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As I age I’ve noticed inflammation creeping up in my body more easily, especially when I’m training for my next big running race. To combat this naturally, I turn to a creamy, cozy Golden Milk Latte. This turmeric latte is an Indian-inspired recipe that’s been used as a natural remedy for centuries.

I love using the inflammation-fighting power of turmeric in recipes like my Honey Turmeric Smoothie and my Turmeric Tea, so this delightful latte is no different.

turmeric golden milk in a ceramic mug topped with turmeric and cracked black pepper, sitting on a tea towel.

This recipe was originally featured in my Simple Green Meals cookbook alongside other lovely beverages like the Best Detox Tea and my Homemade Hot Chocolate to show you how easy it is to create plant-based drinks you’ll love.

Golden milk dates back to ancient India (approximately 4,000 years ago), where it is referred to as haldi doodh, or turmeric milk. The original milk recipe is much simpler than modern takes. Just 1/2 cup of hot milk and 1 tablespoon of ground turmeric mixed results in a bright yellow shot to cure everything from sore joints to the flu.

My “modern” twist uses full-fat coconut milk for extra creamy deliciousness as well as a few more spices to really bring this drink to life. I’m even using fresh ginger root for a healthy, potent kick.

Table of Contents
  1. Recipe Ingredients
  2. How to Make a Turmeric Latte
  3. Easy Recipe Variations
  4. Benefits of Golden Milk
  5. FAQs
  6. More Inflammation-Fighting Recipes
  7. Golden Milk Latte Recipe

Recipe Ingredients

2 hands scooping out ground turmeric from a glass jar using a silver spoon.

To harness all the anti-inflammatory power I could get into one cup, I chose a few key ingredients. Plus, they just taste really great together:

While this ingredient list might not sound like it will go well together, trust me! You really should give this unique drink a try.

How to Make a Turmeric Latte

mug of turmeric milk sitting on a tea towel in a wooden tray next to an old book, with cracked black pepper and a jar of ground turmeric sitting above it.

This beverage is simple to make. All you need is a small saucepan, a stove and a blender (if you want). Here’s how I’m whipping up mine:

  1. Combine turmeric, cinnamon, black pepper and ginger root in a saucepan.
  2. Turn the stove on to medium heat then whisk in the canned coconut milk, honey and coconut oil.
  3. Heat for 5 minutes or until the mixture is very hot yet not boiling.
  4. Remove from heat and carefully pour mixture into a heat-safe blender container. Blend on low until the mixture is frothy.
  5. Pour the latte into your favorite mug and enjoy!

In step 4, you can blend the mixture, use an immersion blender or use a milk frother, whichever you want. Just know the frother won’t break up the fresh ginger root pieces like a blender will.

You can also sprinkle ground ginger or ground cinnamon on top once this is in a mug for a little extra delight.

Easy Recipe Variations

I hope you try this recipe as-is to start then feel free to play around with the variations below.

Swap the canned coconut milk for carton coconut milk or the dairy-free milk of your choice. Oat milk is also a creamy (and nut-free) option.

Use fresh turmeric for an even more potent elixir. Just add two inches to the saucepan and heat for five minutes. Then remove the turmeric before blending.

Turn this into a caffeinated latte by adding one shot of espresso. It will give you some smooth energy along with all the other great benefits!

Benefits of Golden Milk

Turmeric is part of the Zingiberaceae family, which also includes ginger. The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Because ground turmeric only contains around 3% of curcumin, I use fresh ground black pepper in this golden milk latte recipe to help the body absorb it better. Studies show that inflammation is part of almost every Western ailment.

Helping the body control inflammation is key to living out your life passions.

mug of golden milk topped with ground turmeric and cracked black pepper, sitting on a striped tea towel next to some herbs, shells and an old book on a wooden tray.


What is in a golden milk latte?

My golden milk latte uses coconut milk, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, a little honey and coconut oil for a creamily spiced drink that is bursting with flavor.

Are golden milk lattes healthy?

Golden milk lattes are a great, healthy beverage that can actively fight inflammation. For the best effects, use fresh turmeric, ginger root and fresh ground cinnamon. Use unsweetened milk and drink through a straw to avoid any staining.

What does a golden milk latte taste like?

The spices in a turmeric latte are not subtle, so you’re in for a nicely spiced drink. While the flavor isn’t the same as chai, you can definitely taste all the different spices that come through as you do with chai.

More Inflammation-Fighting Recipes

I know many people struggle with ongoing inflammation for a variety of reasons, which is why I’m sharing this latte recipe.

I’ve created a few other plant-based recipes to also help fight inflammation, whether you’re looking for a cold smoothie like my Pomegranate Smoothie or this Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie or a hot beverage like my Apple Cider Vinegar Drink or my Lavender Sleep Tea.

I firmly believe plants should be a major source of nutrition and fuel. I also know firsthand just how well they can heal, as well as provide energy.

Will you rate and review this beverage once you make it? I love getting your feedback!

