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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Golden Milk Frappuccino
- Prep Time: 75 minutes
- Total Time: 75 minutes
- Yield: 1 1x
- 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!
Becky Striepe says
This looks like such a lovely way to enjoy golden milk!
Thanks Becky! Especially in the summer, it’s perfect 🙂
Demeter | Beaming Baker says
Happy Monday, Natalie! 🙂 If I shout that loud enough, this week will be even better then we could hope for, don’t you think? 😉 Sun-inspired glow: yep, nothing better than tasting the sweet taste of the sun. Or something. Lol. That flower TOTALLY made for the most beautiful drink. Something about flowers in food makes the entire recipe feel so much more special. 🙂
Alright, after this post, I feel like I know SO much more about golden milk. Thanks for that, my dear lady bird! 🙂 Also, if frappuccino isn’t a word, then we live in a sad, fun-beverage-less world. Not cool, autocorrect! Not cool. Lol. I shall not freeze my coconut whip in a piping bag! I simply shall not. Thanks for sharing such a delectable post to get our week started. Hope you have an awesome one, Nat. xo
HAAAPPPPYYY MOOOOONNNNNDDDDAYYYY, DDDDEEEMMMEEETTTEERRR!!! That’s as loud as I can possibly type-shout, so now we’ll just wait and see? I think it’s a surefire plan. Yes just like sticking a straw right into the sun! Or at least I think so, I’ve never actually tried it…I would need a really long straw for that experiment? Aww well thank you, I’m glad you appreciated my flower attempt. I was using flowers on everything for a while, I need to bring that back. Well then we better just declare frappuccino a word already! I’m surprised Starbuck’s hasn’t fixed that already. Although the are constantly inventing new words, so maybe the dictionary just can’t keep up? We simul-commented again this morning–I was commenting on yours just as I got an email saying you had left me a lovely comment here. And also the yellow color theme is going strong. You know what that means right? The bat signal is working? Happiest Monday to you <3
Oh wow, I’m so in! Definitely doing the impatient method though 😀 And I think I’ll just spoon the coconut cream on top instead of piping it. Haha, I love the piping bag in the freezer thing. I had the sam problem with vegan buttercream. Not a good idea 😀
Oooh that sounds like a bad situation!? I am terrible with all the things I will stick in the freezer out of impatience. But sometimes it’s for practical reasons right, like I need to take pics of this today and the sun is going down soon? Or at least that’s what I tell myself. Very smart move with the spoon method!
Oh my golly! This is so exciting, and beautiful, and healthy and makes me want to have it right now. Can’t wait to try this – perfect for this week’s hot days!
Totally!! I’m trying to squeeze in ALL the frozen things right now before it’s September and no one wants milkshakes or ice cream anymore. I could already feel myself cooling off just dumping all that ice in the blender! Thanks Laura, I hope you enjoy 🙂
Michele @ TwoRaspberries says
OK! I LOVE that this is anti-inflammatory AND caffeine free! this is my kind of frappe! I can’t wait to try this because I don’t do caffeine (except chocolate, but not coffeYUMMM and the color just puts a big ol’ smile on my face! 😉
Chocolate is always an exception from any and all rules 🙂 And sometimes matcha for me, but in general I try to avoid caffeine too. Plus sometimes you want a fun beverage for a late afternoon dessert and want to actually sleep still. It’s so yummy. As long as you like a little spice I think you will like it!
Hi Natalie. Very intriguing. Will definitely try. One question though. What’s the difference between using fresh banana versus frozen? Would it not work with the fresh (sometimes forethought is not there to freeze the banana or banana nicecream happens too many times so frozen banana might not be handy)?
Hi Milda! The no frozen bananas when you need them struggle, I know exactly what you mean. You could certainly use a fresh banana here. The reason I went with frozen is because it makes it extra cold and a bit thicker than a fresh one would, but with the ice it will be fine either way 🙂
Love that deep, golden yellow color!!! What a perfect summery beverage!! Haha – I don’t really trust spellcheck and autocorrect very much…my computer doesn’t recognize tahini as a word, let alone frappuccino!
That book has been on my to-read list…I’ve heard so many wonderful things about it. Must get a copy soon! Turmeric is pretty much a staple in our house, so I’m anxious to try this!! I have a golden latte on my blog, but I cheated and used turmeric tea bags 😉 The only tea Willow actually likes is turmeric, so I know she’ll love this! Looks amazing, Natalie…especially with that coconut whipped cream! <3
I had to test “tahini” since you said it, and my computer is actually okay with that one. Which is ironic since you are the tahini lover out of the two of us ha! I still haven’t figured out why my phone feels the need to capitalize “Popsicle”…autocorrect just gets weird around food words. There are so many you’ve mentioned that are on my to read list, there are just so many good books out there! But that one is really good. Very thorough and pretty much covers it all in terms of plant based health. I didn’t even know turmeric came in bags…huh. I don’t consider that cheating at all 🙂 It’s a pretty intense flavor, I’m surprised she likes it but that is awesome! I wish my parents had been as cool as you making me turmeric tea and kale chips all the time 😀
Leah M | love me, feed me says
SO PRETTY! Your recipes have been extra colourful lately and it makes me so happy. I’ve been wanting to try to incorporate more turmeric into my life and I think this is how I want to do it all day everyday!! I should start by buying some new turmeric, I have noooo idea how old the one I have in my pantry is… Oops.
