I’ve jumped on the Golden (or Turmeric) Milk bandwagon! It’s delicious and warming, and features spices that some say have anti-inflammatory properties. If true, that’s great – and if not, it’s still tasty, healthy, dairy-free, and keto.
2 cups light coconut milk*
1-2 tbsp coconut cream/full fat coconut milk
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon, ground
1/2 tsp ginger, powdered
1/4 tsp black pepper, ground
In a small saucepan on medium-low heat, blend together your spices, add the coconut oil, and add the coconut cream/full fat coconut milk. Add a little of the light coconut milk, and whisk it in. Add a little more, and whisk that in. Keep gradually adding the coconut milk until about 1/2 to 2/3 of a cup is in your pan, and all your spices are fully blended into the liquid with no lumps or dry clumps. At that point, add in the rest of your coconut milk.
(By blending your liquid into the spices slowly, you’re preventing clumps – you don’t need a paste, nor to “roast” your spices, just to gradually add the milk so that the resulting beverage is smooth and evenly spiced)
Heat the coconut milk until it’s warmed through, fairly hot, but not boiling. If you over heat it, it’ll separate a little (but still taste good).
Now pour the hot milk into a mug and enjoy!
If you only want one mug, here are two options for the other cup:
Make turmeric milk pudding:
- Add 2 tbsp chia seeds to 1 cup of room temperature golden milk.
- Mix the seeds in, then refrigerate overnight/all day
Make golden milk gummies:
- Add 2 tbsp gelatin to warm but not hot golden milk, whisk in each tablespoon, before adding the next.
- Stir until it’s all dissolved, then pour into moulds.
- If you use the coconut oil, it will separate when chilling and setting, so I left it out of the gummy batch, purely for esthetics. It’s ok if that happens and tastes fine.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes, and unmould.
I’ve been using light coconut milk for this, mostly because I have several cartons that I don’t want to go to waste (I used it in my coffee, instead of regular milk). I add richness and fats to it; feel free to use full fat coconut milk instead.
I don’t add any sweeteners to my golden milk – I find the coconut milk and the cinnamon taste sweet enough. My husband likes this drink, too, but he calls it “savory” and “tangy” (he hasn’t gone full keto). If you want, you could add liquid stevia or another alternative sweetener of your choice (if you’re low carb) or a dollop of honey.