Nourishing, comforting, spicy and sweet. Golden milk is rapidly becoming. – and turmeric, its main ingredient, has been hailed a superfood. But in the East turmeric tonics and elixirs have been consumed for hundreds (if not thousands) of years.
At Aura Chai it’s really important to us that we keep the true essence and authenticity of golden milk alive, which is why we created our traditional, nourishing blends to ancient Ayurvedic recipes. You can learn more about Golden Milk, what it is and where it comes from here and here.
Now that’s out of the way, let’s make some golden milk!
Golden Milk Recipe Vegan, Sugar Free, Healthy
Not only is this golden milk recipe vegan, it’s also sugar free, sugar healthy and requires no messy prep or expensive ingredients. This recipe is based on traditional family recipes that go back for hundreds of years. It’s packed full of delicious, whole spices each with their own nourishing benefits to impart. Oh, and it tastes AMAZING! We’ve had people who told us they hated turmeric try this recipe and end up being fully converted into golden milk superfans. Ready? Let’s go!
- Aura Chai Authentic Golden Milk Blend
- Milk of choice (see note on best milks to use below!)
- Sweetener of choice (optional but recommended – earthy turmeric craves sweetness. We love agave/coconut/date syrups or vegan honey)
1/ Add 1-2 tablespoons Golden Milk Blend to a saucepan, milk pan or coffee pot.
2/ Cover with 100ml hot water and add your sweetener – we recommend about 1-2 tablespoons depending on how sweet you like it!
3/ Pour in 200-250ml milk and turn on the heat to medium. Don’t boil – just simmer gently for around 5-10 minutes until that gorgeous golden colour deepens.
4/ Strain and serve in a glass or mug. Relax, and enjoy!
Your choice of milk is the key to making a golden milk recipe vegan
To make a golden milk recipe vegan, you need to choose the right milk. I can’t express how important this is! If you’ve tried to make golden milk before and it wasn’t quite right, it might have been the milk you chose.
Traditionally golden milk is made with creamy cow’s milk – which nicely balances the spices. We’re a vegan company, so we only use plant-based milk alternatives. That also means we’ve tried and tested the best kinds of milk to use for golden milk! Here’s what we’ve learned and which milks we recommend:
- Oat Milk: Oat milk (done right) is fantastically creamy and foams up real nice. We love Alpro, Oatly, Califia Farms and Nutty Bruce.
- Soy Milk: Soy milk is probably the ‘basic b*tch’ of plant-based milks but it works really well with hot drinks because it’s so creamy. Choosing a really lovely, high quality blend like Bonsoy or Happy Soy Boy will transform your turmeric latte!
- Hemp Milk: Hemp milk is the new kid on the block but honestly, get a good blend and it will be life-changing! We love Good Hemp barista blend for our lattes.
- Coconut Milk: Coconut milk works but again, you want to make sure it’s a creamy blend, and also remember you’ll get that coconut taste, so decide whether that works for you. We particularly like coconut milk for iced golden milk/iced turmeric lattes.
- Macadamia Milk: Harder to come by but super creamy, macadamia milk is gorgeous and works really well to balance the earthy turmeric and spices.
We don’t recommend using watery/less creamy milks – these tend to be the cheaper or less high quality brands. Where you can opt for barista-style blends or even homemade blends if you’re that way inclined!