Iced Coconut-Chai Golden Milk

Iced Coconut Chai Golden Milk
Iced Coconut Chai Golden Milk
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Since moving to Hawaii I crave iced drinks now more than ever. Golden milk was something I really got into right before leaving San Francisco and I’ve always been a chai tea junkie. In this recipe I took the best of both worlds combined them with thick coconut milk and threw the whole concoction over ice. Pure bliss on a hot day.

Iced Coconut-Chai Golden Milk
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Iced Coconut-Chai Golden Milk

A great shortcut for this recipe is to buy an already pre-blended chai spice. I also like to use cashew milk in this recipe but almond, soy or regular cow's milk will work too. Use organic ingredients whenever possible.
Cuisine Dairy free
Servings 2 cups

Ingredients

Chai Spice Infusion

  • 15 grams Cardamom seeds
  • 10 grams Star Anise whole
  • 8 grams Coriander seeds
  • 1 each Cinnamon stick
  • 5 grams Cloves whole
  • 5 grams Black Peppercorns whole
  • 1 gram Nutmeg ground
  • 1 gram Allspice whole

Coconut-Chai Golden Milk

  • 2 cups Chai Spice Infusion
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Milk unsweetened
  • 1/2 cups Cashew Milk
  • 1/2 inch Piece of ginger peeled and smashed
  • 1 inch Piece of fresh turmeric peeled and smashed
  • 1 teaspoon Raw honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt

Instructions

Chai Spice Infusion

  1. Lightly crush all spices with a mortar and pestle or with the back of a sauté pan.
  2. Place the spices and 2 1/2 cups water in a pot and bring to a boil. Simmer, covered for 15 minutes.
  3. Strain and use for golden milk. (This recipe will make the exact amount of infusion you will need for the golden milk.)

Coconut-Chai Golden Milk

  1. Gently warm the chai spice infusion, coconut milk, cashew milk, ginger and turmeric in a pot. Do not boil.
  2. When hot, pour into a blender with the honey, vanilla and salt and blend until smooth.
  3. Pour over ice and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Want to make your own cashew milk? Here's my recipe.
Want to use a pre-blended chai mix? Try the Chai Traditions Blend by Wild Foods

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Sarah Burchard is the author of The Healthy Locavore, a natural foods chef and certified health coach whose writing centers around holistic health, supporting community and eating locally grown and made food.

How To Make A Golden Milk Latte

golden milk latte
golden milk latte
Golden Milk Latte

Have a chai latte addiction? If, so you’re gonna love this. A golden milk latte is a spin on an Ayurvedic tonic that has been around thousands of years. Due to the rise in apothecary shop and high end tea lounge popularity its become a trendy new treat.

So what is golden milk? To answer that question you must start with golden turmeric, a spice blend consisting of turmeric, black pepper and ginger.

These spices create a delicious, warming drink that increases blood circulation, aids digestion and helps keep the immune system strong.

You have two options here. You could buy a pre-made blend such as, Moondeli, sold at Homestead Apothecary in Oakland. They flavor theirs with cardamom and pink Himalayan salt.

Moondeli golden turmeric
Moondeli Golden Turmeric
Homestead Apothecary
Homestead Apothecary

Or, you can make your own. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for my recipe. I liked the idea of using cardamom and pink Himalayan salt, so I too have added those to my recipe as well as ground cinnamon for some added sweetness.

Golden Turmeric
Golden Turmeric

Once you have your golden turmeric you can make golden milk. Again, you have a couple options here.

The first option is to buy a pre-made golden milk. The Living Apothecary, also based out of Oakland, makes a delicious vegan version using their house-made almond milk.

Living Apothecary
The Living Apothecary

They use local, organic almonds soaked over night to make their milk and then season it with California dates, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, all spice, clove, pink Himalayan salt and vanilla. This is a super high quality product that I highly recommend if you are not going the DIY route.

Simply warm the milk and either whisk or blend in a blender to make a frothy latte.

 

Living Apothecary
The Living Apothecary milks and kefirs

Making your own golden milk is simple too. Use a ratio of 1 teaspoon golden turmeric to 1 cup milk, of your desired choice, and whisk together well.

Now for the fun part. Want to make a golden milk latte from scratch? Here’s how…

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Golden Milk Latte

I like to use cashew milk for my lattes for the creaminess and thickness. You can also use regular cow's milk, almond milk, coconut milk or any other milk of your choice. I also add coconut oil to the latte. That and the black pepper help your body absorb the curcumin in the turmeric more fully. Curcumin is the active compound in turmeric that is credited for giving it it's anti-inflammatory properties. As you can see here, I have first given you the ingredients to make your own golden turmeric. This batch makes a little over a half cup. That way you have extra leftover to use the next time you want to make a golden milk latte. If you opt out of making your own, skip this step and just use 1 teaspoon of pre-made golden turmeric for your latte. ***Use organic ingredients whenever possible
Cuisine Dairy free, Gluten free
Servings 1 serving

Ingredients

Golden Turmeric

  • 4 tbsp Dried Turmeric ground
  • 1 tsp Black pepper ground
  • 1 tbsp Dried Ginger ground
  • 2 tsp Pink Himalayan Salt
  • 1 tsp Cardamom seeds ground
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon ground

Golden Milk Latte

  • 1 cup Cashew Milk Home-made or store bought
  • 1 tsp Golden turmeric
  • 1 tsp Coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp Raw honey

Instructions

Golden Turmeric

  1. Whisk all of the spices together well and store in an airtight container at room temperature. Use as needed.
    Golden Turmeric

Golden Milk Latte

  1. In a small pot heat the milk, golden turmeric and coconut oil until warm. Do not boil.
  2. Remove from the heat and whisk in the vanilla and honey. Whisk vigorously to make the drink frothy or blend in a blender for even more frothiness before serving.

Recipe Notes

Want to make your own cashew milk? Here's my recipe.
Want to buy pre-made golden turmeric? Buy it here.
Want to buy pre-made golden milk? Buy it here.

  • Disclaimer: The health benefits described here are for educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. 

Sarah Burchard is the author of The Healthy Locavore, a natural foods chef and certified health coach whose writing centers around holistic health, supporting community and eating locally grown and made food.