Golden Milk Latte

Looking for a delicious way to add turmeric to your diet? This turmeric golden milk latte is infused with turmeric nutrition, and it’s a delicious, lightly sweet, and spicy beverage to serve any time of year.

Two glasses, each full of golden milk latte, are sitting one in front of the other. There is a yellow straw in both glasses.

I don’t drink coffee, but I do love alternative beverages. For example, my vegan hot chocolate is a go-to favorite. And so is my hot chocolate tea (so interesting!). In the summertime, I go straight for my iced chai latte. Now I have a new favorite beverage to add to my list because I love to drink golden milk lattes.

If you love flavorful drinks with lots of nutritional benefits, this might be your favorite, too!

Ingredient Spotlight

Several pieces of turmeric root sit on a white table. Several of them have been sliced, revealing bright orange flesh.

What is turmeric?

Turmeric is a root vegetable in the same family as ginger. You can buy it in its root form more easily these days. You can use a spoon to remove the outer skin and then grate turmeric over tofu scramble or salads. For this recipe using ground turmeric works great.

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • Adding ground turmeric to plant-based milk transforms it into an amazing golden color and infuses it with flavor
  • You can make it rich and thick by using creamy plant-based milk or full fat coconut milk. Or make it “skinny” by using thinner milk like almond milk.
  • A little bit of maple syrup is all you need to make this drink sweet and delicious.

What You Need

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Plant-based milk — I love using soy milk, but you can use almond milk, cashew milk, pecan milk, oat milk, or even coconut milk.
  • Maple syrup — I love adding a bit of maple syrup, but you can substitute agave nectar or even one or two Medjool dates.
  • Spices — We’ll be adding ground turmeric (or you can substitute fresh turmeric root), ground cinnamon, ground ginger, and a pinch of ground nutmeg to the milk.
  • Vanilla extract — If you’re using vanilla-flavored plant-based milk, you can skip this ingredient. Otherwise, adding a smidge of vanilla extract adds delicious flavor.
  • Black Pepper — I did one turn of freshly ground black pepper.

How to Make This Recipe

  1. Reserve 1 cup of plant-based milk. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a mason jar. Cover and shake until combined.
  2. Make an iced drink: Fill two glasses with ice. Pour the turmeric concentrate evenly into the glasses. Add reserved milk.
    Golden milk is being poured into a glass with ice.
  3. Make a Hot Drink: Pour the turmeric concentrate into a mug, until it’s about 2/3 full. Heat in a microwave for 1 1/2 minutes. Add steamed plant-based milk (see below for how to steam milk) and sprinkle ground nutmeg on top.

Frequently-Asked Questions

What is golden milk?

Golden milk is a flavorful beverage made by combining plant-based milk with spices, like turmeric, cinnamon, ground ginger, and more. You can serve it chilled or heated in a mug.

Are golden milk lattes healthy?

Golden milk lattes can be a healthy beverage, especially thanks to the powerful nutrients offered from turmeric (a well-known anti-inflammatory). However, adding unnecessary sugars can negate some of those benefits. Keep the sugar minimal to gain the best nutritional benefits.

Why add black pepper to golden milk?

Black pepper actually increases the bioavailability of the beneficial nutrients in turmeric, so adding it to your golden milk makes it even healthier. Besides, it actually tastes good because it adds more depth of flavor. Source.

Does golden milk help you sleep?

Turmeric has been shown in some studies to aid in relaxation, which could result in improved sleep. In addition, it has anti-inflammatory and other health benefits. That means adding a cup of golden milk in the evening can be a part of improving sleep for some. Everyone is different, so give it a try to see if it works for you. [Source.]

Steaming Plant-Based Milk

I love adding rich, foamy steamed plant-based milk to my beverages. At first, I struggled with making it, so here are my favorite steps I’ve mastered over the years:

  • Use a milk frother — I have both a handheld wand-like frother and a Bodum manual milk frother. They both do a great job of creating foamy milk.
  • Heat the milk — I pour about a half cup of soy milk in a mug and heat it for 30 seconds before frothing it.
  • Use the best milk — I have the best luck with soy milk because of its high-protein content. It’s hard to get some nut-based milks to foam because they don’t have much protein.
  • Let the foamed milk sit — Once you foam the milk, let it sit for a minute before pouring it into your drink.

Storage Tips

Store the turmeric milk concentrate in a lidded glass jar (like a mason jar) for up to 5 days.

Two glasses of turmeric lattes sit next to a wooden bowl full of ground turmeric.

More Refreshing Beverages

Golden milk is being poured into a glass with ice.

Golden Milk Latte

This vegan golden milk latte adds healthy turmeric combined with plant-based milk to your days. It's a refreshing, creamy beverage that can be served hot or cold!
5 from 2 votes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 69kcal
Author: Namely Marly

Ingredients

  • 3 cups plant-based milk, divided
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • pinch ground nutmeg
  • pinch ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Reserve 1 cup of plant-based milk.
  • Make the Turmeric Concentrate: Combine the rest of the plant-based milk and the remaining ingredients in a mason jar. Cover and shake until combined.
  • Iced Drink: Fill two glasses with ice. Shake the turmeric concentrate and pour evenly into the glasses. Add reserved milk.
  • Hot Drink: Shake the turmeric concentrate and pour it into a mug until about ½ full. Heat in a microwave for 1 ½ minutes. Add steamed plant-based milk (see notes) and sprinkle ground nutmeg on top.

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Notes

For the milk, I recommend creamy non-dairy milk, like coconut milk, cashew milk, pecan milk, or soy milk. Some vegan creamers work very well here, too.
To make frothy steamed plant-based milk: Heat about ½ cup of soy milk in a mug for about 30 seconds. Use a frothing tool to froth the milk (see post for more information). Let it sit for around a minute and then pour it into your hot beverage.
Nutrition Facts
Golden Milk Latte
Amount Per Serving
Calories 69 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 70mg3%
Potassium 208mg6%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 464IU9%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 195mg20%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

One Response to Golden Milk Latte

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyLisa Reply

    I started making this drink when it got hot outside and now I drink it almost every day. Love it!

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