If you are looking for ways to relax, unwind, and improve your sleep, struggle with joint inflammation, or simply like the idea of adding a warm, tasty beverage to your evening routine, this Golden Milk recipe is for you!

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“Get more sleep” always seems to be on my list of resolutions and actions I can take to improve my health.

I’ve been putting more thought into how I spend the last 90 minutes before I climb into bed.

And by “more,” I mean that I’ve actually been thinking about it, period.

For most of my life, I’ve ignored sleep as a critical component of health.

Diet and exercise? Absolutely. But sleep? I reasoned that was why God gave us coffee (and Starbucks Mocha Frappuccinos).

Cinnamon Golden Milk in a white and blue mug with almonds

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“Oh my goodness, this was the best night drink I’ve ever had.”

— Deborah —

I’ve heard a lot about “golden milk” over the years.

I’d seen enough recipes for it floating around the web to know it was a drink that originated in India and contained turmeric and ginger (the sources of its signature golden hue), but I didn’t fully understand or appreciate its benefits until I decided to get more serious about my zzzzs.

Benefits of Golden Milk

This warming bedtime beverage isn’t only delicious—it has been used for centuries as an alternative remedy due to its medicinal properties. Golden milk:

  • Contains ingredients packed with amino acids (like tryptophan), minerals and other vital compounds scientifically shown to promote more restful sleep.
  • Is rich in immune system-boosting antioxidants which can help fight illness and infection.
  • Contains ingredients known to have anti-inflammatory properties that can ease joint pain and stiffness.
  • Curcumin, the active compound in turmeric, has been linked to improved brain function and heart health.
  • Golden milk can aid in digestion, calm nausea and improve overall gut health.

**As always, check with your doctor before turning to golden milk as a remedy or wellness supplement. The above is based on information available online. I’m not a dietician but enjoy reading about health and sharing what I’ve learned.

Since beginning my quest for better sleep, I can say for sure that one of my favorite new bedtime rituals is making myself a cup of this traditional golden milk.

In addition to soothing me to sleep, this bedtime golden milk has also helped me appease my nightly craving for something sweet before bed.

TIP!

While you can enjoy turmeric milk any time of the day, most suggest drinking it about an hour before bedtime to get the full effects of its relaxing, soothing properties.

Two mugs of warm homemade golden milk with cinnamon sticks and whole almonds on a wood background

How to Make Golden Milk

This creamy, comforting golden milk recipe is made of ingredients that have been shown to promote a good night’s sleep and reduce inflammation.


The Ingredients

  • Almonds. Rich in magnesium, which promotes both sleeping and muscle relaxation. This golden milk recipes uses them in the form of almond butter and almond milk.

Substitution Tip!

If you’re not a fan of almond milk, you may opt for any non-dairy milk of your choice to keep this recipe dairy-free.

You may also make golden milk using regular milk if dairy is not a concern for you.

  • Honey. Allows tryptophan (of Thanksgiving turkey fame) to enter the brain more easily.

Dietary Note

You can make this golden milk recipe completely vegan by swapping the honey for pure maple syrup.

  • Ginger. Calms the stomach and promotes relaxation. Some studies suggest ginger can also help reduce anxiety.
  • Turmeric. Aids digestion and has calming properties, which lead to sounder sleep. If you have aches and pains, golden milk for joints is a popular remedy, as it is anti-inflammatory too.
  • Cinnamon. Similar to turmeric and ginger, cinnamon also helps with digestion. PLUS it supports healthy sugar metabolism and is a delicious pairing with the other ingredients.

Tip!

Beyond being the PERFECT bedtime beverage, I love golden milk because you can tweak the recipe with other spices and ingredients to suit your personal dietary needs or taste preferences.

Optional Add-ins

  • Black Pepper. Studies show that to get the full benefit of tumeric, you should pair it with black pepper which piperine. Piperine boosts the body’s ability to absorb curcumin, the key compound in turmeric which fights inflammation. (It’s a bit much for me at bedtime, so I usually leave it out. Personal preference!)
  • Ground Cloves, Nutmeg, or Cardamom. Contain additional beneficial antioxidants.
  • Coconut Oil. Improves the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, calcium and magnesium.
  • Ghee. Adding just a teaspoon of ghee to golden milk is thought to alleviate cold symptoms. Similar to adding honey to tea, ghee coats the throat which can help soothes a sore throat and ease a persistent cough

The Directions

  1. Combine ingredients in a small saucepan.
  2. Warm over until heated through, whisking to fully incorporate the almond butter and spices. Pour into a mug and ENJOY!

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container such as a mason jar in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • To Reheat. Reheat on the stove, stirring to recombine the spices and almond butter.

Meal Prep Tip

Since golden milk saves and reheats well, I like to make a double or triple batch, then enjoy it several nights in a row.

Enjoy Golden Milk With

Mugs of a traditional golden milk recipe with cinnamon sticks and almonds

Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe

  • Saucepan. Invest in a great set of saucepans for all your stovetop cooking needs.
  • Whisk. This slimmed-down size is ideal for stirring.

