Golden Milk Smoothie

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This Golden Milk Smoothie is the perfect cold, thick, and refreshing beverage — great for a filling and protein-packed breakfast, snack, or even a healthy dessert! This smoothie is perfect for when the cravings for a hot cup of Golden Milk strike but it’s too warm outside!

Try some of our other favorite shakes/smoothies like this Chai Smoothie, four-ingredient Blueberry Smoothie, or Chocolate Protein Shake.

Overhead view of Golden Milk Smoothie

A Creamy Golden Milk Smoothie

This smoothie is what dreams are made of — it’s richly flavored, ultra-thick, super creamy, and ridiculously filling! This is not a smoothie where you’ll be hungry 10 minutes after drinking! It’s packed with protein and good-for-you fats intended to keep you full for hours.

And we haven’t even begun to mention all the great nutritional benefits you’ll reap from drinking this smoothie. If you aren’t familiar with golden milk (also called turmeric milk), it’s an Indian drink that has gained popularity in Western cultures. This beverage is packed with nutritious, good-for-you ingredients and warming spices. 

There are so many powerful antioxidants in our Golden Milk recipe, including anti-inflammatory properties that can be beneficial for digestion, detoxing, pain relief, and even have been shown to reduce a person’s risk for heart disease– among many other qualities. (Source) And this Golden Milk Smoothie is not only channeling the flavors of a luxuriously delicious golden milk latte, but it’s also delivering the benefits!

Process shots: blend cashews, milk, ice and banana.

Golden Milk Smoothie Ingredients

  • Milk: Any milk works, but we prefer plant-based milk in this Golden Milk Smoothie. 
  • Cashews: We love dry roasted cashews best — more flavor without any extra effort on your part. 
  • Frozen banana: The banana sweetens and thickens the smoothie beautifully. It also ensures that it’s filling! Make sure to freeze a fully ripe banana or grab already frozen ripe bananas!
  • Flavor enhancers: Vanilla and a tiny pinch of salt add flavor and richness. Why salt? It helps intensify and balance all the ingredients in this smoothie — a little goes a long way!
  • Spices: The turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg deliver the classic “Golden Milk” flavors.
  • Honey: The honey pulls everything together and perfectly sweetens this drink, giving it a true Golden Milk Milkshake flavor and texture. The smoothie is definitely lacking without it!
  • Ice: The ice ensures a super cold and thick Golden Milk Smoothie.

QUICK TIP

If you’d like, top this Golden Turmeric Smoothie with an extra sprinkle of ground cinnamon. You could also add a sprinkle of chia seeds, hemp hearts, or even some coconut for additional flavor and nutritional benefits.

Process shots: Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.

VARIATIONS

Fun Variation Ideas

  • Make a Golden Milk Smoothie Bowl by using slightly less milk (1/2 to 3/4 cup) and 1 full cup of ice. Pour the smoothie into a large bowl. Top with a thinly sliced banana, a drizzle of nut butter and honey, and some chia seeds or hemp hearts.
  • Prepare a Protein Golden Milk Smoothie by adding a scoop of your favorite vanilla protein powder. If the protein powder is sweetened, you may not need the honey.
  • Make a Pumpkin Golden Milk Smoothie by adding 3 tablespoons of canned pumpkin puree to this smoothie.

How To Make A Golden Milk Smoothie

  • This recipe is quick and easy to make, but you do need a good, powerful blender (think Blendtec or Vitamix) to break down the cashews without soaking them first.
  • Measure: While it is much easier to just eyeball a smoothie and throw it all together, I highly recommend measuring ingredients the first few times, so you get proportions/quantities right. If you throw random quantities in a blender, you may end up with way too much smoothie or it tasting, well, nasty.
  • Blend. Before transferring this Golden Milk Smoothie from blender to glass, give it a quick stir to make sure everything is integrated and smooth. If you’ve got any chunks, blend them again. (And on the flip side, don’t over-blend or the smoothie won’t be as thick!)

Overhead view of Golden Milk Smoothie

STORAGE

This creamy Golden Milk Smoothie is best enjoyed right after blending. It doesn’t sit, store, or re-freeze well. If you won’t finish the whole smoothie in one sitting, I recommend halving the recipe!

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Golden Milk Smoothie

5 from 3 votes
This Golden Milk Smoothie is the perfect cold, thick, and refreshing beverage -- great for a filling and protein-packed breakfast, snack, or even a healthy dessert! This smoothie is the perfect solution for when the cravings for a hot cup of Golden Milk strike, but it's too warm outside!
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Golden Milk Smoothie

5 from 3 votes
This Golden Milk Smoothie is the perfect cold, thick, and refreshing beverage -- great for a filling and protein-packed breakfast, snack, or even a healthy dessert! This smoothie is the perfect solution for when the cravings for a hot cup of Golden Milk strike, but it's too warm outside!
Course beverage, Breakfast, Drinks
Cuisine Asian, Healthy, Vegetarian
Keyword golden milk smoothie
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 smoothies
Calories 252kcal
Author Chelsea Lords
Cost $3.87

Equipment

  • High powered blender (Note 1)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or any milk of choice)
  • 1/4 cup cashews (Note 2)
  • 1 cup frozen banana coins (Note 3)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon each: ground turmeric, ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon each: ground ginger, ground nutmeg
  • Very tiny pinch of fine sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon honey (Note 4)
  • 8-10 large ice cubes (~1 cup)
  • Optional: chia seeds for topping

Instructions

  • BLEND: Combine cashews and almond milk in a high-powered blender. Process until smooth, about 60-90 seconds.
  • BLEND AGAIN: Add remaining ingredients and blend again until completely smooth, about 60-90 seconds. Make sure the honey hasn't pooled at the bottom.
  • ENJOY: Before transferring from blender to glass, give it a quick stir to make sure everything is integrated and smooth. If you’ve got any chunks, blend it again. (And on the flip side, don’t over-blend or the smoothie won’t be as thick!) Pour into glass(es) and if desired, add an extra sprinkle of cinnamon and/or chia seed on top (optional). Enjoy promptly; this smoothie is best enjoyed right after being blended.

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Recipe Notes

Note 1: Blender: You'll need a good, powerful blender (think Blendtec® or Vitamix®) to break down the cashews without soaking them first. If you don't have a powerful blender, I recommend soaking the cashews first (check out this Cashew Ice Cream recipe for three ways to soak cashews).
Note 2: Cashews: We love dry roasted cashews best — more flavor without any extra effort on your part. 
Note 3: Frozen banana: The banana sweetens and thickens the smoothie beautifully. It also ensures the smoothie is filling! Make sure to freeze a fully ripe banana or use already frozen ripe bananas!
Note 4: Honey: The honey pulls everything together and perfectly sweetens the smoothie. The smoothie is definitely lacking without it!

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 40.5g | Protein: 5.2g | Fat: 9.5g | Sodium: 96.7mg | Fiber: 3.5g | Sugar: 23.6g

We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed.

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