Creamy Golden Milk Smoothie

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Our Vegan Golden Milk Smoothie served in two glasses with straws

If you’re into golden milk, this smoothie is a must-try! It requires 7 wholesome ingredients (you likely have on hand right now), 1 blender, and 5 minutes to make. Let’s do this!

Banana, turmeric, ginger, carrots, coconut milk, and warming spices for making our Vegan Golden Milk Smoothie

What Is Golden Milk?

Golden milk is a traditional Indian drink that has its roots in Ayurveda. In its simplest form it’s a blend of hot milk and ground turmeric. We like to enjoy it with additional spices such as ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, black pepper, clove, and cardamom. But turmeric is the star of the show!

Turmeric is a vibrant yellowish-orange root that looks similar to ginger. It has been used in India for nearly 4,000 years and India still produces and consumes the majority of the world’s turmeric crop. But it has gained popularity throughout the world in part due to its vast medicinal uses. (source)

How to Make A Golden Milk Smoothie

The base of this smoothie is frozen banana for natural sweetness and a creamy texture. We tested other fruits and nothing quite worked. But if you’re trying (or prefer) to avoid banana, we include another option in the notes!

For anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and digestion benefits, we included plenty of fresh ginger and ground turmeric. Black pepper boosts the absorption of turmeric, so we added that as well. And don’t forget cinnamon for more natural sweetness and warmth.

Coconut milk keeps things super creamy, and as an optional touch, we threw in some fresh carrot juice to balance the banana flavor and provide an even more intense orange (golden) hue.

Ingredients in a blender for making our plant-based Golden Milk Smoothie
Pouring our vibrantly-colored Vegan Golden Milk Smoothie into a serving glass

We hope you LOVE this smoothie! It’s:

Naturally sweet
Quick + easy to make
& Super delicious

This would make the perfect quick breakfast or snack. For a little extra protein, add in some hemp seeds or protein powder of choice. And for the real deal, check out our 5-Minute Vegan Golden Milk!

More Smoothie Recipes

Want more healthy smoothie ideas? Check out our Carrot Ginger Turmeric Smoothie, Super Green Spirulina Smoothie, Almond Butter Blueberry Smoothie, and Creamy Zucchini Blueberry Smoothie.

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!

Top view shot of two serving glasses containing our Vegan Golden Milk Smoothie with an extra swirl of spices

Creamy Golden Milk Smoothie

All of the delicious taste and health perks of golden milk in smoothie form! Just 7 ingredients, 1 blender, and 5 minutes required. Creamy, naturally sweet, subtly spiced, and packed with turmeric!
Author Minimalist Baker
Our Vegan Golden Milk Smoothie served in two glasses with straws
4.96 from 47 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 (smoothie)
Course Breakfast, Smoothie
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Indian-Inspired, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? Up to 24 hours



  • 1 cup banana* (ripe, sliced, and frozen)
  • 1 cup light coconut milk or almond milk (or store-bought // use full-fat coconut for creamier smoothie)
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric (preferred flavor over fresh)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger (plus more to taste)
  • 1 Dash ground cinnamon
  • 1 Dash black pepper
  • 1 Dash ground nutmeg
  • 1 Dash ground clove and cardamom (optional // for more warmth + spice)
  • 1/4 cup fresh carrot juice* (optional // for color, added sweetness + balances banana flavor // or sub 1 small carrot!)

FOR SERVING optional

  • 1 Tbsp Hemp seeds


  • Add banana, coconut milk, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, and nutmeg to a high-speed blender and blend on high until creamy and smooth. If including, add cardamom, clove, and fresh carrot juice at this time (optional).
  • If too thick, thin with more coconut milk or water. If too thin, thicken with ice (or more frozen banana, though it will add more sweetness).
  • Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more cinnamon for warmth, black pepper for spice, ginger for “zing,” turmeric for earthiness / more intense color, or banana for sweetness. Adding carrot juice will also add sweetness and more intense orange/yellow hue.
  • Divide between serving glasses (ours are from West Elm) and enjoy immediately. Keep leftovers in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Freeze leftovers by pouring into an ice cube tray and use for future smoothies (either this smoothie or others you’d like to infuse with a golden milk flavor).