Insulated Mug

Keep your drinks warm for hours so you can enjoy them to the last drop.

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Golden Milk

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Traditional golden milk recipe with almond milk. Learn how to make an easy turmeric milk recipe for inflammation and better sleep.

Prep: 2 mins
Cook: 3 mins
Total: 5 mins

Servings: 1 drink

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons honey plus additional to taste (to make vegan, swap maple syrup)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons almond butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon plus additional for serving
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Optional additions: tiny pinch ground black pepper ground cardamom, or ground cloves

Instructions
 

  • Combine the milk, honey, almond butter, vanilla extract, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, and any optional spices in a small saucepan.
  • Heat over medium until warmed through, whisking briskly so that the almond butter does not stick to the bottom and the spices incorporate. Do not let boil. Pour into a mug and sip deeply.

Notes

  • To Store. Keep leftovers in an airtight container, such as a mason jar, for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. 
  • To Reheat. Warm on the stove, stirring to recombine the spices and almond butter.

Nutrition

Serving: 1drinkCalories: 134kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 3gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gPotassium: 87mgFiber: 2gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 3IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 338mgIron: 1mg

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  1. I’m 34 weeks pregnant and I wanted to know would this taste just as good with cows milk? I wouldn’t mind almond milk but I prefer the milk that has the highest content of calcium during my pregnancy.

    1. Hi! I haven’t tried it myself, but I think you could use any milk you prefer. If you give it a try, I hope you enjoy it!

  2. This is delicious. I tried it tonight and I am intending to enjoy one every evening. I was wondering about substituting the honey with monkfruit, have you ever tried that?5 stars

    1. I’m so happy that you enjoyed it, Joanne! Thank you for sharing this kind review! I have not tried this swap myself, so it would be an experiment.

  3. Goodness that play-by-play of your evening is everything I am! I am that, that is me! lol thanks for not making me feel so alone. I’m not usually big on turmeric but i LOVE this recipe. Almond butter, who would’ve known! Yum!5 stars

  4. This is my new favorite golden milk recipe hands down. I do substitute the almond butter for coconut oil simply because my daily nut butter intake is already pretty high!5 stars

  5. I’ve been dabbling in spices as remedies for my arthritis and migraines. This was my first stab at Turmeric milk and I am LOVING it. Thanks for making it so foolproof and simple for a newbie like me!5 stars

  6. Hi there!
    Really Love the taste but after a little bit all the seasonings sunk to the bottle and I couldn’t finish it …. any suggestions to keeping it all together so I can drink the whole thing??
    Thank you!!4 stars

    1. I’m so happy that you enjoyed the flavor, Sarah! The spices won’t completely dissolve, but they shouldn’t be clumpy. If you’re bothered by the texture, you could try simmering a whole cinnamon stick in the milk instead of using the ground cinnamon, and another reader has reported success with using a blender to combine everything really well before drinking. I hope this helps!

  7. This is so warm creamy and comforting. I just added peanut butter and full cream milk because I didn’t have the listed ingredients at home and so good! Yum turmeric gives it a beautiful earthy flavour5 stars

  8. I was curious to try your recipe…it’s delicious! Made it with coconut milk, maple syrup, and cashew butter (that’s what was in my pantry). Thank you for sharing this recipe…it’s a keeper!5 stars

  9. We love this recipe! I added a little coconut oil to it. I like the almond taste better than the regular golden milk recipes. Definitely a favorite for us5 stars

  10. Oh my goodness, this was the best night drink I’ve ever had. I used peanut butter instead of nut butter. I slept like a baby then this morning I felt like going to the gym. I just made two cups to refrigerate for tonight and tomorrow night. Thanks for sharing. 🤗😊5 stars

  11. Absolutely delicious. Really warming. Was struggling as to what to have late evening. This really hit the spot.5 stars

  12. This recipe is definitely a keeper and drinking it each night has become a part of my evening routine. Love it! However, the black pepper in this recipe should not be optional. It should be part of the full recipe. The key compounds in turmeric are called curcuminoids. Curcumin itself is the most active ingredient. Curcumin, however, is not well absorbed into the body. Black pepper contains the bioactive compound piperine. Piperine’s most significant benefit is its ability to boost the absorption of curcumin.5 stars

  13. Site wouldnt stop refreshing the page and no where at the start when giving the ingredients did it mention vanilla extract untill the bottom when giving directions

    1. Hi P. I’m sorry you had problems with the page refreshing, I am not sure what could of caused that on my end. Also there is a “jump to recipe” button to help you get to the recipe faster. The vanilla extract is #4 on the ingredient list out of 8 ingredients.

  14. I tried this recipe last night and really enjoyed the flavor but not so much the grittyness of the almond butter. Any suggestions Carol5 stars

    1. Hi Carol! I’ve not had a problem with grittiness so it’s hard to know how to fix that issue. Maybe use an immersion blender. But I would be super careful because the milk is hot. Hope this helps!

  15. Very tasty recipe, but next time i’ll Leave out almond butter,even after winking a long time it was grainy didn’t enjoy the pieces in the drink. Also pumpkin pie spice is a great flavor

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