We are turmeric lovers. We use it in many of our dishes, add it to smoothies or make natural, fermented soda with it. These days we are so lucky to find fresh turmeric in nearly every store, market or little street shops on the cheap. So you can imagine how much we are using it today!

While living in a warmer, tropical climate made me a huge fan of refreshing homemade iced teas or fermented fizzy drinks, on a colder rainy day, such as today, I always like to enjoy the healing warmth of a nice cup of  Turmeric Golden Milk.

Have you heard of it before? It is an age-old remedy used to soothe inflammation, boost the immune system, improve digestion, and strengthen our detoxifying mechanisms.

ALSO READ: Top 7 Health Benefits of Turmeric

Unlike its name suggests, golden milk isn’t milk in the dairy sense. While most recipes use coconut milk as a base, other kinds of nut or seed milk work too.

It may take you a few cups to start to appreciate the flavor; but during the fall and winter months, turmeric should be one of your staple foods to strengthen your immune system and avoid illnesses.

 

Why Golden Paste?

 

While there is an easy recipe to make a quick cup of golden milk, we always like to make a starter paste first. The Golden Paste is an ideal blend and simple to make. Not only will it serve as an easy Golden Milk starter, but it can also be added to tons of other recipes. Some people even eat it by the spoon (with a little addition of raw honey) to improve their health.

 

Ingredients

  • ½ cup turmeric powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1½ teaspoon ground black pepper (essential to make turmeric’s healing compound, curcumin, more available to your body)
  • 5 tbsps. extra-virgin coconut oil (also helps to absorb more curcumin)

FYI: click here to learn how to make your own nut milk. It is super easy!!!

 

Directions

In a saucepan or pot, cook, while stirring, the water, black pepper, and turmeric powder until they form a thick and smooth paste. This will take about 7 to 10 minutes. When ready, remove from heat and add coconut oil. Whisk until fully incorporated.

Transfer to an airtight jar and store in the fridge for up to two weeks. You can use it to make golden milk, or it can be added to different dishes such as salads, smoothies, teas, curries, dressings or soups.

 

 

Scroll down for my favorite, healing turmeric golden milk recipe

Turmeric Golden Milk Recipe

 

Like mentioned above there are two ways to make golden milk. Either you use the golden paste as a quick starter, or you start from scratch.

 

Turmeric Golden Milk Recipe with Turmeric Paste (makes 2 cups)

 

There’re many variations and possibilities to flavor a cup of golden milk to your taste. I like the addition of cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom. But hey that’s me, feel free to experiment with other flavor enhancers such as vanilla. Or why not try raw cacao powder, I have never tried it myself, but I’m sure it might be delicious too. I’ll try that next time and let you know how it turned out.

Basic recipe:

  • 1 to 1.5 teaspoon Golden Paste
  • 2 cups coconut or almond milk (or any other non-dairy milk of your choice)
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey or maple syrup, or to taste

Optional:

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon fresh grated ginger (optional)
  • 1-2 cardamom pods, lightly crushed (optional)

Heat the coconut or almond milk in a saucepan over low heat. Once the milk is warm, not boiling, add the ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, and turmeric paste. Simmer for 5 minutes to infuse the milk with the flavors and healing compounds of the spices. Remove from heat, strain solid ingredients and add raw honey to taste.

 

Turmeric Golden Milk Recipe without Turmeric Paste (makes 2 cups)

 

  • 2 cups coconut or almond milk (or any other non-dairy milk of your choice)
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey or maple syrup, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon fresh grated ginger (optional)
  • 1-2 cardamom pods, lightly crushed (optional)
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons of organic extra virgin coconut oil

Heat the coconut or almond milk in a saucepan over low heat. Once the milk is warm, not boiling, add the ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, and turmeric. Simmer for 5 minutes to infuse the milk with the flavors and healing compounds of the spices. Remove from heat and strain solid ingredients. Add coconut oil and your choice of sweetener according to your taste.

 

Enjoy the healing warmth and feel free to share your favorite golden milk combo in the comment box below

 

Thanks for reading. I hope this information was helpful. Until next time!

 

 

Amy Goodrich

Amy Goodrich

 

Crazy cat lady, life and food lover, certified biologist, and holistic health coach.

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