Turmeric is considered the queen of all spices; I love that description considering I’m five episodes into “The Crown” on Netflix, and loving every minute of it, all the while sipping away on a warm mug of golden milk. My new favourite evening activity might just be “Netflix and Golden Milk”…my taste buds swoon!
If you’ve never tried golden milk, you are in for a pleasant experience. When I was first introduced to the idea, it was attractive in the sense that I knew how healthful Turmeric is. I also knew the flavour profile of turmeric to be very bold, earthy, unmistakably pungent and bitter. That’s why I say you’ll be pleasantly surprised, as I was. Not only is golden milk sweet and mild, it is perfectly luscious and over the top good for you.
There is plenty of information out there on the benefits of Turmeric (Curcumin), so I urge you to take stroll on Google and be amazed at its health promoting properties. It’s popular to enjoy golden milk before bed, but one can happily look forward to savoring it first thing in the morning. Anytime you enjoy it, it’s wonderful to include golden milk in your day.
One question you may have: why black pepper? There is strategy behind including this ingredient. Curcumin compounds in Turmeric are more bioavailable (better absorbed) in the presence of black pepper (or Bioperine as it’s known). During my years in the natural health industry, it was common knowledge to consume Turmeric with black pepper; it’s second nature to me now.
Many of the ingredients for this recipe can be adjusted to taste, so feel free to play around with it to find a desirable palate. I understand that a “pinch” can be different from person to person, however these are simply guidelines for you to follow, rather than an exact recipe.
Here is how to make this beautiful, aromatic and healthful drink…do give it a try and make it part of your day, as well.
FIVE MINUTE GOLDEN MILK [VEGAN]
Golden milk is a cozy and nourishing warm drink with all the benefits of turmeric. A wonderful drink ot enjoy before bedtime.
- 2 Cups Almond Milk
- 1 tsp Organic Turmeric powder
- 1/8 tsp Ground Cinnamon
- Pinch of ground black pepper
- Pinch of ground nutmeg
- Pinch of ground Ginger
- 1-2 tbsp Pure Maple Syrup or a pinch of pure Stevia extract
- 1 tsp virgin coconut oil
- 1 tsp Whole Allspice buds or a pinch of ground
- Pinch of Ground Cardamom
Pour the almond milk into a small saucepan over medium heat. Add in the remaining ingredients (and optional ingredients if desired) and whisk frequently over medium heat, until the mixture reaches a light simmer. Remove from heat and pour into your favourite mug. Serve warm.
You may wish to strain your golden milk through a fine sieve before serving, but this is optional. This is also a recipe that can be made to your own taste; adjust the spices and sweetener to your liking. I often have golden milk simply with almond milk, turmeric and some sweetener. The turmeric becomes quite subdued mixed with the almond milk, so feel free to also add a touch more, if you wish. Any non-dairy milk will work fine with this recipe.