Golden Milk

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This Golden Milk Recipe is a favorite beverage at my home; we enjoy it steaming hot or chilled — both are delicious! Also called turmeric milk, this is an Indian drink that has been gaining popularity in Western cultures. This flavorful beverage is packed with nutritious, good-for-you ingredients and warming spices.

Next, try our Golden Milk Smoothie, inspired by this beverage!

Overhead image of Golden Milk in a mug

What Is Golden Milk?

If you haven’t heard about this magical golden beverage (also called turmeric milk) it’s an Indian drink made by warming up milk with turmeric and other spices — typically cinnamon and ginger.

It’s become increasingly popular in Western culture because of the many potential benefits, including reduced inflammation, improved mood, boosted immune system, and supported brain function and memory. These are a few of the many linked benefits. 

Not only is it loaded with good ingredients, but this is truly the best Golden Milk recipe — it’s ridiculously tasty! My kids were even fooled for a minute thinking it was this sugary Pumpkin Spice Latte Steamer since the spices are similar and they enjoyed it so much.

Process shots-- images of the cashews, milk, spices, and honey being added to the blender

What Are The Benefits Of Drinking Golden Milk?

The spices in this milk provide important antioxidants or anti-inflammatory properties. And so, as mentioned, there are many benefits ranging from a healthier brain and heart to improved digestion and even a reduced risk of disease.

(Everything listed above is potential Golden Milk benefits, not guaranteed. Browse through more of the benefits in Medical News Today).

Golden Milk FAQs

1Is it OK to drink Golden Milk everyday?

Turmeric’s most active compound, curcumin, is best consumed only once a day. Too much curcumin can cause unpleasant side effects.

2What happens when you drink Golden Milk?

The powerful antioxidants in this drink have many benefits including anti-inflammatory properties that can be beneficial for digestion, detoxing, pain relief, and even has been shown to reduce a person’s risk for heart disease among many other benefits. (Source)

3Does Golden Milk help you sleep?

This beverage contains ingredients that have been shown to promote more restful sleep. And, if you use oat milk as the milk base it will further support sleep. Oat milk contains tryptophan which is a sleep supporting amino acid with protein in it.

4How many times a day can I drink Golden Milk?

It’s recommended to drink this beverage once per day.

Image of Golden Milk ready to be served

How To Make Golden Milk

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.

  1. First blend: Blend the milk and cashews until smooth.
  2. Second blend: Add everything else and blend again until smooth.
  3. Warm or chill: Here’s where you decide how you’d like your beverage — either warmed (as a Golden Milk Latte) or chilled (both are delicious!).
    1. To warm the milk, transfer to a small pot and heat on the stovetop to desired heat.
    2. To chill the milk, transfer to a large jar or milk jug and chill overnight or until thoroughly cold before enjoying (my personal favorite way to enjoy this recipe!).

QUICK TIP

If you don’t have a high-powered blender, I recommend soaking the cashews first (check out this Blueberry Ice Cream recipe for 3 ways to soak cashews).

Up-close overhead image of Golden Milk in a cup

STORAGE

Golden Milk Storage

This recipe makes enough for two servings (or one if you’d like a larger serving), but it stores very nicely.

In fact, we usually make up a big batch of it and store it in a large covered jar or glass milk jug in the fridge. It only gets more flavorful as it sits! And while it’s delicious hot, I’ll admit, I prefer it chilled the next morning!

Give the milk a really good shake (it tends to settle a bit) and pour it into a cup to enjoy straight out of the fridge– or into a small pot to warm through. Milk will stay good for 5-7 days in an airtight container in the fridge.

QUICK TIP

Make up a big batch of Golden Milk Powder by combining batches of all of the spices. Mix it all together and then simply add about 1 teaspoon to your future recipes.

More Recipes with Turmeric: 

Recipe adapted from Nest and Glow

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Golden Milk

5 from 1 vote
This Golden Milk recipe is a favorite beverage at my home; we enjoy it steaming hot or chilled -- both are delicious! Also called "turmeric milk," this is an Indian drink that has been gaining popularity in Western cultures. This flavorful beverage is packed with nutritious, good-for-you ingredients and warming spices.
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Golden Milk

5 from 1 vote
This Golden Milk recipe is a favorite beverage at my home; we enjoy it steaming hot or chilled -- both are delicious! Also called "turmeric milk," this is an Indian drink that has been gaining popularity in Western cultures. This flavorful beverage is packed with nutritious, good-for-you ingredients and warming spices.
Course beverage, Breakfast
Cuisine Healthy, Indian, Vegetarian
Keyword golden milk
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 golden milk teas
Calories 65kcal
Author Chelsea Lords
Cost $2.12

Equipment

  • High-powered blender (such as Blendtec or Vitamix) (Note 1)

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup roasted cashews (Note 2)
  • 1-1/2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or whatever milk you prefer)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric (Note 3)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/16 teaspoon each: fine sea salt, ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, optional

Instructions

  • BLEND: Combine cashews and almond milk in a high-powered blender. Process until smooth, about 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.
  • WARM IT OR CHILL IT: If you'd like it warm, transfer to a small pot and heat to desired heat. Divide between two mugs and sprinkle the top of the mugs with cinnamon if desired. Alternatively, pour the mixture into a glass milk jug or large covered jar and chill. Enjoy the next morning (or a few hours later) thoroughly chilled (my favorite way!).
  • STORAGE: This recipe stores well for 5-7 days in an airtight container in the fridge. We usually make up a big batch of it and store it in a large mason jar or glass milk jug in the fridge. It only gets more flavorful as it sits! Give the milk a really good shake (it tends to settle a bit) and pour into a cup to enjoy straight out of the fridge or into a small pot to warm through.

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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 strong blender, I recommend soaking the cashews first (check out this Cashew Ice Cream recipe for 3 ways to soak cashews).
Note 2: Cashews: We love dry roasted cashews best — more flavor without any extra effort on your part. 
Note 3: Turmeric: Increase up to 1/2 teaspoon for a stronger flavor.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 65kcal | Carbohydrates: 10.7g | Protein: 1.3g | Fat: 2.2g | Sodium: 140.1mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 8.7g

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