Golden Milk: The Ayurvedic Health Drink
Golden milk is a delicious beverage, that is popular for its health benefits. It is a creamy (dairy-free) hot drink. Golden milk is popular due to its anti-inflammatory properties. In the evening this is a lovely and warming drink and at the same time also health promoting.
Golden milk is a traditional Indian drink with roots in Ayurveda. In the base this recipe is a mixture of hot milk and ground turmeric. Rarely are golden milk recipes tnot vegan (made with dairy milk).
Golden milk became popular when foodies promoted this recipe as an anti-inflammatory and healing drink. What makes this drink so health promoting? Mostly the curcumin found in turmeric combined with a fat and black pepper.
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (other options are soy milk or oat milk)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla powder or vanilla essence
- 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger or chopped fresh ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- ½– 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- sweetener of choice: 1 tablespoon date syrup or maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon cashew butter (other options are almond butter or coconut butter)
To a small saucepan, add unsweetened almond milk, ground turmeric, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, vanilla, cashew butter, black pepper, and sweetener of choice.
I use a milk frother to whisk to combine while I heat the milk up over medium heat. Heat up for about 4 minutes until hot, but not boiling. Whisk frequently.
Turn off the heat and taste to adjust the taste if necessary. Add more sweetener to taste or more turmeric or ginger for a more intense flavour.