*If you’re trying to avoid/sub banana, we’d recommend using the recommended amount of carrot juice, swap the banana for the same amount of cauliflower, and add some vanilla protein powder for sweetness.
*Make carrot juice in a juicer, buy at the store, or add 1 raw or cooked carrot to the smoothie to a similar effect.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate based on full recipe calculated with light (canned) coconut milk and without optional ingredients.

Nutrition (1 of 1 servings)

Serving: 1 smoothie Calories: 295 Carbohydrates: 43.7 g Protein: 3.5 g Fat: 13.9 g Saturated Fat: 11.6 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.67 g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.54 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 23.3 mg Potassium: 1104 mg Fiber: 4.6 g Sugar: 17 g Vitamin A: 88.84 IU Vitamin C: 15.14 mg Calcium: 57.59 mg Iron: 8.84 mg

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  1. Jill says

    Love this recipe, and so does my family! I alternate this and the carrot cake smoothie most mornings now. Yummy & healthy.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yumm! Thanks for the lovely review, Jill. So glad the smoothies are enjoyed by all! xo

  2. Elizabeth Sawyerr says

    I just saw this posting and am very excited to start enjoying the recipes that I have downloaded. I have read about the benefits of the dominant ingredients , for example, turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon.
    I will share the results of my experience with the recipes.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Mary, we preferred the taste of the powder, but fresh will work in a pinch! We’d suggest using a small nub (~1/2 inch).

  3. Samantha says

    I made this with almond milk, a fresh carrot and fresh nutmeg! Love the balance of warm spices in a cold smoothie. Can’t wait to try with coconut milk. Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Keren says

    I’m so happy I discovered this recipe, and keep coming back to it. It’s a perfect winter smoothie since it’s not ice cold and the flavors are very warm and comforting. I always use a whole carrot instead of carrot juice for the added fiber (plus I don’t have a juicer), and if I don’t have coconut milk on hand then I add a bit of frozen coconut or desiccated coconut + soy or almond milk and it’s always delicious and satisfying.

  5. Jen says

    Made this smoothie this morning. Added a handful of spinach and a few frozen zucchini slices. Used oat milk instead of coconut. Used frozen steamed carrots instead of carrot juice. Included the optional hemp seeds. It was delicious! Completely masked the greens I added, and was a welcome change to the usual berry-centric smoothies I make. My boyfriend agrees this will definitely be added to our rotation of favorites!

  6. Bevan says

    Simple and delicious, this will definitely be part of our regular rotation for the foreseeable future; what a great way to give frozen bananas new life! The fresh ginger adds a nice boost of flavor. I was a little shy with the black pepper this time but next time I’ll be more generous, it adds a nice spicy hit to the smoothie. Thank you for another wonderful recipe!

  7. Erin says

    I like a warm golden milk in the evening so was excited to try this. It was so quick and easy! I was unsure about using a carrot and knobs of ginger since I don’t have a high speed blender, but it blended up just fine in my regular old school blender. I liked the cup measurement for the banana since I already have frozen chunks so it’s harder to know how many make up 1 banana. I was surprised I didn’t need any more sweetening but it would be easy to add dates, agave, maple syrup etc. to taste. I used soy milk since that’s what I had but I bet it is delicious with canned coconut milk.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Erin! And that’s great that it worked well in your blender. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Liz says

    I just made this and it immediately cheered me up. I don’t know if it was the warmth of the spices, the brightness of the color, or the fact that I was finding an awesome use for the surplus of carrots in my fridge, but I smiled the entire time I sipped on this treat. Minimalist Baker, you never fail to create beautiful recipes for us to enjoy. Thank you!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Aw, thank you so much for your kind words and lovely review, Liz! We are so glad you enjoyed it!

