Finally, a recipe where the turmeric I add is not optional! I put turmeric in nearly everything, but this drink isn’t golden milk without it.
If you aren’t familiar with golden milk, let’s chat. It’s a yummy drink made with your (nondairy) milk of choice + turmeric (the golden part) + black pepper and a healthy fat (for turmeric absorption). You can spice it up with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cardamom, etc. Sweetening is my preferred method, so I add dates to the mix. And the healthy fat is usually oil, but I’m a no-oil kinda gal, so here’s my take on a creamy, dreamy golden milk latte.
I’ve been making these golden milk lattes for a month now. I’ve had one nearly every day, even though it’s warming up here in Phoenix. Before I posted the recipe, I wanted to perfect it – and see how I feel now that I’ve been drinking them consistently. Because they say you are what you do consistently. So I’m surprised I’m not yellow… LOL.
Instead of oil, I opt for nuts. I’ve tried this with a few different kinds of nuts, but I definitely love cashews and a walnut/hazelnut mix. But you can go for almonds or even pecans if you’d like. Just toss a handful of whatever ya got in. That works. 😉 Then I add the turmeric, spice it up, and sweeten it with a few dates. Add water (which, when mixed with nuts, makes nondairy milk) and voila! It’s a beautiful thing, people. I swear.
One of my favorite ways to drink this is with some of my No-Bake Pumpkin Pie! When I have it this way, I don’t add the nuts to the blender. Instead, I consider the nuts in the pie enough healthy fat consumed with this to absorb the turmeric. Makes latte even easier to put together! But this could also be enjoyed by itself in the afternoon or alongside any of my baked oatmeals. Or you could have it with Breakfast Cookies, Sweet Potato Carrot Cake Muffins, Fudgy Brownie Oat Cookies, or Banana Nut Muffins.
Let me know if you try this recipe! Comment below, rate it, or take a photo and tag me @fruitsohard on Instagram. I’d love to see your creations. And don’t forget to cultivate some positivity and gratitude today. Tell me in the comments what you’re grateful for if you’d like. Vibe high, my friends!
A creamy, smooth golden milk latte made with nuts for healthy fat instead of oil. It's a delicious way to take a break during the afternoon!
- 1/3 cup walnuts* (or 2 tbsp nut butter)
- (optional) 1/8 cup hazelnuts
- 5 cups water
- 8-9 dates, pitted (or 1-2 tbsp liquid vegan sweetener / stevia to taste)
- 2 tsp turmeric
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg**
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- 1/4 -1/2 tsp black pepper***
Place all ingredients in blender (like a Vitamix) and blend until smooth. In a high-speed blender, this should be about 20-30 seconds.
Heat 1-2 cups in a small saucepan over medium or medium-high heat until just boiling (be careful not to scorch your milk). Then let cool until it's a comfortable drinking temperature and enjoy, stirring frequently as the turmeric can settle.
Place the rest in an airtight container and store in the fridge. When ready to drink another portion, heat in a small saucepan over medium or medium-high heat until just boiling. It'll store in fridge for 24-48 hours.
*Or any nuts you have on hand, really. Cashews, almonds, and pecans would work well too. This is the necessarily healthy fat needed to absorb fat-soluble turmeric. However, this could be replaced with 2 tbsp nut butter or (if you're okay with oil) 1 tbsp coconut oil.
**I probably add less nutmeg than that because I'm not in love with it. But I do like the flavor of it when I use very little. So feel free to add to your taste.
***I prefer less black pepper, but some is necessary to help make the turmeric the most bioavailable when consumed. If you're not concerned with that, feel free to add very little or skip it altogether.
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