This recipe is an excerpt from the new updated and expanded second edition of Digestive Health with Real Food, by Aglaée Jacob.

Golden milk has been used since ancient times for its many healing properties. The golden color of this milk comes from a spice called turmeric. Turmeric combined with ginger, cinnamon, and black pepper makes golden milk a powerful anti-inflammatory drink. And don’t worry, we make it dairy-free by using coconut milk. If you prefer a coconut-free version, you can use hemp milk or almond milk instead. Make it part of your new bedtime routine to speed up your progress on your healing journey. Check out the video, or read the whole recipe below!

Yields 1 serving


  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) coconut milk
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup (125-175 ml) water
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) grated, fresh ginger root
  • 1/2 tsp (2 ml) ground cinnamon and/or cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp (1 ml) freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp (2-5 ml) pure maple syrup or raw clover honey


  1. In a small skillet, warm the coconut milk and 1/2 cup of the water over low heat. Once warmed, add the turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup. Whisk until fully combined. Taste and adjust seasonings and sweetener to your preference, including adding the remaining water if you feel the milk is too thick. 
  2. Pour into a mug and enjoy. If desired, you can strain out the ginger pieces prior to drinking.