Drinks

Easy Instant Golden Milk

By: Ginny Mahar

Dietary Compliance: Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Almost-Paleo, Paleo, AIP-friendly

There are so many Golden Milk recipes online, but this…this is the culmination of years of searching, failed attempts, and finally, an epiphany! The result is a rich and delicious Golden Milk mixture that’s easy to prepare and makes whipping up a cup easier than ever. No pot-scrubbing required. I’ll tell you how it came to be, but first, allow me to introduce you to your new favorite beverage. 

Golden Milk is a warm and creamy Ayurvedic drink made from turmeric, spices, and some type of milk. For centuries, in India, it has been used as a tonic for just about anything that ails you. 

The key ingredient in Golden Milk is turmeric. Most recipes use a substantial amount of the bright yellow spice, which (stains like mad but) delivers myriad health benefits by way of its active component, curcumin. The list of claims about turmeric, curcumin, and the benefits of golden milk is long enough to raise an eyebrow, but turmeric has been widely studied and many of these claims are backed by strong and abundant scientific evidence. 

Turmeric’s antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antidepressant properties are just the tip of the iceberg. Thyroid patients, in particular, can benefit from turmeric’s gut-healing, brain-nourishing, memory-supporting, and heavy metal detoxing properties. 


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Now, I don’t know about you, but usually, when I get the hankering for Golden Milk, it’s in the evening after we’ve cleaned up the dinner mess, I have my jammies on, and I really don’t want to do any more cooking or cleaning up. Truly, it’s been kind of a deterrent to me incorporating this amazing Ayurvedic tonic into my regular routine. 

At first, I tried making large batches of Golden Milk and heating it up by the cup, which worked alright but took up a lot of fridge space and didn’t last long.

My next attempt to solve this problem was to make a batch of Golden Milk Paste, where you cook the turmeric and spices with fat (like coconut oil or ghee), and then store and use the paste as desired to make golden milk. While the paste was nice to have ready-made, I still had to simmer some kind of milk with the paste and add sweetener. Same amount of time, same mess, same dirty dishes. The Golden Milk Paste was soon forgotten about in the back of the fridge and eventually thrown away. 

How in the world could I have my Golden Milk Tea and drink it, too? 

The lightbulb moment finally arrived after concocting this recipe for Paleo Pumpkin Spice Creamer. I readily admit to having made many batches of the stuff and loving it as a special treat in my occasional morning cuppa. Why couldn’t I use the same concept to create a Golden Milk concentrate? 

Just. Add. Water.

That was it! And it’s that simple. Instead of an entire mug of high-fat coconut milk or additive-laden nut milk, this recipe uses one can of full-fat coconut milk for 8 servings. The spices are concentrated so that all you have to do is add 1/4 cup of the Golden Milk concentrate to a standard size mug, fill with hot water and voilà! Easy Instant Golden Milk.

There are three key ways to maximize the benefits of turmeric and this recipe checks all the boxes:

Best of all, this recipe tastes 100% delicious. Not watered down or lackluster in any way. You can, of course, use your favorite milk alternative in place of water if you like. But honestly, I’m not sure why you would, unless you want those extra calories (maybe some of you do). 

5 Reasons to Love This Easy Instant Golden Milk:

Here’s some info about the thyroid-friendly nutrients in this dish:

5 from 3 votes

Easy Instant Golden Milk

Dietary Compliance: Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Almost-Paleo, Paleo, AIP-friendly

Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 1 (14oz) can organic coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons dried turmeric
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup collagen hydrolysateoptional
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extractor 1/2 tsp. vanilla powder for AIP
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg(omit for AIP)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper(omit for AIP)

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan combine ingredients over medium heat, and whisk to blend. Let steep 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium-low if the mixture begins to bubble/simmer.

  2. Remove from heat, let cool, and store as desired.*
  3. To prepare Golden Milk combine 1/4 cup mixture with 8 oz. hot water**, and stir to combine.

Recipe Notes

* This Golden Milk Mixture can be refrigerated for up to 1 week. Alternately, freeze 1/4 cup servings in a silicone ice cube or baby food tray. Simply thaw, add hot water and enjoy a cup whenever you like!

** Instead of hot water, this Golden Milk can also be prepared with your favorite milk alternative. Coconut, almond, or flax milk all work well especially well here. Simply heat 1 cup milk with 1/4 cup Golden Milk Mix and enjoy!

Be aware! Turmeric stains like nobody’s bidness.

Nutritional Info Print
Nutrition Facts
Easy Instant Golden Milk
Amount Per Serving
Calories 220 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 11g55%
Sodium 53mg2%
Potassium 183mg5%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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About the Author

Thyroid Refresh Co-founder Ginny Mahar is the mom and recipe blogger formerly known as Hypothyroid Chef. After struggling with the residual symptoms of Hashimoto’s for over four years, she embarked on her own process of adopting a thyroid-specific diet and lifestyle. Within one year, she restored her vitality and lowered her thyroid antibodies by half. Ginny is a passionate advocate of supporting others on their journeys toward better health. She is a Cordon Bleu trained chef, cooking instructor, writer, and entrepreneur.