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Golden Milk is a comforting dairy-free beverage, made with anti-inflammatory spices like turmeric and ginger. It’s lightly sweetened with honey, and comes together almost instantly in your blender.

golden milk in a bottle

Benefits of Golden Milk

Golden milk may have anti-inflammatory properties, thanks to a handful of simple, but potent ingredients, including:

  • Turmeric gives this milk its signature “golden” color, and could have powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Thanks to its antioxidant content and active compound curcumin, it may protect against free radical damage and lower the risk of certain brain and heart diseases.
  • Ginger is high in antioxidants, and as a result, it’s thought to have anti-inflammatory properties. It may also help promote healthy blood sugar levels, relieve muscle pain, and ease stomach upset.
  • Cinnamon is also high in antioxidants, and may help to reduce the risk of heart disease. It’s also thought to help prevent insulin resistance (source) and may help to protect against cancer (source).
  • Black Pepper may help to boost digestion and slow down the effects of aging. The compound piperine, responsible for black pepper’s taste may help to aid in the absorption of nutrients, particularly with curcumin, which is found in turmeric.
  • Honey has antibacterial and antifungal properties, and is a good source of antioxidants. It’s also thought to soothe digestive issues and sore throats.
  • Almond Butter is a good source of fiber and monounsaturated fats, which are associated with lowering the risk of heart disease. It also contains vitamin E, which may help to lower cholesterol.

Together, these ingredients create a comforting and delicious drink! If you haven’t considered turmeric an appealing option before, this quick & easy golden milk recipe may just change your mind.

golden milk ingredients with almond butter on spoon and ginger being grated

How to Make Golden Milk

This Golden Milk recipe is as easy as it gets. Simply combine the ingredients into a blender, and blend until smooth! You don’t even need to have almond milk on hand, since a spoonful of almond butter will make an “instant” dairy free milk in the blender.

blender golden milk

You can serve this drink right away, or keep it chilled in the fridge until ready to serve. You can also heat it up on the stove for a warmer drink, but keep in mind that almond milk thickens when heated, so the hot drink will have a thicker texture.

When to Drink Golden Milk

There isn’t a specific time of day that is best to drink golden milk. You can use it to replace a morning coffee habit, if you like, or as an afternoon pick-me-up, or as an after-dinner treat that may help ease digestion for an easier night’s sleep.

golden milk poured into a glass

Whenever you drink it, I hope you’ll love this easy recipe!

golden milk in a bottle

Instant Golden Milk

5 from 7 votes
This GOLDEN MILK is made with turmeric, ginger, and black pepper for an anti-inflammatory drink that is dairy-free and naturally sweetened with honey.
prep5 mins total5 mins


  • 1 cup water (or milk of choice)
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter , optional for creaminess
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon freshly minced ginger (or 1/4 teaspoon ground)
  • freshly ground black pepper , to taste
  • 2 teaspoons raw honey


  • Combine the water, almond butter, turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, and raw honey in a blender, then blend until smooth.
  • Taste and adjust the seasonings, then serve right away or store in the fridge until ready to serve. You can gently heat this drink on the stove for a slightly thicker, warm beverage.


Calories: 146kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 119mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: almond milk, golden milk, turmeric
Per serving: Calories: 146, Fat: 8g, Carbohyrates: 16g, Fiber: 2g, Protein: 3g

Recipe Notes:

  • For a vegan drink, you can replace the honey with 1 to 2 pitted dates instead for sweetness. Maple syrup can also work as a replacement.
  • For a nut-free drink, you can use coconut milk or any other type of milk that you love.

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Hi, I’m Megan. A former fast food junkie turned best-selling cookbook author. I create healthy recipes made with simple ingredients to make your life easier.

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  1. This is super yummy! I replaced the maple syrup with 2 dates. Thank you for such a yummy drink that is so good for you!

  2. This recipe is delicious! I wanted to use almond milk, but I’m currently out. I used lactaid milk and added the almond butter, so that gave it the almond milk taste. I have an Oster personal blender, so it was perfect for this. So yummy!

  3. My seven-year-old daughter and I love this! She has requested that I make it every day. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‹ Reminds me of a new twist on chai. I am impressed.

  4. Love it! I made it without almond butter and tastes great. Added a pinch of cayenne to help fight off strep. My new daily drink πŸ™‚

  5. Thank you for sharing this recipe! I’ve always wanted to try golden milk, but I don’t live anywhere near a juice bar that would make it. I tried this today and it’s addictive! I don’t normally like turmeric, but I’ve heard such good things about it that I wanted a way to get more in daily. Now I have my solution! I plan to make it again tomorrow, just as written. Thanks!

  6. I’ve always been afraid yo blend tumeric. Does it stain your Vitamix? That’s what I have and I’d hate for it to be stained.

    1. No, it didn’t stain my Vitamix! I would just be weary of white surfaces, like if you had marble countertops, to clean up any spills quickly.

    2. HI Joanna,
      I’m afraid fresh turmeric does stain a blender. I have a Vitamix & was so upset when I added fresh turmeric to
      a smoothie. It’s quite been awhile & the color is slowly going away. I thought of putting in a little Clorox when washing it, but never did.