    • allison rice says

      So good!
      Ive been incorporating vanilla protein powder in iced coffee but needed a mix up. Then I found this recipe!
      It’s awesome, I did one full protein scoop, then for the cup of frozen : 1/3 each of banana, cauliflower, and zucchini. I halved the milk with water because protein is so thick usually.

      Thank you for the recipe!!! It’s hard to incorporate protein powder in a… bearable… way.
      Over the past year of becoming vegan you’ve been such an inspiration and help : ) we appreciate your hard work and creativityyy

  9. Genell Davis says

    Thank you! I made this golden, delicious smoothie today for my daughter and me. For my daughter’s smoothie, I tossed in a couple of chunks of frozen avocado that I needed to use up. This recipe is sooooo good! My daughter loved it too, and said, “Yum! It tastes like eggnog!” Very smooth, creamy, and yes, the carrot juice balances with the banana beautifully. I juiced the carrots and ginger right into my 1-serving smoothie blender, added the other ingredients, and voila! Easy clean up!

  10. Jessie Furman says

    I love this! I make the following changes for personal preferences and to get veggies in the morning! I only use fresh grated carrot, usually ~3/4 cup, and add 1/2 cup frozen zucchini or frozen riced cauliflower, and reduce banana to 1/2 cup frozen.
    Thank you!

  11. Angela says

    Excellent! I did use freshly grated tumeric. And 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk and 1/2 cup almond milk. I have been looking for a way to incorporate tumeric into my diet and this fits perfectly. Thanks!

  12. Magpie says

    This is so delicious and has become my breakfast! I don’t know it is the ginger or turmeric or both, but it has helped me reduce my bloating. Since I started drinking these (about a month ago), I magically have lost the 5 pounds (likely of water/bloat) that I had been unable to lose over the last year.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review! We are so glad you enjoy this recipe! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! xo

  13. Alicia says

    This was delicious! I enjoy it much better than golden milk tea :) thank you so much for the great recipe !

  14. Bronwyn says

    I’d love to try this but was wondering if you sub out the banana for the cauliflower, is it cooked or raw?


    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Either way. You can either add it raw. But my preferred is to steam the cauliflower for about 5 minutes (to make it more digestible), then freeze! This results in a creamier smoothie.

  15. Morgan says

    Just made this this morning, but I just used 2 tsp of your golden milk mix recipe and just a touch of Maple Syrup. SO GOOD. Having the golden milk mix on hand made it so much faster. Obsessed with this smoothie.

  16. Catherine Isernia says

    A beautiful blend of ingredients!! This was deliously refreshing!! I will be making and enjoying this smoothie often!

  17. Sammmmmmmmm says

    Made this for breakfast this morning (it’s 5 degrees here, but YOLO) and it’s soooo yummy! I used 1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk and 1/2 cup almond milk (maybe a little more, as I wanted to finish the carton I had). I also used 1 heaping tsp of your 5 min golden milk mix, instead of dashes of the spices above, and first warmed/toasted on the stove with approx 2 tbsp coco milk to activate the magical powers of the turmeric & pepper. Used 1 small carrot vs. juice. Fabulous!

  18. Marielle says

    This smoothie was tasty & creamy! Very easy to whip together in a Nutribullet & I cut up the amount of carrot listed into small pieces & blended it into the smoothie. I also used about a 1/2 teaspoon of ceylon cinnamon instead of a just a “dash,” – it was great.

  19. Madison Kingery says

    Yummm! I made this one day straight from your recipe (using a fresh carrot) and it was delish! Today I modified it a little bit to make it more calorie dense so I could have it as a meal replacement and stay full. I added a spoonful of peanut butter, a spoonful of coconut cream, a few dates and some chia seeds and it was amazing. Will be making again very soon.

