Golden Milk: A Clean Alternative to an Ayurvedic Classic


Golden milk is all the rage this season. This delicious warming drink-of-the-moment has been making its way into the clean eating scene. But what is golden milk? It’s a turmeric-infused traditional Ayurvedic drink that’s the perfect beneficial alternative to your daily cup of coffee, espcially when you are cleansing.

Other versions of Golden Milk often contain mucus-forming dairy and high-fructose sweeteners that are taxing on the body. We’ve made the traditional recipe Clean Program-friendly by swapping out the dairy and honey for coconut milk and coconut palm sugar.

Turmeric health benefits are coveted in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. The health benefits of Golden Milk include anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that are used to soothe colds, headaches, sore throats, as well as joint and muscle pain.

We add a pinch of black pepper which can aid in your body’s ability to absorb curcumin, the anti-inflammatory compound found in fermented turmeric.

Best of all, golden milk provides the nostalgic feeling of drinking warm milk before bed. Cozy up with a mug and steep in the nourishment. Pro-tip: you can even use this as a delicious base for your Daily Shake.

Serves: 2

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 minutes


2 Medjool dates, pitted

1 tablespoon Purify

2 tablespoon of ginger juice, or sliced ginger root to taste

1 pint water

¼ teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon coconut palm sugar

½ cup coconut milk


Place the dates, turmeric, and ginger in a pot along with the water and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat, cover, and let stand for 5 minutes.


Strain the tea into a blender along with the remaining ingredients.


Blend on high for 45 seconds. Serve immediately.


Recipe by Frank Giglio

Photography by Lynn Karlin

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