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Golden Milk For A Cozy Afternoon

Updated: Jan 10, 2022

I love having some warm Golden Milk on cool autumn afternoons ... and evenings. It's one of those nice, comforting 'before bed' things that seem to help me sleep better. I used to think that I only like warm Golden Milk, but have discovered that I like it cold as well. And, here's a guilty secret - I love it warm over shredded wheat. Add some nuts, berries or raisins, and I'm in heaven.

So, I make enough to fill a large, swing-top Grolsch bottle and simply warm it up as I need it.

I make it in the high-speed VitaMix blender, so the turmeric, ginger and other spices are well incorporated with the plant-based milk, honey, some ground flaxseed (Omega 3) and a pinch of Nooch (B12 and protein) and kelp flakes (Iodine).

Kelp flakes might sound a bit odd in something like Golden Milk, but fear not. It's not adding any discernible 'flavor' here, since the turmeric, ginger and Cardamon (if you choose to use it) are the predominant flavors. However, I keep Kelp flakes/granules on my cooktop, right next to the salt and pepper. Because I use Kosher salt or natural sea salt flakes, I could, over time, end up a bit Iodine deficient. That's 'why' the kelp - it provides plenty of Iodine. I sprinkle it on salads, a pinch here and there in soups and stews, on sandwiches. The 'briny' flavor is essential to a good Ramen broth. I buy the kelp granules in a bulk bag from Maine Coast Sea Vegetables ... a nice way to patronize a small business. Their one-pound bulk bag is a good value, as a little goes a long way, and it will last nicely in your pantry.

Oh, and here's another thought: The other day, I actually poured this on my breakfast cereal (about half Golden Milk, and half my usual soy milk). BAM! I'll be doing that from now on. And, then I got thinking how it would be nice in so many different smoothies ...

Here’s my recipe, and feel free to adapt it to your taste buds:

32 ounces of plant-based milk. Your choice.

1 tsp ground turmeric

¼ tsp ginger

¼ tsp ground cinnamon ( add a tad more, actually, if you LOVE cinnamon)

¼ cup maple syrup, honey or sweetener of your choice.

Blend at least two minutes on high-speed. Put it into the jug of your choice. I prefer the Grolsch bottles, because it can separate and I like to shake it up before use. You can use the larger bottles, or the smaller 16 ounce.


A few grinds of fresh black pepper

1 finely ground green Cardamon pod

1 tbsp ground flaxseed

A pinch of sea kelp flakes

Just a P.S. about the Grolsch bottles: You can't have too many of these. I keep about half a dozen different sizes handy, and use them for my home-brewed Kombucha, extra plant-based coffee creamer (buy it in a large carton and pour 'enough' into a 16 ounce Grolsch to fit in the handy front spot or door of the fridge), tea, juice and just about any liquid-y thing that you need to save.

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