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“Turmeric Latte” Golden Milk Recipe (Vegan Options)

You may have noticed that we are big fans of turmeric here at Homestead and Chill. It wouldn’t be inaccurate to say borderline obsessed! We love to grow turmeric and consume it in as many ways possible. Even if you don’t grow your own, making golden milk is a fabulous way to enjoy turmeric powder. New to turmeric? This is a perfectly appetizing way to get acquainted. I hope you enjoy our favorite quick and easy golden milk recipe. Cheers, to good health in glass!


What is Golden Milk

Golden milk is a nourishing and delicious warm beverage made of turmeric, milk, and other optional spices. It is earthy, creamy, and slightly sweet. In its most basic version, golden milk is simply ground turmeric powder dissolved in milk. The rich yellow-orange pigment of turmeric dyes the finished brew a lovely golden color, giving it its name. 

The origin of golden milk goes back to ancient India, deeply rooted in Ayurvedic tradition. Ayurveda is focused on whole-body health and wellness, nurturing the mind, body, and spirit equally. According to the Ayurveda Institute, Ayurvedic medicine is one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems, originated in India more than 5,000 years ago, and is often called the “Mother of All Healing.” 

In addition to having a rich cultural history, golden milk has had a recent surge in popularity among modern herbalists, the health-conscious community, and hipsters alike. Nowadays, golden milk is sometimes referred to as a “turmeric latte” with creative and tasty spins on the basic traditional recipe. Make it as sweet, spicy, or simple as you desire!


The Health Benefits of Golden Milk

In addition to being incredibly tasty, sipping on golden milk is an easy and palatable way to consume a healthy dose of turmeric powder, along with its active ingredient: curcumin.

Because of its strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, curcumin has developed a reputation as a super-potent superfood in the natural medicine world and beyond! In fact, thousands of scientific studies have shown that curcumin is effective at:

  • Reducing inflammation and associated pain
  • Improving memory
  • Preventing and slowing cancer development
  • Boosting the immune system
  • Regulating blood pressure, and more


Curcumin is truly phenomenal stuff! 


Because of these amazing benefits, we take a daily organic turmeric supplement for general health.  But whenever I am battling menstrual cramps, particularly achy muscles or joints, or simply craving a warm and soothing beverage – I whip up this golden milk recipe. I know many people who enjoy golden milk every evening as part of their bedtime routine, as it also promotes restful sleep.

Warm milk alone has a calming effect on people. Ginger is excellent at soothing an upset stomach, and is a perfect partner to turmeric in golden milk. The addition of cinnamon brings a welcome pop of flavor, and also helps to stabilize blood sugar levels. When you add all of these things together… It’s basically a recipe for magic!


Two hands are shown cradling multiple hands of fresh turmeric rhizomes over a garden bed of asian vegetable greens.
A handful of homegrown turmeric.


Curcumin, Fat & Black Pepper

As you read below, you’ll see that this golden milk recipe calls for coconut oil and black pepper. Curious why?

Unfortunately, raw curcumin isn’t easily absorbed by the body. It is fat-soluble, meaning it is much more readily absorbed into the bloodstream when eaten with fat. Therefore, it’s always suggested (not just with golden milk!) to consume turmeric with a healthy fat such as olive oil, coconut oil, or coconut milk in order to get the most benefit possible. 

If you choose to make your golden milk with full-fat coconut cream, coconut milk, or whole cows milk, you can choose to skip the oil in this recipe – or still use it for a little extra oomph! I do suggest adding oil to “thinner” milks like almond, rice, hemp, oat, or skim cows milk however. 

Black pepper also significantly increases the absorption of turmeric. One study showed that consuming piperine (black pepper) with curcumin can increase its bioavailability by up to 2000%. So add a dash of black pepper whenever you’re cooking with turmeric, not just for this golden milk recipe!



HOW TO MAKE GOLDEN MILK


Ingredients

  • Servings: 2 mugs
  • 3 cups of organic natural milk such as oat milk, almond milk, coconut milk, hemp milk, or other milk of choice
  • 2 tsp of ground turmeric powder. We grow and grind our own now, but prior to doing that we always enjoyed this bulk organic turmeric powder.
  • 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil (skip if you use a full-fat coconut cream or milk)
  • 1/8 to 1/4 tsp of ground ginger powder (taste and adjust for personal preference)
  • A dash of black pepper
  • Maple syrup, agave syrup, or honey. Sweeten to taste (we usually use about 2 tbsp).


Optional, but luxurious and delicious:

  • Pinch of ground cardamom
  • Dash of either vanilla extract or vanilla powder
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg


A white ceramic ramekin is centered in the image full of turmeric powder, there are cinnamon sticks, fresh turmeric pieces, spoons full of coconut oil, cinnamon, and black pepper scattered around the ramekin. These are some of the ingredients for a golden milk recipe.



Directions

  • Gently heat your milk of choice in a pot on the stovetop over medium heat.
  • Once the milk is warm, add the called-for spices, oil, and sweetener.
  • Use a whisk to thoroughly combine all of the ingredients. Depending on the type of milk you use, vigorous whisking may create a nice latte-like “foam”.
  • Continue to heat for about 5 minutes, whisking occasionally.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy warm.
  • Golden milk is also delicious cold over ice, though I wouldn’t recommend using oil in the recipe in that case.
  • Store any leftovers in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for up to 3 days.
  • I recommend re-heating leftovers on the stovetop (rather than in a microwave) to preserve maximum nutritional value.


