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Vegan Golden Milk

from the Ashram Kitchen

We’ve been offering Golden Milk along with our breakfasts at The Ashram for a while now. Why? Golden Milk, also called Turmeric Milk, is a traditional Ayurvedic drink from India. Not only is it delicious and comforting on a chilly morning, it's surprisingly good for you too!

Health Benefits

  • Antioxidant Properties: Golden Milk is rich in antioxidants, which help protect cells from damage, fight off disease and infections and contribute to your overall health. It’s the turmeric (or curcumin), ginger and cinnamon of Golden Milk which give it those protective and healing properties.
  • Reduces Inflammation and Joint Pain: These same ingredients have strong anti-inflammatory properties, too, which may help reduce inflammation and joint pain.
  • Improves Memory and Brain function: In particular, it’s the cinnamon and ginger in Golden Milk which may help preserve memory and reduce the decline in brain function from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
  • Improves Mood: Turmeric may help boost your mood and reduce symptoms of depression.
  • Protects from Heart Disease: Turmeric, ginger and cinnamon all have properties that may benefit heart function and ward off heart disease.
  • Lowers Blood Sugar: Cinnamon and ginger may lower blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity.
  • Reduces risk of cancer: Studies have shown that ginger, turmeric and cinnamon may have an impact in cancer reduction.
  • Improves Digestion: Ginger and turmeric are widely known for aiding digestion.
  • Supports Strong Bones: Golden Milk can be rich in calcium and vitamin D depending on the milk you use. Both of these nutrients contribute to a strong skeleton, reducing your risk of bone diseases such as osteopenia and osteoporosis.

Make it Yourself

We make this in large quantities for all our guests and residents here, but you can use this recipe easily at home for 3 servings of golden goodness!

What You'll Need

  • 3 cups oat milk
  • 2 tbsp ginger
  • Pinch whole black pepper  (smashed with mortal and pistol)
  • 1 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 whole cinnamon stick, broken in half
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup

Step by Step

  1. Pour 3 cups oat milk into a pot
  2. Add a pinch of freshly ground black pepper
  3. Add the turmeric, coconut oil, grated ginger, a whole cinnamon stick broken in half and maple syrup
  4. Bring to boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes.
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The Final Result

Although we all look forward to this way to start our days, it does much more for our health than just taste good. Using dairy-free, vegan ingredients helps us care for the planet and its animals, too. 

Try it as a new holiday tradition for family get-togethers, or as a healthy way to make every morning caffeine-free. Make it fresh and hot, sip slowly, and enjoy its immunity-boosting effects for those chilly days!