Coconut Golden Milk: A Soothing Beverage With Benefits

Turmeric Golden MIlk
Kaleigh McMordie, MCN, RDN, LD
Total Time 20 min
Prep 5 min, Cook 15 min
Yield 2 cups (74 calories each)

Turmeric is an ancient spice that has been used in Eastern countries for thousands of years in cooking and traditional medicine. Its golden hue and warming properties have earned it the name “golden spice.”

While the use of turmeric for health and healing have been used in Asia for centuries, the spice had recently gained popularity in Western culture.

While turmeric, just like any food, is not a cure-all, it does have some beneficial properties. Thanks to the polyphenolic compound curcumin, turmeric has proven antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant activity. It can also help aid digestion and ease an upset stomach. There are many more suggested benefits of turmeric as well, but there is not yet enough evidence to confirm them.

This delicious "golden milk" is made by heating coconut milk with fresh turmeric, ginger, and black peppercorns, which help to increase your body’s absorption of turmeric and add a nice spiciness. Cinnamon and a touch of honey add sweetness and even more antimicrobial power.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut milk beverage
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger (or 1 teaspoon ground)
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh turmeric (or 1 teaspoon ground)
  • 1 2-inch piece cinnamon stick (or 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon)
  • 4 to 5 peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Preparation

  1. Bring all ingredients to low boil and simmer 10 minutes, covered. Remove from heat and strain into 2 mugs. Enjoy warm.

Ingredient Variations and Substitutions

Use any kind of milk that you prefer. If you’re using coconut milk, make sure to buy the unsweetened coconut milk beverage in the carton (found near the almond milk or soymilk) and not the kind in the can.

You can use ground spices if they are all that you have on hand, using fresh turmeric and ginger and whole cinnamon sticks will yield a better flavor.

Cooking and Serving Tips

If you prefer, you can cool the golden milk and pour it over ice for a cold version.

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