems people commonly experience. The way in which the body responds to stress can determine our overall health. NeuroEndoMetabolic (NEM) Stress Response is the system that helps the body respond to stress.

Adrenal Fatigue and Turmeric

A daily turmeric carrot muffin could help to relieve adrenal fatigue symptoms. Eating turmeric as well as the other ingredients in the recipe are good for your overall health. Turmeric, coconut, chia seeds, dates, apricots etc are packed with nutrients, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and antioxidants. The first and best way to fight stress is by reducing the stress around us, but the second best way is by staying healthy through eating nutritious meals, and drinking a lot of water and coconut juice.

How to Take Turmeric

Turmeric is a natural root that does not require a prescription. It can be bought at the pharmacy or found in your local supermarket. You can also find it at Asian grocers who usually sell it in bulk powder form.

The easiest way to take turmeric is by cooking and eating it, just like in this turmeric carrot muffins recipe. One can make curries, cakes and bread with turmeric. The flavor is versatile. Turmeric tea is also an option.

Because we are all different, the recommended intake will change and that is why it is best to first consult a doctor. However the University of Maryland Medical Center has created a turmeric dosing guideline. From these guidelines, here are the recommended turmeric doses:

  • Cut root: 1.5 to 3 g per day
  • Dried, powdered root: 1 to 3 g per day
  • Standardized powder (curcumin): 400 to 600 mg, three times per day
  • Fluid extract: (1:1) 30 to 90 drops a day
  • Tincture: (1:2) 15 to 30 drops, four times per day

Conclusion

Turmeric is a healthy and natural way to help restore your stress levels. Curcumin has the ability to help boost adrenal gland function. Should one suffer from adrenal fatigue, adding turmeric is a way to better health and to help to fight this illness, so long as it’s under the care of a doctor.

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Dr. Lam’s Key Question

Yes they can be. Eating turmeric is even backed by the Arthritis Foundation as a natural medication for those who suffer from arthritis stiffness and pain. The anti-inflammatory properties can also help those who suffer from other bodily inflammations like gut inflammation and irritable bowel. So why not try baking delicious Turmeric Carrot Muffins.


Turmeric Carrot Muffins