4.92 from 24 votes

Golden Milk Latte

Turmeric and ginger are super heros when it comes to fighting inflammation. They are also really good for warming up your insides on a cold night, which is when you’ll find me sipping on this drink. Enjoy this Golden Milk Latte in the morning or evening (it's actually caffeine-free!) for some wholesome nourishment.
Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 3 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Serves: 1


  • ½ tsp ground turmeric ground
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon ground
  • tsp black pepper ground
  • ½ tsp ginger root
  • 1 cup coconut milk canned
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
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  • In a small saucepan, combine the turmeric, cinnamon, pepper and ginger.
  • Whisk in the coconut milk, honey and oil.
  • Heat over medium heat for 5 minutes, until very hot but not boiling.
  • Pour into a heat-safe blender container and carefully blend on low until frothy. Alternatively, remove saucepan from heat and use an immersion blender to carefully froth.
  • Enjoy!



  • For vegan version swap honey with maple syrup or natural sweetener of your choice.
  • I know the black pepper may seem strange, but it’s essential for the efficacy of the turmeric.
  • If the turmeric flavor is too strong for you, feel free to start with less and work up to as much as you can tolerate.
  • Swap canned coconut milk for carton coconut milk or the dairy-free milk of your choice.
  • To use fresh turmeric: slice 2 inches of fresh turmeric root and steep in the saucepan with the other ingredients for 5 minutes. Remove from pan before blending. 
  • The fresh ginger will make this a bit spicy (so will the black pepper) so you can also remove the ginger root before blending if you want the ginger flavor without the kick. 


Calories: 353kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 0.2g, Fat: 27g, Saturated Fat: 25g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 168mg, Potassium: 46mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 17g, Vitamin A: 3IU, Vitamin C: 0.4mg, Calcium: 10mg, Iron: 1mg
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  1. 3 stars
    I want to try this tonight – just wondering if it drains the Vitamix. What was your experience if using the Vitamix A3500i.

  2. 5 stars
    I was a little hesitant to try this with the cracked pepper, but honestly, it blended right in! A very soothing drink.

    1. I love drinking this after a long day! It’s def a great soothing drink.

  3. Has anyone tried heating this up in their VitaMix? I know you can make soup in it, so can anyone think of s reason not to hear this up in it also?
    Thank you!

    1. Hey Ann! I think you could def make this + heat it in your Vitamix.

  4. This sound really good. Think I might try tonight with my boys. Question…how do you store your fresh ginger & can you grate it & save it, if so how do you store it? I have lots of fresh ginger right now….lots:-) Thank you

    1. Hey Julie! I usually keep mine in the fruit basket that’s on the countertop in the kitchen. You can also store it in the fridge and even the freezer. (I store it whole but you can grate it and store it if you want.) Some people like to keep it in the freezer whole and that makes it much easier to grate when you need to use some. If you have lots, I’d put some in the fridge and some in the freezer. 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    I love this blog. I just had to say that. The photos, the content and conversations about the content is absolutely amazing. I have visited many blogs like this but I have stuck with and recommended this blog. I have been rawking with you for five years! It has made what once seemed impossible, possible.

  6. Is it okay to add hot liquid to a plastic blender container? Would it be better to use an immersion blender or something of that sort so the plastic doesn’t leach or anything? Just curious.

    1. It is totally fine to add it to your blender. This is what I always have to do since I do not have an immersion blender. If you do have an immersion blender I would suggest using that to make it easier for you.

  7. I have been benefiting from “Golden milk” to reduce my inflammation, but never thought to add ginger to it! Looking forward to trying this for a “double whammy”. 🙂 Thanks so much!

  8. 5 stars
    Just made this for the first time!!! Delicious! Doctor recommended turmeric for arthritis. YUM!

    1. Hey Debra!

      SO happy that you were able to not only enjoy this recipe but that it was also beneficial to you as well.

      Win win!!! 🙂

  9. 5 stars
    I absolutely love turmeric milk. I have found I also love it with fresh turmeric in this (just grate it up like the fresh ginger). Thank you for another awesome recipe!

  10. I cannot wait to try this after a long day of autumn hiking! It seems likes the perfect way to kick off a chilly night, sitting around the fireplace and warming up 🙂

    1. Hey Kate,

      Awe I wish I was hiking right now!

      It really is the perfect “chilly night” drink 🙂

  11. I can not wait to try this! I think that it would help the inflammation in my knees and elbows. Years of Tae Kwon Do have done a number on my joints. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

    1. Hi Emily,

      That is so neat you did Tae Kwon Do! I am sure this recipe will help relieve some of your joint pain.


    1. Thank you Caroline!

      It really is super tasty and we cannot wait for you to try it!

  12. This looks so comforting… does the blending impact the flavor at all or just the texture?

    1. Hey Tega,

      It is so comforting and makes you want to snuggle up in a blanket and binge watch Netflix 🙂

      The blending will help with both. Making sure it is blender completely will make the flavors mess together well and also avoid any powder chunks.


  13. I’m curious about the turmeric milk as its not something I typically cook with. Looking forward to adding it into my beverage rotation as I LOVE the spiced almond milk from the spring cleanse!

    1. 5 stars
      Hey Tabatha,

      Turmeric is so beneficial to your body and reduces inflammation. Not only is this recipe soothing and delicious, it’s also healing as well!!

  14. I made this turmeric milk recipe last night and it was delicious. I felt so good today also.
    Im so excited about finding healthy ways to reduce inflammation and sleep better. Thank you Jen!

    1. 5 stars
      Hey Michaela,

      I am so happy to hear how much you enjoyed this recipe! It really is the best because not only is it soothing, it also reduces any inflammation you may have. It’s a win win!!