The Easiest Golden Milk Recipe (Golden Milk Latte)

Golden milk is trending right now, thanks to its wonderful therapeutic and detox value. But how many of us are drinking it daily?

Not many, I bet. It’s not exactly easy to mix up a batch of this ancient remedy every morning!

Until now… ?

Here’s an easy golden milk recipe that has all the benefits of the original—and then some—but takes just a few seconds to whip up!

What Is Golden Milk?

This liquid gold originated with ancient Ayurveda thousands of years ago. Traditionally, it’s made with cow’s milk, oil, spices, and turmeric. There are many variations out there, but they follow the same basic guidelines.

Turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory that boasts a wide variety of amazing health benefits, including:

  • Supporting healthy digestion and liver function
  • Protecting the heart and brain
  • Supporting the immune system
  • Soothing joint discomfort and relieving inflammation
  • Supporting the nervous system
  • Promoting wound healing and skin health
  • Possibly protecting against diabetes and cancer

To Cook or Not to Cook

Traditionally, golden milk is made with cow’s milk, which is what we’re using here (although you can certainly change it out for almond, cashew or coconut milk.) Ayurveda teaches that only boiled milk should be used, as it decreases mucus production and enhances digestive function better than raw milk.

You can choose to follow the ancient technique and boil your golden milk, or you can keep it raw. I’ve included details for both options in the recipe directions below.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is another key player in this recipe. Its healthy saturated fats may help to protect the brain from degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, as well as satiate hunger longer and even help you lose weight. And coconut oil’s antimicrobial properties make it the perfect food for maintaining optimal gut flora balance.

Spices to Increase Flavor and Nutrition

Through the centuries, we’ve learned more about the benefits of spices and how to combine them for maximum effect. Case in point: we’re adding black pepper to this recipe because it increases the bioavailability of turmeric, making it even more potent and powerful. We’re also adding ginger for optimized digestion, reduction of inflammation, and to help take the edge off the bitter turmeric taste.

We also add raw honey for enzymes, antibacterial properties, and of course, a lovely taste. Finally, we’re adding delicious cinnamon. It’s high in antioxidants and helps to regulate blood sugar. Even better, the cinnamon gives this golden milk a nice chai flavor for the best taste possible (which will motivate you to have it daily!).

Golden milk latte! Here's an easy golden milk recipe that has all the benefits of the original—and then some—but takes just a few seconds to whip up. YUM!

Creating the Turmeric Paste

The key to making this recipe a daily part of your routine is making a big batch of turmeric paste first. This way, you’ll always have on hand the concentrated paste that brings the golden milk to life.

Then, each morning, you’ll just need a little spoonful of the turmeric paste to mix into your daily cup of Joe or herbal tea. This ensures that you quickly and easily get your daily dose of golden milk without all the hassle.

Buyer Beware: Turmeric With Lead

Be sure you are buying pure, organic, high-quality turmeric from trusted sellers like this one or this one. Some less expensive brands can add lead to their spice to increase its weight and keep costs low. Other manufacturers may add lead-laden dyes to give a more gold appearance to their turmeric.

Take Your Pick

You can use either organic coffee beans in your cup of golden milk, or you can use the herbal-based, liver-loving Dandy blend. I tested it both ways and found that the regular coffee hides the turmeric flavor more, while the Dandy Blend helps to showcase it. Although both are delicious, it just depends on your preference.

Turmeric Paste Recipe

As I mentioned earlier, you will need to make the turmeric paste first to have on hand for your quick daily dose.