  20. Diana says

    Thoroughly enjoyed this recipe, and also other recipes to make coconut, almond, and oat milk. My upstairs 15 year old neighbor tried the milks, and although he is OPPOSED to anything that smacks of vegan “substitutes” is now enjoying his milks…..wants his mon to make granola now.
    Thanks so much for your blog; my sister reccomended it. Love your recipes.
    I thought I saw a recipe to make up a mixture of the dry ingredients for the golden milk somewhere on your site, so as to avoid mixing them up fresh every day. Was that you?

  21. Olga says

    When fall comes around and it becomes cooler, my appetite for smoothies usually declines. However, this one is a perfect smoothie for the fall! The combination of spices is excellent. I added a whole carrot in, and used plain soy milk, since that’s what I had on hand. So delicious and nutritious!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yes, that should work though you’ll want to just use a pinch as it is much more concentrated than fresh!

  22. Adrienne says

    I ended up substituting mango for the carrot and added a little water because it was very thick. For me, it tasted like a pumpkin spice latte minus the pumpkin. My kids (7 months, 3 &5) drank it up very quickly and were asking for more in no time! This will be a great thing to make after school or for quick breakfasts.

  23. Rachel says

    I was never able to get into the “golden latte” thing (my sister loves them), but the ingredients here sounded tasty so I gave it a shot. I used 1/2 a ripe banana (wasn’t froze), half a cup of regular milk (hopefully that doesn’t offend anyone, it’s all I have right now) and skipped the carrot juice. Used all the spices and fresh ginger.

    I love this! It tastes like eggnog to me :) Will make again, and I’m going to share the recipe with my vegan sister for those times she might enjoy it chilled rather than hot.

    I love your site, by the way. I’ve made a few recipes for my sister (the vegan) and she’s loved every one of them, as have I.

  24. Rachelle says

    I LOVE this recipe and make it almost daily for me and my 3 year old. I make my own carrot juice first with 1 large carrot and 1 cup of water in the blender and then add the rest of the ingredients. So delicious!!

  25. TJ says

    I just made this and it was SOOOOOO GOOD! The carrot juice and spices make it next level! I didn’t have the cardamom or cloves but it was still amazing. Thanks! <3

  26. Laura says

    I made this for breakfast and it was delicious!! All the flavors worked wonderfully together. I used a small can of full fat coconut milk and then used water to fill the rest of the 1 cup measurement. I grated a carrot and squeezed out the juice- next time I will try to have a little bit more :)
    Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe!

  27. Dee says

    Dana, you are a legend! Loving your recipes! They have saved me from the tedium and repetitiveness of my uninspired vegan recipes
    Thank you!

  28. Susan says

    Perhaps this is obvious, but how do you ground your turmeric? I have always been able to find fresh turmeric root, similar to ginger root, and powdered turmeric which isn’t so fresh. The powdered turmeric in my pantry is not nearly the same vibrant orange color as yours pictured. Do you dry and grind the fresh turmeric root? Thanks can’t wait to try!

  29. Vidya Peters says

    Writing this as I’m sipping on the smoothie! I happened to have all the ingredients in my kitchen and just love love love this! So happy I found a new variation to my smoothies! This is a keeper for sure! Love your recipes! I think yours is one of the best laid out websites I’ve come across! I love how you show pictures of the different stages. It’s so helpful while cooking especially if your new to this stuff! Thanks a ton!!

  30. Kristel says

    Soooooo good!!!! And because I love sugar :o I added 1/3 cup of dates. I want to eat this every morning.

  31. Rbett says

    Thanks for this recipe… I was in a rut of always making my banana+almond milk+ almond butter smoothie…. and this was much different! Tumeric lattes are showing up at a lot of coffee shops lately, so I was excited to try it in my smoothie!

