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Turmeric Milk | Nutrition Stripped
Eat Well Jul. 28. 2015

Turmeric Milkshake

Jul. 28. 2015
McKel Hill, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Hill, MS, RDN, LDN


Tumeric Milkshake.

First there was Turmeric Milk, then there was Turmeric Tea, then there was everything under the sun that I’ve been including turmeric in- all for good reason. I LOVE turmeric and you should too… This milkshake is thick and creamy without any of the cream or dairy like most milkshakes and of course, has the queen spice turmeric!


Milk-free Milkshake

It’s been hot here in Nashville to say the least…like, so hot. 100 degrees F (38 degrees C) and humid, so my body is craving something cold and refreshing most days of the week and this one totally hits the spot for breakfast, a snack, or even dessert. To recap why I love turmeric so much, I’ll just touch on the basics because those of you who have been reading along with me now know this and it’s probably drilled into your minds. Turmeric is one of the most powerful inflammation fighting spices, it tastes amazing and can be used in sweet and savory dishes. Read more about the nutrition and health benefits of turmeric here, here, here, and here. Not only is this a beautiful creamy texture, but it’s also stunning as you can see! The golden yellow color is beautiful and reminds me of summer.

I always like to give you options with my recipes and exercise flexibility and this recipe is no different. If you’re looking for something a little bit more protein rich, I highly recommend adding in a vanilla plant-based protein powder to easily boost the protein to 15-25g protein depending on the brand. You can also add more healthy fats to this by adding almond butter or peanut butter (which actually makes this taste like a cake batter!), and you can add a pinch of cayenne for a kick of heat which is really fun with the ice cold milkshake. Another option, if you don’t want to use frozen bananas in this recipe, you can actually use my Simply Coconut Milk Ice Cream instead, which is delicious and adds more richness to this recipe than the bananas do.


Turmeric Milkshake
Recipe Type: dessert, breakfast
Author: McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 1-2
A thick, creamy, inflammation fighting milkshake made with coconut milk, bananas, and turmeric. VGN, GF, Paleo
  • 1 cup canned full fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1-2 frozen bananas
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon, adjust to taste
  • Pinch of sea salt, adjust to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, adjust to taste
  1. Using a high-speed blender, combine all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. Adjust all seasonings to taste.
  2. Enjoy immediately and garnish with optional toasted coconut and additional dashes of cinnamon.
Serving size: 1/2 of recipe Calories: 405 Fat: 27 g Carbohydrates: 24 g Sugar: 14 g Fiber: 10 g Protein: 8 g
Boost the protein by adding your favorite protein powder in vanilla flavor. Read more about my favorites [url href=”https://nutritionstripped.com/guide-plant-based-protein-supplements/” title=”Guide to Plant-based Protein Supplements”]here[/url].

I hope you try this one out, it’s AMAZING, especially during these hot days.

xx McKel


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The Recipe

Serves 1-2



  • 1 cup canned full fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1-2 frozen bananas
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon, adjust to taste
  • Pinch of sea salt, adjust to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, adjust to taste


  1. Using a high-speed blender, combine all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. Adjust all seasonings to taste.
  2. Enjoy immediately and garnish with optional toasted coconut and additional dashes of cinnamon.

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  • Sounds refreshing, yet still filling, especially with protein powder! Turmeric looks pretty AND has so many health benefits!

  • Mandy

    Sounds delicious! One time, I was making your banana yogurt and grabbed the turmeric instead of cinnamon, gave it a healthy shake without paying attention… I thought I had ruined it, but I still enjoyed it quite a bit!

  • This sounds so heavenly! I loved your golden turmeric milk. The name alone was enough to seduce me- but “turmeric milkshake” sounds absolutely divine. I can’t wait to try this beautiful shake out!

  • Shyla

    I absolutely LOVE tumeric!! Every time you post a new tumeric recipe I get a little more excited. 🙂

    I’m always dreaming up new ways to use it and get that inflammatory fighting power in my system!

  • Anna


    My Ayurveda practitioner does not recommend to use raw turmeric but only cooked (5 min).
    Could you please comment this. Thanks

    • I’m an expert in nutrition so I can’t speak to ayurvedic practices. If this is how you practice you can always heat turmeric up with the almond milk, chill, and then use!

  • MIchelle

    I absolutely LOVE the turmeric milk and am excited to try this milkshake! 🙂 I don’t have any coconut milk at hand. Can I use additional almond milk or something else as a substitute?

    • Yes you can use additional almond milk or add in a little bit more almond butter with it as well- coconut milk is a great thickener!

  • YES! I never thought turmeric would go well in a smoothie, but this looks perfect!

  • Oh, that sounds so delicious! What a wonderful idea!!

  • The recipes sounds amazing, I need to try it as soon as possible! Love the addition of the tumeric!