A white ceramic mug is shown full of freshly made golden milk, it is a deep orange to dark yellow in color. Cinnamon sticks, fresh turmeric and a spoonful of turmeric powder are scattered around the perimeter of the mug.


Golden Milk Recipe Variations

Do you know what goes really well with golden milk? Tea. If I’m in the mood for a special pick-me-up, I like to steep chai tea along with the golden milk while it is on the stove. Or for a calming caffeine-free bedtime alternative, try combining golden milk with chamomile tea. 

If you don’t have many of the called-for spices at home, or simply want a really quick and easy way to make golden milk, consider using a pre-mixed golden milk powder! All you do is mix it with warm milk and optional sweetener. This certified organic golden milk powder includes an awesome combination of turmeric powder, cinnamon, cardamon, ashwagandha, black pepper, and ginger.

Finally, if you’re concerned about calories or carbs, feel free to modify this golden milk recipe to suit your needs. For example, you could make a smaller but more concentrated batch with the same spices but less milk, and cut it with water if needed. Or follow the recipe but leave out the sweetener.



Want to learn more?

If you’re interested in growing your own turmeric, check out this article for step-by-step instructions. You can easily grow turmeric in containers, and in most locations! Then see how to turn raw turmeric into homemade turmeric powder here. Making turmeric powder is our favorite way to preserve homegrown turmeric, and it can be used in so many delicious ways.

Obviously, there are dozens of uses for turmeric powder beyond this golden milk recipe. Turmeric is the quintessential spice in curry powder and curry dishes, like this curry madras lentils recipe. We also like to add turmeric powder to soups, brown rice, and over sautéed or roasted vegetables.

I bet after reading about all the stellar health benefits of turmeric, you’re itching to use more of it in your kitchen too! I hope you enjoy our golden milk recipe as one of the ways to do so. Please come back for a review, and feel free to share this article.


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“Turmeric Latte” Golden Milk Recipe (Vegan Options)

Golden milk is a nourishing warm beverage made of turmeric, milk, and other spices. It is earthy, creamy, and slightly sweet. In addition to being delicious, drinking golden milk has numerous health benefits. It is anti-inflammatory, full of antioxidants, and promotes general wellness along with restful sleep. Please enjoy our favorite golden milk recipe!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Drinks, Natural Medicine Beverage
Keyword: Dehydrated Turmeric, Golden milk, Turmeric Golden Milk, Turmeric Latte
Servings: 2 mugs

Equipment

  • Saucepan
  • Stovetop
  • Whisk

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Organic natural milk of choice, such as oat milk, almond milk, coconut milk, hemp milk, or cows milk
  • 2 tsp Ground turmeric powder.
  • 1/2 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp Coconut oil (skip if you use a full-fat coconut cream or milk)
  • 1/8 tsp Ground ginger powder (or more, to taste for personal preference)
  • A dash of black pepper
  • Maple syrup, agave syrup, or honey. Sweeten to taste (we usually use about 2 tbsp).
  • Optional: a pinch of nutmeg, ground cardamom, and/or vanilla powder or extract

Instructions

  • Gently heat your milk of choice in a pot on the stovetop over medium heat.
  • Once the milk is warm, add the called-for spices, oil, and sweetener.
  • Use a whisk to thoroughly combine all of the ingredients.
  • Continue to heat for about 5 minutes, whisking occasionally.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy warm.
  • Golden milk is also delicious cold over ice, though I wouldn't recommend using oil in the recipe in that case.
  • Store any leftovers in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for up to 3 days.
  • I recommend re-heating leftovers on the stovetop (rather than in a microwave) to preserve maximum nutritional value.



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17 Comments

  • Makayla

    5 stars
    Just used this recipe for my very first golden milk, and it’s so good. I Tried it with coconut milk and loved how it turned out. This will definitely become a regular treat! Thank you so much for sharing!

      • DeannaCat

        Hi Barbara, I am not a doctor nor an expert on pregnancy, so I advise you do further research or consult your doctor. However, I have never heard of turmeric being unsafe during pregnancy! You’d want to use maple syrup, agave, or skip the sweetener rather than using honey. Enjoy!

  • Jessica

    5 stars
    Delicious! I’ve tried so many of these recipes and none worked just right until this one. Thank you so much for sharing. Also highly recommend that touch of vanilla! Amazing!

    • DeannaCat

      Jessica – Thank you for the wonderful feedback! I am so happy to hear you enjoy it, and quite flattered that it is “the best” you’ve tried! Thanks for being here. Cheers!

      • Kay

        5 stars
        So I didn’t love it, not anything to do with the recipe, I was afraid of the turmeric taste and in my head kept expecting curry flavor since that’s pretty much the only thing I use it for. I did steep it with chai and paired it with candied ginger cookies and it was a perfect dip ha ha.

  • DFarm

    5 stars
    This recipe is delicious! Thank you! I’ve tried other recipes and this one is by far the best. The others I couldn’t even finish. My picky 9 year old even loves it.

  • Becky

    5 stars
    I’ve tried several golden milk recipes & this one is the best😋 I made it with oat milk & even my 4year old enjoyed a cup🙌🏻 Thanks Deanna for all you share!

  • Kim

    5 stars
    I’ve tried several different turmeric recipes in the past and most have left a terrible taste and we’re way to strong, seeing they had way to much turmeric and ginger in them. I didn’t even have add any sweetener to ours. I did add a splash of vanilla, yum. This is such a pleasant tasting drink. If you haven’t tried it, you might want to. Well done.

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