Turmeric Latte Recipe (Golden Milk!) - Dr. Axe

Turmeric Latte Recipe (Golden Milk!)

Turmeric latte recipe - Dr. Axe

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” — suitable for vegan, Paleo, keto and most diets!

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.

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 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.

Healthy Ingredients

  • almond milk or coconut milk
  • turmeric
  • coconut oil or ghee
  • vanilla
  • powdered ashwagandha
  • cinnamon
  • black pepper
  • ginger root powder
  • maple syrup

How to Make

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, and coconut oil or ghee.

Stir until mixture is hot and ingredients are well combined. Put the warm mixture into a high-powered blender, then add in the remaining ingredients (except for the vanilla).

Blend on high until all ingredients are mixed well. After it’s mixed, stir in the vanilla. Then, pour the blended mixture into mugs. Serve topped with powdered cinnamon.

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Turmeric latte recipe - Dr. Axe

Turmeric Latte Recipe

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  • Author: Dr. Josh Axe
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


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.”


  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk or canned coconut milk (go full-fat for keto diet)
  • ½ tablespoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or ghee
  • ½ teaspoon powdered ashwagandha
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon ginger root powder
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • optional: 1 teaspoon maple syrup (if keto, don’t use)


  1. In a medium pot over medium heat, add nut milk, turmeric and coconut oil or ghee.
  2. Stir until mixture is hot and ingredients are well combined.
  3. Add mixture to a high-powered blender and the remaining ingredients (except for the vanilla).
  4. Blend on high until mixed well. Stir in the vanilla.
  5. Serve topped with cinnamon.


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.

  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 5 min
  • Category: Beverages
  • Method: Stovetop, Blender


  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 113
  • Sugar: 0.6
  • Sodium: 2mg
  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 6.2g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 3.1g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 5g
  • Fiber: 2.1g
  • Protein: 1.8g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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  1. Eileen Ray on

    Sounds delicious but the calories are really off if you use full fat coconut milk! That would make a cup of this over 500 calories if you added coconut oil or gee!

  2. Lawren on

    Love this recipe! I use the spices as measured but with only 1 cup almond milk, drink it 2x per day, in place of the 600mg/day the doctor ordered for arthritis inflammation; works like a dream. My kids love it for their athletic muscle pains, and it’s a great substitute if you’re trying to cut down coffee intake. Thanks!

  3. Deborah Ferguson on

    I’ve been wanting to try golden milk for some time now and now with the titled ingredients I can. The other spices I’ve never heard of, I just snap shot them and will be shopping soon. Thank You for sharing.

  4. Lawren on

    Was trying to find a palatable way to take 2tablespoons daily of turmeric, as an anti inflammatory, and a couple of these are the perfect solution!

  5. Camille on

    I love all of your recipes, however, I don’t see the macro breakdown for tracking purposes. I don’t see them in your book either.

  6. Dee on

    Dr Axe. I am allergic to vanilla and so I have put off drinking a turmeric latte for a long time now. If you make this without vanilla would it still be good? Or is there something I could sub for the vanilla?

  7. David on

    One quick note from a chef: don’t add the vanilla til the end heating the mixture after adding the vanilla can kill the flavor, stir it in after you are done heating it.

  8. Mina Willoughby on

    Hi Dr. Axe. I have known about golden tea and I have made it inconsistently over the past several years.
    I just made your recipe without the ashwagandha (did not have any). It was most delicious. I am going to have this daily. Thank you.

  9. Deb on

    Hi ,
    Can you please let me know if another adaptogenic powder can be used in the turmeric latte in place of the ashwaganda ???

    Thankyou :-)

  10. Karen on

    I was suspicious of how good this drink would be. OMG … it’s so nice and soothing. For a quick meal I think I will add some cooked chicken and carrots &/or other veggies to make a soup.

  11. Laura on

    I noticed that the recipe has changed and the ingredients cordyceps and reishi removed. Is this because they are hard to find/buy items? If I have the ingredients is it still healthy and/or beneficial to use.

  12. Tessa on

    Wow, I am making a turmeric latte and looked lots for the ashawanganha powder. Found it at the amazing Indo Asian store in Belmont Geelong!! Lovely couple who sell great variety of spices and foods. Call 0430274456. Enjoy!