  • 1/2 cup organic turmeric (where to buy)
  • 1 1/2 tsp organic black pepper
  • 1T cinnamon
  • 1 T ginger powder
  • ½ cup coconut oil (where to buy)
  • 1 3/4 cups filtered water
  • 6 T raw honey (where to buy)


  1. Combine all the ingredients for the turmeric paste in a saucepan—except for the raw honey—and heat over medium heat, whisking frequently. Once the mixture begins to boil, whisk constantly and let it boil for 10 minutes. Boiling it is crucial to getting a smooth end result and reducing the bitter flavor of the turmeric.
  2. Remove the saucepan from the heat, and allow it to cool for about 10-15 minutes, until it’s cool enough to touch. The mixture may have separated a little, but that’s OK. Add the raw honey, and whisk vigorously to combine. The honey helps to emulsify the mixture, and gives the paste a lovely taste.
  3. Store your turmeric paste in a glass jar. The mixture should last for several months in the fridge.

Golden milk latte! Here's an easy golden milk recipe that has all the benefits of the original—and then some—but takes just a few seconds to whip up. YUM!
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Easy Golden Milk Recipe


  • 1–2 tsps turmeric paste
  • ½ cup grass-fed, raw milk
  • ½ cup double-strength coffee or Dandy Blend


  1. Start by making your coffee or Dandy Blend, but make it twice as strong as usual.
  2. Add your hot coffee or Dandy Blend to a mug and add in 1 tsp. of the turmeric paste. Mix well until the paste dissolves fully into liquid.
  3. Next, gently heat your milk. Froth it in a blender, or use a milk frother.
  4. Pour your bubbly milk onto your coffee mixture. Top with a dash of cinnamon or coconut sugar.
  5. ENJOY!

If you’re not a latte person, follow steps 1 and 2, then add your cream/milk if desired.

Other Turmeric Paste Uses

Looking for more ways to enjoy your turmeric paste?

Turmeric paste also tastes great in…

  • yogurt (1 tsp per cup),
  • in smoothies (like this Pumpkin Pie one)
  • or on top of sweet potatoes or butternut squash (yum!)

You can even apply the paste to your face as a mask for gorgeous skin!

How About You?

How do you like to consume turmeric? Have you ever tried Golden Milk? Share with us in the comments below.



About the Author

Genevieve Howland is a childbirth educator and breastfeeding advocate. She is the bestselling author of The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth and creator of the Mama Natural Birth Course. A mother of three, graduate of the University of Colorado, and YouTuber with over 75,000,000 views, she helps mothers and moms-to-be lead healthier and more natural lives.


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  1. My family and I love this paste! Hubby and I use it everyday in our coffee. Tastes like a spiced latte. However, has anyone else had th issue of turmeric splatters ALL over the kitchen while making the paste? And burns from the paste splattering the wisking hand? Should I simmer instead of boil as I wisk the paste? Or is a huge mess and pain just part of the joy of making it? 😅

  2. Can you use fresh turmeric

  3. Hi,
    Turmeric should consumed carefully during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Usually it’s mixed in with other spices and foods to balance the temperament of the herb. It can make you anemic if taken too much.

  4. Hi there! I wasn’t sure from your recipe ehether the solids needed to be drained of the water or if the mixture needed to be blended at some point. My mix doesn’t look like yours at all (quite liquify rather than paste-like, even though I expected the coconut oil and honey would help it firm up in the fridge…).

  5. This makes a hefty amount of paste. How long does it keep in the fridge?

  6. This was so delicious! However mine isn’t thick like pictured more like gravy. Not sure what I did wrong?

  7. Is this okay during pregnancy?

  8. Can this be given to toddlers 16 months and up as a replacement for breastmilk when trying to wean them off? Ofcourse minus the coffee part! If he’s, would you just heat the milk and add in 1 tsp of the turmeric paste?

    • I know that some can be sensitive to turmeric. Ask your child’s provider before starting.

  9. You mentioned in your post about some turmeric having lead in it. I’ve tried researching about the contamination and it shows recalls from a year ago. Now I don’t know if the brand of turmeric I use is bad, I did an acid test it passed but the water test is failing because there’s stuff floating on top. I have recently been using Spice Trend ground turmeric. Here is the link with the turmeric tests if anybody wants to give this a try.

