If you ever have trouble sleeping, try a mug of this Warm Cinnamon Turmeric Milk. This Golden Milk has amazing health benefits.
This Warm Turmeric Cinnamon Milk is smooth, sweet, and comforting. Sipping a warm mug of this "golden milk" is my favourite way to relax, not only because it is soothing, but because I know I am giving my body a healthy treat.
And while this warm cinnamon milk has amazing health benefits, here's another plus: it may help you sleep!
A recipe for sleep
When I'm occasionally wandering the house at 3 a.m., I'll heat up a mug of this Golden Milk and be back to sleep in no time. It has a definite calming effect on me, allowing me to relax back into sleep.
Health benefits of turmeric
Turmeric: You may have heard claims that it is one of the "world's healthiest foods" and that it has amazing anti-inflammatory properties. Did you know that you've probably been eating it since you were a child?
Curcumin, the pigment that gives turmeric its bright yellow color, is an ingredient of the mustard you likely smeared on your hot dogs and hamburgers in the past.
Turmeric has been used in Indian cooking and medicine for hundreds of years and is a key ingredient in most curries. More recent research shows that it also has antioxidant, anti-cancer, anti-aging, anti-Alzheimer's, liver detox (the list goes on . . .) benefits. You can read 10 Proven Health Benefits of Turmeric here.
To make one cup of turmeric cinnamon milk, here's what you'll need:
milk: cow's milk, or any plant-based milk like almond milk, cashew milk, coconut milk, oat milk, etc.
honey: a teaspoon or so is all you need. If you don't have honey, you can substitute maple syrup.
coconut oil: a teaspoon. You can substitute ghee for the coconut oil, or you can leave it out.
spices: 1/4 teaspoon each of ground turmeric, ground ginger, ground cinnamon and ground cardamom. If you don't have cardamom, you can substitute a dash of ground cloves or nutmeg instead.
black pepper: a dash of freshly ground pepper may help your body to absorb curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric.
Tips for making warm Golden Milk
In a small saucepan, gently heat milk of your choice with honey and optional coconut oil over medium heat. Stir occasionally. Bring to the point just below a boil, when small bubbles form around the edge of the pan.
Remove from the heat and whisk in the spices until well blended. Let stand for a few minutes, then strain through a fine-mesh strainer, if desired. This step is optional. The spices that don't dissolve will settle to the bottom of your mug.
Note: If you have fresh ginger or fresh turmeric (and time) the flavour is definitely heightened, so go for it. Use a microplane or fine grater to grate a little into the warm milk. The amount you use will depend on your preference. Start with a little and taste as you go. You can always add more.
Add a sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper (it may enhance the curcumin in turmeric) stir, and enjoy!
Save time! Make a batch of spice mix.
Who has time to open all those little jars of ground spices and measure ingredients? Not me. Especially in the middle of the night!
After the first time I made this, I decided that once was enough, so I made a big batch and stored it in a small Mason jar. Now I just add a teaspoon of the powdered spice mix to my warm milk and honey.
Remember to add the black pepper just before serving. Pepper works hand in hand with curcumin, increasing your body's ability to absorb it.
This warm turmeric milk recipe is naturally gluten-free.
Keep it keto: Use Lacanto Monkfruit Sweetener with erythritol instead of honey. Use a nut milk like almond, cashew or coconut milk.
Keep it paleo: Use honey or maple syrup and a nut milk.
Keep it vegan: Use maple syrup and a plant-based milk.
Turmeric cinnamon milk spice mix makes a nice gift
Here's an idea for a gift for someone who might like this, too. Scoop equal amounts of the spices into a spice jar, add a cinnamon stick and a label with the recipe and give to an appreciative friend.
See those cute little recipe tags in the photo above? Here's my gift to you! Download and print on card stock to make gift tags.
Make a commitment to include turmeric in your diet. Your body will thank you.
Warm Turmeric Cinnamon Milk
- In a small saucepan, gently heat milk of your choice with honey and optional coconut oil over medium heat. Stir occasionally and bring to the point where it is almost boiling, with small bubbles forming around the edge of the pan.
- Remove from the heat and whisk in the spices until well blended. Let stand for a few minutes, then strain through a fine-mesh strainer, if desired. Add a sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper (to enhance the curcumin in turmeric), stir and enjoy!
To Make a Large Batch of Warm Turmeric Cinnamon Milk Spice Mix
- Combine 1/4 cup each of turmeric, cinnamon, ginger and cardamom. Stir and store in a jar. When you're ready to make a cup of Turmeric Cinnamon Milk, use 1 teaspoon of this spice mix to make 1 cup of Warm Turmeric Cinnamon Milk.
I found the spice jars in the photo on a clearance rack, but haven't been able to find identical ones since then. Here are some choices of similar storage jars available from amazon.com (affiliate links) that you might like to order if you're making this Warm Turmeric Cinnamon Milk spice mix for gifts.
If you're looking for more ways to add turmeric into your diet, check this collection.