  32. Cathy Eskey says

    I made this recipe looking for a way to get turmeric into my daily regimen for hip pain relief (didn’t want to use turmeric capsules daily). Needless to say I love it as does my husband! We drink it for dessert each night… it’s that good that it doubles as a dessert! We skip the carrot juice (also tried raw carrots) as it quelled the spicy factor… instead we added a dash of cardamom and upped the spicy ;)

  33. Rita says

    I just tried this recipe and loved it! Super creamy with the right amount of sweetness and spiciness from the turmeric. Healthy and tasty! :)

  34. KRISTEN says

    I just made this…and drank it…all. I used fresh turmeric, almond milk, and ground ginger as that’s what I had on hand. I didn’t feel like juicing a carrot so I threw a raw one in. Tasted great! Thanks for the recipe!

  35. Danielle says

    Amazing! I used almond milk instead of coconut milk and it turned out great! I also blended the hemp seeds into the smoothie instead of adding them on top. Really good recipe! Thanks!

  36. Carol says

    This was sooo good! I used a fresh banana and added ice. I also just used fresh raw carrots. It came out perfect.

  37. Wendy P Solganik says

    Just made it for my 85 year old mom and myself sitting in sunny Cleveland Ohio on a hot and sticky summer day. YUM!!!! I don’t think I’ve ever left a comment for you, but thanks for all of your recipes. So many of them have become my regular favorites!

  38. Abby says

    Hi –

    This is not related to the golden milk smoothie as I was unable to find a place on your site to reach you directly so here goes. I was wanting to make the roasted strawberry and cheesecake smoothie this morning but when I clicked on the link, it led me to the recipe for gingerly strawberry mango smoothie. Looks like there’s a problem with the link. Can you fix this so that I can make the strawberry cheesecake smoothie?


    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi, Abby. Sorry for the confusion. I removed that recipe from the blog because it was an older recipe that didn’t get used very much, and also didn’t feel congruent with our brand anymore. Hopefully the other smoothies on the site provide a nice substitute!

  39. Barb says

    So good. I used almond milk instead of coconut milk and 1 small raw chopped carrot. I can’t wait to start my morning off with this tomorrow.

  40. Rebekah says

    Delicious! I used cashew milk instead of coconut and added some leftover fresh mango for extra sweetness. If you’re really into ginger you could probably work with adding more than 1 tbsp, next time I’ll definitely add more. Thanks Dana! I always love your smoothie recipes :)

  41. Lidia Scotto di Vetta says

    Wow this smoothie is delicious! I just made it for the whole family and everyone loved it, including my 4 and 2 yrs old who begged me to make some more! I used full cream coconut milk, and a splash of almond milk as it was too thick. And a raw carrot – too lazy to juice it :) this is definitely a recipe to keep, thank you!

  42. Erica says

    I can’t wait to try this! I have fibromyalgia so I’ve been trying to eat turmeric. Do you think I could use fresh turmeric, rather than the powder?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      You can, but I prefer turmeric powder in this recipe. Let us know if you try fresh!

  43. Allie Fleming says

    I can’t wait to try this! If I have an allergy to carrots (yes, carrots. It’s strange, I know.), What would you recommend as a substitute?

  44. Kiki says

    another winner! so yummy! i love dana’s recipes and this one is a really welcomed switch up in my morning smoothie routine. the flavor profile is so comforting. i went ahead and used unsweetened vanilla cashew milk and put the carrots in whole (thank you, vitamix!).

  45. Rebecca says

    Absolutely delicious, Dana! I made this today for breakfast and I think I’ll be glowing all day! I added frozen mango for a little more color and sweetness. Thanks, as always, for the incredible inspiration!

  46. Eileen says

    These were AMAZING – I made them for breakfast this morning and honestly had trouble sharing with the S/O. I also added mangoes, used full carrots instead of juice, and used a mixture of almond milk/coconut milk/coconut yogurt to the consistency/caloric intake I wanted. Also added chocolate protein powder. Soooooooo gooooood.