  10. Thank you for a great recipe! I decided to add a heaping tlbs of cardomon, and a whole split vanilla bean to mine. SOOOO good! Also thanks for recommending the Dandy Blend, it came today. It smells just like the instant coffee my Mother used to get! I am mixing up a cup to go with the paste right now!

  11. What I do is take a mug, fill it half with milk, then pour it into the pan, add two cloves, coconut oil, teaspoon of turmeric powder, black pepper, ginger powder and half of tea spoon of brown sugar/honey/diet sugar, and allow the mix to boil. I then take a tea bag of turmeric (I love the Pukka range, hope you can get this in the States), place in the same cup and fill the cup, half way with boiling water. When the milk mixture is close to boiling, add to the tea cup, mix and allow the tea bag to ‘stew’ for about 10 mins or until it is warm enough to drink. Delicious!!

    • Sorry, I should have added, that I took this drink because of what I read in terms of the health benefits. I’ve been taking the drink for two weeks and can say, that the aches in my finger joints have lessened. The assistant in the health shop, who gave me this recipe told me she takes this drink, first thing in the morning and has been taking it for a year. She added that she finds a definite improvement in her health. So that’s what I do. This drink has replaced my early morning coffee/tea and hopefully, I will continue with this.

  12. If you live in the U.S. and buy your milk at the supermarket, it’s already pasteurized and shouldn’t need to be boiled.

    Having said that, I love to make golden milk with soy or nut milks. 🙂

  13. I read that heat destroys the beneficial properties of the turmeric. Is it really necessary to boil it for 10 minutes?

  14. How much of the turmeric paste can you consume in a day? Thank you so much. I’m super excited to try this.

    • I make my golden paste almost the same way. In the yummy golden paste recipe I came up with it is basically the same except I use 2 Tbs. ginger to 1 Tbs cinnamon. I also add the coconut oil and pepper last after I remove the paste from the stove as to expose them to as little cooking as possible for maximum health benefits. I do not add the honey while making the paste for the same reason. I stir it into to my golden milk (or tea) after they cool down a little but still warm. The same ammount of honey as golden paste tastes good to me, but you can adjust it to your own preference.

      • Oops, I accidentally put my post as a reply. To answer your question a few teaspoons a day is a safe ammount from what I have researched.
        Good luck!

  15. I heard about turmeric on Dr oz i didn’t how to use it so i just mixed it in a little apple juice and drank it and it sure worked i have also cut up some potatoes mixed them with tumeric and black pepper and put them on baking sheet with olive oil &bake

  16. Happy New Year Genevieve and family
    Love your posts and recipes. I’ve been using tumeric on food and in my green tea. I guess a tsp is the more beneficial amount I usually just sprinkle a fair amount in and a tad of honey.

    Thanks again,

  17. I am absolutely in love with Turmeric Milk aka Golden Milk!! It has done wonders for my skin and helps me fall asleep at night. I love this recipe and made it for friends for the holidays and they all loved it so thanks for that! 🙂 Now that I’m back at school, I don’t have much time to make it so I have been ordering it online. My favorite has been from The Golden Number Co. It has an amazing spice blend and tastes amazing! Everyone needs to try this amazing concoction, whether you make it at home or buy it online from a place which does not use artificial flavors of colors.

  18. YUM YUM YUM!!! I made this recipe Golden Milk Latte on my son’s birthday party and people RAVED about it! I made it per your directions and it was wonderful. I even gave you credit for making me shine! THANK YOU!

  19. If I don’t use honey, could maple syrup substitute? Or just sugar?


    • If I was going to sub honey for sugar, I would go for raw sugar as it is the least processed. Honey has a lot of antibacterial and nutritive qualities that sugar doesn’t have though, so you might not get the full effect of the recipe as intended. But if you have an allergy to honey then go for it or try agave instead.

