Get a delicious dose of the golden anti-inflammatory super spice, turmeric, in a cold creamy vegan Golden Milk Frappuccino. No sugar needed, this drink is 100% fruit-sweetened!
Turmeric has been slowly but surely creeping it’s way into my life one beverage at a time. I’m not mad about it. It’s just like a really determined new anti-inflammatory friend.
It all started with this Anti-Inflammatory Lemon Ginger Turmeric Iced Tea from Unconventional Baker. Well actually it must’ve started before then since I already had the bottle in my spice cabinet, but I cannot remember how it got there. I think it might’ve been a purchase inspired by the beautiful yellow frosting on these adorable turmeric-frosted cupcakes. It is pretty hard to resist anything with carrot cake involved.
And then I tried making my first turmeric latte. I was envisioning it turning out bright and warm and frothy like this. It ended up a little sorta pale and sad though. I put a flower on it hoping that would help. At the time I thought it did…it didn’t.
So next I tried adding it to a few of my own recipes, mostly for color purposes. Why not sneak some extra anti-inflammatory power into muffins and lemonade! You can’t even taste it, and it gives that sun-inspired glow.
Then while I was in Oregon I got a golden milk latte from somewhere made by someone with much more golden-milk skill than me. It was delicious.
On the plane I happened to be reading How Not to Die by Dr. Greger where he shares incredibly convincing reasons and evidence for including a little bit of turmeric in your daily life. If you haven’t read that book, then this article might be helpful -> 14 Science-Backed Health Benefits of Turmeric
So when I got back home I was determined once again to try my hand at making a glowing, golden, frothy latte! The main thing I did differently was I actually followed a recipe. This recipe from Heavenlynn Healthy. It was much better. Up to maybe a 6 out of 10. Mine was still not as perfect as the photos. Without a milk froth-er I’m not sure I will ever make it to a 10 at home, it’s just not the same without bubbles.
But there are plenty of golden milk latte recipes out there already (follow them, don’t wing it!). So I thought I would come up with a golden glass of something slightly different. Something colder. And a little sweeter. And maybe with some fruit involved. And no milk frothing necessary because the top is completely concealed by a mountain of coconut whipped cream. So this Golden Milk Frappuccino happened.
Golden Milk Frappuccino
Ah autocorrect, when will you realize ‘frappuccino’ is a very real word for a very delicious thing?
Anyways…I can’t say this drink is the fastest to make, but it is easy. The problem is that turmeric only imparts it’s golden color when there is heat involved, so you have to steep the spices in boiling milk and then chill the milk before blending it into a cold beverage. Also, chilling your coconut whipped cream after whipping is recommended for a stiffer, easier to swirl topping.
So you could steep your spices and whip your coconut the day before, then let it all chill overnight if you are really forward thinking. I am not.
The impatient method is to put the golden milk in the freezer and the coconut whipped cream in the fridge for about 1 hour until cold. Then add the banana for creaminess, the dates to sweeten, the ice for that frappuccino texture, and blend!
Do not put the piping bag of coconut whipped cream in the freezer like I did. Because it might freeze too much so nothing can come out. And then you might try to fix it with a toothpick. And that might not work. So you might end up with whipped cream drips and sprays everywhere.
And you might detect a bit of whipped cream swirling struggle in the video…
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- 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ground ginger
- 1 cup non-dairy milk
- 1 frozen banana
- 2 pitted medjool dates
- 1-2 cups ice
- Coconut whipped cream for topping
- Combine the spices in a jar or mug.
- Boil the milk. Pour over the spices and stir. Let it sit for 5-10 mins to steep and cool slightly.
- Chill for 1 hour in the freezer or 3-4 hours in the fridge until completely cool.
- In a blender, combine the banana, dates, and golden milk. Blend until smooth.
- Add the ice. Blend briefly.
- Pour into a glass. Top with coconut whipped cream. Enjoy!