There are loads of recipes for Golden Milk out there – I like mine super charged. Besides going heavier on the turmeric for more anti-inflammatory support, it’s super-boosted two ways: With Brain Octane oil, which is pure caprylic acid – a quickly absorbed, fast energy medium chain triglyceride (MCT) from coconut milk with anti-viral and anti-fungal activity; and with optional whey or collagen protein. Whey will bring extra immune defense with its immunoglobulins; collagen is a good choice too, as it rarely triggers reactions (like egg, soy, milk, pea, or nut proteins can), and it’s a good source of arginine, an amino acid key for growth hormone and tissue repair – two things that many kids in my practice need.
Spices can go beyond turmeric in your Golden Milk too. I like mine with three more spices: Ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon. All have various medicinal qualities from calming inflammation to stimulating digestion while easing spasm in the colon. Plus they taste good together.
Oh, and a dash of black pepper, which super charges the absorption of the turmeric.
Why drink it? It’s a soothing treat that balances immune boosters with calming for inflammation. Try it instead of cocoa or tea, and experiment with the spice balance!
Super Turmeric Golden Milk
Super charged with spices, awesome fats and top protein picks. Try it on a raw cold day, when you're feeling a cold coming on, or when you need a soothing warm-up option instead of sugary cocoa.
Combine dry spices in a small dish or cup, and set aside.
Peel and mince or grate the fresh ginger root. You should have about 1-2 teaspoons worth of finely grated or minced ginger.
If you're using fresh turmeric root, peel it and set aside with ginger - it will easily blend so there is no need to chop or grate it.
Place the milks, Brain Octane oil, and honey into a blender and blend til evenly mixed. Add the spices and root(s), and blend again. You can also use a quart sized container with an immersion blender for this task.
Pour the milk mixture into a pot and heat gently on the stove, til steam is rising. Do not boil.
Remove from heat once hot but not boiling, and strain the mixture back into your blender. Let it cool for a minute or two, then add the protein powder and blend briefly til smooth. Serve warm.
If you like, you can skip the strainer and drink the milk with ginger in it, if minced or grated finely enough.
If you use fresh turmeric root, this is a softer root than ginger. It will blend easily with your immersion blender.
You can substitute any MCT oil for Brain Octane oil; this will reduce the antiviral and anti fungal activity, but will still deliver easy to absorb fats.
Don't add the protein powder into the pot on the stove - if over heated, it may coagulate and make the mixture lumpy, especially if you use whey powder! Best results are had if you blend this in after the mixture is cooled a bit.
If nobody ever made made scratch pudding for you when you were a kid, you’re in for a treat. This is so deliciously yummy and it’s completely dairy, gluten, and sugar free. Ghee in this recipe is important, even though there are plenty of other fats; ghee is okay for most kids in my practice with dairy allergy (I say “most” because I can’t find any I’ve worked with who couldn’t have ghee due to dairy IgE, but check with your allergist if you’re not sure in your own child’s case). This is also a great option for yogurt, sugar, and smooth-food junkies who need some more nourishing options besides sugary low fat dairy products. But most of all, it is just Really. Good. Pudding.
This recipe isn’t mine. It comes from Our Paleo Life (where you should poke around for even more recipes) – I’ve made it several times. I get perplexing results because sometimes it doesn’t set well, even though I follow the same exact steps. I’ve modified the recipe to enhance odds for setting better. I’ve also added some stevia to even out the sweetness and removed steps to strain lumps from the pudding. I’ve had no lumps at all each time I’ve made this recipe without straining, so have left that part out. See the variations for other flavors at the recipe’s source link too – chocolate, butterscotch, and peanut butter pudding!
Creamy Dairy Free Paleo Vanilla Pudding
Really. Good. Pudding. Worth the time it takes to cook and set. Enjoy.
In a sauce pan, combine the tapioca starch and salt, without heat - do not turn on the stove yet. Blend these dry ingredients with a whisk til evenly mixed.
Slowly add the coconut milk over low heat, and whisk in to dissolve the dry ingredients. This will take 5-10 minutes of steady whisking. Do not boil.
Once the coconut milk is evenly mixed in with no lumps, whisk in the egg yolks evenly, then the honey and vanilla. Continue on medium high heat til bubbles begin to form around the edges, about 5-10 minutes, whisking constantly.
Once bubbling gently, reduce heat to medium low and continue cooking and whisking. Let the pudding become thick enough to plop back into the pot when you lift the whisk, instead of being drippy or runny. This may take 10-15 minutes.
Higher heat may speed this up but you will also need to whisk more quickly to keep the pudding from burning, sticking to bottom of pot, or boiling.
Stir in stevia drops, ghee, and vanilla. Continue whisking til evenly mixed and pudding is thickened.
Pour into individual heatproof glass or ceramic serving dishes. To prevent a skin from forming on the pudding, place plastic wrap directly on the pudding in each dish and seal. I don't mind the skin and prefer to leave the plastic wrap off. Refrigerate for about 3 hours or overnight. Or, eat right away, warm and a little less set - also delicious!
You may use arrowroot starch instead of tapioca, but I have not tried this yet; potato starch may work too. For salt, I use Himalayan salt because it has a wider mineral profile than ordinary table salt and because sea salt is now (sadly) under scrutiny for having plastic in it. If the pudding hasn't thickened enough after lengthy heating and stirring, remove 1/4 cup of pudding from the pot into a small Pyrex or ceramic bowl or cup. Stir in 1 Tablespoon of starch and blend til smooth and thick. Add this back to the pot and continue stirring with whisk til smooth and thickened.