I’ve also been wanting to read How Not To Die! Dr Greger is such a wonderful genius man, but the size of the book is intimidating 😛
I have some spices in the back of my spice drawer that are probably from the 90s lol! I should probably clean that out. Thank you Leah, I have been into all the bright and colorful things lately with a few exceptions for chocolate 🙂 It’s a really good book, I agree he’s awesome. Oh I read it over about 2 months just slowly because it is really long! Plus I got it on kindle so i didn’t realize how long it was before I started ha!
Harriet Emily says
This is so beautiful Natalie, I love the sound of a golden milk frappuccino! The whipped coconut cream on top looks incredible! Such a delicious, healthy drink. Yummm! Pinned <3
Thanks Harriet! It’s funny how whipped cream can take any beverage from looking like a smoothie to a fancy coffee house drink 😀
rachel @ athletic avocado says
he y looks like we are triplets with the frappucinno goodness going on! Love that you made a golden milk version, I still need to try golden milk but I pretty sure I would love it!
Great minds who love whipped cream topped drinks think alike!! Yours looks out of this world amazing, I KNOW I would love it. Viturlaly clinking frappuccino jars with you 🙂
Bianca - ElephantasticVegan says
This is one gorgeous beast of a frappuccino! I haven’t tried turmeric in drinks yet, but I’ve seen it all over the place and I guess it’s time to try it out – with the health benefits and all. 🙂 I love how you made this frappuccino completely fruit-sweetened. And the video is so professional!
I sometimes try to resist the food trends, I don’t know why, I guess I have an inner rebel side or something lol. But I went ahead and hopped on this one! Yeah the health benefits are hard to argue with. Oh thanks Bianca <3 Well mostly professional until the part where there was whipped cream squirting everywhere 😀
Aimee | Wallflower Kitchen says
This isn’t what I was expecting at all. It’s way better! I’m not a fan of coffee or coffee-based drinks so this alternative is totally up my street. What a delicious way to get a healthy boost of those anti-inflammatory spices. And, as always, the way you’ve presented it is beyond gorgeous.
Frappuccinos are the only Starbucks creation that are coffee free, that’s why they were always my favorite 😀 The spices still make it pretty bold, but so many more health benefits than coffee! Oh thank you <3
The Vegan 8 says
Beautiful Natalie!! I LOVE that color and I’m soooo, sooo in love with turmeric. In fact, I’ve eaten curry 3 times this week, NO LIE. I have absolutely become obsessed with it and it’s all I’ve wanted to eat, lol. I love, love the idea of a frappuccino with turmeric in it. Frappuccinos used to be a very dangerous thing for me from Starbucks because of all the coffee, sugar and fat, but dang they were good, haha. This looks like a 10 times better-for-you frap and what a delicious one at that! It’s gorgeous and I have totally done the piping bag freezer thing too, haha. The key is that I’ve found it only needs just a few minutes, or ELSE! Haha! I love the video too, so bright and colorful!
Oh yeah, curry has turmeric in it too! That’s how often I make curry lol. But I was trying to think of other ways to use it and that is obviously a good one! I do the same thing–find something, get obsessed eat it non-stop, then move on eventually. No lie, I used to get the largest size vanilla frappuccino at starbucks and drink the whole thing ? It was bad. I’ll stick to homemade now. The whipped cream was a total disaster. A few minutes, and maybe set a timer just in case haha!
Ashley Smaldino says
You are GENIUS!! I’m definitely making this asap 😉 and I loved the hint of “When You Give a Mouse a Cookie” vibe in your writing here! I want to go find that book now…it’s somewhere!
I love that book so much, so I take that as quite a compliment. One of my greatest literary inspirations haha! That’s actually kinda true though 😀 I hope you enjoy Ashley!
Melissa @ Vegan Huggs says
This looks so lovely and delicious! I definitely need to step up my turmeric game. This recipe looks like the perfect place to start. Oh, I’ve done that with the whipped cream before, too. Lesson learned 😉
I hope you do venture into the world of golden things! It’s so exciting finding a new ingredient and then letting your mind race through all the possible ways of using it, ya know? And impatience in the kitchen often comes back to bite me…you’d think I would learn but nope not yet 😀
audrey @ unconventional baker says
lol the struggle *is* real when it comes to over-chilling that coconut whip ?? It looks so beautiful though. I love the banana date sweetness. I sometimes add a bit of turmeric to my nice cream, so can imagine this would be pretty tasty!
Haha you too huh? I almost did it again yesterday, so I set a timer for myself lol. I’m trying to get in the habit of adding just a pinch to almost everything I blend 🙂