  • That is so funny! The other morning I was craving Turmeric Milk, but it was already so warm and humid I just couldn’t do it. And I thought for a moment about how I should make it cold! I love the idea and look forward to trying this 🙂

    • Yes! That’s exactly why I made this, it’s been 100 degrees F in Nashville lately and I couldn’t bring myself to drink hot turmeric milk 😉

      • Julia

        Same in Asheville! Smart move, lady 🙂

  • So I kind of want to make this…. right now… but I don’t have any fresh turmeric. Can I use turmeric powder? I know the benefits are kind of decreased when it’s in powdered form but that’s all I have!!

  • KH

    How many calories in this?

  • Made this for breakfast this morning! Delish! Thanks for posting! I am loving all turmeric things thanks to you! 🙂 I couldn’t rate this because my phone was acting up but I give it 5 stars:)

  • The light + colors on this post McKel, SO PERFECT!!!

  • This. Is. Amazing. Everything I love in one refreshing milkshake.

  • Martine Lille

    I love, love the recipe but only as a treat because it is high in calories albeit good for you calories!

  • Ashley

    This was amazing and had simple easy to find ingredients. I’ve been feeling gross after an indulgent staycation. This was the perfect thing to have to reset and de-bloat. Thank you!

    • I’m so glad you feel better after indulging! I’m with you on that one after traveling so much lately- you should also check out my download for the 7-day Reset! I always use that one 🙂

  • Carolynn

    This is so fantastic!! You would never guess its actually healthy. Thanks for the great recipe!

  • Michelle

    I LOVE your Turmeric Milk recipe (and have happily shared it with family and friends)! So I am excited to make this milkshake. But since I must replace or omit the banana (significant sensitivity issues), what would you recommend?

    Thanks for your fabulous blog and all your hard work to inspire delicious nutrition!

    • Great question and thank you for the kind words! Use a frozen pear, frozen peach, apple, or frozen zucchini 😉

  • Sue Noxon

    What kind of vanilla plant based protein powder do you recommend? I could never find one that tasted good. Thank You

  • nancy

    Would the Vitamix grind all the nuts and seeds to where they need to be?

  • Jennifer

    This is amazing! I like it for breakfast and as a mid afternoon snack! Thank you.

  • Kelly

    I had this for breakfast and it was so good! My stomach has been off lately and this seemed to help 🙂

  • Margaret Kristine

    Love the recipe.
    Do you know how many calories is in this recipe?

    • You can check out my FAQ page where I share how to upload the URL into myfitnesspal and it’ll tell you 😉

  • Marissa

    I really love your site; I have been following for quite some time and always appreciate the great recipe and meal planning inspiration. This “milkshake” reminded me of my morning smoothie, only I use organic plain kefir for my “milk” and leave out the almond butter and shredded coconut (which I now may have to add!). Do you have any aversion to kefir? My doctor is pushing me to go completely vegan, but I really just do not see the point if dairy doesn’t negatively affect me. Just looking for more perspectives on that and if it really would be beneficial or not.

    • McKel Hill

      Thank you for your kind words Marissa! Love the addition of kefir- I haven’t made homemade kefir but get it locally made here in Nashville. You can definitely use that in recipes if you enjoy it x M

  • Kaitlyn

    I made this yesterday and it was NEXT LEVEL! Thanks for inspiring me in the kitchen!

    • McKel Hill

      SO glad you enjoyed it Kaitlyn! Thanks for sharing xx M

  • soni

    Would you recommend having this for lunch? I’m always rushing off to work so I can’t sit down and have a proper meal. I normally go to your pumped-up plant power smoothie (accompanied by one of deliciously ellas granola bars and fruit for after work/sitting in traffic) but I’ve been feeling like something different!

    • McKel Hill

      Have it anytime of day! I have protein rich bars that are low in sugar that would be an amazing alternative- Chewy Hemp Superfood Protein Bars. Can’t wait for you to give those a go, Soni!


    Hi. What can I use instead of almond milk? I cannot have almonds but would love to make this smoothie. Any suggestions for an alternative that won’t alter the taste or texture? Thank you.

    • McKel Hill

      Great question Nikki, you can use coconut milk or any other milk you enjoy! I highly recommend trying out a nut or seed milk though 😉

  • Maya

    If I remember correctly, some time ago I read that in order to bring out the benefits of turmeric one should warm it first. Is that accurate? BTW, thank you for sharing all of your knowledge, you’re wonderful!

    • McKel Hill

      Thank you Maya- You can still get health and nutrient benefits from turmeric adding in this way!

  • Willa

    I just made this as a Sunday Evening study snack. Holy crap this is delicious!! Thank you for your recipe!

    • McKel Hill

      Excellent, so glad you enjoyed it Willa! You should try the Green Matcha Milkshake next 😉

  • Emily

    I’ve been making this smoothie for a few days now and it’s so delicious!! I love the addition of all the spices! Thanks! 🙂

    • McKel Hill

      So glad you enjoy it Emily!

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