Turmeric Latte Recipe

Are you looking for a way to incorporate the many health benefits of turmeric into your daily life? If so, I have just the beverage for you. It’s a turmeric latte, often lovingly called “golden milk.”

But wait, could anything with “latte” in the title actually be healthy? In this case, it’s a definite “yes!”  The benefits of turmeric range from improving heart health to discouraging cancer. Turmeric also provides significant anti-inflammatory effects that can benefit such a wide variety of health concerns since inflammation is at the root of most diseases. (1)

A turmeric latte or turmeric milk always requires two essential ingredients: turmeric and some type of milk. You’re probably wondering what other ingredients go into this healthy elixir. Well, I’m basically taking my Turmeric Tea Recipe to new heights with even more health-boosting ingredients like cordyceps, reishi and ashwagandha.

Compared to turmeric tea, this turmeric latte is going to have a richer, fuller flavor profile thanks to the use of almond milk or full-fat coconut milk and zero water.


The Power of Turmeric in a Hot Drink

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a relative of ginger and an absolute powerhouse when it comes to health. Turmeric contains a potent antioxidant called curcumin. Not only does curcumin give turmeric (and a turmeric latte) its bright color, it’s also one of the reasons why turmeric is such a healthy spice.

By consuming a turmeric latte on a regular basis, you can reap the many health benefits of turmeric. According to scientific research, turmeric may help the following health concerns: (2)

  • Bacterial infections
  • Cancer (including breast, colon, prostate and skin cancer)
  • Eye inflammation (such as uveitis)
  • Heart disease
  • Indigestion
  • Neurodegenerative conditions (including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Viral infections

I love that golden milk not only makes it easy to incorporate turmeric into your diet regularly, it’s also such a tasty hot beverage.  You can have a turmeric latte in between meals as a snack, or you can have it as a post-dinner dessert. The great thing about this latte recipe is that you don’t only get the benefits of turmeric since every other ingredient in this recipe has beneficial health properties as well.


How to Make a Turmeric Latte

I’m happy to say that making a turmeric latte does not require any barista training. It is truly a simple recipe that results in a deliciously flavored and seriously satisfying hot beverage. This is a latte that you can enjoy any time of day since it’s completely caffeine-free. It’s also dairy-free thanks to the use of nut milk rather than cow’s milk. Personally, I really love having it at night when I’m winding down.

In a medium pot over medium heat, add your nut milk of choice, turmeric powder, coconut oil or ghee, and vanilla extract.

Stir until mixture is hot and ingredients are well combined.

Put the warm mixture into a high-powered blender.

Add the reishi, cordyceps, ashwagandha, cinnamon and maple syrup or honey to the blender.

Blend on high until all ingredients are mixed well.

Pour the blended mixture into mugs. Serve topped with powdered cinnamon.


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Turmeric Latte Recipe

Total Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk or full-fat canned coconut milk
  • ½–1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or ghee
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon powdered reishi
  • ½ teaspoon powdered cordyceps
  • ½ teaspoon powdered ashwagandha
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1–1½ teaspoons maple syrup or raw honey

Directions:

  1. In a medium pot over medium heat, add nut milk, turmeric, coconut oil or ghee and vanilla.
  2. Stir until mixture is hot and ingredients are well combined.
  3. Add mixture to a high-powered blender and add reishi, cordyceps, ashwagandha, cinnamon and maple syrup or honey.
  4. Blend on high until mixed well.
  5. Serve topped with cinnamon.

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44 Comments

  1. Christie on

    I haven’t been able to find cordyceps powder or ashwagandha powder locally. Any suggestions for a good reliable source to order from?
    Thanks!

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    • Stephen on

      I just bought all the ingredients (except the cordyceps, I’m using maca powder instead) off Amazon from a brand called Terrasoul. Good reviews on quality and not too expensive

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    • Laura on

      Four Sigmatic (foursigmatic.com) sells all kinds of mushroom powders including cordyceps, lions mane, reishi, etc. Highly ethical company, solid harvest and production practices. I love their products and their business model. They donate portions of all purchases to cancer research too. You can also buy individual packets of their single mushroom powders at most Sprouts Markets.

      Reply
  2. Cindy Hailey on

    I make this regularly but never have tried w/these additions. What are their benefits? Also, I use before bed-will any of these additions hinder sleep?
    P.S. Sometimes, I add a quarter C. or so of Tart Cherry juice to further reduce inflammation and promote sleep. Hope that’s not a problem, but works the ‘sleep charm’ for me! It does require very good blending and I wouldn’t recommend animal milk. (Curdling can happen easier w/this, it seems.) I really like using whole fat coconut milk. ?

