Dairy-Free Immunity Boosting Turmeric Milk

Last week was a doozie, in the greatest way. I was preparing a 6-course meal for my friend Jen’s birthday—shaving squash for terrine, making salted caramel for sticky almond cake, aging cheeses (eBook coming soon), simmering jam, zesting Meyer lemons and candying Marcona almonds for days (all to the Jurassic 5 Pandora channel, yes, there was dancing). It was also wrap-up week for #YU30 which has exceeded my expectations all around (the videos will be coming in soon). Both were a joy, truly, but this morning I woke up with a bit of a scratchy feeling in my throat and I’m not surprised. While I did my best to get in bed early every night, adrenaline was kinda high all week. I think my bod is just tired. And as YU may know, I have to be careful these days.

So, I took a few extra minutes to just chill in bed this morning and scroll through Pinterest, my guilty pleasure. I don’t have a t.v., but I love me some Pinterest. Beautiful kitchens, cabins in the woods, and stunning, drool-worthy food. And then there it was… my little scratchy throat life preserver. This post from the gorgeous blog Journey Kitchen for warm Turmeric Milk (haldi ka doodh), an Ayurvedic remedy for colds and sore throats. I usually take a black seed oil and turmeric capsule every day to boost the immune system and to help my digestion, but those habits weren’t maintained as much as I would have liked last week, and it’s a chilly one today. So, breakfast was a solid dose of my all-time favorite cold-slayer—Nasya Oil (another natural remedy that has yet to let me down), probiotics (taken on an empty stomach 20 minutes before eating or drinking) and a warm cup of tasty Dairy-Free Immunity Boosting Turmeric Milk made with one of the many recipes in my colossal Non-Dairy Milk Guide—simple almond made with raw almond butter.

This recipe is a healthful, delicious way to start a new week.

Small pot
Strainer or cheesecloth

Try to buy everything organic. Here’s why.
1 1/2 cups pure water
2 Medjool or Deglet Noor dates (pitted)**
1 tbsp raw almond butter
Few drops vanilla extract
Pinch fine ground sea salt

Spice Magic
3/4 tsp turmeric powder
2 whole black peppercorns
1/4 tsp ground cardamom (or 2-3 whole cardamom pods, cracked)
1/4 tsp fresh minced ginger
Pinch of saffron, optional

* You can use any milk you want from the Non-Dairy Milk Guide.
**You can substitute sucanat, grade B maple syrup or honey to taste.

Let’s get started.

Immunity Boosting Turmeric Milk

Blend together Make-Your-Own-Milk ingredients until smooth (strain if you like it less creamy). Transfer to a small pot.

Stir in all of your spice magic and warm over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes.

Immunity Boosting Turmeric Milk

Strain and serve warm. Feel better!

Fun mugs. Can’t recommend them enough.

Immunity Boosting Turmeric Milk

It’s important to note that this milk is something you can enjoy all the time, not just when you are feeling less than tip-top. Dairy-Free Immunity Boosting Turmeric Milk consumed more regularly will help digestion, reduce inflammation and made colds a thing of winter’s past. Turmeric is also an incredible, natural pain reliever, it helps with menstrual issues, toothaches, bruising and even digestive ailments like Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis.

Insomniacs: try it with homemade poppy seed milk a few hours before bed, and then have an epsom salt bath, for the best sleep ever.


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  1. Anne L. Texas

    use any dairy free milk in place of the water? if not how much do you use?
    Thanks can’t wait to try this

    • Heather Crosby

      Anne~ I just updated the post to be more clear. You will be making your own almond milk with the “Make-Your-Own-Milk” ingredients. 🙂 Enjoy!

    • Heather Crosby

      Wow, Emma, this drink is beautiful. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Wow – I’ve never even HEARD of such a thing. Amazing!

    • Heather Crosby

      This looks great, too. Wow, great minds, eh? I’ll have to try it with cinnamon!

  3. Caresse

    Do you have the recipe for poppy seed milk on your site. I’m very interested in trying it out. Thanks!

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