  47. Emily Mukarker says

    This was absolutely delicious and so fresh! Loving your recipes, and especially that you add options for some ingredients (for ex. I didn’t have carrot juice but just grated a carrot instead and it was perfect) Thank you!

  48. Janelle says

    Dana this was too good and completely satisfied my craving! The only thing I’d do differently next time is make a carrot + ginger juice first, since there were a few fibers that didn’t blend. I’ll also try and drink it a little slower because I already want another one!

  49. Cassie Thuvan Tran says

    You cannot go wrong with the most simple smoothie recipes! I made nice cream with turmeric a few weeks ago and absolutely LOVED it. I definitely have to create that recipe again!

  50. Linda McAninch says

    Should the cauliflower be frozen? (Raw)? I’m assuming that already frozen cauliflower from the grocery store has been cooked so might not be appropriate.

  51. Judith says

    Yum!!! I really like the coconut milk/carrot juice/banana flavor with the spices. I’m not a smoothie person but I will do this one again.

  52. Leigh Ann Pittsford says

    I really would like to try this, but i always get concerned when I use turmeric because it almost always stains my dishes. Does anyone have suggestions to avoid this?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Just wash your dishes right after in soapy hot water. I didn’t find that this smoothie stained the blender or glasses because the turmeric is not hot.

    • Peek says

      Add some lemon or vinegar to the soapy water and let it sit for 10 minutes, then wash. Sparkly clean every time!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      You can use a juicer (I did). Or you can blend a couple carrots with a bit of water and then strain the juice. You can also just add a fresh carrot or cooked carrot to the smoothie instead of juice. (although the texture won’t be as creamy)

  53. Alesia Jefferson says

    Can’t wait to try this. I love the original Golden Milk at night…this will be awesome for mornings. I sometimes will sub in avocado for the creaminess if I don’t want to use banana.
    Thanks for all these great ideas!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yes, but avocado can have a flavor that’s hard to mask. I’d recommend trying a blend of cauliflower and avocado in place of banana. Then you’ll just need to compensate for lack of sweetness with protein powder OR stevia, etc.

  54. Palesa says

    How can have this milk warm. It’s winter where I am now and I’m used to having my milk a night before bedtime?

  55. Kim says

    I am copying down your creamy vegan golden milk smoothie recipe and i am going to make your smoothie at the end of this month when i buy the rest of the ingredients.i have the spices and the ground turmeric but i don’t have the banana,carrots,coconut milk or almond milk or the stevia powder.
    The carbs and sugar are very high and i was wondering if i can use half a frozen banana instead of a large whole frozen banana in your smoothie.Can i use an avocado and liquid stevia in your smoothie?
    I am a type 2 diabetic so i have to watch my carbohydrates and sugar can i lower the carbs and sugars in your smoothie?
    This is a very good and healthy smoothie and hopefully it will help me to get some relief from my arthritis symptoms as i have daily chronic pain and inflammation and i take tylenol 3s or the tylenol extra strength and i use arthritis gel or creams on my joints which helps a bit to take away my symptoms but it isn’t a 100% pain free for me when i take these meds.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Kim, I think halving the banana and adding whole carrots instead of juice would be a great place to start. you could also sub the majority of the fruit with either avocado or frozen coconut milk ice cubes and sweeten with stevia!

      • Liz says

        I got hooked on golden milk from your original recipe that I have since adapted for daily consumption (sub the canned coconut milk and oil for almond milk and a dash of coconut vanilla creamer). Kim, I had arthritis pain in my hands and since I started drinking this every day it is GONE!

        • Bridget says

          Really Liz?! I am afraid that I have the early symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and so have drastically altered my diet. I’ll add this to my regimen if it will help. Certainly looks anti-inflammatory. But is it this smoothie or the golden milk recipe that you drink everyday?
          Thank you Dana for this recipe and all your other excellent smoothie recipes and tips!! Your hard work and creativity is so helpful and appreciated.?

