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Dairy Free Golden Milk Recipe | Chris Loves Julia

Dairy-Free Golden Milk Recipe

This is a non-traditional version of the traditional Indian classic. A steeped, turmeric tea made with coconut milk, almond milk, and an array of spices. It's subtle and smooth and the perfect warm drink for a cold day. Or a day with a cold.
Course Drinks
Cuisine Indian
Keyword drinks, turmeric


  • 14 oz coconut cream 13-15oz can is great
  • 4 cups almond milk
  • 2 inches turmeric root sliced thin
  • 1/2 inch ginger root sliced thin
  • 3 cardamom pods whole
  • 3 cloves whole
  • 1 cinnamon stick whole
  • 1/2 star anise whole
  • 2 inches vanilla bean optional - can use 1/2 tsp vanilla extract instead
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg fresh ground preferably
  • lemon peel two 2in pieces
  • 1/4 cup honey or date syrup


  • In a pot, whisk together all the ingredients. Bring it to a simmer over medium high, whisking frequently, then drop the temperature to low. Cover and let steep for 10-30 minutes (longer steeping intensifies the color and flavor).
  • For a more vibrant-colored milk, use up to 4 inches thinly sliced turmeric, or opt for 1 tbsp ground turmeric. Ground turmeric can cause graininess, but straining well helps.
  • Serve warm (topped with a little ground cinnamon is nice, but not necessary). Keeps in the fridge up to a week if covered.