  13. felicia on

    I’ve read that black pepper should be consumed with Turmeric for best absorption of nutrients. What is the benefit or is there any?

  14. Marion on

    The only problem I have with some of these recipes….where to get some of the ingredients that are in them.Some of them,i have never heard of.Please tell us where to purchase them.My grocery store doesn’t carry all of the ingredients.

  15. Brigit on

    For those asking, Wild Foods has a great line of mushroom powders. Awesome quality and the best price I’ve found. Love love love their reishi powder, I add it to my coffee every day. Plus they throw in freebies with your order, like cocoa butter and cacao nibs and stuff.

  16. Annie on

    I noticed that many people are asking questions about the ingredients in the turmeric latte, and if they interfere with any autoimmune disorders, and people who are on blood pressure medications. Also, a few people asked why black pepper is not used in this recipe, as it is suppose to increase the absorption of the turmeric? These questions have been ignored, and I am just wondering if Dr. Axe missed these important questions.

  17. marguerite on

    In your turmeric latte, you do not give specifications about high powered blender
    how high powered should the blender be and what kind and brand of blenders do you recommend. They are hundred of blenders out there.

  18. Jann on

    What about Black Pepper? I’ve heard that black pepper makes the curcumin in turmeric more bioavailable. Is this true? I use fresh ground organic

  19. Charisse on

    This sounds like a great recipe! I will definitely give it a try. Also, I would like to recommend it to a friend who is diabetic but is allergic to nuts. Recently I heard that spices such as tumeric and ginger are good for controlling blood sugar levels. What are your recommendations on a nut-based milk substitute that is also outside of dairy (cow milk has sugar-carbohydrates). Thank you!

  20. Cynthia on

    I was all ready to try this recipe until I got to the unusual, and for me, unheard of ingredients. It would be very helpful if you could post sources on line for these that you would feel are RELIABLE, quality products. Or are there more commonly found substitutes? Very disappointing to have to go on a search mission for these, since most small towns are going to have very limited resources for locating them.

    • Jann on

      You can make simple Golden Milk and still get the benefits!
      I use Almond or coconut milk, organic turmeric powder, organic cinnamon, organic ginger, Raw honey( local if you can find it) a splash of organic Coconut oil (liquid) and dash of organic fresh ground black pepper. ( you can get peppercorns in a grinder at the grocery) Warm it and it’s super yummy!

  21. 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!!

  22. 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.

  23. Celeste Crago on

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

  24. 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

    • Jann on

      @LindaBird You can make simple Golden Milk and still get the benefits! And its not very expensive!
      I use Almond or coconut milk, organic turmeric powder, organic cinnamon, organic ginger, Raw honey( local if you can find it) a splash of organic Coconut oil (liquid) and dash of organic fresh ground black pepper. ( you can get peppercorns in a grinder at the grocery) Warm it and it’s super yummy!

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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

  29. 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.



  30. 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?

  31. 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?

    • 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

    • Dr. Josh Axe on

      Hi Leonard, what an incredible accomplishment and inspiring story. Thank you so much for sharing. Here is an article of my favorite foods to support the brain that I think you may find helpful: https://draxe.com/nutrition/15-brain-foods-to-boost-focus-and-memory/.

      You may also want to try some of these: https://draxe.com/health/increase-size-your-brain/.

      Blessings and best of luck in your health journey!

    • Barbara on

      I’ve read on greenmedinfo.com that a tablespoon of coconut oil, any and every kind, helps people suffering from the on set of Alzheimer’s regain cognitive function. It’s due to the MCTs (medium chain triglycerides) helping the brain cells interface with glucose. Plus it’s good for everything but bad credit.

  34. Gayane on

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

  35. 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. ?

    • Dr. Josh Axe on

      Hi Cindy, here are a few articles that discuss the benefits of these ingredients:


      Also, I think cherries work well to promote sleep. I’m glad to hear these natural remedies are working for you.

  36. 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?

    • 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

    • 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.

    • Norm Seavey on

      I would go on vitacost.com website and see if they have those ingredients as they generally have every thing when it comes to vitamins, herbs, and whole food products. This company is in North Carolina and their products are first rate and very high quality on all products sold . I have used this vitamin company for 3 plus years with no complaints on any products bought. Mail order generally takes about 3 days to reach you almost anywhere in the United States. Hope this information helps you.


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