    • Laurie says

      Kim, I commented on this very topic and recommended substituting the carrots and bananas with avocado if you’re watching carbs, which should give you creaminess. I also have RA and fibromyalgia along with Type 2. Therefore, I try to avoid sugar as much as possible by using Stevia instead and also use a greens powder (for micronutrients) in my smoothies with cream of tarter (for potassium). Inflammation is rampant in society now. Avoiding all triggers is paramount. I feel far better with a diet change and have stopped my expensive RA and BP meds after incorporating turmeric/pepper/ginger and reducing sugars and carbs. It didn’t happen overnight, but it did. I also healed my leaky gut which was caused by Tylenol, stress, aspirin, etc. by eating organic bone broth that I season to taste.

    • Tonia says

      Kim, I’ve seen some smoothie recipes where they substitute zuchinnis (courgettes) in place of bananas, hope this helps

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Jason, thanks for the feedback. We just recalculated the recipe and it is correct when calculated using light coconut milk (as opposed to boxed, which is lower in fat). If you’re looking to reduce fat or calories, you can easily sub almond milk or even water.

  56. Peek says

    Wouldn’t you need to simmer the turmeric powder in coconut milk first for the curcumin to be activated? It’s essentially just yellow powder in a smoothie otherwise…

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Peek, cooking does increase absorption, but it’s not necessary. If you’d like, you could always mix the turmeric in some boiling or hot water before adding it to the smoothie. Hope that helps!

      • Christine says

        I actually keep a paste of turmeric, black pepper, and what i think of as “chai spices” like ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves in my fridge. I cook the turmeric with water and then add a little coconut oil and the spices, stir it until it’s a paste, and then put it in a jar. It makes adding it to smoothies easy with additional the benefit of being cooked to activate it.

  57. Bekah says

    My four year old and I just devoured this! He gave it two thumbs up! I simply grated a few baby carrots into the blender since we didn’t have carrot juice. So creamy and delicious. Thank you!!

  58. Laurie Surla says

    Turmeric is anti-inflammatory, but the 17g of sugar FUEL inflammation and cancer. Sweetness can come from stevia if the banana and carrot is avoided. Use avocado for some creaminess.

  59. Sarah says

    Is there a substitute for carrot juice? I’d like to balance the banana but don’t have access to carrot juice or a juicer!

  60. Marko says

    Can’t wait to try this. We were just discussing the other day how to add more turmeric to our diet. Question: why would anyone be avoiding bananas (other than simply not liking them)? Is there some problem with them, like the arsenic-in-rice thing?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Some people just don’t like them, while others are trying to avoid starchier / sweeter fruits. We like to provide options!

    • Ida says

      Bananas can cause constipation and my three-year old has issues with that. But eating plant based and healthy is hard without bananas! And he loves them, but I’m so thankful for the option!

        • Poppy says

          The brown speckles mean the banana is ripe which is why it is easier to digest (and also doesn’t have that weird aftertaste). Never really understood why people insist on eating unripe (yellow but no speckles) bananas.

          • SAM says

            Because ripe bananas contain more FODMAPS which trigger IBS in some people. A lot of people, apparently. I’m one of them ;-)

    • Holly says

      Some people avoid bananas because of the sustainability aspect. Bananas are not local for most folks so they don’t buy them.

    • Rachel says

      From an ayurvedic perspective, fruits and vegetables don’t combine well so that would be one reason to avoid. Ripe bananas are laxative, green are constipating.

    • Carrie says

      Hi Marko! I can’t do bananas because of a histamine intolerance — bananas are very high histamine & cause me to react. Others can’t because of the carb content! I know it seems bizarre to not be able to eat something that seems so healthy! I sure do miss them!

  61. Carly says

    WOW Dana LOVING the adjustable serving size!! You are amazing! And I’ll be trying out this recipe in a couple days to give feedback :) Should be delicious just like your carrot ginger turmeric smoothie recipe :)