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Golden Milk Ice Cream (Dairy-Free)

April 28, 2024

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The health benefits of spices are nothing new, but I do love researching facts about them. For instance, recent research on turmeric has shown that one compound is associated with anti-inflammatory, anticancer and antioxidant properties. I’ve shared my golden milk recipe, which is of course based on the traditional Indian beverage that’s been around for centuries, and it’s one of my favorite fall-season drinks of all time. But now it’s spring — here in North Carolina we’re already in the 80s — and I want that same flavor as a cold treat. So I came up with this delicious version for you.

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To make sure everyone in our household can enjoy it, this homemade golden milk ice cream is dairy-free. I also used my go-to Ninja CREAMi to whip this up in no time — it’s seriously one of my favorite gadgets we have in the kitchen. While the recipe takes a good amount of spices, it packs such an incredible flavor that you won’t find in the grocery store ice cream aisle. I really hope you’ll give this one a try — it’s quickly becoming a new favorite in our house.

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Golden Milk Ice Cream (Dairy-Free)

Recipe by Chris Loves Julia
Course: DessertCuisine: Indian-AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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  • 1/2 cup coconut cream (not cream of coconut)

  • 1 cup sliced frozen bananas or mango

  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric

  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger

  • 1/8 tsp ground cardamom

  • 1 pinch ground clove

  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon

  • 1 pinch fennel pollen (optional)

  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg

  • 1 2/3 Tbsp honey

  • 1 tsp lemon zest

  • unsweetened vanilla flax or almond milk (to the fill line on the CREAMi container)


  • Combine all ingredients in Ninja CREAMi container, except only use 1 Tbsp of honey and save the other 2/3 for later. Add the lid and freeze at least 10 hours.
  • Spin the container in the Ninja CREAMi using the “Ice Cream” setting. remove the lid, scrape the inside walls down and spin again on the “Respin” setting. Remove the lid, add the remaining honey and spin one more time on the “Respin” setting. Enjoy!

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  1. Debbie says:

    Love Chris’ excitement. I’m making this now on my icreami. You influenced me!

  2. Patricia says:

    I might adapt this recipe for a golden smoothie. Since it’s not ice cream, I’d use almond milk and add the frozen bananas and spices for a different take on my usual banana smoothie. Thanks for the idea.

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