“Golden Milk” or, warm milk containing turmeric is both a beautiful and popular warming beverage in winter because of the spice’s amazing anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory benefits amongst a host of others. In this recipe I have added banana and date for healthy calories to make this more of a meal, while ginger and cinnamon further strengthen the immune system in winter, and these two spices have an additional warming effect on the body. It is also delicious cold, but I don’t usually want that first thing in the morning during winter!
Ginger and Turmeric Warm Winter Smoothie
Ready in: 5 min or less
*1 large banana (or two small ones)
*1 cup almond or other non-dairy milk
*2 medjool dates, pitted
*1 tsp turmeric powder*
*1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
*1/2 tsp ginger powder
*1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1. If you have a vitamix: Place all ingredients in the blender and blend on high speed for 2-3 min or until warm. (Be sure to use earplugs/cover to protect your ears). Alternatively you can warm the milk in a saucepan and then blend all ingredients but it may turn out thicker because of the way the banana interacts when warm.
2. Alternatively simply place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
*If you are not used to turmeric you might find 1 tsp a bit strong. You could start with 1/4tsp to 1/2 tsp until you become used to the taste.
*Adjust sweetness by adding more/less dates.
*If you don’t have a high speed blender you may wish to chop the dates up fine first or soak in hot water before blending.