When I was a kid, I HATED turmeric milk, also known as haldi ka doodh. In my six-year-old mind, there was nothing “golden” about golden milk. I treated it like medicine, because that’s how my parents gave it to me. If I had a minor cold or a tummy ache, then you can bet my mom or dad were making me a cup of turmeric milk.
Fast forward to my twenties (ack, now 30s…) and I’m a golden milk believer. I drink it warm in the winter (the recipe for my turmeric milk is in my Healthy Indian eBook) and I even make concentrated golden milk gummies to help keep colds at bay. In the summer though, I’m all about icy golden milk popsicles. ☀️
These golden milk popsicles are sweet, icy and the perfect treat during this summer heat. If you have kiddos, these treats are a great way to get them to give golden milk a try. Just start off with less turmeric and work your way up – turmeric is an acquired taste. Another thing to keep in mind when serving this to kids (or messy adults), make sure they’re wearing a bib/old clothes! Turmeric stains are the worst.
In India and well, now here in the states, golden milk is a known ancient healing remedy. It has anti-inflammatory properties; research shows that curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, has many health benefits (source – one of many).
As you make these popsicles, you’ll notice that the golden color gets darker the longer you cook the turmeric in the milk. In addition to turmeric, I added other spices like: ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and black pepper. I added the black pepper because it helps the body absorb the curcumin (source).
You can see these golden milk ice pops are a treat that you can feel good about eating this summer!
- 3 cups almond milk or milk of choice
- 1-2 teaspoons ground turmeric (I use 2 teaspoons, adjust to taste)
- 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch of black pepper
- ¼ cup almond flour
- 3 tablespoons honey, maple syrup or sweetener of choice, adjust to taste
- Add the milk and spices to a pot and bring the mixture to a full boil, then immediately reduce the heat to a simmer. Keep an eye on the pot so that it doesn’t boil over.
- Add the almond flour, and continue to stir for 1-2 minutes.
- Turn off the heat and immediately stir in the honey or sweetener of choice.
- Allow the mixture to cool on the stovetop. Taste the mixture and add additional sweetener if needed.
- Next, pour the mixture into a popsicle mold and freeze until solid.