  20. This is fabulous! I made the paste Saturday and gave the latte a try this morning. Hubby and I both give it a thumbs up! It has a similar taste to ginger snaps. We like cold lattes, so I just threw the coffee, milk, turmeric paste, and a touch of coconut sugar in a blender, and voila! Healthy delicious drink. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

  21. Been a while since I’ve posted. Just began taking turmeric for my joint achiness now that I’ve hit menopause. It’s working! I would also like to highlight an excellent brand, very clean, pure and using most of the turmeric for a whole-herb availability while also adding the black pepper within their capsule: Gaia Herbs.

  22. Randomly came across your website and I am loving all the info. I have heard of the benefits of Tumeric but never tried it. I am anxious to give the Golden Milk a try!

  23. If you don’t have the time to make it, like myself. You can also try this cute little Etsy shop called The Golden Goddess Co. It sells the Golden Milk Latte as a mix and you simply add a tbsp. I have tried quite a few but this one has been one of my favorites. Here is the link if anyone else wants to give it a try:

  24. Do I have to froth the milk? Can I just pour it warm over the coffee mixture? Keen on skipping a step : )

    • No you don’t have to but it will be more like regular coffee than a latte (still delicious!).

  25. Do you know how this blend of spices would affect a baby’s tummy while breastfeeding? I don’t want to give her gas.

    • Spices aren’t usually a problem (babies form other countries where they use lots of spices are just fine) Try a little and see.

    • It shouldn’t. Garlic is the biggest culprit for this kind of thing 🙂

      • Careful of the ginger. If you’re breastfeeding I would leave it out. Many years ago my mom made me ginger tea with maybe 4 or 5 slices of fresh ginger. The powdered form tends to be more potent. In any case my 6 month old was breastfeeding at the time and was up all night fussing and crying. Normally she would have breastfed and gone back to sleep. The next day I asked my moms friend who was somewhat of a health food and juicer guru and she explained that the ginger follows through to the breastmilk and affects the baby’s nervous system in a negative way. Just maybe make it without the ginger.

  26. Ever look into tumeric drops? Any insight into their quality?

  27. I’ve never even heard of this until now. I ingest close to 3000mg of Tumeric extract a day, and even then it feels like I need more. Psoriatic Arthritis is no joke. Milk and coffee are a huge no-no on the auto immune protocol, but they’re sooooo delicious!

  28. Do you know if turmeric is safe for pregnancy? I’ve read its great and then I’ve read it should be avoided. Any advice on this would be great! I’d love to try this drink with dandy blend 🙂

    • Eaten in foods (as opposed to taken as a supplement) is usually fine.

  29. I’m curious, you say you can put it in coffee or herbal tea, what about regular black tea? Did that not taste good or were you saying herbal as in the dandy blend and you’ve only tried this with coffee or coffee substitutes?

    • Oh yes, black tea would work! I’ll update post. Thanks.

  30. Thank you for your wonderful posts, thoroughly thought out, and carefully researched. Your positivity and wish for the healing of others is truly inspirational. You do more good than you know 🙂

    • You seriously made my day. Thank you! This is my heart’s desire so glad it shines through sometimes 😉

  31. The Lord is watching out for me through this post of yours. I herniated a spinal disc four weeks ago and as a result I experienced the most horrific nerve pain imaginable that made me an invalid for almost 3 weeks. I was on hydrocodone for the horrible pain (which thankfully I’ve weaned myself off) but I’m still taking 800 mg of ibuprofen. I started researching ways to natural detox and heal my body so I bought turmeric powder to help bring down the inflammation naturally just didn’t have easy recipes I could make with it in my current state. I also found that collagen may be helpful for disc issues. This post is a life saver with the linked dandy blend recipe and golden milk recipe. It has all the key ingredients I need to heal. I’m looking forward to trying these. Thank you so much!!!! God bless!!!

    • Aw, love when God works that way 🙂 🙂 🙂 Be sure to search my site for collagen because I have LOTS of recipes with that wonderful protein powder. Wishing you a speedy healing!

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