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  3. Gayane on

    Instead of reishi can I use turkey tail mushroom powder? Also, what brand would you recommend for the other ingredients??

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  4. Leonard f. Johnson on

    Im close to 87 and still active. No cane,etc. Walk 3 or more miles at least 3 times a week. (At 75, walked from Venice Bea. CA to Brooklyn, NY. Google “75yr. Old artist walk across country” i am beginning to have memory losses though. Am on a fresh fruit & veggie diet (no sodium) for breakfast & lunch. Just started tumeric today. Use mental xercises by mental math,etc. Would love more advice.

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  5. Mila on

    Hi Dr. Axe love your informative website. I’m trying to determine the best diet to follow. I have autoimmune thyroid disease (Graves) and lots of inflammation. Antithyroid medication ,though needed, is causing me lots of bone issues. I am slightly hypertensive on a low dose Beta Blocker and overweight trying to lose weight. I am also gluten/ wheat sensitive.
    Any advice or articles that would help me ? I’m currently considering a Paleo type diet.

    Reply
  6. Amanda on

    Is the turmeric the powder or the root? My grocer has started carrying the root and I wonder if this will make it a better option?

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    • Heidi on

      I believe Tumeric powder is powdered tumeric root. I grow tumeric and dry and powder the root. the rest of the plant is stems and large tropical looking leaves can be used but usually isn’t.
      FROM lIVINGSTRONG.COM Tumeric leaves, also known as haldi leaves, are used extensively as aromatic herbs in Indian, Thai and Malaysian cooking. Fresh turmeric leaves are used whole in select dishes and dried turmeric leaves soaked in water with the extract used in cooking. Turmeric leaves are also used as food coloring and as a basic ingredient in curry powders. Turmeric leaves are purported to improve digestion and reduce gas and bloating.

      Reply
  7. Irene on

    I am not super educated on these topics. Mostly I will read an article or two about subjects that apply to me or someone in my family. I have read a little on golden milk. Every recipe I have come across recommends using black pepper to make the curcumin better absorbed into the body. What are your thoughts on this?

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  8. Estella on

    Hello Dr. Axe,

    In your Turmeric Latte Recipe you have powdered reishi, powdered cordyceps, and powdered ashwagandha in your list of ingredients.
    May I ask what brand/brands you use and where to purchase them?

    Thank you very much for all your help.

    Blessings,

    Estella

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  9. Angela Hamon on

    Hi, I have Uveitis for just over a year and am using steroid eye drops daily. I’m trying with food to avoid having to take DMARD Medication,which is next the on the cards. I am drinking Tumeric latte daily and am wondering if I should be taking black pepper in it to turn on the benifits of the Tumeric. Regards Angela

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  10. Karthik Venugopal on

    Way too much turmeric in the recipe. 1/2 tsp should do.

    Even if having a bad cough, a pinch extra is fine. Else turmeric can become a laxative.

    Reply
  11. Peyton Shively on

    Hi Dr. Axe, how are you? Just want to say that this looks like something that could be beneficial for alot of the things that I have to deal with in my body.

    Thanks for the suggestions as always, cannot wait to see more of your great ideas.

    Reply
  12. Fred iryami on

    You mentioned there are over 10,000 studies done about health benift of Turmeric.
    Just show me one realiabl source that shows such thing . All my research shows that there have not been any conculsiv results that turmeric has any benifts except being a good spice.

    Reply
  13. Linda Bird on

    I thought this looked like it was worth trying…until I discovered it had lots of ingredients that I have never heard of, are probably expensive and difficult to get. Wonder how it tastes too

    Reply
  14. Celeste Crago on

    Gaia Herbs has a wonderful mushroom capsule with cordyceps, reishi, chaga and maitake. Also tumeric and astragalus extracts.

    Reply
  15. Imelda Beesley on

    Dr. Axe you are FANTASTIC.
    Thank you for keep us all healthy. And for the great recipe for turmeric tea. Haven’t made it yet but intend to as soon as I get the later ingredients. I have the others.

    Reply
  16. Jimmy on

    Dr. Axe, thank you soo much for your service to the online herbal community. Just wanted to say, You are the first source I look for when researching herbs etc..

    I use your recipe except I use 1 1/2 cups Holy Basil Tea and 1/2 cup rice milk (or almond or coconut milk). I pour freshly brewed tea, add all the ingredients except the honey, add the chilled rice milk to create a moderately warm drink, and then stir in the honey. I also add a few grinds of fresh cracked black pepper.

    Have a great day!!

    Reply

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