There are a ton of golden milk recipes online and it’s easy to get bogged down in their differences. Some use WORDS as a base; some go with almond milk. Some use grated fresh turmeric; some use ground. Some combine the spices into a paste first; some blend them right into the base. Some sweeten with a bit of honey or maple syrup; others don’t. I started out following this recipe from Minimalist Baker, which is easy and amazing, but have since tweaked it to my tastes. Here’s my go-to:
3 cups homemade cashew milk
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1½ teaspoons ground turmeric
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch ground black pepper
Add ingredients to a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk to combine. Drink hot or store refrigerated. NOTE: I’m not one for sweet drinks, that’s why I left out the honey.
The good news is you can’t mess it up. Golden milk isn’t like a soufflé that can flop. Other than turmeric, there really are only two must-dos: Add a bit of black pepper and some healthy fat, like coconut, sesame or almond oil. Why: Both boost your body’s ability to absorb curcumin (piperine, a key chemical in black pepper, has been show to boost curcumin’s bioavailability by 2,000 percent). Just make it and then modify it to how you like.
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