Golden milk AKA turmeric milk AKA the miracle drink that cures all ailments! Kidding. But really, there is a reason that it’s a big food trend right now! Turmeric is mostly known to be used in curry dishes in Asian cooking. It is very high in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, good for the liver, for digestion, for your skin and pretty much almost everything under the sun! So, I think you should go make yourself some of my 5 Minute Chai Spiced Golden Milk right now!
If you’re skeptical about drinking golden milk, don’t worry, I was also afraid to try it – I thought it would pretty much taste like curry milk. Trust me, it doesn’t taste like curry. By itself turmeric has a slightly bitter, and warming taste and when it’s paired with a touch of honey or maple syrup and some creamy almond milk it’s actually really tasty and soothing. I have been drinking golden milk for quite a while, throwing some cinnamon and a little vanilla in to change up the flavors. I had some chai spice leftover from my Vegan Chai Tea Spiced Chia Pudding I made a few weeks ago and decided to throw some in my golden milk. BEST decision EVER!!! There is something about adding that chai spice that takes golden milk to a whole new level. It adds a depth of flavor and warmth – I just had to share!
5 Minute Chai Spiced Golden Milk is super duper easy to make. Throw all of the ingredients into a little sauce pot, whisk everything together as the milk heats up. Pour into your favorite mug – the one that makes you smile – and sip away at the soothing golden milk – feel all the feels. I have even been known to whip up a double batch and store the leftover in the fridge and reheat it in the microwave – time saver bonus! You could even try it iced, I bet that would be very refreshing during the summer. OOOOH summer please hurry up and get here already!!!
A few things you should know about working with turmeric: 1) it can stain everything, counter tops, plastic, skin, fingernails – be sure to wipe up any spills right away. 2) Turmeric is related to ginger and is a root. You can often find it fresh -peel it, grate it and make the milk that way. I have done this and it does have a fresher taste, but convenience wins and I drink it more often using the dried form of turmeric. 3) Studies have shown that consuming black pepper with turmeric helps your body to better absorb it, plus it adds a little extra kick. Also, turmeric is fat soluble, meaning you need to consume it with a little bit of healthy fat in order for your body to absorb the nutrients. I find a small amount of coconut oil does the trick.
OKAY friends, I have taught you my ways. I unleash you into your kitchens to go experience the wonders of 5 Minute Chai Spiced Golden Milk. May the golden milk force be with you. 😉
P.S. Looking for more turmeric goodness? Try my Golden Milk Frozen Yogurt Bark, so refreshing!
- 1½ cups unsweetened almond milk (or sub any milk you prefer)
- ½ to 1 teaspoon dried turmeric
- ½ to 1 teaspoon chai spice* (store bought, or see notes for ingredients)
- 1 to 2 teaspoons honey or maple syrup (or to taste)
- pinch of salt
- pinch fine ground black pepper**
- ¼ teaspoon coconut oil***
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract (can omit if using vanilla flavored milk)
- Add all of the ingredients to a small sauce pan. Heat over high heat and whisk the ingredients together. Keep whisking until small bubbles form, immediately remove from the heat.
- Taste and adjust seasonings as needed, more honey for more sweetness, or more chai spice for warmth etc.
- Optional step: If you want to prevent the coconut oil from separating you can use an immersion blender or transfer to a regular blender blend for 1 minute to create an emulsion with the oil. I usually skip this step and keep a spoon in my mug for stirring.
- transfer to a mug. Serve immediately or allow to cool and store in the fridge for up to 4 days, reheat gently in the microwave.
**It has been proven that black pepper helps our bodies absorb the health benefits of turmeric. Although there is some in the Chai spice I think it doesn't hurt to add a little more.
***Turmeric is fat soluble, meaning you need to consume it with a healthy fat in order for your body to absorb its nutrients. Coconut oil is a good option because of it's taste and it's a healthy fat. I sometimes omit the coconut oil if I drink the turmeric milk with a meal that already contains fat.