Ever heard of golden milk? It’s all the rage…
Don’t worry… I hadn’t either.
Golden milk is milk (or usually, a non-dairy milk like almond, coconut, or soy) flavored with cinnamon, turmeric, cayenne pepper if you’re brave, & sweetened with maple syrup (or honey if you’re not vegan.)
But why??? And is it even GOOD???
Second question first: golden milk is fantastic!! I was skeptical at first, because I consider turmeric to be a savory spice. I would mix cinnamon with milk, but not turmeric, and definitely not cayenne. That’s just weird!
Then I tried it.
The combination was actually wildly addictive… sweet, creamy, with just a bit of heat from the cayenne. Completely unexpected and utterly delicious! It’s also a beautiful golden color (as you might imagine) from the turmeric. I went on a kick of having a mug of warm golden milk before bed or in the afternoon for a long while.
When I got tired of that, I had the bright idea of using it in other recipes calling for milk, such as my chia breakfast pudding. This is a simple pudding made with non-dairy milk and thickened with chia seeds (I also throw in a couple tablespoons of raw oats per serving) & sweetened a bit with maple syrup. I love eating it for breakfast because it’s sweet, creamy, & the chia seeds keep me full for hours (one serving of this amazing pudding has 64% of your daily fiber requirement!) It’s also yummy enough to eat for dessert. Using the golden milk was definite winner… the only thing I didn’t like in this instance was the cayenne. Call me a wimp, but I just can’t get used to the heat in a breakfast pudding. But you may love it, and more power to you.
But let’s talk for a minute about why this gorgeous milk is so good for you. Turmeric is one of nature’s most powerful anti-inflammatory agents, and has been shown in some studies to rival even pharmaceutical anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen. This is great news for people who don’t like to take medicine! Cinnamon, that humble and oft-used spice, has the little-known property of being a fabulous metabolism booster when used in frequent and generous doses. This is easy to do because cinnamon can be added to pretty much everything! And cayenne is another metabolic booster… though you do have to be careful about the dose with this one- a little goes a long way!
Now that I’m back in the land of stone fruits and berries, I topped my pudding with fresh raspberries, blueberries, & cherries because I love the colour contrast. But use what you have…mangoes, kiwis, fresh pineapple… all would be fabulous. I also added coconut flakes & chopped almonds… but whatever floats your golden milk boat.